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cbird,

I had the best luck in fishing the beaches of Costa Rica with 77M Mirrolures. Each evening just around sunset the sardines gather around the beaches and there are plenty of jacks along with some bonita. Just casting around the edges of the the bait schools is pretty productive at times. Also a Krocadile spoon works well for the sierra mackerel which also invade the bait schools. If you want snook, the river mouths are generally a good place to start and again I am partial to the same Mirrolure as above, with the green back being my favorite color. The estuaries down there have some HUGE snook, but I can't begin to explain to you how to access them. These are spots that were shown to me by locals and are on bumpy dirt roads that require 4 wheel drive. If you stumble across a fishy looking estuary, live bait (mullet, small jacks, etc.) are the ticket. For the most part I fished the beaches between Caldera and Jaco, but the best beach fishing is south of Quepos towards Dominical where you will find more exotic fish such as roosters and cuberas. Good luck and let us know how you do.

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Crag offers some excellent advice regarding getting some type of a boat. Your options will increase 10 fold. Much of the Costa Rican coastline is rocky and not easily accessible by foot. If you can speak any Spanish at all, you can get a local fisherman to take you out on a "panga" (small outboard) for his expenses plus some extra dollars. He will not know much about rod and reel fishing, but he will know where to take you for whatever fish you are seeking. Good luck!

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