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Todd StaleyCrocodile Bay Resort - Costa Rica Fishing Report
September 8th, 2014
by Todd Staley

We are winding down our 15th season here at Crocodile Bay. On October 1st we will close her up for a month for some deep cleaning, tuning up boats and tackle and getting ready to kick off season 16 on October 25th.

Roosterfish Rule at Crocodile Bay
Pictured above, Randall Evans releases a nice roosterfish.

This season Costa Rica saw some of the best billfishing it has seen in 20 years. Now it is a hunting game as the big numbers move into the area again in late November and December. The first part of the next season will offer lots of shots at big dorado and marlin.

Costa Rica Sailfish Trip
Costa Rica saw some of the best billfishing it has seen in 20 years in 2014.

One fish that has been consistent all year is roosterfish. Jim and Kathy Drumm down celebrating Kathy’s retirement racked up 7 rooster, 7 snapper, a couple African pompano and a pair of grouper for dinner.

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Costa Rica Pompano

Costa Rica Roosterfish and Jack

Costa Rica Rock Snapper

I am going to slip away from the subject for a minute because I have always been an American made motorcycle enthusiast. Pictured is a Indian motorcycle that was built by our guest Damon Becnel. All I can say is...sweet!

Chopper

Back to speaking about roosterfish, here is an article I did for Coastal Anglers’ September issue. I think everyone who fishes Costa Rica should give roosterfish a shot.

A Bucket List Fish worth Crowing About
When anglers think of the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica they usually think about billfish. Costa Rica continues to be one of the top destinations in the world to chase these pointy-nose acrobats.  The Los Suenos Billfish Tournament Series, the Marina Pez Vela/IGFA World Tournament and the Redbone/Boomer Esiason tournament at Crocodile Bay all broke records for the number of fish caught at their events in the 2014 season.

Many folks travel to Costa Rica with billfish fever and are not even aware of the great inshore fishery available here and the variety of species available. A fish many anglers have never even heard about before their arrival in Costa Rica is the roosterfish.

This unique looking fish with seven combs as a dorsal fin is only found in the Eastern Tropical Pacific between southern Mexico and Ecuador. In its most northern and southern ranges, the fish move as the seasonal drop in water temperature arrives. Costa Rica being in the smack dab middle of Roosterfishes range enjoys a fairly constant water temperature and a year round fishery.

Costa Rica Roosterfish
Roosterfish photo courtesy Nordic Angling (Hannes Ribbner) from their visit to Crocodile Bay this past year.

In many places, roosterfish are only available by fishing the surf break. Not in Costa Rica. Of course they cruise the beaches looking for an easy meal, but they also roam the haunts of the many volcanic reefs. One area that is extremely productive is the Golfo Dulce on the Osa Peninsula in southern Costa Rica, a 32 mile long tropical fjord. Here you find roosters almost everywhere, along the beaches and even in the middle of the gulf over reefs in 200 feet of water. This allows anglers to target them using several different fishing styles. The locals also catch them with dead bait using handlines fishing off the beach.

Roosterfish in the Golfo Dulce average around 15 pounds and fish over 50 pounds are taken weekly. The resort record at Crocodile Bay is 106 lbs. Live bait is most always a sure bet. Blue runners, goggle-eyes, sardines, and lookdowns are the favorite choices and are readily available. If you are looking for a monster and have the patience to wait it out, bridle up a 3 to 5 pound live bonito and hang on. The best method to fish live bait is to either slow troll behind the surf line or drift fish over volcanic structure. In the deeper areas, a 2 to 6 ounce weight is added to send the bait closer to the top of the reef. Also in Costa Rica, circle hooks are required by law when using bait so it is best to have the “crank don’t yank,” mentality firmly planted in one’s brain. 

Roosterfish on a popper

Popper fishing is also becoming more popular. Fish will often rise to a lure that is really ripped through the water. This is not a walk the dog kind of fishing. The faster you work the popper with lots of splash the more hits you will get.

At times you will also be surprised by a big orange flash when a hefty cubera snapper comes up from 80 feet to smash a popper.If a fish misses its target, don’t stop. They will often come back and strike again. A long stiff rod and 6 weeks of dumbbell curls are required to cast poppers any length of time.

Jigging will also get you your first rooster, but they are a little shyer to a jig than live bait or poppers. White or chartreuse bucktails produce in the shallow water and mental jigs in the deep areas. Just about any brand of jig will work as long as it is worked fast.

No one I know has found the “Holy Grail” on how to take roosterfish on a fly. If you are looking for a real challenge it’s game on. If you are looking for big numbers on a fly, roosterfish is probably not a good choice of adversary. There has been some success by teasing up as rooster much like you would a sailfish.

They can be teased with a lure or live bait or by casting a popper with the hooks removed. To get a fly in front of charged up rooster though, you have to have the speed of a Western Gunslinger and the accuracy of William Tell. If you happen to be lucky enough to be on top of a school of bait and a herd of roosterfish charge in on them and you get your fly in the middle of that action you have a good chance of hooking up.

Some have had success trolling the fly but that is Taboo in many a fly guy’s book. To sum it up, if someone tells me they regularly catch roosterfish on a fly, I certainly wouldn’t leave my wife alone with them. Surely they can’t be trusted.

Anyone thinking about a Costa Rica billfish vacation for the first time or returning again should really book at least one day inshore. Roosterfish are a strong and beautiful fish with an iridescent hue.

Their unique dorsal cuts the surface as it hones in on its target. When hooked they make powerful runs and sometimes clear the water in an aerial display. They make for an exciting sporting challenge and a replica makes for a great conversation piece on the wall. They really are a fish to crow about.

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Todd Staley
Crocodile Bay Resort,
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Crocodile Bay Resort - Special Fishing Report,
August 12th 2014

Crocodile Bay would like to thank Doug Olander of Sport Fishing Magazine and his family for visiting Crocodile Bay Resort this past week! They had a chance to do some inshore fishing as well as explore the rainforest and surrounding areas of Costa Rica's rugged Osa Peninsula. Here's a few photos from their trip!

Costa Rica Vacation Roosterfish
Doug jumps in the water for this great Rooster pic with Capt. Herman and family members

Snapper
Doug with a nice Cubera Snapper!

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Fish

Thanks for bringing the family for a visit - we hope to see you in Costa Rica soon!

Crocodile Bay Resort - Costa Rica Fishing Report, August 2014
By Todd Staley, Fishing Director

Costa Rica Fishing

Todd StaleyI have said many times how blessed I have been to be able to make a living out of something I love, fishing. I have been doing this a long time, even before Crocodile Bay was kind enough to make me part of their original staff. One of the greatest rewards has been the contact with other people whom I might not have otherwise ever met.

