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Hosted Crocodile Bay Fishing Resort | Big Game Fishing

Overview

Tour code: COS002

A holiday to Crocodile Bay gives you the chance to achieve unbelievable results on this hosted big game fishing trip. Many personal best Marlin and near-record sized Roosters have been caught by anglers who have joined us on this fishing holiday. Another reason why this destination is so popular is due to its vast array of family-friendly eco-tours. One day you could be chasing down beautiful Billfish. The next trekking through the spectacular rainforest located a short drive away.

Location

Crocodile Bay is situated on 44 acres of manicured tropical gardens, has 28 air-conditioned rooms in Puerto Jimenez on Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast. The charming and rustic town of Puerto Jimenez is only a short 10-minute walk. Here you will find some lovely art and craft shops, supermarkets and some of the most excellent fish restaurants around. The resort, over the years, has built an outstanding reputation for its friendly staff and excellent service they provide.

Another reason why so many people head to Crocodile Bay is, of course, for fishing. Especially for the run of Sailfish. Each year multiple catches per day are very common. The reason why the fishing is good in this part of the Pacific Ocean is due to the upwelling. Caused by the offshore winds to the north and south that moves baitfish into the area. Creating a flat calm ocean, perfect for a day afloat searching for your chosen species.

Fishing

The fishing on offer at Crocodile Bay is very varied and appeals to many different fishing types from fly fishers to lure anglers. The offshore fishing offers many different options too, including trolling big Marlin lures and rigged baits for the Billfish. While fishing offshore, you will come across vast shoals of Tuna and Dorado. They can be caught either with lures or by fly fishing and the standard trolling. Please have a read through some of our previous Crocodile Bay Fishing Reports to get a good insight into the fishing.

The inshore fishing is also varied with options to throw poppers at feeding Roosters, vertical jig for big Amber Jacks and Cubera Snappers to fly fishing for surface feeding species. The Billfish caught at the Fishing Resort are mainly Blue Marlin averaging around 300lb. The Sailfish average around 70lb with some going over the 100lb bracket. The Tuna you can target is mainly the Yellowfin Tuna which average between 20–50lb with the odd 100lb gracing the boats each week. Roosters average 25lb but there is always a chance of a huge one approaching the 100lb bracket, a real fish of a lifetime.

Boats

The fleet of vessels at Crocodile Bay ranges from the 24’ centre console Boston Whalers to their luxury 33’ and 35’ tower boats. All boats are kept up to a very high standard and are equipped with the most modern fish finding equipment, VHF radios, and of course, they are loaded with high-quality fishing tackle free for you to use. Visit our YouTube Channel to explore more of our Big Game fishing holidays.

Guides

On the larger boats, you will get a captain and a deckhand to ensure that you have the best experience, whilst on the Boston Whalers you will be accompanied but a captain. The Boston Whalers will require you to be a little more hands-on with setting the rods out, striking fish, and sometimes even keeping the boat moving whilst your captain sorts the rods out or helps land your fish of a lifetime.

Other Activities

Because this is an Eco and Spa resort, there are many activities. Some of these activities include the zip line canopy tour, jungle night walks, bird watching, crocodile and cayman tours and kayaking.

Contact Us

As you can see, a Crocodile Bay fishing holiday in Costa Rica isn’t just your standard fishing adventure. There’s so much on offer, we’ve only touched the surface on the experience to be had here. For more information about this tour, contact our experienced team who will help you to plan and book the perfect fishing holiday. Make sure to explore all our Big Game Fishing Holidays along with all our fishing trips to Costa Rica. Finally, you can request a free brochure here which give you a detailed look into all our tours.

 

 

 

Accommodation
Crocodile Bay Lodge

Crocodile Bay Resort is a destination for restoration and exploration and, of course, world-class sport fishing. It is set in 44 acres of lush tropical rainforest with some of the finest wildlife on your doorstep. You simply have to stand on your own private balcony to view a huge variety of birds, butterflies and stunning tropical plants whilst being bathed in the Costa Rican sunlight.

