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Costa Rica

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Heaven on Earth for a fisherman and a nature lover.

Costa Rica boasts some of the greatest saltwater fishing in the world. With shore lines on both the Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean, the types of fishing you can do here are endless. The Pacific coast is where most big game anglers elect to go for sailfish, marlin, tuna, and mahi mahi. There are also numerous options for fishermen who prefer to stay close to shore and catch snapper and roosterfish.

High up in the mountains on the border of Panama, you can fish for naturalized rainbow trout that will take a fly more eagerly than any North American trout. Yeah, you read that right. Introduced by some ambitious GIs stationed in Panama during the 1950s, North American trout have found their way into Costa Rica’s rivers and have taken a firm hold on the generous ecosystem that Costa Rica has to offer.

When you’re not fishing, Costa Rica has some of the best ecological tourism in the world, including pristine beaches and coral reefs, active volcanoes, and lush rainforests. If you’re a surfer, expect perfect waves year round on the Pacific coast.

Basic Info
  • 75° 58° Dec-Feb
  • 79° 62° Mar-May
  • 78° 61° Jun-Aug
  • 77° 60° Sep-Nov
Pacific Ocean, Caribbean
Fishing license info here: here

The Catch

Top fish species to target in Costa Rica


Groupers have stout bodies and wide mouths, used to suck prey in from a distance.


Not related to the mammal, Dolphin have vibrant yellows and metalic blues and greens, especially when first caught


With a spear like bill and big rigid dorsal fin, the Marlin is a prized sport fish. Think Old Man and the Sea.

Rainbow Trout

Adult fish are distinguished by a broad reddish stripe along the lateral line, from gills to the tail, which is most vivid in breeding males.


A prized gamefish found in the Eastern waters of the Pacific Ocean, characterized most notably by its signature crown of seven spines on the dorsal fin.


Color dark blue on top, brown-blue laterally and silvery white underbelly. First dorsal fin greatly enlarged in the form of a sail with many black spots.


Gray or greenish above and light on the underside, usually with an overall reddish hue that can range from coppery to bright brick red.

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