Central America Fishing Blog

  • Costa Rica’s Peak Billfish Season

    In a dozen years of working in Costa Rica’s sport fishing industry one of the questions I have fielded the most is “when is the best time of year to fish for sailfish and marlin?“  While we catch billfish twelve months a year here, anyone…

  • Guatemala Fishing Report – May 2017

    Having made Costa Rica my home for the past 12 years it may be slightly unfair to say that I have an unbiased opinion regarding which country offers the best billfishing in Central America.  Panama has the ability to produce world class marlin fishing, but…

  • Fishing Tackle Review – Okuma Nomad Travel Rods

    As the story goes, I’ve been living, working, and fishing in Central America for the past 12 years.  While San Jose, Costa Rica is home, during my time here for one reason or another I’ve traveled to all seven Central American countries – in addition…

  • Costa Rica Fishing Tournaments – 2016 Year in Review

    With the 2017 peak billfish season in Costa Rica well underway it’s past time that we update you with last year’s results.  2016 was another amazing year for sport fishing in Costa Rica, both for the charter clients and for the big money tournaments.  Below…

  • Costa Rica Inshore Fishing Report – Quepos

    Last week we visited one of our favorite beaches in Costa Rica, Manuel Antonio.  Pristine rainforest, beaches, and so many monkeys you need to close the doors and windows of your hotel room – it never gets old.  That said, the main reason we were…

  • Can I Bring Fish Home With Me?

    I’ve been booking fishing vacations to Central America for a dozen years now, and like any job there is a certain amount of repetition involved.  Making phone calls each morning, responding to emails, building itineraries, and of course answering our clients’ questions about their upcoming…

  • Belize Fishing Report – Reef & Bottom Fishing – Placencia

    Last week we were in Belize fly fishing, diving, snorkeling and enjoying life in Placencia.  Home to some of the best flats fishing in the Caribbean, Placencia has long been known as a dream destination for fly anglers to chase a grand slam.  It’s much…

  • Belize Fly Fishing Report – Placencia – June 2016

    Last week we were fly fishing in Belize at my favorite beach, Placencia.  Famous for its 16-mile long peninsula, Placencia is the second most popular beach town in Belize after San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.  The snaking peninsula, merely a few yards across at its…

  • Panama Fishing Report – Boca Chica – May 2016

    Earlier this month I had former college roommate and good friend of mine visit me in Panama after I told him it was peak tuna season.  I showed him pictures of 200-300 lb yellow-fin tuna from past seasons and shared with him the latest Panama…

  • Fishing in Panama – The Mothership Part II

    One of my dearest and longest standing repeat guests contacted me last summer saying he wanted to bring his group of friends to Panama to fish for big yellow-fin tuna.  There certainly are no shortage of great fishing lodges in Panama to choose from, but…

  • Costa Rica Fishing Report – Lake Arenal – Feb 2016

    Despite February being one of our busiest months of the year we managed to sneak away to the Arenal Volcano for a day of freshwater fishing on Lake Arenal.  Throughout the past year while Tircio fought his battle with cancer he would have his good…

  • Costa Rica Fishing Report – Tarpon in Tortuguero – November 2015

    Safe to say my relationship with tarpon has been a bit strained lately.  We got off to a great start – ten years ago I moved to Costa Rica, the silver king and I met, and I’ve been obsessed ever since.  We schedule bi-annual visits,…

  • Fish Recipe – Honey Sriracah Mahi Mahi

    Honey Sriracha Mahi Mahi Mahi Mahi, known as dorado here in Central America, is a very common catch along the Pacific Coast and is considered one of the best fish to cook here in Costa Rica.  It’s arguably the most well known pelagic game fish…

  • Costa Rica Fishing Tournaments – 2015 Year in Review

    Not that anyone needed more evidence as to why Costa Rica is often called ‘the billfish capital of the world,’ but the 2015 fishing season provided another banner to hang from the rafters.  The majority of the Costa Rica fishing tournaments are held from January…

  • My Week on Panama’s Mother Ship

    For the past decade I’ve called Central America home and tourism a career, that alone makes me pretty fortunate.  In that time I’ve fished the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea too many times to count, I’ve participated in international billfish tournaments and battled with huge…

  • Coiba Island, Panama

    Coiba Island in Panama is one of the country’s great national treasures. While the Panama Canal, with good reason, receives more attention and famous fishing hot spots like the Hannibal Bank and Zane Grey Reef are lusted after, Coiba Island somehow continues to be largely…

  • Copa Airlines: Flying High Under the Radar

    No matter whether you love to fish, dive, golf, shop or just relax on your Central American vacation they all have something in common – you need airfare to get there.  There may be nothing more volatile and unpredictable than airfare, with no one (including…

  • Panama Tuna Fishing Season

    It’s a question we hear every month, if not every week – when is the best tuna season in Panama?  Panama has one of the world’s best yellow-fin tuna fishing destinations thanks in part to world famous hot spots like the Hannibal Bank and Coiba…

  • Costa Rica’s Top Sport Fishing Destinations

    Sport fishing in Costa Rica is well known to be some of the best in the entire world, and it’s a reputation that is well deserved.  The tiny Central America country is home to world class tarpon fishing on it’s Caribbean Coast, numerous freshwater species…

  • Los Suenos Sport Fishing and Day Tours

    Located just ninety minutes away from the capital of San José, Playa Jacó is Costa Rica’s closest beach town featuring all sorts of activities, dining, and great nightlight.  Just five minutes north of Playa Jaco you’ll find the famous Los Sueños Resort and Marina, an…

