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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

January 7, 2004

You should have been here yesterday!!! And the day before, and the day before, and the day before!!!

Although I have been informed that billfish only feed in daylight hours, I have sometimes seen the bite slow on a full moon. Today was the full. One boat caught 17 sails out of 22 raised. (outstanding numbers), and another went 9 for 18. Not bad for some who only pitches a bait only occasionally.

The boats are raising 18 to 25 fish apiece. This fishing action has been like this for the last six days and the fish are holding only five miles off the beach. Fly rodders are landing 3 to 5 fish apiece which is a spectacular day anywhere in the world.

The marlin, although not giants (200 to 400 lbs) have joined the New Years party. Seven fish were boated out of 13 takes this week.

Inshore the roosters have also pleased guest who are taking a half dozen or more a day. Some nice snapper have made it to the dinner plates and a few African pompano continue to bite.

There are tons of fish out there and they don't mind mixing it up with some Gringos!

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

Jan 29, 2004

The first month of the year proved to be an active one with fish going crazy the first part of the month, the bite tapering off and then improving again.

For fly guys, the Rob Smith group of Rob, Dave Burkland, Tom Trent, and John Graft had a big week when the landed 43 sails on fly and 15 on conventional gear. They left some gear in the water but managed to land three double headers on fly.

Don Libby’s group of George Richard, Bill Robichaud, and Jack Mensching where the top inshore guys with rooster over 60  and a 171 lb Mero. ( Now known as Goliath Grouper in the states.)

Anglers stetched string on 1878 sails, 33 marlin, a 100 some dorado, and 64 tuna. Inshore 286 roosterfish were taken. Twenty five snook tested light tackle anglers and over 200 mixed bag stuff like jacks, African pompano, tevally and such.

    February is starting off well. Jim Farlow fishing with Capt Allan Smith had 45 sails i9n the baits two days ago

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 9, 2004

The sails have finally srarted to act normal again and are showing up again in the numbers of the high teens. Fly guys are getting plenty of shots. Some folks could care less for the offshore stuff and are happy chasing critters near the shoreline. The following is a series of photos from Andy and Carolyn Anderson would came back again this year to only fish inshore.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
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March 29, 2004

The fishing has held strong the last week or so. We have seen an exceptional amount of marlin this year and except for the last two days have been seeing a half dozen or so every day. Charles and Tony Dorta made a return trip here with brother Bob. He couldn’t make the trip last year because President Bush sent him on an errand in Iraq.

   Their best day, the boys took 8 sails and 2 marlin to release. They had good numbers and each day and even managed to molest a few of my pet snook under the dock.

   Eddie Monosse brought a group of family and friends from the San Francisco Bay area who together help support the Boys and Girls Club there. The group included Bay area businessmen like Dennis Cola, Dick Parmelee, Larry Gachis and Joe Montana. They fished three boats for four days and had some impressive numbers.

   163 sails raised, 36 landed, and two marlin that didn’t get fooled. They also took 42 snapper, 22 tuna and a few roosters and some jacks. The rest of the guests enjoyed the same kind of success.

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
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April 20, 2004

National Football Hall of Famer Ted Hedricks of the Oakland Raiders hosted along with Gary Ellis a group of Redbone@Large tourament anglers for a three day fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis.

Five boats searched the waters to gain points with a catch of sailfish and roosters. The sails were so active they didn’t have time to chase roosters but managed to catch eleven.

The five teams raised 309 sails boating 51 mostly on fly gear. They witnessed what not many ever get to see. Acres and acres of sailfish balling bait by forming a “wagon train” circle around them.

Long time friends Harry and Scott Smith also got in on the fun. “I really lost count on how many we had up,” commented Scott “At one point I counted twenty pass by the boat.” The day before they whipped a 450 lb blue marlin in an amazing twenty minutes.

Needless to say, the fishin’s pretty darn good

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 14, 2004

Costa Rica’s internet server finally got things worked out and we can communicate again on the Coconut Telegraph.

Fishing has been very good to say the least and except for a day or two when some foul weather passed through, the numbers have been impressive. Mike Segala of Victaulic Company hosted a group from Pacific Fire Safety for a mini-tourney of five boats. They raised 237 sails in three days, landing 66 up to 120 lbs. They took time out to catch a few roosterfish as well

Steve Rankin also hosted a group from Orange County from the Wild Game Club. Top boat landed 13 sails in one day offshore and 27 jacks and 7 roosters in a days fishing was the kingpin inshore boats.

Super Bowl Champion New England Patriot place kicker Adam Vinatieri paid us another visit with good friend and fellow angler Artie Eaton, former 70’s and 80’s rocker with the band Seducer.

They smoked offshore with 14 sails landed out of 42 raised in a day and half fishing taking several over 100 lbs. Inshore the rooster’s were very evasive. It was always a matter of the wrong place at the wrong time looking for that forty pounder. Other boats took a couple over fifty and a giant seventy pounder, while the two New Englanders caught big jacks, a couple snook and some snapper.

Then the elusive rooster finally hit. Pictured Above. Now someone has a mark to shoot for. Who can beat the smallest rooster ever caught at the lodge.

