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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.

Book Casa Nacar for your Costa Rica fishing trip, or family vacation

Combine great Costa Rica fishing with luxury accommodation. If you are thinking of Los Sueños fishing or Herrradura Bay fishing, Casa Nacar might be just the place for you. Casa Nacar is perfect for groups of 4-6 anglers who decide to fish Costa Rica and want upscale accommodation. It is five minutes away from Los Sueños Marina and Herradura Bay. Anglers will also enjoy the Jacó fishing area’s most stunning ocean views. They can also expect comfort and convenience at this exclusive, very private elegant six-bedroom villa. 24/7 chauffeur service included Casa Nacar rentals also include 24/7 chauffeur and concierge...

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Fish Costa Rica and catch a Roosterfish any time of year

‘If I fish Costa Rica inshore, will I be able to catch a Roosterfish?’ Anglers who want to fish Costa Rica very often ask this question. The answer is yes. Costa Rica is without any doubt one of the world’s top Roosterfish destinations. You can catch Roosterfish 365 days a year here. Saltwater sportfishing enthusiasts come to fish Costa Rica from all corners of the world for the chance to hook, fight and then release one of these tough inshore gamefish. FishCostaRica has booked clients from as far away as Australia, Lithuania, Russia and Uruguay, for instance. Exciting Costa Rica...

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Costa Rica fishing captains overhaul their charter boats for 2017

Many Costa Rica fishing captains have now pulled their boats out of the water. Pretty well all of them will do so in the next 60 days. Most Costa Rican sportfishing captains are doing thorough overhauls. Many are also doing some heavy maintenance. They are getting ready to host anglers during Costa Rica’s awesome sportfishing high season that begins in earnest mid-November. Now that the rainy season is here, captains and crews are taking advantage of some down time. Some will be covering their Costa Rica fishing charters boats with tarps to paint the bottom. In addition, they will attend...

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How FishCostaRica plans your complete Costa Rica fishing vacation

FishCostaRica has been arranging complete Costa Rica fishing vacations for almost 30 years. We are the Costa Rica fishing experts. We will also look after you, and ensure you a hassle-free trip from the moment you hit the arrivals gate. We know the top Costa Rica sportfishing charter captains. We also know all the angler-friendly hotels. FishCostaRica also arranges seamless transfers. We offer private minivan service with experienced, English-speaking drivers. In addition, we can arrange commuter flights to most Costa Rican sport fishing destinations. The longest flight anglers who fish Costa Rica will take is 55 minutes. How we arrange Costa Rica...

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The great legacy of superb Costa Rica sportfishing captains

What makes for great sportfishing captians? If you are an angler who loves the spectacular, Costa Rica is the place to be. Between December 1 and the end of April, Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast is home to one of the world’s most anticipated billfish bites. During this period Los Sueños Marina (Jacó/Herradura) will host the Signature Triple Crown. Also, the newer Pez Vela Marina (Quepos/Manuel Antonio) will host the Offshore World Championship. These are two of the world’s most prestigious international billfish tournaments. Furthermore, the latter can often attract sportfishing teams from more than 30 countries. Raise 25+ billfish on a...

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Three questions our clients ask about their Costa Rica fishing trip

Common questions about your Costa Rica Fishing Trip Can I bring my back fish to the United States or Canada? This is one of the most frequent questions that anglers contemplating a Costa Rica fishing trip ask us. In principle, yes, absolutely! You can bring fish caught on your Costa Rican sportfishing charter back to the United States or Canada. There are no regulations against it. But before you make any specific plans, call your airline carrier. Their policies change all the time. Furthermore, with extra luggage and extra weight charges, it might cost a lot more than you bargained...

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