Golfito is one of Costa Rica’s major sportfishing destinations, its waters are home of a large variety of maritime species: Dolphins, whales, sharks, turtles and fishermans favorites: Roosters, Mackerel, Amberjack, Wahoo, big snappers and the most wanted sail fish and marlin.
The species of fish you can expect to catch in Golfito are: Sailfish, Blue marlin, Black marlin, Striped marlin, Yellowfin tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Roosterfish and snapper.
and in fact Golfito is one of the few places where you can expect to catch three species of Marlin: Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Stripped Marlin.
Golfito Sportfishing is also famous for its big roosterfish year round.
- Marlin Fishing Peak is from August until December.
- Sailfish from December to the end of March is best, then again in August and September.
- Tuna August through March is the best time for the 100 pounders, but fish of up to 30 lbs are caught year-round.
- Snook The rainy season seems to be the best.
There are sails and marlin offshore during peak season, and plenty of exciting roosters, mackerel, amberjack, wahoo and big snapper closer inshore.
Inside Golfo Dulce, small barracuda and snapper, mackerel, sea bass and the occasional snook can be caught on light tackle. Off Cabo Matapalo in the Pacific, anglers will encounter sails, marlin, tuna and other blue water species.
This area is generally considered to have the best all-round inshore sportfishing in Costa Rica, and there are roosters that average over 30 pounds, wahoo, grouper, jack, barracuda and trophy-size Pacific cubera snapper.
The Golfito fishing season for billfish usually peaks earlier than in the Central Pacific.
Once the rains stop, by mid/end of November, anglers who travel to Golfito for a Costa Rica sportfishing charter can expect lots of Sailfish, along with a goodly number of Blue Marlin, both going 10 miles or so south outside Golfo Dulce, or north along the Pacific coast towards Drake Bay. Black and Striped Marlin tend to come in a bit later.
Yellowfin Tuna also arrive in Golfito earliest.
Anglers who come for a Golfito fishing adventure can catch every offshore and inshore species that you will find in Costa Rican waters. There are more than a dozen different Snapper family species alone!