Costa Rica fishing is popular for a number of different reasons. Of course, the fishing waters are varied, and the location itself is a stunning one. But, for keen anglers, they love the fact that Costa Rica provides exceptional fishing opportunities all year round. There are no limits to the fun that can be had. With that being said, below we are going to take a look at the different species you can expect to find around Quepos and Manuel Antonio over the coming months.
Spanish Mackerel – Not matter whether it is summer or winter, you will find Spanish mackerel in the waters around Quepos and Manuel Antonio. This species of fish is available all year round. What distinguishes the Spanish mackerel from the other types of mackerel is the yellow dots that are showcased along the side of the fish. Mackerel are voracious predators, and they travel in big schools. You can fish for them in numerous ways, including strip baits and lures.
Roosterfish – If you want to test yourself against the mighty roosterfish, it is better to book a trip sooner rather than later, as September and October are prime months in the area for this species. Roosterfish go crazy for live bait, although they can also be hooked with spinners and poppers. You can find Roosterfish of roughly 50 lbs. in the Costa Rica fishing waters, yet even bigger is possible.
Snapper – Similarly to the Spanish mackerel, you will find snapper in the Costa Rica fishing waters throughout the entire year. They feed on smaller reef fish, squid, and crustaceans. They are easy to recognise thanks to their four large canine teeth. You can expect a good fight against a snapper, as they are known for their impressive shows of force.
Marlin – We are coming up to the prime fishing season for marlin. September, October, and November are the best months out of the year for hooking marlin, and most people come to Costa Rica because they want to enjoy the thrill of hooking this type of fish. After all, this is the most sought after game fish. A fight with a marlin can last for hours on end, and thus the fun to be had is endless. Marlin tend to feed on dorado, small tuna, squid, and numerous other pelagic species.
Dorado – Dorado, also known as Mahi-Mahi, are widely available throughout the months of September and October. This species of fish is acrobatic and colourful, meaning it puts on one of the best shows. They come in all sorts of colours, including green, blue, and gold, and they have spots along their sides, which also differ in size and colour.
So there you have it – five of the main fish you can expect to be testing yourself against if you are planning to enjoy Costa Rica fishing over the coming months.