Friday, August 31, 2012

For a Reel Adventure Head to the Osa Peninsula for Sport Fishing

A guest post from Crocodile Bay Resort in Costa Rica.

By Nora M.

Deep in the Osa Peninsula surrounded by wild beaches and rainforests, you will find some of the best offshore and inshore fishing in the world.  This secluded area is home to Corcovado National Park, which is one of the most biologically intense places on the planet. With its pristine secluded beaches, warm waters and Costa Rica’s catch and release fishing policy, it is hard to find another place that can compete with this small country’s fishing opportunities.  Big game fish such as Marlin, Sailfish, Snook, Roosterfish, Dorado, Tuna and Wahoo swim in the waters off the Pacific.  Costa Rica ranks as one of the top 100 sport fishing destinations in the world , attracting both championship anglers and amateurs.

The Osa Peninsula is the most remote region in Costa Rica and is a favored travel spot by backpackers, nature lovers, conservationists and world-class anglers. The Marlin inhabiting these waters are probably the biggest prize of all the game fish.  Reaching a weight that can exceed 500lbs. Blue Marlin peak in April and November. Once a Marlin is hooked, you are in for the fight of your life.  With an all time record of 1560lbs, it is not surprising why Ernest Hemingway choose this king of the sea as his protagonist in The Old Man and The Sea. Catching a Marlin is a thrill. Marlin and Sailfish are among the catch and release fish. Dorado or Wahoo can be taken back to port for consumption.

For a long time, this region was protected from overdevelopment because it is difficult to reach.  This factor coupled with Costa Rica’s overall commitment to a sustainable tourism industry has a positive impact on maintaining healthy marine populations and overall marine life.  According to a 2009 study conducted by the University of Costa Rica, 22% of high season tourists come to Costa Rica for sport fishing.  The industry generates $600M per year in gross income, 4,000 direct jobs, and $78M in tax revenue.  Preserving marine life is big business, and as a result Costa Rica enforces responsible fishing programs including catch and release.  Dorado and Wahoo are exempt from catch and release because they reproduce at such a prolific rate and maintaining a healthy population includes hunting them for consumption. 

The expertise and knowledge of the locals who fish here is top-notch , as is the equipment and technology on most of the boats. There are expert Captains familiar with these waters and the migration patterns of big game fish that can take you out on a charter . Sailfish, Tuna, Dorado and Wahoo are all offshore fish.  If you want to venture for some inshore fishing, there are plenty of options to choose from, including large Big Cubera, Snook and Roosterfish. With the mangrove estuaries, beaches and rivers there is an abundance of freshwater and inshore saltwater fishing opportunities. In fact, every day you could choose a radically different fishing adventure. 

Costa Rica has taken what was already an abundant marine environment and by practicing sustainable business, it has maintained an area that is truly a sport fisherman’s dream.  If you are looking for excellent fishing, hot sun, great beaches and pristine conditions in a secluded environment, the Osa Peninsula is the place to visit.  Year round you can fish game fish both inshore and offshore. It is one of the few places in the world you can travel to with exceptional sport fishing that is not overrun by tourists.   It is really just a matter of personal preference, since you can have pretty much any kind of fishing experience in these parts making the Osa Peninsula a top sport fishing destination.

Be sure to check out the Crocodile Bay Resort Blog for more great Big Game fishing content!


  1. There is a lot more that can draw you to Costa Rica than just fishing. It is an absolutely beautiful country.


  2. Some people say Costa Rica is like the Florida Keys was 30 years ago. It sure looks as though there is some great fishing down there - and as Mark says there is a lot more than fishing.


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