Inshore Fish Species at The Zancudo Lodge Costa Rica

What kind of fish can I find in Costa Rica?

Roosterfish

What Kind of Fish Can I Expect to Encounter in Costa Rica?

Learn more about the inshore and offshore fish you can find in Southern Costa Rica

With a multitude of Costa Rica fish species available both inshore and offshore – The Zancudo Lodge offers anglers a literal buffet of saltwater fish species to target

In a single fishing trip at The Zancudo Lodge you can catch and release a more diverse species of fish than most anglers do in a lifetime. There is a reason anglers flock to this little known part of Costa Rica in search of sport fishing trophies both inshore and offshore – the amazing diversity of species.

Costa Rica fish species

Sure the warm weather and the three miles of secluded beach directly in front of the lodge make this a great place for anyone to  vacation…but being able to fish either inshore in the Golfo Dulce (at one time Jacques Cousteau’s favorite places to visit in his submersible to study Costa Ricax fish species) or the legendary offshore waters surrounding Costa Rica’s South Pacific make this the angling destination of a lifetime.

If one species that you’re targeting doesn’t seem to be biting or its the wrong time of year, you can be sure that several others will engage. There are several factors that make The Zancudo Lodge one of Costa Rica’s best fishing lodges to visit to get the best overall Costa Rica fishing experience.

Location, Location, Location

Playa Zancudo is about as small and remote a location as one could find. But its close proximity to the fishing town of Golfito and the local airstrip make it accessible by local flight from Costa Rica’s Capital in under an hour. After that a fifteen minute boat ride has you arriving at the river entrance to the lodge on the mouth of the Rio Coto Brus which is host to a multitude of exotic birds, crocodiles and adorned with thick mountainous rainforest stretching as far as the eye can see. The air does not get any fresher than this.

Gofo Dulce

On the other side of The Zancudo Lodge stretches three miles or so of pristine beach and a view of Costa Rica’s Crown Jewel – the Golfo Dulce.  The lodge’s western facing Gamefisher restaurant and pool make this an awesome location for taking in mind-bending sunsets. From the lodge’s location on the Golfo Dulce it is only a 30 minute trip to the mouth of the Gulf where the offshore action starts and a literal buffet of trophy sport fishing species await anglers.

This amazing location offers access to both inshore, offshore and river fishing all in under an hour! If you look up tropical paradise in the dictionary there should be an aerial photo of this magnificent paradise surrounding The Zancudo Lodge.

Pier View Zancudo Lodge

Inshore Costa Rica fishing species

As you walk down the jungle path to the private pier at sunrise the sound of the jungle is coming alive all around you. An authentic hand-thatched palapa and sitting area is perched just above the pier where a lineup of beautiful, recently purchased 32′ Contenders is waiting for anglers sporting high end fishing rods and gear as well as eagerly awaiting local captains. These experienced, bilingual captains have been with the Lodge for over a decade and most have fished the area since they were kids.

The trip on the glassy river to the mouth of the Golfo Dulce is only 5 or 10 minutes and feels like a surreal dream with the sun rising, fish jumping and the occasional crocodile or caiman gliding effortlessly alongside the boat. Within 15 minutes you find yourself in one of the worlds most amazing inshore fisheries – The Golfo Dulce. This is Costa Rica’s largest area of responsible fishing and plays host to countless inshore fish species.

The fjord-like gulf is surrounded by mountainous rainforest covered cliffs that plunge sharply into the gulf on all sides. The cavernous basalt structure formed eons ago by volcanic activity plays host to more exotic fish species than you can shake a stick at..namely snapper. And as most saltwater anglers know where there are holes….there’s snapper and there are lots of holes here.

