New Year’s Eve is the only day of the year you will find a traffic jam in Puerto Jimenez. Yet, thanks to a generous neighbor, this small beach town has one of the largest, most spectacular NYE fireworks display in all of Costa Rica. Local people come from all over the peninsula to enjoy the lit-up sky.
Fishing at the beginning of the month was good with double-digit days of sailfish, with decent inshore fishing as well. Then came a wave of warmer water. The sailfish numbers dropped, but the marlin continued to pop up in the spread, and several anglers took their first marlin. Then, we had a couple of weeks that would drive most Fishing Directors crazy. Fish were being caught but not in the numbers that are normal for this time of year. The big tuna were the salvation; a big school of spinner dolphins and tuna parked just seven miles off the beach for several days. Lots of 100-pound fish were taken, and two monsters over 250-pounds were taken out of the school.
Inshore caught on fire at the end of the month. Roosterfish and big jacks to over 25-pounds sent folks to the spa after a day of pulling on these inshore bulldogs.
I predict many anniversary fishing trips back to Crocodile Bay for years to come.
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