Like the old saying goes, “A bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at the office.”
On Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coastline, a bad day of sport fishing is about as rare as seeing unicorns fly. In fact, these pristine, emerald waters regularly rank as some of the finest in the world for both inshore and offshore fishing.
A sport fishing experience in this part of the county is unique due to the calmness of the Pacific Ocean. Unlike Mexico, Florida or California, our local waters tend to stay tranquil for much of the day, with light-to-moderate winds generally prevailing throughout the afternoons. This means far less chop on the boat rides out to sea, making for a much more enjoyable overall experience. And did we mention that the temperature in the air and in the water tends to hover in the mid-80s? There’s a possibility you’ll get chilly, but only from the ice-cold beverage in your hand.
The species of fish you’ll catch vary during different times of year. In general, you can expect to reel in blue, black and striped marlin, mahi-mahi, snapper, sailfish, tuna, roosterfish, Wahoo and grouper. Marlin are most prevalent from October to February. From March through September, sailfish swim in by the truckloads. As for the mahi mahi and tuna, these fish are pretty much caught offshore and cooked year around.
Full-day sport fishing trips leave from the Quepos Harbor, about 35 minutes north of Dominical. They can accommodate up to six guests. These offshore trips exit the pier at approximately 7 a.m. and return by 4:30 p.m. You’ll be served lunch and snacks, with beer, soda, juice, and water also included. The price for this adventure is $1,350. All fishers more than 16 years old must purchase a one-day fishing license for $15 before departing.
All the rods, tackle, GPS tracking devices and fish finders are included with the trip. So all you really need to do is wake up early, drive to the pier and get in the boat. They’ll even prepare the fish for you to take back to your vacation villa shortly after docking in the afternoon. In addition, each vessel also has its own restroom onboard.
We also reserve half-day and full-day fishing trips out of Dominicalito, which is a beautiful cove located just a few kilometers south of Dominical. The boats aren’t quite as luxurious as the one in Quepos, and they don’t have bathrooms, but the prices are extremely affordable (approximately $100 per hour). The departure location is really close to our rental properties.
Spending a day with friends and family at sea in Costa Rica is an amazing experience. Not only can you catch some big fish, but there are also opportunities to spot turtles, dolphins and, if you’re really lucky, a whale or two. If you’re interested in any of the aforementioned sportfishing tours, we can book them for you in advance and free of charge. Simply email Stephen at [email protected] with the details and he’ll take care of the rest.
And remember, good things come to those who bait!