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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:

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Happy Blue Year

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

Tips to Get the Most Out of You Next Sport Fishing Trip

Angler Fishing in Cota Rica
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When booking a fishing trip to Costa Rica or any destination doing your homework and being prepared is key to a successful trip! Often travelers show up at their destination without having talked to the people that will be taking them out on the waters and learning about the particulars of their destination. By really being prepared you can ensure that you get the most out of your vacation and that it is successful. Continue reading

These Are A Few of My Favorite Things: Surfing and Fishing in Costa Rica’s Legendary Matapalo

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When one thinks of Costa Rica two things pop into most minds: surfing and fishing and for both Matapalo is a paradise. With dreamy images of sandy deserted beaches, open waters, sunny days and removed from the hectic life of modern day civilization. It’s remoteness, laid back culture, biodiversity makes it an excellent spot to unwind and rejuvenate. Matapalo is located on the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula in the Southern Pacific Ocean. It is a pristine environment that is a hideaway for surfers and anglers. It is difficult to access and the best way to get there is by taking a boat across the peninsula for a day trip. Here you will spot monkeys climbing in jungle trees along the beach and an abundance of other wildlife. It attracts an international crowd of anglers and surfers every year. Continue reading

Where to Travel in November: The Osa Peninsula is a Hotspot for Sport Fishing and Vacationing

Fishing in the Osa Peninsula
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It is November and that means that Sailfish are peaking in the Osa Peninsula.  As winter approaches and much of the the east coast of the USA recovers from Hurricane Sandy, and prepares for another hit from a Nor’easter heading their way, many people may be wanting to just escape somewhere warm. It is time to take a vacation, if you can get away.  While the northeast experiences the direct consequences of climate change, it may be time to take a trip to one of the most environmentally responsible countries in the world, Costa Rica.  If you are in need of some cheering up, fun, sun and relaxation to recover from the devastating weather, a vacation to the happiest country in the world may be perfect destination. It is beautiful in the Osa Peninsula this time of year. Continue reading

Gone Fishin’! It’s November and Blue Marlin are Peaking in the Osa Peninsula

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November marks the beginning of the height of the fishing season for Marlin in Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Ocean.  If sport fishing is your thing and you want to get a break from the stormy cold weather now is the time to book a trip to warm sunny Osa Peninsula. Blue Marlin peak now through December.  The Peninsula is probably one of the most laid back places you can travel to for a vacation especially if you are looking to unplug and unwind. With the boom this year in Dorado, it is expected that the Marlin populations will be especially strong this season. It is time to ditch your phone and let the annoying callers go to voicemail while you go the tropics. Remember there is Caller ID to pick up the calls that actually matterContinue reading

Escape from Hurricane Sandy: Book a Flight to the Osa Peninsula

Costa Rica is clear of Hurricane Sandy
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As the east coast gets pummeled by Hurricane Sandy, all is quiet in the the small frontier town of Puerto Jimenez. While the Osa Peninsula is no stranger to storms, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, right now Costa Rica is enjoying warm sunny weather and calm oceans while many people on the east coast bunker down in their homes to ride the storm out. Continue reading

Anglers’ Paradise for Billfish: Offshore Fishing in the Waters of the Osa Peninsula

Costa Rica Marlin
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The beautiful blue waters of the Osa Peninsula are abundant in majestic billfish that dance off the waters and give any sport fishermen a challenge when trying to reel them in. With sunshine and warm days most of the year and a pristine biodiverse environment that is not exploited, there is nothing like heading out in the waters here early in the morning to catch a billfish, especially the legendary marlin.  With expert Captains and boats loaded with the latest technology, Crocodile Bay is known as the anglers dream destination for world-class fishing. According to the Billfish Foundation, Anglers contribute $599 million annually in direct and indirect revenue to the Costa Rican economy, so keeping the fish stock abundant keeps people coming here year after year. Continue reading

Top 3 Reasons Costa Rica is a Number One Fishing Destination

 

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Costa Rica is a world renown fishing destination spot but what makes the happiest country in the world numbers one for fishing?  With plenty of surf, sun and fun, Costa Rica scores higher than just about any top fishing destination when it comes to the abundance and diversity of fish. Plus, it is not expensive to travel to this small country. It’s affordability makes it attainable to pretty much any savvy traveler and it is also a family friendly destination. Continue reading

Vacation Time: Dorado Booming in the Pacific

Flying Dorado
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Great news for sport fishermen: Dorado populations, also known as mahi-mahi in Hawaiian, are booming in Costa Rica.  There is a strong vibrant healthy pool of dorado weighing in at about  25 pounds. Fishing is on the increase on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.  These funny looking fish look like a cuddly monster, or a sea version of a bulldog with their aggressive faces and vibrant green and yellow color. They are fast too, and a real challenge to catch. They look and behave like a sea maverick, making them a lot of fun to hook and reel in. Continue reading