Sailfish Fishing in Costa Rica

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Sailfish Fishing Seasons in Costa Rica

A staple of sportfishing in Costa Rica, sailfish are the fastest fish in the ocean.

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SAILFISH

The fastest fish in the Pacific Ocean and one of the most prized targets.

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Sailfish Fishing Trips in Costa Rica

Here are just a few sample packages that provide the opportunity to catch Sailfish. Request a free quote and one of our fishing experts will customize a Sailfish fishing itinerary for you.

Offshore Fishing Getaway

4 nights | 5 days $1,500 - $2,500 per person
Includes:
  • 2 Full days of offshore fishing
  • 1 Optional zip lining tour
  • 4 Nights at a beach hotel

Get a long weekend's worth of fishing and escape to Costa Rica's North or Central Pacific coasts. Hop on a private charter, Take advantage of this trip to target Marlin and other billfish.

Visit: Los Suenos, Quepos

Catch: Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna

Deep Sea Adventure

7 nights | 8 days $2,500 - $3,500 per person
Includes:
  • 3 Full days of offshore fishing
  • 1 Optional white water rafting tour
  • 7 Nights at a beach hotel

Visit world-class fishing locations and hotels in this trip to the Pacific. Fish offshore for three full days and target the large billfish on this coast in the adventure of a lifetime.

Visit: Los Suenos, Quepos

Catch: Sailfish, Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna

Highlights of Costa Rica

7 nights | 8 days $2,000 - $3,000
Includes:
  • 2 Full days of offshore fishing
  • 3 Nights at a mountain hotel
  • 4 Nights at a beach hotel

Travel across Costa Rica and discover its highlights. Experience mountains, volcanoes, and a healthy dose of fishing in some of the best locations and hotels in the country.

Visit: Los Suenos, Quepos

Catch: Sailfish, Marlin, Mahi-Mahi

Your Custom Vacation Package Includes More than Fishing

Every trip we provide is you-nique. Pricing, accommodation and tour options depend on travel dates and your final destinations. Our quotes always include the following:

  • ‘Meet & Greet’ Airport Service.
  • English-speaking drivers.
  • Private ground transfers or charter flights.
  • Accommodations: pick between hotels, rentals, resorts or fishing lodges.
  • Private fishing charters.
  • Guided tours (English-speaking guides).
  • Meals (as stated in each itinerary).
  • 24/7 In-country support.
  • Taxes.
  • Transaction fees.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

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Top Sailfish Destinations

These are the locations on the Pacific Ocean where Sailfish are most often found.

Los Suenos

Quepos

Available Boats

Caribsea

Caribsea

Size: 46 ft

Capacity: 6-10 people

Good for: Deep Sea

The Local Legend of Quepos, full Garmin electronics, Lee outriggers, fighting chair, air-conditioned salon for comfort and full private bathroom.

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Geaux Fly

Geaux Fly

Size: 43 ft

Capacity: 6 people

Good for: Deep Sea

Tournament-winning crews and the latest equipment at your disposal. With fighting chairs, full salon and kitchen.

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Double Nickel

Double Nickel

Size: 42 ft

Capacity: Up to 6 people

Good for: Deep Sea, Inshore

A good vessel with top-of-the-line equipment, including full Garmin electronics, Lee outriggers, fighting chair, and air conditioned cabin.

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Circle Hook

Circle Hook

Size: 35 ft

Capacity: 1-5 people

Good for: Deep Sea

With tournament-ready crew & the latest equipment, it boasts fighting chairs, full salon & kitchen.

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Constellation

Constellation

Size: 36 ft

Capacity: 1-5 people

Good for: Deep Sea

Top-of-the-line equipment and a tournament-ready crew, this boat has fighting chairs, full kitchen, and A/C.

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Straight Up with a Twist

Straight Up with a Twist

Size: 31 ft

Capacity: 1-5 people

Good for: Deep Sea, Inshore

The prettiest boat in the marina, 100% custom built. It has fighting chair, outriggers, and A/C.

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Good Day

Good Day

Size: 31 ft

Capacity: Up to 5 people

Good for: Deep Sea, Fly-Fishing, Inshore

With an inboard Cummins motor and the latest equipment, this boat is fitted with fighting chair and top of the line equipment.

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Predator

Predator

Size: 26 ft

Capacity: 1-4 people

Good for: Deep Sea, Inshore

Fish in one of the best value boats in the area. Fast, comfortable and great for inshore and offshore.

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Sailfish Fishing in Costa Rica

With extreme acrobatics and speed, the sailfish is an incredible target. Running away from sailfish is no easy task – it can even reach a speed of 50 knots!

Once hooked, a sailfish will spend half of the fight out of the water twisting and turning as you try to maintain tension on the line.

This heavy animal can weigh between 60-100 pounds, though sails over 100 lbs quite common in Costa Rica. In fact, sailfish from Costa Rica’s Pacific coast have the world record at 221 lbs.

Found in huge numbers all over the country, this trophy fish is on the wish list of almost every angler.

Fortunately, sailfish are so abundant in Costa Rica that it is common to have double digit days and even get two hooked at the same time.

After all, sailfish can live alone or in groups of two to three. So it’s a good opportunity to get your hand on at least one.

It’s also a beautiful animal. As its name implies, the most outstanding feature about the sailfish is their sail-shaped dorsal fin, which helps the narrow fish swim and twist.

Generally cobalt or navy-blue in color, some sailfish have spots and show stripes when hunting.

This predator is a member of the billfish group, with an upper jaw that extends two to three times the length of its bottom jaw to form a spear used to stun fish when hunting.

Since sailfish like to feed on squid, small dorado and various other types of pelagic fish, there are several human-made FADs placed strategically to attract them.

How to Catch the Sailfish?

While there are many different ways to target Sailfish, the most productive is trolling a rigged ballyhoo. Here in Costa Rica, this is by far the most common and productive way to catch sailfish.

However, you can also use live bait for them as well. Fly fishing for sailfish has become very popular in Costa Rica.

The large numbers of this species make Costa Rica a good destination for the fly angler that is looking to knock the billfish off on his fly fishing bucket list.

Where to go for Sailfish?

Although they can also be found in the Caribbean coast, most often sailfish are fished for on the Pacific Ocean.

Sailfish are found in warm, tropical waters all over the world, which is why Costa Rica has so many of them.

Although they do occasionally range into shallow waters, they are most often found in deep water past the continental shelf. This is why deep sea fishing and targeting FADs are the best way to get one of these.

When Is the Best Time to Come to Costa Rica and Catch Sailfish?

Sailfish can and are caught every month of the year here in Costa Rica.

Typically, the best months for sails in the Southern and Central Pacific regions of Costa Rica (Jaco, Manuel Antonio, & Osa Peninsula) are late November to April.

This is the time of year when they are so abundant that having double digit releases is a relatively common feat.

The best numbers of sailfish in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica are found from May to November.

If you’d rather try to catch them on the Caribbean coast, fishing is best in the dry months of August to October and then again from January to April.

Indeed, sailfish are one the most beautiful and challenging species an angler can get hold of. If you want more advice or want to ask any questions, simply contact us and we’ll gladly help!

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