Costa Rica Fishing Tactics: Jigging and popping at Crocodile Bay

Posted by on Thursday, November 4th, 2010 with 0

 

Costa Rica Fishing

Captain Allan Smith

Jigging and popping at Crocodile Bay Resort

If you love the sensation having a jigging rod almost ripped from your hands as a big fish inhales your butterfly jig, or the thrill of watching a tuna crush your popper, leaving a hole in the water where your lure used to be, then Crocodile Bay is the place for you.

The Gulf of Dulce, and it’s surrounding waters offers some great opportunities to catch fish both jigging and on poppers. If jigging is your passion, we have some deep structure that hold Amberjack, Cubera Snapper, African Pompano, yellowfin Tuna, Roosterfish, Grouper,  Trevally, Jacks and a host of other tropical fighters. It’s not just the thrill of the strike, the challenge of keeping the fish out of the Rocks, or feeling every head shake through the braided line. It’s the simple fact that there are such a variety of fish down there, that you   often don’t know what you have on the line, until you see it. It’s not uncommon to catch six or eight different species in a single spot.

For the popping enthusiast, you have many options both inshore or offshore. Working the beach and shallow reefs can produce a mixed bag, including Roosters, Jacks, Snappers, Mackerel, Barracuda, Dorado, and Trevally. Over some of the the deeper structure, you can find “floating Snappers”, or snappers that have come off the bottom and are holding close to the surface, as well as Jacks, Roosters, Barracuda and Dorado. Big Cubera Snappers will come up from  one hundred feet or more to hit a popper. When they do, it is an awesome explosion of an angry, red fish and white water.      

Offshore also, holds some great opportunities for the popper fanatic. Trolling offshore, we often find floating debris, such as logs, branches, pallets,  or just about anything else that floats. These floating objects, attract baitfish. Offering a place to hide, in otherwise deep and structureless water. This bait, then attracts gamefish such as Dorado, Tuna, Sailfish, and Marlin. Usually, one pass with the trolling lures, will tell you what fish are holing on the structure. Find one  that is loaded with Dorado, and you can stop and have a field day with a popper. It is not uncommon to have two or three fish hooked at once, with a dozen or more swimming around the boat.

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Popping for Snapper

If a big fight is what you are looking for, then Tuna is your game. We catch some very big Yellowfin Tuna here, and they will readily take a popper. It is a little bit different fishing,  then what some anglers are accustomed to. We rarely see Tuna breaking on their own here. The big Tuna we catch, are always in with schools of Dolfin. Tuna run with Dolphin, such as spotted or spinner Dolphin that use echo location to find bait. Once the Dolphin locate the bait, the Tuna move in and feed with the Dolphin.

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Dorado!

When we find a school of Dolphin, we position the boat in front of the them, and let the school come to us. When you see breaking Tuna, cast to them. It is possible to cast to hundred plus pound fish breaking right in front of you. But be careful, you never know when that two hundred pounder, is going to come out of the fray and take your popper.

Jigging and popping have become very popular in recent years. With the advent or braided lines, stronger reels, lighter, more powerful rods and better hooks, the sport has grown. Anglers now push the bounds of what is possible with spinning and light conventional tackle. For the experienced pro, we offer a variety of species  to add to one’s life list, as well as a shot at a trophy. For the beginner, we’re more than happy to introduce you to the sport, and offer an excellent environment to begin honing ones skills.

Tight lines,

Captain Allan Smith

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Costa Rica Fishing: ECONOMY FISH-ON-A-ME

Posted by on Thursday, November 4th, 2010 with 0

From www.crocodilebay.com

ECONOMY FISH-ON-A-ME

YUH?  SO?

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Ok, so you’re all jazzed up about catching a sail fish on the fly rod in Costa Rica.  Or you might just want to try conventional fishing for sails, marlin, tuna, dorado and rooster fish..

I highly recommend it sooner than later.

As we all know FISHING = MONEY and it all boils down to that equation. . 

Most equate fishing money with expendable income.  Try looking at it this way:

“To me It’s a necessity“  Go ahead admit it.  Fishing does things for you that cannot be compared with fixing the roof, buying the kids the latest hand-held electronic communication device or supplying a new 2012 survival shelter.

For the past 11 years I have watched the current state of world economic affairs in regards to sport fishing as an offshore fishing captain here in Costa Rica for Crocodile Bay Resort and for close to 30 years as a guide in Alaska.

I still say do it now as apposed to later and I’ll tell you why.

In these past few years all those around us swore and still swear that we will all be begging for food long before the Mayan’s doom-laden prediction that the end of the world will occur in 2012..
I have observed and noted during these past few years that almost all of my clients talk about how THESE things are affecting them.  I don’t raise the subject because the last thing I want to talk about on my boat is your work.  I’d rather talk world wide fishing.  But inevitably someone does brooch the subject of world economic events and I can’t help but put in my twenty cents… accounting for inflation that is.

Most of them including myself are of the well thought out and discussed opinion that all of the people who can afford a trip outside their normal circle of fishing zones and have ventured to do so in the past three years or so, have had the same mental philosophy…

I’ll delete the expletives and keep in mind that we are all fishers after all is said and done, but to put it into a nut shell… They all have the mind set that either it isn’t as bad as the powers to be would lead you to believe or that even if it is and will get worse that now is the time to enjoy some of your hard earned money to treat yourself to something you’ve been wanting to do for who-knows-how-long.

Most have said that after looking at their current state of affairs that they decided now is the time.  After all, if all turns to fecal matter I did what I wanted to do and I’ll never have to say I wish I had when I had the chance.

Further more: What if the Mayans were right? In a year or so the fish could be catching us..

Do you think that if you stood on the street with a sign that read “Will Work For Sail Fishing Money” that anybody would donate?  Hell no.  Those that still have it will be taking this advice to heart and going fishing in Costa Rica to catch a sailfish on a fly rod or roosterfish using bait the size of the fish they are now catching from the pond next to the golf course.

I not only learned from my father about learning from other’s mistakes but to also learn from their successes.

So follow the advice of not only me but the approximately 1,242 people I’ve taken fishing in the past 4 years despite the price of oil, the stock market, the housing collapse and the heartbreak of psoriasis. “When all else fails, go fishing.”

Do you need help forming a fishing budget plan acceptable to you and the boss/wife??
Stay tuned for my next missive.

Fishingly yours

Cappy Will Kitsos

Crocodile Bay Resort

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