The Lodge

Crocodile Bay Resort prides itself on their friendly and welcoming nature strive to make each and every guest stay the best it can be. Costa Ricans are known around the world for their hospitality and the staff at this resort certainly lives up to all expectations.

As you drive down the private driveway of Crocodile Bay for the first time, you will be greeted by landscaped tropical gardens that are beautifully cared for by the onsite gardening team. The plants they have chosen produce some of the finest flowers and scents to welcome you to the jungle. Along with the exotic flowers, you will find small pineapple plants, palm trees and many other rainforest shrubberies that makes for the most wonderful welcome to this little piece of paradise.

Crocodile Bay Fishing Resort

Once at the reception, you will be greeted by the house staff who will be there welcoming you with freshly made cold local cocktails, a great way to start your day. Then once you walk through the lodge entrance you will be in the bar and restaurant area which is decorated in fishing items and pictures of the wonderful wildlife found around the resort. Once through this area, you will come across the swim-up pool bar with jacuzzi that is surrounded by a lovely seating area with plenty of sun chairs.

Just to the right-hand side you will find a shaded area with a hammock for you to laze away your days whilst reading a good book.

The Villas

Around the main building of the Crocodile Bay Fishing Resort, you will find the villas which all benefit from stunning views of the jungle. Each with its own private veranda and chairs makes for the perfect escape from the hot sun.

In each tastefully decorated villa you will have two queen beds in the main room with a small table with chair, wardrobe space for two people, a safe and tea/coffee making facility. Just through the bedroom will lead to a lovely bathroom with toilet, shower cubicle and sink area. Each villa benefits from an air-conditioning unit which is a great escape from the midday heat. All rooms are cleaned daily replacing all towels, bedding and they offer a superb laundry service returned back the following day.

Food & Drink

The restaurant at Crocodile Bay Fishing Resort serves some fantastic dishes from all over the world and all food is locally sourced from fresh fish to full steak dinners. All dishes are produced onsite by the very skilled chefs who take a massive amount of pride in what they offer.

Breakfast starts around 05:45 am and stops at 10 am and the food ranges from cooked breakfasts, cereals, porridge, eggs, fresh fruits and you have a huge choice of drinks teas /coffees to fruit juices.

Lunch

Lunch is served from 11:30 to 15:00 and the choice is huge. A daily menu can be found in the reception but normally consists of light snacks, sandwiches, salads, soups and much more. You can either eat in the restaurant or why not have your lunch bought to you whilst you are soaking up some of the mid-day suns around the pool.

Afternoon snacks are served from 16:00 – 17:00 and are a mix of light snack foods such as chicken wings to chilli with nachos.

Evening Meals

Evening meals start from 19:00 to 22:00 and this is when the chefs really do what they are best at doing. Each meal is carefully prepared from all local produce whether it is freshly caught fish of the day to locally sourced vegetables. All dietary needs are accommodated and if there is something that you fancy that isn’t on the menu then simply ask as they normally can get it or produce it.

On Location

It’s not all about the big game fishing at Crocodile Bay, many guests come for the amazing onsite Spa treatment area that Crocodile Bay offers. This Spa room is amazing and if you stay at Crocodile Bay then you must book a session even if it’s just for a massage, you won’t regret it. Also on offer at the resort are all of their Eco tours from zip-wiring through the rainforest to nighttime jungle walks. If you would like a full list of eco-tours available please ask a member of the Sportquest Holidays team and they will be more than happy to speak to you about what is on offer.

Contact Us

If you would like to know more about Crocodile Bay Lodge, please feel free to contact our experienced team who will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure.

