Crocodile Bay Costa Rica Fishing Report November, 2010

Posted by on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 with 0

Happy Holidays!
Crocodile Bay Costa Rica
Fishing Report December 14th, 2010
by Todd Staley

Costa Rica Fishing Report

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My day starts at 4:00 am. This morning I saw something that I have not seen in a long time, a sky full of stars. If you live near a big city you can’t image what’s up there, but in a small town or out on the ocean it is unbelievable the beauty of a moonless clear night. It is also a signal that Costa Rican summer has finally arrived.

It looks like someone also told the fish. Offshore the ocean has really come to life. We have seen double digit days on sailfish, the porpoises ran through this week signaling yellowfin tuna were below, and the missing link, dorado began to show. Marlin has also been almost a daily occurrence.

TUna
Jimmy Nelson of Extreme Fishing Adventures Fights a 176 lb Tuna at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica. Needless to say we were knee deep in Sushi for the rest of the week….Thanks Jimmy!

Jimmy Nelson, of Extreme Fishing Adventures was down with his film crew, Ben Bateman and Sam Spornhauer. The came across a school of spinner dolphin and managed a couple of 20 lb yellowfin tuna when Jimmy decided to see if they would eat a popper. On the first case a big yellowfin came completely out of the water and crashed down on top of the lure that he through with 20 lb spinning gear. It was certainly an “Extreme” site to see as well as was the battled that follow. For every minute you have a big fish on the line the odds of losing it go up. Nelson took his time on the light gear and 4 hours and 12 minutes later he had a 160 lb tuna onboard and was ready for a trip to the spa. Father and son team Dan and Don Ballard also got a 100 lb fish out of the same school.

WilcoxThere have been too many marlin taken lately to list without forgetting someone. Greg Boyer’s, Dave Garlow’s,  and Steve Wilcox’s groups were some that got in the action. Most of the fish were in the 150 to 400 lb range. Steve Wilcox’s trip was especially rewarding because it was like a repeat of his childhood when his father took him to Mexico where he caught his first marlin. Steve’s son Aaron took his first billfish here and also took a 55 lb monster dorado as well as contributed many of the photo’s in this report.

Costa Rica Sailfish

Costa Rica Marlin
Marlin have been making daily appearances at Crocodile Bay

Marlin

Dorado
Aaron Wilcox poses with a beautiful bull dorado- easy to see how this fish got its name!

Costa Rica Dorado Fishing

Ian Davis from Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures was down and got into the tuna action with a fly rod. He also left our webmaster Will Briegel with a library full of great photos.

Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures
The Yellow Dog Fly Fishing crue dueled some of the gulfs most sought after species as well as a variety of other inshore and offshore beasts.

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sushi
Time to enjoy some of that tuna at the Crocodile Bay Bar! Thanks Anglers!

Inshore has yet to turn on really strong although Caroline Zargony took a couple of nice roosters to 45 lbs. Amberjacks and smaller tuna have kept deep Jiggers busy lately as well as big sier

Todd Staley
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

To Book Your Dream Costa Rica Fishing Vacation visit www.crocodilebay.com/reserve.htm

Fishing Report November 2010

Costa Rica Fishing Thanksgiving

Hope your Thanksgiving is full of turkey and football and thoughts of fishing in a warmer climate. George and Neil Henshaw traveled all the way from England to spend a week with us.

They got a taste of just about everything we have to offer in the
offshore and inshore waters near the resort. Marlin, sailfish, tuna,
dorado, roosterfish and an array of other inshore species. The
following pictures from the cobalt ocean and the emerald coastline is
an example of what is in store this season.

Costa Rica Fishing

African Pompano

Wahoo

Roosterfish Costa Rica

Sailfish Side of Boat

Sailfish

Costa Rica Sailfish

Sailfish

Costa Rica Fishing Report- November 16, 2010

I am usually pretty good at predictions when it comes to fishing Cand
that is why I don’t have much trouble going out on a limb once in a
while. When I said the season was going to start out red hot or you
could slap me in the face I was pretty sure I would go un-bruised.

Well fortunately the only thing to slap me was Hurricane Tomas. Maybe Ishould study meteorology when it comes to predictions. There were more storms churning across the Caribbean this year than have been seen in a long time. Here we don’t get the powerful winds but if the storm is big enough the outer bands will dump water on us enough to think about building an ark.

That is exactly what happened at the beginning of the season. Tons of
water fell. Silt slushed out of the rivers and the fish went into hiding.
We did have some good days amongst all the bad weather. Many dorado up to 40 lbs came in for a several days, a few sails made some drag washers sing and the spinner dolphin came through and a boat load of 20 to 40 lb yellow fin tuna were caught. Inshore the roosters pleased guests in the patches of clean water, but the snapper decided to stay in their bunkers.

As I write this the sun is shining brightly, the professional weather
predictors are saying the normal weather patterns have returned and I am busy study up on atmospheric changes.