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Costa Rica Fishing Report – July 16, 2013 – Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

Roosters  Rampage and Sailfish “Fly High” in July!
Costa Rica Fishing Report- July 16th, 2013

by Will Briegel

Sailfiish Fly High In July


Will Briegel Costa RicaThe   last few weeks of fishing have put the “sizzle” in our summer season for families,  couples, and avid anglers who visited us looking to do some amazing fishing, relax in our Spa or  enjoy the intense bio-diversity our area has to offer.

Mother  Nature decided to pull the bait and switch “ON US” for once and  delivered anglers flurries of high-flying sailfish instead of the black marlin  that usually start to trickle in this time of  the year. As a matter of fact the blue marlin have been sticking around with the sailfish and several anglers released Blues to 300lbs as well. Mrs. Nature also decided that everyone deserved a shot at lots of   yellowfin tuna, roosterfish, snapper and pompano.

At least two of our guests  hit grand slams and one of them was only 15. As forecasted by Todd Staley, the humpback whales have also moved into the gulf and are giving anglers and other guests great photo opportunities and the memories of a lifetime.

Large Cubera Snapper Costa Rica

Blue DiamondYvonne and Ferrell Jones
(growers and producers of famous “Blue Diamond” Smoked Almonds) decided to bring their  grand children Cody and Clayton Cornell down for the fishing adventure of a lifetime. The fish may have thought they were “off the  hook” and  able to school these youngsters, but 15-year-old Cody Cornell  decided he wanted to catch every last one of them, and  almost did. Cody  caught several Roosters to 60lbs, a monster cubera snapper in the 50lbs range, several  large sailfish (90 to 130), and countless tuna to hit the Grand Slam landing himself a spot on  our coveted Wall of Fame (See Cody’s pic aobove of the big cubera Snapper that landed Cody on our Wall of Fame!)

Sailfish Costa Rica

Young Clayton is missing his two front teeth, but that didn’t seem to stop the sailfish from biting!

Mrs. Yvonne Jones proved that she can take on large costa rican billfish any day with this large sailfish. It seems people of all ages young, and elderly had great luck with inshore and offshore species this week.

Cody, Clayton and Grandma grin at Cody’s larger than life Roosterfish

Enjoying Sashimi
Their final night at the resort they enjoyed…what else?? Fresh Sashimi!!!

Here’s a homespun video shot by young Clayton of his brother releasing a sail!

Tony  Giorgi came to Crocodile Bay to target a single species: Roosterfish,considered by many to be the toughest fighting fish pound for pound – and  one of the most glamorous with its shimmering black stripes and 7 point  comb-over. Roosterfish can be caught year-round at Crocodile Bay Resort and  when  the roosters are on a “run” anglers  can get into hours of non-stop fighting action.

Costa Rica Roosterfish

Tony  released seven (7) Roosters one day and on other days did battle with sailfish and several plates of previously  swimming sushi that he was kind enough to share with members of the Crocodile Staff,  myself included!  
Thanks Tony!

Costa Rica Roosterfish

Costa Rica Sailfish

Tony  Giorgi owns a hunting and Bass fishing guide service called BassNBoars in northern California and is rumored to be among the  top Bass guides in the area – if you’re ever out that way, pay him a visit
Father  and Son tandem Alan and Robert Brightman who took a chance looking for Sailfish  in July landed sailfish daily with young Robert pictured here with a monster  Sailfish. The next day the dynamic duo went 4 for 4 on sails and left with the tell tale “Crocodile Smile” on each of  their faces! Robert has fished all over the world and was very pleased with the amount of sailfish we put him on! Hope to see back next year!

Another youngster, Allan Brightman releases his first sailfish!

African Pompano
If you haven’t tried African Pompano, you’re missing a real treat! One of our favorite inshore species to catch and eat!

Roosterfish Costa Rica

Tuna Time

Mr. Jenkins owner of a Marriott Residence Inn Hotel In Daytona brought his son Kieth down for the Crocodile Bay “Tails and Whales” Package and have been getting plenty of both! On inshore days they caught nice pompano, roosters, and jacks and actually saw this young humpback close to out – Breach, don’t beach! Offshore it was tuna galore following spinner dolphin closely, they also raised and released several sails.