 

Board: Full board
Rooms: Single & double available
Telephone: In room
Internet: Free WiFi
Laundry: Chargeable
Power: 120 Volt
Air Conditioning: Throughout hotel
Meals: Restaurant
Alcohol: Chargeable
Shop: Souvenir shop
Cards Accepted: Debit & credit cards
Cash Accepted: American Dollar
Species Information
Sailfish
Season: All Year
Peak: February to April
Weight: 70lb to 140lb
Average Weight: 75lb
Amberjack
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 10lb to 70lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Jack Crevalle
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 5lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 15lb
Kingfish
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 10lb to 30lb
Average Weight: 15lb
Roosterfish
Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 5lb to 80lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Dorado
Season: All Year
Peak: January to May & November to December
Weight: 5lb to 70lb
Average Weight: 20lb
Blue Marlin
Season: July to April
Peak: November to December & March to April
Weight: 200lb to 400lb
Average Weight: 250lb
Yellowfin Tuna
Season: All Year
Peak: July to August & November to December
Weight: 10lb to 300lb
Average Weight: 30lb

Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your hosted trip with either more fishing days or free days, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit. The itinerary is based on the direct British Airways flight route that only runs on certain days of the week, so if you choose to extend your trip it may well fall on days that British Airways do not operate the direct route. Please contact a Sportquest Holidays team member who can advise

Day 1:

Depart London Gatwick with British Airways
Arrive San Jose.

When you and the group arrive at San Jose, make your way to the luggage collection area. Once the entire group have collected their luggage make your way to the arrivals hall where there will be representative from Crocodile Bay waiting, holding a board up with the group’s name on.

The transfer to the hotel will take around 30 minutes.

The rest of the evening is free for you to relax.

Overnight accommodation: The Doubletree Cariari By Hilton (Twin room) B/B

Day 2: Fishing day

Early in the morning you will be picked up and taken to the internal airport where you will embark on a 45-minute flight across Costa Rica to our lodge.

On arrival, you will sign for your fishing licence and then be escorted through to the restaurant where you will be given breakfast before heading out for your first days fishing.

After breakfast around 8 AM, you and the rest of the group will meet your captain and you will be taken out for a days inshore fishing. Our Guide, captain and crew will be happy for you to do as much or as little of the rigging, running lines and hooking of fish as you require.

Overnight accommodation: Crocodile Bay Lodge Suites (Twin room) F/B

Day 3: Fishing Day

After breakfast around 7 am, you and the rest of the group will meet your captain and you will have a full day inshore fishing. Please make it clear with your captain two things, the first is what you would to target and secondly how you wish to target them. The more correspondence you have with the boat crew the better the experience will be.

If you feel like you would like to change tactics then please mention this and the deckhand will make things happen.

Overnight accommodation: Crocodile Bay Lodge Suites (Twin room) F/B

Days 4 TO 6: Fishing Days

Over the next three days, you will get to experience the thrills of fishing offshore in search of Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado and the huge shoals of Tuna. The main technique used offshore will be trolling artificial lures and baits. The deckhand will perform tease and switch, which is when the boat will be trolling lures and baited hooks to raise the billfish. Once a billfish is raised in the spread the deckhands will then tease the fish to the back of the boat where you can then cast a carefully placed baited hook, the rest is up to you.

Each day there will be a cooler on the boat full of tasty snacks and drinks to keep you fueled for the day.

Overnight accommodation: Crocodile Bay Lodge Suites (Twin room) F/B

Day 7:

At a prearranged time you will be picked up and returned to the small local airstrip for your return journey to San Jose. The small internal flight will take around 45 minutes and will arrive back in San Jose.  You will then be met at the airport and be transferred to your hotel where the rest of the evening will be free to relax around the pool or alternatively why not try one of the local restaurants that are all within walking distance.

Overnight accommodation: The Doubletree Cariari By Hilton (Twin room) B/B

Day 8:

Later that day you will be picked up for a private transfer to the International Airport for your return flight back to the UK.

