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Looking into planning a trip in February. What destinations have the best sportfishing that time of year. Looking non-continental US. Caribbean, Central America, Bahamas, Hawaii etc... Budget not necessarily an issue. Would prefer larger species target (billfish, tuna, wahoo etc...) as to smaller (Permit, bonefish, snook etc...)Any recommendations?
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Costa Rica. They've had the best and most consistent sailfish numbers for the past few years and it's relatively calm that time of year.
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Cabo has all the Striped Marlin you may want along with Tuna, Wahoo, and Dorado. Cost less to fish here than CR
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For sailfish, Guatemala is your best bet in February, but it will be almost exclusively sailfish with maybe some dorado, possibly lots of dorado.
Costa Rica would be next with sailfish, and a better chance of marlin, less chance with dorado, but any dorado will be big ones.
Panama will have less chance of sailfish, but a better chance of marlin and tuna.
Guatemala has little to offer for other tourist things to do where the fishing takes place, but does have Mayan ruins etc, but not convenient to the fishing.
In Panama all the fishing takes place out of fishing only lodges, remote from any other villages, etc.
Costa Rica has all the touristy things to do in addition to the fishing. But be careful if you choose Costa Rica since most travel agents will point you toward Guanacaste, the northern part of the country where most of the all inclusive resorts are located, and the wind hampers the fishing there in February.
For more info about fishing throughout Central America, check out www.tropicalfishing.com


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Looking into planning a trip in February. What destinations have the best sportfishing that time of year. Looking non-continental US. Caribbean, Central America, Bahamas, Hawaii etc... Budget not necessarily an issue. Would prefer larger species target (billfish, tuna, wahoo etc...) as to smaller (Permit, bonefish, snook etc...)Any recommendations?
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Check out Shane Jarvis at fishpanamatoday.com, he is a member/sponsor here on THT and will do daily charters out of Boca Chica or Pedegral. He is straight up and will bust his hump to put you on fish. Not to mention Panama, Boca Chica is Jurassic Park with unbelievable sites to see. Have fun where ever you choose.
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That is right in the middle of our peak season here, there should be tons of sailfish, Mahi, Marlin and Roosterfish around and the ocean looks a lot like a lake! Check out these pictures from last February!






Our full day offshore on our 30 foot Stress Reeliever 2 only runs 850 with all the food and drinks included. We also have a 28 foot boat that is setup just for roosterfish and that boat only runs 500 for the full day.

Hotels here are amazing as well, there is a hotel here called the Mariposa that has one of the best views in the world. It's only around 200ish a night for an ocean view room. Check out the view from the Mariposa!



It'll be an awesome trip, let me know if I can do anything at all for you guys!
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Our full day offshore on our 30 foot Stress Reeliever 2 only runs 850 with all the food and drinks included. We also have a 28 foot boat that is setup just for roosterfish and that boat only runs 500 for the full day.




It'll be an awesome trip, let me know if I can do anything at all for you guys!
About how far offshore do you guys have to run to get into fish. Also how is the fishing for Roosterfish that time of year? One of my bucket list fish. I've Been to Tamarindo. How long is the travel time from San Jose?
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
About how far offshore do you guys have to run to get into fish. Also how is the fishing for Roosterfish that time of year? One of my bucket list fish. I've Been to Tamarindo. How long is the travel time from San Jose?
For roosterfish we only run about 5-15 minutes down the coast, on the offshore trips we only run about an hour out, February is right in the middle of our dry season and the blue water comes all the way to the shore. February is also in the middle of our peak roosterfish season, that is the best time of the year to fish here for everything as the water gets so clear the fish can see the baits easily and everything likes to bite !!

Here's a picture of our $500/day roosterfish boat:



Some of our Penn gear. We also have 5 to 1 Diawa Saltists if you prefer conventional



And then the bait setup: (Sorry, took me a long time to build so I'm proud of it!)



And these are the goal!



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Thanks, Quepos! You are on the list.
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I, like capt gene, would (and have) choose Guatemala in February. Impressive sail fishing. Really cool place too. Picture tamarindo twenty years ago.

Those rooster fish do look like a blast though. I've got his site saved in my "vacation" folder for future fishing trips.
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I, like capt gene, would (and have) choose Guatemala in February. Impressive sail fishing. Really cool place too. Picture tamarindo twenty years ago.

