Costa Rica Fishing Report – July 2013 – Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

Posted by on Monday, July 1st, 2013 with 0

Costa Rica Fishing DirectorHappy Birthday USA! “Wishing you and your family the very best this Fourth of July! What’s on your birthday “Fish List”?

by Todd Staley Fishing Director Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica www.crocodilebay.com

Offshore has been a hunting game of late. The big rush of marlin is late arriving in true Latino fashion. The big school of tuna that we enjoyed most of the month has moved north up towards Drake Bay but the next wave should be right behind it. Floating debris has been the ticket lately and when one is found that has been in the water long enough to create an eco-system below it, anything can happen.

 

julyfishlistJeff Gunnells had his family down earlier this month and they walked away with the biggest fish landed in June, a 500 lb blue marlin. They also added a huge dorado and and nice rooster inside. Stacy Lynch made his third visit here on a break from his duties in Afghanistan and took several sails and a monster dorado.

The Donavon family found someone to take care of their exotic animals long enough to seek down for a little vacation. They tore up the inshore waters catching nice roosters, and brought back enough snapper for all the guests to enjoy.

John Doerr, the head of Pure Fishing returned again with his wife Leslie. Last year at this time Penn Reels, (one of the many companies John is in charge of) introduced their ne “Spinfisher V” series during a big tuna run. The reels proved more than tough enough for a freight train tuna. Later Mark Davis, who’s television series “Big Water Adventures” was down an caught a 350 marlin on the Spinfisher 10500.

The last few days, folks got a real rainforest experience as the skies opened up and dropped buckets of water on us. Blake Johnson managed a 47 lb rooster in the rain and the Robert Waln family took 5 nice roosters at Matapalo. The sun has been shining ever since with some rain in the late afternoons.

I enjoy this time of year when we are not so busy to really get to know the guests and families are down together. I have to be a little patient and work a little harder for the fish, but there are plenty of rewards out there.

Todd Staley writes the costa rica fishing column for the English newspaper “The Tico Times” and is also the fishing director at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica.

Don’t miss Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica  in this June’s Sport Fishing Magazine!

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Sport Fishing Magazine, June 2013 – Featuring Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

Posted by on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 with 0

Adrenaline Rush!
Pandemonium Among the Porpoise Pods Off Costa Rica
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While there might be better ways to hook the really huge yellowfin — as in 300-plus pounds — that patrol the eastern Pacific, I don’t think there could be any more-exciting way to hook any tuna than casting poppers into leaping, blitzing schools and cranking ’em back at high speed. The combination of the visuals (big yellowfin crashing your lure) and the physical (arm-wrenching strikes) definitely makes these “yee-haw!” moments. That’s why, after a morning of little activity as we trolled, watched and waited 10 to 15 miles offshore of the lowerOsa Peninsula off southern Costa Rica, we all jumped when the call came over the VHF. “Get those lines in!” Manfred, themate aboard the Crocodile Bay Resort’s Strikefisher 33, said.“They’ve got dolphin pods about two miles north!”He didn’t have to tell us twice.

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Finding Flipper

We knew of the well-established association between pods of dolphin (as in porpoise, of course, and not dorado/mahi) and yellowfin. Find big numbers of dolphin, and you might find feeding tuna. While that “might” loomed large, and there are no guarantees when fishing the Pacific, it always pays if dolphin are spotted to see if they are traveling with an escort of yellowfin.  Our skipper pushed the throttles ahead hard, while Manfred tied circle
hooks to the end of a couple of outfits.  Hunter Cole and I opted to go with large poppers. Cole, senior marketing manager for Pure Fishing, handed me a Penn Spinfisher V with 50-pound braided line and a Sebile Splasher. He
armed himself with the same, and we headed up to the bow. There was no mistaking the dolphins— the sleek, dark mammals as much out of the water as in it, leaping high into the air — as well as the birds wheeling in the area. At first, I saw no sign of tuna and grew disheartened, until we drew near enough to see the silver bullets exploding from the surface sporadically among the dolphin. Wanting to avoid the frustration of throwing short, I forced myself to wait, heart pounding, as the boat eased closer. Cole heaved a Splasher into the fray and just after, my own Splasher was on the heels of his. I glimpsed a commotion behind Cole’s lure, and suddenly his rod arced and bounced as he yelled, “I’m on!” Shortly after, a detonation under my lure knocked it high out of the water. With shaking hands, I cranked the popper the rest of the way to the boat — and then grabbed my camera to record Cole’s battle.