Depart San Jose with British Airways

Day 9:

Arrive London Gatwick

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
04/02/2021 12/02/2021 9 8 5 £6,021 On Request Hosted N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on twin rooms for accommodation and three anglers per boat (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • San Jose Hotel as stated in the itinerary
  • Airport Transfers
  • State of the art fishing boats
  • All big game tackle
  • Professional fishing guide
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • 5 days fishing
  • All meals at the lodge
  • Local wine with the meal
  • Soft drinks at the bar

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • All other drinks
  • Personal items
  • Laundry service
  • Fly fishing tackle and local tips

Options

  • World Traveler Plus upgrades

  • Business Class upgrades
  • First Class upgrades
  • Single room upgrades
  • Extended holiday with fishing or eco days

Price Supplements

  • As this is a hosted holiday there are no supplements for travelling alone. If you wish to take a non-angler then please contact a member of the Sportquest Holidays team who will organise a price for the non-angler.

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry is required. No visa for UK citizens required.

Note: If you’re flights to Costa Rica involve travel through the USA, you will be required before travel to complete an Electronic System Travel Authorisation (ESTA) online, which is compulsory for all USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) travellers before boarding an air or sea carrier to the USA.

Medical Requirements

Malaria and Typhoid

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is a $29 USD additional departure tax payable upon leaving Costa Rica however this can change regularly.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – San Jose (approx 11 hours)
San Jose – Crocodile Bay Lodge (approx 45 mins)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in the economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags, you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags are dependent on the airline. We, therefore, recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airline’s website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Local airport – Crocodile Bay Lodge (approx 5 minutes)

Questions & Answers

Where is the Lodge?

Crocodile Bay Resort is located in a small village called Puerto Jimenez on the Pacific side of Costa Rica and is set amongst 44 acres of some of the most stunning tropical gardens in the whole of Costa Rica and when you have seen all the wonderful wildlife at this resort you will want to go back year after year.

Where do they fish?

If you chose to offshore fish then the fishing will be out in the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The inshore fishing takes you along some of the most remote and beautiful deserted beaches in Costa Rica.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

The offshore fishing takes around 40 minutes to reach the drop off where you will start to find cobalt blue waters where the Billfish will be hunting their prey. Depending on what zones you will be inshore fishing, these can be anything from 20 minutes from Crocodile Bay Resort to 50 minutes as you will not be fishing the same inshore fishing grounds from day to day and will be done on a rotation basis.

What fish will I catch?

The main draw to Crocodile Bay Resort is the Sailfish as these are in huge numbers. The peak months for the huge numbers of Sailfish are between January and March. There are also many Blue Marlin that cruises the offshore waters. There are also large shoals of Dorado, which are great fun on light gear. You will also find many different species of Tuna. The inshore species list is huge but the main one is the Roosterfish these grow huge in Costa Rica. You will also catch all different types of snappers, jacks, barracuda, small shark species, African Pompano and Cubera Snapper.

How many fish will I catch?

When you are fishing offshore targeting Billfish it is a waiting game and you could spend a few hours trolling before you see any action from the Billfish. However, there are normally other species like the Dorado and Tuna. The inshore fishing is very different you should be expected to be kept very busy all day long with constant action from all the species you will be targeting. If you chose to troll with baits the action can be a little slower than if you lure fish all day.

How do they fish?

Each evening around the dinner table the fishing manager will come and see you have a quick chat about what you want to fish for the following day. These are your boats so you decide what is targeted. The fishing manager then sits down with all the captains to decide where people fish. Each boat is given its own zones to fish so you do not troll over water that has already been fished over that day. Many of the areas are rested during the week to give the fish a rest. When you are fishing offshore you will be mostly trolling lures and using the switch and tease method which is when they tease the fish to the back of the boat and you get to throw the bait. The inshore fishing is also mainly trolling but another very good method is to use lures as this will really get their predator instincts flowing.

Do the guides speak English?