This  time of year we also welcome guests who like to mix the fishing with adventure eco-tours and or a luxury spa experience! National Geographic    has been quoted as saying our area the Osa Peninsula is “the the most biologically intense place on Earth”. Our award winning eco-director Dennis Atencio loves to  prove this fact to any guest who doesn’t’t believe it with one of our full day rainforest tours. Check out  his monthly eco-report here that shows  the amazing diversity of wildlife and scenery to be found in our very own back  yard! Monkeys, birds, sloths, and other amazing species!

Hello! A Humpback whale waves to our guests as they look for tuna!

The Humpback whales inside our gulf have been spotted  daily (a calf pictured below gets very close to shore). The whales have started  to move in for their annual migration and their numbers and your chances to see them only increase as  me move into August, September and October. This weekend we also saw more black  and blue marlin moving into the area as well as some floating logs with birds on top that  usually turn into nice pick-up joints for Dorado! Tuna continue to run with the porpoises which have kept plates full and chopsticks chopping. Some of our guests including Dave Jenkins from Florida had  sashimi right on the boat…how fresh is that (drool).


August Rooster Rally at  Crocodile Bay Resort! Don’t miss your shot at a complimentary Replica Roosterfish Display from  Gray Taxidermy (replica mount) – a trophy and gift from Crocodile Bay –  for the angler who catches the MOST  roosterfish in August – his or her largest Roosterfish(or roosterfish of choice) will be immortalized by Gray’s Taxidermy and shipped to his or her home!(shipping charges not included)

People have been having so much fun catching  Roosters within the past couple of weeks we  decided to make the entire month of August a Rooster Rally. All you have to do to qualify and enter is sign-up HERE, show-up  and catch LOTS of Roosterfish. August is also a great month to target Marlin  and several inshore species like pompano, snapper, amberjack, and  Spanish mackerel.  In September we’re also  offering 25%  off peek season rates to curb your flight costs to our beautiful country.
The Legendary Todd  Staley will return from his birthday and visit to the ICAST Fishing Show in Las Vegas next  week for the August Costa Rica Fishing Report.

Until then, tight lines and crocodile  smiles to everyone. Hope to see you all down soon doing some catching  in Costa Rica!

Will Briegel

Filling in for Todd Staley,
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica


Sport Fishing Magazine, June 2013 – Featuring Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

Adrenaline Rush!
Pandemonium Among the Porpoise Pods Off Costa Rica







T e x t    a n d    p h o t o s    B y    D o u g    O l a n d e r

While there might be better ways to hook the really huge yellowfin — as in 300-plus pounds — that patrol the eastern Pacific, I don’t think there could be any more-exciting way to hook any tuna than casting poppers into leaping, blitzing schools and cranking ’em back at high speed. The combination of the visuals (big yellowfin crashing your lure) and the physical (arm-wrenching strikes) definitely makes these “yee-haw!” moments. That’s why, after a morning of little activity as we trolled, watched and waited 10 to 15 miles offshore of the lowerOsa Peninsula off southern Costa Rica, we all jumped when the call came over the VHF. “Get those lines in!” Manfred, themate aboard the Crocodile Bay Resort’s Strikefisher 33, said.“They’ve got dolphin pods about two miles north!”He didn’t have to tell us twice.