The king of this holy land is the Cubera snapper but you will find plenty of other varieties of snapper here including yellowtail, rock, colorado, mangrove, wax, and many others. Bottom fishing is one way to bring one of these colorful predators to the dinner table but it’s not surprising to see a big fireball-like Cubera explode on a popper if the angler is making a loud enough splash. Ravenous roosterfish cruise the tides and love live bait, but can also be caught and released using poppers or, if the stars are aligned…on the fly. A friend of mine once said if you can cast a fly 25 feet in high wind into a coffee cup…you may be able to catch a roosterfish on the fly in Costa Rica. This scenario is a little extreme, but people have caught roosterfish on the fly and this may very well be the ultimate challenge for a fly fisherman.

Roosterfish

Other inshore behemoths include African pompano, jack crevalle, bluefin trevally, golden trevally, needlefish, barracuda, and snook. Another great thing about the location of this lodge is you can fish inshore on your way to the offshore stomping grounds and sometimes come home with several inshore and offshore trophies in a single day of fishing.

Offshore Costa Rica Fishing

There are two main offshore trophy fish that attract thrill seeking anglers from around the world – sailfish and marlin. The sailfish migration starts in mid-December and January in Southern Costa Rica and peaks in February and March. The action slows down some in April, but this is still a great sailfish month. After a brief lull in May, black and striped marlin begin to mix in with the blues making June, July and August good months for those who enjoy the thrill of the offshore hunt. Other offshore trophies such as dorado, tuna, amberjack, and rainbow runners can be caught year round. Billfish also may be caught year round just not in the same numbers as in their peak months.

Costa Rica offshore fishing for sailfish

The Quest for Big Tuna

The owners of The Zancudo Lodge are passionate when it comes to catching tuna and their boats, tackle and technology showcase this fact. The 32′ Contenders have state of the art radar systems for finding birds and porpoises up to five miles out. Where there’s dive bombing birds and spinner dolphins there is tuna. Tough Makaira fishing reels and heavy-weight rods outfitted with the most productive artificial baits allow anglers the best possible chance to come away with a dream yellowfin tuna.

fishing tuna

The Zancudo Lodge will put you on good sized tuna 3 out 5 days with 80-100 pounders being common and sometimes putting you on that big cow you’ve always dreamed about. For most this is the most exciting Costa Rica fish species of them all!

The Zancudo Lodge’s close proximity to the offshore water is made even more convenient by their fast Contenders equipped with dual Yamaha 300 outboard engines. As you will learn when you visit – everything from the boats, to the gear, to the captains, staff, facilities, food and accommodations is top notch and nothing is mediocre.

Contender Boats

Come see for yourself

The Zancudo Lodge features only 16 rooms and suites so give yourself plenty of time to book in advance. The small size is by design so the staff may focus on the guests well being.  The lodge’s five star trip adviser reviews and word of mouth have made this one of Costa Rica’s top rated fishing lodges and it’s popularity increases every year. The recently renovated lodge facilities make this not only a great fishing lodge, but an amazing high-end resort that anyone would be thrilled to visit..not just anglers.

Lodge Pool

Book Your Dream Fishing Trip Now

Check out some great Costa Rica fishing videos below from our YouTube Channel

Welcome to one of the world’s most diverse fisheries

With a multitude of Costa Rica fish species available both inshore and offshore – The Zancudo Lodge offers anglers a literal buffet of saltwater fish species to target

In a single fishing trip at The Zancudo Lodge you can catch and release a more diverse species of fish than most anglers do in a lifetime. There is a reason anglers flock to this little known part of Costa Rica in search of sport fishing trophies both inshore and offshore – the amazing diversity of species.

Costa Rica fish species

Sure the warm weather and the three miles of secluded beach directly in front of the lodge make this a great place for anyone to  vacation…but being able to fish either inshore in the Golfo Dulce (at one time Jacques Cousteau’s favorite places to visit in his submersible to study fish species) or the legendary offshore waters surrounding Costa Rica’s South Pacific make this the angling destination of a lifetime.

If one species that you’re targeting doesn’t seem to be biting or its the wrong time of year, you can be sure that several others will engage. There are several factors that make The Zancudo Lodge one of Costa Rica’s best fishing lodges to visit to get the best overall Costa Rica fishing experience.