The captains of the boats at Crocodile Bay Resort speak perfect English. Some of the deckhands speak broken English but enough to get by. If there is something complicated you need to tell the deckhand then simply ask the captain to ask them.

Who is best suited to this destination?

The beauty of Crocodile Bay Resort is that it is suitable for all levels of angling ability due to the Captains and deckhands they will make it as easy as you wish or as hard as you wish. They really are there to take all the stress out of the fishing. On the other hand, if you want a more hands-on approach then this will be welcomed.

What skill level is required?

As we mentioned above, there is no skill level required for the fishing at Crocodile Bay Resort as you will have a deckhand and captain who will assist in everything. You are more than welcome if you are a little more experienced to do everything and the deckhand will just make sure you have all the equipment that you will need for a days fishing.

How physically demanding is this trip?

On the whole Crocodile Bay Resort is not a physically demanding destination. There is a short walk from the lodge to the boats of around 5 minutes through the jungle but apart from that all the resort facilities are ground level and located in and around the hotel.

When to go?

If you want numbers of Sailfish then January to April, the Marlin starts to show up around the beginning of November along with the Dorado, the Marlin tend to thin out in numbers around the time when the first load of Sailfish turn up. The Tuna fishing is from November to July and the inshore fishing for Roosters is year-round with the peak time being June.

How to get there?

The normal route is UK to either the US or Madrid then on to San Jose. If you time your holiday on certain days then we can arrange a direct flight from London Gatwick direct to San Jose Costa Rica. The second option of the direct flight only happens on certain days but we highly recommend taking this route to Crocodile Bay Resort as it cuts out the need for an American Visa.

What is the accommodation like?

Crocodile Bay Resort is set amongst some stunning lush tropical gardens and is in the heart of the rainforest. The main entrance to the lobby is stunning and very welcoming. You then walk through the lobby into a bar/restaurant area which is where you will take your breakfast and evening meals. Just outside of this room is the swim-up pool bar with Jacuzzi. Surrounding the pool are 12 very private rooms with their own balconies looking out into the jungle. The rooms are very spacious with lovely en-suite bathrooms.

What is the food like?

Breakfast is served in the morning and there is a huge selection to choose from. You can have cereals, waffles, cooked breakfast, eggs on toast and if there isn’t something you like then they will fix it. Lunch is mainly taken on the boats and you will have the choice from lots of different sandwiches to salads plus lots and lots of fruit and drinks. The evening meals and very tasty and all produced from locally sourced farms. The food ranges from big Steaks to the catch of the day and again if there is something you really like that’s not on the menu all you have to do is ask.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

The lodge provides all the tackle to spend a great day fishing even if its offshore or inshore. There is some fly-fishing equipment but it is very limited but most of the bait fishing and some lure fishing is included.

Is internet and phone signal available?

The phone signal and internet is good however the Wi-Fi is a little patchy when you get away from the main bar area but once at the bar the connection is very good.

Are there other activities available?

At Crocodile Bay Resort it is all about eco-tours and there are just too many to list. For example, you can spend the day shooting around on treetop zip lines then the next day you could find yourself on fully guided nature walks through the jungle spotting all different manner of animals and creepy crawlies. For full details of all the tours contact a member of Sportquest who will be more than happy to assist.

How much does it cost?

We offer you the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view, all prices and & availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

Reviews

Richard

Had a very enjoyed week at Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica. Well organised transfers and airport hotel, good resort, very friendly staff, OK food.

Paul Stevens who accompanied us on the trip was very helpful and concerned for our happiness.

As first-time "big game" fishermen and first-time Sportquest customers, I was surprised at how little introduction and induction there was (i.e. none), especially given the high cost of the trip.

When we arrived at Crocodile Bay, we had breakfast and were put on a boat at 8.30 am and while motoring out were told the absolute basics of what was going to happen. There was no explanation before we set off (or even any time pre- or post-booking) that these would be 9-hour boating days starting at 6.30 am. There was no explanation for us beginners of the fishing techniques to be used for different fish, how to handle the rods and lines, nor what to expect in the lucky event that a fish might be caught.