Finding Flipper

We knew of the well-established association between pods of dolphin (as in porpoise, of course, and not dorado/mahi) and yellowfin. Find big numbers of dolphin, and you might find feeding tuna. While that “might” loomed large, and there are no guarantees when fishing the Pacific, it always pays if dolphin are spotted to see if they are traveling with an escort of yellowfin.  Our skipper pushed the throttles ahead hard, while Manfred tied circle
hooks to the end of a couple of outfits.  Hunter Cole and I opted to go with large poppers. Cole, senior marketing manager for Pure Fishing, handed me a Penn Spinfisher V with 50-pound braided line and a Sebile Splasher. He
armed himself with the same, and we headed up to the bow. There was no mistaking the dolphins— the sleek, dark mammals as much out of the water as in it, leaping high into the air — as well as the birds wheeling in the area. At first, I saw no sign of tuna and grew disheartened, until we drew near enough to see the silver bullets exploding from the surface sporadically among the dolphin. Wanting to avoid the frustration of throwing short, I forced myself to wait, heart pounding, as the boat eased closer. Cole heaved a Splasher into the fray and just after, my own Splasher was on the heels of his. I glimpsed a commotion behind Cole’s lure, and suddenly his rod arced and bounced as he yelled, “I’m on!” Shortly after, a detonation under my lure knocked it high out of the water. With shaking hands, I cranked the popper the rest of the way to the boat — and then grabbed my camera to record Cole’s battle.

Costa Rica FishingIn the company of several other resort boats, we spent at least the next couple of hours running and gunning, trying to stay on the dolphin and tuna, until the yellowfin left or perhaps went deep. Most anglers had hooked tuna
in that time, and some had brought several fish to the boat. Best of all is that running and gunning for tuna means nonstop activity: If you’re not actually hooked up, you’re casting into fish or standing on the bow, ready as the skipper gets you into position. There’s never a dull moment. At least that’s true when the yellowfin are feeding. If the tuna bite among the moving dolphin turns off, it might be only a matter of time until the fish start whacking bait again. “I had an angler out who really wanted a tuna on his popper. We stayed with a load of dolphin for four hours before the tuna went on a feed,” says Todd Staley, the resort’s fishing director. “Just
before sunset, he ended up boating the 180-pound yellowfin that slam-dunked his popper.”

Fast Cast w ith a J i g
Southern Costa Rica offers — as we saw — good hunting grounds for tunaon top. In fact, the eastern Pacific fromMexico south into at least Ecuador can mean prime run‑and‑gun tuna activity when the timing is right. For Crocodile Bay boats, that tends to be a crapshoot. “You can catch tuna any day of the year, just not very predictably,” Staley says. “We may find yellowfin out there for weeks at a time but then not see any for just as long.”
While he says there really is no tuna season, run-and-gun fans might have their best shot at finding tuna feeding late spring and late fall, with the fish more numerous then, but also smaller, as school fish dominate. An effective alternative to poppers, metal speed jigs also have the advantage of tremendous long-distance castability, and when breezing fish are moving very fast or happen to be particularly spooky, only out-of-the-ballpark casts will make it to ground zero. I was reminded of this the next day while fishing with Patrick Sebile. The yellowfin were on top but not feedin with quite as much abandon as they had been the day before. Sebile opted to forgo the Splasher and instead tied on one of his Fast Cast metal jigs. He cranked it hard and fast so it skipped along the top, looking indeed like a baitfish trying frantically to escape. His jig was slammed repeatedly, and I became an instant believer in small metal jigs for schooling tuna at the surface.

Sails and Roosters
While fishing offshore of the Osa Peninsula can be a good bet for yellowfin, billfish are always a big bluewater draw. During our June visit, sails were few and far between — not such a surprise, since that’s usually a slow time for sails — but seasonally (January into May), sailfish can be swarming. Anglers after marlin have their best shots at blacks and stripes in July, August and September, and blues November through mid-January. Plus, of course, this peninsula has earned a reputation for producing roosterfish. We tried our hand and weren’t disappointed. The beaches along the open southwestern Osa
coast proved slow, but closer to the resort, around the southern tip of the peninsula, the default live bait — blue runners — found some willing takers. Roosters have a tough time passing up slow-trolled runners near shorelines, though they’re not shy about snatching up other live-bait offerings, such as a moonfish that the mate quickly bridled up and put over the side.
We spent some time jigging, but other than a Pacific red snapper, a bright-red scorpionfish and a small fortune jack, we couldn’t find a lot to show for our efforts. But I have seen photos of excellent jig catches. As outstanding as the waters of southern Costa Rica can be for many species, I’ll take tuna on top any day for sheer adrenalin-pumping action.

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.)



