The species-abundant waters of Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast, where Los Sueños Resort & Marina is located, create a unique sport fishing experience; far more enjoyable than that of other famous sport fishing grounds, such as Mexico’s Pacific or the Atlantic. With a land mass that blocks high winds, the fishing grounds just 30 miles outside of Los Sueños Marina are typically peaceful and calm.
With a boat and a capable crew at your disposal for the entire day, you’re bound to have the sport fishing adventure of your life while on vacation at Los Sueños Resort.
To improve your experience, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help get your sport fishing day off to a great start.
Q. What is included in my sport fishing charter?
A. All charters include snacks, soft drinks, bottled water, and ice-cold beer. On full day charters, lunch is also included. You are, of course, welcome to whatever drinks and snacks you would like.
Every charter is manned by a knowledgeable captain who is experienced in the local fishing grounds, as well as an experienced crew. The crew mates are there to assist you with setting the lines and bait while you get your fighting belt on, and get ready. Your captain and crew are there to serve you, help you catch the big one, and keep you safe. They will discuss your day with you ahead of time and see to your expectations. They are also available to assist you with whatever else you might need during your day out on the water.
Charters are half day or full day, and you are welcome to let the captain know if you wish to return to the Marina early. Charters usually depart at 7:00am; however, it is your charter so you can leave at whatever time you please (though most Captains do recommend getting out by 8:00am at the latest). Charters typically return before noon or by 4:00pm, depending on the charter time arranged
Q. What should we bring?
A. Nearly everything you need for fishing will be provided by your charter; however, for your enjoyment and comfort, you might want to consider bringing the following:
Q. What does a regular fishing day look like?
A. You can purchase your fishing license at the top of the dock the day of your fishing trip. The cost is $15 per license and each license is good for a week.
You’ll meet your captain and crew, talk about your expectations for the day, and then enjoy an hour, to an hour-and-a-half-long boat ride out the fishing grounds. Be sure to be on the lookout for dolphins, turtles and whales that can typically be spotted along the way! Some folks, however, like to enjoy a nap to make up for that early morning start to the day.
Be sure to ask about available boats when you book your charter with HRG, and specify your comfort needs so that we can arrange the perfect charter for you and your group.
Your captain will get you and the gang to the best fishing grounds suited to intentions. The crew will be there to assist you with lines and bait.
If you are bill-fishing, you will not be allowed to haul your catch onto the boat, as it is illegal to bring any type of billfish (sailfish or marlin) out of the water. This Costa Rican law is designed for the safety, well-being and preservation of our country’s billfish population.
Professional photographers and videographers are available to capture your day (just ask!) and you are also welcomed to bring your own equipment.
Q. When is the best time of year to book a fishing trip?
A. In Los Sueños, we are graced with excellent sport fishing conditions, pretty much all year around.
Marlin and sailfish are abundant year-round, and rarely does a day go by without a catch. Tuna and dorado (Mahi Mahi) can also be caught any day of the year, and they make a great prize to take home for dinner. Don’t feel like cooking? Not to worry; many local restaurants will be happy to prepare it for you, or you can book a local chef to meet you at your condo or vacation villa at the end of the day.
June through November (green season in Costa Rica) is a great time for rooster fishing in-shore, as well as Cubera Snapper and Grouper.
Q. Can we eat the fish we catch?
A. Billfish are strictly catch and release, of course, but there are plenty of other fish in the sea to take home for dinner!
While fishing the grounds offshore, you’re likely to come across, and catch, Yellowfin tuna, Mahi Mahi (dorado), or Wahoo depending on the time of year. While bottom fishing, you might catch Tile fish, Red Snapper or Grouper.
In-shore fishing will grant you access to Spanish Mackerel, Red Snapper, and many other of other edible fish.
Want it fileted and ready to prepare? No problem; the crew will be happy to do it for you by the time you reach the marina at the end of the day.
Q. What if we want to take our fish home-home; as in, back to the States or Canada?
A. It’s a good idea to check your airline’s regulations, but typically you can ship your fish home with you if it is packaged properly. Jimmy-T’s, located in Marina Village, can help you put it together the right way, sell you the needed shipping container and packing materials (ice packs, for example), and fill you in on any important information you need to know.