Fish Species

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Here’s an overview of many great different Costa Rica fish species you can come across while going after deep water sea beasts, such as blue marlin, or fly fishing fresh water fish in Costa Rica’s rivers and lakes. Read everything about your favorites as we are sure these fish species in Costa Rica will not disappoint even the most experienced fisherman.

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  • Machaca


    Machaca are one of the most aggressive and hardest fighting fresh water fish in Costa Rica, so much so they have earned the nickname “mini tarpon”.

  • Dorado


    This colorful and acrobatic fish is a favorite game fish all over the world!

  • Marlin


    The largest and most sought after game-fish. Those lucky enough to fight and land one of these monsters will have a fisherman’s tale worth listening to!

  • Roosterfish


    The target and prize of most serious in-shore fisherman, the roosterfish is one of Costa Rica’s most sought after species.

  • Sailfish


    Sailfish in Costa Rica are so abundant that it is common to have double digit days and even get two hooked at the same time!

  • Tarpon


    Tarpon are found in shallow, warm tropical waters in the Atlantic ocean from the Caribbean to the coast of Africa.

  • Yellow-fin Tuna

    Yellow-fin Tuna

    One of the strongest fish in the sea, once hooked you’ll see why people refer to tuna as a ‘ball of muscle’.

  • Wahoo


    Wahoo are found all over Costa Rica, but they usually travel alone so catching one is always a challenge.

  • Snook


    Snook are found literally all over Costa Rica – from the Caribbean Coast to the Pacific Coast to the inland rivers and lagoons.

  • Snapper


    The number of different snapper species numbers well into the double digits, but the Costa Rica snapper fishing includes the red snapper and cubera snapper.

  • Rainbow Bass

    Rainbow Bass

    Better known as ‘guapote’ here in Costa Rica, Rainbow Bass are the main target of freshwater anglers.

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