You should produce some videos to explain all of this so customers can learn before going on a trip. You should have an organised land-based induction/introduction program at the resort, and also on-board tuition.

For the high cost, it is not enough to let the deck-hand explain to us in broken English what to do.

After 3 relatively fruitless fishing days, Paul arranged for us to switch boat to a different captain. While this yielded a marginally better result (3 fish rather than 2!), it alerted us to the fact that our first boat had been very poorly equipped - it had few rods and perhaps more crucially given 9 hours on the boat, no chairs that had a backrest (the second boat did have them).

So it feels like we were short-changed with our first assigned boat and captain. Again, for the money, not good.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Richard, was a real pleasure to have met you and Andrew and thank you for your feedback. This information is very helpful for future travellers.

I understand what you are talking about, it is a big rush when we arrive at the resort as we fish the first day. I have tried to add a spare day when we arrive at the resort so everyone has the chance to settle in and this is when I use to give the introduction but doing this creates a problem at the end of the holiday as we miss the direct London flight. Having this extra day at the resort makes us miss this return direct flight and forces us to have another 4 days at the resort to catch the direct flight. Running the trip the way we do, is purely down to our customers asking for this length of itinerary. It is a very good idea regarding a short video on an introduction for newcomers and something I will mention to our media team.

With regards to the boats and skippers, yes they do vary and we get allocated the boats and skippers when we arrive. I shall make a note to reserve certain captains next time. I am sorry the fishing wasn't on form and hopefully if you decide to use us next time for your adventure we can make up for it.

All the best Paul

Glenn

Crocodile Bay is a great venue and a nice group of people well led by the Sportquest guide, however the fishing was very poor with only 2 fish caught by myself and 1 lost near the boat, scant reward for the cost and effort of getting to Costa Rica.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Glenn, thank you so much for your feedback. Glad you liked the trip and the group. Such a shame about fishing, as it can be very good. I have never witnessed it being so hot there before and the water temps were very high. I know these are fishermen excuses but it was very tough going.

Norway next Glenn

All the best, Paul

Paul

The holiday in general was superb. Well organised with great company.
The lodge was also very good, comfortable, and clean with lovely staff.
Travel to and from the destination was better than I expected, the stop over hotel again very good.
The fishing was as fishing is. We had to work hard but we achieved our targets.
My only opinion is I would have preferred two anglers per boat.
I would definitely go again, great time.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Paul, thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback. It was great to take you and Alison out to Costa Rica and so glad you guys liked it. Shame the fishing was tough but it must have been something to dow ith the high temps and high water temps. Next time!!

I may be looking at putting back to November each year as I find the fishing a little more varied and also will consider two anglers per boat. All the best

Paul

Martin

I was lucky enough to be able to go to Costa Rica last December. What a wonderful place to go to, the fishing was a bit on the slow side but I was lucky enough to get my big blue marlin and see one of the biggest Dorado you will ever see! It was about 90to 100lb, well done Bob. Thank you Sportquest, I will never forget this trip.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Martin,

It was a real pleasure to have fished with you and a super big well done for catching that Blue, I know how much it meant to you. Yes the Dorado was a monster and I am sure it was one of the biggest caught.

All the best Martin and hopefully I will get to fish with you again one year

Tight lines Paul

Kathleen

Paul was an extremely friendly and amiable guide. He kept calm when the rare mishap occurred such as a lost passport, which he found under a computer keyboard on the checking desk. Great holiday thanks

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Kathleen, it was a great pleasure to have met you guys finally after the many years of helping you on your adventures and will see you again next February for a return visit.