Costa Rica FishingIn the company of several other resort boats, we spent at least the next couple of hours running and gunning, trying to stay on the dolphin and tuna, until the yellowfin left or perhaps went deep. Most anglers had hooked tuna
in that time, and some had brought several fish to the boat. Best of all is that running and gunning for tuna means nonstop activity: If you’re not actually hooked up, you’re casting into fish or standing on the bow, ready as the skipper gets you into position. There’s never a dull moment. At least that’s true when the yellowfin are feeding. If the tuna bite among the moving dolphin turns off, it might be only a matter of time until the fish start whacking bait again. “I had an angler out who really wanted a tuna on his popper. We stayed with a load of dolphin for four hours before the tuna went on a feed,” says Todd Staley, the resort’s fishing director. “Just
before sunset, he ended up boating the 180-pound yellowfin that slam-dunked his popper.”

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Southern Costa Rica offers — as we saw — good hunting grounds for tunaon top. In fact, the eastern Pacific fromMexico south into at least Ecuador can mean prime run‑and‑gun tuna activity when the timing is right. For Crocodile Bay boats, that tends to be a crapshoot. “You can catch tuna any day of the year, just not very predictably,” Staley says. “We may find yellowfin out there for weeks at a time but then not see any for just as long.”
While he says there really is no tuna season, run-and-gun fans might have their best shot at finding tuna feeding late spring and late fall, with the fish more numerous then, but also smaller, as school fish dominate. An effective alternative to poppers, metal speed jigs also have the advantage of tremendous long-distance castability, and when breezing fish are moving very fast or happen to be particularly spooky, only out-of-the-ballpark casts will make it to ground zero. I was reminded of this the next day while fishing with Patrick Sebile. The yellowfin were on top but not feedin with quite as much abandon as they had been the day before. Sebile opted to forgo the Splasher and instead tied on one of his Fast Cast metal jigs. He cranked it hard and fast so it skipped along the top, looking indeed like a baitfish trying frantically to escape. His jig was slammed repeatedly, and I became an instant believer in small metal jigs for schooling tuna at the surface.

Sails and Roosters
While fishing offshore of the Osa Peninsula can be a good bet for yellowfin, billfish are always a big bluewater draw. During our June visit, sails were few and far between — not such a surprise, since that’s usually a slow time for sails — but seasonally (January into May), sailfish can be swarming. Anglers after marlin have their best shots at blacks and stripes in July, August and September, and blues November through mid-January. Plus, of course, this peninsula has earned a reputation for producing roosterfish. We tried our hand and weren’t disappointed. The beaches along the open southwestern Osa
coast proved slow, but closer to the resort, around the southern tip of the peninsula, the default live bait — blue runners — found some willing takers. Roosters have a tough time passing up slow-trolled runners near shorelines, though they’re not shy about snatching up other live-bait offerings, such as a moonfish that the mate quickly bridled up and put over the side.
We spent some time jigging, but other than a Pacific red snapper, a bright-red scorpionfish and a small fortune jack, we couldn’t find a lot to show for our efforts. But I have seen photos of excellent jig catches. As outstanding as the waters of southern Costa Rica can be for many species, I’ll take tuna on top any day for sheer adrenalin-pumping action.

Costa Rica Fishing Report – June 2013 Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

Posted by on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 with 0

From www.crocodilebay.com

Yellowfin Tuna Bend Rods and Spool Reels at Crocodile Bay!
by
Todd Staley, Fishing Director

Summer Tuna Tune Up

The spa girls have been working overtime to work on sore muscles from pulling on tuna. Finding schools of tuna have been almost a daily occurrence for the last ten days. Steve Smiley had his family down on a return trip and they cleaned up on the tuna. The schools of tuna have been averaging 30 to 100 pounds with some monsters traveling with it. Dick Carmical also had the family down and they pulled on one estimated at over 250 pounds for 2 ½ hours when the leader final wore through.


Rain or Shine, the Tuna Continue to test the strength of anglers daily!

Shannon Smiley showed her family how to catch roosters by being the top angler when they fished inshore, but when they went back after the tuna the next day, I noticed her score sheet was blank. I teased that she didn’t want to embarrass the boys again and she explained tuna were complete on her bucket list and she had a great time just watching the boys fight tuna. I’m with you Shannon.

 


There are enough roosters around to keep it interesting but not in great numbers, Snapper have been dinner size and no giants have come this week although Bob Mandic fought a big one for a while before it broke him off.

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There are a few sailfish still around and anglers have been spending so much time pulling on tuna that no-one has been hunting marlin. Reports from other fisherman are the next wave of fish is moving in as lots of marlin were seen working waters far offshore.

Todd Staley
Fishing Director,
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Fishing Report – May 23rd 2013 Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

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By Crocodile Bay Resort Costa Rica Fishing Director, Todd Staley
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Experience Marlin Mayhem Costa Rica Fishing at Crocodile Bay

SPECIAL OFFER ALERT – KIDS now FISH, Stay and Eat FREE at Crocodile Bay with at least one paying parent or guardian details here !

