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December 2016 – Costa Rica Fishing Report

Chasing Away the Winter Blues


costa rica fishingBy Todd Staley, Fishing Director – Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica – What a crazy November. It has always bothered me since in the act of political fairness they started naming hurricanes after men after years of always being named after the ladies. While folks back in the states were enjoying the succulent smell of Thanksgiving dinner being prepared, Costa Rica was being blasted by Hurricane Otto. (Who picked that name?) Our region of Costa Rica is considered a hurricane-free zone, and although the Osa Peninsula was not hit directly by Otto, it was the first recorded hurricane to make landfall in Costa Rica since 1851.

November recorded 186 inches of rain in the Osa Peninsula and it is so nice to see the sun shining again. The 15 feet of rain (This enormous quantity of rain was thanks to Hurricane Otto,this amount of rain is very unusual for November in Costa Rica) kept the water temperature down and some marlin and dorado in the area but sailfish prefer a little warmer water. Yesterday some sailfish began popping up again and the day before a feisty 300 lb blue marlin entertained the Ingram group with a salsa across a cobalt blue dance floor. Dorado averaging 20 lbs and up to 45 lbs have being cruising the current breaks.

Harry Sperring and his family visited from Bristol England and enjoyed a nice 10 day stay with us. They got into some great inshore action yesterday catching and releasing a dozen roosterfish as well as some snapper for the table. Thanks for the photos Harry.


Inshore has been a sure bet and everything is active. Lots of roosterfish, snappers, African pompano and several different types of jacks kept lines taught. Deep droppers took some grouper, tilefish and a few congria. As this sun brightens our day it should brighten the offshore fishing as well.


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

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