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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The Crocodile Bay “Croc N’ Roll Holiday Grand Slam Promotion”

If you’re ready to test your skill as an angler, WIN $500 in fishing or spa credits (for the lucky lady in your life or yourself) – and take a shot at a FREE 33’ Strike Yacht Upgrade – we’ve got the perfect Holiday Vacation Gift for you and your family for the upcoming 2013 Holidays!

During the upcoming Holidays: Martin Luther King Week, President’s Day, Good Friday Week or Easter Week – Catch any sailfish or marlin, yellowfin tuna, roosterfish, dorado, & cubera snapper during your fishing trip and WIN $500 in credit toward our luxury Spa services – or toward an *extra fishing day on your current trip or a future fishing trip* at Crocodile Bay Resort! Book now and get a chance at a FREE 33′ Strike Yacht Upgrade.

Check out our New “Croc N’ Roll Grand Slam Holiday Week Promotion” and Vacation Details Here!

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

Marlin Catches Topping 300 lbs: Good Omen For Sport Fishing in the Osa Peninsula in 2013

Sport Fishing for Marlin in 2013
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It looks like it is going to be a fantastic sport fishing season for billfish this year, and inshore fishing is also exceptionally strong. Earlier this year, the strong Dorado populations signaled that this would be a great year to catch a marlin. It looks like the good omen is panning out to be true. We are several weeks into the billfish season and already a 350 lb marlin has been caught in the Southern Pacific Ocean by a Crocodile Bay guest.  Anglers flocking to Costa Rica right now for the high season of sport fishing for billfish are in luck! Continue reading

Marlin: Will We Ever See A Giant One Again?

blue marlin
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Marlins are the largest of the billfish and travel at vast speeds of up to 60 miles an hour with migration patterns that span 9,000 miles. They are spectacular creatures that are a daunting challenge to catch. These legendary creatures of the sea are one of anglers most celebrated catches. The blue marlin is probably the most prized catch of all the marlin due to its size and the challenge it gives even the most experienced sport fishermen. But it has been over 20 years since the a world record has been broken for these billfish.

World Records For Marlin

Black Marlin 1560 lb August 4th, 1953

Pacific Blue 1376 lb May 31st, 1982

Atlantic Blue 1402 lb February 29, 1992

Striped Marlin 494 lb January 16th, 1986

Do Marlins still exist in our oceans that can break these all time records? Continue reading

The Happiest Marine Life: Protecting Costa Rica’s Biodiversity for the World

Biodiversity Marine Life
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The incredible biodiversity of marine and wildlife life, especially the abundant diverse fish populations attracts millions of visitors to Costa Rica each year. Anglers from all over the world travel to Cost Rica for year round sport fishing. Ocean activities include world class offshore and inshore fishing, surfing, diving, snorkeling and just dipping your toes in the sand. The Osa Peninsula is probably one of the best fishing spots in the world, with marlin and Red Snapper. Even less abundant marine animals such as whales and dolphins are safe in these waters. Costa Rica possesses 3.5% of the world’s marine life and is home to over a 1,000 species of fish, 17% of the all the fish species in the world. Continue reading

Priceless or Worthless: Critically Endangered Species Report Calls for Global Action

Critically Endangered Monkey
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Today scientists, Jonathan E M Baillie and Ellen R Butcher, supported by 8000 additional scientists, released Priceless or Worthless: The world’s most threatened species, listing the 100 must critically endangered species on the planet. While none of Costa Rica’s endangered species made the critically endangered list, it raised interesting points and concerns about saving endangered species and how we value life on planet earth. There are 373 endangered species in Costa Rica, and this country’s pro-environmental stance has been critical in ensuring that species that may have gone from endangered to critically endangered have not.  Despite the alarming reports released daily on climate change and the ramifications, it is hard to fathom why more aggressive action is not being taken on a global scale. It defeats logic and the principles of the happiness index. What is holding us back from moving forward and what do we need to do as a global community to solve these critical problems?  The report questions our value systems. It states “Our materialistic world, however, tends to restrict its attention to what is useful to human kind, has an immediate monetary value and considers the rest as obstacles.” Continue reading