Fishing Tips

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Offshore Fishing- Sailfish

Sailfish: Not as powerful as the marlin, but just as interesting, the adult sailfish ranges from 7 to 10 feet and can weigh up to 200 lbs. Sailfish in Costa Rica are much bigger than Atlantic Ocean sailfish. Once caught on the hook, they spend more time fighting in the air than in the water. Mostly fished for on the Pacific Ocean, they can also be found on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

Best Fishing Season (Quepos):

December – April

Blue Marlin: Marlins are huge fishes that are known for their incredibly speed and pointy snout. Marlins can swim up to 80 mph and are highly prized by anglers. Weighing up to 1000 lbs., Marlins are typically found in the southern part of Costa Rica, like Golfito, as well as in the Northern Pacific Coast. It is considered quite a feat to catch a Blue Marlin, taking hours to catch and release them due to their immeasurable strength.

Best Fishing Season (Quepos):

Blue Marlin: November – March, May – July

Black Marlin: November – March, June

Small, Striped Marlin: Year round

Mahi Mahi (Dorado): Also known as the Dolphin Fish, the Mahi Mahi is one of the fastest growing fish in the ocean. Mahi Mahi can weigh over 50 lbs. and are known for their quickness, with an ability to swim 50 mph. This fish is very delicious to eat and can be prepared in different ways.

*Fun Fact: The heaviest Mahi Mahi was caught in Costa Rican waters. It weighed 87 lbs.

Best Fishing Season (Quepos):

December – April

June – July

Yellow Fin Tuna: Yellow Fin Tuna are found all over Pacific Ocean coast in Costa Rica. Tunas are made of one big muscle, causing them to have incredible strength. They are considered one of the strongest fish in the sea and provide Anglers quite a fight.

Best Fishing Season (Quepos):

January – February

June – August

Inshore Fishing

Roosterfish: Roosterfish is considered one of the best fish to catch for inshore fishing, especially since they can be caught year-round. Known for their amazing strength, they have been known to outmuscle wranglers after being caught.  You can only catch Roosterfish in the Pacific Ocean between Southern California and Ecuador. They are most commonly found in reefs, rocky islands, and off the coast. While the current world record for a Roosterfish is 114 lbs, it is very likely that the next world record could be held in Costa Rica.

                Best Fishing Season (Quepos):

                November – August

Snapper: Made up of various types, Snappers are highly sought out by wranglers due to their tasty, white meat. Snappers generally live in reefs and rocky structures to protect themselves from predators. Found year-round, Snappers are great fish to catch during inshore fishing. The Dog Snappers are the largest Snappers in the Pacific Ocean, with Costa Rica boasting the largest Dog Snapper, weighing 78 lbs.

                Best Fishing Season (Quepos):

                November – August

Wahoo: Considered difficult to catch due to their quickness, it is a fish prized by many wranglers. Its flavor and texture are admired by gourmet chefs and can be used for sashimi. Wahoo can be caught year-round in Costa Rica both for inshore and offshore fishing. Wahoo generally travel alone or in small groups of less than 10, causing them to be an elusive catch.

                Best Fishing Season (Quepos):

                December – February

                June – July