Location, Location, Location

Playa Zancudo is about as small and remote a location as one could find. But its close proximity to the fishing town of Golfito and the local airstrip make it accessible by local flight from Costa Rica’s Capital in under an hour. After that a fifteen minute boat ride has you arriving at the river entrance to the lodge on the mouth of the Rio Coto Brus which is host to a multitude of exotic birds, crocodiles and adorned with thick mountainous rainforest stretching as far as the eye can see. The air does not get any fresher than this.

Gofo Dulce

On the other side of The Zancudo Lodge stretches three miles or so of pristine beach and a view of Costa Rica’s Crown Jewel – the Golfo Dulce.  The lodge’s western facing Gamefisher restaurant and pool make this an awesome location for taking in mind-bending sunsets. From the lodge’s location on the Golfo Dulce it is only a 30 minute trip to the mouth of the Gulf where the offshore action starts and a literal buffet of trophy sport fishing species await anglers.

This amazing location offers access to both inshore, offshore and river fishing all in under an hour! If you look up tropical paradise in the dictionary there should be an aerial photo of this magnificent paradise surrounding The Zancudo Lodge.

Pier View Zancudo Lodge

Inshore Costa Rica fishing species

As you walk down the jungle path to the private pier at sunrise the sound of the jungle is coming alive all around you. An authentic hand-thatched palapa and sitting area is perched just above the pier where a lineup of beautiful, recently purchased 32′ Contenders is waiting for anglers sporting high end fishing rods and gear as well as eagerly awaiting local captains. These experienced, bilingual captains have been with the Lodge for over a decade and most have fished the area since they were kids.

The trip on the glassy river to the mouth of the Golfo Dulce is only 5 or 10 minutes and feels like a surreal dream with the sun rising, fish jumping and the occasional crocodile or caiman gliding effortlessly alongside the boat. Within 15 minutes you find yourself in one of the worlds most amazing inshore fisheries – The Golfo Dulce. This is Costa Rica’s largest area of responsible fishing and plays host to countless inshore fish species.

The fjord-like gulf is surrounded by mountainous rainforest covered cliffs that plunge sharply into the gulf on all sides. The cavernous basalt structure formed eons ago by volcanic activity plays host to more exotic fish species than you can shake a stick at..namely snapper. And as most saltwater anglers know where there are holes….there’s snapper and there are lots of holes here.

The king of this holy land is the Cubera snapper but you will find plenty of other varieties of snapper here including yellowtail, rock, colorado, mangrove, wax, and many others. Bottom fishing is one way to bring one of these colorful predators to the dinner table but it’s not surprising to see a big fireball-like Cubera explode on a popper if the angler is making a loud enough splash. Ravenous roosterfish cruise the tides and love live bait, but can also be caught and released using poppers or, if the stars are aligned…on the fly. A friend of mine once said if you can cast a fly 25 feet in high wind into a coffee cup…you may be able to catch a roosterfish on the fly in Costa Rica. This scenario is a little extreme, but people have caught roosterfish on the fly and this may very well be the ultimate challenge for a fly fisherman.

Roosterfish

Other inshore behemoths include African pompano, jack crevalle, bluefin trevally, golden trevally, needlefish, barracuda, and snook. Another great thing about the location of this lodge is you can fish inshore on your way to the offshore stomping grounds and sometimes come home with several inshore and offshore trophies in a single day of fishing.

Offshore Costa Rica Fishing

There are two main offshore trophy fish that attract thrill seeking anglers from around the world – sailfish and marlin. The sailfish migration starts in mid-December and January in Southern Costa Rica and peaks in February and March. The action slows down some in April, but this is still a great sailfish month. After a brief lull in May, black and striped marlin begin to mix in with the blues making June, July and August good months for those who enjoy the thrill of the offshore hunt. Other offshore trophies such as dorado, tuna, amberjack, and rainbow runners can be caught year round. Billfish also may be caught year round just not in the same numbers as in their peak months.

