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Costa Rica Fishing Notes

Fishing Information
Learn about target species, seasons, and what to expect during your Crocodile Bay Resort fishing vacation!

Fishing Notes by Todd Staley

 
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Fly Fishing
Costa Rica Fly Fishing
Learn about offshore or inshore fly fishing in Costa Rica. Also read notes including tips from our captains about landing a sailfish or marlin on the fly!
 
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Costa Rica Fishing

All About Sailfish
Read this primer on Sailfish by Todd Staley to learn what to expect if you're goal is to land a sailfish during your trop to Crocodile Bay Resort!

 
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Costa Rica Adventure Tours For those who want to take a day or two to explore the ecological wonders of Costa Rica we offer over 25 eco tours to choose from!

 
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Complete Eco Packages
Fishing is only the beginning! We offer inclusive eco and spa packages for non-angler friends or family members. Learn more about our eco & spa packages.


 
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Inshore and Offshore Costa Rica Fishing

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Costa Rica RoosterfishFishing at Crocodile Bay Resort is world-class with catch and release Bill Fishing in the Pacific Ocean for Sailfish, Striped, Blue and Black Marlin, Dorado, Tuna and Wahoo. Fishing in Costa Rica's Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf) for Roosterfish, Cubera Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Bluefin Trevally, Sierra Mackerel, Tripletail, and Grouper is excellent throughout the year. We provide a variety of Costa Rica fishing options such as; live bait, trolling, casting, and fly fishing inshore

Our fleet of 40 boats, easily accessed from our 850-foot private pier includes 24’ center consoles, 27’ offshore center consoles and our 32' and 33’ tower boats, plus the 35' owner's tower boat. Click here for more information about our fleet.



Costa Rica Offshore Fishing

Offshore Costa Rica Fishing Species

Costa Rica BillfishingMarlin — The "lady in the blue dress" or Blue Marlin is the most common of our Marlins and cruise our cobalt waters all year. They peak in November and December as well as March and April. Black Marlin are most abundant in July and August and few Striped Marlin are around at the same time.

Sailfish — Again year round when a half dozen are common any day of the year. From November to May the numbers increase and days of 12 fish or more are common.

Dorado — Any day of the year, common January through may and very abundant November and December.

Tuna — Yellowfin is the main species. The big boys, those 100 to 300 pounds can test your back any day of the year if you are lucky enough to come across a school of porpoises offshore. The big Tuna swim with them and the feed on the same baitfish. "football size tunas hang around floating debris or peak in schools in July and August and November and December. No wonder the Marlin peak at the same time.

Wahoo — a Wahoo can surprise you any day of the year but are not common in this area.

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Inshore Fishing at Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica - Voted #1 for Roosterfish!

Costa Rica Inshore FishingPuerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
the home of Crocodile Bay, is voted the #1 Roosterfish Destination in the world by Saltwater Sportsman Magazine!


The species most sought after is the Roosterfish. Twenty-five to fifty pound fish are very common and we catch a couple over 50 each week. The Resort record for this fish is 106 lbs.

Snapper — We have a dozen different kinds of snapper with the cubera being top dog. They average about 15 to 20 lbs with the biggest to date here 63 lbs. Other bottom fish is the Broomtail Grouper as well as other groupers and the Goliath Grouper. These are pretty tasty.

DoradoOther species caught inshore include but are not limited to Barracuda, several types of Jacks, Snook, Bonito, Mackerel, African Pompano, Bluefin Trevally, Rainbow Runners, Shark, etc.

Read an Intro to Fishing at Crocodile Bay Resort by Todd Staley

Read about Fly Fishing at Crocodile Bay Resort

View Guest Fishing Photos From Crocodile Bay Resort

 

 

 

 

All Fishing Packages Include the Following at Crocodile Bay Resort:


  • Fishing Licenses
  • Fishing Gear
  • English Speaking Crew
  • Lodging
  • All Meals
  • Local Beer
  • Soft Drinks
  • Daily Happy Hour Buffet
  • Internet Access
  • Round-trip Ground Transportation

Compare these inclusions with other sport fishing lodges, and resorts.

ESPN/BASS Magazine
ESPN BASS“Crocodile Bay Resort is my favorite place for fishing, enjoying nature, and just plain relaxing in Costa Rica. Accommodations, meals, and service are first class, and the setting is a tropical paradise. I can’t wait to go back again.
- Robert Montgomery: ESPN/BASS Magazine

Field & Stream Magazine

Costa Rica Field and Stream"Talented captains with dependable boats; an untapped sail fishery; scads of roosterfish with an inborn hostility to live bait and popping plugs.
David Benditto: Field & Stream


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Contact Us

Crocodile Bay Resort USA Office
1250 North McDowell, Petaluma, CA 94954
USA 1.800.733.1115 - local (707) 559 - 7990 fax (707) 559 - 7997
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