Catch and Release Fishing: The History

Posted by on Friday, October 12th, 2012 with 0

Catch and Release Sailfish

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Costa Rica is known for fishing and the practice of catch and release is widespread now. It is method practiced these days all over the world as a result of conservation efforts and is widely supported by international professional anglers who understand that preserving fish stock is critical.  Anglers spend a lot of time out on the waters and familiar with the plentiful or not so plentiful fish stock making more them more aware of issues surrounding maintaining healthy populations. With the growth of commercial fishing many species are now threatened by overfishing and protecting fish populations from overfishing is now more important than ever before in history.  While Costa Rica has strong catch and release policies in effect and is probably one of the most popular destinations for anglers worldwide, the practice actually began in the UK. Continue reading…

The Happiest Marine Life: Protecting Costa Rica’s Biodiversity for the World

Posted by on Monday, October 8th, 2012 with 0

Biodiversity Marine Life

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The incredible biodiversity of marine and wildlife life, especially the abundant diverse fish populations attracts millions of visitors to Costa Rica each year. Anglers from all over the world travel to Cost Rica for year round sport fishing. Ocean activities include world class offshore and inshore fishing, surfing, diving, snorkeling and just dipping your toes in the sand. The Osa Peninsula is probably one of the best fishing spots in the world, with marlin and Red Snapper. Even less abundant marine animals such as whales and dolphins are safe in these waters. Costa Rica possesses 3.5% of the world’s marine life and is home to over a 1,000 species of fish, 17% of the all the fish species in the world. Continue reading…

Reeling in Your Dinner: Inshore Fishing and a Recipe for Pompano

Posted by on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 with 0

Golfo Dulce Inshore Fishing

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As we move into fall and the temperatures begin to drop, it may time to start to plan an inshore fishing trip to Costa Rica’s legendary Golfo Dulce. In the sweetest gulf, there is always warm sunny weather and plenty to do even if it is just lying on a hot sandy beach with a book for hours. For the past 25 years, Costa Rica has been one of the most popular fishing destinations in the world.  October is a great month for inshore fishing, and it is also the peak of the surfing season. Most of the inshore fish you catch can be taken back to your lodging to enjoy for dinner after a long hot day on the water.

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Grab your Rod and your Board: Day Trip to Pavones for World-Class Fishing

Posted by on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 with 0

 

Pavones Fishing

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While Pavones is famous for it’s big breaks and excellent surfing conditions, it is also a great place to go fishing for tuna and snapper.  Known for its legendary left hand break, this spot is a secret favorite destination among surfers. This sleepy peaceful beach town in the Osa Peninsula is home to surfers and artisan fisherman. Travelers pass through the town looking to catch a legendary wave and experience the break of a lifetime. It is a spot for those with an adventuresome spirit, and its remoteness has kept the usual commercial tourist traffic thankfully far away.  Since it is a beach town, the food here centers around fish especially tuna and red snapper. There are several seemingly modest restaurants in town that serve excellent fresh fish.  Pavones is an excellent place for a sport fishing trip. Continue reading…

Plentiful Fish and Perfect Weather: Breakdown of the Best Months for Fishing in the Southern Pacific

Posted by on Monday, October 1st, 2012 with 0

Sport Fishing Costa Rica

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Whether you are looking for a laid back trip fishing off the coast at sunset or a rugged adventure to battle the legendary marlin in the offshore, the Southern Pacific of Costa Rica offers some of the best fishing in the world. Its remoteness keeps the area a pristine spot for fishing that is not overrun with commercialism.  Here you can relax and take a break to escape into the beauty of raw nature and if you choose be completely offline for as long as you desire. Golfito is the largest town in the Southern Pacific equipped with a modern marina.  The narrow peninsula has miles of beach on the north side and the other side is bordered by several rivers with mangroves. From the mouth of a river, you can take a boating fihsing adventure deep into the rainforest of Costa Rica. With both inshore and offshore fishing there is no shortage of options here.  The area can accommodate just about any type of fishing experience. Sailfish, marlin, jacks, runners, mackerel, amberjack, roosterfish and snapper all swim in these waters. Continue reading…

