You donâ€™t have to been a seasoned angler to appreciate Costa Ricaâ€™s epic sportfishing. Rain or shine, Atlantic coast or Pacific, the fishing is truly phenomenal any time of year. Cast your line inshore for red snapper, roosterfish and snook, or head into deeper waters for the prize-winning beasts â€“ black marlin and sailfish. Costa Rica sportfishing is rated among the best in the world, and the central Pacific town of Quepos is the frequent site of international tournaments, including the recent 2013 IGFA World Offshore Championship at Marina Pez Vela.
Quepos & Manuel Antonio in the center of all the action
Marina Pez Vela has attracted several headlining catch and release tournaments such as the 2012Â Quepos Billfish Cup and the renowned 2011 Costa Rica Classic. The world-class facility just hosted the â€śOlympics of Sportfishing,â€ť which lured more than 200 die-hard anglers from around the globe. Participants fished for marlin, sailfish, and big-eye tuna along with wahoo and mahi mahi (also known as dorado). While trophies were awarded for various categories, the crew that shone brightest was that on the EPIC, captained by Mike Alligood, with Randal Garcia Canales as mate. The team, which is based at Costa Ricaâ€™s Los SueĂ±os marina, released 26 sailfish and one blue marlin, earning a total of 5,700 points. The Quepos marina is just five miles from the pristine beaches and diverse wildlife of neighboring Manuel Antonio and its national park. (more…)