Back in February 2015 we visited our Norwegian friends Vigdis & Thomas in Costa Rica. They run the “Bahia Rica Sport Fishing Lodge” located on the Nicoya peninsula and this would be our 3rd visit there. While the fishing is their main attraction they also do sea kayaking, boat tours, SUP boarding and bioluminescence experiences. You can check out their website here: http://www.bahiarica.com
But as you probably guessed we go there for the fishing, which can be fantastic when the conditions are right. The fishing is done mostly from one of their 2 fishing boats, the 25 ft Mono Congo or the 27 ft Conquistador, either inshore or offshore. When fishing inshore you can catch several different species like jack crevalle, bigeye trevally, skipjack tuna, bonito, sierra mackerel, needlefish, barracuda, snapper, grouper and of course the fabled roosterfish. We have also seen some milkfish the area but have been unable to hook any of them so far. If heading offshore you can catch billfish such as sailfish or marlin, yellowfin tuna, wahoo and dorado. While they mostly do trolling, popping or jigging, it is also possible to fly fish from their boats. We have had great success casting flies from both the bow and the stern of the boats. The captain is very skilled when it comes to maneuvering the boat so that 2 fly fishermen can cast effectively from both the bow and stern when fishing inshore. The fishing is often very visual as you can see fish moving around and hunting in the currents, near rocks and on the surface. You could also fly fish for sailfish by using the bait & switch method offshore.
We would stay for roughly 2 weeks and fished mostly inshore where we had some nice catches of various species on the fly. When not fishing we would chill out in the hammocks while enjoying the sights and sounds of the jungle.
We did not catch any monsters during our first week. Something strange was about to occur during the latter part of our stay and we would find out where the big fish had been hiding!