Gear Up for Sportfishing Season in Costa Rica
January through April is prime time for Costa Rica Sport Fishing
Costa Rica is world renowned for its prolific sport fishing. The waters of Herradura Bay, just offshore from Jacó Beach, are well known as the Billfish Capital of the World. In fact, this is one of the few places to make a grand slam: 3 different species of billfish in a single day, blue, black or striped marlin, as well as Pacific sailfish. Nothing pumps your heart rate like the sight of a billfish at the end of your line, leaping out of the water, and running out your line in the blink of an eye.
Costa Rica holds more than 80 International Game Fish Association sportfishing records and the offshore waters of Costa Rica’s central Pacific are some of the busiest in the world for game fish.
Los Sueños Marina is just around the corner from Croc’s Resort & Casino. Each month, January through March, Los Sueños hosts a 3-day tourney that’s part of the Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Series Tournament. Local boats and visitors compete to be the best billfish anglers.
Quepos, also well-known as the Sailfish Capital of the World, is about an hour south of Jacó. Boats sail out of the port’s Marina Pez Vela. As with Herradura Bay, the catch isn’t limited to Pacific sailfish; it’s quite common to hook roosterfish, snapper, dorado, and marlin. Marina Pez Vela hosts the Offshore World Championship immediately following the Triple Crown series.
At the height of the billfish season, January through April, it’s not uncommon to land 20 or more sailfish or marlin depending on a variety of factors. But billfish aren’t the only catch you can make: dorado, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, roosterfish, jacks, snoop, and snapper are all found in central Pacific waters, inshore or offshore, something is always biting year-round. It’s worth noting that Costa Rican law doesn’t allow you to keep or even boat your billfish—strictly catch and release.
You don’t have to enter a tournament to try your hand at sportfishing. Whether you’re a seasoned deep-sea angler or rank beginner, male or female, youngster or oldster, sportfishing is one of the most rewarding personal experiences you can have. Your captain considers weather and water conditions on any given day to give you the best opportunity to hook a big one. Your captain and crew make their living by knowing where the fish are. A fishing charter will provide all the tackle, instructions, and assistance you need to land your fish.
If you’d like to try your luck, the staff at Croc’s can hook you up with a fishing charter as part of a larger group or as a private charter, just ask them.