The holidays are just around the corner and that means people are beginning to think about how to escape the cold. Costa Rica is often referred to as the Switzerland of Central America due to its comfortable lifestyle, peaceful democracy and overwhelming natural beauty. The country’s waters are healthy and full of fish, the beauty is staggering, and the sluggish pace of life seductive. A peaceful oasis in the middle of an otherwise tumultuous region, this tiny backwater country has become one of the most stable, prosperous and progressive nations in all of Latin America.
As far as fishing goes it can vary tremendously, both in the tackle used and the species that one can pursue. A day on an offshore boat in Costa Rica’s Pacific waters can provide shots at sailfish, marlin, dolphin, bonito, amberjack, wahoo and many other species. Trolling with conventional gear is the most common fishing method in Costa Rica, but fly-fishing is gaining in popularity, particularly for billfish (both sails and marlin). The boat captains that we work with are all aware that fly fishing is a growing sport and welcome fly anglers with open arms.
Costa Rica’s tarpon fishery has years of history and has long been known as a place to go and catch your biggest tarpon. The large rivers and heavy ‘green season’ rains provide Costa Rica’s tarpon fishery with the food needed to feed the largest of fish. A year round fishery, tarpon can be found either cruising up river when water volume allows or cruising the nutrient rich coastal areas and river mouths smashing bait fish and rolling. While the technical aspects of fishing for tarpon in Costa Rica vary from the rest of the Caribbean, you can certainly catch a 100-150+ pounder here.
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This liveaboard yacht accommodates 12 hour days of fishing, allowing for the early morning and evening bites while cruising seamounts located 40, 60, and 80 miles offshore for marlin, swordfish, and sailfish. If marlin or sailfish is on your bucket list, Thumper will get you of the fish. The boat and crew are happy to accommodate both fly and stand up anglers.
The eastern Caribbean side of Costa Rica is renowned for its year-round tarpon fishery. Both resident and migratory tarpon cling to the coast due to the abundance of freshwater rivers that feed the Caribbean Sea. These free-flowing rivers are fed by the mountainous rainforests of central Costa Rica. For anglers seeking a unique blend of culture within the small community of Barra del Colorado this is reasonably prices, fishing focused operation.
Silver King Lodge sits on the banks of the Rio Colorado, where rainforest-fed water dumps into the Caribbean Sea to create a fishery that should find its way onto any tarpon angler’s bucket list. Massive tarpon can be found rolling in the waters of the Rio Colorado, and a trip here should provide ample shots at 100+ pound silver kings. With years of experience providing luxury accommodations and service to anglers, Silver King serves as an excellent and accommodating base for your daily tarpon, snook or offshore excursion.
On the Pacific side of Costa Rica, tucked into the southern region known as Osa Peninsula, you will find some of the best bluewater fishing found anywhere in the world. This is an area and fishery that offers very consistent action for sailfish, marlin, roosters, tuna, wahoo, dorado, and more. Whether you’re looking to fish hard every single day or trying to combine a fishing trip with the numerous ecotour activity options offered in this part of the world, Costa Rica and Crocodile Bay have long been a Central American favorite.
Yellow Dog now offers a few high end, all-inclusive eco-resorts and lodges on the Osa Peninsula and in Quepos that you can add on to your trip to one of our fishing lodges in the case that you are traveling with family or partners who are not as enthusiastic about fishing. We can also arrange for charters for single days of fishing out of Quepos in combination with a luxury stay near Manuel Antonio National Park.
For more information please email kristen [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com (Kristen Tripp) or call 888-777-5060