November Fishing Reports by Costa Rican Fishermen

FISHING PART OF ‘PURA VIDA’ (LAID-BACK) LIFESTYLE IN COSTA RICA Just a short wrap-up and a plug for both Costa Rica fishing and Costa Rica real estate. Let’s start with the fishing. For the past couple of months it’s been excellent on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Jim Bowman out of Key West spent…


Just a short wrap-up and a plug for both Costa Rica fishing and Costa Rica real estate.

Let’s start with the fishing. For the past couple of months it’s been excellent on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.

Jim Bowman out of Key West spent a couple of days on the 26-foot Predator skippered by Captain RJ out of Los Suenos Marina in the Central Pacific. He wrote: “Enjoyed the ‘Pura Vida’ lifestyle in Costa. RJ was a great skipper with very knowledgeable mate Felix.
“First day we hooked up one dog-tooth tuna, along with 10 yellowfin schoolies. Brought three wahoo to the boat – 40lbers – and raised a sail. Second day: tuna skipped town but me and my buddy Bob had a doubleheader on the roosters. Mine was in the 50lb range, and after a half-hour fight, Bob landed a 90lber….it was a bootiful thing!”

Mark Bedford, also of Florida, fished up north, out of Tamarindo, on the 38-foot Talking Fish with Captain Randy Wilson. He had a fantastic time.

“Great trip with our four boys aged 13-15”, he writes. “Missed a few sails early out deep then moved in some looking for tuna action. Found a big tree stump floating maybe 10 miles off shore. We trolled by once and all hell broke loose.

“We stayed around the stump for about an hour and just wore the fish out. We boated six dorado between 10 and 20lbs, four wahoo in the 15-25lb range, and 15 tuna 5-10lbs. We missed or broke off two big wahoo between 50 and 70lbs.
“We had all we needed and went back out to bill fish. Missed one sail, then hooked up with a 103-inch sail. One of the 15-year-olds fought it to the boat and released it after about 20 minutes.

“Randy is a great captain with a wonderful crew…”

Jim, Mark: appreciate the remarks which we forwarded to the captains. Americana Sportfishing can hook you up at any moment with the top captains fishing in Costa Rica. Call toll-free from the U.S. and Canada: 1-800-634-0012, 1-800-399-8532 or 1-866-978-5198. E-mail me at for charters and complete fishing vacations.


Let me end with this reminder to anyone thinking of fishing January-April 2008 in either Jaco/Los Suenos or Quepos/Manuel Antonio for the great sail bite off the Central Pacific: book with me NOW! The good captains’ available days are filling up rapidly, especially at Los Suenos, so don’t wait. Boats over 33 feet in both destinations are hard to get. Open days are few and far between.

Call now toll free: 1-800-634-0012, 1-800-399-8532 or 1-866-978-5198, or e-mail No time like the present to start moving on your next Costa Rica fishing vacation.


FishCostaRica/Americana Sportfishing offers the world’s finest deep sea fishing charter service. Here’s my November Costa Rica fishing report on the success of our anglers.

Richard Krug
FishCostaRica/Americana Sportfishing


There has been some really great fishing on both coasts of Costa Rica. Even yours truly fished a half day for ‘meat’ out of Tamarindo on the North Pacific coast with one of the country’s best known captains, Randy Wilson. But that’s for later.

Repeat client Charlie Anderson and two of his buddies, both first-timers here, fished three days for tarpon and snook out of Tortuguero on the Caribbean side on the Bull Shark with Captain Eddie Brown, the ‘tarpon king’ of Costa Rica. A couple of days after a really successful trip, Charlie sent me this photo (left) of a huge tarpon plus a short note:

“Our trip to Tortuga Lodge and the fishing with Eddie Brown was, again, a great experience for our group. Rough seas kept us out of the ocean on the third day, but the first two days were almost non stop with sábalo (tarpon) on our lines. The third day was not wasted, although we didn’t get the snook we were after, our journey into the jungle was a memorable experience.

“I’m attaching a shot of my traveling buddies with one of the monsters that we got to the boat. It was their first time in Costa Rica and I’m sure you will have many return clients from the three of us over the years.” Thanks, Charlie, and we look forward to seeing you here again.

Dan Rutledge had a monster day on the Central Pacific side fishing with Captain Rich Binkus on the R & J out of Los Sueños Marina. Rich called me a couple of days ago saying he had ‘screwed up’ — Dan and his two friends had initially considered a second day, but declined after bringing 28 dorado to the boat on the first day, saying they were ‘too tired’ to go out again.

Mike Jackson and his two friends couldn’t complain either. Fishing the week before out of Los Sueños on the Tres Amigos with Captain Johnny Cerpas, they not only matched Dan’s total of 28 dorado, but added three sails and a black marlin as well!

Now for me. After talking to Randy, who has been fishing here since 1975, the last dozen years or so on the Talking Fish, we decided to target cabrilla (spotted grouper) inshore and dorado further out. I now have my freezer here in San José stuffed with cabrilla fillets (can’t remember exactly how many we caught) and the ‘meat’ from two mid-size dorado, one of which is featured in this great photo — that’s me (right)! And as an added, unexpected bonus, we even brought a 300lb blue marlin to the boat.

I can’t always promise days like these, but you’re not going to get the chance to enjoy one if you don’t book. Call me toll free — 1-800-634-0012, 1-800-399-8532, 1-866-978-5198 — or e-mail me here at Americana Sportfishing/FishCostaRica and I’ll set you up with the best captains fishing in Costa Rica. And remember, as of January, the big sail bite begins off the Central Pacific coast (Los Sueños and Quepos). The calendars of our world-class captains are filling up quickly, and rooms at the ‘fisherman friendly’ hotels we book are being snapped up also, so get in touch now.


  • Not To Late To Enjoy Costa Rica’s Spectacular Summer Bite

  • Get Ready For Costa Rica’s World-Class Billfish Bite In 2024

  • Start Planning Now For Your 2024 Costa Rica Billfish Adventure

  • Bring Your Whole Family To Costa Rica To Fish. Have A Blast!