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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

December 21, 2001

There is nothing like a missile lit up in a purple hue charging towards the stern of a boat. A super charged sailfish or marlin is a sight to behold. Peter Ahluwalia traveled to Costa Rica all the way from England to spend a week with us fly fishing for billfish. He totted with him an arsenal of big game gear and has traveled the world to do battle. After taking several sailfish on the fly he had his chance to throw to a big blue bruiser.

The marlin estimated at close to 300 lbs crunched his fly and backing burned off his reel. Peter stood his ground and did not panic. Three hours later after many acrobatic runs and extreme pressure, the fish rolled over on its side. As he coaxed it to the boat the line parted and the fish, larger than the world record, disappeared in the cobalt sea. That fight is a memory to be embedded in that angler's mind forever.

Gail Houpt brought her crew back to Costa Rica for another visit this year and as usual caught lots of fish. Six was their best day on sailfish, and added to that were several inshore species as well. The last couple of days though, the fish have moved offshore and the catch rate has dropped.
Those opting to stay inshore have been rewarded with non stop action on roosterfish, jacks, mackerel and snapper. Bob Barclay took top fish with a solid sixty pounder.

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

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Crocodile Bay Lodge Costa Rica Fishing Report-December 11, 2001

Something to crow about:
Probably our most popular inshore Costa Rica fishing species is the roosterfish. Its seven combed dorsal fins and iridescent hue, along with its shear power make a combination that has 95% of our anglers spending at least one day of their trip on the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce.

Historically in Costa Rica they have been fished along the beaches and rock formations in the Pacific. We have found they also roam deep into the gulf and hang around the inside reefs and river mouths. Our fleet of “flats” boats allows us to cast for snook in the mangroves on a high falling tide and then fish roosters a few hundred yards away at the drop-off.

We also find them on top of the Tiger reef where sometimes the water is less than 3 feet deep and a larger boat can’t enter this area. While filming with O’Neill Williams, Dave Burkhardt took a fifty pound Roosterfish over this skinny water.

I must repeat last week’s report of Graig Zoly taking 30 roosters in a day. Our average roosterfish is about 15 lbs. Most everyone takes a few over 35 lbs. Dave Vedder from Southwest Flyfishing magazine fished a few hours yesterday after a late arrival. He found a giant school of roosters working within a half mile of Crocodile Bay Resort and bagged a couple over 40 lbs. “In all my years of traveling and fishing, I have never seen a concentration of roosterfish like I’ve found here.”

Offshore it is more of the same with more sails showing up and dorado and tuna stretching lines.

A few marlin are coming up to the teasers but only a couple around 300 lbs. have been landed. The Vernon Sanders family from Missouri had a good outing landing seven sailfish!

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

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Crocodile Bay Lodge - Costa Rica Fishing Report- December 6, 2001
Billy O’Sullivan and John Metz from NYC teamed up for a grand slam the other day, fishing with Captain Eduardo Villalobos, when they landed a mixed bag that included a 420 lb. blue marlin, 3 sails, yellowfin tuna 126 and 85 lbs., and 13 dorado. They were part of a group hosted by Graig Zoly. The group saw lots of action offshore, and Zoly took 30 roosterfish on an inshore trip.
Jerry Kechter’s group from California also had good action with a blue close to 500 lbs that was taken on 30lb line after a 3 1&Mac218;2 hour battle. They also had agood number of sails and tons of dorado.
Jeff Clark from Tampa took the top fish with a 56 and 50 pounder.
R.C. Kennington made his second trip to the lodge and topped his personal best rooster by 25 lbs. The monster taken while fishing with Captain Alex Gonzalez went 70 lbs.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort - Costa Rica Fishing Report- November 25, 2001
A few more sailfish are starting to show up in the area. The blue marlin are still around and cooperating. The seas were uncommonly bumpy this week with a storm front working offshore.

Dr Alexander Rubin and son Milo made a return trip to Costa Rica this week and were rewarded with a 300 plus pound blue marlin. Dr. Rubin planned his trip for Thanksgiving again this year due to Chef Joe’s turkey dinner last year. Well Joe, you did it again!

Todd Bluechel and Valentina Cugnasca had an angler’s dream day on the water. At dinner the night before Todd rattled off his wish list for the following day's fishing. “Who wouldn’t”, I thought to myself. They returned to the dock with big smiles and sore arms, the result of a blue marlin over 300 lbs., a yellowfin tuna 168 lbs., and a sailfish. The tuna made for grilled tuna steaks for all.

The Nakaki’s from southern Ca. took advantage of the inshore action this week with two roosterfish over 50 lbs and several smaller ones. They added many amberjack and cubera snapper to their inshore mixed bag.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort - Costa Rica Fishing Report-November 19, 2001

This is a good news bad news kind of report.
I always like to get the bad news out of the way first. The sailfish are slow to bite.

The good news is… The lady in the blue dress isn’t.
Blue marlin have been stretching some string around here making for some happy customers and captains alike. Michael Nueman brought down a group of Georgia boys who started their trip with a 400 lb. blue. The Casper family from Minnesota took a 300 lb. blue as well as Guss McFadden from New Mexico whose fish also went about 300 lbs.
Dorado are everywhere going up to 50 lbs. Boats are catching as many as 13 each with some football yellowfin tuna mixed in as well.

Inshore has been all roosterfish. Two anglers both enjoying their 8th decade took top honors. Constantine Gober who fished with McFadden is an 80 year old light tackle buff. He returned to the dock with a whale of a story. Something took the bait on the “three thread” line he was fishing and began peeling drag. Soon McFadden’s rod doubled over and they were both doing battle. Line screamed from Gober’s reel until it was gone. It parted at the reel with a loud snap. McFadden continued to battle his fish and when it was boatside, a 60 lb. roosterfish had both hooks in its mouth. Gober is claiming an assist on the catch.

