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Costa Rica Sportfishing
Get your Costa Rica Fishing License before you start your sprotfishing adventure.


Do you need a fishing license for sport fishing in Costa Rica? Officially you do, but you don’t necessarily have to purchase it before you fish. If you do want to buy one online in advance, follow our step-by-step instructions to get yours. Learn the steps to get your Costa Rican fishing license before you start your sport fishing adventure.

Read fishing reports up to the minute from Costa Rica fishing charters and boat capitans


Get up-to-the-minute news from world-class saltwater charter captains fishing in Costa Rica. Follow our Twitter feed closely for regular updates. You can see what species are being caught right now, where, and by which captain.

Get up to the minute reports from fishermen and the local sport fishing charters in Costa Rica.

Fish Costa Rica with Bobby McGuinness


Bobby McGuinness is our featured Costa Rica sportfishing captain. Read more about his IGFA awards and records here. Even better, fish Costa Rica with Captain Bobby McGuinness on your next Costa Rican sport fishing vacation.

Learn more about fishing with Bobby McGuiness.

Fish both coasts of Costa Rica

Fish Both Coasts

Fish both coasts of Costa Rica in a single sport fishing package.

Your great opportunity to target an array of prized Costa Rica fishing species on both coasts with world-class captains. Begin with an exotic Caribbean fishing adventure to Tortuguero for Tarpon and Snook. Then travel to the Pacific coast and fish Costa Rica for gamefish such as Marlin, Sailfish, Roosterfish, Snapper and Grouper.

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Pacific coast fishing for billfish.

Pacific Fishing

7  days and 6 nights of fishing the Pacific for Bill Fish

Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, especially the Central Pacific, is considered the world’s number one billfishery. Enjoy superb Pacific coast offshore and inshore fishing with acclaimed Costa Rica sportfishing charter captains. This is your chance to do battle with exciting deep sea gamefish like Marlin, Sailfish and Yellowfin Tuna.

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Fish the Caribbean coasat of Costa Rica for Tarpon and Snook


Complete sport fishing package focused on teh caribbean coast with tarpon and snoook in mind.

The Caribbean coast near the Nicaraguan border is one of the sportfishing world’s top Tarpon destinations. Hook up with Captain Eddie Brown, Costa Rica’s leading Tarpon fisherman/guide. Eddie will take you Tarpon fishing, and you can also catch Snook, Guapote (Rainbow Bass), Mojarra and Machaca.

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Sportfish in Nicaragua and enjoy the Indio Lodge


Fish Nicaragua with this complete Sport Fishing adventure package.

Rio Indio Lodge just over the border in Nicaragua offers Caribbean fishing in a magical environment. Experienced Rama fishing guides will take you through the lush green tropical lagoons for Tarpon, Snook and Guapote (Rainbow Bass). Enjoy all-inclusive multi-day Caribbean fishing packages from San José.

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Sailfish-Offshore Pacific

Costa Rica is called the world’s number one billfishery. Thousands of eager anglers from around the globe fish Costa Rica for Sailfish all along the Pacific coast every year. During the peak Pacific Sailfish bite, anglers on Costa Rica fishing trips with top-gun Costa Rica sportfishing captains might release 25 and more of these elegant and beautiful Sailfish on a full-day deep sea fishing charter.

Fish for sailfish in the offshore pacific region of Costa Rica, learn more about sail fishing

Many species of Marlin can be found in Costa Rica

Marlin-Offshore Pacific

A Marlin leap is one of the most impressive sights of a Costa Rican offshore fishing adventure. These majestic deep sea gamefish are caught all year around off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. Experienced Costa Rica saltwater sportfishing captains will take anglers to blue water to fish for Blue, Black and Striped Marlin. Hook a Marlin, and get ready for the Costa Rican sport fishing adventure of a lifetime.

Complete information on sport fishing for Marlin in Costa Rica.

Roosterfish can be caught in shore in Costa Rica's pacific ocean.

Rooster Fish-Inshore

Exotic Roosterfish with their dorsal combs are among the most sought-after inshore gamefish. Anglers will find Costa Rica’s Pacific coast a great destination for Roosterfish. This catch-and-release species is as tough as they come. Even a 30lb Roosterfish will give anglers on Costa Rica fishing trips a terrific fight. Roosterfish of 60-70lbs are not uncommon, so imagine what is in store when you hook one!

All you ever wanted to know about rooster fish and sportfishing roosters in Costa Rica.

Catch red snapper while visiting Costa Rica.


Snapper are one of the tastiest nearshore fish in the sea. Anglers who decide to fish Costa Rica inshore will find over a dozen members of the Snapper family, including Red, Cubera, Mullet, Rock, Spotted Rosy, Colorado, Yellow and Silky. The incredibly delicious and pretty Spotted Rosy Snapper is the smallest, while huge Cubera Snapper of 60lbs and more are not uncommon on Costa Rica fishing trips.

A guide to snapper and catching them through our fishing charters in Costa Rica.

Tarpon fishing on Costa Ricas Caribbean coasat


Pound for pound, the prehistoric Tarpon, or Silver King, is the world’s most powerful gamefish. Boating an 80lb Tarpon is like hauling a 1949 Buick from the bottom of the sea. The largest Tarpon ever caught fishing Costa Rica weighed 240lbs! Tarpon are found only on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast. Its fighting spirit and terrific leaps lure anglers from around the world to fish Costa Rica for Tarpon.