All the best and thank you for your kind words

Stephen

Great holiday with excellent service & food at the lodge. Boats of a good standard. Offshore grounds quite a journey out however better to spend travelling to be on the fish. Would like to go back in the Sailfish season.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Steve, really good to finally meet you after so many years. Glad you loved the place and well done on your 13th Marlin!! And boy did you get that in quick.

Like you say it is better to spend time getting to the fish rather than fishing closer to land for no fish.

You are all booked on for next years Sailfish trip (February is peak time for them)

All the best

David

First rate trip all round!

Fishing guide + boat crew beyond expectations. Avoid duty free at San Jose (rip off)

Special mention for Paul, for whom nothing was too much trouble

Thanks again

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello David, so glad you loved the trip and it exceeded your expectations. It is a wonderful place and somewhere all anglers should visit.

Well done on all your fish you had a great weeks fishing.

All the best and hopefully get to fish with again

John

All very enjoyable. Resort good, food good as was the service.

Fishing ok, not a great variety of species and long distances to the fishing grounds. Beautiful location and superb bird life.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello John, glad you liked the location it truly is stunning. When you spend most of the time offshore there are not many species available, shame you didnt connect with one of the billfish family!

All the best

Kevan

I had a ball. If I had landed everything I hooked it would of been out of this world. Never the less six new species caught plus new PB Dorado. Fauna and Flora outstanding too. I would definitely go Back!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Kev, thank you for your feedback. I am glad you loved your first visit to Crocodile Bay the location is out of this world. Plus the fishing is world class. It was a pleasure to have been there when you caught that Dorado.... all the ones you had were huge! Shame about the Marlin falling off maybe next time

All the best

Jane

Just Brilliant. Crocodile Bay is a great location, even for a non angler! Excellent accommodation and food. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

The eco tours arranged by Crocodile Bay were excellent and I had the opportunity to see some of the beautiful wildlife in Costa Rica.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Jane, it was real pleasure to finally meet you. Kev speaks very highly of you! So glad you loved the place, it is one of my personal favourites and enjoy every trip there. There is just something about the place, its friendly atmosphere, its fine food, the wildlife, the fishing, I can not quite put my finger on it...... just feels so relaxing.

And also, thank you for your feedback

John

The boats were comfortable and the time would have allowed one more days fishing.

The fishing was good and the weather was mostly good.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi John, thanks for your feedback and a massive well done on your huge Rooster fish, what a fight and what a fish.

The only reason why we couldnt have another days fishing is because the small internal flight sometimes has delays and as its a very small fleet of planes we have to allow plenty of time just in case a plane breaks down and we are late getting back to Costa Rica.

Look forward to seeing you again soon

All the best Paul

Geoffrey

Catching a Sailfish was the most memorable part for me. Travelling was not as bad as I feared.

Sportquest seems to have the answers to any queries any reasonable angler could ask.

I enjoyed my trip, now for the Andamans!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Geoff, thank you so much for taking the time out to fill your feed back form. It was a pleasure to have been there when you caught your Sailfish, they are awesome creatures. Hopefully you liked the pictures.

Andaman will be here sooner than you think

All the best and thank you so much for my wine

Paul

Robert

The standard of fishing boats varies. Some are faster and more comfortable than others. Try and get a good one.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Robert, thanks for your feedback form. Yes there did seem to be a difference in boats. We have made a mental note of the faster boats and will request them next time.

All the best and see you soon

Paul

Malcolm

The hotel was excellent and the staff helpful and very friendly. Boat crew were efficient and good at their job while being friendly on long days. The fishing was the best bit, especially catching my Sailfish. The flight was long, but Business class makes it better. Internal flight is turbulent over the mountains, be prepared!
I will go back to get the Marlin soon!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Malcolm, thank you so much for taking the time to fill out your feed back form. I totally agree with all you have said and it was a pleasure to have been there when you caught your Sailfish, sorry we couldn't get you your Marlin, maybe next time.

Crocodile Bay is an awesome destination and one that always pleases people who stay there.

