Dorado fishing is popular because not only do they provide you with a good fight, but they look incredible as well. This is a fish that is colourful, acrobatic and full of fun. You will be able to find small Dorados whilst enjoying inshore fishing, however the toughest fighters and bigger Dorados will be found offshore. The real magic begins when you hook one, and you can expect to see lengthy tail-walks and high leaps. It really is a thrilling experience.
The appearance of the Dorado is worth further explanation, and to say that this is a stunning fish would be an understatement. The colourful appearance of this fish generates attention as it comes in a wealth of different colours, ranging from green, to blue, to gold. In addition to this, they also have spots along their side in a variety of sizes and colours as well. The other remarkable thing is the fact that they seem to lose their entire colour range once they leave the water and turn an iridescent blue.
Most Dorado are between 10 lbs. and 30 lbs. in size. However, the sky really is the limit. Big Dorado, of the 50 lbs. to 60 lbs. range are not uncommon. In fact, in 1976 the biggest ever Dorado was caught in Costa Rican fishing waters. This weighed a massive 87 lbs. Do you think you could beat this?
If you are looking for a fun, thrilling and exciting fishing experience, look no further than fishing for Dorado in Quepos. Not only do this fish put on an excellent display, but a tough challenge as well. You will certainly enjoy it.
Dorado Fishing Season in Costa Rica
You won’t be short of opportunities to hook Dorado when fishing in Quepos. This species of fish is available all year round. Thus, it doesn’t matter what season you visit us, you won’t be missing out. Dorado fishing successes often occur while trolling for billfish and you can find Dorado (mahi mahi) here most of the year. May usually brings more as the Costa Rican rivers start to flow heavy from the mountain rain run off, bringing down a lot of debris into the ocean. This creates what we call “trash lines” where the Dorado like to hang around looking to ambush smaller prey.
Fishing Bait / Lures:
Ballyhoo, Islander skirted ballyhoo, artificial lures in the 10-15 inch range.
Troll with up to 5-6 baited/lure lines and two teaser (hookless) lures, and an additional standby rod on deck fully loaded with bait. Dorado are fast and will come in at crazy angles to hit the bait. They tend to be quite acrobatic jumpers giving you a real colorful show. strikes will come between 40-80 feet back of the boat most times. Stand up to fight these spectacular colorful fighters. Dorado average size is 15-30 pounds and some 40 or 50 pounds being considered large bull Dorado. The all-tackle Dorado fishing record is currently 88 pounds.