Costa Rica Sport Fishing

World class salt-water fishing

The Costa Rica salt-water fishing is world class with Bill Fishing in the Pacific Ocean for Sailfish, Striped, Blue and Black Marlin, Dorado, Tuna and Wahoo. Fishing in the Golfo Dulce for Roosterfish, Cubera Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Bluefin Trevally, Sierra Mackerel, Tripletail, and Grouper is excellent throughout the year. We provide a variety of sport fishing options such as; live bait, trolling, casting, and fly-fishing inshore and offshore.

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.

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica - May Fishing 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.



Kids 15 & Under Free - Summer Family Fishing
Vacations at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica 

We are offering a summer vacation special this year that your family will not soon forget. Kids 15 and under stay, eat and fish FREE with two adults! This package includes two fishing days and a complimentary "Monkey Tour" that will allow your family a chance to witness a variety of birds and mammals in Costa Rica's largest coastal rainforest!


 Design Your Own Summer Vacation
We Offer 30 Unique Ways to Discover Costa Rica

Summer is almost here and we would like to assist you in creating the perfect vacation experience for the whole family. From zip-lining through Costa Rica's largest coastal rainforest, to kayaking, hiking, biking, surfing, snorkeling, horseback riding, birding, waterfall rappelling, and 20 other exciting ecotours -  we invite you to "Create Your Own Costa Rica Experience". Come discover Costa Rica's Crown Jewel, The Osa Peninsula and enjoy the summer vacation of a lifetime. Our Costa Rica travel experts are ready to assist you with all the information you need to get started.

Join us in Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, "The Most Biologically Intense Place on Earth"

- National Geographic Magazine  


 Winner "Top Hotels" in Central America and Costa Rica by the TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards   


Crocodile Bay Lodge is Costa Rica’s newest and finest Sport Fishing and Eco-Tour Resort. The sport fishing resort is located on 44 acres with 34 air-conditioned rooms in Puerto Jimenez on the Osa Peninsula. Our exquisite lodge features a top of the line daily menu, swimming pool, hot tub, massage room and a conference center that accommodates up to 80 people. Rooms include hand carved furniture and many have private Jacuzzi baths. Map

As the gateway to the Corcovado National Park Wildlife preserve, Crocodile Bay Lodge also enjoys some of the finest EcoTours in Central America.

Babe Winkelman: Good Fishing
“This is much more than arguably the world’s best saltwater fishing. I’d recommend Crocodile Bay Lodge to anyone purely on the merits of their exotic tropical setting, scenic beaches, and eco adventures”. >Testimonials<


The fleet

Our fleet of 20 boats, easily accessed from our 750-foot pier, includes 17’ flats boats, 21’ center consoles, 27’ offshore center consoles and our 33’ strike tower boats

17' Flats Boat — 90 hp (5)

Small inshore fishing (estuary and mangrove and inshore fly-fishing), guide in front, fisherman in back. Perfect for inshore fly-fishing.


21' Bay Champ Center Consol – 115 HP Yamaha motor (3) 
Inshore fishing.

24' Center Consol – 115 HP Yamaha motor (1)
Inshore fishing
25' May Craft (also known as Bulldogs) – twin 115 HP Yamaha motors (3)
Mainly offshore but some inshore, Center Consol

27' Rambo Center Consol – Diesel 210 HP (3)

Offshore fishing only


33' Strike Sportfish – 450 HP Cummings motors (5)

Only offshore, strike is biggest, cabin for guests, fishing off the back, double towers, luxury upgrade, bathroom.


Blue water fishing
Things were off to a bang when Danny Young's group of four raised 59 sails in two days of fishing and then things went a little nutso... Carl McCants's 80 pound roosterfish was top dog on the inside. Not many roosters are falling to anglers offerings but most that did went over 50 lbs. Bjour Odenbro from Sweden had a big day on the water when he bagged 11 roosters and 9 big jacks. A couple of nice African pompano hit the dinner plates as well as cubera snapper. — Todd Staley's Crocodile Bay Fishing Report.  Costa Rica Fish Photos
Fly fishing
I love catching snapper on the fly, and one of the most productive ways of doing that in Crocodile Bay’s waters is to tell fishing director Todd Staley that this is what you want to try. Todd will then tell your captain the day before your exploratory trip, so he can go out and get some small baitfish that you will use as chum. You’ll be in one of the flats boats, which whisk you to places like Mogos, the very back of the Golfo Dulce, and the mouths of the Rio Esquinas, Rio Tigre and Rio Rincon." — Bob Newman’s Outdoor Zone” on AM 760 KKZN in Denver.
Inshore fishing
The species most sought after is the Roosterfish. Twenty-five to fifty pound fish are very common and we catch a couple over 50 each week. The lodge record is 106 lbs... Other species caught inshore include but are not limited to Barracuda, several types of Jacks, Snook, Bonito, Mackerel, African Pompano, Bluefin Trevally, Rainbow Runners, Shark, etc.
Pavones Excellent left point, considered one of the longest in the world. Good shape and very fast. Out on the peninsula across Pavones, a half-hour boat ride away, is reputedly a series pf right points the equivalent of Pavones1&Mac218;2world class lefts.
Matapalo Excellent right point located in front of Pavones. Perfect waves.
For a first hand look at the beautiful inhabitants of Costa Rica's Pacific Ocean we offer scuba diving at Cano Island. For certified divers only. While diving in the Pacific waters of Costa Rica you have the chance to see Parrotfish, Angelfish, the Spotted Green Puffer, the Spotted and Freckled Porcupine fish, the Panamic Soldierfish, Blunthead Triggerfish, Southern Stingray, Lesser Devil Ray, Spotted Eagle Ray, Manta Ray, and the Whale Shark.
Bird watching
Venture inland to see the birds of the secondary rainforest on a section of the Tigre River called Dos Brazos. This is an excellent area for viewing inland birds because it is a secondary rainforest, which envelops a grand river. In this area it is common for us to view such species as the Laughing Falcon, the Yellow Headed Caracara, Squirrel Cuckoo, Purple Gallinule, Northern Jacana, the Blue-crowned Motmot, the four types of indigenous species of Kingfishers (Amazon, American Pygmy, Green, and Ringed), four species of flycatchers (Common Tody, Boat-billed, Gray-capped, and Social), five species of Tanagers (Bay-headed, Black-cheeked, Blue-gray, Golden-hooded, and Passerini's), and the spectacled owl.
Gold panning
You have the choice of viewing a short example of how the panning works, or you can actually work the stream for gold. If you choose to work the stream, please note that it is a physical activity which requires shoveling and standing in the stream
Waterfall rappelling
For those who are looking for pure excitement on their vacation we offer rainforest waterfall rappelling! This is an excellent chance to get your adrenaline pumping while seeing the beauty of the rainforest at the same time. We use only the most experienced guides with the newest equipment to provide you with the highest level of safety available.
Horseback riding
Explore beaches and rainforests on horseback. A great way to cover lots of ground in an afternoon where roads are sometimes either an exaggeration or nonexistent.
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