Fishing around for the Best
For many, big game fishing means one thingbillfish. And on Costa Rica's Pacific coastthanks to a fish-friendly ocean current that hits the country's Osa Peninsula and then turns west into the oceanyou'll find one of the world's richest billfishing areas. Behind it, in the happily placed Dulce Gulf, the current deposits its bounty: large numbers of blue marlin, black marlin, and Pacific sailfish.
Roosterfish, snapper, tuna, tripletail, dorado, and all types of jack also prowl these warm waters. Seven rivers and 25 smaller streams feed the Dulce Gulf, which make it a natural hatchery for the bait fish that draw biggercarnivorousgame fish.
Situated on a private beach on the Dulce Gulf is the Golfito Sailfish Rancho, a premium seaside lodge. Owners Carlos and Maria Davidov are so sure that you'll catch a billfish if you fish at least three days that they offer free lodging on a return trip within the next 12 months for those who missed out the first time. Although the Golfito Lodge is relatively new, the waters around Golfito have long been recognized as one of the world's richest billfishing areas. A week's stay, with 5 days fishing, starts at about $2,100.
An equally good billfishery is the Gulf of Papagayo to the north. Blue and black marlin are abundant and the sailfishing is considered by many to be the world's best. Anglers can expect 10 to 30 billfish shots a day with multiple hook-ups a regular occurrence. "This is a great place for sailfishwe caught 19 sailfish in three days, nine our first day. We raised about 40 sailfish and two marlin, landing one blue that was about 250 pounds," one visitor reported. "There is also great light-tackle fishing for dorado, wahoo, and yellowfin."
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication