Consider an exciting autumn fishing vacation in Costa Rica

It’s Labor Day weekend. A lot of people will be closing up the cottage. For many families, the kids go back to school or college next week. Life again assumes its regular routine.

This summer’s fishing in Costa Rica has been the best in years. In every one of Costa Rica’s most important sportfishing destinations, anglers on offshore charters have returned with stories and photos of sailish and marlin releases, and/or with dorado and yellowfin tuna for the table.

Magnificent shot of a sailfish caught at Crocodile Bay Lodge on Costa Rica’s South Pacific coast. Photo courtesy of FECOP

Inshore, there has been no shortage of action either. Over June, July and August, anglers fishing with Costa Rica’s top charter captains have caught roosterfish, snapper, grouper and jack.

This gorgeous Pacific red snapper (below) caught earlier this week might well have broken the IGFA boys World Record of 17lbs 7oz set in 2001. But it didn’t count, as the crew of the 31ft Good Day out of Pez Vela Marina in Quepos with Captain Manuel Gabuardi had to help the young angler get the fish out of the reef.


This Pacific Red Snapper that this young lad caught might have been an IGFA world record

Up north, in Tamarindo, Flamingo and the Gulf of Papagayo, the billfish season marches on. From now through October, anglers lucky enough to spend a few days offshore can look for exciting billfish action.

And don’t forget the Caribbean! If you are after tarpon and snook, the season is just beginning in earnest. FishCostaRica has Captain Eddie Brown, Costa Rica’s top tarpon fisherman/guide, ready to take you out of Tortuguero to battle these mighty prehistoric gamefish. And for the adventurous, there is exotic Rio Indio Lodge just over the border in Nicaragua. Also, fishing Lake Arenal for freshwater guapote (rainbow bass) and other species can be an option.

So, if you, your buddies, or some of the family can get away for a few days between now and Christmas, think Costa Rica fishing. Enjoy a welcome change of pace. The bite will be on. There are no shortage of magnificent gamefish species you can target. And airfares and hotel rates become very attractive.

Contact FishCostaRica now for for a September-December Costa Rica fishing charter or a complete Costa Rica sportfishing vacation along these lines. We are just a phone call away: 1-800-407-9438 or 858-736-9031 from the USA and Canada; +506 2282-7215 from everywhere else; or +506 7125-8852 by text and/or WhatsApp. You’ll have a super time catching big fish!

FYO: The Costa Rican government in its infinite wisdom recently extended its 13% sales tax to many tourist activities, sportfishing included, that were formerly exempt. This will affect some boats and sportfishing operations. Others, grandfathered in on no-longer-available ICT permits, less so.

Therefore, if the superb charter captain and boat you booked before are slightly more expensive this time, you now know and should understand why. No one is trying to price-gouge. Many captains/owners have no possible option.


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