Beneath the Surface – Costa Rica Fishing

Costa Rica Fishing at Crocodile Bay Resort – Beneath the Surface

Enjoy this new short video that begins beneath the surface of our 750 foot private pier and then takes you along some of Southern Costa Rica’s best inshore fishing spots and finally to the cobalt blue offshore waters of Costa Rica for sailfish, marlin and more. Enjoy the Costa Rica fishing action and check back for more editions of “Beneath the Surface” at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica.

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Crocodile Bay Guest Reviews

Costa Rica Fishing Reviews out of Crocodile Bay Resort

From Captain Smity – September 2015

First of all, Crocodile Resort is lst class all the way.  All the arrangements, over night hotel in San Jose, pick up at airport, next morning pick up at hotel for hop to the resort airstrip. Every thing went like clock work. Great job on your part making these arrangements

Early morning breakfast, traditional American style, and off the pier to meet our guide and mate.  Great boat and lst class gear.  All Penn reels and rods with live bait we caught each morning.  The 25 foot Boston Whaler with twin Merc 150 Verados took the chop like a champ. We trolled most of the day with the two motors and you could barely hear them.
Costa Rica Fishing Reviews

Here’s the best part. Captains Johnnie and Anthony puts us on fish straight away.  We got into some huge Jack Crevelle which got our motivation right on track.  We didn’t catch that many roosterfish that day, but I did manage a trophy of about 30 lbs.  After trolling inside close to surf, it got slow and our Captain suggested deep water for red snapper and cuebera which we caught in about 200 feet of water.  We caught yellowfin tuna, rainbow runners, mackerel, and some other fish I have never heard of.  We kept the snapper as Todd, the fishing director of the Lodge told us to do.  Man, you talking about good eating.  Small red snapper gutted and scaled deep fried whole.  Yes, I said whole.  The meat fell off the bone and melted in your mouth.  Next day got better.  We worked mostly for roosterfish and caught several up to 30 lbs.  More Jacks, snapper and one pompano. The 3rd day was the gravy day.  We targeted the roosterfish and caught 14 with me catching 3 over 40 one of which was 50.  We were getting bites all morning and there were some nice fish that broke off and the hook just pulled out.  Just part of fishing, but we should have boated well over 20 rooster fish.  Troy and I agreed that it was one of the best fishing trips we had ever been on together.

I remain a die hard peacock bass fisherman, but I now have a healthy respect for that roosterfish.  I have never had ahold of a more powerful fish in open water.  When they take off, all you can do is hold on.  They do come up and show themselves and I liked that.  When you think you have them whipped and they see the boat, off they go like a streak of greased lightning and again all you can do is hold on.  I have never seen a fish that can move that fast in the water.  All were safely released to fight again.

WE managed to catch one more pompano on about the last fish. It fought bravely, but when we tried to release it, it could not be revived.  Anthony filed it out for us and told us to tell the cook to fix it on the grill.  Alan, that undoubtedly was the best fish I ever put into my mouth.  I cannot fully explain the flavor and texture of the filet.  You would just have to experience for yourself.

Thanks buddy for all your help.  Troy wants to go back they same time next year and take his youngest son who will be 17 then.  Of course, I will gladly tag along.  Although the Lodge Manager said Jan, Feb and Mar were the best months, Sept is off season and both our Captains agreed that was a good time to come and we were the only boat out and the pressure on the fish was minimal.  That was a trip and finished my “bucket” list of fish I wanted to catch and a trip beyond my wildest dream.  How fortunate I am to have been able to be healthy enough to have fished all over the world as I have.

Capt Smitty

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Costa Rica Weddings at Crocodile Bay Resort

Read an excerpt from a recent press release about a surprise Costa Rica wedding at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

costa rica weddingsFor Immediate Release – Just imagine…you receive a wedding invitation…and it is to your own wedding. This rare occurrence actually took place at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica in an area renowned to be the most biologically intense place on Earth – The Osa Peninsula.

All of us at one time or another have participated in or, perhaps it is more accurate to say has been the victim of, a surprise party or announcement.

Most popular are surprise birthday parties…followed by surprise anniversaries, or congratulatory receptions.

Of course there is also the risky business of surprising someone you love with a marriage proposal, this is usually done in all kinds of creative settings and manners; and we have seen these go very well…and sometimes we have seen these go horribly wrong.

But when is the last time you have actually witnessed a lady attending a surprise wedding…her own wedding? Now that’s a scenario that would take the proverbial cake…the wedding cake that is.

costa rica wedding destinationAs you can imagine; the logistics of pulling off a surprise wedding are paramount…and to complicate matters; the victim in this story, Silvie Spakova, has a 7 year old daughter (Sophie) who would never be able to keep such a secret from her mother…and the deal with the groom to be (David Belinko) has always been that Sophie must first grant permission for her mother’s hand. This was actually the weak link in the whole plot.