All the best and hopefully will see you again

Paul Stevens

Al

Top class fishing resort, friendly, luxurious, great food.

Fishing was a little tough inshore but by the end of the week the offshore fishing was excellent with 12 Sailfish caught and released and many more raised to the teasers. All equipment was first class and the crew were friendly, knowledgeable and spoke decent English.

On top of this was the stunning scenery and wildlife, even just around the resort.

Highly recommended!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thanks for your feedback form. Glad you guys loved the place, it is truly one of those places in the world that you will want to return to year after year.

Shame the fishing was a little tough but still you had some good Sails in the end.

Where is next for you guys?

Once again thanks for choosing Sportquest to take care of your adventure.

All the best

Paul

Paul

Just returned from another hosted trip with Sportquest. This time I joined a group to the famous Crocodile Bay and it did not disappoint in anyway.

First class operation, fishing, boats and guides.

The accommodation and resort is suitable for both anglers and non anglers, which was a real bonus (As I would sleep on the beach if the fishing was good enough)

Thank Sportquest another successful trip.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

It was great to have you back on another hosted trip. Lets hope we can keep you interested with lost of different destinations as we have lots of hosted trips you can work your way through.

Talk soon :)

Christine

Both my husband & I joined one of Sportquest's hosted trips, as first time big game anglers we were very unsure about both what to expect and what to do.

We did not need to worry as Peter our host and owner of SQH took such good care of us. I really appreciated having him in the boat the day I found myself connected to a Blue Marlin. His instructions on what to do and how to play the fish made a great help and kept me both confident but also calm.

The lodge and our room was stunning, the staff also need a mention as nothing is too much for them. The girls in the restaurant and bars are a real asset to the resort.

I am sure that we have both been bitten by the bug and are already planning to return.

If you have ever wanted to try big game fishing just ask Sportquest.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Christine / Paul

Thank you for such a nice review and your kind words. It was a pleasure in having you both on one of our trips.

Christine, you did an amazing job of playing that Marlin, it was all your hard work with only a few words from me.

Looking forward to all the pictures, I will share the rest of the group pictures with you once they are all in.

Tight lines

Martin

Sportquest thank you for such an amazing trip.

The sailfish, Marlin and Roosterfish fishing was of the charts.

The lodge is idilic and a real home from home. I would love to return and next time I will bring the whole family as they will also love it.

Thanks again Martin

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Martin,

Thanks for choosing Sportquest Holidays as we do know you have a choice. So glad you loved the trip as it was a pleasure having you.

You are correct the resort is very family friendly as there is so much else to do apart from the fishing, perhaps next time you need two weeks.

Tight lines

Mark

Thanks for arranging such a great hosted trip for now on Crocodile Bay Resort is my favorite place for fishing, enjoying nature, and just plain relaxing in Costa Rica.

Accommodations, meals, and service are first class, and the setting is a tropical paradise.

I can’t wait to go back again.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Mark, it was a pleasure trust me it was.

I have e-mailed you some dates for next year.

Roger

Our first time big game fishing so after talking to you we decided to opt for a hosted trip.

Our host was Peter from Sportquest and we are so glad that we listened.

Peter took very good care of us from departing the UK until we all returned.

Perfect location, top class fishing and very well run from start to finish. Can not find a single fault.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Roger, thank you for your kind words, it was a pleasure looking after everyone and something I also enjoyed as it was a great group of people, which makes my job much easier.

I hope to get to share some fishing with you again someday soon.

George

Peter just a quick thank you for taking good care of us all on the trip.

The whole experience was amazing, lots of action with sailfish and Tuna,

The lodge and staff are a real credit to the whole trip, nothing was to much trouble for anyone.

We would love to return in a couple of years time, as I have some unfenced business with that Blue Marlin.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

George, you are welcome as always it was good to have you all on the trip.

The fishing was very kind to us so I hope to see you all again soon (Next year maybe?)

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