Sport Fishing in Costa Rica
In Pursuit of a Monster Dorado!


So here we are again, sport fishing in Costa Rica - up bright and early on *yet another* GORGEOUS, picture-perfect day...

Here in the land of paradise.

On to the next adventure - Stefano Marcolini and Victor Otarola, two of the most knowledgeable and experienced fishermen, on the entire Peninsula...

Had invited me on a fishing trip - one that would take us by boat, out into the Gulf of the Nicoya...

Sport Fishing in Costa Rica
A Beautiful Costa Rican Game Fish

In pursuit of the mighty dorado - one of the biggest, strongest, and even most beautiful game fish - in the waters of the world.

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And yes, here on this page at ThisisCostaRica.com...

From the journey on out - to the hook, fight and catch of an incredible mahi-mahi...

Please read on to learn more.








Sport Fishing in Costa Rica

Meeting up at Montezuma Beach - geared up, and ready - alas, we took to the water!

And yes, on a hot Nicoya Peninsula day like this one - we made sure all the necessities were in order - sunscreen, food, drinks (lots and lots of H2O)...

Sport Fishing in Costa Rica Marlin
Stefano's Record Blue Marlin

Pretty much everything you'd expect to need, for a half to full-day out on the ocean.

The boat, out and away - palm trees lining the shore, becoming ever-so-smaller...

I couldn't help but think - just how exciting this was.

And not just out of curiosity - as to how many and what kinds, of fish - we were going to tie into *this time* (these guys always catch something!), but also...

How cool it was to be out here, with two of the most skilled and knowledgeable fishermen, in all the Nicoya - sport fishing in Costa Rica!

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Take Stefano...

Angling this coast for years, it was back in the day when he landed the Montezuma record - a 750 pound blue marlin.

One of many giants, he's pulled from these waters - it's something people are still talking about, to this day.

Sport Fishing in Costa Rica Roosterfish
Victor's "Hand Caught" - Giant Roosterfish

And speaking of giants...

Moving closer to shore, the roosterfish (known as "gallo" in Spanish) - is another highly sought after game fish - something Victor Otarola, fishing these waters his entire life...

Has had plenty experience, battling with.

In his spare time, when not making jewelry at Piedra Colorada...

It's not uncommon to spot him somewhere along the coast - sometimes fishing by kayak...

Tying into snook, tuna, jacks, mackerel, and yes of course...

The giant rooster.

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Well...

Marlin, roosterfish, and others aside - today, it was a different kind of aquatic vertebrate, we were after.

Keep reading for more, sport fishing in Costa Rica... in pursuit of the mighty dorado!




The Mighty Dorado!

An abrupt change in current - something especially noticeable by random pieces of driftwood, floating past the boat - we had entered dorado territory...

Sport Fishing in Costa Rica Stefano
Just Beyond

The Pacific Ocean, just beyond.

Interesting to learn...

Stefano was explaining, how drifting wood and other floating debris - even if it was only a single piece...

Is an excellent indication, dorado may be lurking close by.

As he went on to tell...

Wood, seaweed, etc. - floating near the surface, can be home to all sorts of baitfish and microscopic life...

A great place for the fish to feed.

And no - it wasn't too long, drifting along in the open water - when *BAM*...

Sport Fishing in Costa Rica Dolphinfish
The Mighty Dorado, Emerging After a Long Battle at Sea

FISH ON!!!

Sport fishing in Costa Rica, at its finest.

Rod tip nearly kissing the water - an enormous dorado, had taken the bait - a 20 minute-long fight, ensuing.

Sport Fishing in Costa Rica Dorado
What a Beautiful Fish!

Gradually tiring out, it was amazing to see the fish - as it first emerged from the water, right near the side of the boat.

A trademark to all mahi-mahi - it's what they're called in Hawaiian, a name meaning "very strong"...

It's practically fluorescent colors, of blue, green and yellow - coupled with its size, strength and taste...

Make it one of the most sought-after game fish, on the planet.

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Gaffing with precision, victor lifted the 70 pound fish - up out of the water, and into the boat, making our afternoon fishing trip - sport fishing in Costa Rica, out on the Gulf of the Nicoya...

Sport Fishing in Costa Rica Victor
A Huge Success!

A huge success!

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Wow, what a fun time this was.

Sport Fishing in Costa Rica Dorado
That was Fun!

Always enjoy fishing with these guys.

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Definitely - on your next trip to Costa Rica, I recommend you get in touch.

Stefano does deep sea fishing excursions around the Gulf - a chance to hook into marlin, sailfish, tuna, grouper - and even dorado like the one we caught today...

And Victor does shore fishing trips along the coast - heading on out to all the best spots, tying into snook, snapper, jacks - and yes...

Even the giant rooster!