Costa Rica
Deep Sea Fishing in Costa Rica


Costa Rica offers several types of outstanding fishing, including Sportfishing, Inshore fishing, Tarpon & Snook fishing, and “bass” fishing.  Fishing is seasonal and specialized so it’s important to know what kind of fishing you’re interested in and when you are going to Costa Rica.  Fishing, while very high quality, is also very expensive, especially on the ocean in peak season.  We know the good boats and captains and the best locations to suit your fishing vacation.


Deep Sea Sportfishing in Costa Rica
Deep Sea Sportfishing

The Pacific Coast has long been one of the top places in the World for Deep-sea fishing (aka Sportfishing).  Sailfish, marlin, yellowfin tuna, dorado (mahi-mahi) and wahoo are extremely prolific on the Pacific Coast. In season, good boats and crews can easily release 20 or more sailfish, plus more tuna, dorado and wahoo!  These fish migrate, so from December – May, Sportfishing is great on the South and Central Pacific Coasts.  But from June – November, sportfishing is great on the North Pacific Coast.
Inshore Sportfishing in Costa Rica
Inshore Sportfishing

Golfo Dulce, on the South Pacific Coast offers fantastic inshore fishing year-round.  Inshore fishing is on smaller boats on the ocean, fishing close to shore.  Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle and several types of snapper are the targets for inshore fishing boats.  The Central Pacific and North Pacific also offer good inshore fishing at certain times of year.

Tarpon and Snook Fishing
Tarpon and Snook Fishing

World-class Tarpon and Snook fishing can be found throughout the year on the northern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. Tarpon can exceed 200 pounds, but are normally in the 30-50 pound range. Snook are typically smaller, but thicker and somewhat aggressive fighters. Tarpon are almost always released, but you can keep and eat the snook. Tarpon and Snook fishing is done on small bass-type boats with spinners and lures. These boats are open, so bring your hats and sunscreen.
Guapote "Rainbow Bass" Fishing

Guapote, or “Rainbow Bass” are found in various lakes and rivers throughout Costa Rica, but are most easily and commonly found in Lake Arenal at the base of Arenal Volcano.  This is like fishing for bass anywhere else, with casting along structures near shore and some deep trolling for bigger fish.  Whether you catch guapote or not, the experience of Lake Arenal is nearly worth the trip itself.