Notices

Surf Fishing Costa Rica

Old 12-04-2019, 10:37 AM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 5
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default Surf Fishing Costa Rica

Headed down next week... anyone ever done any fishing from the surf or from rocks?

Taking a couple travel rods and some tackle down... any tips would help!

I'll be on the pacific side, Guanacaste region.
Old 12-04-2019, 11:11 AM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Oregon
Posts: 102
Likes: 0
Received 10 Likes on 7 Posts
Default Costa

Originally Posted by CarolinaRedfish View Post
Headed down next week... anyone ever done any fishing from the surf or from rocks?

Taking a couple travel rods and some tackle down... any tips would help!

I'll be on the pacific side, Guanacaste region.
Fished down there a few years back. We were in the Playa Panama area fished several days from the beach / rocks did very well using rattle traps,rapalas etc. standard bass type gear worked fine . Blue runners like white crappie jigs which we used for live rigs. Also did a few days kayak fishing in the bays for skip jack small roosters etc..
Likes:
Old 12-04-2019, 02:48 PM
  #3  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Alberta
Posts: 662
Received 426 Likes on 222 Posts
Default

Also bring a little cast net. Live bait really works great. Just try not to get caught. Kinda a Grey area I’m told
Likes:
Old 12-04-2019, 03:56 PM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: San Diego
Posts: 3,366
Received 341 Likes on 231 Posts
Default

I threw a crocodile into the surf off the rocks in Guanacaste, looking for the right kind. I didn't spend too much time at it, as it was basically a surf trip. I caught a jack, but didn't find what I was looking for. Have a great trip.
Old 12-05-2019, 07:48 AM
  #5  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Silver Spring, MD, USA
Posts: 685
Likes: 0
Received 30 Likes on 17 Posts
Default

I was in Playa Negra for 10 days 2 years ago for Thanksgiving. I threw big plugs from the rocks for a couple hours a day. I had to fish low tide to be able to stand on the rock shelf and cast to deeper water. I had one bite in 10 days on a topwater. Chartered a CC out of Flamingo 2 days and did well on mahi. Didn't venture out too far because I had my kids with me. hooked one rooster from the boat but it spit the hook.. Beautiful area. Awesome surfing at Playa Negra, and we especially liked Avellanas - great beach, great break and awesome beach bar/restaurant called Lolas.
Old 12-05-2019, 09:48 AM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 269
Received 54 Likes on 37 Posts
Default

lipped plugs and bucktails may get you a snook or jack. live and cut bait by rocks could get a snapper. if any mangrove swamps may be snook(or crocs) but a lot of the areas are overfished as locals net entire rivers off
Old 12-05-2019, 01:55 PM
  #7  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 1,310
Received 156 Likes on 96 Posts
Default

I lugged a rod along my last two trips, but doubt that I would again. Made a few casts in the rivermouth in Tamarindo and at the rocks in Samara, more to make sure I wasn't missing out since I found little info.

Will stick to surfing on future trips or will charter.
Old 12-06-2019, 10:43 AM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 629
Received 168 Likes on 85 Posts
Default

Lost a huge snook in the surf while throwing a big spoon, but most of the local fishing was in the little back bay using a handline and shrimp for small pargos etc This was just south of Quepos
Old 12-06-2019, 07:28 PM
  #9  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
THT sponsor
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Quepos Costa Rica
Posts: 3,801
Likes: 0
Received 343 Likes on 164 Posts
Default

I have had a lot of luck with ranger lures. I think it 's because they throw far and then you just straight retrieve them and don't have to pop them or anything. Any type of river mouth two hours before low tide should be the peak. Also you can get frozen shrimp, and lots of locals have luck with that. The bigger the better on the shrimp, they will eat shrimp bigger than you think. Here's a picture of the ranger lure:


Likes:
Old 12-12-2019, 03:14 AM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wilmington NC
Posts: 3,946
Received 409 Likes on 187 Posts
Default

What type of travel surf rods are you using?........Thanks ......ICM
Old 12-16-2019, 06:20 PM
  #11  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
THT sponsor
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Quepos Costa Rica
Posts: 3,801
Likes: 0
Received 343 Likes on 164 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Ice Cream Man View Post
What type of travel surf rods are you using?........Thanks ......ICM
The farther you can throw with it the better. Something long?
Old 12-20-2019, 07:27 AM
  #12  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: St Pete, FL
Posts: 1,185
Received 165 Likes on 103 Posts
Default

Caught a small rooster off the beach of an all inclusive when I visited with my family during college. Saw some other really cool stuff, same region.

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.