By Victor Krumm

Imagine being out on a boat angling in tropical, crystal waters, surrounded by sunshine and fresh air. Suddenly, your line gets a hit. If this sounds exciting to you, a Costa Rica fishing vacation could be something for you!

Sure, you can fish on a little lake or stream by your house. Those little crappies and sunnies were fun when you were a kid. But, have you not sometimes wondered what it would be like to catch a sailfish or giant marlin? Come on, you deserve it!

Along the North Pacific coast, the areas of Flamingo and Tamarindo offer the most popular fishing spots. Here, sailfish can be caught throughout the entire year but the best fishing is from May to August. Tuna are abundant here during August to October. It is not uncommon to see tuna schools of 40 to 60 pounds as well as groups between 200 and 400 pounds. The bay of Papagayo from November to March is a great place to catch roosterfish. They tend to like shorelines and are usually caught in around 60 feet of water. Good sized marlin, colorful dorado, and the wahoo can also be caught here at varying times of the year.

Many people fishing in Costa Rica are looking for billfish and these beauties are most plentiful along the Central Pacific coast. Go to Los Suenos Marina or Quepos for a charter out to offshore waters to catch marlin and sailfish. December through April is the best time to catch these fighters. The vibrant dorado fish is often found here May to October while trolling. Closer to shore, you can land snook, snapper, roosters, and wahoo.

The South Pacific coast is home to the angling centers of Drake Bay, Puerto Jiminez, and the Golfo Dulce. Marlin (like the 400 pounder I recently caught and released) and sailfish can be caught when the waters are warm. There are lots of amberjack, roosters, wahoo, and large snapper inshore. The areas of Golfo Dulce are considered to offer the best inshore fishing in Costa Rica. It is very rocky with many coves where certain types of fish like to hide. Grouper, sea bass, and barracuda are some examples of what you can expect to catch here.

In the Caribbean waters of Costa Rica, the prominent centers are Barra del Colorado and Tortuguero, a world famous sea turtle sanctuary. These waters can often be extremely turbulent and for the best results should be generally avoided during rainy season. This lasts from January to March. However, on flat days, this region can offer some of the best angling around. This is where you can find the large and spectacular tarpon fish easily from May to November. These waters are also one of the very few places a lucky fisherman might catch the rare Atlantic sail. Snook (some really big) are abundant here. You could also bring in a Jack Crevalle, tripletail, giant grouper, or guapote.

Costa Rica fishing is rumored to be second to none. Their bordering waters offer a staggering amount of fish species. For a great experience, Costa Rica sportfishing vacation packages can be found online and through travel agencies and there are many outfitters if you decide to go on a spur-of-the-moment. So get out of your cubicle, away from your computer, and into the tropical sun and surf!

The author, Victor Krumm, lives in tropical Costa Rica and has a lovely and informative website about Costa Rica Vacations. For thousands of sportsfolk, Costa Rica Fishing is the highlight of their Costa Rica trip.

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