Getting the Most Out of Sport Fishing in Costa Rica
Sport fishing in Costa Rica is one of the most exhilarating experiences that most tourists are missing. Don’t be a part of that crowd! Sport fishers get in touch with a side of Costa Rica that the majority of people aren’t even aware of.
If you aren’t already convinced, let us give you some more information to better illustrate our point.
Types of Fish You May See
If you are sport fishing in Costa Rica, expect to see some extraordinary fish that you may have never seen up close. Sailfish and Marlins are among the most sought-after game fish in the world, and we have both here in Costa Rica! The Marlin here can get up to 600 pounds, and we have both the black and the blue varieties.
Sailfish fishing is great because it goes strong year ‘round! There may be certain times that are better than others, but the numbers are high all year. This isn’t something that you can say about many other places in the world.
If you have never been sport fishing before, this alone will be enough to leave you with a lasting love for sport fishing. But there are many more species around to catch. Yellow fin tuna, dorado, roosterfish, snapper, and wahoo are also available for the majority of the year. You will likely be eating some high-quality fish for weeks and be able to mount something huge in your home thanks to this one trip.
Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Trip
Any sport fishing in Costa Rica should be taken seriously when concerning your safety. It is imperative that you listen to the directions of the captain and crew. They are not only your guides, but they are the most experienced in regards to the waters you’re fishing in. Even the seasoned angler knows that the crew’s tips about staying safe on their boat are being told to you for a good reason.
Staying positive is one way that you can get the most out of the experience that everyone will agree on. The main reason is that your attitude will shape the memory of your experience. You may catch just as many fish as the guy next to you, but if you’re not satisfied because one guy is a Rockstar, then that’s pretty much all you’ll be thinking of when you look back on it.
The best advice you will get is to approach everything with a positive attitude. Even the best fisherman in the world have days when they don’t catch anything. Plus, there is an ongoing belief that a bad attitude is felt by the fish and that’s why you aren’t catching anything.
True or not, it will definitely frame your experience negatively. A nice thing to do instead is to focus on the creatures around you, watch the guy that is killing it and even ask for some tips, or talk to the crew and learn something about what it’s like to live the dream every day!
Changing your bait up frequently is another way to get the most out of your experience, especially if you’re using live bait. The fish will get used to seeing the same bait, or they may have gotten some off of another line and are already tired of it. The best thing you can do is to switch up your lures and bait to attract new species.
However, if you’re killing it with a particular bait and lure, ride it out for awhile. Our advice is just not to get too attached to something that is your favorite because it’s lucky or it worked in the past. That’s a quick way to get yourself into a slump and back into one of those negative attitudes we were talking about!
The last thing we want to mention is tipping. There are usually a lot of amenities on these boats, such drink and food servicing staff on a guided tour. If you tip back home, tip over here too. You may want to check with one of the locals before you leave on what is a good range of tip, as some people may be offended by over-tipping (crazy, we know).
Another thing to consider is tipping the crew members that help you out the most. Some of them may break their back to help you have the best experience possible. Although it’s their job, you may want to show your appreciation. This is an especially good idea if you’re going out on more than one day with the crew since they will likely become your personal fishing guru!
If you have any questions about catching the biggest game while sport fishing in Costa Rica, call us at (US) 949-208-1158, or (Costa Rica) 506-2643-2182, or email us at [email protected] today!