I have filmed dozen of fishing shows with TV hosts that were heroes of mine when I was younger. I have been lucky enough to fish with celebrities, sports stars, some of my favorite musicians, and top names in the business world. Heck, I even filmed a show when I was with Tico Travel 20 years ago hosting the Budweiser Babes. (Not as much fun as you would think) What I discovered is the when it comes to fishing, people are people, and it doesn’t much matter what you do in your “day job.”

Every now and then somebody walks through the front door here that makes me stand up and take notice. Usually fame or celebrity doesn’t have much to do with it; it is all about a good positive attitude.

One of those persons walked through our front door the other day. He looked pretty much like a lot of fisherman who come here, neatly pressed Columbia shirt, expensive looking sunglasses, and fishing cap. As soon as he spoke I knew he was driven by “positive attitude.”

The only difference between Carson Duncan and a lot of people with a similar outlook on life is Carson is only 12 years old. When his mother, Ann told me this trip was a reward for winning the Collingsworth award for good character at Berkeley Preparatory School, I realized he had truly earned it.

Cubera Snapper

He already has set some goals for himself. He wants to be a marine biologist and play professional baseball. In between baseball, football, basketball and studying, he fishes. His mentor was his late uncle Will Wilkins, a well know fisherman on the west coast of Florida. “Carson could say the word boat, before he could say mama,” recalled his mother Ann. Once in a while Carson gets a trip of a lifetime, but for the most part he works the shore line of Tampa Bay in his small inflatable for trout, redfish, and snook. Back home he has landed tarpon as large as 115 lbs.

Carson had goals when he arrived here at Crocodile Bay. He had a marlin, a sailfish, a roosterfish, a cubera snapper, and whatever else might end up on the end of his string. I knew his positive attitude was enough to produce at least part of that list.

Following are some photos of Carson knocking things off his bucket list. First day he bagged a nice rooster.

and added some smaller snapper to the list. One day two he released a nice sailfish offshore, then came inshore and caught a monster 45 lb cubera snapper. He also got introduced to the customary fist billfish dip at the dock.

Costa Rica Roosterfish

First Sailfish

Day three Carson got skunked. I told him I felt bad about not catching any fish and he smiled and said, “That’s why they call it fishing and not catching.” That brought a big grin to my face and I thought, wouldn’t it be nice if everyone understood this. Carson Duncan is destined to great things. It is all in his attitude, even if he didn’t get his shot at a marlin.

Costa Rica Mackerel

Overall fishing has been hit and miss offshore with a few bright spots in the mostly slower days. Jerry Wright and Jack Tailor have been fishing together over 50 years and managed to go 5 for 5 on sails one day and took some nice roosters inshore. Inshore fishing has been very good with big roosterfish and snapper a sure bet.

More photos of "Young Guns" nabbing big fish during the past week at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Sailfish

More costa rica roosterfish

Hope to see you soon in Costa Rica.

Todd Staley
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica


Crocodile Bay Resort Fishing Report - July 21st, 2014
By Todd Staley, Fishing Director

Costa Rica Fishing Report

The Banana Curse Decoded - Why Bananas Are Bad Luck on a Fishing Boat

Fishing Director Todd StaleyCosta Rica bananasWhen Marcela, a waitress here at Crocodile Bay, asked guest Casey Ball if he wanted bananas in his pancakes, he looked at her like she was crazy. Apparently, neither Marcela nor our Food and Beverage management, have heard that bananas, on a boat or in any form, are considered bad luck. This includes products with banana as an ingredient or with the word banana in the name like Banana Boat Sun Products and Banana Republic clothing. Fruit of the Loom labels have come under attack and have been ripped off underwear even though their label has an assortment of fruit but no banana. 

The origin of this superstition goes back to the 1700’s when bananas were shipped out of the Caribbean to the north.  Depending on who you ask, the reasoning might be that the bananas ripened fast and then caused other food products onboard to spoil. Some say it was that dangerous critters like snakes, spiders, rats, tarantulas, scorpions, and other vermin would catch a ride on the banana bunches, and then wreak havoc on the ship once under way. Another theory is the boats had to travel too fast to catch fish for food because of the short life of a ripening banana. This surely was before trolling methods were perfected.

Wade Boggs
Hall of Fame MLB Legend Wade Boggs at Crocodile Bay Resort

Superstition is not limited to fishing. My good friend and Hall of Fame baseball great, Wade Boggs, fishes here at least once a year. When he played ball he always ate fried chicken before a game and took batting practice at the exact same time every day before a game. One time an opposing team stopped the clock on the scoreboard and Wade stepped up to the plate a couple minutes late. This upset his psyche so bad he went 0/4 at bat that evening. After that he did not count on the clock on the opposing scoreboard.

People who study what goes on in our brains suggest that how each person reacts to a superstition is how bad it will affect them. What happens for example is when someone suddenly discovers bananas onboard and they panic. Their concentration is on all the bad that is going to happen and not on what they are actually doing….. fishing.  According to the more enlightened, this throws your Ying and Yang all out of whack and upsets your good karma.   

Jeff Taleff, Casey’s fishing partner, and I think a little differently about the banana on a boat thing. Jeff recalled a fishing trip to the Florida Keys where they discovered a banana on the boat and didn’t catch anything. “I didn’t catch any fish that trip but on that trip I met Angelica.” Angelica later became his wife and today they have 3 beautiful daughters who most assuredly will become great anglers.

In my case, I blew the banana theory right out of the water. Not to say I don’t have my own superstitions. In fact if I travel anywhere near a certain Caribbean island, every rooster goes into hiding. My first job in Costa Rica was running the Rio Colorado Lodge for Archie Fields.

banana lureBarbara Fields, the boss’s 11 year old daughter, and I were fishing an area that had lots of machaca, a toothy fish and distant relative to the piranha. I heard they sometimes feed on fruit that falls from trees in the jungle so I put on a piece of banana for bait. When she landed her fish I noticed it was big so we looked it up in the International Game Fish Association record book and discovered her 9 lb 8 oz machaca was indeed a world record. We sent the fish to Gilca tackle store in San Jose who at the time was the only IGFA representative.

A week later, Barbara’s 12 year old brother Roberto,  came to the lodge to fish. Same place, same bait, banana. He landed a machaca weighing nearly 12 lbs. When we arrived back at the lodge he immediately got on the phone to tease Barbara and say there was not a place in the record book for her because it now belonged to him. The poor girl was in tears.