Irv Baker from Novata, Ca. is 82. His 50 lb. roosterfish took second biggest for the week. No assist here he says with a heavy breath!!

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort - Costa Rica Fishing Report -November 8, 2001

Holy Mackerel. . . !
"There' more Tuna out there than I have ever seen" says Capt. Lindor Jimenez, who joined our staff this year and captains one of our Strike 33 footers. That is quite a comment from a guy who has spent the last 30 years cruising Costa Rican waters in search of big game fish.
John Beath of Western Outdoors Magazine and friend Tim Lloyd enjoyed some of this line stretching action as they caught a boat load of Yellow Fin mixed in with Dorado to 50lbs.

Bob & Melanie Pereira of Pioneer, Ca. had a field day on Dorado, catching 13 and raising 7 Sails in the process.
Inshore the action has been big Roosters and Cubera Snapper. Beath & Lloyd found out how strong these fish are as snapper over 30 lbs hollered "Adios Gringos", busting off in the volcanic reef below. Sid Carlson chased roosterfish in front of the Tigre River and took several between 35 and 50 lbs.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort - Costa Rica Fishing Report-August 23, 2001

Plenty of life cruising offshore with marlin, sailfish, tuna, and dorado, all taking baits. Jason Lickel had a group of compadres from California down with him, and they all left happy with lots of fishing tales. Jason took a blue marlin while the rest of the group mixed it up with some nice yellowfin tuna and sailfish.

Chad and Susan Pratt came down from the “bigger and better” state of Texas. Chad proved it with a huge cubera snapper and Susan tagged a marlin. (Thanks for the roosterfish pin Chad.)

I had the pleasure to fish with Dave Petzel, from Field and Stream Magazine the last couple of days. We stretched some string on yellowfin tuna, rainbow runners and sailfish.

The highlight of the day yesterday was watching the arrival of the humpback whales. We counted no less than 50 of them. Several will call Golfo Dulce their home the next couple of months when they enter the gulf with their calves. We also saw a giant school of pilot whales that numbered close to 1000.

Leo Lamont from D.C. celebrated his birthday with a 60 pound roosterfish. The weather is good with nightime showers and sunny mornings.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort - Costa Rica Fishing Report-
August 5, 2001


For the so-called “off season” the fishing in Costa Rica has been fantastic. August of last year also produced a good number of fish. We’re thinking we might have to re-evaluate when exactly “off-season” really is. This week, the marlin and sailfish have been stretching lines for many happy anglers. Several blue marlin over 400 pounds have come up to the boats, and the sailfish are running at about 120 pounds. Roosterfish have been at about 35 pounds.
Kris Vutpakdi, a guest at Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica this week, brought his mom with him to enjoy the fishing and atmosphere at the Resort. The two of them teamed up to do some inshore Costa Rica fishing. They ended up landing 30 yellowfin tuna! They are both very satisfied with the fishing, not to mention, they got to take advantage of our “green season” special pricing, a savings of over $600!
The weather has been great, with light showers at night, and sunny skies during the day. Last week, the owner Robin Williams and his brother, were down at the Resort as well. There was a lightening light show during one of the late night rains. Some people stayed up to watch the naturally provided entertainment. By morning everyone was rested and ready for fishing under clear blue skies.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort - Costa Rica Fishing Report-
July 5, 2001


Offshore fishing really picked up the last week with marlin, tuna, wahoo, dorado, and sailfish all taking baits. Mike Goodrich took a 500 lb. blue marlin and Irv Daniel's blue was estimated at 400 lbs. George DeLoach from Champion boats brought down a couple of friends and had as many as 13 sailfish in a day up in the baits. Most of the wahoo have been small and the tuna's ranged from 60 to 100 lbs.

Inshore the roosterfish have been on vacation, but the snapper have been taking a few baits. Chico from Chaos Lures took three dozen plate size snapper on light tackle and the top cubera of the week went 35 lbs. All the guests enjoyed some great ceviche and fried snook that Chef Fernando whipped up from a 30 pounder that came from the mouth of the Rio Tigre.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort - Costa Rica Fishing Report
-June 11, 2001


A storm system slowed the Costa Rica billfishing the last few days and boats were working hard to find them. Sailfish would come up into the baits but didn't seem interested enough to eat. Kay Walker from Austin and Terry Jackson from Jacksonville managed to fool a couple with the largest going 125 lbs.

Things have not been so slow inshore with big roosterfish hitting close to the Resort. Milton Crossway from Tucker, Ga., fishing with his son and a friend got into some fish over 40 lbs. Bill Carter, also from "Jawja" and a group of friends got into a dozen roosters with the largest going over 60 lbs.
The weather is clearing and billfishing should get back to normal soon.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort - Costa Rica Fishing Report-June 4, 2001

Lady anglers have taken the spotlight here at Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica lately. Ella Gunst (who happens to be my mom) is near 80 years old. She was down for a visit from Largo, Fl with her friend Nancy Coady. Mom took an 85 lb. Sailfish on a 20 lb. line with no help from the crew. Nancy also took a sailfish around the same size.

Kate Ivory, the new director of Costa Rica for Frontiers Travel, was down for a visit. She had an angler's dream of an "inshore trip" where she landed a nice 20 lb. Snapper, followed by a roosterfish and jack, and then bagged a dorado and a sailfish that were cruising the inshore reef.
Offshore picked up yesterday with each boat taking 4 sails. Inshore has been consistent with many roosterfish biting. The top boat took 9 roosterfish with the biggest being 62 lbs

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

 


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