The first challenge was to convince Silvie to allow herself to be filmed in a whimsical setting walking along a beach in Costa Rica with Sophie. This supposedly was to be used for a promotional video to encourage family tourism to one of the most exotic destinations on Earth, and a fishing and adventure lodge that typically caters to professional anglers and adventure seekers. Silvie agreed and so the stage was set.

Dressed in smart casual tropical attire with the ocean as a backdrop Silvie is presented with an envelope which the director of the promotional video, Christopher Graham, gave to Sophie. When Silvie opens the envelop she realizes that she is reading the invitation to her wedding taking place at this exact hour and place; a beach appropriately named Plaja Preciosa or Precious Beach in English.P1000249

Just a few meters away friends and family are gathered in hiding; waiting for Silvie and Sophie to come upon the gathering; the rest is blissful history.

Crocodile Bay Resort is located on Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast where the largets rainforest in the America’s meets the Pacific Ocean. In addition to hosting weddings on the beach or next to thundering waterfalls in the rainforest, Crocodile Bay offers some of the world’s best fishing, 30 eco adventure tours and a luxury rainforest spa. They have hosted weddings and corporate retreats with groups susch as Boston Whaler, The BBC, Yamaha, CNN, National Geographic, PENN Reels, Columbia Sportswear and others. They were also featured on Good Morning America and a prize vacation package on Wheel of Fortune. To learn more about hosting your Costa Rica wedding with Crocodile Bay Resort Click Here.

Costa Rica Summer Vacations

Crocodile Bay has long been known as one of the premier sport fishing destinations in the world. What is little known is that Crocodile Bay is a complete vacation destination located in the area of Costa Rica National Geographic Magazine has referred to as “The most biologically intense place on Earth.”  The other little known fact is that Crocodile Bay Resort offers 30 unique Costa Rica tour options that include zip lining, snorkeling, birding, hiking, biking, dolphin and whale watching, monkey tours, guided kayak fishing, surf casting, chocolate tour, botanical gardens, paddle boarding, surfing, sea turtle rescue and more.

It’s very common for elite anglers to wrap up a great Costa Rica vacation at Crocodile Bay Resort and say “Wow..I’m coming back here with the whole family”. With a luxury Spa to top off the experience, Crocodile Bay Resort truly is  a unique vacation destination that has something to offer those of all ages and skill levels.

We hope you enjoy this Costa Rica travel video designed to educate you about the magic you and your family or significant other can experience in one of the most amazing vacation destinations on Earth.

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A Fishing Adventure in Costa Rica and Nicaragua – From Sport Fishing Magazine


From Sport Fishing Magazine www.sportfishingmag.com

A Tale of Two Coasts – Costa Rica Fishing Adventure at Crocodile Bay Resort


Joined by my son, Luke, I recently visited Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast for a few days of outstanding Tarpon action out of Rio Indio Lodge(The photo at left is an estimated 140-pounder we released; fish closer to twice that size have been released here in the past year.) For the other half of our Central America adventure, we fished Costa Rica’s Pacific coast out of famed Crocodile Bay Resort.

(All photo in this gallery by Dave Lewis.)

Rounding the Tip

Just ahead of us, another of Crocodile Bay’s fast, roomy 33 Strike express boats heads out past the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula to look for billfish in blue water.




Costa Rica sailfish release

Luke gets a quick lesson on how to release his first Pacific sailfish on a Crocodile Bay boat off southern Costa Rica’s pristine Osa Peninsula.


Where Roosters Prowl

Where the Pacific hits the Osa Peninsula is some of Central America’s best-known roosterfishing. A variety of other light-tackle targets lurk just outside the surf line as well.





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Costa Rica Fishing Report – The Unsuspecting Angler Who Ate His World Record


As a longtime angler, Dennis Tilden knows: the quicker a fish is prepared after it’s caught, the fresher it will taste.

But Tilden, who reeled in a 32-pound Mexican barracuda recently while fishing in the Pacific off Costa Rica, did not know until dinner was being served that he’d be eating a potential world-record catch.

The International Game Fish Association lists as the all-tackle record a 28-pound, 6-ounce Mexican barracuda caught off Panama in 2010.

Tilden’s barracuda, caught during a tournament out of Crocodile Bay Resort on the Osa Peninsula, was weighed briefly before its head was removed for a soup. It’s flesh was quickly filleted and later prepared as a ceviche.

A proper certified weight had not been obtained, and measurements and other details for the paperwork were not collected, nullifying any chance for a record.

Tilden could only recall the captain telling him that the barracuda was the largest he had ever seen.

A description from Todd Staley, the resort’s director of fishing reads:

“As the chef was preparing a barracuda ceviche and getting the rest ready for dinner, Dennis mentioned the captain’s comment.

