Costa Rica Roosterfish Fishing Charters

Costa Rica Roosterfish Fishing Charters

Top Costa Rica Roosterfish Fishing Destinations

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Best Roosterfish Fishing Charters in Costa Rica

Roosterfish Fishing in Costa Rica

Roosterfish
  • Size 20 to 40lbs
  • Food Value Low
  • Game Qualities Excellent
  • Habitats Inshore, Nearshore, Flats

(Nematistius pectoralis)

The Rooster Fishing Costa Rica enjoys along the Pacific Coast is simply outstanding. Roosterfish fight so hard, they even give the offshore scene a run for its money. Roosters average around 20-30 pounds, which may not sound much compared to Costa Rica’s fabled big game fisheries. Just the look of this mohawked monster is enough to get many anglers excited, though, and they act every bit as outrageous as they look.

Rooster Fishing Spots

You can find Roosterfish hunting in sandy bottom along the length of Costa Rica’s western coast. A great place to start your search is the legendary sportfishing town of Herradura. The endless streams feeding into the Gulf of Nicoya make for dream hunting grounds, and not just for Roosterfish. Jack Crevalle grow to record size here (IGFA all-tackle record, to be precise) and monster Snook lurk in the briny river mouths. 
 
If you want to escape the crowds and costs of Los Sueños Marina, head north to the Nicoya Peninsula and launch from literally any town with a beach. Rooster fishing is a local specialty, and you can get hookups in double digits when the action’s hot. Again, you’ll have monster Snook and Jacks to contend with, too.

Rooster Fishing Seasons

Roosterfish hit their peak December through April but they can be found all year round. The north of Costa Rica is battered by storms throughout Rooster high season. This may sound like a bad thing, but it can actually be great. All the seasoned captains switch to inshore fishing, so you can get the best charters around at off-season rates. If you don’t fancy fishing in the rain, the weather is much calmer in the South this time of year. Honestly, though. You can find monster Roosterfish 365 days of the year in Costa Rica.

Rooster Fishing Techniques

Throwing poppers on light spinning tackle is a classic way to target Roosterfish, but use a range of techniques to target them. Live Lookdowns are hands down the most effective way of tempting them onto your hooks. No-one knows quite what Lookdowns did to make Roosterfish hate them so much, but they seem determined to catch and eat every last one of these funny-looking fish. Slow-troll bridled baits across a mix of sand and rocks, and you can count the seconds before your first hit.
 
Fly fishing is another great way to target Roosterfish. Black-and-white or gray-and-white clouser minnow patterns work best, with a 12-wt rod and a good 400 yard of 50-pound braided line. Bringing in Roosters on the fly is no mean feat. They’re erratic at best and are prone to veering wildly from one direction to another. Just getting a fly in front of them takes a fair few tries.
 
However you fish for these wacky warriors, you’ll be in for a tough fight. Even a 20-pound Roosterfish punches well above its weight, and they're known to reach five times that size. Your arms won’t be much use by the end of the day. That raw aggression is exactly why so many anglers fall in love with them, though. If they sound like your kind of fish, head on down to Costa Rica and find out what all the fuss is about  you won’t regret it!

Costa Rica Roosterfish Fishing Seasons

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Seasonality

Roosterfish fishing in Costa Rica varies moderately throughout the year. High season is January to June and December. Low season is October. There is no closed season.
Costa Rica
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 29,146 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Roosterfish Fishing in Costa Rica

