In Costa Rica, the most common sportfishing techniques include trolling, casting and jigging.
- Trolling: Trolling is a popular technique for catching large game fish such as marlin, sailfish, and tuna. Anglers use a variety of lures, baits, and teasers to attract fish to the boat, and then reel them in using heavy tackle.
- Casting: Casting is a popular technique for catching smaller game fish such as roosterfish, snook, and tarpon. Anglers use light to medium tackle and cast lures, flies, or live bait to target these species.
- Jigging: Jigging is a popular technique for catching bottom-dwelling fish such as snapper, grouper, and amberjack. Anglers use a jigging rod and reel to drop a jig or lure to the bottom and then jig it up and down to mimic a live bait.
In addition to these techniques, fly-fishing is also gaining popularity in Costa Rica as well, particularly in the Gulf of Nicoya, Tarcoles River, and the Osa Peninsula.
It’s important to note that the techniques and equipment used will depend on the species of fish you are targeting and the location where you are fishing. It’s always a good idea to check with local fishing guides or charters for the most up-to-date information on the best techniques and equipment for the specific area you plan to fish.