Those rooster fish do look like a blast though. I've got his site saved in my "vacation" folder for future fishing trips.
Haha, I was in Tamarindo 15 years ago, just before it all got developed. You could see all the terrain getting surveyed and tell what was coming. A damn shame.
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Been to Costa Rica past 3 yrs and love it. Great fishing along with other activities; horseback riding, four wheeling, zip line, etc.
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Central Pacific Costa Rica Los Suenos/ Jaco and even Quepos, is red hot February, incredible offshore action middle of peak sailfish season. still good numbers of mahi around, marlin bite can be fair to excellent.
ever since they banned the commercial fishing for billfish here
the past 2 years have been record breaking numbers of sailfish here January-April
past season January - April anything less than a 20 bite day was considered pretty slow. several days we had 50+ bites in flat calm conditions, cloudless skies, pretty much perfect weather to escape USA winter.
a perfect time to practice circle hook- bait and switch technique, lots of chances to try to feed and hook billfish off teasers if you want to learn to hook them yourself.
and very tourist friendly vacation spot, easy to get to, lots of on land activities day and night, lodging and dining options to keep everybody happy and entertained. much nicer than guatamala and sailfish fishing is just as good, if not better.
also some of our best inshore fishing for Roosterfish, Big Cuberas snappers, and AJ's and allot more February and March. I have never even seen and inshore report from guatamala
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Looking into planning a trip in February. What destinations have the best sportfishing that time of year. Looking non-continental US. Caribbean, Central America, Bahamas, Hawaii etc... Budget not necessarily an issue. Would prefer larger species target (billfish, tuna, wahoo etc...) as to smaller (Permit, bonefish, snook etc...)Any recommendations?
Every year around February we have some excellent action for Blue, Black, & sometimes the occasional Striped Marlin around Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa here in the Gulf of Chiriquí, Panama. Also the YFTs have shown up the past few years in Feb as well. We have a private island lodge located 12 miles offshore the northwest Pacific coast of Panama on Isla Paridas. We also have a great inshore fishery right at our lodge's doorstep for species like Roosterfish, Cubera Snapper, and Amberjack.

Please check out the photos from past February's here and my February fishing reports/pictures/videos from the past few years here posted to THT and you'll see why Panama, and our lodge, is such a great place to stay & fish...

FEB 2014 -
http://www.thehulltruth.com/sportfis...ry-2014-a.html

FEB 2013 -
http://www.thehulltruth.com/sportfis...25-2013-a.html

http://www.thehulltruth.com/sportfis...13-2013-a.html

FEB 2012 -
http://www.thehulltruth.com/sportfis...ideo-pics.html

http://www.thehulltruth.com/sportfis...16-2012-a.html
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great pics fish panama
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great pics fish panama
X2 That looks like a really neat place...one day
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Great pics and adventures....in Feb my money would be Venice LA....big fish at close in rigs on poppers....not another country but sometimes you feel like you are in one down there...
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I've been to all of the places talked about so far let me add one more:

Isla Mujeres / Cancun Mexico has spectacular sailfishing that time of year arguably more bites than all of the other places talked about so far. With so many hotels and airlines going there it would most likely be less money and definitely a quicker and more direct trip to Cancun.

Each individual trip of the 3 times I have been to Isla were better than any trip I've had to the other places. Also you can go down to coast a bit and go flats fishing as well.

You can't compare the trips as Quepos and Panama are much more exotic trips. You can go whitewater rafting see the volcano and other nature tours in CR, the Panama Canal is pretty incredible to see so the trips are quite different. Cancun is essentially Miami Beach with more people that speak English than Miami, Isla is very cool and laid back if you choose to stay there.

If you want quick and easy with great fishing go to Isla if you want more exotic go elsewhere. I know that the sailfishing in Costa Rica has become better recently but the bite count in Isa is much higher.
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I've been to all of the places talked about so far let me add one more:

Isla Mujeres / Cancun Mexico has spectacular sailfishing that time of year arguably more bites than all of the other places talked about so far. With so many hotels and airlines going there it would most likely be less money and definitely a quicker and more direct trip to Cancun.

Each individual trip of the 3 times I have been to Isla were better than any trip I've had to the other places. Also you can go down to coast a bit and go flats fishing as well.

You can't compare the trips as Quepos and Panama are much more exotic trips. You can go whitewater rafting see the volcano and other nature tours in CR, the Panama Canal is pretty incredible to see so the trips are quite different. Cancun is essentially Miami Beach with more people that speak English than Miami, Isla is very cool and laid back if you choose to stay there.

If you want quick and easy with great fishing go to Isla if you want more exotic go elsewhere. I know that the sailfishing in Costa Rica has become better recently but the bite count in Isa is much higher.
Make sure you account for the size of sails, which is double here and in Panama
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