I filled out the paper work and sent the fish in a cooler back to San Jose with Roberto to take to Gilcas. Instead, when he got home, he threw the cooler in the kitchen and went out to play with friends. Later their maid looked in the cooler, saw Roberto had brought fish home, pulled a knife out of the drawer and prepared it for the evening meal, negating any chance of making it into the record book. Almost 24 years later,  Barbara Fields’  9 lb. 8 oz.  machaca still stands as the official world record caught  on a piece of banana.

Casey and Jeff passed 3 days fishing here at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica. Offshore, the experienced Florida anglers had to work hard to muster up one sail, but did better inshore with snapper and roosterfish, taking roosters to 40 lbs.

Rooster Ralley

Brad and Susannah Gemberling had a busy day on the water, landing two sails before coming inshore and bagging a few roosters and then snapper for dinner.
The best bet for action for this report has been inside with nice sized roosterfish and lots of plate-sized to 20 lb snappers.  Offshore, we're waiting for the next wave of marlin and some more tuna action.

Costa Rica Sailfish

Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Crocodile Bay July Fishing Report - Special 4th of July Edition
By Todd Staley

Costa Rica Fishing Report July 2014

Anyone who fishes just a little bit has had experiences when something that happens while fishing is entrenched in one’s memory forever. For the rest of one’s life it can be recalled in “HD” color, like it happened just yesterday. It is not always about the great catch. Sometimes it is about the one that got away.

In a former life in Florida and on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, I was considered a not so bad tarpon fisherman. A day I can call up from memory in a heartbeat is a day I went 0 for 19 on those spectacular fish. No, that’s not a typo. I hooked 19 and had them on long enough for them to jump a few times and then every one of them came unbuttoned. My score sheet at the end of the day was a big fat zero, but my adrenalin levels were bursting over. What a great day!

A couple of our clients had those types of experiences this week. David Reynolds was working a popper at Matapalo Rock. The plan is to make the lure look like a wounded baitfish or something trying to escape a predator. Reynolds worked the lure close to the boat and just a few feet away a cubera snapper estimated at 50 lbs and a big roosterfish went after the popper. Each one cancelled the other out and both fish missed the lure and didn’t come back. What has come back over and over in David Reynolds memory is an orange fireball larger than a big pumpkin and in the form of a cubera snapper that just missed his popper.

Roosterfish Matapalo


Richard “Mac” McElwain recalls his first visit here about 8 or 9 years ago. He tossed a fly at a sailfish and the fish gobbled it up and the battle was on. In the middle of the fight the handle fell off the fly reel and headed towards Davy Jones’s locker. Quick thinking prevailed when the crew came up with a ball point pen and Mac was able to stick it in the empty slot that used to hold a handle and eventually land and release the fish.

This trip he wanted another shot at a billfish on a fly. He never imagined what would come up to eat the fly would be a 300 plus pound blue marlin. You can count the number of people who have landed a fish that size on a fly on one hand so when he had it hooked up for several minutes before the 20 lb tippet broke, it was an accomplishment in itself, and a lifelong memory.
Offshore lately has been a hunting game with a marlin, sail, or dorado popping up some days and hiding others and a few tuna from 30 to 80 pounds cruising under dolphins.

Costa Rica Marlin on the fly

Inshore has produced more action with some big roosters and snapper showing. Terry and Jamie Ogles took a rooster nearing 60 lbs and a super-size wahoo near the mouth of the gulf along with several snapper.

Costa Rica Roosterfish
Jamie Ogles with a monster roosterfish - Happy Birthday Jamie (Belated)

Costa Rica Wahoo

UPDATE: Monster roosterfish released today (July 1st) by Paul J. Bruner!

CR Rooster GrandePaul and Ken with a fat Roosterfish out of Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica.

Have a Happy Fourth of July
Todd Staley
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Crocodile Bay Resort - Fishing Report June 10th, 2014
By Todd Staley, Fishing Director

Costa Rica Fishing Report

We always have a lull during the first days of June as a result of graduation ceremonies  in the States. I took that time to spend a week in the mountains near the Georgia-North Carolina border in a cabin overlooking a beautiful valley. I thought to myself, “what a little piece of heaven this place is” and the only thing missing to make it a perfect was a view of the ocean. Must be a reason I was born under a sign of water.

I have been back a week or so now and the June family fishing trips are starting to arrive. Chuck Osterland took advantage of the Ohio school schedule and was one of the first arrivals with his grandsons, Kevin McKinney, Jacob Walters, and Michael Henry. Chuck, a repeat customer, says he logged his best trip to date here. They landed 3 marlin between 200 and 350 pounds, sailfish, dorado, and roosterfish and snapper over 30 lbs.

Costa Rica Pacific Blue Marlin

 

Costa Rica Cubera Snapper

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Cotsa Rica african pompano

Trip Todd had wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Caroline, down for a visit. Trip and I hit it off because we both have a little redneck blood running through our veins and enjoy the same great storytellers like Hiaasen, Dorsey, and MacDonald.

Although they spent the majority of their time doing eco-tours, Trip decided he wanted to try to catch something for the table. The photo below describes his fishing a lot better than I could.

Costa Rica Grouper

marlin costa rica release

Don’t get me wrong, we have had to work for the successes we have had of late. The summer marlin have arrived early and the summer tuna have yet to arrive. Roosters haven’t been big in numbers but have been good sized. We get a lot busier in the next two weeks and more eyes on the water usually find fish.
If it was all written in stone, I would probably still have hair on the top of my head. I am just wishing for the marlin to stay in the area and for the yellowfin tuna to make their appearance.

Todd Staley
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort,
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Crocodile Bay Resort - Fishing Report May 20th, 2014
By Todd Staley, Fishing Director

Stepping up before Stepping Down
We have some good news from the Costa Rican government that should greatly improve the fishery here. Even though several tournament records were broken this year, it is always good news to have stricter laws to support the resource. The last two years have been banner years for big tuna in June so the latest news comes just in time.

Todd Staley with Laura Chinchilla
Crocodile Bay Resort's Todd Staley pictured with President Laura Chinchilla

Literally, just days before leaving office, President Laura Chinchilla signed a decree that will be of great importance to the quality of sport fishing and marine resources in Costa Rica. In an effort to protect the fishery resources of the country, President Chinchilla signed an executive order to delineate the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Pacific which corresponds to Costa Rica and, so, establishes new rules for catching tuna and related species by commercial fishing.

