Enjoy an Incredible Fishing Experience in Costa Rica
It is a fact that Costa Rica undoubtedly boasts of some of the most intriguing and amazing sport fishing lodge and fishing charters. But, before you get your gears ready and go on a path to experience your best fishing vacation, there are a few things you should take note of.
Firstly, you have to consider the season. There are completely different geographic areas, currents, and microclimates in Costa Rica that can influence fishing season in one way or the other. Coupled with these basic factors, you would also want to consider the ideal captain and boat to get in the fishing charters you eventually settle for.
Now, making your decision might be a bit of a drag, but don’t worry, here are tips that would help ease your decision making and make sure you enjoy your fishing in Costa Rica.
WHAT PART OF COSTA RICA WILL YOU VISIT?
If you are looking to get the best fishing experience, then the pacific coast would be your best bet. Some of the areas with the best waters for fishing include Los Suenos, Playa Flamingo, Playa Del Coco, Tamarindo, Garza, and Samara. These areas are the one stop ship for all the best fish and fishing charters. If you are going for Marlin Fishing, or you are looking for fishes such as Sailfish, Dorado, Wahoo, Tuna, and Roosterfish, then these are the areas you should be looking at.
However, if you are looking for areas with more adventure and with lesser crowds, or fishes like tarpon or snook, then the Caribbean coast is your best bet.
Let’s briefly go through what fishing is like in different areas of Costa Rica:
FISHING IN JACO
Locals have often boasted that Marlin and Sailfish are hot along the Central part of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. In this area, winds are calmer compared to Northern Costa Rica, fish bite during dry season, as well as rainy season and the seas are calmer. Bad weather or big swells only disrupt fishing for only a few days out of the whole year.
Jaco sits in the heart of the action for sailfish and marlin fishing offshore, while inshore excursions may get you hooked with one of Costa Rica’s world-record Pacific Snook. Captains have reported that it’s common practice to release one or two Marlin and a dozen or more Sailfish in a day, during prime fishing seasons.
A range of fishing tours are available from the popular Los Suenos Marina. Anything from luxury offshore yachts to small inshore fishing boats are available. Aside from Los Suenos, many fishing lodges, tour options and restaurants, are available in nearby areas like Hermosa and further South. The famous Manuel Antonio National Park in Quepos is a must see in Costa Rica, and is only about an hour drive from Jaco.
FISHING IN PLAYA FLAMINGO
Playa Flamingo is the best choice for you if you are looking to have an extraordinary deep-sea experience, and world-class vacation getaway. It has been one of the best vacation spots around the world for decades, and accommodates both foreigners, visitors, and Costa Ricans.
In Playa Flamingo, you will have the opportunity to have a close-up experience with some of the best deep-sea fishing that is out there. You get to catch Mahi Mahi, Swordfish, Sailfish, Marlin, Snapper, Tuna, and many others. Coupled with these, the Costa Rican Amateur Fisherman’s Club hosts its annual International Sailfish Tournament every July, where there is a butt load of exciting and fun events for not only fishermen but also spectators.
FISHING IN PLAYA DEL COCO
Based out of Marina Papagayo, which is Costa Rica’s first luxury Marina and yacht club, Playa Del Coco is the central hub for fishing in the Northern Pacific Region of Costa Rica. Patrolling the edges of this area are Black, Blue, and striped Marlin, Wahoo, Dorado, and Yellowfin Tuna which weigh more than 300 pounds. Several varieties of Snapper, Amberjack, and Roosterfish can also be found in this area.
Located approximately 20 miles from Liberia, Costa Rica, Playas Del Coco is one of the oldest beach communities in the Guanacaste Province in Costa Rica. It also has an historical importance due to its close proximity to Guanacaste’s Capital of Liberia. Fishing lodges and luxury resorts can also be found in Marina Papagayo, and Condos in Marina Village.
FISHING IN TAMARINDO
If you are looking to take advantage of a couple of amazing fishing charters around the world, with first-class fishing all year round, then Tamarindo is the right place for you. It is close to deep water and situated on the Pacific Coast, which makes it a very productive fishing ground. In this area, you get to catch some of the best fish in the world such as, Wahoo, Dorado, Sailfish, Blue Marlin, and many more.
Tamarindo has a number of great fishing charters, as well as deep-sea fishing expeditions for all for your pleasure. These fishing charters can accommodate you no matter what your preference is, and offers you a wide range of excellent equipment, tackle and fishing techniques known in Costa Rica. This area is perfect for both veterans and beginners.
FISHING IN GARZA
Looking for an interesting fishing with your friends or family? Or you want to take that needed vacation from a stressful year or month? Then Garza, with its beautiful sun and sand, is the place to be. No matter what your preference is, you would surely find something that interests you.
You would want to take advantage of one of the many amazing fishing charters and fishing tours, in Costa Rica. Garza typically has two types of fishing tours that you could enjoy anytime you come visiting. That is, the offshore fishing and inshore fishing, and these normally determine the kind of fish you get to catch. Though these fishing tours are in high demand all year round, the most suitable months to go fishing in this area are January, February, March, and December. To fully enjoy your vacation, you would want to stay at one of the well-equipped fishing lounge in this area, which is the Hotel Plaza Garza.
