Costa Rica Fishing
With the Pacific Ocean on the west coast and the Caribbean Sea on the east coast plus numerous navigable rivers and lakes, Costa Rica is the perfect destination for a fishing vacation. You can go the saltwater or freshwater route with plenty of Costa Rica fishing packages and charters to choose from. Big game fishing in Costa Rica is an anglers dream come true. The four day International Sailfish Tournament is recognized by international and Costa Rica fishing associations and clubs as the most productive of any of the bill fish competitions in the world and has been a feature of many specialized magazines. Either coast is a short driving distance from the capital city of San Jose so you can fly in and be fishing on the same day. The Pacific coast is divided into 3 main areas of rugged geography full of coves, inlets and bays with the Costa Rica fish moving from one area to the other, resulting in year round activity. You can bring your own gear from home or use what is provided! Let us assist you with designing the fishing holiday of your dreams.
For many years, a month by month chart has been used as a sportsmen's guide for fishing, but in the past few years, these fishing reports have become more unpredictable as the world's weather patterns change. Please us the following as a rough guide for seasonal fishing information, but remember that action varies according to weather patterns.
On the Caribbean, Barra del Colorado, Tortuguero and Parismina are the main fishing ports in this Snook and Tarpon rich area, and you'll be able to spot crocodiles along the canals and rivers. You’ll be able to hook the acrobatic Tarpon just outside the river mouths near inlets and coastal lagoons, where, when the weather is right, schools of leaping tarpon can spread for acres in every direction. Reeling in a Tarpon will possibly turn out to be the most dramatic catch in your trip. The Caribbean has a year round season for Spanish Mackerel and Dorado or Mahi-Mahi. For Snook, the best months are March-May or September-November and for Tarpon, the best months are May-October.
Snook and Tarpon are also found among the river mouths in the Central Pacific inland regions with the best months being July through November during the heavy rainy season for Tarpon and year round for Snook. There is also 'guapote' (a relative of the Peacock Bass) year round in the Central Pacific near Cano Negro and Lake Arenal.
In the Pacific Ocean, you can find Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Dorado or Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Snapper and Spanish Mackerel, The following chart can be used as a rough guide: