We are a local Fishing company in Quepos-Costa Rica with over 15 year experience in tourism industry, our close relationship with captains and crew allow us to guarantee the best fishing experience.
No matter if you are fishing for the first time, or are a tournament angler, our crew offer world-class sport fishing that is great for everyone!
Our experimentes captains practice all primary fishing techniques such as Trolling, Jigging, Popping, Fly Fishing, Bottom Fishing & Live-Baiting.
There is Big Game Fishing waiting for you Offshore for Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin & Sailfish and be in with a real shot at a Billfish Grand Slam! Whilst targeting other gamefish such as Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Grouper, Amberjack & Snapper also.
Wha about to catch a Roosterfish? You have come to the right place! Roosterfish fishing in Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world to do so, our coastline is packed with rocks, islands and rivermouths where an abundance of big Roosterfish and other hard fighting inshore species such as Cubera Snappers, Snook, Corvina, Jacks, Mackerel.
All good boats practice catch and release on all bill fish to ensure good fishing to the future generations.
One of the most common way for targeting big game fish offshore is by trolling baits and lures.
Our typical trolling spread here in Costa Rica typically consists of 2 to 4 of our favorite teasers (larger hookless lures) and 4 to 5 hook baits, Usually ballyhoo rigged on circle hooks. This basic spread is the norm in the area, and is proven to raise and catch all types of hungry gamefish - marlin, sailfish, tunas, dorado (mahi-Mahi), and wahoo.
If we are specifically targeting marlin, we often use larger teasers, baits and lures in the spread, or replacing baits with all lures and trolling at a slightly faster speed than normal to cover more ground and elicit a savage bite. Black Bart, Joe-Yee, Islander. Moldcraft, Moyes, and Marlin Magic are all popular and common brands of lures teasers we use here.
Teaser fishing is the true “sport” of sportfishing trolling. It is an exciting, addictive game and leads people to invest millions of dollars, to catch and release fish. It involves the use of hookless lures called teasers, to attract the fish into the spread behind the boat, and a technique known as “bait and switch”-to pull the teaser away from fish’s focus, and replace it with a hook bait or lure, giving the fish a new target, and the angler more control of the bite, improving hook set and hookup ratio.
The teasers are pulled in the closest positions to the transom (rear of boat) allowing anglers to easily see the fish trying to eat the teaser/ bait. By allowing the fish to attack the teaser, whether it is out of hunger and curiosity, and not be initially stung by a hook in the first approach, it often provokes more aggressive bites out of the pursuing game fish, and provides spectacular show within feet of the transom.
We also commonly employ the use of Dredges, a type of teaser which runs beneath the surface of the water. It resembles a umbrella frame with six to eight arms supporting several hookless baits- real bait fish or rubber ones, which looks like a school of baitfish swimming behind the boat. Dredges work extremely well at raising hungry billfish into the spread.
Live Baiting is the use of a live fish as bait, it has the advantage of having a truly natural appeal – a live tuna, (yellowfin, skipjack, bonito), blue runner, goggle eye or sardine etc. - that a marlin, or other large predatory game fish would naturally eat as a food source.
It’s disadvantage is that you cannot cover ground at the speed which you may troll lures. it is a slower approach usually from 0-4 knots, to avoid dragging the baitfish, and having it tire too soon. This limits the amount of area that can be covered in a given amount of time while looking for fish.
Live baiting works best when you are in an area that is known to have predatory game fish, such as marlin or large tunas, or has several indicators in a small area that would be consistent for conditions that may attract, or be signs of marlin (i.e. temperature, water color, bait, structure, a big marlin chasing bait on the surface).
Often while offshore fishing here in Costa Rica, we find many of these conditions in place; the two key indicators to influence a switch from trolling to live baiting would be the presence of bait and structure.
Structure may be large and geographic, such as rocks, reef, ledges, drop-offs, holes (craters), pinnacles or points (corners) even and island or any feature that may affect currents, attract baitfish and predators.
Structure may also be more temporary and mobile in nature and on a smaller scale. It may be floating logs, trees, debris, or even a dead turtle or whale. The key is something that offers a change, or shelter from the vast openness of the ocean. Often something floating, even something a small as a branch, bucket or plastic cup, can be the base of a micro ecosystem of life in the open ocean.
