Costa Rican Fishing
Costa Rican Fishing Charters Pricing
Costa Rica offers Charter Boats starting at $375 for a half day inshore and $550 for Full days offshore.
What is included
Offshore Trips include all your Beverages (Sodas, Water, Beer) Lunch, Fresh Fruit. Also included is all Bait and equipment, Highly Qualified Captain and Mate to take care of you while you are out fishing.
Costa Rican Fishing where to go?
Costa Rica Fishing Charters usually make people think of Big Offshore Charter boats out running and gunning for Marlin, Sailfish, Yellow fin Tuna, Mahi-Mahi as well as other Big Game Offshore Species.
What most people don't realize is that Costa Rica has a lot more to offer for fishing Options. These other great Costa Rica Fishing options are Inshore fishing, as well as Freshwater and river fishing, and an almost cult following for Fly fishing for anything that has gills.
Costa Rican Fishing Offshore Guide
For what to Expect To Do Battle With!!!
The largest and most sought after Quepos Fishing Charters game-fish. Those lucky enough to fight and land one of these monsters will have a fisherman’s tale worth listening too. Famous for its strength and acrobatic jumps, a marlin fight can last for hours. Blue marlin are the most common of all marlin found in Costa Rica’s waters, though black marlin and even the occasional striped marlin are hooked often enough. While normally in the 150-500 lb range, several have been lucky enough to fight marlin over 900 lbs.
The black marlin is very similar to the blue marlin and can be found in the same 70-85 degree tropical Quepos Fishing Charters waters. Although they are found in the same areas and feed on the same bait fish, the black marlin typically weighs just a bit more than the blues. Black marlin are very dense, round fish and can reach up to 15 feet in length. Like the blue marlin the females are the largest with males ranging in the 200-500 lb
An extremely acrobatic and fast fish, the sailfish is a staple of Quepos Fishing Charters in Costa Rica. Once hooked, a sailfish will spend half of the fight out of the water twisting and turning as you try to maintain tension on the line. Found in huge numbers all over the country, this trophy fish is on the wish list of almost every angler. Sailfish are so abundant here that it is not uncommon to get two hooked at the same time.
This colorful and acrobatic fish is a favorite Quepos Fishing Charters game fish all over the Americas. While small Dorado’s can be found in-shore around islands and by river mouths the big, hard-fighting bulls are found off-shore. Once hooked high leaps and lengthy tail walks are a common sight. A colorful and delicious fish, landing a Dorado is a bonus because you get a great fight and even better meal out of it. Dorado over 50 lbs are frequently caught here.
One of the strongest Quepos Fishing Charters fish in the sea, once hooked you’ll see why people refer to tuna as a ‘ball of muscle’. Though not known for its jumping ability, the hard and constant runs will test anybody’s strength. The fight may wear you out, but once landed this makes for a great meal when you get back to your hotel. While the most commonly hooked tuna are ‘football’ sized, several yellow fin upwards of 200-300 lbs have been landed here.
Without much of an argument, Quepos Fishing Charters anglers and experts agree the Wahoo is the fastest fish in the ocean. Even though they are found all over the country, they usually travel alone so catching one is always a pleasant surprise. With fast, scorching runs the only thing that is better than the fight is the fish itself. Because of its elusiveness, the Wahoo is a true delicacy among fisherman. Trolling with live bait is your best bet when trying to catch this speedy, intelligent fish.
Costa Rican Fishing Inshore Guide
For what to Expect To Do Battle With!!!
The target of most serious in]shore fisherman, the rooster fish is one of Costa Ricas best fighters. Once hooked this brazen and macho fish will try to, and actually might be able to, out muscle you. Almost strictly catch and release, the rooster makes for a much better picture than a meal. Commonly found around rocky outcrops and islands, they are also caught hunting right behind the surf. Roosters can be hooked with poppers and spinners, though they go crazy for live bait. While the average is about 30]40 lbs, roosters over 80 lbs are common and 100 lbs are a treat.
Quepos, Costa Rica is home to several different kinds of snapper. This delicious and popular fish is usually found on the bottom of the sea near rocky structures. The red snapper may be the most common and make the best meal, but the huge cubera snappers are the biggest and best fighters. Most snappers weigh in at about 15 to 20 lbs, but occasionally can grow upwards to about 100 lbs. Snook: The Snook has a distinct black lateral line that as you can see is very high on the main body. A divided dorsal fin and a sloping forehead. It has a large mouth, protruding lower jaw and grows much larger than other snook. The pelvic fin is yellow. Most catches are from 5 to 8 pounds. Grouper: Olive or gray body coloration that can have black blotches and brassy spots and gently rounded preopercle, Common up to 40 pounds and may attain weights exceeding 100 pounds Amberjack: Typically there is a dark stripe that extends from nose to the front side of the dorsal fin and it lights up when it is in feeding mode. There are no scutes, and there is a soft dorsal base that is less than twice the length of the anal fin base. Common up to 40 pounds, the largest of the jacks and thought to spawn offshore most of the year. The Greater Amberjack feeds on squid, fish, and crustaceans.
The Crevalle have a bluish]green to greenish]gold back and silver or yellowish belly. Soft dorsal and anal fins are almost identical in size. There is a prominent black spot on the gill cover and a black spot at the base of each pectoral fin. There are no scales on the throat. Ranging from 3 to over 5 pounds.