Patience is the key to bagging a really nice fish and no-one does it better than regular guests Jim and Leighanne Nunes. They brought good friends Gary Deems and Ron Harney down with them and introduced them to their first Pacific sail.

The Nunes stayed a couple of days longer and worked the waters offshore without much success until their captain ran across a trash line that held small tuna and dorado. They ended up raising 7 marlin, boating and releasing two, the largest going  400 lbs. A very wise and accomplished fisherman once told me, “your chances of catching a really good fish are directly related to how much you deserve it.” Jim must really deserve it because he bags a marlin nearly every time he comes to the resort.

Jim Nunes

Costa Rica Marlin Fishing

Thomas and Patrick Hayden were our first father/son visitors for the school break and they also took a nice 350 lb blue marlin. Bill and William La Fuze were the first to take advantage of our “Dad’s and Grad’s” special and started inshore with a real nice cubera snapper and followed yesterday with a pair of dorado, the largest tipping the scale at 50 lbs.
Another frequent client, Bill DeDeugd and son Daniel, brought another father son team, Jim and Nick Rice who spent their first day catching a mixed bag of bottom fish.


More marlin keep moving in offshore, following the migration of tuna and dorado. It is a hunting game, but there are fish out there to be had. Fishing inshore has been changing day to day, changing from fair to good. Some nice snapper and a few roosterfish are cooperating with anglers

 

 

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Happy Birthday

Crocodile Bay would also like to wish Leighanne Nunes a very happy birthday and a great 2013. Hope to see you and Jim Soon!
The Crocodile Bay Staff!

SPECIAL ALERT – Crocodile Bay is running a KIDS FREE family vacation fishing special where KIDS (15 and Under ) Stay, Eat, and FISH FREE! (Kids under 12 will also get local/in-country flights FREE $250 value!

See you soon in Costa Rica!

Todd Staley,
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
www.crocodilebay.com

Costa Rica Fishing Report, May 2013 – Crocodile Bay Resort, Osa Peninsula – Southern Costa Rica

Posted by on Thursday, May 9th, 2013 with 0

Costa Rica Fishing Report – Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

The last couple of weeks have been hot and cold but generally everyone caught what they came for, but maybe not in the numbers they wanted.

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Boston Whaler Incentive Trip To Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica! Thanks for coming down guys! Hope to see you back again soon!

The unseasonal rain scattered the sailfish but also brought marlin for an early arrival. David Butcher brought down a group of tournament fishermen that travel all over the globe. This year they fished here.

Blue Marlin

Mike Thomas held the lead for most of the 4 day event but Terry Detrich bagged a marlin on the last day to take the top prize. This was a 20 lb test line tournament and Detrich’s first marlin on such light tackles. Congratulations Terry.

Congratulations also go to Brett and Tamara Vana who honeymooned here as well as Rick and Bonnie Alvarez who celebrated their 20th anniversary with us.
Boston Whaler has been visiting us with a large group annually for over a decade. I’d like to personally thank Dennis Tilton who makes the logistics for the event very easy for me. The have a fun tournament every year with half the prize money going to the angler and have to a community project. Every year the winning anglers end of also donating their have of the winnings. This year they raised over $3000 and it will go to buying books for the new library at the elementary school.

 

 

Will Rogers on of Whalers managers have captured some incredible video over the years and the attached video is an extraordinary example of it. It shows a marlin coming in to the teaser repeated before taking the bait. I like to call it “Before the Bite.” Note…after the Marlin footage there is some nice sailfish footage above the water..these are separate clips.

Costa Rica Pacific Blue Marlin swordfights with the teaser “Before the Bite” from Crocodile Bay Resort on Vimeo.

Watch and Share this Vimeo Video of a Marlin swordfighting the teaser “Before the Bite” by Will Rogers

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Diego Toiran, host of Pescando en Los Cayos filmed an inshore for the Hispanic audience in the United States. Not only did he capture roosterfish on film but visited town to catch the local culture with cameraman Jose Acosta.

Pescando en Los Cayos

See you soon in Costa Rica!
Todd Staley, Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica!
www.crocodilebay.com

Costa Rica Surfing – Learning to Ride Your First Wave at Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica

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Crocodile Bay Monthly Eco Report – Costa Rica Surfing – Learning to Surf in Costa Rica,
By Dennis Atencio, Eco Director

Surfs UP@!

Dennis AttencioCosta Rica is a popular destination worldwide for its wealth of natural resources and is visited by thousands of tourists from around the world every year. Most of these visitors come here looking for quiet, secluded places like the many primal rainforests or the miles of pristine beaches.

