FISHING HOLIDAYS IN THE COSTA RICAN JUNGLE
When fishing in Costa Rica, you never know what extraordinary fish will bite next! This makes for particularly varied days on the water. But there are also a few surprises waiting for you on land. While you enjoy the end of the day in your quiet lodge in the middle of the breathtaking jungle, some exotic animals like to drop in on you.
Our fishing trip to Costa Rica will soon be one of the most popular arrangements – we are sure of it!
OUR TOP 5 REASONS FOR YOUR FISHING TRIP TO COSTA RICA
- breathtaking lodge in the middle of the jungle
- VIP fishing feeling: almost unrivalled on the water
- varied fishing thanks to a great variety of species and fishing methods (poppers, stickbaits, livebait, trolling)
- first-class boats with state-of-the-art technology
- fishing tackle included on request
FISHING IN COSTA RICA:
Unique: Apart from us, there are currently only two other boats in the whole of Drake Bay that are specially equipped for fishing trips. A few other boats are only used for tourist excursions. This means that we can fish in Costa Rica without competition for the most part!
The fishing area is very diverse: Close to the coast, many reefs and rock structures offer ideal habitats for a great variety of species, just as we are used to on the Pacific coast.
Whether with poppers, stickbaits or livebait – here you can let off steam to your heart’s content and be surprised which fish will be hooked next.
Offshore, many more opportunities open up: Pursue predatory schools of tuna with poppers or livebaits, or take a relaxing trolling session for marlin, sailfish, wahoo or mahi mahi.
Main fish species in Costa Rica: Rooster, Jack Crevalle, Cubera Snapper, Amberjack, Almaco Jack, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Spanish Mackerel, Sailfish, Marlin and many more.
TYPICAL ITINERARY OF YOUR FISHING TRIP IN COSTA RICA:
Day 1: Departure from Europe & arrival in San José on the same day (overnight in hotel).
Day 2: Domestic flight to Drake Bay, transfer to the lodge
Day 3-8: 6 full days of fishing
Day 9: Domestic flight to San José, return flight to Europe in the evening
Day 10: Arrival at home
Tip: It is highly recommended to extend your stay for another day. You can visit the famous Corcovado National Park or explore the area around Drake Bay.
By the way: You don’t want to go fishing in Costa Rica with a mixed accompanied group, but rather in a small group of 2-4 anglers? Just get in touch with us! You are also welcome to travel and fish in Costa Rica on your own – we offer individual travel and transfer options.
THE RIGHT FISHING TACKLE IN COSTA RICA
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BORROW THE FISHING TACKLE:
High-quality rental tackle is already included in the offer on request! If you wish, you can arrive just with hand luggage and be ready to go fishing in Costa Rica. If you are interested, just let us know before you start your trip and we will make sure that your rental tackle is ready for you on site.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BRING YOUR OWN TACKLE:
We recommend a good quality popper rod with a casting weight of around 150-180 g in lengths between 7’6″ and 8 feet, which covers pretty much all fishing methods with poppers and stickbaits. (There are a lot of good rods on the market now).For some time now, we have preferred 3-piece models for fishing trips to Costa Rica, which are much easier to transport in larger suitcases/travel bags. This saves the bulky rod tube and additional costs for luggage.
For reels, spinning reels like Shimano’s Stella 14000XG (or 10000SW) are recommended. If you specifically want to fish for larger tuna in Costa Rica, we tend to advise 18000 models with larger line capacity and stronger brakes. We recommend using lines in the 80-100 lbs class. With thinner lines you can cast a little further, but unfortunately you will also have to complain about more line breaks.
For light tackle fishing, stationary reels of the 6000 size are best suited in combination with lighter popper rods with a casting weight of up to 100g.
For jigging we use special short jig rods with a recommended jig weight of up to 300 g in combination with a Shimano Stella or Twin Power 8000PG. For more line capacity we use 14000 spools, which easily hold more than 250m of PE6-8 class line.
Good poppers for Costa Rica include HeruCubera, Dumbell Pop (L) and HALCO Roosta Popper. As a stickbait, the J1 Tropic from HYBRIDA should not be missing. We will be happy to advise you personally.
We recommend that you bring a good selection yourself.
