Costa Rica Fishing Report – Summer 2022

by | Sep 1, 2022 | Costa Rica Fishing Reports | 0 comments

One of my worst kept secrets is that the fishing is oftentimes BETTER in the summer months of June through August than in the traditional peak fishing season, which runs from December through April. The peak season is when all the major billfish tournaments are hosted here and when the majority of foreign tourists visit Costa Rica to escape North American winter. When the calendar turns to May it starts the “Green Season”, or rainy season in Costa Rica, and too many people assume that the rainy season equates to bad weather and slow fishing. Yes, afternoon rain showers are common and occasionally there can be a storm system that makes things wet for a few days at a time, but for those who are willing to shrug off those minor risks they are often rewarded with incredible fishing. This Costa Rica Fishing Report – Summer 2022 is more proof that the fishing in the summer months outproduced our traditional peak winter months.

This year the weather wasn’t quite ready to cooperate thanks to the presence of La Niña, which generates above average rainfall here in Central America. June usually kicks off the hot summer action with a great marlin bite, but thanks to a wetter-than-normal May there was green water everywhere to start the month. Most boats from the Los Suenos Marina and the Marina Pez Vela in Quepos were running 35-40 miles and still couldn’t find any good water the first half of the month. Some boats got lucky by coming across a school of yellowfin tuna to save the day, but the billfish were few and far between. By mid June that all changed as the blue water and the pelagic game fish returned. Sailfish and tuna were plentiful, and thanks to those same heavy rains from May that washed out all the debris from the coastal rivers, there were plenty of garbage lines and big trees floating around which in turn attracted the dorado in large numbers. CAF anglers, Brian & Randy released 17 sailfish from 26 bites in their three days fishing out of the Los Suenos Resort. The boats up in Guanacaste were still battling red tide both inshore and offshore, so anglers had the best action fishing in Quepos or Los Suenos in June.

June 3rd – Captain Tom – 7 mahi 5 yellowfin tuna and 1 for 2 blue marlin
June 14 – Good Day – 3 sails and 5 dorado
June 15 – Gamefisher II – 2 marlin and 5 tuna
June 16 – Good Day – 15 dorado, 1 sailfish 1 wahoo
June 16 – Gamefisher II – 1/3 on marlin, 3/4 on sails, 1 mahi
June 18 – Good Day – 2/2 on sails and 10 dorado
June 20 – Good Day Too – 5 for 8 on sails
June 21 – Geaux Fly – 1 blue marlin and 5 sailfish
June 22 – Captain Tom – 5 for 9 sailfish, 2 yellowfin tuna and raised 2 marlin
June 22 – Good Day Too – 9 for 13 on sails
June 23 – Geaux Fly – 1 blue marlin, 10 sailfish, 4 dorado
June 23 – Big Eye II – 4 sailfish and 9 mahi
June 24 – Captain Tom – 6 for 8 sailfish 12 yellowfin tuna and a mahi
June 25 – Tiger Fly – 3 sails, 3 yellowfin tuna, and several dorado
June 26 – Captain Tom – 11 for 13 sailfish
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