Fortunately for the guests of Crocodile Bay Resort, they may enjoy both without having to be far the rainforest or the warm waters of the sandy beaches of the South Pacific Coast.

 

 

 

The surfing, fishing and biodiversity are the most important attractions for Crocodile Bay’s home, the Osa Peninsula, which has more than 80 percent of the remaining primary forest in all of Costa Rica.

If you’re looking for an active vacation and the excitement of learning something new like surfing with the stunning low land rain forest as a backdrop, we have the perfect beach – Playa Pan Dulce wich means “ Sweet bread”.

This amazing beach is located only 18km northwest from CBR in an area named Mata Palo, the waves there are perfect for learning to surf, they are long and not too fast.

Our bilingual instructor will give you step by step, easy to learn instructions on how and where the waves are and how to ride them standing up in the soft top boards(provided by Crocodile Bay). Our instructor(s) will also be with you in the water making sure that you are following every single step to get that unparalleled feeling of “riding a wave”

After that our staff will have an ice-cold cooler stocked with bottled water, juices, sodas, beers and fruit to reward you for learning this new skill that you can take home with you and enjoy for years to come.

This beautiful surf spot is also populated by several unique rainforest birds and animals such as the scarlet macaw and monkeys who visit this beach all day long in different groups.


 

Crocodile Bay Monthly Eco Report,
By Dennis Atencio, Eco Director

Corcovado National Park by Air

In October 1975, 45,757 hectares of land were taken from the Osa Peninsula to establish the area as a National Park. This has been one of the most important decisions in favor of protecting our country’s natural resources and the planets rainforst systems to date.

Corcovado National Park, Costa RIca

We now know that Corcovado National Park has more biodiversity than anywhere else in the world of the same geographic size. With an enormous 2.5% of the planet’s biodiversity, this ecologically intense area has become the crown jewel of Costa Rica leaving an ecological wonder for future generations to enjoy and protect.

Costa Rica Rainforest

Corcovado has 5 monitoring stations including the Sirena station which is located deep in the forest. This is also the primary destination for all visitors who love nature such as recent guests Jimmy and Carlos who are lovers of orchids, bromeliads and palms.

The Martins were eager to see one of the most visited National parks in Costa Rica to enjoy all of it’s biologiclall wealth. Visiting Corcovado can be done by land, water or air. A plane ride is the most efficient choice to get to the heart of the park quickly and have enough time to walk the trails of the Sirena station where there is more opportunity to observe some of the wildlife in a single day.

The flight from Crocodile Bay to Sirena is 12 minutes and during the trip one can be seen the dense vegetation that extends from the mountains to the cobalt blue waters of the Pacific. You can also see the large number of river systems and the beautiful lagoon of Corcovado.

Corcovado River

Once in Sirena, we began our 7 hour hike, walking along its lush twisting trails. Jimmy and Don Carlos were fascinated by the different species of orchids and bromeliads of the primary rainforest and we were lucky to view several animals including two red-brocket deer and anteaters very close to us. After 5 hours of walking in the rain forest we arrived at Rio Claro where we had lunch and we took a refreshing swim in its clear water.

Anteater

The day was beautiful without rain and the return on the plane was pretty amazing because of the spectacular views along the coast including pristine beach and large rock formations jutting out along the coast.

Corcovado Coast View

We arrived back at Crocodile Bay to Puerto Jimenez at 3:30 am physically very tired but very happy to have been in “the most ecologically Intense Place on Earth”

For more information on booking your Costa Rica eco, fishing or spa vacation Click Here!

 

2012 Eco Report Archives

Dennis AttencioCrocodile Bay Eco Report – January 2012
by Dennis Atencio

Crocodile Bay is much more than a sport fishing destination, we currently offer over 20 exciting eco-tours that allow you to explore one of the most ecologically intense places on the planet, Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula! Below are some photos and descriptions of two of our most popular tours, The Monkey Tour and the Tour of Costa Rica’s “Sweet Gulf” (Golf Dulce).

MONKEY TOUR
One of the most popular tours, the Monkey Tour, allows you to explore a beautifully coastal forest full of wildlife. Afterward you enjoy a short hike to a thundering waterfall (pictured below) where you can cool off in the exhilarating temperatures of its water. Of course you will also find many types of animals such as Monkeys (Spider, Howler, Squirrel and White Face), Scarlet Macaws, Toucans and several other exotic birds species. You will also have the opportunity to see beautiful secluded beaches and many other interesting places. Come and amaze yourself!

GULF EXCURSIONS
The Golfo Dulce is one of the most beautiful and charming spots in the Costa Rica’s southern region, enjoy the warm temperatures of its water. Taking any of our boat tours you will have the great opportunity to explore it above water, snorkeling or just taking a boat excursion to the gulf, where dolphins will appear and make an unforgettable experience for you.

