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Enjoy the experience of a lifetime with Osa Fishing Tour catching rooster, snooks, snappers, mackerels, barracudas, jack crevalles, pompanos, and tunas in the clear waters surrounding the Osa Peninsula. Fly fishing at one of the boat captain’s secret spots, jigging by the mangroves, and trolling in the meandering rivers are some of the options. Bring fish to one of the restaurants in Costa Ballena and enjoy a delicious meal prepared for you. Charters are up to 5 anglers and include the captain, all the equipment, food, and drinks.
South Pacific Costa Rica Fishing Calendar
The Offshore World Championship is held every April in Costa Rica. Thousands of Sailfish are caught and released during this four-day event.
In Osa Fishing Tour Costa Rica, We look for larger species such as Tuna, dorado (mahi-mahi), Sailfish, Wahoo, among others, during deep-sea fishing. Pacific Sailfish, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Wahoo
We look for smaller species during coastal fishing: snappers, roosters, horse mackerel, mackerels, among others. There are possibilities to catch Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna, Black Tuna, Wahoo, Mackerel, and Rooster during the fishing.
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Offshore Fishing (Deep Sea Fishing):
Pacific Sailfish, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Wahoo.
Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin: Marlin is the king of sport fishing. Fishers hunt this species around the world. In the Osa Peninsula waters, we are fortunate that three species inhabit: striped Marlin, black and blue. The most common Marlin caught here are blue ones between 200 and 300 pounds. Magnificent species. Blue Marlin or the «lady in the blue dress» is the most common of our Marlin and inhabits our waters throughout the year. Marlin peaks in November and December, as well as March and April. Black Marlin is most abundant in July and August, and there are some Striped Marlin at the same time.
Dorado (Mahi-Mahi): Mahi Mahi / Dorado / Dolphin – Regardless of what you call them, this is one of the most popular fish to catch (and eat) in the world. These beautiful fish are fast swimmers and a very fast–growing species. The males are called bulls, and they have a very flat nose, while the females are called cows, and they have a rounded nose. Males are usually much larger than females. You can catch them any day of the year, typical from January to May, and they are abundant in November and December
Pacific Sailfish: Sailfish is considered one of the most beautiful fish globally, if not the most beautiful. It is one of the most sought-after Billfish in the world for the incredible jumps it makes after being hooked. The southern Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica is one of the best places to catch Sailfish throughout the year. Catching six fish is possible any day of the year. From November to May, the numbers increase; February and March are the prime time.
Yellowfin Tuna, Yellowfin / Big Eye / Albacore Tuna – The favorite fish for sushi and ‘steaks’ the world over. In the South Pacific of Osa, we are very fortunate to have a healthy population of these powerful and beautiful fish in our waters. Yellowfin tuna is the main species. The big ones, the 100 to 300-pound ones, can test your fishing skills any day of the year. Large tunas swim with porpoises and feed on the same baitfish. It is not surprising to find Marlin Peak at the same time.
Wahoo: called Ono in Hawaii, is a prized game fish because of its high-quality fillets. Catching Wahoo is done while high-speed trolling with a lure or ballyhoo. Wahoos are often confused with Barracuda as they are similar in body color and style. Wahoo fish are fast swimmers and have sharp teeth. A Wahoo can surprise you any day of the year, but it is not common in this area.
Inshore Fishing Species:
Roosterfish, Snook, Grouper, Jack Crevalle, Red Snapper, Spanish Mackerel
Grouper: We have several grouper species in the Osa Peninsula, including gag, black grouper, Broom’s tail, and Panamanian Grouper. Another bottom species is the broom tail Grouper, as well as other groupers and the Goliath grouper. They may have different colorations, but they are all tough fighters and delicious to eat. At the bottom, fishing around Caño Island, live bait and cut bait are used to catch them. Once hooked, it is essential to remember that the fisherman removes them from the rocks as soon as possible.
Jack Crevalle: Amberjack: Commonly called A.J.s, are tasty, tough fighting fish that generally live near the bottom. They have a distinctive black stripe that runs from the nose to the front of the dorsal fin, giving them the appearance of eye makeup.
Pompano: are also rock dwellers and are considered a delicacy. Twenty different species of the branch are known, the most common being the African branch. The Pompanos in Costa Rica is about twice the size of those caught in the Gulf of Mexico.
Snapper: We are fortunate to have many Snapper species, including Cubera, Rock, Red, Black, and Yellow Tail Snapper. Like the Grouper, they are rock dwellers, fight hard, and are delicious to eat. A dozen different types of Snapper inhabit our waters, the Cubera being the most common. They average between 15 and 20 pounds, with the largest to date here, 63 lbs. These are tasty.
Roosterfish: The South Pacific of Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world to catch this beautiful and exotic species. Roosterfish are found in the Eastern Pacific, from Baja, California, to Peru. It is called Roosterfish due to its seven very long spines on the dorsal fin, which resemble a rooster comb. Roosterfish are great fighters and a lot of fun to catch, but they are not suitable for the table. The most sought-after species is the Roosterfish. Fish between twenty-five and fifty pounds are common, and it is possible to catch a couple of more than 50 each week.
Zero Mackerel: Close relative of the Spanish mackerel and horse mackerel. They are a common species in the South Pacific waters of Costa Rica and are generally caught by trolling near beaches and river mouths. They weigh between 5 and 25 pounds and are delicious on the grill.
And many more! Other species caught inshore include but are not limited to Barracuda, several types of Jacks, Snook, Bonito, Mackerel, African Pompano, Bluefin Trevally, Rainbow Runners, Shark, etc.