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

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”.



Originally posted 2016-04-28 01:34:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter