Snook Tackle for Costa Rica

Snook Tackle for Costa Rica


Snook tackle options in Costa Rican Waters

What snook tackle should you bring down on your next trip to Costa Rica? What works best down here?

Snook are found in the surf or in the rivers and lagoons here in Costa Rica. Snook tackle is usually lighter than what you would use when tarpon fishing.  A shock leader of 40 to 60 lb. test is generally what we use here. A reel with a good drag system filled with 100 to 150 yards of line will work fine. Use 12 to 17 pound test monofilament on a 6 1/2 or 7 foot pole.

For lures we use  1/2 to 3/4 oz. Rapalas, 3/4 to 1 oz. Bucktail Jigs, Mirrolures and Top Water plugs. These all work well trying to land a nice sized snook down here.

  • Shallow Depth (under 2 ft. of water) – Topwater plugs, soft plastic jerk baits, and hard plastic suspending twitch baits
  • Mid Depth (2 ft. to 5 ft.) – Jigs, bucktails, swim baits, and small lipped crank baits
  • Deep (5 ft.+) – Heavier jigs/bucktails, swim baits, and large lipped crank baits


Fishing line used for snook fishing in Costa Rica

If fishing for snook over an open grass flat with a slow current I suggest 10-15 pound braid with a 30 pound leader. Among mangroves or docks with a slow or medium current like we find on the Caribbean side 20 pound braid and a 40 or 50 pound leader works well. Faster currents you may up it to 30 or 40 pound braided line with a heavier leader (50-80 pounds or so).


Live bait commonly used for snook fishing in Costa

This will depend on the area and live bait is not always necessary. Your guide can suggest what is available and currently working. Commonly used live bait for snook may include pilchards, shrimp, croakers, grunt, ladyfish, ballyhoo, mullet, and pinfish. Make sure to match your hook size top the bait.



Snook Tackle for Freshwater

Snook fishing in rivers and lagoons down here requires a good cast. The further back in the jungle rivers you and your guide go the more challenging it becomes. You will need to place your lure or fly well in these conditions. A 7 weight fly rod is an excellent option for Snook, Machaca, and Guapote in these rivers. For smaller fish like the mangrove snapper a 4-weight rod is a good option. Floating line with tapered leaders and popping bugs are excellent choices here.

Lightweight casting or spinning reels on a 5 or 6 foot rod are the way to go. Use a good 8 to 10 lb. test line on the reel. The jungle rivers do not allow much swing for a cast, so a shorter rod is preferred. Small popping plugs that make are noticeable for the fish and small spinner baits usually attract fish back in these rivers and lagoons.

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Five Best Fishing Resorts in Costa Rica

Five Best Fishing Resorts in Costa Rica

Los suenos resort

  1. Los Suenos Resort and Marina in Jaco is World famous and is conveniently located. Jaco is on one of the most visited beaches of Costa Rica. The marina is a good size with slips for over 200 boats. With a large number of boats in the marina and luxury accommodations it is one of the top destinations in country for fishing excursions.  There is plenty of nightlife in Jaco during the evenings should you feel like venturing out on the town. Many excursions are also available to the surrounding areas. The private condos are well appointed and there are plenty of amenities on site such as swimming pools, a spa, and numerous restaurants. There is also a golf course on site should you want to tee off.


zancudo lodge fishing

2. The Zancudo Lodge located in the Golfo Dulce was recently renovated a few years back and is now a more upscale version of the previous establishment. Arrival is usually via boat about a 15 minute ride from Golfito. The lodge is now very nicely appointed and has been upgraded in style by the new owners from San Fransisco. A fleet of 15 boats await you for a fishing experience of a lifetime. Too much fishing and you are free to borrow a kayak or surfboard to spend the day out on the water. And the on site restaurant and food at this lodge are top notch. One of our favorite lodges down here.

crocodile bay resort

3. Crocodile Bay Lodge is set on 44 jungle acres in the beautiful and environmentally diverse Osa Peninsula. Known for it’s World class inshore and offshore fishing this is a resort and experience not to be missed. Ir conditioned rooms in the middle of the jungle await you with numerous eco-tours to choose from during your downtime. With an on-site spa, and amenities such as a swimming pool and on location restaurant serving fresh locally caught fish this is a favorite among anglers worldwide.


silver king fishing lodge

4. Silver King Lodge located in Barra del Colorado on the Northern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. If snook or tarpon are what you seek this is where you will find them. Located in the second largest rainforest preserve in Central America the region is still wild and pristine. Numerous swampy areas, rivers, and mangroves make this a region rich in fish. The lodge has a swimming pool, air conditioned rooms, and a restaurant serving local dishes.


Rio Parismina fishing Lodge

5. Rio Parismina Lodge offers some of the finest tarpon fishing in the World.  Built on 50 beautiful acres of rainforest on the Parismina River this is an excellent choice for novice as well as seasoned vets. Right offshore there is a reef which abounds with fish if you catch one too many tarpon. With four IGFA records at this lodge this is not a tall tale. With nice rooms, a jacuzzi and pool, and great service this is another of our favorite fishing resorts here in Costa Rica.

