Fly Fishing Guapote, Mojarra, and Machaca in Costa Rica


“Out of all the fish that I have ever landed, the Mojarra is easily one of my favorites.” – Capt. Jesse Males

I am so stoked to have been able to land my first of many Mojarras during a weekend jungle kayaking trip here in Costa Rica. My friend Mark from Stone Mountain Outdoors invited me to head out on the overnight trip and boy am I glad I didn’t turn this one down.

mojarra costa rica
Mojarra, Costa Rica

Before I knew it, I found myself surround by a jungle canopy full of exotic birds, butterflies, and monkeys catching not only these beautiful mojarra, but also rainbow bass and machaca.

mojarra costa rica
Mojarra, Costa Rica

The mojarra is certainly no push over. The ones in these photos were decent sized, but the really big ones can get significantly bigger. I was using the 4/5 wt C-9 by Walton Rods and these fish were putting it to the test. Honestly, a 7 or 8wt would be ideal for targeting this species if around heavy cover like logs or fallen tree limbs. When the really big one hits, there will be little or nothing you can do with a 5 wt in hand.

mojarra costa rica
Mojarra, Costa Rica

Here is a short video recapping some of the highlights from the trip!

Click on these links to follow me via FacebookInstagram, and Twitter or scroll down to view them bottom of this page!


Keep your hearts right and your lines tight!

Capt. Jesse Males 

Published by Backwater Fly Fishing

I’m Capt. Jesse Males, an avid fly fishing, snook snatching, kayak paddling, tarpon slaying, mountain hiking, manatee swimming fool from Central Florida. Over the years fly fishing has had a huge impact on my life and particularly on how I view the world we spend our time in. I am currently the owner and operator of as well as our online fly shop, The lifestyle that is called fly fishing has taken me to some amazing destinations and has provided me with some amazing experiences in the wild. From chasing big salty critters in the Florida Keys, to roosters in Coast Rica, to small wild trout in the Carolinas, and all the way up to the high mountain cutthroat of Wyoming; I have been blessed to experience fly fishing at its finest.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: