Costa Rica is quickly becoming known as the Mecca for Sportfishing. With in-shore and off-shore waters that boast healthy supplies of sailfish, marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, snapper and more weighing up to 400 pounds, anglers are rushing to the coasts to jump into the fun. Costa Rica’s calm waters and short travel time to the fishing grounds proved to be one of the highest functioning fisheries in Central America year-round.
Not only are the fish abundant, but Costa Rica is one of the pioneers in preserving big game fishing, practiced through it’s Catch & Release program. Refined over the years to ensure proper handling of sailfish and marlin during hookup, fight and bringing aboard, Costa Rica was the first country in the world to adopt and enforce such a regulation, even the U.S. does not require their sports fishers to catch and release.
With more than 40 fishing world records having been registered along the central and southern portions of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, it’s safe to say that Costa Rica knows how to fish. 2014 marked the Off-Shore World Championship hosted by the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos along the Pacific coast. Fishermen and women from around the world came to try their hand at pulling into world record making sailfish. World Records for the most fish caught were set at this event.
The Pacific coast of Costa Rica offers world-class sport fishing for all ranges of fishermen, including novices and avid fisherman. Private fishing charters with well-trained Captains and mates allow anglers to bask in the thrill of reeling in their catch without any of the worry. Try your hand at a half day in-shore fishing charter or go big and try your luck on a multi-day off-shore adventure. The beauty and excitement of a day out at sea is hard to beat. You’ll be mesmerized by the beauty of the coastline and thrilled to reel in your own catch of the day!