Costa Rica Fishing – You may have gone around the world and tried different prime locations to test your angling ability that you may already be thinking you have been everywhere and have seen everything, but if you have never been to Los Sueños Marina in Costa Rica then you have not seen anything!
Los Sueños Marina is situated in Herradura Bay on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica and is an hour drive from Juan Santamaria International Airport in the city of San Jose. It is internationally acknowledged as the Fishing Capital of Costa Rica and home to the “Los Sueños Signature Billfishing Tournament” wherein the first leg of the “Triple Crown” ended with a world breaking record catch of 2,172 billfish by 42 boats in a matter of three days. Where else in the world can you do that?
All year round you can catch big hunter fish in the pristine waters of Los Sueños Marina but if you want a guaranteed catch of the type of fish you are aiming for you may want to follow the guidelines below.
Marlin – This fish is esteemed and considered by all anglers to be the apex of offshore sport fishing because of its power, size and persistence in eluding anglers. The best time of the year to catch this prized fish is on the months of December to April.
Sailfish – Because of its remarkable speed and incredible jumps, this predator is on every sport fishermen’s wish list. It holds a record of being one of the fastest swimming water organisms with speed up to 110km/h or 68mph. It can be caught all year round but multiplies in number during the months of December to March.
Dorado – It is also called as mahi-mahi or dolphin fish and can swim as fast as 50mph in short spurts and is highly sought-after by many anglers. This game fish is aggressive in nature, has high jumps and have great fighting strength and stamina. They are large in number from late May until November when the seasonal rains flood the rivers.
Yellow fin Tuna – This particular type of tuna has become a favorite among anglers for its speed and strength; it is considered to be the fastest and strongest among all big game tunas. Yellow fin tuna are common during the months of January through June but more during spring and early summer.
Roosterfish – Distinguished by its seven really long spines of the dorsal fin, Roosterfish is an aggressive predator game fish and an exciting catch for any anglers. They can be caught all year round but are plenty during November up until March.
Snapper – The Cubera snapper inhibits areas with rocky substrates and can be found in depths from 59 to 180 feet. It is a sought after game fish because it is a tough fighter and truly exciting particularly on light tackle. They are an excellent catch from the month of July until December.
Wahoo – This loner fish is thought to be the fastest fish in the ocean and can burn out the drag in some reels making it a favorite among many anglers. The best time of the year to reel in this game fish is on July and August.
We have talked about the predator fish species you can catch in Los Suenos waters, now let us talk about fishing boat charters you can choose from; large boats 40’ or larger, medium boats that are 30’ or more and small boats that are 20’ or larger. No matter if you are a Pro or a newbie in sport fishing you can find the best vessel in Los Sueños Marina that best suits your need.
Large boats can carry 6 to 14 anglers depending on the exact size of the boat you will rent. The usual cruising speed of large boats is from 20 knots up to 34 knots. Large boats have amenities like sleeping quarters, air conditioning unit in the salon, entertainment center including TV, radar and echo sounder, ice and water maker, lights generator, navigator, radio, fishing cockpit, built in tuna tubes and open fly bridge.
Medium boats can house 4 up to 6 people depending on the size of the boat. The speed of medium charters is from 22 knots up to 32 knots. This type of boat usually has fly reels and custom rods, teaser station for bait and switch, built it tuna tubes, private bathroom with shower, central air conditioning system, GPS, echo sounder, digital depth sounder , radar and stereo.
Small boats can fit 3 to 5 persons and can cruise at the speed of 20 knots up to 30 knots. It has amenities like shaded fishing area, bunk beds; GPS chart navigator, com radios, powerful sounder, and outriggers and built in tuna tubes.
If you are wondering about the rates of each boat, half day cruises may run from $750 up to $2300, while full day cruises ranges from $1000 and may go as high as $2800 depending on the number of persons who will join the cruise and the type of boat to be rented.