“A check with the IGFA record book showed the biggest recorded was 28 lbs. Tilden’s fish at just under 32 lbs made a delicious world-record meal.”

Tilden considered it a lesson learned, and could hardly complain about the fishing.

A day later he caught a 350-pound blue marlin to win Day 2 of the Boston Whaler group competition

from GrindTV

Costa Rica Fishing Report – Feburary 2015

Costa Rica Fishing Report – February, 2015 by Todd Staley – Congratulations to an old friend Dr. Bruce Pratt who along with 23 friends and family passed his 88th birthday here at Crocodile Bay Resort. Bruce has been a fly fishing enthusiast for many years and set a goal to catch 150 sails on a fly. He is an “old school” type of fisherman and doesn’t chase the fish down with the boat just to get numbers.

I was lucky enough to accompany him when sailfish #149 came into the spread. The fish sat under the fly for what sailheadseemed like an eternity and he had to re-cast three times before the fish engulfed the fly. It was a huge sail, weighing an easy 120 lbs and took off like a greyhound after a stuffed rabbit.

It finally broke water 300 or so yards behind the boat and even at that distance it looked huge. For over an hour sweat poured from his brow, while he played the fish perfectly for the release. Number #150 eluded the Doc and he already made plans for his return trip.

Anne PizziGray Taxidermy tagging research
We have become part of the Gray team and began tagging fish for their research program. Different than most types of tagging programs, this one is interactive and anyone can go online and see what and where fish are being tagged. We have already captured a roosterfish that crossed the gulf after it was tagged and a fish that we tagged was recaptured by a neighboring operation. Ask about tagging your own fish and naming it while you are here.

sailfbestFishing hasn’t been so bad as of late. There are lots of fish out there although some days they are finicky. We have seen plenty of double digit days in the spread and other days, free jumpers that don’t care to play. The marlin have hung around all season so far. We don’t see big numbers of fish but we are still catching them. Inshore has been steady.

A 65 lb roosterfish has been the top dog of late caught by Bret and Duane Swanson. Snapper and amberjacks have come from the reefs and a few nice big African pompano have made some nice ceviche.

Update 2/26– We released two blue marlin yesterday, one at 500lbs.

Todd Staley,
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica Fishing Report April 2014

First thing I should say is that fishing has been pretty good. There are enough sailfish around to make it interesting and double digit raises have been common. Some marlin has been around lately with several in the 200 to 350 pound range landed. Football tuna have made their presence. Hopefully the bigger boys are right behind them.

Boston Whaler brought their group down as well as Dave Goldberg making a return trip with 18 people. Whaler has been down now 13 years in a row. They saw some of the best fishing they have experienced and many first timers in the group took the ceremonial dunk off the dock for catching their first billfish. They also left a couple thousand dollars from their “just for fun” tournament for a project with the town school system.

Roosterfish have been cooperative but not of great size although Jordan Schachner and his cousin Matt finished their trip with a 60 pounder after catching two marlin the day before.

Mark Davis was down again filming another Bigwater Adventure show. These guys invest a lot of money and time producing these shows so I was really impressed when he decided not to take the easy road and jump on the sailfish bite and he suggested we experiment. We decided to target wahoo the first day. End of day one. One bite, zero wahoo.

Day two Mark wanted to try deep dropping so we fished in 350 to 450 of water. We got a variety of small grouper, tile fish, congria, and some unidentifiable creatures and when most would have given up Mark kept us working the area. Finally near the end of the day I heard him say, “That’s the bite I was waiting for.” When he set the hook, the rod doubled and we knew it was something big. A few minutes later we were lifting a 50 lb grouper on board. The best identification we have is it is a Gulf Grouper although the books say their range is not this far south.

Mark finished his trip with 4 marlin coming into the spread that wouldn’t eat, and hook ups on a couple of sailfish. He got some good topwater action by catching several yellowfin tuna on poppers. Even though he didn’t take the easy way, as always I’m sure his show will be “30 minutes of awesome.”

Todd Staley,
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort,
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica Fishing Report October 31st, 2013

Monster Marlin, Sailfish, Roosterfish, and Dorado provide our first guests of the season with “plenty of monsters”!

Monster Marlin at Crocodile Bay Resort Fishing
Sergey Chmykhov and Mikhail Fedyushkin Land a Monster at Crocodile Bay!

Costa Rica Fishing Report Happy Halloween! This week we kicked off our 15th season of sport fishing and adventure at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica, and the monster fish showed up to celebrate Halloween. Our first group from Russia scored big on opening day (Sunday) bringing in three pacific blue marlin (150lbs, 250lbs, and 400+lbs – Photos courtesy Sergey Chmykhov and Mikhail Fedyushkin), six yellowfin tuna (Sashimi treats), dorado, and roosterfish inshore. If that’s not enough to make you “howl”, we had Sean Harrell (from our home office in California) and his friend Elizabeth down and they delivered “terror” inshore releasing 6 roosterfish and a bagging a bright orange cubera snapper that lit up like a pumpkin when it hit.

