Planning your fishing trip to Costa Rica? We have all your answers.
DO I need to bring my own fishing equipment to fish in Costa Rica?
No. However, plenty of fisherman do. We completely understand the love relationship with a rod and reel. We ourselves have a collection of lucky charms. However, on any fishing trip booked with us you will have plenty of rods, line, lures, and bait. Depending on what you are looking to catch while on your fishing trip in Costa Rica. We stock the boats prepared to catch what you are looking to catch.
DO I need a fishing license?
Officially, everyone in your group who is going to fish does need a license for sportfishing charters in Costa Rica. Fishing licenses are issued by INCOPESCA, the Costa Rican Institute of Fisheries and Agriculture. The cost is USD $15.00 for a period of 1-8 days; $30.00 for a period of 30 days, and $50.00 for a year. We do not ask that you purchase a license before your arrival. The morning of your fishing charter we will guide you through this process.
CAN I keep the fish I catch?
It is important to know that while fishing in Costa Rica you can keep several species of fish. However, it is important to note that Sailfish, Roosterfish and Marlin are catch and release only. Our local captains will package your catch to take home and recommend local restaurants that will prepare your fresh fish.
Catch and release Costa Rica
Several laws protect the integrity of wild and marine life in Costa Rica. This is one of several reasons why Costa Rica has such rich waters, full of Marlin, Roosterfish and Sailfish. Local sport fisherman take great pride in these conservation efforts.
Fishing Trip Costa Rica
With over 18 years experience fishing, planning fishing trips and itineraries we have the boats, accommodations and captains in all areas of Costa Rica. If you need more advice or information for planning your trip to Costa Rica – we are here to help.
Green season, our favourite time of the year in Costa Rica. For us the fishing is great, but also every spot in Costa Rica is less crowded and more enjoyable. Green season starts after Easter and flows through to November. Not always raining, a common misconception! Green season is predictable, normally you will wake up to beautiful blue skies and rain will set in around 3 pm. When fishing, it may be raining but tapers off once we travel off shore.
1. Accommodations come at a DISCOUNT during Green Season
Fishing in Costa Rica’s green season often means that your accommodations will be on average 10 – 30% lower. Bargaining power is greater during green season because attractions are not as crowded.
Some boats also offer discount from 10-20% depending on the popularity of the team on board.
2. Fishing is actually incredible in Green season
Fishing during green season we still have many reports of marlin and sailfish bites. Rain season is incredible for Large Yellow Fin Tuna feeding around debris.The rain from the mountains pushes debris down the rivers into river mouths and into the ocean depths. This debris acts as structures for fish to congregate around. These structures hide baitfish, dorado, and small tunas, with small fish means larger fish are lurking!
Green season is peak for fishing for roosterfish, grouper, and snapper. However due to the richness of our waters – fishing for these species is great year round.
3. Green season is GREEN
Costa Rica is absolutely beautiful in Green or “rainy” season. Green season generally lasts from May through November with September and October being the rainiest.
Words can not even begin to express how beautiful Costa
Rica is during the Green Season. Even better rain normally does not roll in until 3 pm and you will almost always wake up to sunny blue skies.
4. FAD FISHING IN GREEN SEASON IS AT A HIGH
FAD Trips are our multi-day fishing trips. FADs or Fishing Aggregating Devices are located 80+ miles off the Costa Rican shore. We have FAD fishing during green season from Quepos, Golfito, and Los Suenos near Jaco.
FAD fishing is all the rave during Green Season with some boats catching up to 20 Marlins per day. Most of the Marlin caught are weighing anywhere from 200 to 800 pounds. It is literally like a fishing hatchery in the middle of the ocean. FAD fishing seems too good to be true – but it is not a myth it is fact!
More about FAD fishing http://www.fishingcostaricaexperts.com/Fishing-to-the-FADs-Costa-Rica.html
5. Cooler water = MORE FISH CLOSER TO SHORE
The oceans experience change in Green Season as well. Water temperatures tend to cool down and large varieties of migratory game fish swim in meaning larger fish are also found closer to shore.
Humpback Wales migrate thousands of miles to the peaceful waters of Cano Island to give birth to their calves. This gives us an incredible opportunity of spotting whales, dolphins and seas turtles while out fishing.
