Quepos offers much to see and to do. There are beautiful beaches, quiet secluded coves, plenty of hotels and restaurants to choose from, discos, gift shops, boutiques, and souvenir shops. The Quepos region produces outstanding offshore fishing for Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and Tuna. Inshore, the reefs and river mouths are home to immense populations of Snapper, Roosterfish, Wahoo, Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, and monster Snook.
From as far north as Flamingo in northern Costa Rica, south to the virtually untouched "Hannibal Banks" of northern Panama. Experience the best billfishing in the world during peak season. Quepos is only a 3-hour drive from the capital city of San José and easily accessible by car, bus, or a 20-minute charter flight.
The fertile fishing grounds of the Gulf of Papagayo provides year round access to approximately 25 varieties of sportsfish. Although, most famous for its sailfishing from April thru September, these same waters produce excellent Marlin catches almost every month of the year.
The Gulf of Papagayo's marlin fishing is some of the finest in the world. Considered second only to Australia's great barrier reef for the most likely place to capture a Black Marlin. Most fish range between 300 to 400 lbs. The are caught throughout the year with the best chances from March thru August. For Blue Marlin, again these waters are considered some of the finest in the world. Seen year round, most catches are made during December, January, February, March, and April. These fish tend to run smaller, from 200 to 400 lbs. During January and February 1995 a total of 42 Blue Marlin were landed, the largest weighing in at 852 pounds. Stripped Marlin are taken sporadically and in fewer quantities than blacks and blues. Some outstanding catches have been made, like a 257 pounder taken in 1989.
Apart from billfish, probably the most sought after prey for the sport fishermen is the rooster fish. More trophy size roosters are taken from the waters around Ocotal than any place in the world. Generally taken on live bait, 40 to 60 pound roosters can be taken year round. Other popular fish include Dog Tooth Snapper, Wahoo, Dorado, and Yellow Fin Tuna. January 1995, produced several record Yellow Fin Tuna at Ocotal, the largest weighing in at 221 pounds. Variety, size, consistency, and excitement sum up the fishing at Ocotal.
On the central Pacific coast, prime Sailfish and Marlin fishing season is December - May ("high season"). But, you can catch all kinds of fish year-round, especially Dorado (Mahi-Mahi), Tuna and Wahoo.
High season also sports the nicest weather and fishing conditions of the year. There is very little rain, and the seas are fairly calm. There is also more marine life in the area then, including large schools of Tuna, Turtles and giant Manta Rays.
Sailfish and Marlin fishing is strictly catch and release, by Costa Rican law. But, no such restrictions exist for Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo and other fish.
Casa Mar is on the northeast Caribbean coast of Costa Rica in a remote rainforest setting which has the largest river and lagoon system of fishable waters on the east coast of Costa Rica.
Tarpon are here by the thousands from January through May. In September and October, only scattered tarpon are found in the rivers and lagoons. Instead, they congregate in vast numbers just outside the river mouth in the Caribbean.
Most fishing is done is sheltered rivers and lagoons. When the sea is calm, it's possible to venture outside the river mouth where tarpon are bunched.
Tarpon average 75 pounds at Casa Mar, and some exceeding 150 pounds are caught each season. Snook are also found at Casa Mar. In January swarms invade the Río Colorado and surrounding waters. These snook average about five pounds, with many in the 12-pound class. A few more of 20 pounds are taken. Large snook become more numerous in April and increase in numbers through May. September and October are the best months for taking really big snook, but now the action moves to the beach. Surf casting is most productive because the 30 pound plus heavyweights are on a spawning run.
Tarpon are also hooked in the surf and a 75 or 90-pound tarpon on your line with no boat to aid in chase presents a challenge.
Tarpon begin their move inside the rivers in January and build up to a peak during the spring months
It's not unusual for an angler to jump 30 tarpon in half a day when the fish are grouped in the deeper areas.
The same fantastic action is often found with snook during their spawning run. In January, it's possible to catch a fifty snook in
half a day's fishing, but Casa Mar urges its guests to release most fish. In addition to tarpon and snook, anglers can enjoy sport
with smaller fish such as Machaca, Guapote, Roncador, and Mojarra.