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Costa Rica Fishing Report

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WHAT'S BITING:
We have seasonal runs of a wide variety of fish here and depending on the time of year you are visiting, different species will be more prevalent than others.

To give you a general idea of what you might expect to catch throughout the year, here is a basic fishing calendar.
OFF SHORE: NOV, DEC: JAN, FEB: MAR, APRIL: MAY, JUNE: JULY, AUG:
Black Marlin Excellent Fair Fair Good Good
Blue Marlin Excellent Fair Fair Good Fair
Sailfish Excellent Excellent Excellent Good Good
Mahi Mahi [Dorado] Excellent Excellent Excellent Good Good
Yellow Fin Tuna Good Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Wahoo Fair Good Good Good Good
NEAR SHORE: NOV, DEC: JAN, FEB: MAR, APRIL: MAY, JUNE: JULY, AUG:
Roosterfish Fair Good Good Good Excellent
Red Snapper Excellent Good Good Good Excellent

 

Guy with Sailfish

SAILFISH

Pez Vela

• DESCRIPTION: Sailfish are the easiest of all the billfish to identify. Its back and dorsal fin are dark blue, sides are silver, and belly is white. The bill is usually twice the length of the fish's lower jaw. All Sailfish caught aboard our boats are live-released.

• SPORTING QUALITIES: Sailfish are incredible sprinters, reaching speeds of up to 65mph. When hooked, they are known to make spectacular long hard runs and aerial leaps. Sails are prime targets for medium-tackle bait-and-switch.

• WORLD RECORD: 221 lbs.


Classic image of Blue Marlin jumping.

BLUE MARLIN

Aguja Azul

• DESCRIPTION: Blue marlin can be found in tropical and warm temperate waters around the globe. The upper and rear portions of the body are dark, brilliant blue in color. The lower portion is a silver white color with vertical stripes and blue dots. All Marlin caught aboard our boats are live-released.

• SPORTING QUALITIES: Anglers commonly troll brightly colored lures and teasers as well as natural baits such as mackerel, tuna, bonito and ballyhoo in hopes of enticing one of these giants.

• WORLD RECORD: 1402 lbs.


Black Marlin Fish about to bite

BLACK MARLIN

Marlin Negro

• DESCRIPTION: The black marlin is the only marlin with non-retractable fins. Another distinguishing trait is their dorsal fin which is proportionately the lowest of any billfish. All Marlin caught aboard our boats are live-released.

• SPORTING QUALITIES: The black's immense strength and exceptional size makes it a favored target among big-game fishermen. A fight with one of these fish can last for hours, wearing severely on the angler as well as the tackle. Anglers commonly troll brightly colored lures or rigged ballyhoo baitfish to catch Black Marlin.

• WORLD RECORD: 1560 lbs.


Fishing Friends with Mahi Mahi

MAHI MAHI

Dorado or Dolphin

• DESCRIPTION: The body of the dolphin is quite slender but fairly deep, with a noticeable tapering from head to tail. The distinctive dorsal fin is long, covering almost three-fourths of the body, and has around 60 soft rays. Although kinda ugly, we don't release these fish because they are delicious.

• SPORTING QUALITIES: The Mahi-Mahi is considered one of the top offshore game fish and is highly targeted by anglers around the world. It is famous for its leaps and flips over the surface when hooked. Because of their speed and agility, dolphin provides for an exciting catch as they run long and jump often.

• WORLD RECORD: 88 lbs.


Two guys with large yellow fin tuna

YELLOW FIN TUNA

~ Atún

• DESCRIPTION: Yellowfin tuna have a muscular, streamlined body like a swimming torpedo and like all tuna they can swim fast as lightning. Yellow finlets run down the back and belly from these two fins to the tail fin and are a bright, canary yellow with black edges. Tuna are delicious and nutritious.

• SPORTING QUALITIES: Yellowfin tuna are considered a sport fish and are highly sought after by anglers and commercial fishermen alike. After hitting a lure or bait, they often go deep and will fight with great power and tenacity.

• WORLD RECORD: 388 lbs.


