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.

Originally posted 2016-08-24 06:31:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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