Capt Jorge and Chris 10 stars! Their excellence and professionalism was outstanding.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Capt Jorge and Chris 10 stars! Their excellence and professionalism was outstanding.
Snook Sportfishing
Snook Sportfishing
Best month of the year to go is November, in three hour charter you can catch up to 40 Fish, I went in July and caught four yellow fin tuna and one Spanish mackerel
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Best month of the year to go is November, in three hour charter you can catch up to 40 Fish, I went in July and caught four yellow fin tuna and one Spanish mackerel
Hidalgo Sportsfishing
Hidalgo Sportsfishing
Bring a cooler if you plan to take fish home. There is an ice vending machine just outside the launch beach.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a cooler if you plan to take fish home. There is an ice vending machine just outside the launch beach.
Snook Sportfishing
Snook Sportfishing
Slow bite, but captain and crew were great and worked hard to find us some fish!
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Slow bite, but captain and crew were great and worked hard to find us some fish!
Fish Hunter – 28’
Fish Hunter – 28’
Take your catch right next door to the Beach House Bar and Restaurant and they will cook it for you. They also have an outdoor shower across from the entry for a quick rinse.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take your catch right next door to the Beach House Bar and Restaurant and they will cook it for you. They also have an outdoor shower across from the entry for a quick rinse.
The Skipjack by Amberjack Tours
The Skipjack by Amberjack Tours
It seems to rain in the afternoon so the best time to book is morning. A half day trip should be enough to catch plenty depending on the time of year; I think mahi-mahi is best in October but check with your local guide For details.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It seems to rain in the afternoon so the best time to book is morning. A half day trip should be enough to catch plenty depending on the time of year; I think mahi-mahi is best in October but check with your local guide For details.
Isla Culebra Del Pacifico
Isla Culebra Del Pacifico
It’s a crap shoot in winter. Really look at tides and weather and book accordingly.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It’s a crap shoot in winter. Really look at tides and weather and book accordingly.
Gitana Fishing
Gitana Fishing
Just be patient, the captain knows what he’s doing and where to go to find fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Just be patient, the captain knows what he’s doing and where to go to find fish!
Costa Tamarindo Sport Fishing
Costa Tamarindo Sport Fishing
It was a gorgeous day on the water! So much fun! Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen & hats and you’ll be good!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was a gorgeous day on the water! So much fun! Bring your sunglasses, sunscreen & hats and you’ll be good!!
Sea Star CR – 31' Big Eye
Sea Star CR – 31' Big Eye
I would recommend booking with Juan Carlos Mendez! He knows where the fish are and how to catch them!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
I would recommend booking with Juan Carlos Mendez! He knows where the fish are and how to catch them!
Capitan Mendez Fishing Charters
Capitan Mendez Fishing Charters
Awesome for tuna! We hoped to get mahi too, but not really the season for it!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Awesome for tuna! We hoped to get mahi too, but not really the season for it!
The Relaxer
The Relaxer
The fishing license seems hard to do but it’s really easy and quick at the marina. 630-730am only. No English spoken but other non Spanish speakers were able to navigate it easy peasy.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
The fishing license seems hard to do but it’s really easy and quick at the marina. 630-730am only. No English spoken but other non Spanish speakers were able to navigate it easy peasy.
Soleil Sport Fishing
Soleil Sport Fishing
The 26' boat was a little too small and rocky for my 2 friends, they got a little sick. But! I didnt get sick at all and snagged a beautiful and delicious mahi
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The 26' boat was a little too small and rocky for my 2 friends, they got a little sick. But! I didnt get sick at all and snagged a beautiful and delicious mahi
Sea Star CR - 26' Sea Star I
Sea Star CR - 26' Sea Star I
Cover up...the sun is intense! This is the Pacific...the swells were 8 to 8.5 feet
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Cover up...the sun is intense! This is the Pacific...the swells were 8 to 8.5 feet
Nauti Ventures
Nauti Ventures
Absolutely, it’s a smaller boat but perfect for anglers , I rook my wife as well and she loved it
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely, it’s a smaller boat but perfect for anglers , I rook my wife as well and she loved it
Fishing Lake Arenal
Fishing Lake Arenal
Wear a rain jacket, hat and something to cover your face. It can be sunny and hot and rainy all on the same trip. The waves were high, so the sea spray will get you which is part of the adventure! Be prepared for big fish!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear a rain jacket, hat and something to cover your face. It can be sunny and hot and rainy all on the same trip. The waves were high, so the sea spray will get you which is part of the adventure! Be prepared for big fish!
Snook Sportfishing
Snook Sportfishing
Absolutely…such a great place to fish some species that are unique and the surrounding environment is like out of a post card. Would highly recommend this if you travel to Costa Rica
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely…such a great place to fish some species that are unique and the surrounding environment is like out of a post card. Would highly recommend this if you travel to Costa Rica
Fishing Lake Arenal
Fishing Lake Arenal
If you plan to bring your own terminal tackle, make sure that the captain and deckhand will allow you to use it. Also, ask about what type of fish is in season and what will you be going after during your trip such as if you would like to do a combo trip (both offshore and bottom fishing either on your way out or coming back in. ).
Very good
4.0 / 5
If you plan to bring your own terminal tackle, make sure that the captain and deckhand will allow you to use it. Also, ask about what type of fish is in season and what will you be going after during your trip such as if you would like to do a combo trip (both offshore and bottom fishing either on your way out or coming back in. ).
Allin Sportfishing - 28’ Mako
Allin Sportfishing - 28’ Mako
Yes would definitely recommend to anybody fishing for the first time in tamarindo! The guides were very helpful and knowledgeable!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes would definitely recommend to anybody fishing for the first time in tamarindo! The guides were very helpful and knowledgeable!
Maryola Tours
Maryola Tours
Bring a long sleeve shirt that’s not tight and maybe a light rain jacket if it’s rainy season. We wore both on the way back because it was stormy and raining.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a long sleeve shirt that’s not tight and maybe a light rain jacket if it’s rainy season. We wore both on the way back because it was stormy and raining.
Bucket List Sportfishing
Bucket List Sportfishing