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Catch and release 30 sailfish and even a marlin or two – in just one day !!

Great Sport Fishing in Costa Rica

El pez muere por la boca. (The fish dies because he opens his mouth.) ~ Spanish proverb

Costa Rica’s rich waters boast giant marlin, super sailfish, vigorous tarpon, record-class snook and more than a dozen hard-hitting freshwater species. On the Pacific, it is not uncommon to catch and release 30 sailfish and even a marlin or two – in just one day. Boat operators release all billfish that are not record contenders; the waters hold many world records. Even deep-sea fly-fishing nets a record number of fish.Here are some of the fish and their seasons, listed geographically. Keep in mind though, fish don’t use calendars.

NORTH PACIFIC WATERS
Marlin: Caught 12 months a year. Peak periods are from November to early March and August and September. Sailfish: Caught year-round, with May through August the top months. Tuna: Available year-round, peaking between August and October. Several fish between 200 and 400 lbs caught annually. In addition to these, there are plenty of dorado, wahoo and roosterfish.

CENTRAL PACIFIC WATERS
Marlin: Caught 12 months a year, but October and its shoulder months are best. Sailfish: The middle of December to the end of April is best rated, but sometimes October has big schools. Tuna: Peak months are June through September, but tuna is available year-round. A dozen or more 200-lb-plus fish are taken every year. Snook: The rainy season seems to be best; a world record Pacific black snook was caught near Río Naranjo.

SOUTH PACIFIC WATERS
The Golfito area is famous for its big roosterfish yearround. Marlin: August through December is peak. Sailfish: December to the end of March is best, then again in August and September. Tuna: August through March is the best time for the 100 pounders, but fish of up to 30 lbs are caught year-round. Snook: The rainy season seems to be best; a world record Pacific black snook was caught near Río Naranjo.

CARIBBEAN WATERS
Tarpon: Traditionally these fish are caught most often during the dry season, December through May. Snook & Fat Snook: Snook catches generally peak March through May, September and November. Fat snook (Calba) become plentiful November through January. Billfish: Out in the deep blue water are Atlantic blue marlin and Atlantic sailfish. Most are caught between February and September. Also caught in great numbers here are wahoo, dorado, tripletail, kingfish, Spanish and cero mackerel, jack crevalle and barracuda. Fantastic Fishing . 21 Introduction The Caribbean coast offers fine lodges for those in pursuit of tarpon, snook and other sport species. There is no greater thrill than hooking an acrobatic tarpon, having it sail 12 feet above the water, only to return, twist, and leap again. Plus, there is always action somewhere along Costa Rica’s shore. The best time to come is whenever you can!


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