Guide To Costa Rica Fishing


Imprisoned in your own house? Ah, winter! Glorious winter! Shoveling snow 'til your back aches, runny noses, and depressing weather. Imagine trading your boots and mitts for shorts and suntan lotion, hopping a jet and being out on a boat relaxing in crystal waters wondering what the other half is doing.

Sure, you can dip a line in a a little frozen lake or stream by your house. Those little crappies and sunnies were fun when you were a kid. Bundling up like Santa Claus and sitting for hours on end over cold ice. But, have you sometimes wondered what it would be like to catch a real fish, a really big fish, a huge marlin, tuna, or sail? If this sounds like what you need, a Costa Rica fishing vacation could be something for you!Come on down to Costa Rica because you deserve some great Costa Rica fishing.

Never been to sunny Costa Rica? No idea where the best Costa Rica fishing is? Not a problem. Here is the straight scoop.

Start with the basics. Just two and a half south of Miami lies Costa Rica. With nearly 800 miles of coastline on two great oceans, it is a salt water fishing mecca. So many places to fish, where to begin?

Consider starting where it all began. Follow Columbus. Five centuries, Captain Christopher Columbus landed on the Caribbean coast in a place so enthralling he named it----Costa Rica---the Rich Coast. It was filled with fish, thick with sea turtles. Since it was good enough for Columbus, it is good enough for you, intrepid fisherman.

On the Atlantic coast, you will find the world-famous Tortuguero and Barra del Colorado fishing waters up to the Nicaragua border. The seas here can be very choppy but when the waters are flat, this is fishing paradise! From May to November, the silver fighting tarpon is sometimes thick here, and they can attain weights of to two hundred. If you are very fortunate, you might hook a rare Atlantic sail. This is also a great place for really big. Jack Crevalle, guapote, giant grouper, and tripletail can also be fished here. And, be sure to visit the world famous green sea turtle nesting beaches at Tortuguero.

Another great place for a Costa Rica fishing vacation is its North Pacific coast. This area is called the "Gold Coast" because of its amenities and is easilyconveniently reached. There is a new international airport at Liberia, Costa Rica, just minutes from the North Pacific Coast and your adventure. You will find the fishing centers of Tamarindo and Flamingo with miles of great beaches and lots of Costa Rica attractions. If you are looking for sailfish, travel to this coast between May and August for the best fishing, though these fish are here year-round, too. From August to October, you might find large schools of different tuna species with some weighing up to 400 pounds and lots exceeding 60 pounds. Catch the shoreline-dwelling roosterfish here November to March not far from the Papagayo Resort. You also have a good chance of hooking large marlin, wahoo, and brightly colored dorado fish.

Many people fishing in Costa Rica want to find billfish and these beauties are most plentiful along the Central Pacific coast. Drive to luxurious Los Suenos Marina or Quepos and charter into the offshore waters to catch marlin and sailfish. December through April is the best time to catch these fighters. The vibrant dorado fish is often found here May to October while trolling. Closer to shore, folks commonly catch snapper, snook, roosterfish, and wahoo. Tuna schools can be found offshore.

For many, Costa Rica fishing paradise is found along the southern Pacific Coast near the incomparable Osa Peninsula down to Panama. When the water is warm, sails and marlin are abundant. Inshore, you will likely run into roosters, large snapper, wahoo, and amberjack. The Golfo Dulce is reported by charter operators to offer the finest inshore fishing in Costa Rica. This is mostly due to the fact that it contains many small coves and is very rocky, giving fish a great place to hide. There are lots of kinds of fish here, including large groupers, delectable sea bass, and the toothy barracuda. Sometimes, you will have thousands of porpoises around your boat as they follow the bait fish.

If you need to get out of the office, a Costa Rica fishing trip may be just what will put your soul at rest! There are several Costa Rica vacation packages available on-line for sportfishing. With dozens of fishing world fishing records to its credit, Costa Rica is said to have the best ocean fishing in the world. So, bring your camera and head to the water. Pura Vida!!!

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Victor C. Krumm writes from sunny Costa Rica in his beautiful Costa Rica Vacations site. Visit here to learn more from wonderful Costa Rica Eco Tourism opportunities.

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