BUT: If something is missing or some bait gets lost while fishing, the boats also have a small selection ready to help out. Joe in the lodge is sure to have a bait or two for you as well.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT COSTA RICA
- The country has 4.7 million inhabitants and only an area of 100 km².
- There are 26 national parks and about ¼ of the country’s surface is protected jungle area – home to numerous exotic animals.
- The language spoken in Costa Rica is predominantly Spanish, but also English.
- Costa Rica is also known as the Switzerland of Central America.
- Costa Rica is considered a particularly happy country. Family and nature are clearly worth more to the people than material things.
THE BOATS DURING YOUR FISHING TRIP
In Drake Bay we use up to three boats:
- Walkaround 24-26′ centre console boats with 250 hp.
All centre consoles are fully equipped for sport fishing and are powered either by a twin engine (YAMAHA four-stroke) or by a single large power unit. Each boat has VHF radio, GPS, echo sounder, a livewell and Tuna Tubes. Outriggers are also part of the equipment so that you can go trolling at any time.
The experienced guides know their stuff and will take you straight to the fish without any detours.
ACCOMMODATION WITH A FEEL-GOOD GUARANTEE
Fish during the day and enjoy the rest of the time full of peace and harmony in the midst of Costa Rica’s impressive nature! Situated on a picturesque mountain top in Drake Bay, our lodge offers an incomparable view of the rainforest, the national park and Drake Bay itself.
While friendly howler monkeys provide the morning wake-up service, toucans will remind you in the evening when it’s “gin-o’clock”. Thanks to the cool sea breeze from Drake Bay, you will fully enjoy your end of day at the lodge and make many an exciting discovery: Every day, numerous birds and animals look after themselves at the lodge, e.g. macaws, spider, howler and capuchin monkeys, coatis, tayras, breathtaking butterflies and sometimes even a jaguarundi.
Modern design and jungle style have been charmingly combined in the construction of this accommodation. In addition to a simple but delicious kitchen, the important amenities such as air conditioning, hot water and WLAN are at your disposal.
We are sure: Also because of this lodge, the fishing trip to Costa Rica will become one of the most popular destinations from our clients.
By the way: Your accommodation – the “Southern Drake Lodge” – was built by a very passionate and experienced angler from Great Britain. During his worldwide fishing trips he has visited several lodges himself and knows exactly what the travelling angler needs.
THE BEST TIME TO FISH IN COSTA RICA
The dry season from December to April is the most popular time to travel if you want to fish in Costa Rica.
The rainy season begins in May, but this does not make fishing any less attractive. Daytime temperatures drop into bearable ranges and showers are only occasional.
In October and November the lodge remains closed, as the rains are often too heavy to fish.
For better orientation, here is a small annual overview of the main fish species to be expected:
- December – January: Mahi Mahi, Sailfish
- January – April: Sailfish, Marlin
- April – September: Wahoo, Snook
- All year round: Rooster, Jack Crevalle, Yellowfin, Amberjack
From January to April, sardines gather in large schools near the coast, which is especially interesting for inshore fishing.
Costa Rica has something to offer in every season.
HOW MUCH DOES YOUR FISHING TRIP TO COSTA RICA COST?
PRICE: from USD 3,900 (plus flights)
INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:
- Domestic flight to Drake Bay,
- 5 full days guiding on the centre console (3 anglers on the boat),
- 6 nights accommodation at the lodge,
- 1 hotel night on arrival day in a double room incl. breakfast in San José,
- full board at the lodge & during fishing,
- drinks on the boat,
- high quality tackle hire.
- German or English speaking tour guide,
- English & Spanish speaking captains & deckhands,
- unique location,
- first-class boats with state-of-the-art technology.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE:
- international flights to San José (price varies depending on departure airport),
- Dinner & drinks at hotel on arrival day,
- tips for captain & deckhand (approx. USD 30/angler/day),
- alcoholic drinks at the lodge & during dinner.
- Leisure activities (e.g. guided hikes, visit to the National Park)
As standard we offer our tours with 4-6 fishing days. Of course, shorter or longer stays are also possible. Just contact us for individual planning!
BOOK NOW YOUR COSTA RICA FISHING VACATION
If you would like to go fishing in Costa Rica, our package is guaranteed to be the right choice for you. If you are still unsure or have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
We look forward to creating an unforgettable fishing holiday for you!
Your team from Travel2Fish