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

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”

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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

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Costa Rica Fishing Report, January 2nd 2013

Happy “Blue Year” (as in Sailfish & Blue Marlin!) The great bite continues in January at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica!

 

Happy Blue Year

New Year’s Week Fishing Update: The big story this past week has been the impressive number of sailfish coming up in the spreads. Lots of our guests have enjoyed double and sometimes quadruple hookups. Some notable double hookups were father and son from Columbus Ohio – Erik and Alan Varhus (see photos below). Not only did the double hook-up make for one of their most memorable fishing trips to date, but it was also their FIRST sailfish release EVER!

Several other guests also caught there FIRST sailfish so needless to say, the mood this New Years week has been extremely festive. We are averaging 200+ raises a week and the trend looks to continue well into our approaching PEAK sailfish season January and February. We currently have some openings left for mid to late January so call 1.800.733.1115 to for internet special offers while the bite is hot!
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Alan and Brian Varhus During their FIRST Father & Son Double Hookup

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Alan Varhus of Columbus Ohio with his first Sailfish!!


Tower Shot of the Varhus Double Hookup

Todd Staley Costa Rica Fishing DirectorJanuary Fishing Report By Todd Staley
The holiday week at Crocodile Bay is always a lot of fun. Many of the same names come back year after year and if I tried to remember them all, I would surely leave someone out and I don’t want to do that. A couple stand out, like John Mork who is my bratwurst connection.

One I won’t soon forget is Leo Hoplamazian. Leo is the grandson of Herb Kohler and 99% of the US homes probably have something in their house made by his company. Leo is around 11 or 12 and first thing he did when we met was challenge me to spell his name. I won. I have rarely met a young man with such enthusiasm. As promised he made our wall of fame when he landed his first sail.

Leo Gets His First Sail
Leo Hoplamazian Lands His First Sailfish (120lbs) at Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica!

The full moon played some games with the fish and made them a little finicky some days but on other days double digit sails popped up in the spread.  Top boat of the week raised 16 in a day but the catch rate was not so high because Donald Bradley was fly fishing. Last year he landed a 300 marlin on a fly.

Snapper action inshore has been on fire and Dennis and River Laack proved that they had the touch to feel the soft bite when they landed over a dozen one day. Roosters have been very cooperative and a monster 70 lb fish won the week’s award.

Rock Snapper

Rock Snapper

 


And believe us, catching snapper pays off when dinner time rolls around!

Brian Tracy Roosterfish
Brian Tracy shows off one of the many nice sized roosterfish guests have been nabbing this past holiday week!

The big surprise inshore was a double hook up of two 100 lb tarpon off the beach at Carate by Jason and Brooke Jeter. We hook about 7 or 8 a year of the small population that has worked its way through the Panama Canal.

Tarpon Landed in the Pacific

The moon has passed and the weather is moving into  Costa Rican summer and conditions are idea for a good run of sails to be present. The dorado are still biting strong and a few marlin are still heating up some reels.

Baby New Year and Other Amazing New Year Surpises!
As in all past new years, this New Years holiday week has been full of unexpected yet delightful sruprises. Along with the double Tarpon hookup that Fishing Director Todd Staley mentioned above, the early arrival of a GIGANTIC whaleshark and her calf (that we have dubbed “Babby New Year) was captured on camera by guests Brian Tracy and Kim Kanas. Here are some of their photos:

Whale Shark Costa Rica

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Happy Blue Year

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In case you’re wondering, this is why 2013 is starting off BLUE!

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Costa Rica Sailfish

 

Crocodile Bay Sailfish Run

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

Costa Rica Fishing Report, December 18th 2012

Crocodile Bay Costa Rica Fishing Report December 2012

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica,
Costa Rica Fishing Report – December 18th, 2012

Will Briegel Costa RicaCrocodile 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.)

Jack

 

Roosterfish Costa Rica

Costa Rica Fishing

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

Costa Rica Fishing Report July 2012, Crocodile Bay Resort Costa Rica

Above, PENN Fishing’s Hunter Cole exults in his first tuna of the trip and in the flawless performance of the new Penn Spinfisher V series.

The marlin were not present for the PENN Media Summit held here at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica, where Penn Tackle introduced their brand new Spinfisher V  model spinning gear which is the strongest spinning gear made to date.


Coastal Angler’s Charlie McCullough was the life of the party on
and off the boat. Nice Rooster Charlie!

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SaltWater Sportsman’s Blair Wickstrom with a nice tuna


PENN’s new SpinFisher V…one word..AWESOME!

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Sport Fishing Magazine’s Doug Olander

The writers did get a true test of the gear as the yellowfin tuna schooled offshore every day and fish in the 30 to 60 pound range kept them busy. The marlin are a little late this year, maybe due to lack of rain or they are just waiting for this moon to pass. Private sportfishing boats that have been camping overnight at 60 to 70 miles report lots of marlin so their arrival is expected soon.

