Fishing seasons in Costa Rica
Fishing big fish all year round is what you can expect here. Costa Rica is considered by many as one of the most exclusive places for fishing in the world. The Pacific Sailfish (much larger than its Atlantic cousin) Marlin, Dorado, and 200-pound tunas are abundant in these waters. The wind blows towards the northern part of Costa Rica, which is why it is generally enjoyed calm waters.
It is usual to catch and release a dozen or more sailfish and up to one or two billfish in a day. The all-time record in peak fish tournaments was 1,691 fish released by four fishermen in 120 days and was established in Costa Rica a few years ago during an International Sailfish Tournament. In the last account, there were more than 70 current IGFA world fishing records in Costa Rican waters including 17 brands in “all-tackle”. It is also very common to hear about a pair of Super Trapped (like catching and releasing sailfish, blue, black and striped Marlin all in one day) a year and during one of the seasonal peaks the Great Trapped routine (three of the four species of billfish released in a day).
Marlin: October is normally the peak month to fish Marlin in this area, but the outlook is also good in September and November. Occasionally Blue Malines are found and rarely black at any time of the year.
Sailfish: These fish can be found throughout the year, many captains can not believe the fact that this fish can be caught all year round, except some week a little lower from time to time. Some believe that from the middle of December to the end of April are the best months with the best gusts in February.
Tuna: Found at any time of the year as they inhabit the entire Pacific coast, but can be seen more abundantly from June to September. They can weigh 10 to 300 pounds!
Golden: The best begins with the winter rains that begin at the end of May and wash the debris towards the mouths of the rivers creating lines of waste that these fish adore. But, again, we must bear in mind that this fish is in the area all year round.
Ruster Fish: Fishing these difficult species is incredible, the best places are the mouths of the rivers and the rocky sediments they leave. The best fishing is from December to the beginning of May.
Snook: The best places are the mouths of the rivers along the entire coast, up to the Sierpe River and the great lagoon that is there. The IGFA World Record of the Black Snook of the Pacific occurred in the month of July at the mouth of the Naranjo River in a boat that was wandering just after the break line. The best months seem to be from July to November during the rainy season. Also in the dry season there is a lot of Snook fishing.
In COSTA RICA, the main fishing areas in the open sea are: the Gulf of Papagayo, the coastal waters in front of Cabo Velas, in the mouth of the Gulf of Nicoya, those of Boca del Térraba, those of Corcovado, those of the Gulf Candy. One of the places with the greatest potential for fishing in the open sea is the area of Isla del Coco, a place that due to its location and beauty, can attract considerable sports-recreational tourism, due to the great variety of marine species that there they develop.
In the ATLANTICA zone, fishing in the open sea is limited to two or three miles in front of the mouths of the rivers and further south to three or four miles, where the reef and coral areas are found, from Punta Cahuita to Punta Monkey. In the underwater fishing modality there are two types: the one practiced from the shore when the appropriate equipment is available and the one that is exercised in littoral waters and requires other types of facilities, for reasons of displacement to more remote areas, such as islands, reefs or low.
Suitable sites for the practice of this modality in the PACIFIC COAST: Cook Islands in the Gulf of Papagayo, Eggs Island in Culebra Bay, Las Catalinas, in front of Potrero, Cabo Blanco Island, Caño Island, Punta Herradura and some Islands of the Gulf of Nicoya as: Island Tortuga, Cedros.
LACUSTRE FISHING: Lacustrine fishing can be another option. Our country offers lakes, some of them natural and others artificial, where “casting” type fishing and internment with the use of suitable boats are practiced.
The best known areas are: Laguna Arenal, Lake Cote, and the Cachi Reservoir.
FLUVIAL FISHING: The most practiced in COSTA RICA, the places are abundant and at relatively short distances, which allows a fast and economic displacement. The method used for this activity is similar to that used in lake fishing.
The most known areas are: The area of Puerto Limón, especially in the channels of the Pacuare, Matina and Tortuguero rivers
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