Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park Makes Global Top Ten List


The world’s first national park, Yellowstone, was signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872. Congress created the U.S. National Park Service 44 years later (on August 25, 1916), with a mission “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Over the past century, the concept behind what documentarian Ken Burns called “America’s best idea” has been applied to more than 6,ooo national parks in nearly 100 different countries around the world. For US-based travelers , whose disposable income and vacation time are tighter than ever, national parks offer a great return on investment in terms of nature, wildlife and outdoor recreation.

But not all national parks are created equal. Some are too crowded. Some fail to measure up to visitor expectations. Some are simply too remote to fit into most travelers’ budgets. Still, a “must-see” list of national parks would number in the hundreds, if not thousands. So consider this our subjective guide to the Top 10 National Parks in the World, and please share your favorites in the comments!

Top 10 National Parks- Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Corcovado National Park (Costa Rica)

Referred to by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on Earth in terms of biodiversity,” this 164-square mile national park on the Osa Peninsula is Costa Rica’s largest. Within its borders are diverse ecosystems, including montane forest, cloud forest, prairie and mangrove swamp.

The volume and variety of wildlife you’ll find there is unbelievable. All four Costa Rican Monkey species, two kinds of Sloths, two types of Anteaters, Collared Peccary, Caiman, Crocodiles, Poison Dart Frogs and hundreds of colorful bird species are commonly seen. It’s also home to rare species such as the Baird’s Tapir, Jaguars and Harpy Eagles.

Just off the coast of the park you’ll find Caño Island, which offers exceptional snorkeling and Scuba diving opportunities. The protected waters are home to countless Sea Turtles, Dolphins, Sharks, Rays and even Humpback Whales, who come there to breed each winter.

Top 10 National Parks- Galapagos Islands National Park

Galapagos National Park (Ecuador)

Named the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, this archipelago of volcanic islands 563 miles off the coast of Ecuador has fascinated mankind since Charles Darwin’s day.

The landscapes are dynamic and remarkably diverse, from the lush green flora of the Santa Cruz highlands (where the famed Galapagos Tortoise roams wild) to the harsh, alien lava fields on Bartolomé. It’s also home to some of the world’s most fascinating endemic species, from ocean-feeding Marine Iguanas to comical Blue-Footed Boobies and diminutive Galapagos Penguins.

This is the only place in the world where wildlife has virtually no fear of humans: Curious Galapagos Sea Lions swim right up to you, and birds such as the Waved Albatross and Flightless Cormorant nest right beside marked hiking trails. In short, it’s a must-see for anyone who loves nature and wildlife.

Top 10 National Parks in the World- Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon National Park (USA)

There’s a reason this age-old family favorite is the second most visited National Park in America, attracting over 5 million people each year.

It’s big– 277 miles long, 18 miles wide, a mile deep– encompassing over 1900 square miles. Considered one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, its resplendent colors are the result of 5-6 million years of geologic history revealed by the mighty Colorado River.

Tourists crowd the rim in summer, but hiking into the canyon reveals ecosystems ranging from desert to forest. In addition to wildlife such as Black Bear, Elk and California Condors, the canyon has historically been home to the Pueblo people, who consider it a sacred site.

Top 10 National Parks in the World- Great Barrier Reef

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Great Barrier Reef National Park (Australia)

Considered one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, the planet’s largest coral reef system is also one of its most endangered. This is in large part due to accelerated coral bleaching caused by global warming, and an increase of tourists eager to see it while it’s still relatively healthy.

The Great Barrier Reef is actually composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretched out across an area of around 133,000 square miles. Located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland, it’s home to 30 species of cetaceans, over 1,500 species of fish, six species of sea turtles, and around 125 species of sharks and stingrays.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site also includes mangroves and salt marshes on the coast, which provide fertile breeding grounds for saltwater crocodiles and frogs. Its islands serve as temporary or permanent homes to around 1.5 million birds (215 species) for nesting and roosting.

Top 10 National Parks in the World- Jim Corbett National Park

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Jim Corbett National Park (India)

Established in 1936 (when it was known as Hailey National Park), India’s oldest national park was created to protect the endangered Bengal tiger. Named after the British/Indian hunter-turned-conservationist, the park was the first to come under the Indian government’s Project Tiger initiative.

Located in the sub-Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, the park’s 201 square miles includes diverse landscapes such as hills, rivers, marsh, grassland and a lake, with elevations ranging from 1,300 to 4,000 feet. Dense forest covers nearly 75% of the park, with 110 types of tree, 50 species of mammals, 580 bird species and 25 reptile species.

Corbett National Park is one of 13 areas in India and Nepal protected by WWF’s Terai Arc Landscape Program. In addition to the Bengal Tiger, the program aims to preserve flagship species such as the Asian Elephant and the Indian Rhinoceros by restoring forest corridors for improved migration between parks.

