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Old 03-02-2020, 03:23 PM
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I'm currently in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. I was hoping to get in some fishing but so far it's been a bust. Been surfing instead.

I went to Malpais yesterday to scout it out. Thinking of renting an ATV and trying some surf fishing over there tomorrow.

I'm on a backpacker's budget, charter is probably out of the question.

I brought a 6000 sized spinning reel with me and two rods. One 10' surf rod and one 7' heavy spinning rod. I brought a box of lures with me.

Is there specific tackle that I should try to pick up locally?

Not sure where I'm headed to next but I'm open to suggestions. I'm here for another 6 weeks. Would really love to catch a roosterfish.

Thanks for all your suggestions.
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All the river mouths hold fish. Rapalas and gulps catch everything. Keep casting and you will catch one.
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Keep an eye out for crocs , there are some big ones around the river mouths .
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Thanks guys.

Where I'm at now, all the small rivers are dry due to dry season. I will spend some time on google maps tonight to scout where the rivers are farther north. Once I have the ATV I feel I should have better success.

10-4 on the crocs. How aggressive are they? If I see some, does that mean the area is unfishable from shore?
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I'm not sure , just know that they are around . Just ask the locals
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Surfing Jaco and roosters in the surf
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If you change your mind about a charter, Thomas at Bahia Rica (near Paquera) is pretty great.

www.bahiarica.com

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Originally Posted by pje View Post
Keep an eye out for crocs , there are some big ones around the river mouths .
Actually, you want to be throwing Krocodiles.

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Originally Posted by hoverducky View Post
If you change your mind about a charter, Thomas at Bahia Rica (near Paquera) is pretty great.

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Thomas is the man, but not a backpacker budget

Try fishing river mouths 2 hours before low tide. Go and try to find a ranger lure, you have to just reel at a constant speed to get them to bite. I like the lime green one and a red/white and a red/chrome


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Watch out for the Bull Sharks, maneaters, at the mouth of rivers!
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Thanks again everyone.

Today was a bust on the fishing front but I had an amazing day. Took the quadbike to Montezuma. Very cool little town. Had lunch and went for a swim. Found the road to Cabuya which was beautiful. A lot of nice stops along the way, not many people. The eastern side of the peninsula was much greener. I was going to hike the trails in Cabo Blanco but it was 2:30 and the park closed at 4. Will head back there in the morning. Took the dirt road back to Malpais which was very entertaining. It was steep and rugged. Spent the afternoon fishing the beaches of Malpais with no success. Next time I go fishing, I plan to fish the Rio Bongo up north.
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Watch out for the Bull Sharks, maneaters, at the mouth of rivers!
Not many bull sharks in the river mouths, but there are crocs and those are worse...
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Do you have fishing tools?
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watch out for the "maneaters" at the Blue Marlin Bar.
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white bucktail jigs with a rubber grub tail in them are very popular for fishing beaches and rivermouths
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Had a lot of fun with the quad but it didn't improve my fishing much. Too many rocks here, too many swimmers to fish properly. I tried to make it to Rio Bongo but the road ends and becomes beach. The rental place said I was not allowed to take it on the beach so I had to turn around.....

Moving to Samara on Thursday. Looks like there are some rivers close by. Fingers crossed that it's better for fishing.
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seems roosters feed best on outgoing tide and low light so give it a try early once the sun gets up everything slows down, at least thats how it was in Nica
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The next beach north of Playa Samara is Buenavista. I fished there back in the day and had a blast. Caught some huge Jack's. Lost a few big roosters. Good luck

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