Yesterday one of our groups from Ireland went 3 for 6 on sailfish (another offshore boat produced the same numbers)landing one sailfish and one dorado on the fly. The only “trick” so far has been the weather. Historically the end of October can be “wet” as we transition from our rainy season into the dry and sunny Costa Rican summer season. The sun is shining and has been all week!We have yet to see what new monsters will be caught and released this afternoon! Have a fun and SAFE halloween. We hope to see you soon at Crocodile Bay Resort catching some “monsters” of your own.

Fort Lauderdale Boat ShowIf you’re in the Fort Lauderdale area, please come by the 54th Annual Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show and visit our booth. We are located in fishing village 6 between Hatteras and Viking Yachts!

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Photos from Crocodile Bay’s 15th Season Opener

Monster Marlin and other fish

Crocodile Bay Resort


Sean Harrell
Sean Harrell from our California office enjoying some inshore fishing!


See you soon in Costa Rica

Will Briegel
Crocodile Bay Resort
Puerto Jimenez, Osa PeninsulaCosta Rica


Costa Rica Fishing Report – September 2103 by Todd Staley, Fishing Director Crocodile Bay


The Return of Todd StaleyFirst I would like to thank Will Briegel for filling in for me while I concentrated on some other things. I made three trips to the states in the last few weeks. The annual ICAST tackle show is a great chance to see what is new in the fishing game as well as catch up with some old friends. I followed that with a family reunion and to celebrate my mother’s 90th birthday. What started as a family of seven kids has grown to where there were over 140 in attendance. Later I went to the Florida Outdoor Writer’s Conference where I saw a lot of old friends and promoted some of the advances in marine conservation we have made here in Costa Rica. It was an honor to be there when fishing great Flip Pallot received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

I know Will had the Gorham family in the last report but they sent me a story from their trip and I would like to share it with you. Also Scott Young who I got to know by e-mail but missed here at the lodge sent me photos of his trip. Daryl, Matt, and Andrew Gorup from the Peterbilt family made another visit here. So many people have become such good friends over the years that I am really blessed to be starting my 14th season here in November.

The Gorham Family Invades Crocodile Bay for the Thrid Time!
Read about their family fishing and more adventures here!

Fishing went flat for 4 days when I returned last week as green water slowed things up. We sent the fleet a little further and found some cleaner water and Brain Thurston and Gary Arnold from Fishing Tackles Retailer magazine went 5 for 5 on sails. Fishing has improved daily.

Costa Rica Marine Conservation
We have had some great advances lately which will undoubtedly improve fishing in Costa Rica. No more shrimp boats. The Costa Rican courts have sided with conservationists and declared trawling for shrimp an unsustainable form of fishing and have ruled that shrimpers can continue to work until their current license expires and then they will be forced to stop. It is not an overnight fix but a substantial one and the last boat will be out of the water in four years.

Sorry Charlie
Charlie, the animated tuna that has promoted the consumption of tuna in the United States for decades will even be happier if Costa Rican fishermen get their way. The Pacific Fisherman’s Union a commercial lobby and FECOP, the recognized sport fishing lobby in Costa Rica on September 2, asked the Costa Rican government for a 6 year moratorium on tuna purse seine fishing.
After years of throwing stones at each other the commercial fleet and the sport fishing fleet have come together to promote a Blue Agenda to insure more responsible fishing methods in the country.

Costa Rica does not have a purse seine fleet and all licenses to fish this method are being given to foreign vessels. Armed with a study done by FECOP that concludes that Costa Rican fishermen are being robbed of the resource as well as possible financial gain, the groups have asked for this time frame to study the situation and develop sustainable fishing methods for the benefit of local fisherman.

Right now nearly 90% of all tuna caught in Costa Rica are landed in other countries and Costa Rica sees only a $37 dollar per ton benefit by letting foreign flagged seiners take the resource.  This coupled with other irregularities and illegal activities such as the use of Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD’s) are not only depleting the tuna resource, but increase the capture of juvenile by-catch with is thrown dead back into the ocean.

FECOP has found that by uniting the commercial and sport fishing sector, rather than constantly fight each other they can better influence the government to make changes to promote a Blue Agenda similar to Costa Rica’s Green Agenda which is world famous. The Costa Rican commercial sector has agreed to seek more sustainable fishing practices to target tuna that also reduces by-catch of species targeted by sport fishermen like marlin and sailfish.
For more information go to www.fecop.org and click on English


Last November the Marlin bite was very good! Come find out


See you in Costa Rica!

Todd Staley,
Fishing Director,
Crocodile Bay Resort

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