Southern Zone Fishing Forecast July/August 2015

A variey of snapper available in the southern zone (courtesy Francine Schreiber)
A variey of snapper available in the southern zone (courtesy Francine Schreiber)

In June, the bath water temperature kept sailfish to a minimum but there was some decent marlin action for those believers in “your patience shall be rewarded.” Inshore had plenty of roosterfish, African pompano and a variety of different snappers to choose from.

The first waves of spinner and spotted dolphins brought in the yellowfin tuna and with the new law keeping tuna purse seiners out 45 miles and protecting a total of 44% of territorial waters, July and August should bring great tuna action in the southern zone of Costa Rica. These months also offer anglers a shot at black and striped marlin the rest of the year is mostly blue marlin. The rainy season will push timber out of the rivers and anything that has been floating long enough to create an ecosystem underneath it will have marlin nearby. The Costa Rican Indian Summer in July historically ups the number of daily opportunities for sailfish.

Fishing tuna around spinner dolphin (courtesy Crocodile Bay Resort)
Fishing tuna around spinner dolphin (courtesy Crocodile Bay Resort)

Inshore some of the biggest roosterfish in the area are taken during the “rainy season.” Eighty-five percent of our 200 plus inches of annual rain falls at night making for good daytime fishing weather. Snapper fishing will continue to be good and those that don’t mind jigging in 300 feet of water will be rewarded with grouper and amberjack.

Todd Staley
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort
todd@crocodilebay.com
Cell (506) 8826 9658

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