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Nov, 2018

Costa Rica Fishing Report – September & October 2018

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September and October are typically the slowest months of the year for fishing on Costa Rica’s famed Pacific Coast. The reason why is two-fold: these two months are typically the wettest months of the year and the heart of our rainy season, and because of that many tourists get scared away so there aren’t that many anglers out fishing. The truth is the sun shines just about every day in Costa Rica, and if you do get rain it’s almost always in the afternoon.  Unless there is a storm system offshore or a tropical depression hovering over the country, the weather is quite nice and very predictable.  To be more specific, the fishing in Guanacaste is actually at it’s peak in September & October and as that happens to be the hottest and driest region of the country a fishing vacation there during these months is often just as good as a fishing vacation to Los Suenos or Quepos in the heart of peak season.

That said, like all fishing destinations some years are better than others and the reasons why are complex and interwoven. 2018 in Costa Rica was a banner year for dorado (mahi mahi), the best its been in the past decade, and the yellow-fin tuna and marlin bite were fantastic.  The sailfish numbers were down for the second year in a row, but with all the meat fish around anglers were still going home happy. We knew it would be a great green season for fishing because of the presence of all these pelagics, but the fishing got an added boost with drier-than-normal weather this year.  To be clear 2018 was NOT an El Niño year, it’s simply that the waters in the Caribbean were colder than normal which made the Pacfiic Coast drier than the yearly averages.  The combination of tons of pelagic fish and dry weather led to some epic fishing days, so for anyone who was smart enough to ignore over-blown horror stories of 24-7 monsoons, hurricanes, and flooding they experienced some fantastic sport fishing in Costa Rica.  The inshore fishing for roosterfish remained strong these months too as many anglers hauled in 40-60 lb beasts.  Below you can see our Costa Rica Fishing Report – September & October 2018:

Sept 2 – Open Fly – 8 sails, 4 dorados
Sept 8 – Predator – 5 sailfish
Sept 9 – Super Fly – 5 sailfish and 3 tuna
Sept 10 – Wet Ass – 20 dorado
Sept 11 – Open Fly – 2 blue marlin, 7 sails, 2 dorado
Sept 12 – El Jefe – 15 dorado
Sept 15 – Super Fly – 2 blue marlin, 4 sails, 10 dorado, 5 yellow-fin tuna
Sept 17 – Spanish Fly – 1 blue marlin, 1 sailfish, 4 tuna, 1 mahi
Sept 22 – Runaway – 2 blue marlin, 2 dorado, 1 tuna
Sept 24 – Epic – 1 for 2 blue marlin, 5 for 6 sailfish and kept a dorado for dinner
Sept 27 – Epic – 1 blue marlin, 1/3 on sails, 2 dorado, and several grouper
Sept 27 – Constellation – 1 blue marlin, 3 sails, 2 dorado
Sept 29 – Super Fly – 2 blue marlin and back in Los Suenos by noon
Sept 30 – Bushwacker – 1 blue marlin, 6 sails, 1 mahi

Oct 7 – Sunny One – 6 yellow-fin tuna and 4 dorado
Oct 8 – Gamefisher II – 1 blue marlin, 2/4 sailfish, 8 dorado
Oct 9 – Epic – 2 for 3 on blue marlin and too many mahi and triple tail to count
Oct 9 – Gamefisher II – 0/2 blue marlin, 2/3 sailfish, 5 dorado and a 150 lb yellow-fin tuna
Oct 10 – Gamefisher II – 1 blue marlin, 4 sailfish, 8 dorado
Oct 12 – Wet Ass II – 16 mahi!
Oct 13 – Sunny One – 1 marlin, 8 tuna, 1 dorado
Oct 14 – Wet Ass II – 8 dorado and 1 yellow-fin tuna in a half day
Oct 16 – Good Day Too – 2 sailfish and 2 dorado
Oct 19 – Wet Ass II – 6 mahi
Oct 20 – Wet Ass II – 3 Sailfish, 3 Yellow-fin tuna, and 12 Dorado
Oct 21 – Spanish Fly – 1 marlin, 5 tuna, 13 mahi
Oct 26 – Wet Ass II – 1 striped marlin, 5 tuna, 5 mahi
Oct 27 – Wet Ass II – 1 for 3 on marlin, 1 sailfish, 7 mahi
Oct 28 – Spanish Fly – 1 blue marlin, 1 sail, 10 dorado
Oct 29 – Open Fly – 1 blue marlin, 2 striped marlin, several dorado
Oct 30 – Good Day Too – 1 striped marlin, 1 sailfish, 5 dorado
Oct 31 – Gamefisher II – 6 dorado

Over on the Caribbean Coast September and October are actually the dry season and the peak tarpon fishing season. With calm seas the fishing boats are easily able to exit the river mouths and enter the open ocean where the best tarpon fishing is found, and while this may not have been the best year ever for tarpon there were still plenty of daily battles between angler and silver king.