 

 

Costa Rica Fishing Report, April 16 2013 – Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

Posted by on Thursday, April 18th, 2013 with 0

By Todd Staley, Fishing Director – Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

Wade Boggs Costa Rica Fishing
MLB Hall of Famer Wade Boggs smiles before embarking on day two of the Red Bone @ Large Costa Rica Classic at Crocodile Bay Resort!

Todd Staley Costa Rica Fishing DirectorThere’s a fine line between superstitious and obsessive compulsive and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs crossed it every night. The 12-time All Star attributed much of his success to a daily routine and refused to alter his habits. These everyday customs including eating chicken before each game (earning him the nickname “Chicken Man”), and always taking exactly 150 ground balls during infield practice. He also always took batting practice at 5:17 and ran sprints at 7:17 and drew the word “Chai” (Hebrew for “life”) in the dirt before coming up to bat. Boggs’ allegiance to his superstitions helped lead him to one of the finest pro baseball careers of all time and induction to the Hall of Fame.

Wade paid us a visit again last week fishing in the second leg of the Redbone tournament for cystic fibrosis. Wade also won the celebrity division of this year’s tournament.

Winner of the RedBone

Pictured above, Brian Dellett of Denver Co. Grand Champion Angler of the Redbone @ Large Crocodile Bay OSA Classic! Congratulations Brian!

I am also superstitious. One of my biggest superstitions is to never brag when fishing is really good. On my last report I broke my rule. Fishing had been so good the whole month of March I fell to temptation and told the whole world. Well, on April Fool’s Day my world caved in. The weather changed and the fish quit biting. Usually April is one of our driest months and the rains started. Fishing was lousy for over a week and finally the sunshine started to show more each day and the inshore recovered. Drew Kelly returned again this year and opted for the better inshore fishing. They caught 20 jacks on topwater plugs one day along with roosters and some really nice snapper.

Tyler Gerstein Lands a Rooster Solo
“I GOT IT” Exclaims eight year old Tyler Gernstein as his rod breaks and he still manages to reel in this 55lb monster roosterfish!

Other highlights:  Eight year old Tyler Gernstein is no stranger to roosterfish. Last year he caught a 59 lb monster with a little help. This time, a year older and with experience under his belt he hooked into a 45 lb fish. The mate on the boat immediately went to help him lift the rod. His reply to this action was a surprise and put a big smile one everyone’s face. “Don’t worry about the rod, I got it,” he exclaimed. “Hang on to me!” If the rod was going in the water he would be attached to it. He landed the fish pictured all be himself.

Jeff Thurston

Jeff Thurston (pictured above) spent one day on the water and caught a 120 lb sail and returned to the doc with a 55 lb dorado. Chuck Raderstorf’s 400 lb blue marlin was the fish everyone was talking about at the resort.

(pictured below) Guests Jeff and Kimberly enjoy a nice mix of sailfish and roosters

Costa Rica Sailfish

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Many thanks to Jamie and Donna Piraino for sharing their photos that turned out to be some of the BEST sailfish shots we’ve ever been given by any guest! Here’s something to motivate you for YOUR next fishing trip!

Don’t take our word for it – Here is a testimonial from Brian Tooms on his fishing trip with his wife Trish this past week at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica!

Brian and his Wife Trish With a “Dream” DoubleHeader Sailfish hookup!

 

“We honeymooned in Crocodile Bay in 2007 after getting married in Las Vegas on the way down.
This year to celebrate my retirement from 37 years of being a Locomotive engineer with Canadian National Railways my wife said we could go pretty much anywhere in the world for a trip. She knew it would be a fishing trip and she was surprised and pleased that I picked Crocodile Bay.
My wife has a severe water phobia and she has been getting a lot better and this last trip you would never know. That is due in a large part to the professionalism of the guides, captains and mates that helped her and made her feel relaxed and comfortable on the water.
Trish surprised herself by going out in a kayak for the first time and having a fantastic time. The spa is a huge plus and she is always telling her friends about it, and the animal sanctuary where she returned to see her buddies Sweetie and Poppy.
The whole setting, wildlife, friendly staff, the other guests that you meet, all make it a fantastic experience for couples. On the water we saw the whale sharks, hundreds of dolphins surrounding the boat, pilot whales and scores of birds.
The fishing was amazing, some days were slower than others and Trish caught her first sailfish during a doubleheader that was incredible. She is so proud of being able to do it herself she bought a carved sailfish and a picture frame to put on her desk at work.
I am addicted to the take of a billfish on a fly rod, it’s the ultimate dry fly fishing and anything else doesn’t measure up so you have ruined me for any other fishing:)
I caught a 200lb blue marlin on the fly on our honeymoon that was my fish of a lifetime.

