GULF OF NICOYA FISHING ADVENTURES
Maybe you should consider Gulf of Nicoya Fishing after all. Anglers coming to fish Costa Rica usually don’t make the beautiful Gulf of Nicoya with its many islands and rocks their prime sportfishing destination. Most are drawn to the popular Costa Rican sport fishing centers such as Los Sueños Marina, Tamarindo, Pez Vela Marina, Golfito, Flamingo…
Yet Gulf of Nicoya fishing can be an exciting and very productive adventure. Inside the large gulf that stretches from Costa Rica’s Central Pacific coast northwards, and known mainly for Costa Rica’s principal commercial port – Puntarenas – anglers can fish with local Costa Rica sportfishing guides for a variety of prized game fish species such as Roosterfish, Grouper, Cubera. Red and other Snapper family members, Mackerel, Jack, Wahoo and Dorado (Mahi-Mahi).
Local guides offer Gulf of Nicoya fishing
Several local Costa Rica fishing guides, plus a couple of Americans and European captains, offer Gulf of Nicoya fishing charters out of Tambor, Paquera, Playa Naranjo and Montezuma. Most of the boats anglers coming to those towns will encounter are 22-26ft pangas and center consoles with outboard motors, rigged and best suited for inshore fishing.
Angers who fish the Gulf of Nicoya should be able to catch all the above inshore species year round, the very rare incoming red or green tide being the exception. Because Dorado are a migratory fish, the best time for this feisty, leaping and exceptionally tasty gamefish is from December through June, and often later when the rain-swollen rivers send weeds, branches and reeds into the Gulf.
Conservation keeps Gulf of Nicoya fishing sustainable
In recent years, local area Costa Rica sportfishing guides in many towns and villages on the Gulf of Nicoya have been working closely with municipalities, commercial fishermen and conservation authorities to ensure responsible and sustainable fishing. Among the measures invoked have been the suspension of commercial Gulf of Nicoya fishing for periods of one to several weeks.
An area to have benefited greatly from the recent conservation measures is the 50 miles of coastline at the bottom of the Nicoya Peninsula, between just north of Paquera and Tambor, where gamefishery stocks have increased substantially.
Two options for larger Costa Rica fishing groups
Most of the Costa Rica sportfishing charter boats that offer Gulf of Nicoya fishing can comfortably fish three anglers max. One exception is Tambor, where one of the area’s best-known charter fishing guides operates a US coast-guard approved, shaded and well-rigged 32ft panga. He will pick up and drop off anglers at other Gulf of Nicoya points
Larger groups staying in the Gulf of Nicoya area who want to experience a Costa Rica fishing adventure have a couple of options: 1) many sportfishing charter boats from 36ft upwards will come across the Gulf of Nicoya from Los Sueños Marina or Herradura Bay to Paquera, Tambor and Montezuma, and pick up anglers at the local beaches, at an additional fuel cost. 2) there are private water taxis – a 35 to 55-minute trip – between these tourist centers and Jacó. From there it’s just 10 minutes to Los Sueños Marina or Herradura Bay where some of the top Costa Rican sport fishing charter boats and captains in the country are located.
Nicoya Area Fishing Charters
- 32ft Panga for Gulf of Nicoya fishing
- Areas Fished: Gulf of Nicoya, Puntarenas
- Target Species: Sailfish, Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Snapper, Grouper, Jack, Shark
- 31ft Gamefisher for Flamingo fishing
- Areas Fished: Flamingo, Gulf of Papagayo, Samara, Nosara, Nicoya Peninsula, Puerto Carrillo
- Target Species: Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Snapper, Grouper, Jack, Shark
- 31ft Palm Beach for Carillo/Guanamar fishing
- Areas Fished: Samara, Nosara, Nicoya Peninsula, Puerto Carrillo
- Target Species: Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Snapper, Grouper, Jack
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