Small minnows and baby game fish begin to gather in the shadow for protection. Barnacles and crabs begin to latch onto the object as home. This is the start of a food chain. This begins to attract more and more types of life and eventually predators begin to show up and patrol the perimeter looking for an opportunity to feed. Small jacks, rainbow runners, Dorado, Wahoos, and Tunas may use this as their temporary home and shelter, and soon after the apex predators, marlin and sharks will be drawn in to the oasis.
This is an ideal senario to find while offshore fishing. Plentiful supply of bait around floating debris. Even if the marlin isn’t there, it offers lots of action for light tackle fishing and a chance to take home dinner. We often carry live blue runners aboard every trip, but it is always nice to have the opportunity to catch a fresh tuna, skippy or bontita from under a log, and bridle it up on a circle hook and put it right back out. This is true marlin candy.
We usually will pull spoons, cast jigs or use sabikikis to catch the bait. The bait must be handled quicky and with care to maximize its survival and liveliness. Small tuna type baits, can be extremely delicate. They cannot be out of the water for long, or banged around.
In order to breath, tunas must constantly be moving forward, and we have specialized tuna tubes, in order to keep a few live ones ready.
Once caught and boatside, the mate will quickly lift the tuna and hold him upside down in a towel to reduce stress on the fish and keep him calm and manageable. Then the bait is “bridled” with a floss or Dacron loop, being feed though its eyes socket above the eyeballs, which is used for the secure connection to the circle hook. Placing the hookoutside the baitfish’s head, giving the hook maximum exposure, allowing it more fexiblity to work the way it should, providing higher hook up ratios.
The bait is then placed in the water and slow trolled around the prospective area awaiting a hungry gamefish to encounter it.
Popper fishing is one on my personal favorite approaches. It is a very active approach, which involves the use of specialized spinning gear capable of long casts and heavy drag. The Popper is a floating, top water lure, which is cast in the suspected proximity of your quarry.
Some shapes are best worked fast ripping them across the surface to imitate a fleeing baitfish. Others are best worked in an erratic stop and go, or zig-zag pattern mimicking an injured baitfish struggling to get away. The key commotion and noise draws the attention of predatory game fish often provoking a savage strike.
Often the fish may miss on the initial attempt, but return for a 2nd 3rd or 4th attack. It is one of the most visual, exciting and interactive ways to fish, and very satisfying way to catch your trophy.
Here on the central Pacific, there are many type of fish which respond well to poppers.
Big Roosterfish, Snappers, and Tuna are some of my favorite targets, but you never know what will explode on your popper. There are many spots where you can spend the day casting poppers and catch several different species. Our walkaround boats are uniquely designed to comfortably cast poppers from the front and live bait from the rear, maximizing action thoughout the day.
Jigging has become much more popular in the recent years. It is another active hands on approach, which involes the use of lures called Jigs, made of heavy metal. They are many different shapes and styles designed to quicky reach various depths through current, and though the angler’s up and down motion, designed to look and move like and injured baitfish or squid. It is another highy interactive type of fishing for anglers who enjoy staying busy all day.
Specialized Jigging setups, high speed reels, and spectra line really make the difference in success.
Anglers generally try to target bottom struture, rocks, reef wrecks or ledges. Inshore, vertical jigging can be deadly for snappers, groupers, amberjacks and more. Offshore, it can be very effective around floaing debris and for tunas and wahoo in open water.
We carry specialized jigging gear and a wide assortment of vertical jigs for jigging enthusiasts to pursue their trophy.
At Epic Fishing Costa Rica, we encourage and support conservation and wise, sustainable use of our marine resources. Costa Rica law mandates the use of circle hooks on any bait intended for billfish (sailfish and marlin). J hooks may be used on baitless lures, and baits not intended for billfish, but we find circle hooks generally work better than J hook even when bait fishing for tunas, dorado, and snapper and grouper.
All billfish and roosterfish are catch and release only, as to protect this resource for future generations to enjoy. If you wish to have a mount made, our crew will carefully measure and photograph your catch so an accurate mount can be made of your trophy catch. We work with Gray’s taxidermy, the leader in marine taxidermy and mounts.
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