Here are a few videos from the Tooms’ trip to Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica!

Brian and Trish are lucky enough to get this Whale Shark on their GoPro Hero 3 with some help from our Eco Director Dennis Atencio!

 

Ever wonder what’s going on “Beneath the Boat” While you Fish..here’s a sneak peek!

 

 

Cheers for now!
Brian Tooms

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See you soon in Costa Rica!
Todd Staley,
Fishing Director,

April Spools! Costa Rica Fishing Report – April 1st 2013

Posted by on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 with 0

This is no April Fools! – Offshore fishing heated up this past week for the Red Bone/Boomer Esiason tournament to “Catch the Cure” to Cystic Fibrosis. “The month of March has brought the best fishing for sailfish I have seen in 7 years.” – Todd Staley.

Costa Rica Fishing Report March 2013 by Todd Staley:

Todd Staley Costa Rica Fishing DirectorProbably one of the most memorable days in Mitch Krenk’s life was winning a Super Bowl ring with the Chicago Bears in 1985. Another shining moment he probably won’t soon forget is taken the celebrity division in the recent Boomer Esiason – Redbone Tournament fundraiser held here at Crocodile Bay  Resort, Costa Ruca. After a slow start on day one, Krenk’s boat landed 12 sailfish the second day of the 2 day event, and Krenk who had never caught a sailfish before finished with 6 releases.

 

 

 

 


Chicago Bear Mitch Krenk hams it up with a “mullet” hair piece.

Total points champion for the event which consisted of points for billfish and roosterfish went to Kelly Fiaman who scored with 7 roosterfish. Another NFL great Dave Rimington, fishing with Fiaman, finished with 5 roosters. Teammate Rob Hodel added the clincher and the team took first place in the inshore division with 13 roosterfish.

The tournament which was formally known as the Costa Rica Classic is over a decade old and has raised millions for Cystic Fibrosis and the children afflicted with the disease here in Costa Rica. Former Denver Bronco lineman Mark Cooper and tournament comedian also was on hand to keep everyone’s sides hurting.

The month of March has brought the best fishing for sailfish I have seen in 7 years. Boats have been raising double digits consistently, with days of seeing 15 to 20 sails per boat more common than a rarity. Several boats raised 30 or more sails a day. Every time it slowed for a day and I thought the run was over, the next day the numbers were right back up there again.

Roosterfish have been a different story. We have had to work hard for the prized inshore gamefish and most anglers gave up early and ran offshore for the sure bet on sailfish. Yellowfin tuna also haven’t showed lately but with so many sails making drags sing, no cares.


Dave Rimington who spent his career knocking people on their keesters in the NFL gently handles a baby rooster before letting it go

Costa Rica Roosterfish
Inshore champion Kelly Fiaman with one of his many roosters


Closing Awards Ceremony – Dave Rimington Right

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Don’t take our word for it – Here is a testimonial from Brian Tooms on his fishing trip with his wife Trish this past week at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica!

“We honeymooned in Crocodile Bay in 2007 after getting married in Los Vegas on the way down.
This year to celebrate my retirement from 37 years of being a Locomotive engineer with Canadian National Railways my wife said we could go pretty much anywhere in the world for a trip. She knew it would be a fishing trip and she was surprised and pleased that I picked Crocodile Bay.
My wife has a severe water phobia and she has been getting a lot better and this last trip you would never know. That is due in a large part to the professionalism of the guides, captains and mates that helped her and made her feel relaxed and comfortable on the water.
Trish surprised herself by going out in a kayak for the first time and having a fantastic time. The spa is a huge plus and she is always telling her friends about it, and the animal sanctuary where she returned to see her buddies Sweetie and Poppy.
The whole setting, wildlife, friendly staff, the other guests that you meet, all make it a fantastic experience for couples. On the water we saw the whale sharks, hundreds of dolphins surrounding the boat, pilot whales and scores of birds.
The fishing was amazing, some days were slower than others and Trish caught her first sailfish during a doubleheader that was incredible. She is so proud of being able to do it herself she bought a carved sailfish and a picture frame to put on her desk at work.
I am addicted to the take of a billfish on a fly rod, it’s the ultimate dry fly fishing and anything else doesn’t measure up so you have ruined me for any other fishing:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I caught a 200lb blue marlin on the fly on our honeymoon that was my fish of a lifetime.

Cheers for now!
Brian Tooms

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the 73rd International Light Tackle Association Sailfish Tournament at Crocodile Bay Resort Costa Rica! By Todd Staley – Tico Times

Posted by on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 with 0

Sailfish tourney results in

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Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013 – By Todd Staley
Success highlights advantages to environmental law enforcement in Gulfo Dulce.
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Photo courtesy of Zach Frazee

Did intervention have anything to do with the success of the 73rd International Light Tackle Association Sailfish Tournament hosted this year by Costa Rica at Crocodile Bay Resort and Marina in Puerto Jiménez? I think so.

