Fishing to the FADs Costa Rica

The most popular packages we create here at Fishing Costa Rica Experts are trips to the FADS (Fishing Aggregating Devices). FADs are also commonly referred to as seamounts by commercial fisherman who use man made FADs entice bait fish and other small marine life to congregate around the coral that forms around structures placed on the sea floor. FADs have been used for thousands of years in various forms. The earliest surface and mid-water FADs were natural elements such as driftwood, trees or even batches of seaweed.

FAD rigs can vary a great deal, in some cases using advanced technologies, but in general, buoys and floats close to the surface comprise the major part of an aggregating system.

The FADs offer protection for juvenile fish from predator fish. This gathering in turn attracts large predator fish, such as skipjack tuna, yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, dorado, wahoo, mackerel with the most prized catch being the Blue Marlin.

Stories from fishing at the FADS sound surreal with some boats lifting 35 marlin in one day. The key to a great FAD fishing experience lies in the experience of the Captain and mates on board.

In Costa Rica there are several man made FADs at varying miles from shore offering some of the best fishing in the world. Fisherman from all over the world travel to the shores of Costa Rica looking for the catch of a lifetime these 2- 3 day fishing trips.

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