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January

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

January 8, 2003

The first of the year started out with a bang as a little bit of everything rose from the deep blue to excite holiday anglers. Our good friend Dave Burkhardt brought his better half Katie who as usual out fished him. Besides a couple of 50 lb roosterfish, she caught an array oy of sails, tuna, and dorado.

The Thompson family of four each landed four sailfish after two days of fishing and decided to give roosters a try.

Fly guys have been doing well with big pink chickens that the sails can´t resist. Ten to 15 fish are rising to the teasers and almost all are hot enough to take a swipe at the fly. Speaking of flies. Tom Boyd had the family down fishing his roosterfish dfly and got the roosters as well as a sail and dorado to eat it also.

But our hats go off and the angler of the week award goes to 9 year old Hal Press son of Clifford Press. You could not keep a rod out of this kids hands. He wanted nothing to do with the rainforests, waterfalls or horseback riding.

His scorecard at weeks end read like an old man in a heminway novel. Fifty plus pound roosterfish, 120 lb sailfish, 104 lb tuna, and a 400 lb blue marlin. Those are his top catches. Add a few more sails, tuna, dorado and roosters to the list. A lot of men who have been fishing for year wish they had resume like that.

Congratulations Hal. See you next year for a fishing lesson.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

January 20, 2003


A good concentration of bait has moved into the area bringing the number of fish raised everyday to proportions that give each angler 6 to 12 shots at catching a billfish.  Patrick Basler from "Bites On" made one of his frequent visits to the Resort and took a good number of sails as well as dorado and tuna.  He picked up a few nice roosters in the gulf as well as big jack crevalle.  A die hard angler, he had to get a few licks in on some big fish before returning home for back surgery.  Good luck Pat.  Fly guys are bending some rods on sails as they are falling for pink and white poppers. 

Robbo Swartenberg stretched some string and bruised some knuckles.  "It's not the numbers that count, but the success of beating one on a fly."  He was happy at the bar as he recounted his battle with a 100 pounder.  Chris Bernset managed to fool a couple of roosterfish with a fly along the shoreline not far from the lodge.  They weren't monsters, but anytime you can fool a rooster into eating a clump of chicken feathers, it's something to crow about.

A few marlin have showed up and the number of sails seen this week has increased over the last weeks.  Boats are raising as many as 20 sails a day and one boat had three marlin up in the baits but decided not to try the menu.  Joe and Mary Bowden ended up catching 19 sails in four days on the water.  Their top day was landing nine and they had many in the baits every day. 

Tampa Boy Wesley Snapp brought a couple of NASCAR buddies in for just one day of fishing before racing back to Florida for the Daytona races.  In four hours offshore, they each bagged a sail and moved inshore to tangle with a couple of roosters.  Inshore, the water has really gotten clear and more fish are moving on to the shallow reefs in the gulf. 

Several dinner size cubera snappers were fooled by topwater plugs and roosters have been crashing schools of bluerunners and small mullet near the lodge.  A couple of roosters over fifty pounds were taken in the gulf this week.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

January 28, 03

Everything is about as expected for late January as far as the fishing goes. More sails are moving into the area and the roosterfish have started working their way into the gulf.

Fly guy Gerry Wendrovsky spent three days on the water where 27 sails came up into the teasers. Twenty two of them fell for the clump of feathers he offered and he managed to bring nine to the boat for release. Not bad numbers.

John Cassidy is a young 82 years old. He has probably spent more time wetting a line than anyone I know. He took a sail over a hundred pounds on fly tackle and then tussled and won the battle with a 200 lb blue marlin on stand up gear. That's right....stand up gear.

Bret Gamrot from Inshore Offshore magazine was down with a group of friends and tackled a good number of sails before inviting me to spend a half day inshore with them before catching their plane back to St. Pete, Fla. I don't get to fish much when we are busy so I was really gassed when I took my biggest rooster to date at 75 lbs.

Ted Knothe had a big day on the water inshore by taking 20 fish including 11 roosters. A couple of nice cubera snapper graced the dinner table this week. They were 25 and 30 lbs.

