If you think catching a 100 pound fish sounds like a nice way to start your day, then come sport fishing in Costa Rica! Costa Rica’s Pacific coast is a haven for trophy fish; almost 50 world records for fishing have been registered alongside the country’s western shores.
Due to the necessary equipment for seeking such large fish, anglers of all skill levels should partner up with a guide or tour company to ensure the best experience possible. The professionals are sport fishing in Costa Rica year round and always know when and what fish are biting.
Targeted fish range from a few pounds up to 400! The Pacific is rampant with yellowfin Tuna, sailfish, wahoo, snapper, marlin, sailfish, roosterfish, and dorado, to name a few. On the Caribbean side, excursions revolve around big tarpon and big snook.
Some of the hotspots for sport fishing in Costa Rica are Uvita, Quepos, Ocotal, and Manual Antonio; however, there are great fishing spots scattered all over the country! Depending on interest levels in fishing and the length of stay in Costa Rica, fishing tours can range anywhere from a half day to one week.
A few companies, like Blue Fin Sportfishing, have amazing single day packages that include flights from San Jose to Quepos and back, 6 hours of fishing, and transportation to and from the airport all for under $400. However, most fishing tours are based in coastal areas; popular places to stay with easy access to fishing include Tamarindo, Playa Conchal, Jaco, Drake Bay, and Tortuguero. And don’t worry about when you come; the fish bite year-round here!
Though some people go with the traditional line on a stick alongside the beach, for your safety, enjoyment, and haul, we recommend finding a guide or experienced fisherman with the proper equipment when sport fishing in Costa Rica!