Launch your Costa Rica sport fishing adventure right from the private marina at Sierpe del Pacifico. This Pacific Ocean fishing paradise is just a twenty minute boat ride from the Sierpe del Pacifico dock.
Keep a boat of your own, docked right at this Eco-Community private marina, or hire a Costa Rica fishing guide from the town of Sierpe.
However you plan your Costa Rica sport-fishing adventure, it will begin and end at your Costa Rica vacation home at Sierpe del Pacifico.
Warm water temperatures, prolific fish holding structures, and the numerous rivers that dump rich nutrients into the ocean create three distinct aquatic environments for sport fishing that are largely untapped.
Relatively unknown on the Costa Rican sport fishing circuit, the port of Sierpe provides access to the very best river, coastal and off-shore sport fishing in Costa Rica. The port also serves as a full service marina for all supplies and amenities necessary to maximize your Costa Rica sport fishing success.
Costa Rica Pacific Ocean Fishing
These migratory fish are available year round throughout the coastal reaches of the Costa Rica Pacific; however, each individual species has its own peak period in which success is more likely.
Billfishing in Costa Rica
Most anglers can expect to raise between 10 15 fish a day during this period, however it is not uncommon to raise 40 or more when the bite is hot. Sailfish average around 110 lbs., but specimens in upwards of 200 lbs. are caught each year.
Chances at black marlin are most likely in October and November. Blues average about 200 - 250 lbs. in size but are known to push the scales at over 500 lbs. Blacks average about 300 lbs. and will occasionally max out at 800 lbs. Striped marlin occasionally mix in with sailfish during their respective season and average 100 125 lbs.
Certain tactics will increase success in billfishing the Pacific Ocean off Costa Rica
The ballyhoo on circle hooks will receive the majority of strikes and hook-ups from sailfish, however larger sails will readily take the lures as well. The smaller lure in the shot-gun position is there to entice any fish that is finicky or trailing behind the main spread. For an experienced crew, bait and switch tactics with large and small pitch baits for both sailfish and marlin can be very productive as well. Finally, slow trolling bridle-rigged live tunas near bait schools is another effective tactic. It is customary to release all billfish.
Fish for fun or for your dinner in the Pacific Ocean waters of Costa Rica
Most fish are caught trolling rapalas, cedar plugs or jet-heads at higher speeds, however jigs and topwater plugs will boat the occasional fish as well.
Wahoo typically range between 15 50 lbs. while specimens in upwards of 90 lbs have been caught in the area.
Costa Rica In-Shore Sport Fishing
It is arguable that nowhere else in the world can match Costa Rica in sheer numbers, variety and size of coastal game fish. Easily accessible and excellent throughout the year, in-shore fishing will become an everlasting favorite for any enthusiastic angler.
When roosters are in a particularly aggressive mood, casting large, noisy top-water plugs will bring the most heartpumping and exciting action possible….there really is nothing more spectacular than watching that combed dorsal fin slice through the surface of the water and explode on your lure or fly!
Roosterfish typically run between 15 and 50 lbs. however specimens up to 80 lbs. are caught here every year.
Bottom-fish (Snapper, Grouper and Amberjack)
Free-lining baits, both live and dead, vertical jigging, as well as casting noisy top-water plugs are the favored methods for catching cubrera - the largest of all Pacific snapper species (15 20 lb. average, 70 lb. max).
Reefs or rocks further off-shore in 100 or more feet of water are just about guaranteed to hold good numbers of large amberjack. Free-lining both live and dead baits is a good option for AJ’s, however large, erratically worked butterfly jigs will put amberjack into a frenzy and allow you to most effectively target the biggest fish in deeper water. AJs average between 15-50 lbs. but will go well over 100 lbs. in this part of Costa Rica.
Costa Rica Sierpe River/Terraba Sport Fishing
An abundant variety of fish ensures success for the fishing enthusiast on the Sierpe and Terraba rivers
While there always are exceptions, a general rule with fishing the river is that the closer you are to the mouth, the larger the fish will be. This holds true with the elusive black snook. Local fishermen using hand lines routinely catch 30-40 pounders near the mouth. The world record snook of 57 lbs. was caught out of a similar river system just a few miles north.
Another favorite, the orange mouthed seabass, or corvina as they are called here, frequent the deeper holes and undercut banks throughout the year, but are caught more often during the dryseason. In addition to having a striking appearance and nice average size (6 - 10lbs.), corvina fillets have the most delicate and desirable of culinary qualities.
Finally, for a real challenge and chance at a trophy, goliath grouper fishing is available throughout the lower reaches of the river system. These fish can reach epic proportions and are a real treat on the dinner plate. Most fish are between 10 and 20 lbs., however fish 100 200 lbs. are caught every year. In addition to the species described above, jacks, machaca, catfish, and roosterfish can all be caught in the river.
Trolling deep-diving plugs and shad raps through deep holes and along mangrove edges is a great way to catch all species, especially snapper and corvina. Casting bucktail jigs and weighted soft plastics works here as well... free-lining a live or dead sardine is even better. Casting topwaters, crankbaits or swimbaits along mangrove shorelines and tributary mouths is another great tactic, especially for snook. The same can be done with live shrimp, mullet, or sardines. For super-sized snapper and grouper, soaking a large crab, mullet, or piece of tuna in the deepest holes or around rocks and sunken structure will eventually hook you up to a brute, however this is not a time to mess around with light tackle. Heavy line and heavy pressure will be necessary to pull these fish from their lairs.
The river is also a great place to fly-fish, especially in the upper reaches. The water runs clearer up here and the resident snook and snapper require a more delicate presentation. In addition to holding great numbers of fish, the upper reaches are one of river’s the most beautiful and tranquil places to cast a line.
Sierpe del Pacifico Provides Unparalleled Costa Rica Sport Fishing Opportunities