The recent demise of nearly 300 sea turtles in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica has been of officially declared a result of illegal fishing methods. The problem stemmed from the illegal catching of live bait in the protected Golfo Dulce, and then using the bait on long lines in areas where live bait is not allowed.

The result was a massive kill of not only sea turtles but sailfish as well, and complaints were filed with various agencies including the new Vice Minister of Oceans José Lino Chaves. Within a week, he was personally in the area and heading a patrol that captured 14 boats from the Golfito and Quepos areas. The boats were fishing bait inside the gulf, and Chaves filed suits against all of them.

Within days, many of the boats fishing illegally headed out of the area. INCOPESCA also declared a ban on all commercial longline activity within the boundaries of the tournament during fishing days. The result was some boats getting more than 30 bites a day.

Teams from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the United States competed in the four-day catch-and-release event. The results showed that if fishing regulations are followed and enforced, Costa Rica has a chance of reclaiming its former spot as “Sailfish Capital of the World.” The tournament was dedicated to Tia Nora Schofield, who broke down the gender barrier, earning women the right to compete in fishing tournaments nearly 50 years ago.

Fifteen boats competed in the event, and the leader board was constantly changing amongst anglers, boats and teams. The format of teammates fishing on separate boats each date but accumulating points for their respective teams eliminated the need for observers. The opportunity for participants to fish with so many different anglers allowed old friendships to be renewed.

More than 800 fish were raised, and 406 were caught and released during the four days of fishing. The final results are as follows.

TEAMS TOT PTS
1ST ASOC. NACIONAL de PESCA de GUATEMALA – #1 3700
2ND ASOC. NACIONAL de PESCA de GUATEMALA – #3 3400
3RD PORT ARANSAS ROD & REEL CLUB – USA 3400
4 CLUB AMATEUR de PESCA #1 – COSTA RICA 3200
5 CLUB AMATEUR de PESCA #2 – COSTA RICA 3100
6 CLUB AMATEUR de PESCA #3 – COSTA RICA 3100
7 CLUB NAUTICO de STE. DOM. – DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2600
8 OCEAN CITY LIGHT TACKLS CLUB – USA 2600
9 ARRECHO FISHING TEAM – PUERTO RICO 2500
10 ASOC. NACIONAL de PESCA de GUATEMALA – #2 2500
11 SAILFISH & TARPON CLUB OF MEXICO 2500
12 PUERTO RICO LIGHT TACKLE ANGLERS 2400
13 SADSAA – SOUTH AFRICA 1900
14 PLAYA GRANDE YACHTING CLUB – VENEZUELA 1700
15 CLUB AMATEUR de PESCA #4 – COSTA RICA 1600
PLACE ANGLERS DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 TOTAL
1ST JULIO MANSYLLA 300 100 400 900 1700
2ND MATTHEW BARRAZOTTO 100 200 200 1100 1600
3RD JAVIER MONTEALEGRE 300 300 300 600 1500
4 LUIS PEDRO FORTUNY 400 0 700 300 1400
5 RICARDO SEEVERS 200 200 600 300 1300
6 RICKY JAEN 300 200 200 600 1300
7 DR. CARLOS FORTUNY 300 200 400 400 1300
8 JUAN MANUEL COBAR 400 100 200 600 1300
9 LUIS LEOPOLDO GONZALEZ 300 0 500 500 1300
10 ALVARO DE LA HOZ 100 200 500 500 1300
11 ALBERTO LAURENCICH 0 100 700 400 1200
12 JORGE N. GUTIERREZ 300 200 600 100 1200
13 CHARLES DONATO 100 0 700 300 1100
14 ALVARO FORTUNY 300 100 400 300 1100
15 ORLANDO SOTO 200 100 300 500 1100
16 JOHN PRICE 100 100 500 400 1100
17 CARLOS FORTUNY, JR. 200 100 500 200 1000
18 ANTON LINGENFELDER 100 0 500 400 1000
19 FERNANDO MERCK 200 0 500 300 1000
20 DOMINGO DOMINGUEZ 100 200 300 300 900
21 JOSE SCHIFTER 100 100 400 300 900
22 JAVIER PADILLA 200 100 200 400 900
23 CARLOS PADILLA 200 0 300 300 800
24 ROGER GALINDO 300 100 300 100 800
25 RODRIGO GUZMAN 300 300 200 0 800
26 EVELIO MEDEROS 100 200 300 200 800
27 GABRIEL B. RIVAS 100 200 200 300 800
28 HUMBERTO DONATO 100 0 200 400 700
29 TIM CHOATE 100 200 200 200 700
30 CARLOS BARNES 100 200 100 300 700
31 FERNANDO PINTO 0 100 100 500 700
31 MANOLO MATIENZO 200 0 0 500 700
33 MICHAEL KELLY 100 100 200 200 600
34 DIEGO CABRERA 100 0 300 200 600
35 JOHN CARBONE 0 0 400 200 600
36 MANUEL COBAR 100 100 200 200 600
37 NILS GUTIERREZ 100 100 0 400 600
38 WALLY HEINSEN 0 300 200 0 500
39 PAUL BORCHERDS 0 0 200 300 500
40 CARLOS ENRIQUE MONTEROS 100 0 200 100 400
41 BRUNO RODRIGUEZ 100 0 100 200 400
42 WYNAND WIERING 0 0 0 400 400
43 NORA SCHOFIELD 100 0 100 200 400
44 BRUNO DI BENEDETTO 100 100 0 100 300
45 STEPHANIE CHOATE 100 100 100 300
ALTERNATE 400
TOTALS 7000 4600 13500 15500 40200
PLACE BOATS DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3 DAY 4 TOTAL
1ST GERMAN 600 500 1500 1800 4400
2ND MCGUINNESS 700 600 1200 1500 4000
3RD FRANCISCO 700 500 1400 1000 3600
4 CHEPE 600 500 1600 900 3600
5 BOOLO 800 300 800 1400 3300
6 SAMBA 600 300 800 1200 2900
7 XIPHIAS 300 300 900 1300 2800
8 OLDEMAR 300 300 800 1000 2400
9 MELVIN 200 500 800 800 2300
10 WILL 400 100 800 800 2100
11 FREDDY 500 200 600 800 2100
12 GEOVANNY 100 300 700 900 2000
13 EDWIN 400 100 600 700 1800
14 ALPHA MIKE 500 0 400 800 1700
15 MAURICIO 300 100 600 600 1600

