Tarpon Fishing in Costa Rica

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Tarpon Fishing Seasons in Costa Rica

The key to a great Tarpon Fishing Trip is fishing during your peak seasons!


Also known as the Silver King, this massive fish is a real trophy.


Trips to Target Tarpon

These are samples of customizable packages that focus on fishing Tarpon.

Chasing after Tarpon

4 nights | 5 days $1,500 - $2,500 per person
  • 2 Full days of Tarpon fishing
  • 1 Optional jungle tour
  • 4 Nights at a Caribbean lodge

Head to the Caribbean coast and spend your days fishing for Tarpon with a fly rod. Admire the intricate canals and test your fishing skills against the most prized target on this sea.

Visit: Caribbean

Catch: Tarpon

Highlights & Fishing

7 nights | 8 days $2,500 - $3,500 per person
  • 2 Full days of Tarpon fishing
  • 3 Nights at a mountain hotel
  • 4 Nights at a beach hotel

Discover Costa Rica's mountains, volcanoes, and beaches. Fish on the Caribbean for Tarpon and test your abilities against the Silver King. Catching it is a real feat!

Visit: Caribbean

Catch: Tarpon

Coast to Coast Adventure

7 nights | 8 days $3250 - $4250 per person
  • 2 Full days fishing on the Pacific
  • 2 Full days of Tarpon fishing
  • 7 Nights at 2 beach hotels

Travel from one coast to the other in an incredible package! Fish both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean in search of their most exotic species for the adventure of a lifetime.

Visit: Los Suenos, Caribbean, Quepos

Catch: Marlin, Sailfish, Tarpon

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 Target Tarpon

Tarpon are only found on the Caribbean Coast, making Tortuguero your ideal location.


Available Boats

Eagle Wings

Eagle Wings

Size: 23 ft

Capacity: 1-3 people

Good for: Fly-Fishing

This light boat is perfect to battle the mighty silver king with one of the best tarpon guides in central America.

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The Best Tarpon Fishing in Costa Rica

This prehistoric fish dates back to the time of dinosaurs, and in our opinion they are one of the most unique and exciting game fish in the world.

The reason they are targeted is simple – they are a challenge to land and a joy to watch in action. Once hooked, Tarpon leap up to ten feet out of the water and will do long hard runs until they exhaust themselves.

Properly nicknamed “the silver king,” tarpon are easily recognizable by their size, pronounced lower jaw, and iconic bright silver coloring, produced by their large, shiny scales.

These beasts have jaws almost entirely made of bone and their gill plates are razor sharp, hence the challenge of both hooking and landing them.

Tarpon naturally feed on different types of animals like crabs, shrimp, and even baby turtles. They’re so huge they often swallow their prey whole in a giant sucking motion.

A member of the herring family, tarpon in Costa Rica are usually targeted on the Caribbean area. They are large compared to other parts of the world, averaging in the 80-100 lb range. However, anglers have landed tarpon over 200 lbs, and even the world record at 286 lbs was caught just over the border.

How to Catch Tarpon?

Tarpon is often overlooked in favor of the distinctive blue marlin. However, it can be a real challenge as there are several techniques to catch it.

The most common is casting topwater plugs or bump trolling a live or dead bait along the bottom. They can also be caught by casting with spoons, jigging, and even fly fishing.

Tarpon can be a real treat to both experienced anglers and beginners. So, if you are looking to try something new or want to plan a world-class fishing vacation, just pick a tarpon package that suits you best.

Where to Go for Tarpon Fishing?

Tarpon are found up and down Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast as well as inland in freshwater rivers and lagoons.

They like shallow, warm tropical waters. However, tarpon can “gulp” air from the surface of the water, which allows them to swim into brackish and freshwater to breed & spawn without threat from predators.

The best spots for tarpon are the northeast Caribbean coast and the Caño Negro Reserve in north central Costa Rica. The waters of Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge and Tortuguero also provide an excellent hunting ground.

On any normal day, you could catch more than 20 tarpon between two days dedicated to pursuing these powerful and elusive fish.

What's the Best Time to Catch Tarpon in Costa Rica?

Tarpon are here all year round in Costa Rica since they don’t migrate in and out. The fishing seasons depend more on the weather and seas conditions than the fish themselves.

The best months are late January to early June and then again in the Caribbean’s dry season from September to early November.

Other months like July, August, December, and January are traditionally too rainy or too stormy for quality fishing conditions.

If you’d like to try your hand at fishing tarpon, our fishing packages not only provide you with the opportunity to land one of these magnificent fish but also to enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in Costa Rica.

Simply contact us with any questions and we’ll gladly help.

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