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The Rio Colorado area on the Northern Caribbean coast has been world famous for Tarpon and Snook fishing since the 1950’s. Fish the rivers, lagoons and river mouths for Tarpon that average 100 pounds and Snook that average 20 pounds. In recent years many operators have started using larger boats. These larger boats not only make it easier to
get out of the river mouths and catch Tarpon but it has made offshore fishing available for fisherman wanting to catch Atlantic Sailfish, Atlantic Blue Marlin, Wahoo and Dorado.
There are not many Sport Fishing operators on the Southern Caribbean coast. The local fishermen catch Tarpon, Snook, Jack, Tuna, Dorado and more

Fishing Species and Seasons:

Tarpon are always around the rivers, lagoons and river mouths on the Caribbean Coast. Traditionally high season is during the dry months from
December through May. But now the larger boats can get outside the river mouths to where the fish are, even when the weather isn’t cooperating, so tarpon can be caught year round. more...

Snook can be caught year round but there are 2 main Snook seasons. The first hot bite of the year is usually March, April and May and then again in September, October and November.

Snook is one of my favorite eating fish; it’s similar to Walleye or Perch but just a little bit better. more...

Fat Snook are a smaller species of Snook but are still fun to catch and great to eat. The peak season is usually from November through January, but they can be caught any time of the year.

Sailfish and Marlin fishing was not very common until a few years ago. With the addition of larger boats, lodge operators are now going offshore to blue water and catching billfish. Most fish are caught from February through September. more...

Caught just outside the river mouths throughout the year. The best fishing is when the rains wash out debris and form
inshore trash lines. The Dorado use these trash lines as structure to ambush baitfish. more...

Wahoo can be a pleasant surprise anytime of the year. Good numbers of Wahoo are caught offshore from February through June. more...

The first question many fishermen ask is “when is the best time to come to Costa Rica?” The truth is, it depends more on the quality of the water and food chain than it does the time of year. I have fished in the middle of “slow season” and caught a 100 plus pound Tarpon and battled a 200 plus pound Tarpon for 15 minutes before he threw my lure. I have fished the middle of "slow season" and caught 50 Guapote a day for three days in a row.

I have also fished in the middle of “high season” and been skunked, but only twice. So…when is the best time to come to Costa Rica and catch fish? My answer is usually… anytime you come to Costa Rica you will catch fish.

One of the best things about the river and lake fishing for Tarpon and Snook is you never know what you will see. I have seen hundreds of exotic birds, dozens of monkeys, Cayman (small crocodiles), lizards that walk on water and giant Iguanas. Fishing on these remote lakes and rivers is like going back in time. This area is so pristine and untouched by man that every time I fish up there I expect to see Dinosaurs walk by.

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