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Sportfishing in Costa Rica

Sportfishing in Costa Rica

 Sportfishing in Costa Rica is an extremely exciting and popular trip to take . And with good reason, the country boasts some of the top fishing in the world. You can charter sportsfisherman and open fisherman boats in Costa Rica. There are a number of charters and guides available to help anglers catch a number of saltwater species. You have the option of conventional or flyfishing tackle. Anglers can sometimes rent a boat by themselves or as usually is the case hire a specialist guide who knows the region and surrounding waters. Costa Rica is also home to numerous fishing lodges. We can arrange your stay in one of the more exclusive ones we recommend.

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Rainbow fish the famous Lake Arenal

Rainbow fish the famous Lake Arenal

A common fish found in the tropical fresh water lake Arenal of Costa Rica is the rainbow fish or as we call it up in the US the peacock bass. The rainbow bass is a fierce and aggressive carnivore fish that feeds off other smaller fish, insects, shrimp, and sometimes frogs. Peacock bass ambushes  its prey by first taking cover under fallen trees or other hiding spots and then darting out towards its target for the attack.

The rainbow fish or peacock bass in Costa Rica is commonly referred to as guapote (the handsome one) and has similar features as the peacock bass.  The young rainbow fish are marked with yellow streaks along its side that are spotted with a black texture like the peacock bass.  As they mature they take on a greenish blue hue and develop a bump on the top of their heads.  Their razor jagged teeth are a prominent feature throughout their entire lives.


How to fish for the rainbow fish?

Since, the rainbow fish is so well known for being a both an intelligent and fierce fighter, they often attract many people who seek to catch them as an exciting top game fish.  The taste of the meat is also said to be very delicious.  Because these fish are known for snapping lines and destroying fishing equipment, it is best to use a 12 lb. line or heavier; many fishers will prefer a 20 lb. line when fishing the rainbow.  The rainbow fish usually can be found in grassy areas feeding on shrimp or along the lake sides where the jungle meets, so a 6’6 or shorter pole is recommended in order to not get it tangled.

Although the fish is active during the daytime, usually, it is best to avoid fishing them on days that were followed by full moon periods.  The fish during these time periods will be taking cover in shallower waters in order to avoid their predators.


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Costa Rica Sailfishing is World Class!

Costa Rica Sailfishing is World Class!

Costa Rica sailfishing is a famous and world renown country that attracts travelers from all over

to catch some of the best sailfish in the world.  The large blue and gray finned fish can travel up to 50

knots making it the fastest fish in the ocean and the excitement that comes with it is worth the catch!


The sailfish are a good fish to catch, especially for more beginners, because they are a rather

easy fish to catch.  Part of the reason of why the sailfish is an easier catch is due to the high number of

them located in Costa Rica.  The other reason is because of the aerial display they perform upon being

hooked.  Not only is their performance great for taking pictures but the amount of energy used when

the fish is jumping out of the water quickly tires them out which  they then no longer have any energy

leftover to put up a fight when you begin to reel them in.


Costa Rica sailfishing is famous for its fishing partly because of the small size of the country,

which is only a few hours drive to both the Atlantic and Pacific coast from the Capital city of San Jose.

The Pacific side is mostly where the bigger game are located and is a hotspot for all kinds of other fishes

as well.  In fact, Costa Rica has over 40 fishing world records that have been set.  Some Costa Rican

fishing boat tours claim that the average catch of sailfish is between 5-25 fish caught per boat per day!


The best time to visit Costa Rica for sailfish are between May and September in the northern parts of

Costa Rica near Tamarindo, Papagayo Gulf, and Playas de Coco.  Then during the time periods of

November to March the Pacific southern zones of Golfito and Puerto Jimenez become the better fishing

areas.  Some of the best fishing areas of Costa Rica include: Los Suenos, Playa Herradura, and Quepos.

The low times to go fishing for sailfish on the Pacific side of Costa Rica is from September to November

and on the Caribbean side from June to July.  However, part of the reason of why people are attracted

to visit Costa Rica is because of the weather that stays warm all year round for fishing.  So, come to

beautiful Costa Rica, a fishing paradise.



Originally posted 2016-04-28 01:47:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Best Fishing Snook is in Costa Rica

Best Fishing Snook is in Costa Rica

Some of the best fishing snook in the world are located in Costa Rica.  Both the Atlantic and

Pacific side are known to have an abundance of snook all year round.  Specifically, it is known, that the

best fishing snook are located on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica.  There are many kinds of snook

available in Costa Rica; the most common snook sought by anglers is the Caribbean snook.  Some of the

different kinds of snook include: the fat snook, swordspine snook, and the tarpon snook.


