If you are really interested in getting the most out of your angling experience for your next fishing trip, you’ve got to give fishing in Guanacaste a go. The locals claim that more record-breaking fish are caught and weighed here in Papagayo and it’s waters than in any other fishery in Central America. The unique blend of world class inshore and offshore hotspots the Papagayo Gulf has to offer is second to none. It’s hard to argue that not only is this some of the best Roosterfish action in Central America, it also offers drag-screaming action on Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and of course billfish of all sizes and shapes. Feel like proving the locals? There are plenty of fishing charters to choose from. And let us assure you that you won’t want to miss out.
The popular area of Papagayo Gulf makes it onto our list of top places to fish for one simple reason: the Marina Papagayo and calm waters. It consist on a full service marina in Costa Rica with five stars, this is home to the biggest fleet of sport fishing and charter boats in the pacific coast. Marina Papagayo delivers a rarified world that fulfills the ultimate in yachting aspirations as the most exclusive seafaring destination in the Pacific waters of Costa Rica. Located in between of the Hyatt Andaz Papagayo and the Four Seasons Resorts, many a sportfishing saga has been told from this port. So, most of fishing tours in Guanacaste leave from this very well located port.
The high season for fishing in this gulf conveniently coincides with peak tourist seasons (November thru April). That’s not to say it isn’t worth fishing during the rainy season. Sailfish fishing remains a possibility all year round, with Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi Mahi also proving worthy offshore fishing targets during the rain season. Nevertheless, once the rains start to fall, you will notice that it’s inshore that the magic start happening. As the Pacific waters closer to the beaches cool down, Roosterfish, Red Snapper and Snook start to get really exciting. It’s very common to find yourself hooked up to a + 45 lb Roosterfish in these shallow waters. Look for them around nearshore drop offs and around the rocks, Monkey Head island is one of the highlights.
Big game fishing addicts who want to get a little extra out of their vacation in Guanacaste, have wide opportunities to go the extra mile here. Because while the offshore fishing is something special anywhere from 10 – 15 miles out, the deep sea FADs that lie 25 miles offshore take big game fishing to the next level. Anyone who is serious about hooking a Billfish should consider taking a trip on these waters. With Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin calling in at these offshore attractions on a regular basis, it will be well worth your while.
You may be asking yourself what types of fishing you can expect on these waters? Most people fishing staying nearby the Papagayo Gulf will be in it for the big game action. This means trolling with a selection of teasers and Ballyhoo hooked on circle hooks making up the typical spread. Outriggers give you that extra edge for trolling in the local waters. This is a must for Sailfish fishing and Marlin, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo will also find it hard to resist.
Bottom fishing over the reef systems can also be an enjoyable pastime for those who aren’t so turned on by trolling. You can find Jacks, Rainbow Runners, Snapper, and much more. Anyone looking for a real workout should give this a go.
If your sights are set on a stunning photo opportunity, seek out Issys Tours in Papagayo and expect the best of their fishing crew and be ready for a rush of adrenaline. Some of the best Roosterfish fishing experiences are from small boats with local crews, which have the dexterity to take you to the shallow waters where these comb-topped speedsters hunt their prey. Target them with jigs or poppers for the most exciting experience.