Marlin Catches Topping 300 lbs: Good Omen For Sport Fishing in the Osa Peninsula in 2013

Posted by on Monday, November 19th, 2012 with 0

Sport Fishing for Marlin in 2013

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It looks like it is going to be a fantastic sport fishing season for billfish this year, and inshore fishing is also exceptionally strong. Earlier this year, the strong Dorado populations signaled that this would be a great year to catch a marlin. It looks like the good omen is panning out to be true. We are several weeks into the billfish season and already a 350 lb marlin has been caught in the Southern Pacific Ocean by a Crocodile Bay guest.  Anglers flocking to Costa Rica right now for the high season of sport fishing for billfish are in luck! Continue reading…

Playing in the Turquoise Waters: Surfing in Costa Rica’s Pacific Ocean

Posted by on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 with 0

A Crocodile Bay guest’s photos from a day of surfing off the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

View of Pacific Ocean from the beach at Crocodile Bay

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 View of Costa Rica’s crystal blue Pacific Ocean from the beach at Crocodile Bay. Continue reading…

A Sportfishermen’s Hunt for a Marlin

Posted by on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 with 0

This Crocodile Bay guest headed offshore in the Osa Peninsula for a day of sport fishing in hopes of catching a Marlin in the beautiful Southern Pacific Ocean.

Marlin Jumping

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Marlin: Will We Ever See A Giant One Again?

Posted by on Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 with 0

blue marlin

Image Source: Nationalgeographic.com

Marlins are the largest of the billfish and travel at vast speeds of up to 60 miles an hour with migration patterns that span 9,000 miles. They are spectacular creatures that are a daunting challenge to catch. These legendary creatures of the sea are one of anglers most celebrated catches. The blue marlin is probably the most prized catch of all the marlin due to its size and the challenge it gives even the most experienced sport fishermen. But it has been over 20 years since the a world record has been broken for these billfish.

World Records For Marlin

Black Marlin 1560 lb August 4th, 1953

Pacific Blue 1376 lb May 31st, 1982

Atlantic Blue 1402 lb February 29, 1992

Striped Marlin 494 lb January 16th, 1986

Do Marlins still exist in our oceans that can break these all time records? Continue reading…

Fly Fishing for a Dancing Sailfish

Posted by on Thursday, October 11th, 2012 with 0

Two anglers enjoy a day of fly fishing off the Osa Peninsula courtesy of Crocodile Bay. They were in for quite the adventure reeling in this dancing sailfish.

Sailfish Dancing

Image Source: Crocodile Bay

March Sails

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The Happiest Marine Life: Protecting Costa Rica’s Biodiversity for the World

Posted by on Monday, October 8th, 2012 with 0

Biodiversity Marine Life

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The incredible biodiversity of marine and wildlife life, especially the abundant diverse fish populations attracts millions of visitors to Costa Rica each year. Anglers from all over the world travel to Cost Rica for year round sport fishing. Ocean activities include world class offshore and inshore fishing, surfing, diving, snorkeling and just dipping your toes in the sand. The Osa Peninsula is probably one of the best fishing spots in the world, with marlin and Red Snapper. Even less abundant marine animals such as whales and dolphins are safe in these waters. Costa Rica possesses 3.5% of the world’s marine life and is home to over a 1,000 species of fish, 17% of the all the fish species in the world. Continue reading…

Priceless or Worthless: Critically Endangered Species Report Calls for Global Action

Posted by on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 with 3

Critically Endangered Monkey

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Today scientists, Jonathan E M Baillie and Ellen R Butcher, supported by 8000 additional scientists, released Priceless or Worthless: The world’s most threatened species, listing the 100 must critically endangered species on the planet. While none of Costa Rica’s endangered species made the critically endangered list, it raised interesting points and concerns about saving endangered species and how we value life on planet earth. There are 373 endangered species in Costa Rica, and this country’s pro-environmental stance has been critical in ensuring that species that may have gone from endangered to critically endangered have not.  Despite the alarming reports released daily on climate change and the ramifications, it is hard to fathom why more aggressive action is not being taken on a global scale. It defeats logic and the principles of the happiness index. What is holding us back from moving forward and what do we need to do as a global community to solve these critical problems?  The report questions our value systems. It states “Our materialistic world, however, tends to restrict its attention to what is useful to human kind, has an immediate monetary value and considers the rest as obstacles.” Continue reading…

Earthquake: Playing with The Ring of Fire and Our Happiness

Posted by on Monday, September 10th, 2012 with 0

Map of Costa Rica Earthquake

After a major 7.8 earthquake struck Costa Rica on Saturday, it is a reminder that as the impact of climate change intensifies so too does the frequency of storms, earthquakes, and volcanoes. While life is back to normal with people surfing and the beaches full, it is a reminder of this region’s incredible veracity. They have experienced aftershocks as strong as 5.6 with a total of 1650 aftershocks. After last weeks quakes, volcanoes are being closely monitored.  Evidence from other countries around the Pacific Rim shows that movements of 7 or higher causes a change in volcanic activity. On Saturday neighboring Nicaragua’s largest volcano erupted three times prompting the evacuation thousands.  In Costa Rica, Arenal suffered moderate rock avalanches. Continue reading…

Love and Happiness: Costa Rica the Happiest Country in the World

Posted by on Friday, September 7th, 2012 with 0

Happiness Index

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Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things…The Gross National Product (the primary means of economic progress) measured everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. ~Robert Kennedy

HAPPINESS

How do we define it?

How do have more of it?

When it comes to the Happiness Index, Costa Rica ranks number one in the world. This small country abolished its army years ago and put the money into education, social security, and protection of its national parks. According to President Laura Chinchilla, these actions are the basis for why Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world. The results seem to speak for themselves. Its growing popularity as both a tourist destination and spot that expats, seeking a higher quality of life, are moving to is evidence that this small country is doing something right. If Costa Rica lives by the principle of attraction rather than promotion, it is attracting people from all over the world. Is this small Latin American country an example for the world to model? Continue reading…

Shake, Rattle and Roll- Earthquake Strikes But We’re Still Surfing

Posted by on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 with 0

Earthquake Crack

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A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit Costa Rica yesterday morning sending people scurrying into a brief panic before resuming regular daily life.  It was the strongest earthquake to strike Costa Rica in 50 years. The quake hit some 25 miles under the surface so luckily the damage was minimal. It was felt as far as Panama and Nicaragua. At first, there was a tsunami warming issued but the warning has been called off.  Areas did suffer power outages and structural damage to buildings and roads but the reported damage is minimal. Luckily, there were very few injuries. Overall for such a huge quake, there is very little clean up to do. The good news is that the waves are huge and surfers are heading to the beach especially along the Southern Pacific Coast. Continue reading…