Some of the highlights of the decree include the restricted zone where no purse seining is allowed.

Two polygons have been established: 
The first comprises the area between the low water mark and 60 nautical miles along the entire Pacific coast of Costa Rica. 

The second is an ocean polygon , which runs from the intersection of 7th North parallel with the east boundary of the Exclusive (EEZ ) Economic Zone of Costa Rica and from there heading west on North 7th parallel to its intersection with the meridian 89 ° West , and from there along the meridian 89 ° West , southbound , to its intersection with latitude 5 ° north and from there heading East , following the 5th parallel north to intersect the eastern boundary of the EEZ Costa Rica .

Cocos Island

The area of ​​Coco's Island National Park and Marine Management Area Seamounts are excluded from the regulations established in this decree and shall be governed by the amount of protected areas and their own management plan legislation which already exists. The use of purse seine boats for tuna within 60 miles of the low tide line along the entire coast of Costa Rica is now prohibited.

In these areas, tuna can be targeted by longlines and sport fishing vessels. Within a 12 month period,  INCOPESCA,  the governing board of fisheries in Costa Rica, must develop and implement an Integrated Management Plan mainly oriented to tuna fisheries but including the reduction of by-catch of non-target species in all types of fishing. Representatives from the commercial, sport fishing, and tourist fishing sectors must be included in the process.

Polygons described in the previous article can be made tuna fishing by longline vessels and advanced medium- scale and always when technical conditions contained in this regulation are met. Other fishing gear permitted in this area are sugar cane , trolling , rope, and hook.

The Costa Rican Institute of Fishing and Aquaculture will develop and implement, in a period not exceeding twelve months from the effective date of this order, an Integrated Management Plan for the management of fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Costa Rica mainly oriented to the fishery resource tuna and other species of sport and commercial  attractions , including reducing the by-catch of non-target marine species fishery .

This Integrated Management Plan shall include a research program, as well as the behavior of migratory movements and habitat use of ocean tuna by using technology file marks.  These marks will be the Inter - American Tropical Tuna Commission ( CIAT ).  Both are licensed as seine fleets (fishing tuna in Costa Rica), process plants , the longline fishing fleet, and the fleet of sport fishing.  Tourists must participate .

Enrique Ramirez, director of FECOP, the sport fishing lobby, supplied much of the data to influence the President’s decision and said the decree also included:

  1. The requirement that all longline gear must be identified in the water with the boat license number;

  2. The requirement that longliners must install VMS ( Vessel Monitoring Systems) to monitor their movements at any time;

  3. The requirement that an “observers on board” program will be developed and the commercial fishing vessels must comply with it when addressed.

  4. There is an obligation to use only circle hooks to avoid turtle damage.

Sea Turtle Protection

Crocodile Bay Fishing Update:

Tad Butt and Co. from Pioneer Oil Group had a great fishing trip - With Tad and a client of his both releasing Pacific blue marlin. The rest of the guys in the group released over 30 jacks (practice day) and some roosters day 1, but after that it was onto a good sailfish bite with some tuna and LOTS of dorado taken and released. Inshore was also good with some pompano, snapper and roosterfish.

Bill Star holds up dinner in the form of a 50+ lbs Dorado (Mahi Mahi)

Costa Rica dorado

Here is a video from their group showing a sailfish coming up right next to the boat before he breaks free.

We had a great time with Pioneer Oil Group and hope to see them back again soon. Inshore fishing is great right now, with some sailfish, dorado and a few marlin offshore.

July is historically a great month to target black marlin and tuna with the inshore bite remaining good.

August marks the beginning of humpback whale visits to the gulf and mother and calf sightings occur almost daily. Our gulf is one of the few known places in the world where humpbacks migrate from both hemispheres to mate and teach their young to hunt and dive.

If you have non-anglers joining you Crocodile Bay has the best Spa on the Osa (5,000 sq. ft luxury spa) and over 29 exciting ecotours for the whole family. Anlgers bringing their spouse should also check out our "Spouse on the House" package where the spouse gets daily complimentary spa treatments for every day the partner fishes! Check availability below.

Thank you to Todd Staley who played a crucial role in getting the new Tuna decree passed. This will help protect a multitude of marine species such as sea turtles, dolphins, sailfish and of course, yellowfin tuna. Todd is visiting family for a week and will return in June for The Direct Line monthly fishing report.

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Crocodile Bay Resort - Fishing Report May 2014
By Todd Staley, Fishing Director

Deep Drop

Fishing Director Todd StaleyThe first thing I should say is that the fishing in our region of Costa Rica has been pretty good. There are enough sailfish around to make it interesting and double digit raises have been common. Some marlin has been around lately with several in the 200 to 350 pound range landed. Football tuna have made their presence. Hopefully the bigger boys are right behind them.



Boston WhalerBoston Whaler brought their group down as well as Dave Goldberg making a return trip with 18 people. Whaler has been down now 13 years in a row. They saw some of the best fishing they have experienced and many first timers in the group took the ceremonial dunk off the dock for catching their first billfish. They also left a couple thousand dollars from their “just for fun” tournament for a project with the town school system.


Roosterfish have been cooperative but not of great size although Jordan Schachner and his cousin Matt finished their trip with a 60 pounder after catching two marlin the day before.

Costa Rica Roosterfsih

Mark Davis was down again filming another Bigwater Adventure sport fishing show. These guys invest a lot of money and time producing these shows so I was really impressed when he decided not to take the easy road and jump on the sailfish bite and he suggested we experiment.  

We decided to target wahoo the first day. End of day one. One bite, zero wahoo. Day two Mark wanted to try deep dropping so we fished in 350 to 450 of water. We got a variety of small grouper, tile fish, congria, and some unidentifiable creatures and when most would have given up Mark kept us working the area.

Finally near the end of the day I heard him say, “That’s the bite I was waiting for.” When he set the hook, the rod doubled and we knew it was something big. A few minutes later we were lifting a 50 lb grouper on board. The best identification we have is it is a Gulf Grouper although the books say their range is not this far south.

Golf Grouper
Mark Davis Poses with a Gulf Grouper rarely found in Costa Rican waters.

Costa Rica Congria
Another deep water "dinner table" delight - Congria

Mark Davis Deep Dropping

Mark finished his trip with 4 marlin coming into the spread that wouldn’t eat, and hook ups on a couple of sailfish. He got some good topwater action by catching several yellowfin tuna on poppers. Even though he didn’t take the easy way, as always I’m sure his show will be “30 minutes of awesome.”   

