Different ways to fish in Nosara

The coastline of the Guanacaste peninsula is considered one of of the best fishing spots on the entire planet. The reasons for this vary, and include hemispheric drift (the waters where the two hemispheres meet), a rich array of bacteria and tiny carbon based life forms, and a unique topography where shallow water intersects suddenly with very deep water. Consequently, Nosara is one of those rare places where landing the fish of your dreams, without having to travel too far offshore is more than possible – it’s entirely probable. That said, when many people think of fishing, the first image that often springs to mind is perched on a boat, military grade rod and reel in hand, wrestling a marlin.

Sure, local waters are home to blue, black, and striped marlin, yellowfin tuna, sailfish, mahi mahi, snapper and much more. However, for anyone wishing to spend some time fishing, with neither the inkling, finances, or time to hop aboard a charter, there’s a range of alternatives to suit their preferences. Here are a few of them.

Spear Fishing
The Costa Rican water is home to an unimaginably spectacular environment beneath the waves that few get to experience. Clear blue waters, and an abundance of rock formations make this coastline a leading destination for spearfishing enthusiasts.

Whether you’re an intermediate or advanced diver, the Nosara coastline offers world class spearfishing, and is home to snappers, amberjack, blue trevally, sierra mackerel and more. For the more adventurous and experienced, the offshore trips might land you a yellow fin tuna, dorado, wahoo and more.

Surf Casting & Rivermouth Fishing
Boca Nosara, otherwise known as Nosara river mouth is where the inland river meets the open ocean. The brackish mix of fresh and salt water is home to a multitude of marine life and is a huge draw for local and visiting fishermen hoping to reel in a tasty fish for the table. The prize they’re all looking for the snook. The snook thrives in tropical inland waters, is renowned for it’s fighting abilities, and is regarded as one of the best eating fish there is. And close to the Boca, they live in huge numbers.

It’s a spot where many local families gather on weekends to fish, relax, spend time with loved ones and generally enjoy the area’s rustic seclusion and stunning natural splendor.

Inshore Fishing
Inshore fishing is a great way to experience everything that Costa Rican fishing has to offer, without the need to spend the time, money, and stamina sometimes associated with fishing way out at sea. Here, it’s entirely possible to catch mackerel, mahi mahi, snapper, grouper, and any of the wide variety of fish that inhabit these waters.

Offshore Fishing
When you think of true sport fishing it’s pretty much guaranteed that the first thing that pops to mind will be one of these huge, graceful, and insanely powerful species of sailfish, the most famous example of which is the Marlin. Although these guys are extremely common off the coast of Nosara, the fact they inhabit deep offshore waters means they require traveling sometimes up to 20-30 km from the shore to reach. Although they can be caught year round, like many other species they most commonly appear during rainy season, through the months of May – November.

Whether it be sailfish, blue marlin, black marlin or striped marlin, these massive fish can put up a fight that can last many hours. When hooked, it’s often the case that the fishing pole gets passed around from angler to angler to share the physical burden of landing these fish. In addition to being massively powerful, they are known as a fish that despises being hooked, and have been known to perform a ‘death dive’, meaning they will crash themselves into the ocean floor rather than be caught alive.

Offshore big game fishing is considered by many to be the ultimate fishing experience. As well as billfish, you may catch tuna, mahi mahi, and more. It’s also a great opportunity to witness whales, dolphins, manta rays and turtles in their natural habitat.

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