Insiders Guide to Sport Fishing in Playas del Coco

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Sport Fishing, Guanacaste Tourism, Newsletters, Vacation in Costa Rica

 Tank Tops Flip Flops Newsletter edition no. 23

Sport Fishing in Playas del Coco

Deeply ingrained into its history, fishing and Playas del Coco have always gone together. 

The first residents of the area were subsistenceSport Fishing in Playas del Coco fishermen in Pre Columbian times most likely a sea faring people of Chibcha origin around 500 AD. 

The fishing tradition has never been lost and is now stronger than ever.  While still maintaining a small commercial fleet, the real action in Playas del Coco is with the Sport Fisherman.  Born and raised locals who were once fishing to put food on their families tables have graduated to become the boat owners and captains of the burgeoning Sport Fishing fleet. 

Inside the famed Gulf of Papagayo, Playas del Coco lies just off the most fertile marine area on the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, an important breeding ground and frequent stop off point for a majority of the Oceans species large and small. 

Sport Fishing in Playas del CocoOur Guest Blogger is Robert Gunselman.  He is a relatively new arrival to Costa Rica but since the day he put his feet on the sands of Playas del Coco he has immersed himself into the local Sport Fishing scene.  This guy knows his fishing and really knows his way around the fishing grounds of the Gulf of Papagayo and beyond. 

Rob just wants everyone to be educated about how to get the best out of your fishing charter, have fun and of course CATCH A LOT OF FISH! 

We spoke with Rob and one of his Favorite local Captains Gerardo “Come” (pronounced KO-MAY) Reyes.  It is clear that these guys know their stuff and are passionate about creating a positive angling culture among the locals and tourists here.  Captain “Come” made a point to say that they catch and release all Bill Fish and species that do not make for good eating and all of the fish they keep on the boat is either eaten by the fishermen who caught them or the families of the captain and crew.  Nothing goes to waste. 

A lot of the good fishing is done on smaller open boats called Pangas using light tackle and live caught bait.  You can also go whole hog and charter a beautiful air-conditioned Sport Fishing Yacht as well.  The options abound. 

Take a look at the video interview with Rod and Captain “Come” where they share valuable insider tips on how to get the most out of your Sport Fishing trip. 

Sport Fishermen can expect to catch a hugely diverse variety of species.  Here is a list of the most common fish in the area with their Spanish equivalent:

Yellow Fin Tuna – Aleta Amarilla

Mahi Mahi – Dorado

Yahoo – Yahoo

Grouper – Mero

Red Snapper – Pargo Rojo

Blue and Black Marlin – Pez Aguja

Sail Fish – Pez Vela

Swordfish – Pez Espada

Amber Jack – Jack Ambar

Crevalle Jack – Jurel

Mackerel – Caballa

Rooster Fish – Pez Gallo 

But don’t worry – most of the local captains speak enough “Fishing English” so you won’t have to worry about memorizing all the names.

Contact our Guest Blogger at:

Robert Gunselman
www.crfishon.com
skype=crgunner
skype global phone=+1.484.881.3002
Costa Rica Cell=506.8940.0442

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