Eric Puletti and son Eric Jr. visited us in Costa Rica from Staten Island, New York and had a great week of father & son sport fishing - they released lots of sailfish and a Pacific blue marlin. These guys were lots of fun and their passion for fishing helped make it an exciting week at the resort. We hope to see them again in the future.

Father and son Sailfish fishing

Costa Rica Sailfish Trip

Fishing Trip

sailfish jump

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

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Crocodile Bay Resort - April Fishing Report
By Todd Staley, Fishing Director

NEW VIDEO - Check out this amazing new video shot by Max Stevens and edited by Mason Burgin & Tanner Tapp - We absolutely love this!

Costa Rica Fishing

John Katter brought down a group of friends and went 6 for 10 on sails one day and 5 for 10 another.  Most are struggling to get less fish.  A large group of sails has been reported just to the north of us, so fishing should return to normal soon.

Marlin has been the surprise offshore and a lot of boats are getting a shot. Not every day, but enough to keep it interesting.  Jeff and Cody managed a 50 plus pound dorado and raised another dorado and marlin at the same time. They hooked the dorado first on a ballyhoo and pitched a bait to the marlin. The marlin had other ideas. It left the teaser and ate the dorado they had hooked up on light tackle. Afterwards they were left with a smoking drag, no line, no fish, and one hell of a fish story.

Red tide in the gulf slowed the roosterfishing, but some decent bottom fish have been caught as of late. Cubera Snapper and Africa Pompano have been in that mix. Steve Barnhill and Tim DeGroote from Don Coffey fishing tackle made a return visit and caught the tail end of the hot streak. It was good to see them at the resort again.


Dorado in Costa Rica
Photo by Hannes Ribbner



Costa Rica Fishing ConservationYellowfin tuna will be more prevalent as the government finally decided to give them more protection from purse seine boats. They will no longer be able to fish within 60 miles of the coast and are limited to where they can fish beyond that.

Dolphins

According to Enrique Ramirez Executive Director of FECOP, (the sport fishing lobby in Costa Rica) the action by the government will reduce the by-catch of billfish by 1000 tons as well as protect dolphins and other sea life. For more information about responsible fishing in Costa Rica visit www.fecop.org

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Todd Staley,
Fishing Director

Crocodile Bay Resort
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

 

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Crocodile Bay Resort - Costa Rica Fishing Report
March 3rd, 2014 by Todd Staley Fishing Director

Costa Rica Fishing Wahoo

The new moon in March brings the biggest tides of the year and once again great fishing. After a month of some really hot days on the water and some slow ones, March starts out normal. The dorado have hung around a long time this year. Normally they are pretty thinned out by January 15th but this year the whole month of February brought multiple of dorado.

Terry Fisher from Cummins motors stopped by with some Cummins marine folks for a quick  two day stay. Everyone in the group landed a couple of sails and had shots at many more. Top boat in the group the last few days landed 9 sails. Don’t get me wrong, we have had some slow days, but when they light up, they light up.

Frances Azur returned with a group of friends to fish a small tournament as well as Dan Vergith’s group from Las Vegas. They didn’t catch any record number of fish but these guys know how to have a good time. The Ferguson Fire group hit it just right and many first time anglers no longer have sailfish on the bucket list.

A few surprises like Paul Ranger’s 50 lb wahoo brought dinner smiles to a lot of guests and plate size snapper deep fried whole made cardiologists gringe, but was a real treat for those who never had tried it.

I want to especially thank Allan Sosnow for coming back this year. He patiently took several sails on a fly, but it is his example on attitude which is the real inspiration about the man.

Inshore has been spotty. Red tide entered and has left for the most part and rooster went into hiding but have shown their face again in the last few days.

 

Crocodile Bay Resort - Costa Rica Fishing Report
January 30, 2014 by Todd Staley Fishing Director

JUST IN: We have only had a sailfish jump INTO a boat once in our 15 years of operation, yesterday it happened twice! Check out the video below and pay extra close attention to what the two anglers do when the sailfish heads toward them on the boat! Priceless!

January Costa Rica Sport Fishing Report

 

Todd Staley
Fishing Director
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Crocodile Bay Resort - Special Tournament Update
March 18, 2014

Costa Rica Fishing Tournament

Will Briegel Costa Rica Fishing

by Will Briegel (Filling in for Todd Staley)
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

March Madness at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
And no, we're not talking about basketball - however, this story does involve an MLB Hall of Fame great and some NFL legends – and of course, lots of Pacific Sailfish. Rebone @ Large hosted it's twelfth Osa Classic at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica with members from The Boomer Esiason Foundation (Team Boomer) to raise money to benefit and help "Catch the Cure" to Cystic Fibrosis.

Costa Rica Fishing Celebrities
Right to Left - Mitch Krenk ('85 Bears and MLB Hall of Fame great Wade Boggs)

Team Boomer BEFDuring this two day charity fundraiser, the competitors witnessed some of the most productive sailfish numbers Crocodile Bay Resort has seen in several years. Team Boomer’s 7 boat/team group of anglers caught and released 152 sailfish (163 total fish releases including roosters) over the two day catch and release charity tournament. Team Nebraska won the championship by releasing 37 Sailfish and a Roosterfish.  On day two Mark Cooper from Colorado (a former Denver Bronco and Tampa Bay Buccaneer) landed and released four sailfish on the fly at 300 pts each - we salute you.

saifish fishing

GoPRO
If you own a GoPro...Bring it..you will be amazed with the fishing & wildlife photo opps!

Cystic Fibrosis Celebrity Tournament

The sailfish turned out in record numbers, perhaps it was to see some of our celebrity guests like frequent guest and avid angler MLB Hall of Fame great Wade Boggs, Mitch Krenk of the legendary 85 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Team or David Rimington, the first pick in the 1983 draft, and the inspiration behind the coveted "Rimington Award" for the annual selection of the top center in the NFL. The group was full of famous folks like Jake Grove former Raider and Miami Dolphin but you would never have known it because they are one of the friendliest and most humble groups we've ever worked with. We hope to see them back soon and commend them for their ongoing battle against Cystic Fibrosis.

Mark Cooper Rooster

Offshore fishing remains hot as of this update, and inshore may be following suit as recently arriving guests Bill, Winston and Elizabeth Purkey discovered yesterday. They had a  great day inshore going 4/4 on roosters (released), with a bonus cubera and yellowtail plate sized snapper for the table. We have a couple  of groups that have arrived over the last couple of days as our Spring Break season continues to roll. UPDATE - yesterday 7 Boats went 75/30 on sailfish! Check our Facebook page for fishing and adventure updates as we receive them here.

