Sport Fishing Packages
See what all the hype is about as you experience Costa Rica’s world class sport fishing. Fish for marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado, and roosterfish. Call 1-866-901-0638 for a personalized itinerary!
When it comes to the thrill of landing a big one, Costa Rica sport fishing is among the top 5 destinations in the world. The warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean are home to some of the largest and fastest fish in the world, making Costa Rica the perfect destination for anglers who want to test their skills on the open ocean.
One of the best regions to sport fish in Costa Rica is the waters off the coast of Guanacaste. Numerous companies offer private chartered outings, enabling you and your friends to head out onto the open waters in the comfort and privacy of your own boat. It’s worth noting, however, that before you can start sport fishing in Costa Rica, you’ll need a license. Fortunately, many of the sport fishing specialists that offer private charters can also help you secure this vital piece of documentation.
Part of the reason why Guanacaste is one of the best sport fishing destinations in the country is the sheer variety of challenging fish that can be found in the waters off the coast. Among the most challenging fish to catch are sailfish, blue marlin, wahoo and tuna, so even if you’re an experienced fisherman, you’ll find more than enough to test your mettle on a sport fishing expedition. Some blue marlin have been known to reach lengths of up to 14 feet and can weigh almost 2,000 pounds!
One of the main differences between sport fishing and offshore fishing is the type of hooks that are used. Ordinary “J” hooks, upon which bait is placed, are normally used when fishermen intend to keep their catch, but for Costa Rica sport fishing there are strict catch-and-release policies that forbid anglers from holding onto their prize. Sport fishermen, on the other hand, use a special type of barb known as a circle hook. This is to prevent accidental damage to the fish upon catching it, as J hooks can cause internal bleeding and other injuries that would endanger the fish’s life.
Circle hooks are often much smaller than J hooks, particularly when angling for smaller specimens like sailfish. Most responsible sport fishing tour operators will use circle hooks, so this is something that you might want to look into before departing. Also, since Costa Rica has strict catch-and-release laws in place to protect oceanic wildlife, be sure to bring a camera – after all, you wouldn’t want to return to shore with tales of the one that got away without evidence, right?