A group of Sportsman anglers and their friends will be flying to Costa Rica on April 3 for three days of offshore fishing – and there are still a few spots left on this trip of a lifetime.

"We have caught Pacific sailfish every time we have made this trip," the Sportsman's Ty Conti said. "The focus is trolling for billfish, so we'll troll with ballyhoo and look for blue marlin and striped marlin, along with other billfish species.

"We'll use an assortment of both circle hooks and J-hooks depending on what is working best."

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The six-night trip, which runs from April 3-9, will begin with a flight into San Jose, Costa and a bus ride to the hotel in Jaco, with all transfer and tips included. The marina in Los Suenos is easily accessed from the hotel.

Joining the group will be the Sportsman's Conti, Tony and Ann Taylor, Mark Hilzim and Bret Holten. There is room for anglers and non-fishing guests.

"I caught my first ever marlin on this trip last year," Holten said. "It was a stripey that weighed about 250-pounds, and I touched the bill beside the boat as part of the release tradition."

The weather in early April in Costa Rica is normally not humid and very comfortable with temperatures in the mid 80s.

Conservation is practiced in Costa Rica, and no billfish will be harvested on this catch-and-release trip. Of course, a few mahi mahi will come over the transom, and any meat fish landed will be prepared for dinner.

Each day of fishing begins with breakfast at the hotel before boarding the 42-foot sportfisher boats about 7 a.m. for the 30-minute ride to the fishing grounds. Trolling for species like blue, black and striped marlin along with Pacific sailfish are the main fare, but other offshore possibilities include cubera snapper, tuna, dolphin and wahoo.

Hot lunch with local flavor and cold drinks are provided on the boat, and anglers return to port about 4 p.m. daily. Dinner and a casino await the group back on the beach in Jaco.

Non-fishing patrons can lounge in the two pools by the hotel, or for a few extra dollars take day-trip excursions that include volcano tours, wildlife-viewing trips of the popular monkeys and colorful songbirds, or zip-line tours of the local terrain.

"Everybody who goes on this trip will have a good time, and friendships will be renewed during these fishing adventures," Conti said.

To reach Conti about securing a spot on the Sportsman Costa Rican Adventure, try his cell phone at 252.206.1633 or his e-mail at tconti@ncsmag.com. Or click here for further details.