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Catch and Release Deep Sea Fishing in Costa Rica

Inland fishing in rivers and lakes is popular. Particularly recommended are the Río Savegre near Gerardo de Dota for trout fishing and Laguna de Arenal for Guapote (Central American Rainbow Bass). Check with us for closed season.

The ocean is always open for fishing. As a general rule, the Pacific coast is slowest from September to November, though you'll get better fishing on the south coast during that period, while the Caribbean is slowest during June and July.

Sport fishing of the 'catch and release' variety (though a small number of fish are kept to eat or mount as trophies) is a tremendously popular activity despite the high costs involved. This doesn't stop 12% of foreign tourists from saying that one of the reasons they are here is to fish. They say it's worth it, because the fishing is world-class and several of the fish caught in Costa Rica waters have broken world records (only Roy's Zancudo Lodge in Playa Zancudo counts with over 50 world records).

Sought-after fish include tarpon and snook on the Caribbbean side and sailfish and black marlin on the Pacific side. Particularly popular outpost include Barra del Colorado and Tortuguero on the Caribbean side. On the Pacific side, there's Playa Flamingo, Playa Carrillo Quepos, Golfito, Zancudo and Puerto Jiménez with its famous Crocodile Bay Lodge.

Pictures by Ocotal Sport Fishing Tours. The team of 1-CostaRicaLink and Costa-Rica-Information-Mobile wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Text by Lonely Planet.


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