December officially kicked off another fishing season here in Costa Rica as the dry season weather, and the incredible offshore fishing, have made a most-welcome return. The rainy season typically ends sometime in November, which means that it is a transition month from the green season to the dry season and every year the weather and the fishing is slightly different. Fortunately this November, much like November 2017, featured great weather, all the mahi you could gaff, and lots of marlin. In fact we knew 2019 fishing season was going to be phenomenal when our four-time repeat guests, the Weston’s, started off the new season on Nov 1st by completing a Grand Slam on an absolutely epic day with our buddy Captain Mike Alligood – 3 for 5 on blue marlin, 3 for 3 on striped marlin, 1 sailfish, and 9 mahi for dinner! Other highlights from November included the Super Fly releasing 5 blue marlin & 2 striped marlin on Nov 10, the 50′ Open Fly with 8 blue marlin on Nov 29th, and too many double digit mahi days to count from both Quepos and Los Suenos Marinas.
While that is following script for our fishing seasons, it’s far from a guarantee so it’s always nice to acknowledge it to keep the Fishing Gods happy. December 1st through April 30th is officially high season for Costa Rica’s tourism industry, the dry season has settled in, and the fishing typically ratchets things up a notch. That was definitely the case last month as the weather was gorgeous, the marlin were still biting, and best of all the sailfish have returned! The 2017 and 2018 seasons featured an uncharacteristically slow sailfish bite with very few boats reaching double digits and many struggling just to catch 3-4 sailfish a day. For a country that has earned the nickname of ‘the billfish capital of the world‘ you can be sure that hands were hovering over the Panic Button. With December officially marking the first month of the 2019 peak fishing season things are looking very promising for another epic year of sportfishing in Costa Rica as marlin were caught just about every day, sailfish numbers are back, and the yellow-fin tuna and dorado bite that has improved so much over the past couple of years remains steady. Read below for our full Costa Rica Fishing Report – December 2018.