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February 09, 2011

15 Great Sailfish Spots

Whether you want triple-digit trophies, double-digit-release days or both, here are 15 great sailfish spots in three oceans where you can make it happen

Costa Rica, Tamarindo/Flamingo

From December through August (excluding May, which is often slower), sailfishing can be hot off the central Costa Rica coast. In fact, Costa Rica's Pacific coast offers great fishing opportunities throughout the year, from Golfito in the south to Papagayo in the north, with an abundance of great resorts, marinas and charters.

Why You Should Go: Again, expect very big eastern Pacific sails to be the norm, up to 120 pounds and sometimes much larger. Ocean conditions vary widely by area and season, and can range from tranquil to downright rough. Costa Rica prides itself on being accessible and inviting to tourists, with travel generally easy and safe. Plenty of options await for other big-game pelagics, and nearshore you'll find roosterfish, cubera snapper and more.

But... Trade winds might make the northern coast rough ­seasonally. Cold or green water can shut down sailfishing at times anywhere along the coast.

Contact: Capt. Steve Curtis at Capullo Sportfishing, www.capullo.com.