Fishing in Quepos and Manuel Antonio

The Manuel Antonio and Quepos area has so much to offer, from natural wonders to outdoor activities. The fishing doesn't stay behind. This is all you need to know:

Types of Sportfishing in Manuel Antonio

Deep-Sea Fishing Manuel Antonio Costa Rica: To catch marlin or sailfish, you must go offshore. Dorado, tuna, and wahoo are also offshore species.
Inshore Fishing Manuel Antonio Costa Rica: Inshore fishing is more about catching your dinner. The experts recommend using shrimp and sardines as bait. There are snapper, lobster, roosterfish, mackerel, snook, grouper, jackfish, barracuda, red snapper, and a whole lot more found on the shores of Manuel Antonio. Snapper, snook, and grouper are also found when mangrove fishing.
Manuel Antonio is one of Costa Rica’s best fishing locations. The marina is excellent, with quality and quantity of fish. In addition, the area hosts multiple sportfishing tournaments each year.
  • Pez Vela Marina: The Pez Vela Marina in Quepos is acclaimed for its beauty, cleanliness, and offerings. There are 195 slips, floating concrete docks, safe operating depths for your fishing vessel, and all just next to a commercial plaza with stores, restaurants, and tour offerings to add to your fishing trip. The marina is a great starting point and home base for your fishing adventure.
  • Quepos Fishing Seasons: Fishing is excellent year-round in Manuel Antonio. What changes month to month is the type of fish being caught in more significant numbers. Here are the high seasons by species:
    • Blue Marlin: April through September
    • Black Marlin: January to March, June, November, and December
    • Sailfish: January to April, July, and December
    • Yellowfin tuna: All year
    • Dorado: All year
    • Snapper: January to August, November, and December
    • Wahoo: January and February, June and July, and December
    • Roosterfish: January to August, and November and December

FAQ about Sportfishing Manuel Antonio

  • Who should do sportfishing in Manuel Antonio? Sportfishing can be fun for anyone. However, if it's your first try, you might want to go out for just a few hours and stay close to shore to try it out and enjoy the ocean breeze. On the other hand, experienced fishers might prefer to spend the whole day deep sea fishing taking pictures of the biggest catches of the day.
  • What kind of fish can you catch in Manuel Antonio? Some of the many types of fish you can catch in Manuel Antonio are blue marlin, black marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, dorado, snapper, wahoo, and roosterfish. Yellowfin tuna and dorado are found in excellent quantities all year. The rest will be found all year but in various amounts, depending on the month. If you’re hoping to catch and enjoy mahi-mahi for dinner, July to October is the high season because rains wash tons of weeds and branches into the river mouths. If your goal is to catch a variety of fish rather than a specific type, the best combination of fishing will be from December through July.
  • Why choose Manuel Antonio for a sports fishing adventure? Manuel Antonio offers a great variety both in species of fish to be caught and in types of fishing, you can do, such as coastal, deep sea, sail fishing, and fly fishing.
  • How many days do Costa Rican Vacations suggest you stay here to fish? Costa Rican Vacations travel agents recommend fishing for a few days to get the most of your stay in Manuel Antonio. We can set you up with a long fishing weekend or even a longer customizable trip that includes hotels, transfers, and tours and activities to complement your fishing adventures.
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