Two men smilling and holding large Wahoo Fish

WAHOO

Peto

• DESCRIPTION: Long, slender body marked with zebra-like stripes of white and deep blue or black. Mouth is elongated and narrow, and equipped with razor-sharp teeth. Often found on the menus of local seafood restaurants.

• SPORTING QUALITIES: May strike a surface bait in spectacular, greyhounding fashion, but seldom jumps after being hooked. Wild fight is characterized by several sizzling runs, usually at or near the surface. One of the fastest of all game fish.

• WORLD RECORD: 158 lbs.


3 Guys on boat with Rooster Fish

ROOSTER FISH

Pez Gallo

• DESCRIPTION: This is probably the most easily recognized specie in the jack family. Roosterfish have 7 distinct spines that stand high above the dorsal fin when they are excited or threatened. All Rooster Fish caught on our boats are live released after a photo.

• SPORTING QUALITIES: Much like it's relative the Amberjack, roosterfish will make a screaming first run once hooked. These very strong fighters can often be found near surf, circling birds, and inshore waters.

• WORLD RECORD: 114 lbs.


Cute girl with Red Snapper Fish

RED SNAPPER

Pargo Rojo

• DESCRIPTION: The back and upper sides are scarlet to brick red, and the lower sides and belly are lighter. Small red snapper, up to 10 inches, have a dark spot on the upper sides just below the soft dorsal fin. Light, white flaky meat when cooked. A prized fillet for table fare.

• SPORTING QUALITIES: All species of Snapper offer the angler a challenging battle, especially when hooked on light tackle. They are hard fighters that once hooked make strong, head shaking runs for the bottom.

• WORLD RECORD: 50 lbs.


Offshore: Billfish (Pacific Sailfish, Blue, Black and Striped Marlin) are caught here year round in strong numbers. The peak season for Bill fishing here is December through May. A full day trip is suggested to maximize your chances of catching Billfish. Mahi Mahi & Yellowfin Tuna are caught here year round. Peak seasons are January through April for Mahi and January through August for Yellowfin Tuna.

Nearshore: Roosterfish are caught here year round and peak July-August & Feb-April. Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack and Corvina are caught year round.

Save some fish for tomorrow: All of our boats excersise catch & live release on all Billfish and Rooster Fish. You will be able to take a photo with your trophy Billfish or Rooster fish catch, after which it will be released live. We do not kill Billfish or Rooster fish here. All edible fish such as Mahi-Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Snapper, Grouper, Corvina are kept and filleted on board for you to take home and enjoy.

Cook Your Catch: From the Hook to the Cook! We will bring you and your fresh fillets to one of our favourite restaurants, or you can hire one of our in-house cooks at your vacation home, where they will cook your fish and prepare side dishes for an incredible meal at a great price. Add a few cold beers into the mix and we’re talking paradise...

 

Fishing in Costa Rica:

Los Suenos Marina is Costa Rica’s Fishing Capital. There are more trophy fish caught out of Los Sueños Marina year round than ANY other part of Costa Rica. By booking your fishing charters through JacoVIP you are assured of fishing only with the top producing Captains and crews in all of Costa Rica. Our fleet of carefully chosen Sport fishing boats represents the very best.

What's Included in the price of a fishing trip? Full day trips: Lunch, beer, sodas, bottled water, snacks, ice, bait, and tackle are included for everyone on board for all full day trips. ½ Day Trips: Beer, Soda, Bottled water, snacks, ice, bait, and tackle are included on board. Lunch is not, however you are welcome to bring your own sandwiches or food items.

Fishing License: [not included] When departing from the Los Suenos Marina, each member of your party will be required to stop at the dock entrance and purchase a Costa Rica Fishing license. The cost is $13 per person and the license is valid for 1 month from the date of purchase. If departing on a Panga trip off of Herradura Beach, you will not be required to get a fishing license.

Crew Gratuities: A gratuity of 15-20% of the cost of your trip is customary and usually presented to the Captain at the end of your trip, which he then splits it evenly with his crew. Your gratuity should NEVER be based on how many fish you catch or don’t catch. Your Captain and mates really want you to catch fish and will work hard to find the fish, and give you a good day on the water, however they cannot make the fish bite. We are fortunate to have many more great days of fishing here than we do bad days, however slow days happen and as a fisherman, before you charter a boat, you should understand that is the case everywhere in the world.