Dorado and yellowfin continue to roam the bluewater. A 90 lb tuna was the tops for the week.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

February 1, 2003

I had this picture in my mind right out of “Happy Days,” as Barbara Graf described catching the 50 lb roosterfish.

Big Bopper blasting on the juke box, teenagers dancing around the booths and a young couple each with a straw sharing a chocolate malt. Forty five years later Dick and Barbara Graf still like to share. After a week of inshore fishing which included a mixed bag of jacks, roosters, snappers and some nice grouper they ventured offshore on day and took some sails before finishing their trip with one last day inshore.

The lines came tight simultaneously and they each set the hook. Line buzzed from the reels as captain “Mochilla” hollered, “good fish, good fish.” Suddenly it appeared the lines were crossed and everyone was afraid one fish would cut off the other. It seemed as both fish were swimming together until after 15 minutes when the action changed to right next to the boat, they all realized that a huge 50 lb roosterfish had eaten both their bait and they had caught it together. Just like a chocolate malt.

Bill Martin’s group were not disappointed when he promised Costa Rica had good fishing. The group caught lots of sails, Ed Palm took a 130 lb tuna and the lady in the blue dress came knocking on the door. As a host though Bill could have been a bit more congenial. He caught both of them one going 500 lbs and the other 125.

Shep McCook pleased everyone at the lodge as his 57 lb wahoo hit the grill. He can also shave now because he finally got his sail on a fly. Feather throwers have been getting fair numbers with Byron Johnson taking three afte a couple days of missed shots.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

February 26, 2003

Things were off to a bang when Danny Young's group of four raised 59 sails in two days of fishing and then things went a little nutso. The fish got finicky. They would lazily come up and take a look at the bait or swat the fly but would not eat. Fortunately that changed and things are getting back to normal with most boats seeing a dozen or so sails per day. Ted Moody from Orvis banged three on the fly yesterday after a couple days of aggrevation. The big news offshore was a 700 plus pound black marlin that broke off after 7 hours of back straining and line stretching. Tuna and dorado have been a little scarce but a few football tuna hit the grill the last couple of days.

Carl McCants's 80 pound roosterfish was top dog on the inside. Not many roosters are falling to anglers offerings but most that did went over 50 lbs. Bjour Odenbro from Sweden had a big day on the water when he bagged 11 roosters and 9 big jacks. A couple of nice African pompano hit the dinner plates as well as cubera snapper

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

March

March 24, 2003

Things have really done a 180 since my last report. After a slow spell like Costa Rica has never seen before the "fish gods" have sent folks to bed early with aching arms and our massage therapist at the hotel is working overtime.

A front blew through here last week and spoiled what looked like was a turn around in the action. When everything calmed down the fish threw a party.

The last few days boats have been raising at least 20 sails apiece and several boats over thirty. We have a group of Orvis dealers down and they are getting a true test of their equipment with 20 or more shots a day.

Pier Laurentini traveled all the way from Italy to test our waters. As they say this guy must have really stepped in something because he did what many have tried for a lifetime in a couple of hours.

The boats here leave the dock at 7:00 am two days straight offshore fishing he was back at the dock by ten after capturing a marlin on a fly. Both were blues and went 135 and 120 lbs respectively. He finished his last day with 5 sails and a dorado.

Gene and Sherri Franklin from Pine Island, Florida had never offshore fished before. They were top anglers yesterday when they boated 14 sails.

Inshore started to pick up with roosterfish action in the mornings. On fish of 60 and one at 70 lbs stretched some string here and the big cubera snappers won, burying anglers in the volcanic reef.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

April

The annual Redbone@Large tournament
was held last week with 20 teams competing

To raise more than $50,000 for cystic fibrosis research. In three days of costa fishing the group that fished both inshore and offshore raised over 300 billfish, releasing 87 and took roosterfish to 70 lbs.

The team of Dave Przysinda and Mike Collochio took top honors and also had the largest rooster. Connie Taylor took her first sail on a fly adding points for her to take top spot in the ladies division. John Ward took the biggest fish trophy and a memory of a lifetime when while fishing in the gulf the came across a school of a dozen whale sharks and he jumped in and rode a forty foot one.

