Snappers in Costa Rica
Jun18

Snappers in Costa Rica

Snappers in Costa Rica Snappers are found in tropical and subtropical areas of every ocean. They belong to the family of perciform fish called Lutjanidae. Snappers are mainly salt water fish but they are also found in freshwater such in estuaries and river mouths. Besides being the trophy sporting fish, snappers also make a good meal. There are over 60 types of snappers and in Costa Rica, only three types are usually seen; red snapper, yellowtail snapper and grey snapper. They can reach over the size of 1 meter in length. Their weight usually differs from type to type. Snappers are also quite a popular aquarium fish but they grow rapidly to be kept for too long. Snappers in Costa Rica are present in Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea and freshwater estuaries. They are present throughout the year and no time is a bad time to catch them! On your tropical vacation to Costa Rica, challenge yourself to catch a snapper! Red Snappers Red Snappers have a red and pink in color with a white bottom. They feature a triangular bill and a sharp anal fin. They can weigh up to20 pounds. They inhabit the rock formations, wrecks and reefs closer to the bottom up to the depth of 200 feet. Young snappers prefer to live in muddy bottoms. Their average life span is 20 years. They feed upon crustaceans and small fish species. Once hooked, they get quite aggressive and put up a great fight. Grey Snapper Grey Snapper has a grey or dark brown body with orange or red spots laterally. It features tow dog-type teeth on the upper jaw. They weigh up to 10 pounds and prey on crustaceans and tiny fishes. Yellowtail Snapper Yellowtail Snapper has an olive colored body with blue and yellow spot. It is a light fish that weighs around 3 pounds and hardly reaches over the length of 30 inches. It feeds on tiny fish, crustaceans and invertebrates.   Snappers in Costa Rica References http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_snapper_(fish) http://www.vacationscostarica.com/fishing/fish/snapper/...

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Sea Bass in Costa Rica
Jun18

Sea Bass in Costa Rica

Sea Bass in Costa Rica The sea bass is a salt water fish which is closely related to groupers. The sea bass is one of the most sought after game fishes in Costa Rica. Not only it is a good catch, it also makes an excellent meal! Sea bass is commonly found in bays, coastal waters and inshore. It is not uncommon to find them offshore up to the depth of 130 meter. They dwell near the ocean floor gathered around rock formations, reefs, piers and wrecks. They are ‘overfished’ species and in some states, fishermen can only keep the fish if its size is more than 13 inches. Description The sea bass has a stout body which is covered with large scales. Sea bass has a dark brown or black colored body with a striped dorsal fin. The fish is a protogynous hermaphrodite which means that adult female sea bass transforms into a male who can breed! They reach over the length of 20 inches and can weigh up to 4.3 kg! Habitat and Dietary Habits of a Sea Bass Sea bass prefers to live on the bottom of the sea. They are omnivorous species and feed on the ocean floor. Their diet includes crustaceans, shellfish, and small fishes. Sea Bass – Where to Find in Costa Rica Sea Bass in Costa Rica can be found along the Pacific Coast, both offshore and offshore, such as in Flamingo Bay, Drake Bay, Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Tamarindo, Osa Peninsula, Guanamar, and the list goes on. Sea Bass in Costa Rica References http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_bass...

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The Pacific Sailfish
Jun17

The Pacific Sailfish

The Pacific Sailfish The Indo-Pacific Sailfish, Istiophorus platypterus, is known for its awesome acrobatic moves and amazing speed. It is no doubt that the sailfish is one of the most popular game fishes in Costa Rica. Even when you have hooked the fish, it will intimidate you with its strong sporty moves while you try to maintain your balance and force on the line. The fish is found in abundance all over the country but it is considered a trophy fish as it is quite to difficult to catch. When you have caught one, you will have a worthy tale to tell! Description The pacific sailfish is common in the Pacific Ocean. It has a dark blue and brown body with a silver belly. Its distinguishing feature is a spear shaped snout and a sail like dorsal fin with black cones. They use the sharp speared bill to hunt the prey. Adult sailfish typically reach over 7-10 feet in length while young sailfish tend to grow very rapidly gaining the length of 4 to 5 feet in just one year. Sailfish mostly weigh between 60 to 100 pounds. The sailfish is an extremely fast fish with the top speed of 109 kilometer an hour! Dietary Habits of a Pacific Sailfish Due to their high speed and a spear for a snout, they have no trouble preying. They prefer to feed upon squids, smaller pelagic fishes like mahi mahi, tuna and mackerels. The Pacific Sailfish – Where and When to Find in Costa Rica Sailfish love the warm, tropical salt water. In Costa Rica, they are a common species on the Pacific coast but it is not rare to find some on the Caribbean side. They are mostly found in the deeper areas either alone or in small groups. Even though they are found throughout the year, the months from November to April are best to catch sailfishes in Southern and Central Pacific areas of the country. In Guanacaste province, May to November is a perfect period. The dry season, from August to October, brings numerous pacific sailfish in the Caribbean. The Pacific Sailfish in Costa Rica References http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailfish http://www.vacationscostarica.com/fishing/fish/sailfish/...

