Marlin Fishing in Costa Rica

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Marlin Fishing Seasons in Costa Rica

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Guanacaste
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BLUE MARLIN

Acrobatic and strong, this is the largest and most sought-after fish on the Pacific Ocean.

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Marlin Fishing Trips in Costa Rica

Here are just a few sample packages that provide the opportunity to catch Marlin. Request a free quote and one of our fishing experts will customize a Marlin 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 per person
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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Where to Fish Marlin?

These are the locations where Marlin are most abundant on the Pacific coast.

Los Suenos

Quepos

What's the Best Fishing Style for Marlin?

Marlin can be caught in several ways, but these are the absolute best.

Deep Sea

Seamounts

Available Boats

Open Fly

Open Fly

Size: 50 ft

Capacity: 6-8 people

Good for: Deep Sea

Enjoy tournament-winning crews and the latest equipment. With fighting chairs, full salon with A/C and kitchen.

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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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Spanish Fly

Spanish Fly

Size: 43 ft

Capacity: 6 people

Good for: Deep Sea

Enjoy tournament-winning crews and the latest equipment. With fighting chairs, full salon with A/C and kitchen.

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Blue Pearl II

Blue Pearl II

Size: 32 ft

Capacity: Up to 5 people

Good for: Deep Sea, Inshore

Great for offshore, with top-of-the-line Penn and Shimano equipment. It also has a fighting chair.

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Sunny One

Sunny One

Size: 33 ft

Capacity: 1-5 people

Good for: Deep Sea, Inshore

A well-reviewed, single-diesel engine. With a fighting chair and on-board bathroom.

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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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Best Marlin Fishing in Costa Rica

Known for its strength and acrobatic jumps, a Marlin fight can last for hours or a few minutes. Their pull and energy make it one of the most popular species to target in the world.

Blue Marlin are the most common Marlin found in Costa Rica. Marlin have become so abundant here, that it is not uncommon for anglers to get several releases in a day.

Black Marlin and striped Marlin are also found in Costa Rica, although these two species are not as common.

What makes Marlin so strong is their size. Blue Marlin reach an average of 150-500 lbs, and black Marlin can even be bigger. In both species, females are larger and it is rare to find a male over 300 lbs.

The Marlin is also a prized target because of their beauty. Blue Marlin are distinguishable by their bright blue coloring on top with silver sides and white underbelly.

Black Marlin are identified by their rigid pectoral fins. Unlike blue and striped Marlin, black Marlin’s pectoral fins will not fold back.

Many times a blue Marlin that has been feeding in the deep is incorrectly identified as a black Marlin. However, the tell-tale sign is the pectoral fins.

The most obvious physical feature of all Marlin is their upper jaw. This elongated jaw, shaped like a spear is the sign of a true billfish.

Their dorsal fin is pointed near the head before tapering off, along with the pectoral and anal fins. They have no spots on their fins or backs.

Marlin typically feed on squid, small Tuna, Dorado and various other pelagic species. They use their upper jaws to stun the prey by whipping their bodies with incredible speed and power.

Several seamounts and FADs in Costa Rica target the Marlin’s feeding habits. This represents an advantage for the angler, as there is a chance to catch more in a single day.

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How to Catch Marlin?

Since Costa Rica has great numbers of Marlin, there are also many different styles to catch them. All Marlin are a good way of testing the angler’s ability and strength against a herculean billfish.

The most productive way is pitch baiting. Pitch baiting uses teasers from the bridge of the boat to attract the Marlin to the surface.

As the teaser is retrieved, the angler or a mate tosses a rigged ‘bonita’ or pitch bait into the spread. The Marlin then switches over to the rigged bait. This struggle is one of the greatest sights to see as an angler.

It is also possible to catch them with lures trolled farther back in the spread. If you want to try your hand at it, fly fishing for Marlin has become pretty popular these days.

Costa Rica’s Marlin may be a bit smaller than in other parts of the world, but it makes them perfect targets with a fly rod.

Where to go for Marlin in Costa Rica?

Marlin are found all along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. They are a pelagic and migratory species, which means they are always moving.

They also favor warmer tropical conditions between 70-85 degrees. Costa Rican waters provide these conditions year round, which means they don’t have to move as much.

Day charters are a great way to catch Marlin. The typical run time to the continental shelf is between 45 minutes and 1 hour.

In addition, now there are FADs strategically located near or above natural Seamounts. These seamounts are located between 63 and 160 miles off the coast of Costa Rica. During peak months, these seamounts produce unheard of blue Marlin numbers.

The best departure points for a Costa Rica Marlin fishing expedition are Los Sueños and Quepos in the Central Pacific. In the North Pacific, the best options are Tamarindo, Flamingo and Papagayo.

Best Time to Catch Marlin

Marlin are caught all year round in Costa Rica, but there are some prime times.

November – January and May – July have historically been the best months for the Central Pacific. This includes the areas of Jaco, Manuel Antonio, Quepos & Osa Peninsula.

Then North Pacific produces great Marlin as well from May – October. This includes the areas of Tamarindo, Flamingo and Papagayo.

For Seamount and FAD trips, the best months are May – November. April and December are transitional months, but still produce great fishing as well.

If you want to catch a Marlin, Costa Rica is a great destination for your fishing vacation. To avoid all the hassle, contact us and we will gladly help arrange a personalized package for you.

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