Top 10 National Parks- Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park (South Africa)

One of Africa’s largest game reserves, Kruger National Park covers over 7,500 square miles. It’s part of the UNESCO-recognized Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve (3rd largest in the world), which encompasses over 4.8 million hectares of savannah, grassland and forest on the border with Mozambique.

South Africa’s oldest national park (est. 1926) is home to an exceptional array of animals, including 517 bird species, 147 species of large mammals, 114 reptile species, and plenty of rare wonders (including Black Rhinos and the gorgeous, but Critically Endangered, African Wild Dog).

With 9 main gates allowing access to the various camps within the park, it’s easy enough to visit for a day. But with over 27,000 Buffalo, 11,000 Elephants, 5,000 Giraffes, 3,000 Hippos, 2,000 Hyenas, 150,000 Impalas, 2,800 Lions, 2,000 Leopards, 6,000 Rhinos and 17,000 Zebras in the Kruger Park area, you can easily spend a week or more and never get tired of exploring its vast expanse.

Top 10 National Parks in the World- Manu National Park

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Manú National Park (Peru)

Located just 3 hours from Cusco, this 11,800-square mile park located just 3 hours from Cusco is rapidly emerging as a world-renowned hotspot for birdwatchers.

The biosphere reserve, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, contains over 1000 different species of birds (from Andean Cock-of-the-Rock and Hoatzin to Macaws and Spix’s Guan)– more than the United States and Canada combined!

But Manú National Park’s remarkable biodiversity doesn’t end there: With ecosystems ranging from tropical rainforests to montane grasslands at elevations of nearly 14,000 feet, it’s also home to exotic wildlife such as Jaguars, Pumas, Giant Otters, Brazilian Tapir, Capybaras, Spectacled Bears, two species of sloths, and 14 species of monkeys.

Top 10 National Parks- Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park (Tanzania)

Though it’s not nearly as well-known as Serengeti National Park or the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire won our hearts thanks to the impressive array of wildlife we saw during our short visit.

The sixth largest park in Tanzania at 1,100 square miles, its key draw for animals is the Tarangire River, which becomes the area’s only source of water during the dry season. This may explain why the area has become a huge draw for Elephants, which we saw by the dozens during our 2015 visit.

The park has a number of other unique features, including massive Baobab trees, massive termite mounds that often serve as home to dark mongooses, and the famous tree-climbing lions. It’s also a major draw for bird-watchers, as the swamps on Tarangire attract one of the world’s most stunning arrays of breeding birds (over 550 species).

Top 10 National Parks in the World- Tikal National Park

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Tikal National Park (Guatemala)

The only national park on this list that’s more focused on history and culture than nature and wildlife, Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites of pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Located in a rainforest in northern Guatemala, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

Inhabited from the 6th century B.C. to the 10th century A.D., the city included around 3,000 structures covering an area of over six square miles. Among the impressive limestone ruins are the remains of temples that towered over 230 feet high, large royal palaces, numerous smaller pyramids, inscribed stone monuments, seven pok ta pok ball game courts.

The massive city is obviously the main attraction here, but Tikal National Park also boasts natural wonders worth exploring. Part of the much larger Maya Biosphere Reserve, the park includes 57,600 hectares of wetlands, savannah, tropical broadleaf and palm forests that are home to Jaguars, Pumas, several species of monkeys and anteaters, and more than 300 species of birds.

Top 10 National Parks- Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park (Chile)

This gem in Chilean Patagonia is part of the Sistema Nacional de Áreas Silvestres Protegidas del Estado de Chile (National System of Protected Forested Areas of Chile). Encompassing 242,242 hectares and averaging around 150,000 annual visitors, it’s among the largest and most visited parks in Chile.

Its attractions are many. There’s the blue icebergs of Lago Grey that break off from Grey Glacier, part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field (the world’s second largest contiguous ice field outside of the poles). There’s wildlife such as Foxes, Huemul Deer, Guanacos, Pumas and the massive Andean Condor. There is the archaeological history of the Milodon Caves, and ancient wall art along the Fauna Trail.

But the park’s most distinctive features are the three granite peaks of the Paine Massif, which rises 9,350 feet above sea level. The surrounding valleys, rivers and lakes provide the scenic foreground, but these “Towers of Blue” (for which the park is named) are Patagonia’s most majestic natural wonder.  –Bret Love; photos by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett unless otherwise noted


Top 10 National Parks in the World

BIO: Bret Love is a journalist/editor with 23 years of print and online experience, whose clients have ranged from the Atlanta Journal Constitution and American Airlines to National Geographic and Yahoo Travel. Along with his wife, photographer/videographer Mary Gabbett, he is the co-founder of ecotourism website Green Global Travel and Green Travel Media.

