Papagayo Sport Fishing

Papagayo Sport fishing an Opportunity to experience an amazing fishing experience that will make you come back for more!


Gulf of Papagayo


Anglers know that Costa Rica is where offshore sport fishermen from all over the world gather to enjoy the thrills and action their passion that fishing provides them. And they know that Guanacaste Fishing can and will provide the best chance to catch the biggest, the most, and the largest variety of species to target, probably one of the most abundant species for fishing in this water is the roosterfish, as heavy as a sailfish offers spectacular fight for professional or beginner fisherman. Trophy size roosterfish are caught from waters around Bat islands or Catalinas islands in the Gulf of Papagayo.


Papagayo Tuna Fish
Papagayo Tuna Sport Fishing

Playas del Coco

We are located in the community of Playas del Coco, 30 minutes away from the Liberia International Airport, it is a very small community of commercial fisherman in the Gulf of Papagayo and it is close to the most popular hotels in the Gulf of Papagayo, on the North West of Costa Rica.


The Charters

Gulf of Papagayo is the perfect place to catch big Gallo, using live bait for fish with an average between 40 to 80 pounds, roosters are certainly caught throughout the year. The Gulf of Papagayo is located in Guanacaste in northwestern Costa Rica and has a vast area Extention in different spots for sport fishing charters, fishing rooster Being one of the most practical and common as being the place where the shore capture up to 25 feet to 700 feet to catch marlin and sailfish found in the depths with warm and clean offshore waters.

Fishing Charter and Beaches Nearby Gulf of Papagayo


The Fish

Ocotal fishing for Sailfish


Caught throughout the year, May through August is normally the top season. Perhaps the most acrobatic of all blue water fish, the sailfish has engraved Costa Rica on every international angler’s wish list. This is fish is catch and release.

Mahi Mahi Fishing


Available all year, there are more caught in the Papagayo Gulf area with not so clear water. The roosters like the structure of the shoreline and islands where they’re found in 20 to 60 ft. It’s an inshore species often found in the rocks and beaches.

Red Snapper Near Ocotal Beach

Red Snapper

There are many types of snapper. Cubera snapper, red snapper, to mention some of them. They live in the rock bottom where they find food and protection, some snappers, as cubera, are caught in the same way that roosterfish is, trolling with bait.

Wahoo Fishing Papagayo

Wahoo Fish

This is a species that is captured usually in times of winter between the months of May to November, this is not a territorial fish and captured especially with water temperature clean and warm, it’s capture is given in the deep sea, and in the shores.

Hamberjack Fishing Papagayo


This species is deep water and fishing throughout the year, his capture is trolling as fishing roosterfish, but especially bottom fishing with live bait or using spoons or jig. Their size varies from 30 pounds to 150 pounds, also it a white flesh and good eating.

Bonita BaitFish


Baitfish These fish are captured in the season of summer and they are top baitfish, bonitas belong to the same family of the tunas, and the average size is between 1 to 10 pounds. They swim cruising from 3-70 km/h. They are used as bait for roosterfish and bottom fish.

Marlin Fishing in Papagayo


This fish is from very deep water where its habitat is more than 500 feet, but by the months of June to December, (Winter season), they also come to the Gulf of Papagayo in search of food. Its weight usually around 500 pounds. They like very clean water.

Grouper Fish Papagayo Sport Fishing


Grouper fishing occurs in the summer months, which is from December to March when the water temperature is cold because of ocean currents and winds. This species migrates from deep waters to the shallow, to warm up in warm waters.

Bigeye Jack fish Papagayo SportFishing

Bigeye Jackfish

This type of fish is in shallow waters, also belongs to the family of the cock and usually fish are biting in large schools in the summertime for the season of March and April, it averages between 2 to 10 pounds, it provides good fight and eats for locals.

Guanacaste Sport Fishing Seasons

Winter season in Costa Rica is from May till Dic. and the conditions in the area of ​​the Gulf of Papagayo usually is quiet, smooth with flat waves, green mountains, and good conditions for sport fishing in all area of Papagayo, allows the population of fish reproduces successfully and simultaneously feed during most of the year getting a population that does not diminish.


33 feet Fishing Charter
33ft Charter: Sport Fishing in Guanacaste

The marine currents that run through the Gulf of Papagayo from North to South, bring apart from plankton, a lot of trash from the rivers that run wild on the shores of Southern Costa Rica, fish are attracted collectively or in large colonies traveling in besides receiving current protection, food waste since it serves protection other smaller species that serve as food for larger ones that come from deeper waters to seek the shelter of the Gulf of Papagayo.


Some of these species are the dorado and sailfish. The latter comes in search of food as the golden or mahi-mahi, they come to finish growing up in the shallow waters of the Gulf. These come in groups of up to a thousand of them and they are easy prey sailfish and marlin among others.

48FT Super Sport Yacht
48FT Super Sport Yacht, Located in Coco Beach
Papagayo Sport Fishing Costa Rica
Yes, I does not get better than this


Certainly, the Gulf of Papagayo is one of the best fishing areas in Costa Rica, during the winter there are good conditions for fishing and abundant fish such as sailfish, marlin, dorado, and wahoo are migratory species, but also is seasonal low for the national and international tourism which is the main engine of such activity.

Then there is the summer season ranging from December. Until May and is temperate of the trade winds coming from the North of Costa Rica and for which the temperature and visibility of the waters significantly lowered resulting in the activity of fishing groundfish such as snapper and grouper.

Mahi Mahi and remains in the area in fewer quantities because water conditions are not as suitable for these species, including marlin, sailfish, and wahoo. which migrate to deeper waters in search of suitable conditions for them. Rooster Fish is specifically being captured throughout the year as it is a purely territorial fish throughout the Pacific coast of Costa Rica but larger in the Gulf of Papagayo and its weight oscillate between 60 pounds.