Boston Whaler boats followed the Redbone group with 34 of their top people and they split their days between fishing and eco tours. This was their third trip here and beween a 160 pound tuna and scaleing a waterfall there is never a dull moment for this group.Offshore the fishing is good with 8 to 20 sails showing up in the baits. A couple of marlin have teased anglers but tuna from 10 to 200 lbs are the hardest pullers this week. Roosters are consistent and a 39 lb snapper was the biggest this week.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

April 29, 2003

I don't know which is more exciting—having a week of raising 20 or more fish per day or getting the chance to fish with actor Robert Duvalland a whole slew of other movie fame.
For example, with a lull between groups I had just four boats offshore yesterday and they raised 91 sails and two marlin.

Two of the boats were back before 1 pm. We welcome Russ Johnson and Joe Jarzynka from Royal Journeys to our family. The two had a hay-day tossing chicken feathers at sailfish and said it had been one of the best trips they had been on. When you're in the business of sending folks on fishing vacations that is a great compliment. Thanks!

Bobby Duvall fished with fellow actors Willy Marquez and Luciana Pedraza doing a show for the New American Sportsman. It was enough to get a producer nervous when the roosters didn't cooperate on a short day on the water and rain the next didn't work well with the cameras, but next September you'll be able to see Duvall and Marquez taking some nice sails on 20 lb outfits.

Inshore, the jacks have been beating the roosters to the baits and Ed Drew and Peter Gorinsky battled a boat full. Ed also sunk into a big wahoo who managed to escape the dinner plate. Todd Staley

 

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

 


Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

May

May 5, 2003

The week started out with a bang with boats continuing to raise 15 to 20 sails each but a few local storms that produced some waterspouts blew thing out over the weekend. The skies are blue this morning so the action should return to normal any day now. Lots of football size tuna and a few dorado have been active despite the weather.

Roosters and jacks have been the inshore fish de jour with most roosters running of average size but Gee Scruggs 60 pounder took top fish of the week. There always seems to be a couple over 50 lbs released each week. Several others in the 40 to 45 lb range also were taken this week. The big snapper of the week came from Mata Palo rock and weighed just under 60 lbs.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

 

May 16, 2003

Dr. Warren Crosby was determined to land a billfish on a fly. He was part of 27 folks in the medical profession brought down for by Howard Solomon for seminars and a little fishing. Warren had several chance at sails and a marlin but something always went haywire including a top of the line fly reel siezing up in the middle of a battle. Finally on the last day of fishing he stuck a 120 lb fish. For the next 3 hours and 17 minutes he was in the middle of a tug-o-war that finally ended with a photo and release of a tired fish and an exhausted angler.

Fishing was a little slow in general for the group but there were some good catches. A couple of roosters in the 45 to 50 lb range made it to release and Bonner Thomson and Don Ferguson teamed up to supply snook for dinner on a daily basis. Their big fish went 30 lbs.

Towards the end of the trip the fishing picked up and on the day of the full moon one of the boats raised 18 fish. So much for that theory.

Two brothers and a nephew set a new lodge record for "cerveza" consumption and took some nice sails in the process.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report


May 26, 2003

They have been singing the "Blues" around here this week. Blue marlin have been being raised almost daily and many have been taking baits. Andy Stein started it when he hooked a blue at 1:30 in the afternoon and at 7:00 pm he still had it on the line and dinner was starting to get cold. After six hours he had enough and worked the fish close to the boat and broke it off. The monster marlin was estimated at 800 lbs.

Charles Dorta followed the next day with a 220 lb fish taken on 20 lb line. Fishing with his Dad, Tony, they also had shots at 29 sails during their 3 days on the water. Tom Boyd took a 260 lb the next day and 2 blues were raised today but didnít take the baits. We had one day when every boat in the fleet raised over 17 billfish but the numbers have drop to normal for this time of the year.

Inside lots of plate size snappers and roosters to 45 lbs have been stretching lines and corvina made a show. Guy and Pam tillotson teamed up for a bunch of them keeping one 30 pounder for dinner.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

May 31, 2003

Sometimes when you go to film a fishing show, things can be a little tough. The fish are not members of the Screen Actors Guild and they could care less if a million folks will be watching one day on TV. On Robert Duvall's recent trip the sails only came up and sniffed the baits the first day and decided they wanted to be stars on the next day out. It is stuff like that that drives producers crazy.