The best fishing snook are often found near the river mouths and sardines and blue runners

have been described to be the preferred bait.  Most of the local Costa Ricans (ticos) are often seen

fishing along the river mouths.  Sometimes small boats (pangas) are used to get as close as they can to

the shore, before the wave breaks, where there is good game as well.


An article for Outdoor Life wrote about a new world record that was recently reached in 2014

and recorded in the International Game Fishing Association (IGFA) book record.  The article describes a

Florida man by the name of Michaels who took a favorite reoccurring fishing trip to Costa Rica.  His

group caught more than a dozen fish, mostly in the 30 lb. range with two larger fish at 47 lbs. and 50

lbs., but the record breaker that Michaels caught on the Pacific Quepos side of Costa Rica weighed in at

nearly 60 lbs.!  This broke the previous record for a snook that was also caught in Costa Rica in 1991,

which weighed in at 57 lbs. and 12 ounces.  Michaels was kind enough to reveal his strategy, stating

“The new moons in March and April are when the big females stage off the beaches before they move

into the rivers to spawn … Each time, everything happens in three days.”  Michaels also noted that he

has, “experienced world class snook fishing in Costa Rica”.



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Marlin Fishing charters in Costa Rica

Marlin Fishing charters in Costa Rica

Marlin fishing charters are a well known attraction in beautiful Costa Rica. Both blue and black marlin are found in abundance in the tropical waters off Costa Rica.  The best season for marlin runs between the months of December and April. Striped marlin are also found in the waters of Costa Rica year round. The Southern Pacific zone is generally considered to be the best location to fish for these species.

Known for their amazing fight and ability to launch themselves out of the water marlin are considered to be one of the top game fish. Sizes of up to 600 pounds are caught in the area and is well known for it’s abundance of record sized fish.


Originally posted 2015-11-22 22:31:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Costa Rica roosterfish charters

Costa Rica Roosterfish Charters are World Class

Costa Rica roosterfish charters are one of the top experiences while visiting our tropical paradise! Known for their excellent fight roosterfish provide both professional and amateur alike the trip of a lifetime. Come visit in down here in beautiful Costa Rica to make this a reality.

Book your Costa Rica roosterfish charter today

Roosterfish are easily identified by their silver color with black stripes and very pronounced dorsal fin that looks like a comb or fan. Down here in Costa Rica we generally see roosterfish frequently caught in the 30 to 50 pound range. We do see roosterfish in the 80 pound range as well though, and boy, what a fight you have on your hands with one that size!

The world record for roosterfish is a whopping 114 pounds, but records are made to be broken…

Roosterfish or pez gallo as they are called down here are generally found around islands, rocky outcrops, and inshore waters. We even catch them as they hunt behind the surf. A good fight can usually last anywhere from 30-45 minutes and roosterfish like to run hard and deep when on the line.

A predatory fish roosterfish will consume baitfish like mullet, herring, sardines, and blue runners.  Although you can use poppers, spinners, and even flies when fishing the best option is live bait. For the Costa Rica roosterfish we will usually use baitfish or one of the following: small bonito, rainbow runners, or ladyfish.

The optimal season to catch Costa Rica roosterfish is from June through October but we have had luck year round with this species.

Although edible we practice catch and release with the Costa Rica roosterfish. They make amazing photo ops and by releasing them we ensure future generations are able to enjoy catching such an amazing fish.


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Mahi Fishing in Costa Rica

Mahi Fishing in Costa Rica

Fishing in Costa Rica for Mahi mahi or Dorado as they call locally is among the best in the world. They are plentiful and large in size. During rainy season which runs from June to October you can fish the weed lines for schoolies and under 20 pounders. During the rest of the year you can catch larger bulls and Mahi up to about 50 pounds in the deeper waters offshore. Fishing in Costa Rica for Dorado up to 70 pounds is a realistic goal and we see that size pulled in frequently, especially during the dry season or winter. Would sure make for a nice change from that snow up north huh?

Mahi mahi or Dorado provide an excellent fight and the meat is high quality. They usually have a lifespan of about 4-7 years and grow at a fast rate, making them a great recreational fish to pursue.


Tackle used for Mahi Fishing in Costa Rica

We normally fish with lures while trolling or with ballyhoo. Light tackle near the floating trash and logs or weed lines is also common. We have found that fishing in Costa Rica with fly and live bait also work for Mahi. On a good day we have pulled 20-40 Dorado onto the boat.


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Tarpon Tackle Fishing in Costa Rica

Tarpon Tackle Fishing in Costa Rica

Fly tackle for Tarpon in Costa Rica

What tarpon tackle do you need to use down here in Costa Rica? Let’s go over what we use when trying to land these Caribbean monsters.

Tarpon on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica can be found anywhere from the backwaters to surf and offshore. Generally we catch them in about 60 feet of water, but you can find them even in water up to 160 feet in depth. If fishing inshore the bottoms are generally sandy with not a lot of debris or obstacles to get hung up on.

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Originally posted 2016-08-24 05:32:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter