Costa Rica Fishing Experts

Costa Rica Fishing Saltwater


When you think of Costa Rica fishing, what comes to mind?

200-pound tarpon on the Caribbean?

Gigantic marlin in the Pacific?

Magnificent fighting swordfish.

Tasty tuna or red snappers?

OK, maybe you’ve heard a few stories.

But I bet you have no idea just HOW MANY KINDS of hungry, battling, and sometimes huge saltwater fish are waiting for your Costa Rica vacation fishing adventure.

Marlin Fish

Take a look for yourself (I know I’ve forgotten some, sorry).

Black Drum Common up to 25 pounds, but can weigh up to 40 pounds

Black Grouper Common up to 40 pounds and may attain weights exceeding 100 pounds

Black Sea Bass

Bluefin Trevally

Cobia Common up to 40 pounds and may attain weights exceeding 100 pounds


Gag Grouper

Gray Snapper

Jack Crevalle Can reach 40 pounds

King Mackerel


Permit Common up to 25 pounds but can weigh up to 40 pounds




Snook (several species) Can reach 50 pounds

Snook Sport Fishing
Snook Fish

Spanish Mackerel

Sea Trout

Sailfish Common up to 7 feet.

Tarpon (Editor’s note: No Costa Rica fishing trip is complete without going after Silver Kings) If you fish, you HAVE to go to Tortuguero click

Yellowfin Tuna Can reach 6 feet in length and weigh over 400 lbs

Other Tuna (several species)


Fishing CostaRica Wahoo
Wahoo Fish

Blue Marlin Common up to 11 feet

White Marlin Common to 8 feet

Black Marlin Can reach 1,500 pounds

Striped Marlin




Dorado (Mahi Mahi or Dolphin) Common to 40 pounds and can reach 90 pounds

American Shad

Yellowtail Snapper

Greater Amberjack Common up to 40 pounds and can reach more than 80 pounds

Swordfish Large swordfish are all females, males rarely exceed 200 pounds

Red Snapper



Costa Rica Fishing World Records
It’s kind of mind-boggling to consider the incredible variety of saltwater gamefish you’ll find on your trip to Costa Rica.

I bet you’d make the Guinness Book of World Records if you caught just one of each of these critters (you’d probably have to make more than one trip to Costa Rica).

And, along the way, you’d have a good chance at catching a world record fish.


Because this tiny country regularly produces world records.

And why are so many big ones here? Because the word’s gone out in the fish world: Costa Rica fishing is Pura Vida!

Where’d they hear it? In school, of course. That’s why so many schools of fish are here. Home of the big ones.