ONeill Williams from "ONeill Outside" was down and wanted to get three shows done in four days. Now I've worked with ONeill on and off over a decade now and we have always managed to pull it off. He once wanted two shows in a day and a half and got it.
This trip was no exception. First day out light tackle stuff for snappers. Fourteen in the boat along with a mixed bag of grouper, bonito, jacks and other inshore surprises like barracuda and big needlefish.

Day two: Sails on 20 lb gear. Seventeen fish up, landed four sets of doubles and a single before noon. Largest sail went around 130 lbs. Day three: A mixed bag of roosterfish and jacks along the beach. A dozen or more fish landed and back to the dock early. He went chasing schools of bonito the next day on flys and canned show number four. George and Jimmy Bowers from Florida raised 49 sails and landed 20 in two days of fishing. The numbers have dropped down to about ten fish a day but the fishing is still great for what some call the "off season".

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

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June

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

June 8, 2003

A front blew through here this week and really changed things from last week. Wind, rain, and a rough ocean made our calm tropical Pacific Ocean look like the first episode of Gilligan's Island.

Those would toughed it out were rewarded with some nice fish but the numbers dropped considerably from last week.

Ron Kapplow brought down his group of "Funfishers" from Florida and they landed on the day of the storm. The first day only brought three sails a mixed bag of dorado and tuna and a 60 lb rooster saved the day.

Day two picked up some when Greg Kapplow took his first blue marlin and a mixed bag of dorado, tuna, and wahoo made dinner plates.

The Gaebe family was ready to have me "swim with the fishes" until they took top prize offshore on day three with a sail, 17 dorado and 13 tuna.

Clear skies and a flat ocean have returned as the boats left the dock this morning so things should return to normal.

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

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July

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

July 4, 2003

Fish
were slim pickins for a while because the green water moved in and sent the pelagics scurrying after the bait that had moved to "greener pastures" so to speak. Luckily when a group of 30 showed up this week so did the fish. Not in great numbers but enough to keep some rods bent and put some smiles on some faces. Evertt Kelly from Nashville brought his family down to celebrate his and Mrs Kelly's 51 st anniversary and they were top guns on the inshore scene. The couple took 25 snapper one day and 19 nice mullet snapper on day two. There kids caught some nice sails and dorado in the 40 pound range offshore.

John Williams also had his family here and the managed 10 sails and some small tuna the little time they fished as they spent much of their time here exploring the jungle. (Must have read the L.A. Times article) Ed Olsen from San Francisco fished with sister Barbara and announced he would like to catch some "football" size tuna in the 10 to 20 pound range.

No problem I said, there has been plenty of those around. Well Ed "Big Tuna" Olsen returned to the dock with a new definition of "football". His football yellowfin weighed 203 lbs. He and Barbara had 4 sails to their credit and a large number of guests had grilled tuna and sushi.

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

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August 21, 2003

Crocodile Bay Fishing Report


The sails have been teasing anglers lately by floating on the surface with their sails proudly displayed but turning down all offerings. Just a couple of days ago 6 to 8 a day were charging baits. Recent offshore catches include small marlin in the 200 to 240 lb range, wahoo to 50 lbs and a few dorado.
Inshore the action has been consistant with roosterfish readily taking baits. Flor de Maria Cuarda took a dozen roosters with 2 that went over 50 lbs and Ella Gunst took a couple to 35 lbs. Ty Visscher added a nice 25 lb snapper to an inshore catch.

With the Canadian, Alaskan season winding down we are seeing more anglers and offshore numbers will soon return to normal. The humpback whales have moved into the gulf with their young and will be around till mid October so the fishing is always interesting when watching mothers teaching the youngsters how to herd sardines and breach.

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

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September

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

September 11, 2003

Being in the fishing business as a lure manufacturer, outdoor writer, lodge manager and, fishing director has given me the chance to meet and fish with many special people over the years. One person that has made an enormous impression on me is Larry Dalhberg.

