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Costa Rica Marlin Fishing

Date Published:
Oct 24, 2013
Costa Rica Marlin Fishing

October is the slowest month here tourism-wise, but that does not mean the great Costa Rica fishing slows down. In fact, the Los Suenos fishing action is easier to find with less competition in the water. There is always a great variety of game fish to pursue this time of year.

The offshore Costa Rica fishing over the past few weeks has presented some excellent opportunities for big gamefish. The marlin has been making reappearance after a couple week slow spell. Many charters out of Los Suenos are regularly seeing one or two per day trolling in open water. Chances improve greatly if you can find some floating debris holding bait. November and December are historically excellent months to fish for marlin here.

We have had a few days where floating debris has been found near the Los Suenos Marina. The debris is a great source of bait bonito, Mahi-mahi and marlin around looking for a meal.
I recently found a piece of 6" drainage hose floating with lots of bonitos around it.

The main Costa Rica fishing season for sailfish here is Christmas to Easter, but there are always at least a few in our waters year-round. It is a rare day we don't see at least a couple sailfish every day. October and slow season is no exception. Many Costa Rica fishing charters have been seeing two to eight sailfish per day while trolling. On better days, fishermen are getting 8 to 15 bites from these acrobatic game fish.

We are at the tail end of yellow fin tuna season which runs from May through October. They are still around, and are very possible any day offshore when you see pods of porpoises with birds diving. While the numbers caught are a little lower, the size of the tuna tends to be larger later in the season. Several 100+ pound yellow fin have been landed over the past few weeks.

Mahi-mahi tends to be very common in October through January and are starting to show up offshore. As always, floating debris can often hold many of them of all sizes from 5 to 50 pounds, and ones caught trolling in open water tend to average 20 to 50 pounds.

Inshore fishing from Los Suenos has been very good for roosterfish ranging from 15 to 30 pounds, and we have also been regularly catching some edible fish like snapper and White Sea bass while pursuing roosters.

10 to 30 pound wahoo have also been very common trolling around inshore reefs off the coast. This seasonal Costa Rica fishing should stay pretty stable up to and through December.

Capt. 34' L&H Express

- Adventure Tours Costa Rica