There are some frequently asked questions that most fishermen have when planning a trip to Costa Rica. Here is the information you will need to know before you go.
There are 2 airports that handle international flights. Most come into San Jose. The other airport is in Liberia. You need a passport that has 3 months left before expiring. It must be in good physical condition. Contact your credit card company to let them know you will be out of the country. This will avoid being in a foreign country with a blocked card. Many places accept cash only. They mostly accept $20 or lower bills only. Just like a credit card, you must have your phone unblocked. Once you do that, you can buy a prepaid SIM card in Costa Rica to make both local and international calls.
The waters are almost always calm and the boat rides are short. Going out of Los Suenos is a good idea if you are prone to seasickness because the land blocks the wind. A general fishing charter is 6 hours long and includes transportation from a nearby hotel and all of the fees except for your license, around $30 online. Some include snacks, meals, and drinks. The boat will come with an experienced captain. There will also be a bi-lingual 1st mate to assist the captain by setting the rods and reels out with baits while you settle into your fishing belt and chair. You should bring sunblock, sunglasses, a hat, special liquors you want to have onboard, and a camera. Bring some money for crew tips (15%) and your fish license.
You can find blue and black marlin, sailfish, tuna, mahi mahi, roosterfish, cubera snapper, grouper, wahoo, and red snapper in Costa Rican waters. There is never a month without some of these fish in season. Inshore fishing is done around the rocks. For offshore fishing, plan for it to take 1.5 hours to reach the fishing grounds. During this time you can sit on the flying bridge with the captain, go into the air-conditioned cabin, or look out for turtles and dolphins. The 1st mate will get teasers in the water. Once the fish takes the bait, the mate can hook it for you while you prepare to fight it. All billfish are catch and release by law. After you tire of fishing you can go for a swim with the fish.
If you catch a tuna or Mahi Mahi the crew can filet it for you. It will be ready to take with you when you arrive at the marina. Many local restaurants will be willing to prepare your fresh catch.