  • Costa Rica Tarpon Fishing

    So you’re coming to Costa Rica because you have tarpon on your bucket list, or perhaps you’ve caught baby tarpon fishing the flats in Belize or the Keys but have never caught a real monster silver king.  Or maybe you’ve caught so many sailfish and…

  • Top Arenal Day Tours

    If you want to get outdoorsy and love wildlife and adventure, all the while being able to come back and relax at some of the nicest hotels in Costa Rica, Arenal is the perfect place to do it.  This area is often referred to as…

  • Top Manuel Antonio Day Tours

    Manuel Antonio is one of the most popular yet private areas in the country.  It offers a wide variety of upscale accommodations that have the best ocean views in the country.  This area is also full of thrilling adventures and excellent sport fishing alongside the…

  • Our Favorite Sport Fish For The Table

    Most of us are proud to say we are responsible anglers who practice catch-and-release on the species we should – those under pressure and those protected by law.  In both Costa Rica and Panama all billfish are strictly catch-and-release by law, and more importantly all…

  • Costa Rica’s Tarpon Fishing Season

    When planning a tarpon fishing vacation to Costa Rica, knowing when to go is as important as selecting the right tackle, leaders, and baits.  Get it wrong and you might just be going for a boat ride – or the weather could be so bad…

  • Top Guancaste Tours and Exursions

    Located along the northern Pacific Coast, Guanacaste is one of Costa Rica’s seven provinces and covers 20% of the country’s territory.  Bordered on the north by Nicaragua, it has been blessed with a magnificent coastline, an average year round temperature of 85 °F, volcanoes, and…

  • 10 Reasons for Travel Insurance on Your Next Fishing Vacation

    You’ve waited a long time for this – your fishing vacation to Central America.  You’ve saved your money, accrued enough vacation days, spent hours reading info online, you’ve worked closely with in-country experts (aka – us!) to build the perfect itinerary, and you’ve even researched…

  • Top 5 Belize Hotels

    There is a famous saying which states “Good things come in small packages,” and these six words perfectly describe our next travel spot; Belize.  Bordered on the north by Mexico and to the south and west by Guatemala, Belize is a hidden paradise and has…

  • Top 4 Award Winning Hotels in Panama

    Often called the Bridge of the Americas, Panama is the narrow isthmus that connects North America to South America.  Undoubtedly it is best known for being home to the Panama Canal, one of the world’s modern marvels.  Panama is also a country with abundant bio-diversity,…

  • When is the Best Time to Catch Yellowfin Tuna?

    We get asked this all time, ‘When is the best time of year to catch yellowfin tuna?‘  Some anglers have caught enough sailfish to make them sick to their stomach, others just don’t want another brutal fight with a marlin once they’ve already crossed it…

  • Top 5 Award Winning Hotels in Costa Rica

    Costa Rica has always been considered an eco-friendly paradise, but over the past decade new upscale boutique hotels have been erected making it an outstanding destination for those looking for luxury and romance as well.  Blessed with incredible natural beauty, bountiful wildlife, pristine beaches, and…

  • Interview with the Owner of the Panama Big Game Fishing Club

    It goes without saying that one of the great perks to this job is that we get the opportunity to visit some of the best hotels in Central America and fish on the best boats around.  Who wouldn’t love that?  Over the past nine months…

  • Top 5 Foods For Your Next Costa Rica Fishing Vacation

    Costa Rica is known for it’s incredible bio-diversity, beautiful beaches, and warm friendly people – but one side of their culture that is often overlooked is the food.  Costa Rican cuisine is a combination of a variety of Latin flavors, most of it using all…

  • Meeting the Silver King

    When I started at Central America Fishing I had years of experience in the tourism industry, both in Costa Rica and Panama, but I admit I had spent no time salt water fishing.  Chris told me that was no problem, my main job is to…

  • Costa Rica’s 2014 Fishing Tournaments: Year in Review

    By all accounts, standards, and points of view, 2014 was a banner year for sport fishing enthusiasts in Costa Rica. The release counts from the country’s various billfish tournaments were staggering, further solidifying the case that Costa Rica offers the world’s best billfishing.  Besides the…

  • Offshore World Championship

    The 15th annual Offshore World Championship was held in Quepos earlier this month, marking the second year in a row the tournament has been held in Costa Rica. The largest sport fishing tournament of the year showcased 64 teams from 24 different countries around the…

  • Central America Fishing’s Grand Opening

    My name is Chris Atkins and I’m the founder and owner of Central America Fishing, a new luxury travel agency dedicated to providing the best fishing vacations to Costa Rica, Panama, and Belize. Let me be the first to tell you how excited we are…

  • Gaff Cam

    Here at Central America Fishing we always try to think outside the box and be a little different. We came up with the idea for the ‘Gaff Cam’ video wanting to get a up close and personal perspective on sport fishing, and thanks to our…

  • Moneyfi$h – Billfish Foundation

    This fantastic video from our friends at the Billfish Foundation showcases exactly why we are proud to sponsor their conservation and research efforts. They embody what we believe in – conservation through awareness & appreciation made possible by the sport fishing industry. Since 1990 they…

  • The Big 5 – Offshore Fishing

    The ‘Big 5’ video showcases the main species that we catch offshore fishing in Costa Rica, Panama, and Guatemala – wahoo, dorado, yellow-fin tuna, sailfish, and marlin. We came up with the ‘Big 5’ idea having been to African game parks and hearing all about…