The Competitive Sport of Fishing
For some, fishing is a leisurely activity enjoyed with a cold beer and some good friends, with the ultimate goal of catching a few big ones to fry up for dinner. For others, it is a full-on sport, where scoring the biggest catch earns you the prize, and best of all, eternal bragging rights. So what is sport fishing all about, and why is it so popular?
Sport fishing is competitive at heart. It can be compared to recreational hunting, with fish as the game. The whole point of it is to challenge yourself to haul in the biggest fish possible. As any avid sport fisherman will tell you, there is no feeling like wrestling a huge, fast-moving, elusive marlin — and winning!
Sport fishing can be done as an individual or as a team. You can challenge yourself or a fellow sport fishing enthusiast, or you can take part in one of the many organized fishing competitions that take place around the world.
It used to be that sport fisherman caught fish, killed them, then brought them ashore to be weighed. Now, due to concerns about overfishing, most sport fishing is strictly catch-and-release.
Sport fishing in enjoyed anywhere in the world where there are large populations of game fish. Costa Rica is one of the premier destinations for sport fishing because its perfect location creates a high concentration of big game fish like marlin, sailfish, wahoo and tuna.
Los Sueños Resort in Costa Rica is a fantastic place to stay if you’re looking for a sport fishing adventure. Los Sueños hosts several sport fishing competitions, including the first-ever Los Sueños Triple Crown event, which concluded earlier this month. It also offers residents and guests the opportunity to try their own hand at sport fishing – the resort features a 200-slip marina, where you can easily charter a boat and head out to chase some big game fish.
Los Sueños has much more to offer than just sport fishing. If you’d like to end a day on the water with a massage, you can book one at one of the resort’s two spas. If you’d like to celebrate your successful catch with dinner and drinks, the resort offers 12 restaurants, which are all willing to cater to your door if you so choose. You can also lounge by a bonfire on the resort’s private beach, or head to the nearby beach town of Jaco to experience some great local night life.
While fishing in Costa Rica is great year round, this is one of the best times of year to reel in that monster catch. So book your flight today and come on down – the water’s fine.