Not only is he one of the most intelligent anglers as far as reading fishing conditions I´ve ever met. He is also a very funny man and is the "Kung Fu" of fishing wisdom. One of the most prolific things I ever heard about fishing rolled off his lips one night as we sat at the Hard Croc Café inside the lodge at Crocodile Bay-

"Your chances of catching a really good fish are directly related to how much you deserve it."
.......... Wow!

You don´t know how many times I´ve wanted to repeat those words, but being a gracious host, bit my lip.

Rebecca (Becky Reynolds) of the greater Miami Humane Society must have some real good Karma.
She arrived at the Resort with a couple of goals in mind and in 4 days fishing bagged enough memories to last a long, long time. Her partner Capt. Jay Wright had his memories served with some humble pie. I know that feeling.

Day one offshore produced a 350 lb blue marlin that she whipped in an hour as the fish spent the entire time on the surface doing a blue water ballet in fast forward. Becky wanted some roosterfish. So she battled an array of over 40 bites. Some so big she dueled them almost an hour before breaking off 60 lb leader. The mixed bag at the end of the day include a dozen roosters to the boat, some snapper, jacks and doubling the current four pound test record for sierra mackerel.

So on the last day Becky wanted to catch a yellowfin tuna. She was back at the dock before noon with a 97 lb tuna that wore her out. Jay commented that during the last moments of the fight it reminded him of his experience in a birthing room when for a short time a women turns into a monster before the moment of joy.

In a few short days Becky fulfilled many of her fishing fantasies. Thats what I call....Good Karma

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

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October

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

October 21, 2003

Mastering Multiple Hook Ups

I don’t think there is anything more beautiful on earth than an endless carpet of cobalt blue ocean.
Blue water trolling can have a hypnotic effect on someone. The teasers, sweetened with mullet or blue runner skitter across the surface behind the boat wakes, skipping to the rhythm produced by the motors. Purples, pinks, greens, oranges, whatever colors the captain feels are lucky this day. As one stares at them for a while, dancing along, one drifts into a trance.

The tail of the bait flips in a certain way and a spark of adrenalin races through your veins as your eye is fooled into thinking it was the bill of a sailfish. This rush repeats itself several times over until you don’t want to blink because you might miss something.

Suddenly a shadow appears below one of the teasers. It rises and the bill clears the surface slashing back and forth as it takes whacks at the teaser. The fish is now lit up in a neon purple hue, a quick meal on its mind. Though this has been repeated a thousand times over the adrenalin rush overtakes the captain and crew and they begin spurting out a form of Spanglish, a mixture of Spanish and English as they communicate with each other and the client at the same time.

At Crocodile Bay we use the "bait and switch" method most of the time. We pull lures without hooks (teasers) and when the time is right take the teaser away and present an offering with a hook in it.
That offering could be live bait, dead bait, or a fly. It is a simple process when all work together and gives the angler a more "hands on" experience even for the most inexperienced novice.

Basically the fish is attracted to the teaser and begins its chase. The crew will keep the teaser just out of reach as the teaser is brought towards the boat. On the crews command the teaser is pulled from the water and the angler presents his bait or casts his fly. By this time the sail is so worked up it races over and gobbles up what hits the water. By law billfish anglers in Costa Rica are now required to use circle hooks. This takes a lot of the guess work out of how much time to wait before setting the hook and also results in a lot less deep hook ups.

This is an easy enough process to follow. What happens in Costa Rica quite often though is more than one fish are raised at a time. The last time our friend O´neill Williams from O´neill Outdoors TV show was down we raised 17 fish and caught four sets of doubles before noon. That is a Costa Rican Chinese Fire Drill for sure, but with a little planning on the part of the crew and anglers, "Multiple Hook-Ups" can happen often.

Be prepared. The first thing to do is communicate with your crew and it is their job to communicate with you. Costa Rican’s are a humble people and sometimes are a little shy about asking about a person’s experience. If you are a good angler let them know, and if it’s your first blue water adventure let them know too. The more you ask, the more eager your crew will be to please you. Talk about what part everyone will play if more then one fish comes into the teasers.

