Marlin Fishing Costa Rica

Costa Rica Marlin Fishing – an activity + destination that is world renowned because it is truly a great place for a fishing vacation destination. Due to the abundance of bait fish, some of the best marlin fishing is simply because they regularly migrate to the deep sea blue waters off Costa Rica. During peak marlin fishing season, it’s not uncommon for every fishing charters to raise or release one marlin per outing. Sometimes, many Marlin are caught off the Costa Rica coast in one charter excursion.

Marlin fishing is a lot tougher than Sailfish or other offshore species. Marlin are regarded as the king of the seas and landing one is considered a great accomplishment. Marlin are so strong that many times it can take hours to release the fish. Fish weighing over 600 pounds are not uncommon. A 4-6 hour fight is expected to land these giants, and there is no prouder moment than hooking one of these large and powerful game fish. Read on to discover all you need to know about the enjoying the fight of your life…

There are many reasons why people love hunting for Marlin in the Quepos Costa Rica fishing waters. Firstly, they are huge! You will typically find Marlin in the following weight range; 200 lbs. to 500 lbs. However, there have been anglers who have managed to hook a Marlin weighing around 800 lbs. If their size wasn’t enough, they also put up an excellent fight. They are extremely strong and have gained a reputation for their acrobatic jumps. You are engaged in a tough challenge for over an hour or more. Thus, when you land a Marlin it is definitely a proud moment.

Costa Rica Marlin Fishing Charters

Marlin fishing takes a lot of skill. You must have top equipment and lines, plus heavy lures to battle theses beasts. If you hook a Marlin on lighter line or lighter weight rods and reels you will lose these guys fast and look at nothing but an empty spool. Costa Rica Marlin fishing offers 3 types of fish;

  1. 1. Blue marlin fishing: the Pacific blue marlin are regularly found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. The Pacific blue marlin feeds on a wide variety of fish near the surface.These billfish are a highly migratory species; using their bill for inflicting wounds on their prey. Scientific name: Makaira mazara
  2. 2. Black marlin fishing: the black marlin is a species of marlin found in tropical and subtropical areas of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They are considered on of the largest and fastest of the marlins, Scientific name: Istiompax indica
  3. 3. Striped marlin fishing: the striped marlin is a smaller species of marlin found in tropical to temperate Indo-Pacific oceans, not far from the surface. They are pelagic and seasonally migratory. During the cold season, they move toward the Equator. Scientific name: Kajikia audax

All marlin can be found in the coastal waters of Quepos. It is a top destination to target all three marlin on fishing trips. So, if you want a shot at these incredible deep sea fish species, make Quepos, Costa Rica your 1st stop! When you target these fish, you will be rewarded with a great offshore fishing experience on our Blue Marlin fishing charters in Costa Rica fishing waters.

The Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Striped Marlin all have features that make them different from one and other. However, let’s begin with the features that all Marlin boast. You should be able to recognise these fish because of their unique upper jaw, which is elongated to a spear shaped point. These fish do not have any spots on their backs or fins, or the dorsal fin is located near the head. But, how do you distinguish the types of Marlin from one and other? Well, Black Marlin has rigid pectoral fins while the Blue Marlin has a vibrant blue color on the top while their underbelly is white and sides are silver.

Marlin Fishing Season in Costa Rica

If you want to experience the magic of landing a Marlin yourself, it’s recommended that you visit Quepos during the months of November, December or January. This, High Season, is the best period for Blue Marlin fishing, in particular. However, June and July, are also well known for being excellent months for this type of fish.

Either way, one of the best things about fishing Costa Rican waters, is the fact, this is an all year round destination. Thus, no matter when you visit our vibrant fishing town, you will have the chance to catch and release this phenomenal fish.

Blue Marlin and Black Marlin easily approach 600 plus pounds and because of the power, size and persistence each fish is one of the most highly prized by all anglers. Marlin can be found from the southern part of Costa Rica in the Golfito area all the way up to the North Pacific Coast.

Black Marlin fishing tends to be best during April and May, the period when most of these fish show up. The smaller Striped Marlin is caught year-round.

Blue & Black Marlin Fishing Lures & Baits:

Developed in Costa Rica, the “Bait and Switch” tactic makes for one of the best strikes in all of fishing. The main methods use artificial lures, rigged natural baits, or live bait. Larger baits and slightly bigger teaser with different colors are good to have. One of my favorites is a lure called Marlin Candy made by Black Bart Lure Company.

Costa Rica Marlin Fishing Techniques:

Most good crews have a large pitch bait, possibly a big mackerel to offer the Marlin ready and waiting in the fish cooler, as these guys are big eaters and prefer larger baits. They will take a ballyhoo but it is nicer to get these fish on heavy tackle. Having a Marlin fishing rig ready, is the best way to catch these large fish.

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