The information below will give you a better idea of what to expect when planning your Papagayo fishing vacation. However, anyone who has experience fishing in Papagayo will tell you any kind of fish can be caught any month of the year and some species are more predominant during some periods.
Marlin can be found every month of the year, specially mid-November to March; then slowing a bit from April to early June and peaking in August and September, with averages from 250-500 pounds.
Caught throughout year round, peaking in May through August. Then, slowing a bit from late August through November. Averages weight from 90-150 lbs.
Roosterfish are available all year, specially in the Gulf of Papagayo they are more abundant from October through March. Roosterfish are often found near rocky points in water about 50-60 feet deep just 45 minutes running from Playas del Coco. Averages weight 30-70 lbs.
Yellowfin is often marketed as ahi, from the Hawaiian ʻahi. There are Yellowfin Tuna all year round, but peaks from August through October, shoal of 12 to 60 lbs are often found well inside the Gulf of Papagayo, 45 minutes or less running time from Ocotal bay.
Dorado is also known in other countries as mahi-mahi or dolphin fish. They are usually in open water forming cardumen, although they can be found on the coast near the surface usually between five and 10 mt depth. These colorful fish is abundant from late May through October when the rain season arrives, carrying out debris that forms weed lines close to shore where they like to be. Trolling near a floating log could hook a dorado.
It is best known to sports fishermen, as its speed and high-quality flesh make it a prize game fish. Appear when the rain season arrive to Guanacaste from mid-May throughout August. Most are caught around the rocky points and islands, at the north of the Gulf of Papagayo, but you will hook up occasionally fishing offshore. Averages weight from 20-40 pounds.