We are currently offering discounted rates on Green season FAD Fishing contact us for more info.
As a tribute to all the dads out there, this Fathers Day we are discounting some boats in our fleet. 1/2 day $150 per angler, and full day $225 per angler based on 4 anglers.
We can customize your fishing day for children and families as well as serious professionals. We have access to Captains, mates and boats that will give you the on water experience you are looking for.
FISHING TRIPS WE CAN ORGANIZE
Professional Fisherman & Novice – Full Day Offshore
This is the trip to book if you dream of catching fighting fish like a Marlin! Offshore fishing requires a full day to travel 30+ miles offshore. Offshore we fish for species such as Wahoo, Marlin, Amberjack, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna.
Professional Fisherman & Novice – In Shore 1/2 or Full Day
Fishing within 30 miles from shore. Inshore focuses on fishing around reefs and coves. Species you can expect to catch inshore are rooster, snapper, grouper, amberjacks, snook.
Families – Combine Fishing with a Secluded Beach visit
In this trip we customize to do a little fishing with some secluded beach combing. 1/2 day is perfect for kids and creates incredible memories!
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This is a little story about how a women learned to love to fish. The Tenorio River is where it started in the beautiful province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
THE TENORIO RIVER
The Tenorio River in Costa Rica rises near the Tenorio Volcano. It becomes a fast moving river, with some areas of rapids popular for white-water rafting. White water rafting is what the Tenorio River is most famous for with tourists (like myself). However, there are incredible soft sections with small rapids perfect for casting a line. You can expect to catch serious amounts of Machaca, Snook and Rainbow Bass.
LEARNING TO LOVE TO FISH
Randall and I often make trips around Costa Rica to check out new tours, fishing boats and marinas. We are blessed with the ability to travel often in search of unique experiences we can offer our clients visiting Costa Rica.
When I first started visiting Costa Rica I have to admit fishing was not high on my list of things to do. After meeting Randall my entire perspective changed, fishing is now a way of life, and not often does one day pass where we are not casting a line somewhere.
My life has gone from blue collar business to searching the best underwater cameras and keeping myself updated on the best colour of fishing line.
Randall has owned and managed a fleet of fishing boats for almost 18 years now, I was heavily involved in business in Canada. The Costa Rican way of life was almost surreal to me. I could hardly believe how different life was in Costa Rica, how relaxed, and how much nature, the ocean and animals were incorporated into their daily life. In the States and Canada we are in such a hurry we forget – fishing was once something our ancestors did on a daily basis out of necessity. We have lost this, in the rush of our daily life. However in Costa Rica “Pura Vida” is a national saying that defines this feeling of peace with nature.
PRAYING FOR JUST ONE BITE
Fishing in the fresh water rapids on the Tenorio is not entirely new to Costa Rica, however it is just now gaining intense popularity as a fishing trip. Our friends on the Tenorio have even started their own fishing competition, a weekend full of great fun and some intense friendly competition.
We departed bright and early as we made the 90 minute drive from Jaco to the Tenorio River to meet one of Randall’s long time friends. His name is Chuta, and has been fishing on the Tenorio since he was a young boy. I on the other hand had no idea what to expect – all I was told was to dress for some nice rough water. Very confused by “rough” I packed not so great with my Sperry Dock Shoes. As it turns out rough means white water, fishing from a raft and no – dock shoes were not appropriate!
Still no idea what I was getting into, Randall stayed at the base of the river filming with the drone as we made our way downstream. We would be fly fishing and I have never fly fished. As I headed up river on a typical Costa Rican back road, I watched as the crew in the back of a Toyota truck older than me, tied flies and got our poles ready. I was nervous because I was inexperienced, and this picture below is exactly what I pictured happening to me – only with rods and not paddles.
The crew put the rafts in the water and the beauty of the untouched riverbanks blew my mind. Macaws, monkeys and tons of wildlife all around us. You could see how rich the water was full of jumping Machaca. As I hopped in the raft the guys taught me how to cast and off we went. They assured me that they have tons of 5 year olds that love this trip and catch fish. I blushed and tried to copy the pro the best I could, praying to the fishing Gods for just one bite.