Have your baits ready. This is part of the crew’s job. They generally fish two anglers so they will have three baits ready. Usually two live baits and a dead bait. Lots of dead baits will be prepared in a bait cooler ready for a busy day. In the case of fly fisherman decide who will cast first. After the first fish is hooked up and running away from the boat, the second fly can be easily cast to another fish.

Relax. OK easier said than done. When there are two or three lit up sails running around in back of the boat and your heart is racing a million miles an hour it is easy to forget to remain calm. Once they are hooked up and doing their fast forward ballet across the surface we need to try not to cross the lines. A sailfish is one of the fastest fish in the ocean and sometimes they have a mind of their own as to which direction they want to go. When you have two fish a couple hundred yards out in different directions it is impossible to chase down both fish with the boat. As they fish get close to the boat it is important for the anglers and crew to let each other know what the fish are doing.

On an average day here you will get a chance at least a dozen billfish. We have had boats raise over fifty. The best we’ve done is catch four out of five raised at one time. How’s that for a spider web of mono going in opposite directions?

If there is anywhere in the world to have a chance at "multiple hook-ups" on billfish it is Costa Rica. A little preparation and you can douse any blue water fire.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

November

November 8, 2003

We opened again November first after a month of sprucing up the place getting ready for the season..
The sails started the season a little picky but dorado have made up for the slow times.
Ron Schimdt had the big fish of the week with a 250 lb blue marlin. Daughter Tammy added a nice dorado for dinner.

Arturo Restauro and Johnny Sanchez from San Francisco picked up a couple sails and when inside to bag 10 nice snapper.

Don Kullgren from GMAC in Wisconsin bagged the big rooster this week at 45 lbs. Every day the fishing has been improving so I expect some big numbers in my next report

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

November

November 14, 2003

As I predicted the fishing and the catching has improved everyday. More sails are coming up in the teasers and there are more dorado, tuna, and the lady in the blue dress danced several times this week.

Rhonda Slubowski and good friend Pat Hill started it off this week as the two ladies out-fished the guys. They topped off their trip when Rhonda whipped a blue marlin three times her size. They released the "lady in the blue dress" that was estimated at 350 lbs.

We also had Reel Adventures TV down this week. Leader Jeff Aderman had crew Mike, Scott fishing and Tony "the Frog" doing the underwater filming. Friends and sponsors Mike and Barbara Padula from MP Lures with them. They teamed up for 17 sails up, 3 blue marlin up, and a mixed bag of tuna and dorado to 35 lbs. Big fish was a 500 blue that was released after a three hour battle.
Inshore the bagged a 30 lb dorado, 14 lb mackerel and big jacks.

Every day it keeps getting better. A good number of marlin are in chasing tuna and dorado.
I expect next report to be even betterNovember 20, 2003

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

November


This report is a day early this week because tommorow I am getting married and probably won't be able to tell one end of a fish from the other!

I love it when a prediction comes true. I'm no Jean Dixon or nothing but the fishing just keeps getting better.

Mark Sydney and Charles Statford picked up some roosters and a nice fat wahoo inshore. Some cubera snapper have been breaking strings and jacks over 30 lbs are testing arm muscles.

The great news is the sailfish have decdided to join the party offshore. Still lots of dorada, smaller tuna, and a few blue marlin muching on them.

Mark and Valarie Brown each bagged their first sails when they landed five after having 28 fish up in the teaser in one day. Today they bagged several nice roosters including a 40 and 50 pound. " You must have mistaken us for VIPs" they commented on how the total staff here attended to them while here. Thanks for the great compliment!

John Beath from Western Outdoor News took a monster 130 lb sail on the fly on 20 lb tippet.
Next weeks prediction...... It will get even better

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

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November 28, 2003
Well I just got fired from the Equirer as a predictor of the future. The sails took a Thanksgiving day break and their numbers dropped way off. Anglers were able to pluck off one or two a day and a few dorado but it was a crash dive from last week when the numbers were up in the twentys.

There have been a good number of marlin this week with fish over 500 lbs being hook but the biggest brought to the boat went around 350.

The roosters were the saving grace this week when more than a dozen fish over 50 lbs were released and the cock fight was just around the corner from the lodge. Several triple hook-ups were recorded as they moved numbers moved in to feed on small sardines.

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

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