Costa Rica Roosterfish

Costa Rica Fishing Report, July 2016

costa rica fishingCrocodile Bay Resort Fishing Report by Fishing Director Todd Staley – July 2016 – Father’s Day has just past and it has been over two decades since I lost my own, But for repeat guest Rob Sekely the wound was much fresher, losing his father last Christmas. The decision to leave a good sailfish bite offshore was based on a lesson taken from dad. His own words…“I was actually down fishing in memory of my father who I lost this past Christmas. It was very apparent that he was gracing me with his presence and fishing philosophy. Prior to moving to the spot off the famous Matapalo rock, we were very blessed to have raised seven sails and land three. So, it was decided that we should tip our hats to the fish gods and go inshore to see what would transpire.The last fish of the day was a 70lb roosterfish. What a tremendous bucket-list day of fishing!!”

Costa Rica Roosterfish

“Life is full of moments – good and bad…and things seem to get balanced out along the way. The philosophy my dad shared on many occasions with us and I shared it with Todd, is that if you want too many, you won’t get any. So,when Anna had mentioned to go inshore after our sailfish success, that philosophy kept ringing louder in my head. Fate is a fickle part of life that can shine on you at any moment.”

Thank you for the powerful words Rob, and sorry for your loss.

Here is Rob’s roosterfish from his previous trip to Crocodile Bay Resort in 2012 – also a monster
Costa Rica Fishing Report Monster Roosterfish

Offshore has been a let’s see what’s on the menu for today  kind of fishing. Catches lately included marlin, sails, lots of tuna, and a wahoo here and there. The tuna law moving purse seine boats offshore sponsored by FECOP, the Costa Rica sport fishing lobby down here has paid big dividends all along the coast and lots of double and triple digit fish are being boated.

Inshore the roosterfish and snapper continue to please anglers and the annual run of big roosterfish this time of year has seem to have started as several fish over 50 lbs have been caught this week.

Todd Staley
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

More News and Updates

Did you know our inshore fishery is home to 12 kinds of snapper? Pictured below is Braden Born and his brother with a beautiful Colorado snapper. One of the many species one may encounter on an inshore fishing trip at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica.

Colorado Snapper Costa Rica Fishing

Guest Testimonial of the Week

Here is what Pete had to say about his visit to Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica this past week:

It would be bad manners of the type that disappointed my mother if we did not tell you and all the Crocodile Bay Resort team how much we enjoyed our adventure. It is hard but pleasing work to have that much fun. We will not mention any team member for fear of omission of any one name.

But we will say:
The experience began with your tireless attention to detail, coordination, and follow up and we stumbled along in cobbling a suitable game plan. You attempted to educate and serve while not being disappointed if the student failed to understand.

Our primary purpose was the fishing experience and we were quite pleased.

The boats and fishing staff were world class. Well maintained equipment and highly skilled personnel. All very professional and personable.

The fishing experience was the ‘main course’ of  a grand experience.

All services of the lodge were 5 star. That may sound like hyperbole, But remember this is an isolated spot, which we found quite pleasant. The food was exquisite and service as well as attention to detail surprising to include even artistic carving of a breakfast fruit plate.

There was great effort to pay attention to the  guest wants and needs ‘as to offer’ rather than be ‘asked for’, even the mosquitoes seemed to be trained to not bite the guests.

So many good things do not just happen! Dedication to mission fulfillment shines through.

Some may suggest parts of the resort to be dated, but everything works and all team members work at ensuring guest satisfaction.

Furthermore evidence of commitment as demonstrated in newer construction and surveyor flags is all around. Old or new —everything works and is well maintained.

We left the lodge with long list of new friends composed of both staff and guests.

Hope to have another experience with you during the black marlin season.


Thanks Pete! Black marlin are historically most plentiful between July and September. We hope to see you back down at Crocodile Bay soon!

We would like to thank Brianna from California for these photos of her recent vacation:







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