Read what it takes to catch tarpon in costa rica, off the caribbean coast of the country is some of the best tarpon fishing in the world.

Snook can be caught on the caribbean coast of costa rica as well as tarpon.


Snook are another tasty nearshore gamefish. Costa Rica fishing enthusiasts can best enjoy Snook fishing on the Caribbean coast, although when the tides are exactly right, Snook can be caught casting close to shore on the Central Pacific and especially South Pacific coasts. Along with the Common Snook, a much sought-after Caribbean Snook species is the delicious, smaller Calba, or Fat Snook.

A guide to snook fishing the caribbean waters of Costa Rica.

Fish Costa Rica's Sport Fishing Blog

Twice weekly Fish Costa Rica prepares news posts as they relate to Costa Rica Sportfishing and Charter reviews of the top boats and captains. Don’t miss our daily fishing reports where top Costa Rican fishing captains give us an up to the minute report on their fishing experiences.
The Silver King executes a mighty leap

Go Tarpon fishing and get 25% off if you fish before November 30

Get 25% off the listed price, and experience world-class Tarpon fishing at one of the world’s most exotic sportfishing destinations! For just over $2,000.00 per person, FishCostaRica offers a discounted, all-inclusive Tarpon fishing package at beautiful Rio Indio Lodge in Nicaragua. This offer is only valid if you fish before November 30. Read down and see what you get for just over $2,000.00 per person. Do battle with the mighty Silver King Pound for pound, Tarpon are the ocean’s mightiest gamefish. The power and determination of the ‘Silver King’, as they are nicknamed, are unrivaled. Boating an 80lb Tarpon is...

Marlin fishing is great year around

When is it best to fish Costa Rica? Always!

Costa Rica fishing is seasonal. It is also pretty good 365 days a year. How do these two mesh? There are ALWAYS Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado, Tuna, Roosterfish, Grouper, Snapper, etc. off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. You can find them, from north through south, all year around. Ditto for Tarpon on the Caribbean side. But there are times of the year when the bite, especially the billfish bite, is spectacularly good in specific areas. Billfish move south to north. Once the rains have subsided throughout the country at the beginning of November, Marlin and Sailfish first appear offshore in big numbers...

marlin released by flamingo bushwacker

You won’t see a flamingo when fishing Flamingo, but…

Captain Skeet Warren is a stalwart of Flamingo fishing. Flamingo is located in Guanacaste province, on Costa Rica’s North Pacific coast. Flamingo has long been a favorite Costa Rica fishing destination. Skeet has been a Costa Rica sportfishing caption for a quarter of a century. Skeet’s boat is the Bushwacker, a 42ft Bertram repowered by twin Cummins QSM-11 four-stroke engines. Its new interior is fully air conditioned, and has a TV/VCR and a head (marine toilet) with shower. The all-new equipment includes a fighting chair with a four-rod rocket launcher, and a live well. In addition, the Bushwacker carries Penn,...

nearshore Pacific conger eel

FishCostaRica: ‘We book only Costa Rica’s top charter captains’

When we say ‘We book Costa Rica’s top charter captains’, we mean it! In addition to their sportfishing skills, the captains FishCostaRica recommends are straight up with our clients. We also say ‘Listen to your Costa Rica sportfishing captain’. Here is a recent case in point. A request came in from Dan Krispinsky wanting to target Roosterfish. He asked to fish today, August 12. He is staying at the Los Sueños Marriott. In line with his budget, we recommended Captain Juan Sirias on the 26ft Fish Hunter. Juan fishes out of nearby Herradura Bay. A couple of days before the scheduled Costa...

A north pacific blue marlin

Two Costa Rica billfish seasons: ‘peak’ and ‘pretty darned good’

There are two billfish seasons off Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast. One is the ‘peak season’. The other is the ‘pretty darned good’ season. The ‘peak season’ starts in January, and tails off somewhat by the end of April.  In peak months, boats going out of Los Suenos Marina will often see between 25 and 40 Sailfish a day. Costa Rican sportfishing captains might raise between 15 and 30. And anglers might also release 10-20 or more on a day offshore. Anglers who fish Costa Rica out of Pez Vela Marina in Quepos can also expect the same. Costa Rica...

Another Roosterfish caught with Bobby McGuiness

Fish with Bobby McGuinness

FISH COSTA RICA WITH CAPTAIN BOBBY McGUINNESS FishCostaRica offers saltwater sportfishing enthusiasts the fabulous opportunity to fish Costa Rica with acclaimed Captain Bobby McGuinness. IGFA award-winning captain Bobby McGuinness is our featured Costa Rica sportfishing captain. We handle his calendar, and coordinate his bookings. The entire sportfishing world knows Costa Rica saltwater charter Captain Bobby McGuinness. Bobby has twice won the International Game Fish Association’s award as the World’s Top Captain. He did it in 2006 and in 2010, when he set more IGFA-sanctioned world records than any other captain. Bobby set sixteen IGFA world records in two days In...

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