Beach Chillin
The boys take a break at a local beach - thanks Agua Dulce Lodge!

Costa Rica Fishing Conservation
A purse-seiner trapping spinner dolphin- Photo courtesy "The Tico Times" www.ticotimes.net

On another note, we would like to congratulate Crocodile Bay's long time fishing director Todd Staley for being nominated by Redbone tournament series for the IGFA's "Chester H. Wolfe" Sportsman of the Year Award for his conservation efforts in Costa Rica. The photo above shows a purse seine vessel trapping dolphin in it's tuna nets. Click the link below to learn about foreign purse seine vessels and their negative impact on the environment and sea life.

Here is a link to the letter Todd Staley wrote to the President of Costa Rica regarding tuna purse seining and it's negative impact on the environment and spinner dolphins.

todd presient

Fishing Director Todd StaleyA large group of air-conditioning folks (ASHRAE - www.ashrae.org )escaped the great white north and put the magic in the water that turned things around. Fishing had been pretty mediocre until the group of 47 arrived and though their first couple of days wasn’t anything stellar day 3 was off the charts. Top boat raised 27 sails and most were close to 20 fish apiece. New arrivals saw the action continue.

The water is still cool enough to hold dorado and some marlin and as our Costa Rican summer continues to heat the water more and more sails should move in.

Happy 61st Birthday to David Woodruff of New Jersey! Pictured here with a 40lb dorado! David is out fishing now, and we're hoping he'll bring in a beast big enough to make our wall of fame!

Happy Bithday Dorado

Inshore has been hit and miss but some big roosters are running the regular haunts like Matapalo and several fish over 60 lbs were taken this week. Dinner size snapper are also biting. Nordic Sea Anglers from Sweden (Operating out of Norway) left some great photos from their Costa Rican adventures with Will and we are happy to share them with you now.

Photos Courtesey Nordic Sea Angling (Johan Mikkelsen, Guide at Nordic Sea Angling http://nordic-sea-angling.se)

Big Roosterfish in Costa Rica

Humback Whale
Note - We do not fish for whales - this is just a siting :)

Dorado Costa Rica

Costa Rica Yellowfin Tuna

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Happy New Year!  
The staff at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica would like to wish you a happy and prosperous 2014! Our resort is packed for the New Year and everyone is having a great time. One of our longtime friends and guests Mike Grace reeled in the New Year with a beautiful Pacific Blue Marlin (yesterday, pictured left with son Patrick Grace) - which was released along with the year 2013!

As we transition from wet to dry season the sailfish are moving in (the bite is normal for this time of year, and we will most likely see the sailfish numbers increase as we get deeper into our peek season) we are also continuing to see blue marlin come up in the spreads. The dorado are keeping anglers busy  offshore and the roosterfish bite inshore is good with one guest a couple of days ago nabbing a 60 pounder.  We welcome you to join us for what is shaping up to be a great 2014 of fishing, adventure and relaxation in Costa Rica's Crown Jewel, the Osa Peninsula.

Crocodile Bay Resort - Costa Rica Fishing Report
November 18, 2013 by Todd Staley Fishing Director



Sailfish Fishing Costa Rica
Chris Ellis shows off a nice sailfish, he and his wife also released a 300lb blue marlin - video below

Fishing Director Todd StaleyWe are now two weeks into our 15th season. It is a typical November with marlin, sails, some dorado and a few tuna here and there. The action has been pretty steady except on the few rainy days the last week or so.

Eighty-five year young Dick Goldwasser (pictured below) brought his lovely wife Barbara down to celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary. Barbara enjoyed relaxing and enjoying other opportunities around the resort, but Dick didn’t miss a lick on the water. His first day out he bagged 8 nice rooster, followed the next by 4 sails, a tuna, and 4 dorado. His last day also included a marlin battle, sails and dorado. Several striped marlin have also shown up which is not real common for November.

Dick and Barbara Goldwadsser

Chris and Becky Ellis took a 300 pound marlin and some sails. Their inshore fishing got blown out by weather but they managed a nice African pompano for dinner. Pete and Dani Meister had good fishing both offshore and for roosters except for the stormy day that affected everyone.

Here's some of the Marlin footage taken by Chris and Becky Ellis. Enjoy!

 

Costa Rica Marlin
Mate Sharlye Oporta with a Pacific Blue Marlin.

All around the fishing has been decent with sails approaching 10 raised per boat which is good numbers for early November. There is enough marlin around to make the journey offshore worthwhile. Not everyone will get one but you never know when it is your turn.

Inshore, snapper fishing has been slow for some reason, but the roosters when biting are averaging 20 to 30 pounds with a few larger ones taken as well.  
Things will pick up as we pass the upcoming moon and it looks like we are off to a good start of out 15th season

Calle Gardman and Simon Theden from Sweden had a good day raising 21 sailfish and releaseing 7 (Sunday- November, 17)

Twenty one sailfish raised at Crocodile Bay

More Guest Highlights

Jed Middleton comes up big with a 80lb roosterfish this past Sunday.

Costa Rica Roosterfish

Jim & Adi Vinson from Alaska
Jim and Adi, it was a pleasure to meet you both. It was also great to hear about all of your adventures Jim! (Jim is the survivor of a landslide, two gunshot wounds, a motorcycle accident, a grizzly bear attack, and few other close calls we won't mention and has a surgically re-attached left arm)! Jim Vinson - adventure seeker- pictured below with a nice roosterfish.

Roosterfish

Ken and Debby Knopf
Ken and Debby had an amazing inshore day releasing 16 roosterfish. They also had a good day offshore with sailfish and striped marlin releases.

Ken and Debby Knopf

Striped Marlin

 

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New Sea Turtle Rescue Program! This is a great tour for non-angling days, for guests who are non-anglers. We offer 29 eco adventure tours and a luxury spa for those who are traveling with family and or people seeking alternative activities while YOU are fishing!

Sea Turtle Rescue Program With Widecast at Crocodile Bay Resort from Crocodile Bay Resort on Vimeo.

Todd Staley
Fishing Director

Crocodile Bay Resort
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

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Costa Rica Fishing Report October 31st, 2013
Monster Marlin, Sailfish, Roosterfish, and Dorado provide our first guests of the season with "plenty of monsters"!

Monster Marlin at Crocodile Bay Resort Fishing
Sergey Chmykhov and Mikhail Fedyushkin Land a Monster at Crocodile Bay!

