Help FECOP Fight Illegal, Non-Sustainable Fishing in Costa Rica – Sign the Petition – Tuna for Ticos
It is estimated that up to 26% of tuna taken in Costa Rican territorial waters by foreign tuna purse seiners is unreported, taken illegally, never makes it to a Costa Rican port, and doesn’t benefit Costa Rica in any manner.… Read More
FECOP Featured Sport Fishing Captain:
Roy Zapata – Snook King of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast
Published for the Tico Times by Todd Staley
Roy Zapata thinks like a fish. A really big fish. A big snook in fact. He has guided anglers to several world record snook over 50 lbs, the largest was Ward Michaels’s 60 lb fish, caught in March of 2014.… Read More
FECOP Costa Rica Fishing Species – Snook
Costa Rica Snook Facts
- There are 6 varieties of Snook in Costa Rica with Black Snook having the genetic predisposition to grow the largest.
- The most recent snook world record was a Black Snook out of Costa Rica.
Costa Rica Fishing Species: Tarpon
Can I catch Tarpon in Costa Rica?
Yes, Costa Rica boasts some of the best tarpon fishing in the world, and they can be targeted year round. Historically the best tarpon fishing in Costa Rica is October and November.
Region: Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast
From the IGFA Fish Database:
Valenciennes, 1846; MEGALOPIDAE FAMILY; also called silver king, cuffum
Occurs in warm temperate tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean.… Read More
FECOP Fish Facts – Tarpon
Top 5 Cool Facts About Tarpon
Costa Rica Stomping Grounds
Caribbean side, Pacific Coast of Costa Rica (rarely),can live in both fresh and saltwater and have even been found in Lake Nicaragua
The all-tackle world record tarpon stands at a monstrous 286lbs 9oz.… Read More
Three Costa Rican teams will participate in the Black Bass World Tournament, in Nuevo León, Mexico from October 29 to November 4.
Black-bass is a well-known fish in the sport fishing sector. Its scientific name is Micropterus salmoides and is popularly known as perch, blasblas or – in Costa Rica – black bass.… Read More
Costa Rica Indo-Pacific Sailfish
Shaw & Nodder, 1791); ISTIOPHORIDAE FAMILY; also called spindlebeack, bayonetfish
An Excerpt from Costa Rica Sailfish for Dummies by Todd Staley Communications Director, FECOP
The lifetime of a sailfish varies from 4 to 10 years. Most of the juveniles spend their first few years off the coast of Mexico.… Read More
Dorado, Mahi or Dolphinfish, are some of the fastest growing and swimming fish in the oceans.
Dorado can spawn every two to three days at the early age of four to five months old. A female releases an average of 50,000 eggs each time they spawn.… Read More
Costa Rica Fishing Species – Dorado
When to Catch Dorado in Costa Rica – November through January and occasionally in February – averaging 20 to 40 lbs. Dorado can be taken year round but not in the same numbers as the months listed above.
Linnaeus, 1758; CORYPHAENIDAE FAMILY; also called dolphin, mahi mahi, dorado, goldmakrele, shiira.… Read More