Target Species of Tamarindo and the Nicoya Penninsula
Blue Marlin (Makaira Nigricans)
One of the world’s largest “bony” fish. Males rarely exceed 330 lbs. and females may far surpass 1,000 lbs. In the Pacific, “Choy’s Monster” is considered one of the largest ever taken on rod & reel weighing in at 1,506 lbs. Tamarindo and Flamingo see large Blue Marlin every year averaging 300 lbs.
Black Marlin (Makaira Indica)
One of the most sought after Marlin due to their elusive nature. In Guanacaste, rainy season can bring these brutes into shallower water where they are sometimes hooked just 3 miles offshore. Alfred Glassell, Jr. is thought to have caught the largest on Rod & Reel at 1,560 lbs. I have seen many captains report Black Marlin releases only to find out later that it is really a very tired blue Marlin. Easy tell: Black Marlin have a very short dorsal fin and cannot retract their peck fins.
Striped Marlin (Kajikia Audax)
Found in mild to tropical Indo-Pacific Oceans, these smaller but extremely agile marlin show up every year providing Tamarindo, Playa Langosta, Flamingo and Garza based boats multiple daily hook-ups. Largest striped ever taken on rod & reel was by Bill Boniface, 494 lbs.
Sailfish (Istiophorus Platypterus)
Pacific Sailfish have been clocked at over 68 mph and the largest ever taken on conventional tackle is thought to be Carl Stewart’s at 221 lbs. These magnificent fish provide Tamarindo anglers with double-digit opportunities daily.
Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus Albacares)
Built like a torpedo and easily distinguishable by its bright yellow sides and long anal fin. These fish are highly sought after in commercial fisheries and global stocks have been drastically depleted. Yellowfin Tuna can be found in guanacaste's costal waters and rainy or “Green Season” tends to produce larger catches. One of the largest catches ever reported on conventional tackle is 445 lbs. but has yet to be confirmed by the IGFA.
Rooster Fish (Coryphaena Hippurus)
Found in Eastern Pacific costal waters, this fish is granted its namesake from the 7 spines that extrude from its dorsal fin, creating a comb similar to that of a Roster’s. An extremely sought after gamefish, there size can vary from less than 20 lbs. to greater than 100 lbs. Tamarindo and Flamingo offer solid fisheries for these catch and release fish boasting plenty of rocky outcroppings, submerged structure and the Catalina Islands.
Dorado / Mahi-Mahi / Common Dolphin Fish (Acanthocybium Solandri)
Tamarindo and Flamingo see large numbers of large Dorado every year. The bulk of the action can be found during “Green Season” when there are large gatherings of floating debris but these fish are caught throughout the season. One of the largest ever caught was taken just south of our area. Mahi- Mahi means very strong in Hawaiian native language and they do not disappoint. Their life span is thought to be no longer than five years and they are thought to be one of the ocean’s quickest reproducers.
Wahoo (Nematistius Pectoralis)
Faster than a speeding bullet, a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth and an ability to get off the hook like no other fish can! On the Nicoya Penninsula, Wahoo or Ono are found both offshore and near shore but only when waters are exceptionally “perfect.”
Cubera Snapper (Lutjanus Novemfasciatus)
Tamarindo and Flamingo offer several options for targeting these toothy monsters. Slow trolled live/dead bait on planners or free-lining live bait on the bottom is the common method for targeting these fish.