Fishing Report Aug 10-20 / ZANCUDO LODGE REPORT


The fishing has simply been nothing short of AMAZING.  It's been a month of EPIC fishing where we're able to locate big TUNA schools daily AND they have been biting.


The always fun crew from Mustad (Jay Harris, Sam Root and Magnus Gunnarsson) was here for a visit and they quoted that they had the best fishing day of their lives.   They had daily double digit hook ups on tuna and the inshore action with roosters and pargo was red hot as well. In his blog, Sam wrote:


"I just got back last night from my first Costa Rica fishing trip. I was fortunate enough to fish out of The Zancudo Lodge - Costa Rica Fishing and lucky enough to hit the waters just right this time around. 

Usually when the cameras come out, the fish often goes into hiding. I don't say this lightly but the yellowfin tuna fishing was the best I have ever seen it. Fish on bait balls, skyrocketing tuna, hitting bait as well as poppers and jigs. It was NatGeo out there.

The staff, food and service was over the top, surpassing expectations by 3 folds. 

I was so excited about the trip and footage, I felt I had to put a teaser video together while it was still fresh in my memory. 

Life is about your experience and this one I will always remember."

Yellowfin Tuna on Baitball video I got from Zancudo Costa Rica by Sam Root 

We also had a great corporate group from the Mid-West. Most of these guys had never been fishing offshore before and they were so happy as most of them caught their share of tunas, snappers and roosters! 

Travis and Bill from Gray's FishTag Research came down to specifically study the migration of Rooster fish. The Zancudo Lodge is one of their research centers and we are so proud to be a part of this great conservation program.   On this visit, the goal was to insert a GPS tag into a 40inch Rooster and the mission was accomplished during the first hour of fishing. We also tagged a bunch of roosters as well as some Yellowfin Tunas. 

The McCrays fished only one day the boys were on one boat with the rest of the gang fishing on one of our Contenders.


 "I fish a lot and this was one of my best fishing days of my life". 

The father and son team of Amour and Henry Mellon are here now to close out our season in grand style!  On Day 1, they caught, tagged and released a double digit number of Yellowfin tunas in the 30lb-60lb class. On the second day, they both caught, tagged and released big roosters as well as some jacks and rock snappers. Day 3, they rang the bell with an ultimate fishing adventure GRAND SLAM........ a Sailfish, Blue Marlin and Tuna.

Thank you Mellons for sending us off on such a screaming high note! 


Shane Steen brought a bunch of clients down for a quick trip. They all caught tuna and Roosters for a memorable trip. 





Fishing Report 

5th - 12th November 2016


The crews are hard at work getting ready to kick off the 2017 season and we are already off to a great start. The billfish season is heating up in Costa Rica and we anticipate an epic bite in the upcoming months.


Last week we hosted John Vater and his wife Adrianna from Long Island, New York who had great luck both offshore and inshore. They ran into several schools of Yellowfin Tuna in the 40-100lb range and hooked into a few nice fish, one in the 60 lb. range. Adrianna unfortunately pulled the hooks on a really big tuna and John also missed a shot at a Blue Marlin; hard luck! The couple also took the time to explore Costa Rica's amazing inshore fishery and one evening they wound up on a really explosive Roosterfish bite, releasing 8 Roosterfish and several Jacks in just a couple hours. Both Josh Aderman and Jordan Doran from Sign Zoo were also here at Zancudo Lodge, and they had an opportunity to experience two days of inshore fishing, releasing several Bluefin Trevally and huge Jack Crevalle. Chad Carriles was also here and although he fished only one day, he made it count, releasing 11 Roosterfish.


Check us out every two weeks for up to date reports on the bite as it happens here at Zancudo Lodge, Costa Rica. We're just getting fired up and there will be lots more to come in the next few months as we bend rods and burn up the drags!


Tight Lines,


Albert Battoo

The Zancudo Lodge















Hunter Michewicz  and friend Garrett were given a surprise fishing trip to Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica by their wives! See photos in May report.


 By Todd Staley Fishing Director - Who would think I would hate children after raising 10, but the last "El Niņo" made me rethink the whole thing about "niņos". We have a few months of normal weather patterns coming our way and if history repeats itself, a strong El Niņo is usually followed a few months later by an "La Niņa" which usually is favorable in this area.



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It is the dance of the sailfish and the lightning speed of the marlin that that attract most anglers to the Osa Peninsula. It is not uncommon to raise more than 20 billfish in a days fishing. Most dorado coming to the dock have been over 30 lbs with Tuna always plentiful. You can likely catch a billfish any day of the year,with January through April the top months for marlin and sailfish along this region of the southern coast. there is also a good showing of marlin in August and November, while months during and just after the rains produce more dorado, as the debris washed out of the rivers forms the inshore trash lines they feed under. Football-size tuna are almost always present and sometimes those that top out at 300 pounds.

