San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Best Action on Northern Pacific; South Not Bad

The best billfish action continues to be had on the northern Pacific coast, but action even in the southernmost region ain’t all that shabby, with Crocodile Bay Resort, in the Golfito area, reporting a few marlin, along with wide-open inshore species.

Richard Bagnall came all the way from England to fish the lodge, and went home happy after boating several cubera snapper to 40 pounds, seven roosterfish averaging 45 pounds, some big jacks and an African pompano.

California angler Art Lamstein scored an equally impressive list of inshore species along with a blue marlin release, his first ever.

All the way north,Wetass II skipper Sonny Kocsis said weather and water conditions off the northern coast are ideal, with fish concentrated only 20 miles off Flamingo. He said his boat and most of the others working that region are scoring a half-dozen or more sailfish most days, along with pretty good marlin action, including one day with two marlin and a sail caught and released.

No word again this week from anyone on the Caribbean coast, and my calls have gone unanswered, so no idea as to how things are going there. I understand Río Colorado Lodge operator Dan Wise is fishing in Alaska.

We get snook in that region throughout the year, but the best time for big snook is fast approaching and traditionally peaks in September and October, with a good shot at tarpon during that time as well.


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