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Flamingo Beach, Tamarindo, Samara &
Carillo Sport fishing

Flamingo Beach has a marina and is the main hot spot for Sport Fishing on the Northern Pacific coast. Charter boats are also available out of Coco’s Beach, Tamarindo, Ocotal, Potero, Brasilito, Nosara, Garza, Samara and Carillo beach. The Northern Pacific is famous for its Marlin and Sailfish action, anglers catch lots of Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Roosterfish, Snapper, Jacks, Mackerel, and more.

We have a growing list of quality charter boats and vacation rentals available if you are traveling to the Flamingo Beach, Tamarindo, Samara and Carillo area.


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

Marlin are the main prize in the Northern Pacific and are caught every month of the year, with November through March normally being some of the best months.
The Marlin fishing can slow a bit from April to early June but then it picks up again, peaking in August and September. Those boats that fish only for Marlin are usually rewarded. more...

The Sailfish bite is above average year round. When the fishing is good, boats can average 20-40 Sailfish a day. When the fishing is slow, boats can average 5-. 10 fish per day. The best months are normally May through August, but Sailfish are caught all year round. more...

Tuna are caught throughout the year on the Northern Pacific coast. Yellowfin Tuna and some Big-eye Tuna are often found inside the Santa Catalina Islands,about a 30 minute run from the shore. Schools of 12-20 pound Tuna are common, frequented by groups in the 40-60 pound range and every year there are plenty of 200-400 pounders caught. more...

The Dorado fishing is above average year round. May through October are normally the best months when the seasonal rains flood the rivers and wash out debris that form trash lines, the Dorado use these trash lines as cover.
The rest of the year, the bigger Dorado are further offshore in the blue water, 30 to 50 pound Dorado are very common when fishing for Sailfish. more...

Wahoo can be a pleasant surprise anytime of the year. The Wahoo bite normally heats up in May when the rain starts, with July and August being the best months. Most Wahoo are caught around the rocky points and islands, but you always have a chance of catching one while fishing offshore. more...

These hard hitting fish are one of my favorites. The Roosterfish and Jack bite is good year round with November through March normally being the best months.
Fish live bait or cast poppers and hold on because they hit like a freight train. The Gulf of Papagayo has excellent fishing for Roosterfish and Jack all year long.more...

There are several different species of Snapper on the Pacific Coast. The Snapper bite is good year round. Cubera Snappers in the 50 to 80 pound range are not uncommon. Fish the rocks, reefs and rivers mouths with live bait or poppers. The Snapper fishing is good along the entire Pacific Coast more...

Map of Northern Pacific 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
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38 ft
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Super Fly 42 ft
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42 ft
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42 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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