Target Species

Guanacaste Costa Rica

OSG and our premium vessel, Sassy Girl, offers tournament-grade tackle, modern Navionics (electronic navigation charts), international safety certifications, and an expert crew with two decades of local knowledge, to target some of the most sought-after species for sport fishing in Costa Rica.

Our custom trips depart the new Flamingo Marina and serve the areas of Tamarindo, Playa Conchal, Las Catalinas, Hacienda Pinilla, Playa Avellanas, Playa Negra, and Playas del Coco, to help you hook the following inshore and offshore species:

Target Species Fishing Costa Rica
Nematistius Pectoralis
Wahoo, also known as ono, are exceptionally fast fish with razor-sharp teeth. They can be found both offshore and near shore along the Nicoya Peninsula, when water conditions are perfect. These fish are known for their impressive speed and ability to evade hooks.
Target Species Fishing Costa Rica
Dorado / Mahi-Mahi / Common Dolphin Fish
Acanthocybium Solandri
Large numbers of dorado are seen in Tamarindo and Flamingo each year, particularly during the rainy season (roughly, May through November), when floating debris gathers. Known for their strength and speed, they’ve earned their name, which means “very strong” in Hawaiian. They are quick to reproduce and have a lifespan estimated to be no longer than five years.
Target Species Fishing
Yellowfin Tuna
Thunnus Albacares
Recognized for their torpedo-like shape and bright yellow sides, yellowfin tuna are highly sought when fishing Playa Flamingo, Tamarindo, and surrounds. While one catch reported on conventional tackle weighed 445 lbs., it has yet to be confirmed by the IGFA.
Target Species Fishing Costa Rica
Istiophorus Platypterus
Pacific sailfish, known for their incredible speed (over 68 mph), offer a thrilling challenge and double-digit daily opportunities for fishing charters in Costa Rica. Carl Stewart’s sailfish, weighing 221 lbs, is believed to be the largest ever taken on conventional tackle.
Target Species Fishing
Striped Marlin
Kajikia Audax
Striped marlin are smaller than their cousins but extremely agile. They provide multiple daily hook-ups for boats based out of the Flamingo Marina, Tamarindo, Playa Langosta, Flamingo, and Garza. The largest striped marlin ever taken on rod and reel weighed 494 lbs. and was caught by Bill Boniface.
Target Species Fishing Costa Rica
Black Marlin
Makaira Indica
Black Marlin are highly sought, due to their elusive nature. During Costa Rica’s rainy season (roughly, May through November), they may come closer to shore and are sometimes hooked as close as three miles offshore. Alfred Glassell, Jr. is thought to have caught the largest black marlin on rod and reel, weighing in at an impressive 1,560 lbs.
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Blue Marlin
Makaira Nigricans
Chase down one of the world’s largest “bony” fish – and an impressive catch – while marlin fishing in Costa Rica. Males rarely exceed 330 lbs. and females sometimes surpass 1,000 lbs. The waters off Tamarindo and Flamingo see large blue marlin every year, averaging around 300 lbs.
Target Species Fishing Costa Rica
Nematistius pectoralis
If you’re here for rooster fishing in Costa Rica, then we’ll harness our expertise to chase down this distinctive species, known for the seven spines that protrude from their dorsal fins. Please note that roosterfish in Costa Rica are an exciting catch-and-release opportunity.
Target Species Fishing
Family Scombridae
Enjoy the thrill of catching these swift predators, which include species like Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus maculatus). Known for their sharp teeth and impressive speed, mackerel are widely considered an exciting challenge in Costa Rica fishing waters.
Target Species Fishing Costa Rica
Family Serranidae
Delight in the taste and power of red grouper (Epinephelus morio), prized for their delicious flesh and powerful strikes. An impressive nearshore species, grouper are great targets when you’re seeking an exciting Tamarindo sport fishing experience.
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Sarda sarda
A highly energetic species, known for their speed and agility, Atlantic bonito are a mackerel-like fish prized for their fighting ability, making them an exciting catch while fishing Playa Flamingo and surrounds.
Target Species Fishing Costa Rica
Katsuwonus pelamis
Test your skills against Costa Rica’s fast-swimming slipjack tuna. They’re known for swimming in schools, making them abundant while also promising an exhilarating fishing experience.
Target Species Fishing
Family Lutjanidae
Challenge yourself with these toothy monsters, which include Cubera snapper (Lutjanus cyanopterus), known for their strength and intense fights. We’ll use various techniques, including slow trolling and free-lining live bait, to help you target these impressive fish.