June 2019 – Costa Rica Fishing Report


Crocodile Bay Resort – Costa Rica Fishing Report

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Greetings from the Tropics – May 2019 Fishing Report

The excitement continues at Crocodile Bay Resort in Costa Rica with solid offshore marlin fishing and good inshore roosterfish action. This has been an interesting May, to say the least.

Historically, we tend to see a slower billfish bite as we are transitioning out of the dry season. However, this year the offshore currents have kept the blue-water closer and a good number of baitfish have been consistently around the current lines.
The sailfish and marlin, that are typically spread out, have been hanging around floating debris that the baitfish are attracted to. Football size yellowfin-tuna, bonitas, wahoo, sharks and dorado have all been present. The marlin have been moving in and at times have been stacked up in big numbers.  Last week the Peet family and the Flannery family both had the good fortune of finding floating deadwood trees with lots of baitfish under them. Both captains began working in the area and between the two of them, raised twenty marlin and landing five of the big ones. They also hauled in an additional nineteen tuna, twenty dorado and two wahoo.

The inshore bite has been very consistent on the roosterfish. Along the beach, there has been plenty of baitfish, and the roosterfish have been schooled up in front of Carate and Lindor. A lot of the big roosterfish have also been lurking around Matopalo point and feeding on bonitas, blue runners and big moonfish.

I have seen several of the big fighting fish released that were well north of sixty pounds. When trolling with big bait, you never know what is going to come up and show who’s boss. We had several boats releasing big cubera snappers while trolling for roosterfish. This attracted large sharks, including a big blacktip and a mystery shark, that jumped twice before breaking the line.

As long as the blue water stays in close, the offshore billfish action should continue to bear fruit. May and June are historically good months to catch yellowfin tuna. Though the big tuna and spinner dolphins have not been as prevalent compared to other years, that may be changing. I heard several reports last week that found the tuna may be moving back into our area.

The inshore fishing is typically good in June, and with the cooler temperatures, I expect that action to continue.

Tight Lines,

Capt. Allan Smith



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