Anglers trolling in the bluewater are often treated to pleasant surprises. Humpback and pilot whales blow geysers high in the air. Sea turtles sun on the surface. Manta rays free-jump and belly-flop with a loud slap on the water. The most awesome sight, though, is the sighed sight of a pod of killer whales migrating s along the coast.

Your Fishing Package 3 to 7 full day of fishing as well as the following:

  • Fishing Licenses
  • Fishing Gear
  • English Speaking Crew
  • All-inclusive 4 Star Lodging
  • All Meals (a la carte - all you can eat!)
  • Local Liquor

  • Local Beer & Wine
  • Soft Drinks
  • Daily Happy Hour Buffet
  • Round-trip Ground Transportation
  • Daily Cooler for the boat with sandwhiches and beer or softdrinks!


  • Standard Boat Package: Inshore or Offshore Fishing. Your Choice!
    3 to 7 nights starting at $2195 per person

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    3 to 7 nights starting at $2495 per person

  • The Crocodile Bay PLATINUM Transfer Package! $400
    Includes private transfers and 1st class lodging in San Jose with our bilingual chauffeurs! Enjoy your first or last night at the Cariari Doubletree by Hilton (15 minutes from the International Airport - CODE SJO).


    Marlin Mayhem Continues at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica - May Fishing Report by Todd Staley Thomas and Patrick Hayden were our first father/son visitors for the school break and they also took a nice 350 lb blue marlin. Bill and William La Fuze were the first to take advantage of our “Dad’s and Grad’s" special and started inshore with a real nice cubera snapper and followed yesterday with a pair of dorado, the largest tipping the scale at 50 lbs. READ THE FULL MAY FISHING REPORT HERE!

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    Archie Field's Rio Colorado Lodge

    Welcome to the world's best tarpon and snook fishing

    Both tarpon and snook can be taken any month of the year, and the Rio Colorado Lodge is the only fishing resort in the area that remains open year around. But like fishing anywhere, there are never any guarantees, and at certain times of the year chances of scoring big are greater than others. The dry season, from January through May, is considered the peak season in the quiet river and lagoons for tarpon as the aerial acrobats swarm in by the thousands to spawn. We have also had some outstanding sport as late as July and early August on the inside, but in the fall the sea is calm and the fish move to the ocean, providing prime action along the coast. In other words, the fishing is good year around.

    Prices subject to change. Please NOTE we now offer all inclusive packages as well as our original packages.

    Package Cost and Duration Full Fishing Days Per Person Double Occupancy Single Angler Solo Double Occupancy Deluxe Single Angler Deluxe
    6 Days / 5 Nights 3 $1908.00* $2158.00** $2201.00* $2437.00**
    7 Days / 6 Nights 4 $2373.00* $2664.00** $2721.00* $2971.00**
    8 Days / 7 Nights 5 $2838.00* $3168.00** $3266.00* $3546.00**

    *For single room in San Jose add $180.00 per person.
    **Single room in San Jose included.
    ONLY DELUXE accommodations include Fishing License, Fishing Lures and Beverages.
    GRATUITIES are NOT included in any prices.

    Individual cost. These apply when the complete services of a package are not desired.

    Standard Daily Rate, Per Person, Double Occupancy $475.00 Includes: Lodging, meals, 8 hours fishing & happy hour.
    Standard Daily Rate, Per Person, Single Occupancy $505.00 Includes: Lodging, meals, 8 hours fishing & happy hour.
    Deluxe One Day Fishing
    First Day, PP, DBL
    Additional Days/Each

    Includes: Lodging, meals, 8 hours fishing, license, tackle/lures, & open bar.
    Deluxe Single Angler Day 1

    Additional Days/Each

    Includes: Lodging, meals, 8 hours fishing, license, tackle/lures, & open bar.
    Fishing Licenses $68.00 - $78.00 Depends on number of days fishing.
    Round Trip Flight Costs Vary  
    Ground Transfers $20.00
    Per person-Double
    NON Fishing Daily Rate, PP $120.00 Includes: Lodging & meals
    Deluxe NON Fishing Daily Rate, PP $170.00 Includes: Lodging, meals, & full open bar
    Jungle Adventure Tour,
    Two days, one night, PP
    $225.00 4 Person Min. Includes: Lodging, meals & transportation

    Call us at 1-800-458-2879 to book your trip today!

    *All prices subject to change without notice. Specials may be available - call or email us for exact quotes.