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Casa Vieja Lodge acquires The Hooker

We are excited to announce that Casa Vieja Lodge has acquired The Hooker, a 48' G&S, though a merger with Capt Skip Smith.

The Hooker will remain in Costa Rica as a full-time charter boat.

The Hooker will be available for day trips and Sea Mount trips starting in April 2021.

Please contact Casa Vieja Lodge for more information at

305-854-4665 or 1-800-882-4665

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THE HOOKER is a 48' G&S boat with 87 IGFA World Records caught on board this legend! THE HOOKER is now located at the beautiful new Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, Costa Rica.

With a set of Cummins QSM11's to get you out to the billfish grounds just 12 miles offshore, while you sit in a very comfortable air-conditioned salon.

The Hooker has just gone through a major refit, which included all new GARMIN electronics, PIPEWELDER Outriggers, a new NORTHERN LIGHTS Generator, new DOMETIC AC units and water maker, L/P electric dredge reels and all new SHIMANO tackle. We even have a few of Jerry and Deborah Dunaway's world record rods left on board for you to try to catch a billfish on.

With the largest array of tackle on board, there is nothing left out to make this your ultimate trip of a lifetime.

  • 12 Sailfish rods & reels. Shimano BFC reels
  • 6 stand up 30 lb outfits (Tiagra 30w)
  • 3 standup 50 lb outfits (Tiagra 50w)
  • 2 50w lb curve rod butt outfits
  • 2 80w lb curve rod butt outfits
We also have on board:

Just in case you want to know what it feels like to catch a billfish like you were going for a world record!

  • 1-2 lb reel & rod with Momoi IGFA line
  • 1-4 lb reel & rod with Momoi IGFA line
  • 1-6 lb reel & rod with Momoi IGFA line
  • 1-8 lb reel & rod with Momoi IGFA line
  • 1-12 lb reel & rod with Momoi IGFA line
  • 1-16 lb reel & rod with Momoi IGFA line
  • 1-20 lb reel & rod with Momoi IGFA line


You'll Love The Way We Fish!

We know how to switch bait, pull lures or fish with all natural baits. We love to fish the way you like to fish!

We also have plenty of teaser rods and reels for those of you that would like to fly-fish for billfish. You will need to bring your own fly-fishing rods, reels and flies, etc.

The Hooker was "the" boat that started the bait and switch for billfish with conventional tackle!!! (The Fly-fishermen really started it!)

Photo courtesy of Blake Bodenhamer