Costa Rica Fishing Report Happy Halloween! This week we kicked off our 15th season of sport fishing and adventure at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica, and the monster fish showed up to celebrate Halloween. Our first group from Russia scored big on opening day (Sunday) bringing in three pacific blue marlin (150lbs, 250lbs, and 400+lbs - Photos courtesy Sergey Chmykhov and Mikhail Fedyushkin), six yellowfin tuna (Sashimi treats), dorado, and roosterfish inshore. If that's not enough to make you "howl", we had Sean Harrell (from our home office in California) and his friend Elizabeth down and they delivered "terror" inshore releasing 6 roosterfish and a bagging a bright orange cubera snapper that lit up like a pumpkin when it hit.

Yesterday one of our groups from Ireland went 3 for 6 on sailfish (another offshore boat produced the same numbers)landing one sailfish and one dorado on the fly. The only "trick" so far has been the weather. Historically the end of October can be "wet" as we transition from our rainy season into the dry and sunny Costa Rican summer season. The sun is shining and has been all week!We have yet to see what new monsters will be caught and released this afternoon! Have a fun and SAFE halloween. We hope to see you soon at Crocodile Bay Resort catching some "monsters" of your own.

Fort Lauderdale Boat ShowIf you’re in the Fort Lauderdale area, please come by the 54th Annual Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show and visit our booth. We are located in fishing village 6 between Hatteras and Viking Yachts!

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Photos from Crocodile Bay's 15th Season Opener

Monster Marlin and other fish

Crocodile Bay Resort

Dorado

Sean Harrell
Sean Harrell from our California office enjoying some inshore fishing!

 

Costa Rica Fishing Report October 24th, 2013
Crocodile Bay welcomes International groups from Russia and Ireland for our 15th season opener!

Crocodile Bay is welcoming two International groups a little early this season (Tomorrow) one all the way from Russia and the other from Ireland (doors normally open November 1st). We have already been getting reports of marlin and dorado in the area. Historically November has been a good month to target blue marlin, dorado and a plethora of inshore species. We capped off last season’s closing month (Sept), with a honeymoon couple bringing in a nice marlin and some roosterfish, we hope the trend will continue into November. (continued below)

Target Dorado in November
Both Marlin and Dorado have already been reported in the area!

Crocodile Bay has spent the entire month of October cleaning, upgrading and restocking lots of new fishing gear in preparation of our 15th season of sport fishing. We will also be making an appearance at the 54th annual Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, which begins Thursday October 31st (Happy Halloween) at10.00am through Monday November 4th at 7pm. We will be located on a floating dock area in “Fishing Village #6” between the Hatteras and Viking companies Click here for more information and to see a map of the event.

Fort Lauderdale Boat ShowIf you’re in the Fort Lauderdale area, please come by and visit us to see some of our new plans and a chance to WIN a dream fishing vacation for two at Crocodile Bay Resort this season! We will also be kicking or “casting off” our 15th season opener in Costa Rica with our first groups of anglers - we’ll be sure to update you on all the fishing action, inshore and off –  stay tuned for our November Report.

Fishing Director Todd StaleyFishing Director Todd Staley Welcomes a New Fishing Assistant! Crocodile Bay would like to extend a warm welcome to Todd Staley’s new wingman and fishing assistant Ralph Solano. Ralph hails from Flamingo Beach in Guanacaste, Costa Rica and has years of fishing experience in the local fishing industry. We are very excited to have Ralph on board and we look forward to working with him!

 

Meet our USA Travel and Reservations Team
If you haven’t had a chance, be sure to check out our staff page and take a look at our California fishing "Fire Power". Our travel team including David Kanski, Brian Wong, and Sean Harrell have years of fishing experience in the field as well as the travel/fishing industry (see Bios). They can get you down to our resort hassle free and have you out on the blue water chasing monsters ASAP.

Our team members are experts in providing you with a hassle free fishing or eco vacation - from the moment you land in Costa Rica to your return to your country of origin. Give them a call NOW for immediate assistance with planning your Costa Rica Fishing vacation! USA 1.800.733.1115

Thinking about a November Trip – we still have some space. Here’s what happened last year.

Last November went off like fireworks with a good marlin bite offshore, and a steady inshore bite with cubera snapper and roosterfish testing the lines. Our good friend Mark Davis of Big Water adventures filmed his February 2013 show here and caught a marlin, roosterfish, and cubera snapper all on the same Penn rod and reel!

costa rica fishing report



Video Clip - Video highlights of Mark Davis' Big Water Adventures filmed at Crocodile Bay Resort last November 2012!

As mentioned earlier, November is “historically” a great month to target marlin. To refresh everyone’s memory here is a segment of Todd Staley’s November fishing report from last year.

An Excerpt of Todd Staley’s “The Direct Line” November 2012

“We started our season with an invasion of the British which hasn’t caused such a stir since the Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan, and here the marlin liked the beat. David Plummer hosted a group including honeymooners Richard Perry and Loraine Chant along with David Leavesley and Martin Wickes. The marlin gods shined on Wickes who bagged a pair at 200 and 300 pounds apiece. Leavesley fished a day with Sheena Banton from south Florida and the two took a smorgasbord of inshore species including a 60 pound roosterfish, 40 pound amberjack, snapper, jacks and other inshore species.” Excerpt from Todd Staley’s November 2012 Fishing ReportCall 1.800.733.1115 now to get 20% off peak season rates this November (space is limited).


Flordia SportsWoman.com Brittney NovalskyLooking Ahead: December 5th High Season Opener Hosted by the Ladies of Florida Sportswoman.Com! We also would like to remind folks not to miss our 15th December opener (December 5th through the 10th – Sign-up information here) hosted by the lady anglers of Florida Sportswoman.com. This event is all about promoting sport fishing to female anglers and kids of all ages - we are hoping her passion for fishing will spread like wildfire. This will be a tournament style event where guests can sign-up to fish with the ladies of Florida Sportswoman.com or compete against them (participation is not mandatory :)  Brittney Novalsky spends her time in Florida fishing in tournaments and doing fishing seminars for beginning and advanced anglers alike and will be offering our guests a complimentary seminar (Dec 6 through 10 – exact seminar dates TBA).  A portion of the proceeds for those who sign-up for this event will be donated to Brittney’s and Florida Sportswoman.Com’s Kids charity. Let’s get kids fishing and teach them about conservation so we may brighten the future of the sport for years to come! If you live in Florida remember, Costa Rica’s only about 2.5 hours from Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, and Miami Airports! Jetblue has great deals going, visit www.jetblue.com for details.