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Roosterfish – The Majestic Fish of Costa Rica

Roosterfish – The Majestic Fish of Costa Rica The roosterfish, or Nematistius pectoralis, is the most sought after game fish found in Costa Rica. It is considered to be a prized sport fish species in the warm, tropical water of the country. Fishermen, sportfishing enthusiasts and even novice travelers from all over the world love the opportunity to catch one of these majestic fishes during their vacation in Costa Rica. The impressive and strong fish is known for its hard fight against the anglers that even may force them to give up and unhook them! As the fish is inedible, it is common to release the fish after it has been hooked. Description The roosterfish is recognized by its famous ‘rooster comb’ which is a set of seven fine looking long spines on the dorsal fin. In length, Roosterfish can be up to 1.6 meter while in weight they can reach over 50 kg! Not much is known about their life span. Dietary Habits of Roosterfish The roosterfish is an active predator. It preys on small fishes such as lookdowns, rainbow runners, or mullet fish, crabs and crustaceans. Roosterfish – Where and When to Find Them Anglers and fishermen mostly catch the roosterfish during inshore fishing trips. They are usually found among the rocky isles, reefs, pinnacles and outcrops in the shallower waters. Very rarely, you will find the fish over the depth of 200 feet. In Costa Rica, the roosterfish is found everywhere along the Pacific coast. There is no specific season to catch roosterfish and you will find them very easily all year round. However, the period between January and April is said to be the peak season while September and October are considered to be very slow months for catching roosterfish. During the peak season, fishermen catch up to a 10 fishes a day!   A Huge Roosterfish in Costa Rica! References http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roosterfish http://www.mar1sportfishing.com/Roosterfish.html...

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Marlin – The Tropical Sporting Fish
Jun17

Marlin – The Tropical Sporting Fish

Marlin – The Tropical Sporting Fish Marlin is one of the largest fishes found in Costa Rica. If you somehow catch one of these super trendy game fishes, you will have a fabulous story to tell. In Costa Rica, blue, black and striped marlin are the most common types. They are very strong species and put up a great fight which can go on for hours! It is common to release marlins after they have been hooked. Occasionally, they are served in expensive restaurant as a luxury cuisine. Description Marlins have an oblong body with a spear shaped snout and rigid dorsal fins. They are fast swimmers with an awesome speed of 11 kilometer per hour! The size and weigh of marlin vary. Their length can range up to 4 meters and their weight can go up to 120 kilograms! Blue Marlins have a bright blue body with silver sides and a white underbelly, Black marlins have a black body with rigid pectoral fins. Dietary Habits of Marlins Marlins are carnivorous species. They prey on squids, tuna, mahi mahi and other pelagic species. They use their spear shaped bill to stun the prey and whip them back and forth rapidly. The blow renders the victim stunned and often killed after which marlins eat their meals in comfort. Marlins – When and Where to Find in Costa Rica Marlins are flourishing in the tropical waters of Costa Rica. They are found along the Pacific coast in deep offshore waters. They prefer the warm temperature of about 70 to 85 degrees. Although, marlins can be caught throughout the year, the best months are from November to January. In Costa Rica, they are found in Central Pacific region such as in Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Flamingo Bay in the northwestern part, Tamarindo, Drake Bay, Golfito, Guanamar and many other areas.   Marlins in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica References http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlin http://www.vacationscostarica.com/fishing/fish/marlin/...

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The Dolphin Fish – Mahi Mahi
Jun17

The Dolphin Fish – Mahi Mahi

The Dolphin Fish – Mahi Mahi The Dolphin Fish, Mahi Mahi, (Coryphaena hippurus) is a surface water ray-finned fish found in the temperate, tropical and subtropical offshore waters all over the world. Mahi Mahi is also known as dorado. It belongs to the family Coryphaenidae. Dorado is one of the most common game fishes to be caught in Costa Rica. Costa Rica provides world class fishermen and seasoned anglers a superb opportunity to catch numerous fishes including mahi mahi. Their spectacular colors and features set them apart from other game fish. They are very difficult to catch and even if you have them hooked, they will put up a great fight. Description Mahi mahi have neon green, bluish and golden colored body which light up when they are hooked. They are rapid breeders and have a very short life span of about five years. They weigh up to 80 pounds. Males have a high and flat forehead and are easily distinguishable from females. When mahi mahi are young, they travel in large packs but as they grow mature, they tend to live in pairs or alone. Mahi mahi are quite strong and posses incredible speed! They can swim as fast as 92.6 km per hour! Have an adventurous time trying to catch them! Dietary Habits of Mahi Mahi Dorado are carnivorous fish and mainly prey on smaller species such as squids, flying fish, mackerel, and crabs, forage fish, crustaceans and even zooplanktons. They are among the fishes which grow up rapidly. Doardo ambush their victim and are known to attack from the sides. Habitat Mahi mahi breeds in warm tides throughout the year. The younger mahi mahi live in the sea weed while adult mahi mahi dwell in current lines, garbage flows, floating trees and almost anything which could provide a good cover. In Costa Rica, they can be easily found offshore. Mahi Mahi – Where and When to Find in Costa Rica The stunning dolphin fish, mahi mahi, is found everywhere along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica. Fishermen will commonly find the brilliant fish in offshore waters but they are also seen nearby the reefs, wrecks, isles, pinnacles, and wreck in the coastal waters while they are hunting for food. Typically, mahi mahi can be caught throughout the year. However, they are found in large numbers when they have billfish on their tales. During the green season, which is from May to August, 40 to 50 mahi mahi can be caught!   The Dolphin Fish – Mahi Mahi References http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahi-mahi http://www.costa-rica-fishing.info/fish-identification/dolphin.html...

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