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Old 11-20-2013, 06:30 PM
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Going to Costa Rica in the spring. Will be fishing offshore but I was also thinking about packing a light spinning rod if there was any decent fishing from shore. Will be staying in the Manuel Antonio park area just outside of Quepos. I know you can rent kayaks in the area too, so that seems like an option. Thanks.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:15 PM
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Short drive south from Quepos to the mouth of the river Playa El Rey.
Ask the locals how to get there. You will drive through a palm plantation on the way and think you are lost. Most beautiful beach I have ever seen.
I think the world record snook was caught there. Record may not still hold, but take some big plugs and cast near the mix of river and ocean water. Big Rooster fish and Snook. Outgoing is best.

Be careful if you wade out. Large saltwater crocs and caymens live close by. This place should be on every fishermans bucket list.
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I took a 4000 and an 8/17 rod that lasted about 30 seconds until a 30lb rooster hit my popper..

I am thinkin a terez 20/50 and stradic 8000 next time
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Originally Posted by Center Crusher View Post
Going to Costa Rica in the spring. Will be fishing offshore but I was also thinking about packing a light spinning rod if there was any decent fishing from shore.
Big mistake to take a light spinner if you intend to fish the shoreline in Costa Rica as the fish there are too big for a light spinner.

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I took a 4000 and an 8/17 rod that lasted about 30 seconds until a 30lb rooster hit my popper..
X2. A 20 lb spinner is what you want for that area.
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"Be careful if you wade out. Large saltwater crocs and caymens live close by. "

Saltwater crocs are not what I want to find by surprise!
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Originally Posted by First Light View Post
Big mistake to take a light spinner if you intend to fish the shoreline in Costa Rica as the fish there are too big for a light spinner.



X2. A 20 lb spinner is what you want for that area.
Thanks, I'll have to think about that. I've got some 8/17 type rods with Penn Battle 4000's and 20 lb braid which would be nice for traveling. Then I've got some heavier rods with Battle 7000's and 65lb braid that I use for bottom and cobia fishing. Probably the safer choice but a pain to carry.
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The river south of Quepos next to the Playa Del Rey where there are snook is called Savegre. There is also the Naranjo river mouth on the other side of Playa del Rey, but it's worthless. Savegre is a pretty good river mouth sometimes when the snook are running. It's almost impossible to catch sardines off the beach, we use the boat and run up and down the beach chasing the school, but often they are 1/4 mile to a full mile off of the beach and you'd have to have a heck of a casting arm!

What does work, is getting there a couple of hours before the low tide and throwing either ranger lures (roberts lures . com?) or getting shrimp here in Quepos before you go out. Once you get in to Quepos, you can give me a call from your hotel at 2777-4341 as I have an inshore boat that goes inshore fishing everyday and I can let you know which river is the hottest, or you could send me over an email and I can get you a fishing report. We work with other boats in the area to stay on top of what's going on. Sometimes it's Savegre, but sometimes you would want to fish the Damas river mouth, or Palo Seco, and most of the time the action is at the mouth of the Parrita river. There are about 6 rivers north and 6 rivers south of Quepos and the action jumps around.

Check out these snook we got a while back in the Savegre River mouth!







On the reels, I like the penn spinning reels, in the 650 / 750 range. 80 pound braid, 30-40 pound floro leader, long leaders. Here's the best lure to cast, but you want red and silver, or red and white:


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