Offshore Fishing

Anglers from all over the globe flock to the oceans of Costa Rica for it’s big game fishing and there is nowhere better than the deep seas of Costa Rica. Offshore fishing, named so as you have to troll around 10-20 miles from the shore, offers the best opportunity to try your hand at catching Marlin in the 250-700lb range or Sailfish in the 100-250lb range. These notorious beasts are easily caught in Costa Rica and can be caught in the dozens or more on a great day.

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Costa Rica offers year round fishing grounds along the Pacific shelf where the bait fish are plentiful and the billfish run. It is not just the Billfish that you can catch in this area, the Dorado, Wahoo and Tuna are often caught, so there is always an opportunity to catch your dinner!

You can get on a boat from as little as $800 for a full day’s fishing offshore, however we offer a variety of boats to fit your group size and fishing requirements.

From Nov – April the location to catch billfish in Costa Rica are the Central and Southern Pacific areas of Costa Rica. The most notable areas being the Los Sueños Marina in Playa Herradura and the Pez Vela Marina in Quepos. These marina’s offer a variety of boats ranging in size from 22’ Mako’s to 60’ Vikings. The running time to the fishing grounds from either of these locations is around 45-60 minutes, so you will have plenty of the day to fish.

If you are planning your Costa Rica fishing vacations from May – Oct the Northern Pacific is the place to be. Typically in Dec – Feb the area receives high winds and when these winds die down, the fishing gets good. It is often heard of 20+ Sailfish and Marlin days during this period. The main areas to fish from in this area are Tamarindo, Flamingo, Ocotal, Playas del Coco and the Papagayo Marina. The running time to the fishing grounds from here is 45 mins, sometimes 30 mins.


Wherever you are visiting or whenever you are coming, Costa Rica offers some of the best offshore fishing in the world, hence why many of the big Billfish tournaments are held in Costa Rica.

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