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
4.3 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers
Costa Rica: 186 fishing charters available

Bucket List Sportfishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Quepos
 Instant Confirmation
trips from $850

North Pacific Adventures

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(8 reviews)
El Jobo
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trips from $570

Rhino Charger Sport Fishing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(14 reviews)
Tamarindo
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trips from $800

Capullo Sportfishing/Rainbow Runner

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(71 reviews)
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trips from $475

What anglers said about Roosterfish Fishing in Costa Rica

Catch fish you want to eat then spend the rest of the time trolling for Roosterfish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Catch fish you want to eat then spend the rest of the time trolling for Roosterfish.
WILLIAM  T.
WILLIAM T. Lake Charles, LA
Carefully select the boat and captain. Most of te boats at Tamarindo do not have a toilet, an AC cabin
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Carefully select the boat and captain. Most of te boats at Tamarindo do not have a toilet, an AC cabin
Douglas  M.
Douglas M. Pittsburgh, PA
If you've never been....this will be a trip you will never forget. It's a must.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you've never been....this will be a trip you will never forget. It's a must.
Clayton  S.
Clayton S. Tehachapi, CA
Seek out Capt. Randy and the Talking Fish boat. He is an expert in the Tamarindo waters.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Seek out Capt. Randy and the Talking Fish boat. He is an expert in the Tamarindo waters.
David  C.
David C. Cincinnati, OH
Its hot.... sun protection and cooling off in cold water is essential. Be prepared for the hours of trolling
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Its hot.... sun protection and cooling off in cold water is essential. Be prepared for the hours of trolling
Brad  M.
Brad M. Englewood, CO
Take the time to get to know the local captains. They know where the fish are!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take the time to get to know the local captains. They know where the fish are!
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Lusby, MD
Feb. is not the best fishing month. Never the less we caught 3 nice mahi mahi .But just as exciting for the women aboard were the hundreds of dolphins & jumping stingrays , with many turtles & flying fish. All in all it was a great time.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Feb. is not the best fishing month. Never the less we caught 3 nice mahi mahi .But just as exciting for the women aboard were the hundreds of dolphins & jumping stingrays , with many turtles & flying fish. All in all it was a great time.
Bruce  Z.
Bruce Z. Osseo, MN
Great time for rooster , snapper and mahi although bill fish bite coming on a little early too. Blame that on al gore I guess.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great time for rooster , snapper and mahi although bill fish bite coming on a little early too. Blame that on al gore I guess.
Eduardo  W.
Eduardo W. Jaco, Provincia De Puntarenas
Full day is best to get out as far as you need to fish for the big fish. Bathe yourself in sunscreen!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Full day is best to get out as far as you need to fish for the big fish. Bathe yourself in sunscreen!
Tracey  S.
Tracey S. Le Mars, IA
These excursions are not for the hardcore fishermen types who want to do everything, i.e., bait the hooks, throw the lines out, etc.,
Excellent
5.0 / 5
These excursions are not for the hardcore fishermen types who want to do everything, i.e., bait the hooks, throw the lines out, etc.,
Vanessa  C.
Vanessa C. San José, SJ
Check the reviews on fishingbooker.com and book your trip from there. Allin Sportfishing out of Herradura was awesome.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Check the reviews on fishingbooker.com and book your trip from there. Allin Sportfishing out of Herradura was awesome.
Robert  D.
Robert D. Loxahatchee Groves, Florida
Choose what you want to catch. Fishing is different for the species targeted.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Choose what you want to catch. Fishing is different for the species targeted.
Albert  A.
Albert A. Puntarenas, P
No frills, your out there to fish. Must take camera that takes videos or take a go pro.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
No frills, your out there to fish. Must take camera that takes videos or take a go pro.
Randall  F.
Randall F. Cartago, C
Bring a hard sided cooler so you can get your catch home. They fillet it right in the boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a hard sided cooler so you can get your catch home. They fillet it right in the boat.
Chera  G.
Chera G. Costa Rica
Live bait for rooster is definitely the best, especially if you're looking for a big one ! Once done, move to popping and jigging around the rocks... soooo good !!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Live bait for rooster is definitely the best, especially if you're looking for a big one ! Once done, move to popping and jigging around the rocks... soooo good !!
Edouard  B.
Edouard B. Turrialba, Provincia De Cartago
Book with seastar all the guys are very professional and absolutely great friendly people who went above and beyond to please us with not just the fishing but catering and great conversation . I shall be booking with these guys next year as they made me want to visit Costa Rica again as soon as I can
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with seastar all the guys are very professional and absolutely great friendly people who went above and beyond to please us with not just the fishing but catering and great conversation . I shall be booking with these guys next year as they made me want to visit Costa Rica again as soon as I can
Richard  M.
Richard M. Wool, England
Remember that it's called "fishing" and not "catching" for a reason. Some days the fish just aren't there. Understand which months are best for the type of fish you're hoping to catch. If you've got specific questions, contact the respective charter contact for details. All of them seemed very willing to assist and answer any questions.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Remember that it's called "fishing" and not "catching" for a reason. Some days the fish just aren't there. Understand which months are best for the type of fish you're hoping to catch. If you've got specific questions, contact the respective charter contact for details. All of them seemed very willing to assist and answer any questions.
Alex  B.
Alex B. Dover, NH
Call and book the guys on the Ravens out of Marina Pez Vela. You will be more than satisfied!!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Call and book the guys on the Ravens out of Marina Pez Vela. You will be more than satisfied!!!!
William  F.
William F. San Ramon, Provincia De Alajuela
February fishing is not one of the best fishing months of the year. However, we were in Playa Flamingo for 11 days and went on 3 fishing trips and had really great luck for all 3. February for us turned out great! We brought our own surf poles, but had no luck. I recommend fishing with a local guide.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
February fishing is not one of the best fishing months of the year. However, we were in Playa Flamingo for 11 days and went on 3 fishing trips and had really great luck for all 3. February for us turned out great! We brought our own surf poles, but had no luck. I recommend fishing with a local guide.
Benjamin  K.
Benjamin K. Hacienda Tamarindo, G
Do your research. Read and write honest reviews and keep a positive attitude! It is a beautiful experience!!
Very good
3.7 / 5
Do your research. Read and write honest reviews and keep a positive attitude! It is a beautiful experience!!
Lynne  G.
Lynne G. San José, SJ