The King Mackerel has back color of a iridescent bluish green and kind of silvery sides. There streamlined body has a tapered head and there is no black pigment on front of the first dorsal fin. The lateral line starts high and drops sharply below the second dorsal fin. The young King Mackerel often have yellow like spots similar to those of spanish mackerel. Pompano: These fish are a greenish gray on the back that shades into silvery sides. When Pompano are in dark waters they show a little gold on the throat, pelvic, and anal fins. They have a deep flattened body with a small mouth. 22 to 27 soft dorsal rays and 20 to 23 soft anal rays. The location of the anal fin is slightly behind the origin of second dorsal. Usually less than 3 pounds
Other Names: Peto, Ono Physical Description: Long, slender body marked with zebra-like stripes of white and deep blue or black. Mouth is elongated and narrow, and equipped with razor-sharp teeth. Range: Wahoo are present in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans in clear, tropical and subtropical waters. Heavy seasonal concentrations occur off the Pacific coasts of Panama, Costa Rica and Baja California in the summer.
One of the most intelligent fish in the sea, the barracuda is also one of the most aggressive. They can be found both off]shore and in]shore, though most often they are found by river mouths and other areas where smaller fish gather. A scorcher like the Wahoo, once a hooked a barracuda will often show its displeasure with huge jumps several feet out of the water.
Costa Rican Fishing Fresh water Fishing
Freshwater Fishing - Lowland Rivers
Once the rivers reach the lowlands they are bigger, wider and calmer and are home to an interesting mix of species. It is in these waters that Snook usually reach their limits of inland migration and where Machaca and Roncador also reach their limits of seaward travel. Some of the bigger specimens of each species can be encountered so this is typically bigger rod and heavy shock/bite tippet territory. These fisheries are usually worked from drift boats and on foot due to the quiet, serene nature of the environment and the wary, spooky traits of the larger fish that inhabit the area. Jon boats with 4 stroke outboards are used only seasonally when longer distances have to be traveled. Lowland trips are done on the Rio Savegre, Naranjo, Parrita, Paquita, Guavo, Baru, and many other smaller creeks and canals.
Freshwater Fishing - Mountain Rivers
Central Pacific Coast Mountain River Fishing
There are several different watersheds on the Central Pacific Coast that each contain large main river drainages that are fed by numerous tributaries and literally hundreds of small creeks and streams. Most of these watersheds are small in area geographically, but have many fishing opportunities due to the mountainous nature of the landscape and it's proximity to the ocean. The waters are warm but the environments are mountainous with many of the upper river sections providing white water action year around. The predominant species in these waters is the Machaca which is a favorite for it's aggressive nature when feeding on or near the surface, and for it's acrobatics. Roncador (Pacific Grunt), Mojarra, Guavina, and Tepe-Machin are common to this area and in 2014 the International Game Fish Association world record for Roncador (7 lbs. 2 oz.) was caught in these waters. Even though some of the mountain trips start over 450feet in altitude, we can find saltwater species like Snook and Cubera Snapper cruising in the area. Mountain river trips are done either on foot, from drift boats and duckies, or both.
Costa Rican Fishing - Fly Fishing
Experience the Best fly Fishing in Costa Rica With One of Our Exciting Costa Rica fly Fishing Packages Fly fishing in Costa Rica is world famous for its bill fishing. Billfish, or Sailfish, gather here in such numbers that catching them on fly is achievable. Whether you prefer a Costa Rica deep sea fishing or a surf fishing excursion, fly fishing for billfish is one of the fastest growing sports among fishermen today. Our Costa Rica Fishing Trips Include Other Big Game Fish Although we emphasize our focused on bill fishing, we feel that there is another fishery here in Costa Rica that is being overlooked. Our crew has discovered areas where various world records are waiting to be caught on fly. The species include Bonita, yellow-fin tuna, amberjack, Jack crevalle, Rooster fish, Wahoo, Dorado, and a host of various snappers. Our passion is fly-fishing. We not only have the expertise, but we also have a COMPLETE inventory of fly tackle and accessories to make your Costa Rica Fishing Vacation complete. So, if you are interested in chasing down a record or two of your own, give it a try.
Looking for Fly-Fishing in Costa Rica? Whether you are looking for a Costa Rica Surf Fishing or you prefer sport fishing, we have the adventure for you. We offer "off the beaten path" Costa Rica fly fishing adventures off the Quepos coast. All fly trips include professional, bilingual guide, tackle (fly-fishing or other), lunch, tropical fruits, beverages, plenty of cold drinking water, and 4WD transportation. Fly fishing in Costa Rica - Costa Rica fly fishing vacations
Water craft transport varies based on trip. We recommend that you bring polarized sunglasses, sun block, hat, camera, and quick drying clothes. Fresh water fly fishing River Trips (Single Day and Overnight) Fly Fish the lush tropical mountain rivers to the pacific sea in one of our custom-built drift boats or fish a water ducky. You can cast big dries, drift heavy nymphs, swing streamers and strip poppers all in the same day. Quepos Sailfishing Charters makes it possible to catch up to 9 species in one day, including: Snook, Machaca, Mojarra, Tepemachin, Roncador, Guavina, Bobo, and both Snapper,Tiger fish. Fly Fish the estuaries, lagoons, river mouths, canals and Mangroves for Snook, Snapper, Long jaw Leather jack, Bobo, Palomito, Jewfish, and various Jacks.