There is nowhere better for fishing than the deep seas of Costa Rica: two oceans, beautiful lakes and hundreds of rivers. Aboard comfortable boats, inflatable zodiacs or simple canoes, the possibilities are endless. Sportfishing in Costa Rica is always a success since its idyllic weather allows fish all year long. But be aware that the “catch and release” policy is applied in Costa Rica.
The Pacific region is dotted with internationally known spots like Playa Flamingo, Golfito and Bahia Drake.
Sounds like something for you? You know what to do! It will be our pleasure to make you discover those famous fishing spots whether you’re a rookie seaman or a seasoned captain.
- From May to November, during the rainy season, you’ll get the best action around the Papagayo Gulf.
- From December to April, during the dry season, you might want to visit the south of the country: Bahia Drake and Golfito are our favorite places.
Here are short descriptions of the different fishing techniques that you can practice in Costa Rica. We insist that you respect the “Catch and Release” policy at all times.
This fishing technique consists of casting a lure or bait into the surf while standing on the shoreline. This technique works best in turbulent waters, when the sea is rough (at night or at sunrise or sunset) and when you use shellfish from the area as bait.
This technique is also practiced standing on the shore. Fly fishing consists of casting a lure called “fly” that resemble natural invertebrates or insects to provoke the fish to strike. There are to different methods: casting (the weight of the line carries the hook through the air) and mending (bending the rod and releasing it to jerk the fly line forward).
The fisherman holds the rod in his hand and has to let the line go down to the bottom and wait for a fish to bite the hook. This fishing technique permits to easily catch a large quantity of rockfish or fish moving about mainly among seaweed.
LURE FISHING FROM A BOAT
This technique consists in using a lure and giving it life to imitate a real fish. If the lure imitates the behaviours of an injured or otherwise vulnerable bit of prey, it will tend to stimulate the appetite of predatory fish and therefore catch them more quickly. Thanks to this technique, it is possible to catch fish like pike, perches, or Bluefin tunas.
Poppers are mainly used for difficult fishing, when the weather conditions are not optimal: windy days, heavy seas, etc. Therefore, the use of a big popper allows you to drive fish more easily and to cast long distances facing the wind.
This method of fishing consists in dragging a lure behind a boat moving at a slow or moderate speed. In tropical waters, trolling lines are used to catch bonitos, trevallies, barracudas, and tunas.
THE DIFFERENT REGIONS
BARRA DEL COLORADO
There, you will come across fish and corals completely different from those on the Pacific coast. Located north of Tortuguero, Barra del Colorado lies near the mouth of the Río Colorado. This spot, generally known for sport fishing, but also for harpoon fishing of barracudas and sea pikes, attracts many enthusiasts. Watch out, this fishing spot is only accessible by air.
Sport fishing is a sport that became famous in Quepos: that is evidenced by the fact that the harbour is now filled with fishing boats. In Quepos harbour, you will mainly find yellowfin tunas, flying fish, giant marlins, bonitos, swordfish, breams, and so on. It is possible to book many outings for a day, half a day, or several days (all included).
Playa Flamingo is another major sport and seaside fishing spot in Costa Rica. There, you will mainly find marlins, tunas, dolphins, roosterfish…
The best period to go fishing in Golfito runs from November to June. The concentration of different sizes and colours of fish will amaze you: you may fish a giant snapper, a trevally, or even a grouper, who knows?