Costal Angler, Florida Sportsman, On the Water, Saltwater Sportsman, Sport Fishing, The Fisherman, Western Outdoor News, Stripersonline.com, and Bloodydecks.com were some of the media represented. Thanks to John Bartow, Hunter Cole, Mike Rice and the rest of the Penn crew everyone had a good time.

The inshore fishing continues to produce roosterfish and a few snapper. John Brownlee filming a show for Saltwater Sportsman TV brought in an 80 amberjack on the new Penn gear.
I want to thank Tab and Sonia Betsworth for the photos of the trip…. Nice fish

Todd Staley
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica Fishing Report, June 2012

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Crocodile Bay Fishing Report – June 2012
By Will Briegel (filling in for Todd Staley, Fishing Director)

Summer Sizzles Inshore this June at Crocodile Bay Resort Costa Rica!

Amberjack Grande

Will Briegel Costa RicaJune  has literally been on fire inshore this year with the fireballs in the shape of bright orange cubera snapper plucking poppers from the water like a bunch of kids snatching candy from a plummeting Piñata.

The sailfish have been sticking around in small but consistent numbers this first week in June as witnessed by several of our boats releasing at LEAST one this past week. Two days ago the White family went 4/8 on sailfish and then were rewarded inshore with a large roosterfish and other species.

The Week in Fishing at CROCODILE BAY, COSTA RICA
The real story has been the sheer variety of fish being released inshore. Amberjack, African Pompano, Cubera snapper to 30lbs, roosterfish to 70lbs, snook to 30lbs,  sierra mackerel, and of course one of my favorite fighters, the misunderstood  and highly underrated Jack! Offshore has seen  just about everything this week including sailfish, dorado and yellowfin tuna 30 to 50lbs. We’re pretty sure that list will include some marlin as we near July and August.

Costa Rica Sook

Costa Rica Sport Fishing Crocodile Bay
Joe Vicic and Brian Verba. I had the pleasure of meeting these guys on the 45 minute flight down from Costa Rica’s Capital city San Jose to Crocodile Bay. Some people you just get along with right off the bat and have a feeling they’re going to do well. Verba was vision rambling about sailfish and marlin while Vicic kept his expectations in check and said he would just be happy to get out on the boat and catch some snapper. YEAH RIGHT! The pair turned out to be to be an uncle and nephew duo from Ohio and California celebrating a double birthday with a world class fishing trip.
Roosterfish Costa Rica

Their first day inshore fishing must have been like watching an episode of American Pickers as they plucked various undersea species like snapper from their holes on the volcanic basalt bottom of the coast.

Rooster wrangling was next as they hooked a variety of large gallos(roosterfish) from the current lines while live bait trolling. The next few days was more of the same with one offshore day where they raised and released sailfish and caught huge Amberjack and Dorado.

Costa Rica Rock Snapper
Rock snapper taken shore casting off playa preciosa!

Costa Rica Rica fishing

To our delight, we learned that Joe Vicic owns his own custom fly rod shop King Fisher Pacific Co. and puts out one of the strongest and  lightest fly rods on the market.

Check out his site www.kingfisherflyrods.com for more info. These light rods are excellent for travel given weight restrictions on small flights!

Time to plan your summer fishing or adventure vacation!
June through September are excellent months to visit Crocodile Bay  for a variety of reasons. On the sport fishing front, July ushers in the beginning of the mighty Black Marlin season (based on historically  good opportunities in July and August). Black marlin can give anglers the fight of their lives and can make a showing any day in July through Sept.

August and September almost always offer guests a  chance to view  humpback whales on their annual migratory run from the southern hemisphere. They utilize the deep, protected waters of Crocodile Bay’s home, the Golfo Dulce (sweet gulf) to teach their young to hunt and dive.

Costa Rica Humpback Whale

Dolphins

Double Jack no Coke

Great  inshore fishing is just the beginning!
A lot of folks just don’t seem to realize that sport fishing is just the tip of the sailfish at Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica. Our unique geographical location on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula allows your non fishing friends or spouses to enjoy exciting or relaxing eco tours in the surrounding area which is the most ecologically diverse place in ALL of Costa Rica. Enjoy exciting zip-line tours through Costa Rica’s rainforest canopy, walk to or rappel from giant waterfalls, take our mountain bikes or kayaks out for a spin, and enjoy Costa Rica’s best surfing – and whatever you do, don’t miss a visit to our 5,000 square foot luxury Spa rated as one of the best in the country – with over 25 treatments you won’t regret it (including one massage especially for anglers after a long day fighting with a BIG fish!)

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Special Note: Welcome aboard to our newest fishing specialist in our California Sales office Brian Wong. Brian specializes in all kinds of salt water fishing techniques and is happy to field fishing questions and help you plan your dream Costa Rica fishing vacation.
See you this summer at Crocodile Bay Resort!

Will Briegel filling in for Todd Staley
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
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