Thursday, December 20th, 2012
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica,
Costa Rica Fishing Report – December 18th, 2012
Crocodile Bay Resort December 18, 2012 - Double Blue Marlin Hookups and the beginning of the sailfish run has guests smiling in December at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica!
If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas(or other holiday color) you may be disappointed – the only color here is “Blue” as in – marlin, sailfish and the cobalt blue waters of Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast. The Sailfish are moving in just in time to maximize the “Holiday Cheer” as our peak season kicks into high gear for the upcoming Holidays.
Brothers James, Jim & James Stewart (nicknamed “The James Gang” by Fishing Director Todd Staley), released several sailfish and tuna to 90lbs this past week as well as several inshore species.
Meanwhile, on December 17th Ralph Beckley and Mike McAuley reeled in the first “DOUBLE” Pacific blue marlin hookup of the new season with a pair of beautiful 350lb + Pacific blue marlin– see video and photos below. In general however, the marlin are starting to thin out and the sailfish are gaining momentum as we head into prime sailfish season . In other offshore news, good numbers of yellowfin tuna from 60lbs to 120lbs are being had as well as tasty dorado (mahi mahi) in the 25-30 lb range. Below Aaron Beckley and Ralph Beckley show off some inshore species (Jack and Roosterfish pictured below.)
The inshore Holiday “Fish List” has guests sporting ear-to-ear “Crocodile Smiles” as the dinner tables are overflowing with fresh table fare such as cubera and yellowtail snapper, seared yellowfin tuna, fresh sushi rolls and sashimi, African pompano and bluefin trevally – remember we prepare your fresh catch any way you like! Roosterfish have also been running rampant and giving anglers a taste of one of Costa Rica’s most sought after catch and release inshore fighting fish!
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Todd Staley to return to his monthly fishing report for our New Year’s Special Edition!
See you soon in Costa Rica!
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Thursday, December 6th, 2012
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica,
Costa Rica Fishing Report – December 5th, 2012
A “December to Remember” at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica!
Capt. Will Kitsos here. I’m guest writing this month’s fishing report for Todd Staley. I refer to you all as “Kids” because… admit it… we’re all kids at heart when it comes to fishing.
These past couple of weeks here at Crocodile Bay Resort have been very productive when all is said and done. Although we didn’t have many boats out fishing yet, all indications were that those anglers who were fortunate enough to be here would have good luck…. And they did!
The marlin were very cooperative and made themselves available for frequent catch and release photo op’s. It seemed like “A marlin a day kept the fishing blues away.” Most of the marlin released were between 200 and 300 pounds. A few bigger, “Ladies In the Big Blue Dresses”, appeared in some of our boats wakes but eluded the hookup.
Photo courtesy Capt. Donald Mc Guinness
Rob Laible had this to say about his fight with the 350lb blue Marlin-
” I was about an hour into the fight when the rod broke. Turned it upside down and reversed cranked for a bit. Capt jumps down from the tower and hand holds the line while the mate splices my line into a new rod. Unbelievable! Boated him, took some pictures and he swam away fine…Total must have been 1 &1/2 hours..? Yes, arms and hands and back were screaming. Thank God for Cervezas!” – Rob
Pictured above Rob Laible, Captain German and First Mate Elmer hold up the now famous “Broken Rod”!
“Thanks again to Crocodile Bay for putting together a great trip. Highlight was the 350lb Blue Marlin!”- Rob Laible
Dorado were sporadic but those that were caught were in the 20 to 25 pound range.
Then came the tuna. They were also very cooperative and there has been fresh tuna steaks and Sashimi on our menus for days now. Most of the tuna were in the 30 to 80 pound range and a few “100 pluser’s” were brought to the boats and shook the hooks before they could be landed.
mmmmm…yellowfin tuna anyone??
A few sails were seen in the spreads and a few were released, but all in all it’s been “The Marlin Express” around here and we’re glad of it.
On the days our clients went inshore the action was good also. Many 20 to 40 pound rooster´s were landed and more than a few cubera snapper were caught for dining purposes. Also appearing for both photo and culinary opportunities were some blue fin trevallys’
When a client asks me, “What kind of snapper is this? I affectionately call them,”Frito Entero” Which means “fried whole” in Spanish.
Capt. Will’s Fearless Fishing Forecast … for the relatively near future: Scattered marlin with tuna showers and occasional dorado showers mixed with sail fish splashes.
Roosters should also cooperate and provide photo´s to make your friends say, “Woooow, what kind of fish is that?”
Bring the Go Pro’s and get your butts down here. “Catch something , bring, it to the boat and we’ll tell you what it is. There´s only one sure fire way to NOT catch fish…. and that’s’s NOT to go.” You can quote me on that.
Fishin’ Chix Video Testimonial – The President and founder of Florida’s Fishin’ Chix, Claudia Espenscheid and her daughters explain why Crocodile Bay is the perfect destination for fishing, whale watching and well…landing your first marlin!
Capt. Will Kitsos
P. S: If you´re interested in fly fishing for billfish go to the fly fishing section of this website and look for my “10 Fly Fishing Tips”
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