Tamarindo Deep Sea Fishing has it all: Awesome boats, reasonable prices, and more big game pelagic species than you can shake a rod at. The deep waters offshore are home to a year-round population of Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin, as well as Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Yellowfin Tuna. Things do change throughout the year, though, and when you visit can make a huge difference to your fishing experience.

What to Expect from a Deep Sea Fishing Trip

No matter when you visit Tamarindo, you will always be able to enjoy some awesome fishing. The difference will be not in what you target on your trip, but in where you will do it. This is definitely something to consider when deciding how long you will stay out for.
 
Summer
The spring and summer months of April through August are generally considered the best time to fish out of Tamarindo. This is because you can target Sailfish and Marlin within half an hour of boarding the boat. The town faces right onto the deep, sloping edge of the continental shelf and you can be fishing in 100 fathoms of water in less time than it takes to rig your rods - even the 1000 fathom line is reachable on a half day trip! To make things even better, this is actually low tourist season, so you can pick up a discounted “green season” half or ¾ day trip and still get plenty of action offshore.
 
Winter
Deep sea fishing in Tamarindo is very different in the winter. The rain dies down and the sun still shines, making it perfect for surfers and beach lovers but offshore the northerly trade winds make those nearby fishing grounds too unpredictable. You can risk the deep waters just off the coat but if the winds pick up you will be forced to fish inshore. To avoid this, most charters head south, round the head of the Nicoya Peninsula. This can involve 30+ miles of travel, so half days are out of the question, but on full days you will be rewarded with massive hits from the huge range of pelagic fish which call the area home.
 

What fishing techniques will I use?

The most common way of targeting billfish and other big game species in Tamarindo is trolling. Almost all the town’s sportfishing boats sport outriggers, and you will usually find your boat dragging along a wide spread of mixed live and artificial bait. The go-to live bait is Ballyhoo, combined with long-skirted daisy chains to add in plenty of movement and color. Tuna tubes are another common sight aboard Tamarindo deep sea fishing boats. There are plenty of Bonito and Skipjack found offshore, and nothing draws in massive Marlin like the offer of free sashimi!
 

How much will it cost?

Another great thing about fishing out of Tamarindo is that it won't cost as much as you might think. Let Jaco boast about its fancy harbor, Tamarindo gets the last laugh when you look at the trip prices. Half day trips cost around $750 for a 30ish-foot sportfishing boat, and even the luxury cruisers max out just over the $1000 mark. If you’re fishing in high season and want a full day trip, you will obviously be paying a bit more to match the increased fuel costs. Even so, you won’t have to spend more than $1250 for entry-level flybridges and the top-of-the-line cruisers shouldn’t be more than $1600. FishingBooker top tip: Look out for discounted Green Season ¾ days if you’re around in the summer. These can cost as little as $1000 and give you as much fishing time as a full day would out of most places in the States.

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Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Tamarindo

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

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Tuna (Yellowfin)

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