Costa Rica’s peak months for tuna are August through October/November on the Pacific side. Yellowfin Tuna (and occasionally Bigeye Tuna) of up to 350lbs and more are found 30-60 minutes running time from the dock, while schools of 12-20 pounders can frequently be found where you see the birds and Spinning Porpoises, spread over acres. Fly fishing enthusiasts can have a field day! In season, it is not uncommon to hook a Yellowfin when fishing for Sailfish or Marlin. September/October is usually the best time to catch the really big guys, fishing 10-30 miles out. Yellowfin will bite on the same lures and ballyhoo rigs that are used to catch Sailfish. Tuna are usually found feeding along with Spinning Porpoises – if you come across schools of them, you can then target tuna with cedar plugs and deeper running trolling lures like the Green Machine. Live bait is best for the big Tuna. As you see on this video from a recent fishing trip out of Golfito, it is best to get in front of the feeding pack and drop your live bait down and hold on. Below are just a few of the big and small Yellowfin Tuna caught by clients and top captains.
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