Costa Rica is a great year round fishing destination. Giant marlin, sailfish beyond number, high-jumping tarpon, record-class snook, and a dozen or more hard hitting fresh water species….Costa Rica has them all!!A fishing license which costs $24.00 and is good for one year is required and is not included in the cost of mosts charter. Most fishing in Costa Rica is of the catch and release variety and the boat crew is responsible for unhooking the fish while ensuring that it doesn’t sustain any injuries.Deep sea fishing for a full day averages from $950-$1,600 per boat depending upon the size of the boat, amount of anglers, and time of year.
The Caribbean Coast offers an entirely different type of fishing, with fine lodges and a even a luxury houseboat accommodating anglers and nature lovers in pursuit of tarpon, snook, and other species.
Most operators on the Caribbean have put in bigger and faster boats in recent years, and are now able to go out of the river mouths more frequently when the surf is up and where tarpon often spread out for acres just offshore.
The larger boats are also able to make the longer runs to the less frequently fished San Juan River where it borders Nicaragua.
For the dedicated fresh water fisherman, Costa Rica also offers literally hundreds of miles of rivers and some lakes that always provide plenty of sport. Lake Arenal, located about four hours away from San Jose, is the most popular and is open to fishing throughout the year. It’s home to the “Guapote” or rainbow bass, a member of the cichlid family, as is the peacock bass found in some parts of South America and more recently introduced to Florida waters.
Caño Negro, about a 1 1-2 hour’s drive from Arenal is an immense inland lake that is home to the largest tarpon you’re likely to find in the country. The largest one caught weighed in at 205 pounds. There is also snook, drum, guapote, and other species.
GUIDE TO SEASONS IN KEY FISHING AREAS
PACIFIC COAST – The Pacific Coastal region is divided roughly into the Northern, Central, and Southern fishing areas, with conditions varying with the seasons in each area.
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