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Billfish are the country's biggest attractions, with abundant sailfish and marlin off the Pacific coast, but the fishermen also hook plenty of other feisty fighters, such as wahoo and roosterfish.

Though deep sea fishing is the country's forte, there is also has great fresh water fishing in Lake Arenal and the larger rivers in the Northern Zone, where anglers can fight with the small but ornery guapote,  a hump-backed fish also known as the rainbow bass.  Giant marlin, sailfish beyond number, high flying tarpon, record class snook are amongst the dozens of hard hitting species found in Costa Rica.  On the Pacific, it's common to catch a marlin or two and it is not unusual to release over than 30  sailfish in a single day.

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There are also dolphin (including the long- standing International Game Fish Association's all-tackle record 87 pounder), giant yellowfin tuna, wahoo, cubera, rooster fish, a variety of snapper; grouper; blue runners, rainbow runners, snook and much more.  Costa Rica boat operators release all billfish that are not record contenders, so the future of the resource is assured.  The Pacific provides Costa Rica's most   consistently exciting fishing, with sailfish, marlin, tuna, wahoo, roosterfish, mackerel, mahi mahi and snapper being caught regularly.

It is the abundance of billfish that has made the area famous, with sailfish and marlin being taken in phenomenal numbers. There are plenty of ports out of which you can fish the Pacific. In the northwest province of Guanacaste, charter boats work out of Coco, Ocotal, Flamingo, Tamarindo and Carrillo. Further south, you can fish out of Puntarenas, Tambor, Punta Leona, Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Dominical, Drake Bay, Golfito and Zancudo.

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