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No matter what your preference, salt water or freshwater, conventional or fly, offshore
or river fishing, Costa Rica has a fishing destination for you. Costa Rica is bordered by
the Pacific on the West and the Caribbean on the East. There are too many rivers to count
flowing in between. If you prefer to fish lakes, there are freshwater lakes of all sizes
within the borders and even creating the border with Nicaragua. There are also canals,
mangroves, and estuaries, in additional to offshore islands.
This abundance and variety of fishing venues has led to several game fish records being
set in the relatively small country. Costa Rica currently holds 89 International Game Fish
Association records including a 162 pound blue marlin, and a sailfish caught on the fly.
It is not just the abundance of fish that should make an angler choose Costa Rica, it
is also the countrys eye towards game fish conservation. Circle hooks have long been
required and the Costa Rican government, working with the Billfish Foundation has recently
enacted new rules for both sports fishermen and commercial fishermen aimed at reducing the
number of billfish killed as a result of long lining and poor fishing practices.
Whether you want to fish in the Pacific, the Caribbean, both or somewhere in between
you will have no trouble finding the perfect fishing lodge or day charter.
The Caribbean coast, is the place for unparalleled world class tarpon fishing. This
side of the country can be more remote than the Pacific. Here, you can find all inclusive
lodges that include lodging, meals and fishing for tarpon, snook, snapper, and guapote.
Up and down the Pacific coast you will find everything from fishing villages, to beach
resort towns, to world class marinas, to middle of nowhere lodges. When
choosing to fish in the Pacific you need to do a little research. Although marlin,
sailfish, snapper, tuna, dorado, amberjack, wahoo, roosterfish and snook are all common
catches, the season for each fish varies depending on your location in Costa Rica.
It is not just the fishing seasons that vary the atmosphere in different locations can
be completely different as well. In the north the beaches are popular, the condos are
tall, and the wind makes the fishing season a bit shorter than further south. In
Herradura, the Marina is world class, you can golf, the fishing is incredible three
hundred days a year, but you might miss some of the Costa Rican experience. In Quepos, the
fleet is large and experienced, the fishing is great nearly year round, and you can visit
Costa Ricas most popular National Park, Manuel Antonio. Further South on the Osa
Peninsula you will find Golfito and Puerto Jimenez. The fishing is great year round
depending on the species you are after, the locations are remote and you get to experience
the natural beauty of Costa Rica.
Before you come to Costa Rica you need to decide what type of angler and what type of
traveler you are. Are you coming for fishing and relaxing or do you want a place with
night life? Do you like to feel like you have never left home or do you want to experience
Costa Rican life and culture? Do you want luxury or economy? Are you just coming to fish
or do you want to participate in other adventure activities? Are you traveling with your
family, with your wife, or with a group of guys? Your answer to these questions will
effect where you want to fish. What you want to catch and where you want to fish may
effect when you want to fish.
Rest assured that you will have a great time fishing in Costa Rica. The fishing is
world class due not only to the great number and variety of big fish, but also due to the
number of days you can fish per year, the quality of the countrys conservation
programs, the quality of the boats to be chartered and the experience and professionalism
of the captains and crews.
Marshall a former project manager and avid sportsfishermen from Texas, lives in
Quepos, Costa Rica with his wife and 2 children. Together, they run Quepos Adventures,
a fishing charter and adventure vacation booking company.
You can learn more about the outdoor adventures in Costa Rica by visiting our other
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