JACO V.I.P. COSTA RICA FISHING CHARTERS & PACKAGES
LOS SUEΡOS MARINA, HERRADURA BEACH, COSTA RICA
CAPT JOSH FOSTER: 800-676-0717 Ext.3 [Fishing Expert]
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WHAT'S BITING:

We have seasonal runs of a wide variety of fish here and depending on the time of year you are visiting, different species will be more prevalent than others.

To give you a general idea of what you might expect to catch throughout the year, here is a basic fishing calendar.

OFF SHORE: NOV, DEC: JAN, FEB: MAR, APRIL: MAY, JUNE: JULY, AUG:
Black Marlin Excellent Fair Fair Good Good
Blue Marlin Excellent Fair Fair Good Fair
Sailfish Excellent Excellent Excellent Good Good
Mahi Mahi [Dorado] Excellent Excellent Excellent Good Good
Yellow Fin Tuna Good Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Wahoo Fair Good Good Good Good
NEAR SHORE: NOV, DEC: JAN, FEB: MAR, APRIL: MAY, JUNE: JULY, AUG:
Roosterfish Fair Good Good Good Excellent
Red Snapper Excellent Good Good Good Excellent

DROP US A LINE AND WE WILL HOOK YOU UP!
Capt. Josh Foster: 800-676-0717 Ext.3 // Email: captjosh@jacovip.com
Guy with Sailfish
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SAILFISH
Pez Vela
Small image of a sailfish
• DESCRIPTION: Sailfish are the easiest of all the billfish to identify. Its back and dorsal fin are dark blue, sides are silver, and belly is white. The bill is usually twice the length of the fish's lower jaw. All Sailfish caught aboard our boats are live-released.
• SPORTING QUALITIES: Sailfish are incredible sprinters, reaching speeds of up to 65mph. When hooked, they are known to make spectacular long hard runs and aerial leaps. Sails are prime targets for medium-tackle bait-and-switch.
• WORLD RECORD: 221 lbs.
Classic image of Blue Marlin jumping.
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BLUE MARLIN
Aguja Azul
• DESCRIPTION: Blue marlin can be found in tropical and warm temperate waters around the globe. The upper and rear portions of the body are dark, brilliant blue in color. The lower portion is a silver white color with vertical stripes and blue dots. All Marlin caught aboard our boats are live-released.
• SPORTING QUALITIES: Anglers commonly troll brightly colored lures and teasers as well as natural baits such as mackerel, tuna, bonito and ballyhoo in hopes of enticing one of these giants.
• WORLD RECORD: 1402 lbs.
Black Marlin Fish about to bite
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BLACK MARLIN
Marlin Negro
• DESCRIPTION: The black marlin is the only marlin with non-retractable fins. Another distinguishing trait is their dorsal fin which is proportionately the lowest of any billfish. All Marlin caught aboard our boats are live-released.
• SPORTING QUALITIES: The black's immense strength and exceptional size makes it a favored target among big-game fishermen. A fight with one of these fish can last for hours, wearing severely on the angler as well as the tackle. Anglers commonly troll brightly colored lures or rigged ballyhoo baitfish to catch Black Marlin.
• WORLD RECORD: 1560 lbs.
Fishing Friends with Mahi Mahi
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MAHI MAHI
Dorado or Dolphin
• DESCRIPTION: The body of the dolphin is quite slender but fairly deep, with a noticeable tapering from head to tail. The distinctive dorsal fin is long, covering almost three-fourths of the body, and has around 60 soft rays. Although kinda ugly, we don't release these fish because they are delicious.
• SPORTING QUALITIES: The Mahi-Mahi is considered one of the top offshore game fish and is highly targeted by anglers around the world. It is famous for its leaps and flips over the surface when hooked. Because of their speed and agility, dolphin provides for an exciting catch as they run long and jump often.
• WORLD RECORD: 88 lbs.
Two guys with large yellow fin tuna
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YELLOW FIN TUNA
~ Atϊn
• DESCRIPTION: Yellowfin tuna have a muscular, streamlined body like a swimming torpedo and like all tuna they can swim fast as lightning. Yellow finlets run down the back and belly from these two fins to the tail fin and are a bright, canary yellow with black edges. Tuna are delicious and nutritious.
• SPORTING QUALITIES: Yellowfin tuna are considered a sport fish and are highly sought after by anglers and commercial fishermen alike. After hitting a lure or bait, they often go deep and will fight with great power and tenacity.
• WORLD RECORD: 388 lbs.
Two men smilling and holding large Wahoo Fish
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WAHOO
Peto
• DESCRIPTION: Long, slender body marked with zebra-like stripes of white and deep blue or black. Mouth is elongated and narrow, and equipped with razor-sharp teeth. Often found on the menus of local seafood restaurants.
• SPORTING QUALITIES: May strike a surface bait in spectacular, greyhounding fashion, but seldom jumps after being hooked. Wild fight is characterized by several sizzling runs, usually at or near the surface. One of the fastest of all game fish.
• WORLD RECORD: 158 lbs.
3 Guys on boat with Rooster Fish
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ROOSTER FISH
Pez Gallo
• DESCRIPTION: This is probably the most easily recognized specie in the jack family. Roosterfish have 7 distinct spines that stand high above the dorsal fin when they are excited or threatened. All Rooster Fish caught on our boats are live released after a photo.
• SPORTING QUALITIES: Much like it's relative the Amberjack, roosterfish will make a screaming first run once hooked. These very strong fighters can often be found near surf, circling birds, and inshore waters.
• WORLD RECORD: 114 lbs.
Cute girl with Red Snapper Fish
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RED SNAPPER
Pargo Rojo
• DESCRIPTION: The back and upper sides are scarlet to brick red, and the lower sides and belly are lighter. Small red snapper, up to 10 inches, have a dark spot on the upper sides just below the soft dorsal fin. Light, white flaky meat when cooked. A prized fillet for table fare.
• SPORTING QUALITIES: All species of Snapper offer the angler a challenging battle, especially when hooked on light tackle. They are hard fighters that once hooked make strong, head shaking runs for the bottom.
• WORLD RECORD: 50 lbs.
Offshore:

Billfish (Pacific Sailfish, Blue, Black and Striped Marlin) are caught here year round in strong numbers. The peak season for Bill fishing here is December through May. A full day trip is suggested to maximize your chances of catching Billfish. Mahi Mahi & Yellowfin Tuna are caught here year round. Peak seasons are January through April for Mahi and January through August for Yellowfin Tuna.

Nearshore:

Roosterfish are caught here year round and peak July-August & Feb-April. Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack and Corvina are caught year round.

Save some fish for tomorrow:

All of our boats excersise catch & live release on all Billfish and Rooster Fish. You will be able to take a photo with your trophy Billfish or Rooster fish catch, after which it will be released live. We do not kill Billfish or Rooster fish here. All edible fish such as Mahi-Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, Snapper, Grouper, Corvina are kept and filleted on board for you to take home and enjoy.

Cook Your Catch:

From the Hook to the Cook! We will bring you and your fresh fillets to one of our favourite restaurants, or you can hire one of our in-house cooks at your vacation home, where they will cook your fish and prepare side dishes for an incredible meal at a great price. Add a few cold beers into the mix and we’re talking paradise...


THE ULTIMATE COSTA RICA FISHING EXPERIENCE!
Capt. Josh Foster: 800-676-0717 Ext.3 • Costa Rica Office: [506] 2643-6560

Email: info@jacovip.com • Skype: jacovipinfo

The Ultimate Vacation Experience.
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