Costa Rica offshore fishing for sailfish

The Quest for Big Tuna

The owners of The Zancudo Lodge are passionate when it comes to catching tuna and their boats, tackle and technology showcase this fact. The 32′ Contenders have state of the art radar systems for finding birds and porpoises up to five miles out. Where there’s dive bombing birds and spinner dolphins there is tuna. Tough Makaira fishing reels and heavy-weight rods outfitted with the most productive artificial baits allow anglers the best possible chance to come away with a dream yellowfin tuna.

fishing tuna

The Zancudo Lodge will put you on good sized tuna 3 out 5 days with 80-100 pounders being common and sometimes putting you on that big cow you’ve always dreamed about.

The Zancudo Lodge’s close proximity to the offshore water is made even more convenient by their fast Contenders equipped with dual Yamaha 300 outboard engines. As you will learn when you visit – everything from the boats, to the gear, to the captains, staff, facilities, food and accommodations is top notch and nothing is mediocre.

Contender Boats

Come see for yourself

The Zancudo Lodge features only 16 rooms and suites so give yourself plenty of time to book in advance. The small size is by design so the staff may focus on the guests well being.  The lodge’s five star trip adviser reviews and word of mouth have made this one of Costa Rica’s top rated fishing lodges and it’s popularity increases every year. The recently renovated lodge facilities make this not only a great fishing lodge, but an amazing high-end resort that anyone would be thrilled to visit..not just anglers.

Lodge Pool

Book Your Dream Fishing Trip Now

Check out some great Costa Rica fishing videos below from our YouTube Channel

Welcome to one of the world’s most diverse fisheries

With a multitude of Costa Rica fish species available both inshore and offshore – The Zancudo Lodge offers anglers a literal buffet of saltwater fish species to target

In a single fishing trip at The Zancudo Lodge you can catch and release a more diverse species of fish than most anglers do in a lifetime. There is a reason anglers flock to this little known part of Costa Rica in search of sport fishing trophies both inshore and offshore – the amazing diversity of species.

Costa Rica fish species

Sure the warm weather and the three miles of secluded beach directly in front of the lodge make this a great place for anyone to  vacation…but being able to fish either inshore in the Golfo Dulce (at one time Jacques Cousteau’s favorite places to visit in his submersible to study fish species) or the legendary offshore waters surrounding Costa Rica’s South Pacific make this the angling destination of a lifetime.

If one species that you’re targeting doesn’t seem to be biting or its the wrong time of year, you can be sure that several others will engage. There are several factors that make The Zancudo Lodge one of Costa Rica’s best fishing lodges to visit to get the best overall Costa Rica fishing experience.

Location, Location, Location

Playa Zancudo is about as small and remote a location as one could find. But its close proximity to the fishing town of Golfito and the local airstrip make it accessible by local flight from Costa Rica’s Capital in under an hour. After that a fifteen minute boat ride has you arriving at the river entrance to the lodge on the mouth of the Rio Coto Brus which is host to a multitude of exotic birds, crocodiles and adorned with thick mountainous rainforest stretching as far as the eye can see. The air does not get any fresher than this.

Gofo Dulce

On the other side of The Zancudo Lodge stretches three miles or so of pristine beach and a view of Costa Rica’s Crown Jewel – the Golfo Dulce.  The lodge’s western facing Gamefisher restaurant and pool make this an awesome location for taking in mind-bending sunsets. From the lodge’s location on the Golfo Dulce it is only a 30 minute trip to the mouth of the Gulf where the offshore action starts and a literal buffet of trophy sport fishing species await anglers.

This amazing location offers access to both inshore, offshore and river fishing all in under an hour! If you look up tropical paradise in the dictionary there should be an aerial photo of this magnificent paradise surrounding The Zancudo Lodge.

Pier View Zancudo Lodge

Inshore Costa Rica fishing species

As you walk down the jungle path to the private pier at sunrise the sound of the jungle is coming alive all around you. An authentic hand-thatched palapa and sitting area is perched just above the pier where a lineup of beautiful, recently purchased 32′ Contenders is waiting for anglers sporting high end fishing rods and gear as well as eagerly awaiting local captains. These experienced, bilingual captains have been with the Lodge for over a decade and most have fished the area since they were kids.