To begin my casts were too fast and I was not waiting long enough before re-casting. The crew quickly had my casts perfected and after that it was unreal the amount of fish we were lifting. By the third trip down river I was relaxed with my casting and constantly lifting fish. The crew was one of the most interesting teams I have ever fished with. They knew where the fish were, they were locals and this river was their home.
NOW OUR MOST BOOKED FISHING TRIP
Since this trip Randall and I have never found a fishing excursion we both enjoy more. The perfect mix of wildlife, adventure, adrenaline and tons of good catch. Turns out fishing on the Tenorio is now one of our most loved fishing trips by our clients – and every chance we get this is where we head for some downtime. There is nothing better than catching fighters like Machaca, while floating down a river with rapids. The species we hunt for on the Tenorio River fishing excursion are Guapote (Rainbow Bass), Robalo (Snook), and Machaca.
Pricing starts at $350 all inclusive. For more information http://www.fishingcostaricaexperts.com/Mangrove-Fishing-Costa-Rica.html
Stay Tuned for our monthly blog posts with new and updated fishing info!
Pura Vida, Sarah
Also Fishing Osa Peninsula is a sportfisherman`s paradise. If billfishing is your passion then this is where you want to be, Marlin and Sailfishing at it`s best !!
All the Osa Peninsula is amazing for your fishing experience and at the same time enjoy the wonders of Costa Rica.
Corcovado National Park also occupies the peninsula, with the largest area of tropical rainforest lowlands in Central America. This park houses one of the tallest rainforests on earth.
With over 70 registered world records within 60 nautical miles of the bay, it’s no wonder that this fisherman’s paradise has a reputation for providing some of the world’s best sport-fishing.
Depending on the season, Inshore anglers will look for Spanish and Sierra mackerel, snapper, grouper, triggerfish, cabrilla, jacks and roosterfish (which are year-round residents), with offshore anglers finding sailfish, striped, black and blue marlin, mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna, dorado and wahoo.
Being out on the water also brings opportunities to see other marine life such as whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sea birds, and flying fish, among others. Golfito Marina Village, Drake Bay and Puerto Jimenez are great places for fishing at Peninsula de Osa.
MUY CALIENTE 31′
31′ BERTRAM, Twin 250 hp Cat, 22 knots, 4 PEOPLE MAX…
31′ BERTRAM, Twin 250 hp Cat, 22 knots, 4 PEOPLE MAX…
REAL ESCAPE 35′
35′ CABO, Twin 450 hp Cat, 22 knots, 4 PEOPLE MAX…
Sierpe River – Mangrove fishing
The mouth of the Sierpe River, part of a lush mangrove estuary and the area around Isla Violines offer a good chance for snook and corvina. The Osa Peninsula is secluded in Costa Rica’s southern pacific coast and is truly a wonderland of nature.
Hedged by more than 66,850 acres of protected, undisturbed mangroves that are intertwined with river canals and tropical rainforest on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. The Terraba-Sierpe National Wetlands is situated where the mouths of the Sierpe and Terraba rivers meet and is home some of the biggest mangroves in the world.Fishing Osa Peninsula
2016 Offshore Fishing World Championships Costa Rica. — A fleet of 67 international teams from 28 countries head out of Marina Pez Vela into the sailfish-rich Costa Rican waters for the 17th Annual Offshore World Championship tournament. Last year Bylines out, anglers ended up releasing an impressive 814 sailfish, 5 blue marlin and one black marlin, setting a new opening day tournament record with 38 more billfish releases than last year’s opening day.
2016 Offshore Fishing World Championships
This is considered the Olympics of sportfishing where anglers from all over the world will come to Costa Rica. Last year’s event set a record with 2,822 Sailfish caught and released in 4 days. This proves why southern/central Costa Rica is considered the best spot in the world for offshore fishing.
We offer fishing in Guanacaste, Los Sueños Marina, Quepos Marina Pez Vela, Dominical, Golfito, Drake Bay, Arenal lake and other places like Barra Colorado for the famous Costa Rica Tarpon fishing… Our fleet of fishing vessels range from 26′ to 71’footers.
Here are our boats that have been selected to compete at the 2016 Offshore World Championships
Contact us today to book your ultimate Bill-fishing
( Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, and Sailfish) experience at its finest not to mention the Dorado and Yellow Fin Tuna! Don’t forget about the fantastic inshore fishing as well for Roosterfish, Pargo, Amberjack and more.