Jaco Beach, Costa Rica (PressExposure) November 02, 2010 -- Many visitors have traveled to Costa Rica to enjoy the beauty and relaxation of this tropical paradise. Aside from the many pleasant and adventure tours available, there are always the fishing trips. These excursions provide plenty of fun, action and fulfillment to the average person, but many avid anglers have also traveled from far and away to take advantage of the fabulous opportunities provided by this majestic country. The Pacific coast of Costa Rica has always been the side to choose for visitors because of the popular tourist and surfing towns of Flamingo, Ocotal, Tamarindo and others in the north western region known as Guanacaste.
As other northwestern towns like Playa del Coco and Brasilito became popular, visitors began to move further south and visit Jaco and Quepos in the province of Puntarenas. These towns have now become well known and while roads began to get better, southern Pacific coast towns like Dominical also became popular. Even the extreme southern towns of Golfito, with a new marina on the Golfo Dulce and Puerto Jimenez are well visited by International travelers.
Throughout this coast, you can find some fantastic fishing whether it's offshore or inshore. There are many species of fish to target while in Costa Rica and the most popular are the species of Billfish like the Pacific Sailfish, Blue Marlin and Black Marlin. These grand trophies of the sea are abundant in these waters and can be caught sometimes in great numbers.
The Pacific Sailfish grows larger than its Atlantic family member and are sometimes seen in groups of five or more in one spot. These acrobatic fish are the number one target of most anglers who try their luck while fishing offshore in the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. While you may be lucky enough to catch several of these fish in one day, it is not unusual to have more than fifteen Sailfish jump or bite during one full day of fishing. We caught twenty seven Pacific Sailfish in one day and all over eighty five pounds.
On the other hand, the Blue Marlin is more difficult to target and usually only seen one at a time. These fish can be quite large and are a prized catch. Some Blue Marlin in this area can weigh over four hundred pounds. The Black Marlin is the most difficult to target and usually caught unexpectedly. These are known to be the largest of all Billfish and can weigh over five hundred pounds in this area. If the Blue Marlin is a difficult find and considered a gem, the Black Marlin is the diamond that eludes most.
Billfish are known as game fish; therefore all of these beautiful fish are released unharmed to protect the species. These and other pelagic species of fish like Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi-Mahi or Dorado are the most common of the fish caught offshore in these waters.
While trying your luck inshore, there are plenty of choices and opportunities around the rocky coasts and beaches of the Pacific side. The prized Roosterfish, a member of the Jack family, is an incredible fighter and an absolute beauty. This fish can reach weights of over 70 pounds and is the number one target of most anglers fishing inshore. The Cubera Snapper is yet another great and large fish found all around these shallow waters of the Pacific coast. Amongst other species, you may find the Pacific Sierra Mackerel, Pacific Barracuda, large Pacific Jack Crevalle and several other species of exotic Jacks.
Although the bottom fishing in the Pacific side of this country is not popular amongst the anglers, there are several nice sized species like the Barred Snapper, the Yellow Snapper and others that provide some great action and table fare.
One of the most important reasons why people continue to return to fish the Pacific in this country is due to the large amount of capable yachts and boats that use the latest technological and fishing equipment. Most of the Captains and mates are fluent in English and have the very best of experience fishing these grounds. Many of these boats use only the best rods, reels, hooks, lures, fishing lines and bait.
Luredtocostarica.com has teamed up with some of the best and most successful Captains in the country and offers a variety of inexpensive options and packages for our guests while in Costa Rica. The Pacific coast of Costa Rica is well known for its wide variety of fish, calm waters and high success rate, so come to paradise, spend a wonderful day on the water and catch a trophy.