When planning an international Sport Fishing Vacation in Central America Specifically in the South Pacific of Nicaragua, it is important to find the best charter boats and captains; as well as to know the specific seasons for the various local fish species. Nicaragua Fishing captains are some of the best trained anywhere, they know their waters.
San Juan Del Sur does not have a specific fishing season, however, certain species are more prevalent during certain times of the year. The best fishing season here is from May to October; which means big Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin tuna, and lots of Mahi Mahi or Dorado as it is called in this part of the world.
Our name says it all, Big Fish Tours is your #1 choice for catching the big fish on the South Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. We are the only local Sport Fishing Charter Company that has a professional deep-sea fishing boat and top-notch fishing equipment.
Enjoy fishing on our 36-foot fully equipped Hatteras with air-conditioned cabin and much more. Learn more about our top-notched Fleet. All the other so-called fishing charters in San Juan Del Sur only have “Panga” boats; these are smaller nonprofessional fishing boats and are not your best choice for a true offshore deep-sea fishing trip. Of course, if you want one of these smaller boats we have a couple in our fleet that you can enjoy for a less expensive inshore fishing trip.
Offshore Species & Season Details – Nicaragua Pacific Coast
In the area around San Juan Del Sur, you can catch Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin with Blue Marlin being the most abundant species. People catch them year-round, with January and February being the slowest times. The best time of the year for catching this prized sport fish is from May to September.
Marlin is considered by many anglers as the ultimate offshore sport fishing catch. The Blue Marlin is one of the largest fish in the world with the female being much larger than the male. They can reach up to 14 ft and can weigh up to 1700 pounds. The average for a full-grown Marlin is around 10 feet and approximately 400 pounds. Marlin is also one of the best fighting and fastest fish in the ocean. They use the spear on their head to slice, dice, and chop their prey; then they double back and eat their wounded and stunned prey. More…
Sailfish are found in this area year-round, with April to August being the peak season, and December and January being the slowest times of the year.
They are members of the billfish family, and as such, have an upper jaw that juts out well beyond their lower jaw and forms its memorable distinctive spear. They are found near the ocean surface usually far from land and here in San Juan Del Sur your best choice for finding and catching them is our 36-foot fully equipped Hatteras sport fishing boat.
Sailfish are one of the most prized of the big game fish, but the meat is tough; which is a good thing because Big Fish Tours uses the sustainable fishing practice of catching and releasing these majestic fish. Sailfish can grow up to 10 feet and weigh as much as 220 pounds; with the average length being around 6 feet. When hooked they are one of the most fun of the sport fishing fish to catch as they leap out of the water and dive repeatedly while also fighting rigorously and can take up to 45 minutes to land. They are super fast fish and have been clocked at over 65 mph. More…
Dorado / Mahi Mahi
Most commonly known as Mahi Mahi or Dolphinfish. Here in Nicaragua, they are called Dorado. This great-tasting fish can be found year-round. The best months are April through early October, with December and January generally being the slowest months.
Mahi Mahi is one of the fastest-growing fish and has an average lifespan of only around 5 years. They usually weigh between 15 and 30 pounds. Out of the water, the fish often changes to a “golden” color, hence the name Dorado in Spanish. More…
Wahoos like the warm waters near San Juan Del Sur and are found near the surface. Found year-round with the best season May through early September, and the slowest months generally being December through February. Wahoos are found inshore and don’t travel in schools and are usually found alone or in small loosely connected groups. A great tasting fish that is also fun to catch; they are fast and good fighters. They can grow up to 8 ft and weigh up to 180 pounds. More…
Yellowfin Tuna are found year-round, with the best months June through September. The slowest months are January and February.
Yellowfin is one of the largest species of Tuna in the world. They can weigh up to 300 pounds and are one of the most prized fish for sushi. Yellowfin tuna generally live in the deep ocean, but spend most of their time in the top 300 feet where their food sources are most available. Although they live mostly out in the deep ocean, they tend to come into shallower waters at night. More…
In-Shore Species – San Juan Del Sur Area
The Roosterfish season here is good year-round. This is a beautiful first-class inshore fish for the avid sport fisherman and one of the most fun to catch. A schooling fish and a full-grown Roosterfish average 45 pounds. Taking 30 to 45 minutes to land because they are very strong, take long runs, and have unpredictable fighting movements.
Other Inshore species that are mostly available year-round are Sierra Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, Bonito, Hound fish, Snapper, Grouper, and Snook.