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Sailfish

 Not as powerful as the marlin, but just as interesting, the adult sailfish ranges from 7 to 10 feet and can weigh up to 200 lbs. Sailfish in Costa Rica are much bigger than Atlantic Ocean sailfish. Once caught on the hook, they spend more time fighting in the air than in the water. Mostly fished for on the Pacific Ocean, they can also be found on the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

Best Fishing Season

December – April

Blue Marlin

 Marlins are huge fishes that are known for their incredibly speed and pointy snout. Marlins can swim up to 80 mph and are highly prized by anglers. Weighing up to 1000 lbs., Marlins are typically found in the southern part of Costa Rica, like Golfito, as well as in the Northern Pacific Coast. It is considered quite a feat to catch a Blue Marlin, taking hours to catch and release them due to their immeasurable strength.

Best Fishing Season

 November – March

 May – July

Mahi Mahi (Dorado)

Also known as the Dolphin Fish, the Mahi Mahi is one of the fastest growing fish in the ocean. Mahi Mahi can weigh over 50 lbs. and are known for their quickness, with an ability to swim 50 mph. This fish is very delicious to eat and can be prepared in different ways. *Fun Fact: The heaviest Mahi Mahi was caught in Costa Rican waters. It weighed 87 lbs.

Best Fishing Season

January – February

June – August

Roosterfish

Roosterfish is considered one of the best fish to catch for inshore fishing, especially since they can be caught year-round. Known for their amazing strength, they have been known to outmuscle wranglers after being caught. You can only catch Roosterfish in the Pacific Ocean between Southern California and Ecuador. They are most commonly found in reefs, rocky islands, and off the coast. While the current world record for a Roosterfish is 114 lbs, it is very likely that the next world record could be held in Costa Rica.

Best Fishing Season

November – August

Red Snapper

Snapper

Made up of various types, Snappers are highly sought out by wranglers due to their tasty, white meat. Snappers generally live in reefs and rocky structures to protect themselves from predators. Found year-round, Snappers are great fish to catch during inshore fishing. The Dog Snappers are the largest Snappers in the Pacific Ocean, with Costa Rica boasting the largest Dog Snapper, weighing 78 lbs.

Best Fishing Season

 November – August

Wahoo

Wahoo

Considered difficult to catch due to their quickness, it is a fish prized by many wranglers. Its flavor and texture are admired by gourmet chefs and can be used for sashimi. Wahoo can be caught year-round in Costa Rica both for inshore and offshore fishing. Wahoo generally travel alone or in small groups of less than 10, causing them to be an elusive catch.

Best Fishing Season

December – February

June – July

Amberjack

They can be caught several different techniques, live baiting, dead bait, and jigging. It often lives around wrecks and rocky structures and usually runs for cover when hooked. Good food quality. The amberjack is and extremely tough fighting fish from the Jack family. It is a heavy built torpedo shaped fish found throughout the worlds oceans and grows in excess of 100 lbs.

Best Fishing Season

 November – August

Cero Mackeral

Cero Mackeral a fast toothy fish regually caught inshore. Relative to the king mackeral, and spanish mackeral of the Atlantic, and looks very similar. Readily attacks live baits, especially small silver ones, trolled lures, spoons, jigs and poppers. Most average 3-15 lbs. Good food quality.

Best Fishing Season

December – February

June – July