Aside from eco tours, Costa Rica is most popular for its fishing. Fishermen come from all over the world to fish these waterways and are rarely disappointed. While there are fishing charters all over the country, there are a few of them that are extremely popular. Be careful when selecting fishing tours, not all of them are created equal. Do your self a favor and ask around or read some reviews before you book your tour, especially if you are still stateside and making plans. Below are some of our picks for the best fishing charters in Costa Rica.
Golfito and Puerto Jimenez Sports Fishing
Costa Rican guides Golfito and Puerto Jimenez, along with Bobby McGuinness, Mike Hennessey and Mark Corn host this charter and they are available year-round. Bobby McGuinness achieved the world’s Top Captain Award of 2006 by the IFGA. On this charter, he hosts anglers on his 37-foot Cazador. Mark Corn is an acclaimed sportsman in his own right as a world record holder with his huge Colorado Snapper catch. Join these dynamic and world-renown captains for the Costa Rican fishing adventure of a lifetime.
Costa Rica Charters: OSF Fishing
OSF Fishing offers both offshore sport fishing charters and inshore fishing charters. Costa Rica boasts of record-setting offshore game fish and this charter needs only to travel two to 30 miles offshore for a prolific game haul. OSF Fishing also offers inshore charters for Gulfo Dulce species like snapper, grouper and roosterfish – where Captain Mark Corn caught a record setting, 24 pound 8 ounce Colorado Snapper.
Costa Rica Charters: Marlin Fishing Costa Rica
The Marlin angler is a unique and special breed of sportsman. Seeking the Pacific Blue Marlin, the thrill of the hunt of this marvelous billfish is the name of the game on this charter. The approach is made, the target isolated and when the beast is hooked, the adrenaline starts to flow. The fish fights, flips and jumps for its freedom. Are you able to hang on?
Costa Rica Charters uses a 31-foot Blackfin sportfishing boat loaded with all the amenities to ensure a comfortable trip. On board are all the best and most up-to-date electronic fishing and safety gear.
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Captain Warren’s Billfish Adventure
Join Captain Warren Sellers hunting magnificent marlin on the Billfish Adventure in Flamingo / Tamarindo and Carrillo. Experience the excitement of catch and release of a giant marlin, or hooking a 100-pound sail with fly-fishing or conventional tackle. Charter with Costa Rica’s premiere sportfishing captain. Captain Warren’s charter rig is the ultimate fishing machine, powered by twin 300 HP inboard Cummins engines with all safety equipment, a Furuno Chart Plotter and Fish Finder, a stellar fighting chair and tower. Equipment includes Penn International Reels and fly-fishing gear. The charter is able to accommodate up to four anglers.
Quepos Fishing Adventures
Charter and offshore for marlin, bull dorado, sailfish, grouper and snapper in Quepos, Costa Rica with Quepos Fishing Adventures. Inshore fishing just off the coast of Manuel Antonio is great as well with hauls of roosterfish, snapper and mackerel. In addition to their flagship the Estrella de Mar, Quepos Adventures offers two new fishing boats for inshore and offshore sport fishing. Inshore fishing is available aboard the Agua Azules and inshore or offshore fishing aboard the Mar I. Book early because summer dates fill up fast.
Pacific Coast Voyages: Fishing Tambor
Tambor is adjacent to Bahia Ballena (Whale Bay), and is a easy going, but upbeat area for the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. Fishing Tambor provides fishing tours from Playa, Tambor. Your hosts will provide fresh fruit and soft drinks and beer upon request.
Choose from two boats: The Pura Vida II is an inshore / offshore 28 ft boat with a 150 hp Evinrude engine. The boat is equipped with a tee top, radio communication, a fish finder, a compass, GPS and safety gear. The Pura Vida, the second boat of choice, is equipped with a 40 hp Johnson Outboard motor and is ideal for an afternoon fishing tour in the bay. This boat is also equipped with a GPS, fish finder and safety gear.
Lone Star Sportfishing
Lone Star Sportfishing is based out of Tamarindo and San Juanillo, Costa Rica. All charters include bottled water, soft drinks, beer and snacks. Bait and tackle is always included as well. Your hosts Juan Mungia and Alonso Gonzalez are both fluent in English and seek to provide guests with wonderful and exciting tours and great sportfishing experiences.
Angle for giant yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, roosterfish and snapper on this 46′ Guthrie Flybridge Sport fisher. She boasts a full size tuna tower, a 14′ beam, two staterooms that sleep four guests. The boat offers the speed and luxury to fish for one day or several days in the most fruitful big game waters in the world. Captained by Melvin Mora Fallas, with over 20 years experience sportfishing in Quepos, he is well regarded among his peers. Several world records and billfish catches on the fly tackle are attributed to Melvin and the 46′ Guthrie.