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Fishing Report, December 2005
By Fishing Director Todd Staley



The best way to describe the fishing around here lately would be a little of everything but not a lot of anything. The last few weeks have brought big tuna up to 200 lbs, marlin between 200 and 500 lbs, dorado averaging 25 lbs and as big as 60 lbs, wahoo and sails. Sails have yet to show up in big numbers although there are a few days boats are in the double digits. Things slowed on the big full moon this month, but day by day the numbers are improving.



Inshore brought a 46 lb cubera snapper on 15 lb test. We usually catch a couple of roosters every week over 50 lbs. We had a couple of anglers from England who took six over 50 lbs in one day with the largest going 65 lbs. Our summertime is finally upon us and the water temp is almost ideal. The water is clean with dorado and wahoo hitting just outside the gulf. Looking forward to a good month ahead


Our good friend Tim Rahn shows of a nice rooster

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

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Costa Rica Fishing Report, November 2005
By Fishing Director Todd Staley

The first week after the season started November 1st was really slow. Don't know the reason. Maybe nobody told the fish we started fishing. Maybe Wilma and Beta dumped tons of rain on us and dropped the water temperature. Whatever it was, it was tough to produce good numbers. On the 7th I had a little chat with the local witchdoctor and he gave me a potion to drop in the ocean. The last three days has been a complete turn around. Dorado in good numbers, lots of football tuna, and the lady in the blue dress has been dancing once again. Big lady so far has been a tad over 400 lbs, but a half dozen or more marlin are up in the teasers each day. Day by day is getting better and in a week or so I'll update this. Who doesn't believe in magic???

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

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Costa Rica Fishing Report, May 2005
By Fishing Director Todd Staley

We have had several large groups pass through here in the last few weeks. Boston Whaler Boats, Pacific Fire and Safety, Dave Galleoti’s floor covering group, and Mercury Motors all had groups of 30 or more anglers. The fish cooperated enough to bend some rods and everyone left with a sail under their belt. Boston Whaler had a Calcutta going that raised over $1700 dollars for the first grade class at Puerto Jimenez’s elementary school. Thanks.


Boston Whaler puts smiles on the kids faces with a $1700 donation to the first grade class of Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica.

Offshore has been steady as of late with most boats getting shots at 8 to 10 sails a day. A few marlin have been popping up every day as of late. Top boats raised 31 fish this week.

Inshore the roosters haven’t been crowing as much as usual, but the snapper fishing has been good with yellow, mullet and cubera snapper taking live and dead bait as well as jigs. A 20lb cubera fell victim to a jig and a 25lb grouper hit a top water plug over a shallow reef. Top inshore catch this week was a 33 lb African pompano.

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

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CBL Fishing Report, June 2005
By Fishing Director Todd Staley


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“The Rock”, is generally a very good place to fish. Anyone familiar with this area knows about it. It is not quite as famous as “The Rock” that sits in the middle of San Francisco Bay but Matapalo Rock has it’s own local fame. Captains use it as a reference point when reporting where the fish are. “Sixty degrees, fifteen miles,” might report a captain. That would be sixty degees, fifteen miles from the rock. Folks that have braved diving around the rock call it an underwater Jurasik Park.

The Rock sits a couple hundred yards off the beach at Cabo Matapalo. It is known for it’s giant roosterfish, man size cubera snapper, amberjack and big sharks.

But not offshore species!

Bill Pittman and Phil Shuyler were down from Cabela’s filming a show for their outdoor television show. Pittman was on the rod and Shuyler on the camera. They got a late start the first morning and started offshore, but decided to stop at the rock and do a little deep jigging and call the boats offshore to see how the action was offshore.

They started jigging and at the same time free-lined a bluerunner behind the boat for roosterfish. In no time they had an amberjack and a few bonita in the boat when all of a sudden a 120 lb sailfish picks up the bluerunner and starts doing a tailwalk 30 feet off the stern. Pretty freaky we all thought, hooking a sail this close to shore.

Seeing the sail fired us up for more so we headed offshore. To make a dull story short we trolled for 4 hours and saw nothing but water so we headed back to the rock to finish the day jigging. This time a nice dorado took the free-line.

Hmmm, another offshore species inshore.

We talked about it over dinner that night and decided the next morning we would go to the rock and start trolling as if we were offshore.

The other boats in the area looked at us like we were nuts but within fifteen minutes we hooked up to a wahoo and while we were clearing the teasers a sail popped up. Pittman pitched it a bait and it slurped it up. The fish put on an Oscar winning performance while Shuyler caught it’s every move. The day brought more wahoo, yellowfin tuna and a total of nine species. If a marlin would of popped up, we would have had an offshore grand slam and it all happened within 200 yards of the beach.

The hurricane that blew through El Salvador to the north last week screwed things up offshore as of late. Inshore a few roosters, snapper, and jacks have been stretching enough string to make it interesting but the numbers haven’t fully recovered since the big waves rolled in from the storm.

Larry Burns from Atlanta and his Georgia buddy’s, who like to beat up on this ole Florida boy and Florida’s last couple of years of mediocre football, were down again last week. They managed to find a sail offshore but spent most of their time tearing it up with roosters,jacks and they kept the lodge’s dinner plates full of snapper.

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

CBL Fishing Report, July 2005

Rapala Winners more than Lucky



Every time I have been somewhere that had a box to drop in an entry form I thought, there is no chance of winning. So did Bob Walker when he dropped his entry form in to a Rapala sponsored trip to Crocodile Bay Lodge. He nearly fell over when they called to tell him he was on his way to Costa Rica.

So he grabbed fishing buddy Stephen Haynes and headed south.

The pair who never dreamed of a chance to fish Costa Rican waters couldn’t have found it better. They started the trip by out fishing the whole lodge on roosterfish and decied to give offshore a try. I can still seeing them grinning as they returned to the dock with stories of the battle with a big blue marlin.

Maybe next time I won’t walk by one of those entry boxes.

Marlin was the mainstay for June with one-day four boats out raised 19 and landed 6. Most ran 200 to 400 lbs. Things started to slow a little as the moon got bigger but we are hoping the action will return.

The Stanenoughts travel all the way from England to get here and enjoyed tussles with sailfish roosters and his and hers 160 lb tuna. Harry Gualco’s annual family trip got into the action with tuna running 130 to 150 lbs.

Inshore is normal with roosters, jacks, and snapper taking baits if they can beat the barracuda to them.

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

CBL Fishing Report, September 13th 2005

Full House at Crocodile Bay Lodge
By Fishing Director Todd Staley
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Fishing has been a little tough lately but for those with a little patience the pay day has come. Jeff Carpenter had a slow day out of box and scored a big rooster on day two. On day three he invited his lady luck in the form of wife Donna along for the ride.A couple sails had come unbuttoned and got away and a third didn't care for the bait when the saw some small tuna working. They caught a couple for sushi and put one on for bait and in no time a 300 pound blue marlin gulped it up and turned the ocean into a dance floor. "It's just like you see on TV," Jeff repeated at the bar several times as he re-lived the fight.The sails have moved back in with most angler getting four to six shots a day with a marlin popping up here and there. Little tuna are in rat packs and a couple roosters over 50 lbs hit the rails this week.

 

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


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