 

Responsible Fishing:

Save some fish for tomorrow: All of our boats excersise catch & live release on all Billfish and Rooster Fish. You will be able to take a photo with your trophy Billfish or Rooster fish catch, after which it will be released live. We do not kill Billfish or Rooster fish here. All edible fish such as Mahi-Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Snapper, Grouper, Corvina are kept and filleted on board for you to take home and enjoy.

Cook Your Catch: From the Hook to the Cook! We will bring you and your fresh fillets to one of our favourite restaurants, or you can hire one of our in-house cooks at your vacation home, where they will cook your fish and prepare side dishes for an incredible meal at a great price. Add a few cold beers into the mix and we’re talking paradise...

 

What type of fishermen are you?

Casual Fishermen: Looking for a day on the water with friends to possibly catch a few nice fish, drink, relax, enjoy the scenery and the time on the water with friends. Limited budget or for just a ½ day.

Serious Fishermen: Looking for full blown fishing experience with a full day on the water where catching higher quantities and varieties of fish are more of a concern than is price.

 

Trip Categories:

Off Shore: Traveling 18-40 miles off shore to target trophy Sailfish, Blue,Black and Striped Marlin, Mahi-Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo and more. Billfish (Pacific Sailfish, Blue, Black and Striped Marlin) are caught here year round in strong numbers. The peak season for Bill fishing here is December through May. A full day trip is suggested to maximize your chances of catching Billfish. Mahi Mahi & Yellowfin Tuna are caught here year round. Peak seasons are January through April for Mahi and January through August for Yellowfin Tuna.

Near Shore: Traveling 5-10 miles parallel to the coast or across the bay, fishing in front of Rocky bluffs and behind large wave breaks. These trips typically bring you trophy Rooster Fish, Amberjack, Grouper, Snapper and Corvina. Roosterfish are caught here year round but peak in July-August & Feb-April. Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack and Corvina are caught year round.

Trip Length: [Off shore or Near shore] Full Day [Recomended]: 8 to 8.5 hours long.
Departing 7:30am – Return 4:00-4:30pm. best option for highest chances of success and higher numbers of fish caught.

Half Day: 4.5 to 5 hours long. Typically departs 7:30am – Return 12:00-12:30pm or depart 12:00pm and return 4:30-5:00pm

**NOTE** To get the most our of your fishing experiences and to maximize your chances of success, we highly recommend a full day trip, regardless of which boat size/class you chose to fish on.

 

Boat Categories:

Boat Types: Getting on the right boat is a key factor in bettering your chances of success. No matter which type of trip or boat class you choose, we’ll make sure you fish with our best Captain’s and Crews in each category.

Large Size Sport Fishing Boats: Departing from the Los Suenos Marina. 42 -55 ft in length powered by twin Diesel Engines, large cabins, large decks, and large capacity.
Passenger capacity: up to 8-14 max.
Price Range: $1300-$2200 full day

Full Size Sport Fishing Boats: Departing from the Los Suenos Marina. These boats cover more distance and fishing grounds, offering greater chances of success offshore. Enclosed cabins, full size restrooms, fighting chairs, and in some cases climate controlled cabins. 34 -40 ft in length powered by twin Diesel Engines. Passenger capacity: up to 5-6 max Price Range: $1400-$1500 full day / $1200-$1300 ½ day

Express Sport Fish Boats: Departing from the Los Suenos Marina. These boats cover more distance and fishing grounds, offering greater chances of success. 29-32ft in length powered by single diesel engines or twin outboards. Passenger capacity: up to 4-5 max.

Price Range: $1200-$1300 full day

Center Console Panga Style: Departing from Herradura beach next to the Los Suenos Resort & Marina. These smaller boats are typically 25-28 feet in length powered by single or twin outboard engines Passenger
Capacity: up to 5 max. (4 is most comfortable)
Price Range: $700-$750 full day

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