The types of fish that can be caught in this area include Wahoo, Mackerel, Tuna, Marlin, Lobsters, and snappers.
FISHING IN SAMARA
Samara has a whole lot to offer. From its beautiful sun and sand, to its incredible fishing and gorgeous nightlife. Fishing in Samara gives you the opportunity to catch different fish species which include Black fin and Yellow fin Tuna, Blue and Black Marlin, Snook, Snapper, Dorado, Sailfish, Grouper, and lots more.
Asides a promising fishing experience, Samara also has amazing attractions like beaches if you feel like lying in the sun, or you want to swim in the clear ocean. When fishing in Samara, you will truly appreciate the natural beauty of the pristine coast, and have a terrific adventure.
TIME OF THE YEAR TO FISH COSTA RICA
If you search google for the best time to visit Costa Rica, the results you would find will be December – April, which are generally regarded to as the most appealing time frame to visit Costa Rica. It never rains during these months and so is regarded to as dry season, which allows you enjoy the sun and sand, and all the amazing outdoor adventures that Costa Rica has to offer. The plus side to visiting during this season is that most fish species can be caught during this season, and you easily combine your fishing trip with a family vacation, where everyone gets to have a good time.
The green season, or rainy season, can be considered if you are looking for a quieter and less crowded vacation, because there is lower volume of tourists, more availability, and fortunately less prices, unlike the dry season.
DIFFERENT FISH SPECIES YOU CAN FIND IN COSTA RICA
Fishing is pretty fantastic all year round in Costa Rica, and it is very possible to catch just about any species of fish on any day. But, here is a list of the most sought after species and the times where you are most likely to catch them:
Costa Rica waters are abundant in Roosterfish, which has only one type. These are fighting fish, and will give you a fun catch, whether you are an expert or a notice. In Costa Rica, there isn’t a specific roaster fishing season, so it can be caught at any time of the year. However, they are more abundant between December and April with a slight reduction between September and October.
Sailfish always gives a thrilling catch due to its speed, aerial acrobatics, and fighting ability. The currents and deep waters in Costa Rica usually attracts Sailfish all year round, but between April and September, there is a noticeable increase in Sailfish and are therefore regarded to as the best months for Sailfishing.
Costa Rica is a home to a large volume of all species of snapper. The Red and Cubera Snapper are the most preferred for a fantastic and large enough dish for your party or dinner. Costa Rica does not have a particular snapper fishing season since they can be caught all year round. However, there is a slight peak in the available volume of snappers from January to July.
Marlin fishing in Costa Rica is one of the most sought after fishing due to the immense size and speed of this species, coupled with their fantastic aerial acrobatics which they display once hooked. Costa Rica has the 3 species of Marlin in abundance, that is, the Black Marlin, Striped Marlin and the Blue Marlin. The best season to go on Marlin fishing in Costa Rica depends on the species you are interesting in.
Between December and April, the Black Marlin and Blue Marlin are highly prevalent, while the Striped Marlin can be caught all year round. Usually, the Black Marlin becomes more prevalent between April and May.
Thanks to their size and speed, Wahoo are usually a thrill to catch. Wahoo fishing is pretty consistent all year round as there is no specific season when they are more prevalent. But, Wahoo are somewhat scarce as they tend to be found in solitary, or in loose-knit and small groups.
Also known as Mahi Mahi or Dolphinfish, Dorado are endowed with beautiful colors and a small dorsal sail. As with many fish species in Costa Rica, they can be caught all year round, but are more prevalent between October and April. It is always advisable to employ special methods, techniques and baits to increase your odds of catching a monster Dorado.
In Costa Rica, the type of Mackerel that can be found are one of the most prettiest fish you will ever see, both on the inside and out. The come with a bronze-green back with iridescent silver-blue sides that are highlighted with lateral golden spots and a single aqua blue to dark blue stripe that traces from the back of the grill to the tail.
Just like many other species, mackerel fishing season is Costa Rica is all year round. They are usually found close to shore around wrecks, rocky outcroppings, reefs, or any other form of cover.
Tuna fish are typically found in large schools feeding just alongside Dolphins. Costa Rica has Yellowfin, Bigeye, and Skipjack Tuna, which are all fun and exciting to catch, and also delicious. Although Tuna can be caught all year round, they are particularly prevalent from May to November.
Also known as Robalo, Snook has been highly regarded to as one of the better tasting fish in the World. Although there are technically 5 species of Snook, the most common species in Costa Rica is the Common Snook because they can found in both fresh and salt water all over Costa Rica.
As other species, Snook can be caught all year round. However, December and January have been reported to be the months to go Snook fishing. This may be due to the increase of the number of fishermen during this season.
THE IDEAL CAPTAIN
If you are planning a fishing trip to Costa Rica, it is best you get connected to a Captain with local knowledge of Costa Rica because nobody else would know how to catch fish in their waters than them.
FISHING PACKAGE COST
The cost of fishing in Costa Rica would depend highly on where and when you want to book your fishing charter.
Fishing in Costa Rica promises to be an exciting and thrilling experience, so grab your rods, reels, and lures, and don’t forget to bring your sense of adventure!