Rare Albino Blue Marlin – Most Prized Saltwater Game Fish

Every sportsfishing captain I know would love just to see a Albino Marlin and to catch the most prized game fish in the World ... well thats just something you can ONLY dream about.  These pictures are truly once-in-a-lifetime images. Billfish "experts" agree that these rare albino blue marlin pictures may be the first ever captured on camera. Marlin are among the most prized … [Read more...]

2014 Los Sueños Signature Triple Crown Shatters Fishing Records

Two thousand, one hundred and seventy billfish released in three days! If this doesn't make all you avid saltwater anglers scurry to get on the next plane to Costa Rica, we don't know what will. Los Suenos Marina, reputedly the finest marina on the Pacific coast south of the US border (Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and Viña del Mar in Chile might beg to differ, but who cares), … [Read more...]

World Records Of Saltwater Fish Caught In Costa Rica

Costa Rica is known around the world for its big-game saltwater fishing done on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, which is done from boats to catch large open-water species such as tuna, wahoo, dorardo and  billfish (marlin, sailfish and swordfish). Recently, Sport Fishing Magazine sought input from seven angling experts, historians and authorities and did their top 100 world’s records … [Read more...]

Quepos Billfish Cup Controversy at Marina Pez Vela

First,  our congratulations to the 12 boats, captains, crew and anglers, they released 218 billfish overall (216 Sailfish and two Marlin) some very impressive numbers to for this small size of tournament in Quepos. Second, we give  excellent credit to Costa Rica Sportfishing, (Americana Sportfishing) who, while, during this second annual Quepos Billfish Cup tournament kept … [Read more...]

Good or Bad Luck Fishing With Bananas in Costa Rica

Lets face it: anglers are a very superstitious lot, especially those seasoned anglers and captains in Costa Rica. Spend more than a few days on a fishing boat, and you start to understand the feelings of “Good and Bad Luck” … and everything in between. When it comes to bananas, they are considered the epitome of bad luck by many Costa Rica captains. Some will flat out … [Read more...]

Fishing Costa Rica’s Summer or Rainy Season

Yeah, I know, why would you want to fish during Costa Rica’s raining season (June - Nov)? Well, summer can be the perfect time to fish in Costa Rica; there is some very decent billfish and tuna bites. However, the big attractions are, during the 'Green Season' hotel and airline rates are lower, plus there is a greater availability of the country's top captains, which means, … [Read more...]

Puntarenas, Costa Rica Fishing Tournament Closed to Longliners

Agreement yields longline closure for this weekend’s Costa Rica fishing tournament  40-mile area commercial closure during Presidential Challenge, March 1 - 4  PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica -- (Feb. 27, 2012) – Recreational sportfishing and billfish conservation have made a huge impact on Costa Rica’s tourism and economy.  In a groundbreaking move and through a joint … [Read more...]

Costa Rica Fishing License – Fishing and Boat Fees Increase

In the past, tourist and nonresident anglers could pick whether or not they wanted a monthly ($13 USD) and/or yearly fishing license ($25 USD). Considering that most anglers come to fish once a year (about 98%) they’d pick the cheaper.  Fishermen who don't know this in advance have been known to get a little upset at having to shell out cash at the dock to get one before they set forth on a … [Read more...]

Costa Rica Sashimi – You Can Not Get It Fresher Than This

One of the bad things about growing up in a beach community and fishing since you can remember, you know what fresh fish is. So when a friend invited me to this new trendy sushi place in San Diego that boasted it had the freshest fish in town, I balked. She continued saying, “The Ahi (or Yellowfin) is flown in daily, and the sashimi is out of this world!” FRESH! - I chuckled. She and the … [Read more...]

Costa Rica’s Sportfishing and Tourism Commission Adds TBF’s Conservation Directors

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica --- Costa Rica, one of the world’s premier sportfishing destinations, has named Herbert Nanne, and Monica Gutierrez to the country’s recently formed Sportfishing and Tourism Commission. Nanne is a biologist and The Billfish Foundation’s (TBF) Central America Conservation Director. Gutierrez is a lawyer and President of Pronature, a sister conservation entity to … [Read more...]

Bobby McGuinness – IGFA World’s Top Captain in 2010

Captain Bobby McGuinness has done it again! For the second time in his illustrious 30 years as a sportfishing captain in Costa Rica, Bobby McGuinness was named the year's (2010) top captain in the world by the prestigious International Game Fish Association (IGFA). The IGFA also presented Bobby with its 2010 Lifetime Achievement award. See Bobby McGuinness Video This is the second time … [Read more...]

Panama Launches Sportfishing Tourism Study

The Billfish Foundation tapped to conduct 18 month long socio-economic research... PANAMA CITY, Panama and FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., USA – Panama’s minister of science, technology and innovation has announced a socio-economic research study on the impact of sportfishing tourism. The Billfish Foundation in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., will conduct the research. In a conference call, Dr. Ruben Berrocal, … [Read more...]