I invite you to try

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

June 2004


Fishing in Costa Rica has been a little tough these days with the fish coming in flurrys and then going into hiding and then a flurry again. The great General Motors group GMAC paid us a visit with 32 anglers hosted by Scott Andryk and happened to hit a flurry or two.

Steve Bower (pictured above) had been on a seven year quest to bag a sailfish. On his visit here he scratched that seven year itch with a couple in the hundred pound range. Steve fished with John Michaelis and Tom St. Hilaire one day and the threesome bagged a triple, all landing sails at the same time.

Jennifer Graff took her first sail after some coaxing from husband Chris to try the blue water. I think she 'll be out there again.

Duane Hosler and David Reid took top angler awards when they teamed up to catch 87 tuna and dorado in a days fishing.

Inshore species have been a little fussy at times two but several roosters and jacks made it to the rails. Darrel and Sheryl Roberts 140 pound grouper was top fish on the inside

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

July 2004

Crocodile Bay Lodge Market Wrap:
+10,724 Sailfish Raised
From Jan 1 to May 15, 2004!

It’s not very often that I get a minute and get to sit down and muddle over all the things I ask my secretary to punch into the computer. I sat down this week and took a look how the season went this year.

Crocodile Bay boats had some impressive numbers when you get a look at the “big picture.” From January 1st through May 15 we accumulated the following stats.

  • Sailfish raised 10,724 Sailfish landed 3004
  • Marlin raised 288 Marlin landed 65
  • Tuna caught 457
  • Dorado over 20 lbs 232
  • Wahoo 67
  • Roosterfish 2420
  • Snapper 452
  • Jacks 1614
  • Misc 749

February which is normally one of our top months was off for the first time this year and green water was the blame. March was the top month with 3512 sails up.

Tuna are the big attraction right now with big schools working from four to 20 miles off the beach. A 175 pounder is the big fish this week but several over 200 lbs have been hooked and lost.

They don’t let me get far from the lodge but I snuck out this week and took a 36 lb snook ( pictured above) within site of our pier

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

 

Sept 2004

Costa Rica Fishing Report

I've just returned from the ICast fishing show in Las Vegas and am getting used to speaking Spanish again. A school of big tuna came though while I was gone and Alex Meyer's group took won that I was told went close to 300 lbs. Lately the boats have been seeing two to ten billfish a day and tuna when the porpoises pass through. It is more of a hunting game now with fewer boats on the water but when you find the sails they are ready for the fiesta. Roosters have active lately both in the gulf and on the outside. Dawn Celapino came back in and took her first after losing a couple of jumping sails and Larry Goethe took the big fish this week at 55 lbs. Plate size snapper are keeping dinner guests happy.
Tight Lines

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 2004

A Fishing Trip of Biblical Proportion: Jason & Goliath

Costa Rica Fishing Report


Jason Cannon of Florida shows off his 195lb Goliath Grouper-
Fishing at Crocodile Bay Lodge finished with a BANG. We closed down yesterday for our annual month of fixin’ up before we officially commence our 6th season November 1st.

Costa Rica Fishing ReportShimano Corporation had a group down who started out a little slow but finished with a bang. They busted up the wahoo one day and took a 350 lb marlin and dorado up to fifty pounds. On their last two days of fishing 5 boats raised 165 sailfish.

Inshore the roosters were a little finicky but they managed a few with some jacks. Jason Cannon from Florida (pictured above left) took top inshore honors when he nabbed a 195 lb mero (Goliath Grouper) on the day before the Shimano boys arrived.

There should be a bunch of sails waiting offshore when we reopen November 1st!

Todd Staley,
Crocodile Bay Lodge
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

 

CBL Fishing Report, November 2004
By Fishing Director Todd Staley

Costa Rica Fishing Report

Costa Rica Fishing

Costa Rica Sport FishingCrocodile Bay's November opener started off a little slow with the sails being a little finicky and the numbers are still down from normal. Other creatures of the deep are keeping anglers happy and strings stretched. Lots of dorado are cruising open water and hanging around logs and trash lines. Most are around 20 lbs and the biggest went just over fifty. Tuna big and small are playing tag with the porpoises. Lots of football size and a 200 pounder made a ton of sushi for dinner.

Roosters have been hot and cold, mostly hot and the snappers are winning with the big ones breaking lines.

Nathan Linville stuck a 450 lb blue marlin on a fly rod. Kind of like trying to drag a Freightliner truck with a Tonka toy, But after nearly losing his finger and losing the fish he barely had enough energy left to put his heart back in his chest.

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

 

CBL Fishing Report, December 2004
By Fishing Director Todd Staley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sails have been a little aggravating as of late with sluggish fish and some even absent from the party. The Pacific Blue Marlin or “lady the blue dress” though, is in no short supply.

 

There are more blues than on prom night cruising 10 to 15 miles off the beach. Hans Schmidt and his buddys landed two ranging from 300 to 500 lbs. Tim Fernandez from Yamaha motors took another. We have been seeing marlin every day for the week or so.

 

San Francisco 49er’s Super Bowl winning coach George Seifert was down with former NFL, and NBA players, Gary Filizetti, Bill Gates , George Reilly, and John Travis. They had a mixed bag of sails, dorado on fly, tuna, and roosters. When George is not wearing his game face, he is really a funny guy.

Inshore has been steady with roosters, 20 lb snapper and Jacks

 

 

 

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


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