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Crocodile Bay Resort Costa Rica Eco Tours – The Lizard King



Carpe Noctem! Seize the Night – (Photo by Dennis Attencio)

Crocodile Bay Resort offers thirty of Costa Rica’s most popular Costa Rica eco tours.  A guest favorite is our jungle night walk where visitors will witness a staggering variety of wildlife. From red-eyed tree frogs and snakes to nocturnal mammals, you will be amazed to see the jungle come to life after the sun sets. If you’re really brave we also offer a night zip-line canopy tour.

Caminar en la noche en el bosque es toda una aventura, nuestra visión tal vez se reduce pero gracias a una linterna o foco podemos observar a nuestro alrededor en pequeños segmentos y así escanear de forma más detallada hojas, ramas, troncos…. y verán una gran actividad de vida salvaje pequeña que trabaja sin parar toda la noche y otros descansando para estar listo en el día como éste amigo, el

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A History of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula

The GoldWalker, a Historical Documentary of the Osa Peninsula – The Official Trailer

The Unique History of Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula – 5 Years in the Making!

We hope you enjoy this special gift from Crocodile Bay Resort and StepOut Entertainment. For those of you who have experienced Crocodile Bay Resort in the past this presentation will enable you to better understand the magic of the Osa Peninsula.

We are pleased to offer our guests and newsletter subscribers a “first look” of this yet to be released documentary featuring the Osa Peninsula –  which at one point in time,  was on the brink of destruction. From a penal colony in the the early 1900’s; to the discovery of gold in the rivers, and a period of deforestation that was almost the end of the Osa. There are few places in the world where the regions natural beauty is only surpassed by the amazing history behind it. Enjoy the show!

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About the Creator:
gramaha-1.jpgIf you have ever considered running away from the high stress conventional existence that so many of us experience in big cities today, Christopher Graham is an inspiration that escaping is indeed possible. In another life Chris was a trader in the financial world who decided to take a sabbatical from his high stress job; he did just that, and has never looked back since; this was 14 years ago!

In his pursuit to fulfill his desire to make a difference as an environmentalist, he involved himself in variety of local initiatives in the Osa Peninsula; a region renowned worldwide for its biodiversity; and over the course of the last 14 years he managed to produce a series of documentaries ranging from unplugging from everyday life, to capturing the essence of the Osa and its rich history on film. Christopher’s most ambitious initiative was the creation of a documentary that focused on The Osa Peninsula at a time that the region was on the brink of destruction.

In conjunction with Crocodile Bay Resort, Chris is pleased to offer you, our valued past guest and clients, a “first look” of this yet to be released documentary. We hope you enjoy the never before seen historical images featuring remote locations dating back to the early settlers.

This presentation has been created without sponsorship, and was 5 years in the making. We hope that you enjoy this educational journey in a region that many of you are already familiar with; and should you enjoy it, we encourage you to make a donation of $2.00 or more towards the creation of additional documentaries.

The Best Costa Rica Eco Tours – Exploring the Osa Peninsula

leaveyourcomfortzone2When it comes to adventure and Costa Rica eco tours, the small country of Costa Rica offers more options than most 10 times it’s size; the trick is to find the region of the country that offers the most complete variety of Costa Rica eco tours and activities  – on land, water, and even air…for thrill and adventure seekers of all ages and skill levels. Costa Rica has so many geographically and biologically diverse regions, it’s almost like four or five destinations packed into one. With a Pacific and Caribbean coast, cloud forest, the central Talamanca mountain range, and lowland tropical primary and secondary rainforest, you definitely want to research the activities each region has to offer. Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, has emerged as Costa Rica’s “Crown Jewel” and is unparalleled in the country when it comes to rural eco tourism including access to Corcovado National Park and a plethora of other unspoiled tropical rainforest, beach and  protected marina areas. Crocodile Bay Resort, was built by the Williams family from California in 1999, and originally catered to professional anglers – they quickly realized catch and release sport fishing for marlin and sailfish was only a fraction of what one could experience in Costa Rica’s Southernmost Peninsula.

Costa Rica ToursOffering over 30 unique adventure eco tours, cultural experiences, and relaxing day trips, Crocodile Bay is a complete vacation destination with something for everyone. Zip-line through the canopy of Central America’s largest coastal rainforest (offering three zip-line tours with varying degrees of scenery and difficulty). Tour options also include jungle and mangrove kayaking, hiking, primate tours, a visit to an animal sanctuary, biking, horseback riding, snorkeling, chocolate farm visit, and the list goes on.

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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.
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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

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

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