Finding Freedom in Escaping Civilization: Fishing and Other Activities Along The Sierpe River

Posted by on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 with 0

Mouth of Sierpe River

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Located along northern border of the Osa Peninsula is the Sierpe River, the gateway to the beautiful exotic Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park. The Osa Peninsula is a prime spot for fishing, hiking, wildlife watching, and surfing.  There is something here for everyone who loves the outdoors. When taking a well needed break from the hectic pace of modern life, it is a great place to book a vacation. With its warm waters, prolific fish holding structures and numerous rivers that dump rich nutrients into the ocean, some of the best fishing is found in the Osa Peninsula. There is an abundance of Red Snapper and Snook in the Sierpe River, and you can be sure that you will catch your dinner after a day of fishing here.  There are parts of this river with left hand breaks that you can surf. Another popular activist are taking wildlife tours up the river where you will spot monkeys, crocodiles, rare exotic wildlife, and hundreds of different bird species including Macaw and Toucan.

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Yellowfin Tuna Valued at $1 Million Caught

Posted by on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 with 0

World Record Yellowfin Tuna

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Last week, a potential world record yellowfin tuna was caught 200 miles off the coast of Cabo San Lucas and could be worth a million dollars. The tuna weighs in at over 400 lbs. These large gamefish are typically a frustrating catch for anglers. Yellowfin are considered the strongest and fastest of all the big game fish and create a real challenge for anglers. They are known as albacore in French and commonly referred to as such. They are a highly migratory fish are found in warm waters throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Yellowfin are abundant in the Osa Peninsula. Continue reading…

Catch and Eat: From Fishing to Recipes for Dorado and Tuna

Posted by on Monday, September 24th, 2012 with Comments Off

Fishing for Dorado and Snapper

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I love to eat fish and some of my favorite recipes include tuna, dorado and snapper.  So when there is an opportunity to go out and catch one, and then enjoy it later that night for dinner that to me is ideal. Plus, there is nothing more sustainable than catching your own dinner instead of relying on large scale commercial fishing. In Costa Rica, while there is a catch and release policy for most large game fish as well as vulnerable fish populations. There are still quite a few fishes out there that are available to catch, and yes, take home to prepare many different ways. And if you’re on vacation, many of resorts and hotels will prepare your catch for you upon request. Continue reading…

Snappity Snap It’s a Giant Snapper: Fly Fishing in the Osa Peninsula

Posted by on Thursday, September 20th, 2012 with 1

Fly Fishing GIant Snapper

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The Osa Peninsula is the last great peninsula untouched by civilization and offers some of the best fly fishing in the world with waters abundant in roosterfish, snapper, pompano,  grouper and other big game fish.  With the recent plan for a marina, this area is sure to become an even more popular fishing destination that will be able to accommodate more boaters. With and abundance of fish and strong conservation programs in place, the Osa Peninsula is fisherman’s dream. Grouper and Snapper are two of the most common catches. The Osa Peninsula is known for its giant Bug Cubera that are plentiful in these waters. While not as difficult as catching a Marlin, you are definitely in for a battle when fly fishing for a big bad Cubera.  They are a strong feisty fish.  Continue reading…

Lions and Tigers of the Ocean: Billfish in the Pacific

Posted by on Thursday, September 20th, 2012 with 0

Billfish: Marlin

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Swordfish, Marlin, Sailfish and Spearfish, these billfish are the lions and tigers of the sea. These billfish are great for sport fishing expeditions. On a hot sunny day in Costa Rica, amateurs and professionals alike head out into the deep blue Pacific waters to catch a billfish. In the Southern Pacific Coast, catching a Marlin is the real adventure and challenge.  You can spend an entire day just waiting to catch one of the giant sea creatures.  August through December is the peak season to catch a Marlin with Sailfish available year round. The challenge is what makes it worth the wait.  Sailfish and Marlin are the most popular billfish caught in the Southern Pacific off the coast of Costa Rica. Anglers travel here from all over the world to fish for these billfish. Continue reading…