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Barra del Colorado, Rio Colorado, Rio Tortugero and
Rio Parisima fishing

The Rio Colorado area on the Northern Caribbean coast has been world famous for Tarpon and Snook fishing since the 1960’s. Fish the rivers, lagoons and river mouths for Tarpon that average 100 pounds and Snook that average 20 pounds. In recent years many operators have started using larger boats. These larger boats not only make it easier to get out of the river mouths and catch Tarpon but it has made offshore fishing available for fisherman wanting to catch Atlantic Sailfish, Atlantic Blue Marlin, Wahoo and Dorado.

There are not many Sport Fishing operators on the Southern Caribbean coast. The local fishermen catch Tarpon, Snook, Jack, Tuna, Dorado and more.

If you want BIG Tarpon and BIG Snook we fish with the best Costa Rica Tarpon fishing lodges located in the Barra del Colorado, Rio Colorado, Tortugero and Rio Parisima areas.

Give us a call or send us an e-mail if you have any questions about charter boats and vacation rentals or if you need a “live” fishing report.


Give us a call or send us an e-mail if you have any questions about charter boats and vacation rentals or if you need a “live” fishing report.
Thanks for your time,

Jerry “bubba” Hallstrom
Costa Rica Fishing Report

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Fishing Species and Seasons


Tarpon are always around the rivers, lagoons and river mouths on the Caribbean Coast. Traditionally high season is during the dry months from December through May. But now the larger boats can get outside the river mouths to where the fish are, even when the weather isnít cooperating, so tarpon can be caught year round. more...

Snook can be caught year round but there are 2 main Snook seasons. The first hot bite of the year is usually March, April and May and then again in September, October and November. Snook is one of my favorite eating fish; itís similar to Walleye or Perch but just a little bit better. more...

Sailfish and Marlin fishing was not very common until a few years ago. With the addition of larger boats, lodge operators are now going offshore to blue water and catching billfish. Most fish are caught from February through September. more...

Caught just outside the river mouths throughout the year. The best fishing is when the rains wash out debris and form inshore trash lines. The Dorado use these trash lines as structure to ambush baitfish. more...

Wahoo can be a pleasant surprise anytime of the year. Good numbers of Wahoo are caught offshore from February through June. more...

Map of Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica

Local Pangas 25 ft
25 ft
Sons of Blarney
28 ft
27 ft
Hoo’s Up
28 ft
Mi Bruja
30 ft
Miss Behavin
32 ft
Sea quester
32 ft
R&J 33 ft
35 ft
Hoo’s your Daddy
Estrella de Mar
38 ft
38 ft
Tres Amigos
38 ft
38 ft
Hot Reels
40 ft
Super Fly 42 ft
The Bite
42 ft
Spanish Fly
42 ft
Marlin Mujer
48 ft
55 ft
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BIRD WATCHING: Basically everywhere but specific tours are available for the serious Bird lover.
BUNGEE JUMPING: Available at several places – lots of fun, a little scary.
CANOPY TOURS: Available all over Costa Rica. Everyone loves the Canopy Tours.
CASINO / NIGHTLIFE: Casinos and Nightlife are available in most of the popular towns.
CROCODILE TOUR: Day Tour available in several places.

DOLPHIN / WHALE WATCHING: Dolphins are usually everywhere plus we do see the occasional whale.
HORSEBACK RIDING: Available in most places, who hasn’t wanted to ride a horse on a beach.
HOT SPRINGS / SPA: Available only in a few places, the best in romantic and relaxing getaways.
KAYAKING: Available in several places, white water or ocean kayaks – cheap water fun.
LAKE FISHING: Fish for the Guapote (Central American Bass) at Lake Arenal and Lake Nicaragua, great fighters on light tackle.
MOTORCYCLE / QUAD RENTAL: Available in several places, great fun, wear your helmet.
NATIONAL PARKS: Available in most areas, great tours, see wildlife and beautiful scenery.

PARAGLIDING: Available in a few places…try it if you get a chance…a few moments of panic followed by the best ride of your life.
RIVER FISHING: Fly fish for Trout in the high mountain streams, fish the jungle rivers for giant Tarpon and Snook.
SHOPPING: Available everywhere, take home some souvenirs and coffee
SURF / BOOGIE BOARD: Available in the most popular towns, what the hell…give it a shot.

TURTLE WATCHING: Available only at certain times and certain places but for some the thrill of a lifetime.

VOLCANO TOUR: Available almost everywhere, good family trip.
WHITE WATER RAFTING: Scenic and serene beauty followed by wet and wild adrenalin rush.
WINDSURFING: Available at a few places, Lake Arenal is famous for its windsurfing

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