The trip on the glassy river to the mouth of the Golfo Dulce is only 5 or 10 minutes and feels like a surreal dream with the sun rising, fish jumping and the occasional crocodile or caiman gliding effortlessly alongside the boat. Within 15 minutes you find yourself in one of the worlds most amazing inshore fisheries – The Golfo Dulce. This is Costa Rica’s largest area of responsible fishing and plays host to countless inshore fish species.

The fjord-like gulf is surrounded by mountainous rainforest covered cliffs that plunge sharply into the gulf on all sides. The cavernous basalt structure formed eons ago by volcanic activity plays host to more exotic fish species than you can shake a stick at..namely snapper. And as most saltwater anglers know where there are holes….there’s snapper and there are lots of holes here.

The king of this holy land is the Cubera snapper but you will find plenty of other varieties of snapper here including yellowtail, rock, colorado, mangrove, wax, and many others. Bottom fishing is one way to bring one of these colorful predators to the dinner table but it’s not surprising to see a big fireball-like Cubera explode on a popper if the angler is making a loud enough splash. Ravenous roosterfish cruise the tides and love live bait, but can also be caught and released using poppers or, if the stars are aligned…on the fly. A friend of mine once said if you can cast a fly 25 feet in high wind into a coffee cup…you may be able to catch a roosterfish on the fly in Costa Rica. This scenario is a little extreme, but people have caught roosterfish on the fly and this may very well be the ultimate challenge for a fly fisherman.

Roosterfish

Other inshore behemoths include African pompano, jack crevalle, bluefin trevally, golden trevally, needlefish, barracuda, and snook. Another great thing about the location of this lodge is you can fish inshore on your way to the offshore stomping grounds and sometimes come home with several inshore and offshore trophies in a single day of fishing.

Offshore Costa Rica Fishing

There are two main offshore trophy fish that attract thrill seeking anglers from around the world – sailfish and marlin. The sailfish migration starts in mid-December and January in Southern Costa Rica and peaks in February and March. The action slows down some in April, but this is still a great sailfish month. After a brief lull in May, black and striped marlin begin to mix in with the blues making June, July and August good months for those who enjoy the thrill of the offshore hunt. Other offshore trophies such as dorado, tuna, amberjack, and rainbow runners can be caught year round. Billfish also may be caught year round just not in the same numbers as in their peak months.

Costa Rica offshore fishing for sailfish

The Quest for Big Tuna

The owners of The Zancudo Lodge are passionate when it comes to catching tuna and their boats, tackle and technology showcase this fact. The 32′ Contenders have state of the art radar systems for finding birds and porpoises up to five miles out. Where there’s dive bombing birds and spinner dolphins there is tuna. Tough Makaira fishing reels and heavy-weight rods outfitted with the most productive artificial baits allow anglers the best possible chance to come away with a dream yellowfin tuna.

fishing tuna

The Zancudo Lodge will put you on good sized tuna 3 out 5 days with 80-100 pounders being common and sometimes putting you on that big cow you’ve always dreamed about.

The Zancudo Lodge’s close proximity to the offshore water is made even more convenient by their fast Contenders equipped with dual Yamaha 300 outboard engines. As you will learn when you visit – everything from the boats, to the gear, to the captains, staff, facilities, food and accommodations is top notch and nothing is mediocre.

Contender Boats

Come see for yourself

The Zancudo Lodge features only 16 rooms and suites so give yourself plenty of time to book in advance. The small size is by design so the staff may focus on the guests well being.  The lodge’s five star trip adviser reviews and word of mouth have made this one of Costa Rica’s top rated fishing lodges and it’s popularity increases every year. The recently renovated lodge facilities make this not only a great fishing lodge, but an amazing high-end resort that anyone would be thrilled to visit..not just anglers.

Lodge Pool

Book Your Dream Fishing Trip Now

See more Costa Rica fish species in action below in this video from our YouTube Channel