World Class Fishing
Rising Sun Villa is located only 2.5 miles south of the world-famous fishing port of Quepos. Quepos is one of the world’s finest sport fishing locations. Many record Billfish, and other species, have been caught in our local waters. Marlin Magazine titled Quepos as one of the best locations in the world for “all around action.”
The offshore reefs billfish are the most popular choice for most anglers, and they are rarely disappointed from as early as December and continuing through April, although fishing is generally good year round. A typical day can consist of releasing many sailfish and often a marlin or two, although it is not uncommon to release more than a dozen sailfish in one day. Throughout the year, you can also expect to catch dolphin, giant yellowfin tuna, wahoo, cubera, roosterfish, a variety of snapper, grouper, both blue and rainbow runners, snook, jacks, mackerel, and many other species. With more than 70 current IGFA world-record fish from Costa Rican waters, including 17 all-tackle recognitions, your ultimate Quepos fishing vacation is waiting for you.
The Quepos region offers some of Costa Rica’s best inshore and offshore fishing available year round. The area is well protected from the prevailing northerly winds and enjoys mostly comfortable weather throughout the year, although you can generally expect rain in the late afternoons and during the nights starting around May and sometimes lasting through December.
Billfish are the most popular choice for most anglers, and they are rarely disappointed from as early as December and continuing through April. A typical day can consist of releasing as many as one half dozen sailfish and often a marlin or 2, although it is not uncommon to release more than a dozen sailfish in one day. You can also expect dolphin, giant yellowfin tuna, wahoo, cubera, roosterfish, a variety of snapper, grouper, both blue and rainbow runners, snook, jacks, mackerel, and many other species. Costa Rica’s sport fishing records are a testament to why so many anglers choose Costa Rica, and more specifically the areas near Rising Sun Villa, for their sport fishing vacation. With more than 70 current IGFA world-record fish from Costa Rican waters, including 17 all-tackle recognitions, your dream fishing vacation is waiting for you.
For Rising Sun Villa guests’ convenience, there is a wide selection of charter boats to choose from in the Quepos Marina area. All boats are manned by professional bilingual captains and mates, with years of experience in catch-and-release sport fishing. Most charters are skilled not only in the art of conventional fishing, but specialize in offshore fly and light-tackle big game fishing as well. If you wish to fly fish, we recommend bringing your own fly equipment, as though most charters have some fly rods and equipment on board, the best equipment is not available in Costa Rica. All fishing charters include lunch (for full-day trips), snacks, fruits, soft drinks, water, cold beer, tackle, and all fishing equipment. Due to the popularity of sport fishing near Rising Sun Villa, we are happy to help you pre-book your fishing trip to assure you space with the best boats and captains available.
Please refer to the following as a general guide to seasons for the best fishing in the Quepos area, but keep in mind that fish don’t necessarily check the calendar!
- Marlin – October is most commonly the top month for fishing marlin in our area, but action is generally good in September and November as well. Occasional Blues and rare Black Marlin are found any time of year, although they often are out further than the boats hunting for sailfish are fishing.
- Sailfish – Mid-December through April is rated the best season, although big schools often arrive around October and have been known to stay longer than April. A few Sails generally appear among catches from June to September, mixed with a variety of other species found during those same months.
- Tuna – Prominent throughout the year, as they are common along the Pacific coast, but are most abundant starting May through October. Most range from 8 to 12 pounds, but a handful of fish of over 200 pounds and others in the 100 to 200 pound range are taken every year.
- Dorado – Once considered the most plentiful species, Dorado have been depleted over the past 5 years by commercial long-line fishing. Thankfully they are still hooked on a regular basis, with the best action beginning in late May when the winter rains wash debris from the river mouths creating the inshore trash lines that the dolphin are attracted to lie under.
- Roosterfish – Fishing for this exciting inshore species is hard-hitting and exceptional along the numerous river mouths and rocky drops-offs found in our area. Especially keen areas are at the mouth of the Parrita; Palo Seco just North of Parrita and Damas; just outside of the Damas Island area; by the mouth of the Naranjo River, as well as around points at Dominical and throughout the Drake Bay area. Best fishing is generally considered from June through early September.
- Snook – More recently threatened by local fishermen who have discovered the commercial value of this species of fish, top spots are located off the many river mouths that line our coast, as well as the Sierpe River and in the big lagoon of Sierpe. A World record Pacific Black Snook was taken a couple years ago just off the nearby mouth of the Naranjo River, making this a new draw for international anglers. The best months are considered from July through November during some of our rainiest season.
Quepos is known to be one of the best locations in the World to release a Pacific Sailfish, and some of the best opportunities to catch a giant Yellowfin Tuna, a Black Marlin of over 500 pounds, or a jumbo-sized Dorado or Snook are from May to November.
It is only a short run to the fishing grounds for inshore angling, and it is relatively inexpensive and offers great views of the coast. This fishing adventure generally lasts approximately 4 hours and is reserved according to marine tides. The Quepos and Damas Island areas are known for their inshore fishing along river mouths and in the local mangroves. Local fishermen use small boats or pongas for a maximum 4 pax per boat. Common species caught are: Snook, red snapper, and other local freshwater fish. Excursion includes transportation, guide, drinks, beer, and fishing equipment. We recommend you take a hat, sunscreen, and a waterproof camera.