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Billfish are some of the ocean’s most beautiful strong fish and sailfish with their vibrant blue fins stand out. Sailfish are magnificent creatures of the sea that combine both strength and elegance in their form. Times are changing, and it is evident in the boats that pull into the marina now with their color tag and release flags flying off, showing off their catches for the day. Long gone are the days of billfish hanging proudly from the boats. There is a campaign underway to make Sailfish the national fish of Costa Rica. Continue Reading
World-famous offshore sport fishing in Costa Rica includes sailfish, marlin, roosterfish and dorado aka mahi mahi. With so many incredible game fish to choose from, dorado remains a favorite catch among anglers. This tiny country has some of the best sport fishing in the world largely due to their catch and release policy, which supports incredible variety in the species of fish that inhabit these waters. Dorado is a dolphinfish not to be confused with dolphin, which are mammals. It is also commonly referred to by its Hawaiian name, mahi mahi. Not only are they a chef’s favorite they are also a favorite catch among sportfishermen around the world. What better place to go fishing for dorado then offshore in the Southern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Costa Rica. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
I really like November. It is sometimes crazy to switch gears after being closed for the month of October and working shorter days, but I love the excitement of cranking up a new season. The October rains left us with lots of green water offshore the first part of the month so most anglers stayed inshore rather than put in the time to get the billfish to bite.
They were rewarded with lots of roosterfish action
and big cubera snapper. Mark Harwood who had a good ole rivalry between Oklahoma and Texas with his fishing buddy Brian took the big snapper of the week with a 44 lb monster.
Brian shows off the years first sailfish! Way to keep it in the water!
Crocodile Bay’s Maria Soto sizes up one of the many cubera snappers taken this week!
David Plummer’s group from England and Scotland finally broke the ice on billfish and at one point had a triple header hooked up. Day by day the water is getting cleaner and Plummer’s group also took the first marlin of the season.
Nothing quite like catching a free-range roosterfish inshore where Costa Rica’s largest coastal rainforest meets the Pacific coast!
Liam Collins arrived yesterday morning and promptly told me he was out to catch a marlin. Well he certainly packed his “luck of the Irish” in his bag for the long flight to Costa Rica. First day out he bagged a 200 lb blue marlin, a sail, and three tuna in the 25 to 30 lb range. He only missed a grand slam by not getting a dorado. Last season the dorado made a sparse showing but they have been showing up in better numbers already this season. Reports from my fishing friends all along the southern coast are also telling me they are back.
That’s super good news because that means the marlin will be around in good numbers also. The blue water is about 8 miles offshore and every day is a little better. I love November
Crocodile Bay Resort
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
Stepping up before Stepping Down
We have some good news from the Costa Rican government that should greatly improve the fishery here. Even though several tournament records were broken this year, it is always good news to have stricter laws to support the resource. The last two years have been banner years for big tuna in June so the latest news comes just in time.
Something to crow about:
Probably our most popular inshore Costa Rica fishing species is the roosterfish. Its seven combed dorsal fins and iridescent hue, along with its shear power make a combination that has 95% of our anglers spending at least one day of their trip on the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce.
Historically in Costa Rica they have been fished along the beaches and rock formations in the Pacific. We have found they also roam deep into the gulf and hang around the inside reefs and river mouths. Our fleet of “flats” boats allows us to cast for snook in the mangroves on a high falling tide and then fish roosters a few hundred yards away at the drop-off.
We also find them on top of the Tiger reef where sometimes the water is less than 3 feet deep and a larger boat can’t enter this area. While filming with O’Neill Williams, Dave Burkhardt took a fifty pound Roosterfish over this skinny water.
I must repeat last week’s report of Graig Zoly taking 30 roosters in a day. Our average roosterfish is about 15 lbs. Most everyone takes a few over 35 lbs. Dave Vedder from Southwest Flyfishing magazine fished a few hours yesterday after a late arrival. He found a giant school of roosters working within a half mile of Crocodile Bay Resort and bagged a couple over 40 lbs. “In all my years of traveling and fishing, I have never seen a concentration of roosterfish like I’ve found here.”
Offshore it is more of the same with more sails showing up and dorado and tuna stretching lines.
A few marlin are coming up to the teasers but only a couple around 300 lbs. have been landed. The Vernon Sanders family from Missouri had a good outing landing seven sailfish!
Crocodile Bay Resort
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
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