Category Archives: Costa Rica Fishing Articles

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

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

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

From Adventure to Dining: Costa Rica Centers Around Fishing

Costa Rica Fishing
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Costa Rica is one of the best fishing spots in the world and after a long day of fishing or hiking through the rainforest, everyone is ready for a good hearty dinner.  Abundant in fresh fish, vegetables and fruit available combined with the a strong Spanish influence, Costa Rica has some real epicurean treats.  With its cultural history, of course black beans and rice are staples for meals here combined with other foods. A Casada is a typical Costa Rican dish, which has beans and rice served with fish, meat and chicken. But you can also enjoy incredible dishes with influences from all over the world and if you choose to.  Probably what makes the food so good is that to start most of it is grown locally so everything you eat here is fresh.  With a year-long growing season, there is never a shortage of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as a daily locally caught fish if you are by the sea. Continue reading

What’s For Dinner?: Sustainable Fishing

 

Red Snapper Sustainable
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What’s for dinner? It’s a global question asked every night by people,  but few ask,  is it sustainable?  Fish often finds it way to the dinner plate.   Fish is a favorite food because it is brain food and low in calories helping to keep us healthy and in shape. However, most of us don’t think about the consequences of what we eat. The thought of whether of not our dinner plate is sustainable does not even cross the average mind. In the USA,  you can pretty much eat anything you want anytime of the year.

For most anglers, the ability to catch a fish and then eat it is a very rewarding experience.  Unsustainable commercial fishing practices threaten this tradition. For thousands of years, man has hunted for his dinner but without strong marine conservation programs, many game fish face extinction. Catch and release programs and sustainable fishing practices are implemented to protect vulnerable fish populations. Continue reading

Dorado AKA Mahi Mahi: An Offshore Treat

Giant Dorado aka Mahi Mahi
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World-famous offshore sport fishing in Costa Rica includes sailfish, marlin, roosterfish and dorado aka mahi mahi.  With so many incredible game fish to choose from, dorado remains a favorite catch among anglers.  This tiny country has some of the best sport fishing in the world largely due to their catch and release policy, which supports incredible variety in the species of fish that inhabit these waters.  Dorado is a dolphinfish not to be confused with dolphin, which are mammals.  It is also commonly referred to by its Hawaiian name, mahi mahi. Not only are they a chef’s favorite  they are also a favorite catch among sportfishermen around the world.  What better place to go fishing for dorado then offshore in the Southern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica. Continue reading

Who Doesn’t Love A Difficult Catch?: Snook Fishing

Snook Fishing Costa Rica
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Deep in the Osa Peninsula if you are up for an exciting and challenging catch, you can go snook fishing. Snook are known for their incredible strength making them a real difficult catch and a prized game fish. The Osa Peninsula has some of the best fishing anywhere in the world coupled with the incredible biodiversity and richness of this area make’s it a traveler’s paradise.  The mouths of Costa Rica rivers are loaded with snook and the  mangrove estuaries are nurseries for snook.  You can fish for snook almost all year-long with the best times being May through April and then again January through March.  The best places  for snook fishing are rivers and surf, and the best time to fish for snook is at night especially during a full moon. Continue reading

The Daring Adventure of Night Fishing in the Osa Peninsula

Night Fishing
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There is something magical about night fishing in the Osa Peninsula. The best time to go is during a full moon. The ocean is quiet and peaceful with the moonlight reflecting on the water.  The summer months are prime targets for night fishing. Night is feeding time for most fish making it an ideal time to catch a really big one.  In the solitude and tranquility of fishing by the surf or in a boat, you will find fish move into the shallows to feed. Landing a fish in total darkness is like no other fishing experience. For the angler wanting a real thrill, it is all about night fishing. In the In the Osa Peninsula the many fishing choices include the expansive surf, the many winding rivers, mangroves and the deep blue clear Pacific Ocean.  Continue reading

Fishing: To Catch a Big Bad Fierce Cubera

 

Monster Pargo
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When an angler travels to Costa Rica to go fishing catching a Big Cubera is a real prize. The Pacific Coast of Costa Rica has some of the most consistent and exciting fishing in the world. It is no wonder it is a favored spot by both professional anglers and amateurs.  With waters abundant in sailfish, marlin, tuna, roosterfish, mackerel, mahi mahi and snapper, there is a catch here for any sport fisherman. But when it comes to snapper, which live in subtropical and tropical waters, in Costa Rica waters are the Big Cubera. It is the largest of all the snapper.  Big Cubera live on both coasts, they are more prevalent in the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading

The Secret to the Legendary Waters of Golfo Dulce

Golfo Dulce Park
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In the Southern part of Costa Rica just above Panama is Golfo Dulce.  Wild, untouched raw nature, this bay is where you go for an exotic get away. With a fragile marine environment, it is one of only three tropical fjords in the entire world. The mangroves provide a crucial nursery for marine life such as sharks and shrimp.  With a depth of more than 1,000 feet in some places, it is one of the deepest gulfs on the planet.  It provides some of the best inshore fishing opportunities available anywhere.  With an abundance of snapper, roosterfish, grouper, snook, blue travelli, amber jack, jack crevalle and ciero mackeral there is no shortage of fishing opportunities here.  It is a bottomless pit in terms of the number of fish.  It is a favored destination spot for anglers, and Costa Rica has taken special efforts to preserve the surrounding the environment. The question is: What makes these waters so incredible? Continue reading

Escape and Unplug: Inshore Fishing in Costa Rica

Golfo Dulce at the Mouth of Rio Platanares, Puerto Jimenez
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Drake Bay, Matapalo, Puerto Jimenez and 
Golfito are hot spots for inshore fishing on the Pacific side of southern Costa Rica. A favorite getaway spot for international travelers and anglers, this region remains virtually untouched by large-scale tourists. With rainforests, pristine beaches and wildlife reserves, you can get lost here for days. You can unplug here and escape the hectic daily grind of urban life while enjoying world-class fishing in one of the most pristine places on earth.

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