Yellowfin Tuna Fishing in Costa Rica

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Yellowfin Tuna Fishing Seasons in Costa Rica,

Meaty and strong, yellowfin is as good a fight as it is a meal.

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Los Suenos/Quepos
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Guanacaste
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Osa Peninsula
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YELLOWFIN TUNA

Yellowfin Tuna are both strong and tasty. Don’t miss out on one!

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Target Yellowfin with These Packages

All of these trips give you the opportunity to catch Yellowfin Tuna.

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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Costa Rica Tuna Fishing

Known for their incredible, brutish strength, the yellowfin tuna is one of the most challenging fish to fight.

It is also one of the most sought-after species, both by anglers and commercial operations for its prized meat.

This heavyweight of the fish world is no stranger to the Costa Rican waters. Thanks to the latest Tuna Decree, the boundaries for commercial tuna boats are drawn outside 60 miles of Costa Rica’s shoreline.

This means the fish are now more plentiful on the waters where you’ll be fishing, and therefore will have more chances of targeting bigger specimens.

Yellowfin tuna range in sizes from very small to up to 400 lbs. For anglers, the sheer strength of the fish is the challenge and the amazing dinner fare is the prize after the battle.

Yellowfin are as beautiful as they are tasty: their body is covered in shimmering colors with long sickle-like dorsal fins in bright yellow that give it its name.

Their shape also makes them apt for speed, which means they are both good prey to pursue and a good predator in the water.

Yellowfin feed on other fish, crustaceans, and squid. The bigger ones sometimes even go after smaller tuna as well, and their fast movements allow them to go after flying fish, sauries, and mackerel.

How to Catch Yellowfin Tuna?

The particularities of yellowfin tuna make them a tricky but satisfying target.

They can be caught in a variety of ways, but here in Costa Rica, they are commonly found around the schools of spinner dolphins.

These two species have a symbiotic relationship and when you find one, you typically find the other.

Once you’ve found a school of yellowfin, the best technique used is trolling cedar plugs or rubber squid in front of the school, with a bite almost guaranteed.

The larger fish are also targeted using live bait, which almost always ensures a bite.

A few boats in Costa Rica are not targeting tuna with kites or using the green stick method.

They can be caught while trolling for billfish, but they can also be targeted by finding a current or garbage flow and trolling around floating debris.

You can also really up the ante on skill level and target them with fly fishing techniques.

Where to Target Yellowfin Tuna?

Fortunately, yellowfin tuna are found all over Costa Rica – up and down the coast and in both oceans.

It is also possible to catch smaller yellowfin near islands or pinnacles inshore, but they are more commonly an offshore pelagic fish.

However, if you want to go into the deeper sea or stay near the shore, this delicious fish can be part of the fish you target.

What's the Best Season for Yellowfin Tuna Fishing in Costa Rica?

Like most other fish species, yellowfin tuna are caught all year round in Costa Rica.

In years past, the tuna run was from mid-April through July. However, with the new Tuna Decree signed by the Costa Rican Government, we are blessed with incredible numbers through the year.

Typically they’re targeted around spinner dolphins, so being aware of this species’ habits can be an advantage.

Once in a while, you can also catch a big one on its own since this fish is no longer in danger after it reaches 100 lbs.

If yellowfin tuna are something you’d like to go after, simply contact us and we’ll gladly arrange a personalized trip with this species and others to target.

Tell us what you want and we’ll provide you with professional advice and important local knowledge to guarantee your fishing vacations are as fun as you hope them to be.

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