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


Posted: Friday, March 08, 2013 – By Todd Staley
Success highlights advantages to environmental law enforcement in Gulfo Dulce.

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.

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
TOTALS 7000 4600 13500 15500 40200
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.


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


Happy Blue Year

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

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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.)



Roosterfish Costa Rica

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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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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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Todd Staley to return to his monthly fishing report for our New Year’s Special Edition!

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Costa Rica Fishing Report December 5, 2012 – Catch The Marlin Express

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica,
Costa Rica Fishing Report – December 5th, 2012

Got Marlin

A “December to Remember” at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica!

Captain Will KitsosHey 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!

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.

Marlin on the fly
Photo courtesy Capt. Donald Mc Guinness

350 Blue Marlin

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!”

The Famous Broken Rod
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.

Yellowfin Tuna
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.

Near shore/Inshore

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!


Fishingly yours:

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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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

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