Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 with
Costa Rica Yellowfin Tuna Time on NBC Sports at Crocodile Bay Resort!
Airing Sunday, January 13 at 9:30am EST on NBC Sports Network
John Brownlee and the SFTV crew travel south to the famed Osa Peninsula, to fish the Pacific Ocean out of the famous Crocodile Bay Resort in Puerto Jimenez…check out the video preview here!
Saturday, January 5th, 2013 with
Happy “Blue Year” (as in Sailfish & Blue Marlin!) The great bite continues in January at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica!
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
Alan Varhus of Columbus Ohio with his first Sailfish!!
Tower Shot of the Varhus Double Hookup
January 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 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.
And believe us, catching snapper pays off when dinner time rolls around!
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.
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:
Thursday, December 20th, 2012 with
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!
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.
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Costa Rica Fishing Report – December 5th, 2012
A “December to Remember” at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica!
Hey Kids, 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!
Offshore 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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Nora M. on
Monday, November 19th, 2012 with
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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…
Nora M. on
Friday, November 16th, 2012 with
Image Source: Sportfishingmag.com
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…
Nora M. on
Thursday, November 15th, 2012 with
Image Source: Costaricabedfinder.com
Wildcats may look fierce and scary to most people but they are among the most critically endangered species in the world. Six species of wildcats are native to Costa Rica, and five of them can be found in the Osa Peninsula: jaguars, pumas, margay cats, ocelots, and jaguarondis. Jaguars are the most threatened of the six species. The wildcats of Costa Rica live in remote mountainous areas and in nature reserves. The multitude of nature reserves throughout Costa Rica has played a critical role in protecting not only wildcats but other endangered species as well. The main threat wildcats face is due to poaching and habitat loss. The more areas that are protected the better chance endangered species have of surviving and rebuilding their populations to healthy levels. Continue reading…