Publication: Costa Rica Outdoors Magazine
McClave was waiting at the Puerto Jimenez airstrip the
morning of July 25 when Joe Werner and I arrived for
a couple of days fishing at Parrot Bay Village, the
newest fishing operation on the Osa peninsula.
Darren and his wife Katie manage the lodge, which opened
just over a year ago. From New Jersey, he holds
a captain's license for vessels up to 500 tons and previously
operated a research vessel along the eastern seaboard
of the U.S. He lived in Costa Rica from 1991
to 1995, operating a panga out of northern
Puerto Jimenez has grown tremendously since my last
visit many years ago, and is now a small thriving community
with stores, markets, cantinas and even a gas station.
We spent the day touring the area with
Darren, visiting other lodges in the area, watching
surfers work a point break off Matapalo and saw a bit
of Corcovado National Park. It is the largest
in Costa Rica's world famous National Park System, and
said to be home to the largest number of endangered
species in all of Central America.
macaws, toucans and other exotic birds abound, and there
are three species of monkeys, sloth, crocodiles and
many other critters. There have been sightings
of the rare jaguar, and smaller members of the cat family
are frequently seen within a few yards of the lodges.
If there is a more beautiful spot on this earth,
I haven't been there yet.
Staley, an old friend who used to manage the Rio Colorado
Lodge and other fishing operations here, is now in charge
of fishing at Crocodile Bay, just down the road from
Parrot Bay. He showed us around the elegant facility,
complete with an immense butterfly garden, swimming
pool and the amenities of a 5-star resort.
we came to fish, and we were at the pier right after
breakfast the next morning where skipper Oliver Martinez
and mate Luis Enrique Santamaria had the 30-foot center
consoles rigged and ready.
twin 115 h.p., four-stroke Suzukis pushed us at a brisk
pace, but it was still a 90 minute run outside before
we found blue water and the crew put out the teasers.
They were still working the flat lines when a
marlin came in on the right rigger. Joe dropped
back immediately with live sardineta as the crew cranked
in the teasers and was rewarded with an immediate strike!
A blue marlin that would have gone well over
300 pounds came out of the water, made a short run,
then jumped once again before he threw the hook and
I could get my camera pointed in the right direction.
No more marlin, but the sailfish cooperated and we went
seven releases for nine in the air before we headed
was blowing the next day and we couldn't raise a fish
outside, so we went back to work the reefs inshore and
did well on roosterfish and snapper, a small shark and
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