Marlin Fishing in Costa Rica

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Marlin Fishing Seasons in Costa Rica

The largest and most sought-after game-fish. Join the Marlin Mania and get the adventure of a lifetime.

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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
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. Their pull and energy make it one of the most popular species to target in the world.

Fortunately, marlin is abundant in Costa Rica. Blue marlin numbers in Costa Rica have become so healthy that it is not uncommon for anglers to get several releases a day. Black and striped marlin are not as common in Costa Rica, but they found here, so keep your eyes open.

What makes Marlin so strong is its 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 is easily distinguishable by their bright blue coloring on top with silver sides and a white underbelly. Black Marlin, on the other hand, are identified by their rigid pectoral fins, which unlike blue and striped marlin cannot be folded flat against their own bodies.

Sometimes inexperienced anglers can mistake a big blue Marlin for a black one, but taking a close look at the fins will clear any confusions.

The most obvious physical feature of all marlin is their upper jaw, which is elongated into a spear-shaped point.

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 feeds 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 to focalize more the chase. 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 of them test the angler’s ability and strength against this 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 and the marlin 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 can be a bit smaller than in other parts of the world, but it makes them perfect targets to knock 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 live near the surface in deep, offshore waters.

They favor warmer tropical conditions between 70-85 degrees, which Costa Rica also has year round.

To reach the marlin, make a run out to the continental shelf, which can take 30 minutes to an hour depending on where your departure point is. Here is where the fish starts to bite.

In addition, now there are FADs strategically located near or above natural Seamounts. This recent strategy has broken all the rules on what marlin fishing is like in Costa Rica.

During peak months, seamounts produce catch and release numbers for blue, black and striped marlin unheard of anywhere in the world.

Best departure points are Los Sueños and Quepos in the Central Pacific and Tamarindo, Flamingo and Papagayo in Guanacaste.

Best Time to Catch Marlin

Marlin can be caught all year round in Costa Rica. Whenever you come to the country, there is somewhere to go.

Typically the best months for blue marlin in the Southern and Central Pacific regions (Jaco, Manuel Antonio, Quepos & Osa Peninsula) are November through January.

Most years there is usually a ‘second run’ of marlin around June and July in this area.

Marlin are also found in the northwestern part of Costa Rica (Guanacaste) from May to September when the bite moves north along the coast with the drier weather and warmer waters.

If you are staying overnight for a deep sea fishing trip to the seamounts and FADS, then the best months are May to November.

If you want to try your hand with this energetic animal, Costa Rica is a great destination for a fishing vacation. To avoid all the hassle, contact us and we will gladly help arrange a personalized package for you.

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