How to Catch Cubera Snapper in Costa Rica

If there are rocks, there are snapper, and that pretty much describes the entire Pacific coast of Costa Rica Article from Florida Fishing Weekly by Todd Staley “Rocks and big poppers equals aggressive cubera snapper in Costa Rica” This particular reef has a peak that rises an additional 40 feet. Today it was something unusual. In the clear water hovering just a few feet below the surface was one big orange ball after another. It looked like a patch of pumpkins. What it was, though, was a group of big snappers taking advantage of the slow tide to see if a school of sardines, mackerel or maybe bonito might come passing by. When Colin Belton is not designing landscapes fit for the Queen in his native England, he hops on a plane and heads for Central America. He has big orange pumpkins on his mind. Belton has been chasing them for nearly a decade and could care less about a pointy nosed fish like a sail or marlin. He chases snapper. His ammo… poppers, and one of his favorite locations is southern Costa Rica. Belton likes to fish blue water. The clearer the better. “Snapper will come up from 150 feet to take the popper off the surface,” says Belton. “Make sure you have the drag up on your reel very tight, because snappers always go back to the hole where they came from.” Water color plays a role in Belton’s success. Green water will produce a few snapper, but … Continue reading How to Catch Cubera Snapper in Costa Rica