 

 

 

 

 

Costa Rica Fishing Report – January 17, 2013

Posted by on Thursday, January 17th, 2013 with 0

Crocodile Bay Derek Trucks Band Widespread Panic Jimmy Herring
Pictured above, famous guitar jam rock player Derek Trucks & friends/family visit Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

Todd Staley Costa Rica Fishing DirectorI love it when you finally get to meet your heroes and find out they really are heroes. Mama Trucks is my hero. I am blessed to have a super mom myself so I know one when I see one.

You see her sons are some of the very best guitarists in the world. Derek played live with the Allman Brothers when he was just 13. His uncle knocked out some of those great Allman Brothers drum solos that used to rock my house and drive my mom crazy (His great uncle Virgil “Fire” Trucks, was famous for pitching two no-hitters in a single season as a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in the early 50′s).

Virgil TrucksDerek has played with other greats like, Eric Clapton, Santana, ZZ Top and has twice appeared on Rolling Stone‘s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time; currently 16th on the list.  He  was listed as an official member of the Allman Brothers band in 1999 and teamed up with Susan Tedeschi a dozen or so years ago to form the Grammy Award winning Tedeshi Trucks band and his kids are also being raised in the same Mama Trucks style.


Grammy Award winning Derick Trucks & fellow rocker\wife Susan Tedeschi of the Tedeschi Trucks Band

If you didn’t know they were famous you would never guess it, because they are just great southern folk. And if Charlie Trucks doesn’t’t follow his dad’s footsteps as a great guitarist he will one day be working for me because at 11 years old he is one hell of a fisherman.

Along with the Trucks family was Jimmy Herring, another great guitarist for who has played with Widespread Panic, the Dead, and the Allman Brothers just to name a few) and his family. Together they caught sails, lots of big tuna and some dorado.


Jimmy Herring, pictured second from left with Widespread Panic

When I found out Mama Trucks is involved in turtle conservation back home in Jacksonville, Florida, I took her to see our little turtle hospital here on the Golfo Dulce in La Palma. The head of the organization Didiher Chacon explained the exciting new discoveries here and turtles from the Galapagos come here to feed.

On the way out and back I got some great insight on this remarkable woman and the famous family I have followed for years. I am a firm believer that behind every great man is a great mother.

Fishing has picked up over the last two weeks and the sails have been a lot more consistent. We have seen quite a few marlin still and Vern Larsen started his return trip here with a 300 pound blue.

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Roosterfish and snapper are keeping lines tight inshore and snapper have supplied meals to many inshore anglers.

Patrick Connaughton was nice enough to send some photo of his recent fishing trip as he released several sailfish and brought in some Dorado for dinner. Thanks for the photos Patrick! Hope to see you next year!

Cap. Todd Staley,
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica