The Daring Adventure of Night Fishing in the Osa Peninsula

Night Fishing

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There is something magical about night fishing in the Osa Peninsula. The best time to go is during a full moon. The ocean is quiet and peaceful with the moonlight reflecting on the water.  The summer months are prime targets for night fishing. Night is feeding time for most fish making it an ideal time to catch a really big one.  In the solitude and tranquility of fishing by the surf or in a boat, you will find fish move into the shallows to feed. Landing a fish in total darkness is like no other fishing experience. For the angler wanting a real thrill, it is all about night fishing. In the In the Osa Peninsula the many fishing choices include the expansive surf, the many winding rivers, mangroves and the deep blue clear Pacific Ocean. 

Sunset: Night Fishing Costa Rica

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Catching a giant fish in total darkness is an adrenaline rush.  Adding to the rush is the fact that at night, you are likely to encounter sharks.  Night is also the best time to catch snook and tarpon.  A favorite way to fish at night is by the surf.  Positioned in a comfortable chair, you can anchor in and listen to the waves pounding against the shore while staring up at a million stars in the sky.

Night Fishing Costa Rica by the Surf

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For successful night fishing in the Osa Peninsula, the most important thing is to make sure you are properly prepared in terms of gear and safety.  For bait fishing use a neon green line so that you can light it with a neck light and monitor the position of your bait.  Fish with heads because after long hours on a dark beach there is an inclination to become less diligent when it comes to checking bait and heads last longer.


  • Don’t shine a light on water
  • Take bigger gear because of sharks
  • Take long pikers because of sharks
  • Do not fish too with too many rods
  • Sticks on rod tips for strike indicators
  • Take bug spray
  • Do not wade out to far when surf fishing
  • Best done with a buddy
  • Don’t drink too much
  • Take a chair that reclines and dig your feet into the sand
Night Fishing Costa Rica: In the Surf

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Personally,  I would choose surf fishing over going out in a boat at night.  But either way, there is something special about being out on the water at night. Any angler wanting to find a guide will easily find a willing captain. Night fishing in the Osa Peninsula is the ultimate experience for sport fishing.  Crocodile Bay caters to anglers from all over the world looking for a memorable fishing experience.