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New Tours and Activities!

To accompany our high-octane adventure tours like our popular jungle zip-line tours, waterfall rappelling, surfing, and kayaking (to name a few - full tour list here) our guests can now experience a new line of “rural” tours to experience traditional Costa Rican culture. The new tours are as follows:

“Raices de Osa” or “Roots of the Osa” – Get a chance to visit a traditional family agricultural and tilapia (fish) farm to experience a day in the life of a “traditional” Costa Rican family. Enjoy home cooked fish from the tilapia farm on a wood fire, a guided tour through the local secondary rainforest, and visit an organic fruit plantation (taste the tropics!) . This is hosted entirely by a local family and our private guides. A percent of the proceeds from the tour go to the local businesses and is ecologically and economically sustainable. The other rural tours include the Sea Turtle Rescue Tour, Chocolate Tour, and Gold Panning Tour.

We look forward to seeing everyone for another great season of sport fishing and adventure in Costa Rica!

To reserve online (check availability) Please Click Here. For Immediate Assistance, please call our California Team at 1.800.733.1115.

Todd Staley Returns with his Costa Rica Fishing Report in November!
Hope to see you soon in Costa Rica!

Will Briegel
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

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Florida SportsWomen To Visit Crocodile Bay Resort

The Return of Todd StaleyWe are winding down our 14th season and on Nov 1st we begin our 15th season of operation. Some think it is a month to kick back and do nothing until the doors open up again after a month’s rest. Not so. Boats need fresh bottom paint, engines gone over and a pre-season flight check.

Not sure where the phrase “a picture says a 1000 words,” came from. It has been attributed to Arthur Bisbane, Fred Barnard or maybe even a Chinese proverb. I prefer Rod Stewart’s version plainly said, “Every picture tells a story, don’t it.”

Our marketing director Will Briegel is famous for approaching customers asking, “Got any photos.” If you haven’t met Will he is an interesting guy who didn't’t know one end of a saltwater fishing pole from another when he started here 10 years ago. Now he even catches fish. If you haven’t met him introduce yourself next time around.

I have asked Will to put together a collection of photos from this last season for your enjoyment and we hope to see you down for the 2013, 2014 season. We are also asking guests to sign-up for our Best of Season 14 Photo Contest on Facebook Click Here to Sign-Up and post your favorite pics from Crocodile Bay Resort! We'll be giving away Crocodile Bay Resort/Aftco Logo Tee Shirts and some great Guy Harvey Shirts to the Top 10 photos (judged by your peers on facebook!)

Keep a wet line!
Todd Staley

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More News & Events from Crocodile Bay!

The Ladies Anglers of Florida Sportswomen.com to Join Crocodile Bay in December for a mini-tournament and charity event.

The Countdown to our 15th Season Continues with the announcement of the visit of TEAM Florida Sportswoman.com for an early December visit at Crocodile Bay Resort! Brittney Novalsky and her team of "Lady Anglers" will join us for a week of fun, a seminar or two, and a chance to fish with or "compete against these ladies! Don't let the pretty faces fool you , these ladies "can fish" and will be offering early bookers a chance to fish on the same boat or against them for a fun week and mini-tournament with lots of prizes and awards during the closing ceremonies. Team FSW is headed up by Brittney Novalsky who when not fishing devotes her time to ladies and kids seminars to spread her passion, sport fishing. Click here to request early December dates to see them in action!

Team Florida Sportswomen

 


Brittney Novalsky gives one of her many seminars to spread her passion for sport fishing with some eager kids!

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Meet the New Kid!
Ladies and Gentleman please "Permit" me to introduce our newest staff member! Sean, has been fishing his way around the world since a very young age. Having fished, guided, and managed at some of the finest lodges in the world in both fresh and salt waters. He grew up in Northern Californian, graduating with a Geography degree from Sonoma State. Sean is ready to help YOU plan your Costa Rica Fishing Adventure NOW! Give him a call 1.800.733.1114 Ext. #106

We can "Bearly" wait for Sean's visit to the resort in early November!

 

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Crocodile Bay Win's Trip Advisors Coveted "Travelers Choice" Award!
Thank you to our guests and friends who helped us win the 2013 Trip Advisors Travelers Choice Award for - "Top 25 Resorts in Central America" as well as the "Top 25 Resorts in Costa Rica" award(s)!!!

Fly to Costa Rica for Less with Jet Blue!
*Jet Blue is offering round trip tickets to Costa Rica from Florida (2hrs and 45 minute travel time) starting at around $300! This is a great visit to fly down and fish with us for less! Check availability with us here, and the visit JetBlue for details! Remember, our opening day is November 1st and we're filling up quick!

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Submit Your Crocodile Bay Photos to Promote our 15th season of fishing!

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The Return of Todd StaleyFirst I would like to thank Will Briegel for filling in for me while I concentrated on some other things. I made three trips to the states in the last few weeks. The annual ICAST tackle show is a great chance to see what is new in the fishing game as well as catch up with some old friends. I followed that with a family reunion and to celebrate my mother’s 90th birthday. What started as a family of seven kids has grown to where there were over 140 in attendance. Later I went to the Florida Outdoor Writer’s Conference where I saw a lot of old friends and promoted some of the advances in marine conservation we have made here in Costa Rica. It was an honor to be there when fishing great Flip Pallot received a Lifetime Achievement Award.

I know Will had the Gorham family in the last report but they sent me a story from their trip and I would like to share it with you. Also Scott Young who I got to know by e-mail but missed here at the lodge sent me photos of his trip. Daryl, Matt, and Andrew Gorup from the Peterbilt family made another visit here. So many people have become such good friends over the years that I am really blessed to be starting my 14th season here in November. 


The Gorham Family Invades Crocodile Bay for the Thrid Time!
Read about their family fishing and more adventures here!


Fishing went flat for 4 days when I returned last week as green water slowed things up. We sent the fleet a little further and found some cleaner water and Brain Thurston and Gary Arnold from Fishing Tackles Retailer magazine went 5 for 5 on sails. Fishing has improved daily.

Costa Rica Marine Conservation
We have had some great advances lately which will undoubtedly improve fishing in Costa Rica. No more shrimp boats. The Costa Rican courts have sided with conservationists and declared trawling for shrimp an unsustainable form of fishing and have ruled that shrimpers can continue to work until their current license expires and then they will be forced to stop. It is not an overnight fix but a substantial one and the last boat will be out of the water in four years.

Sorry Charlie
Charlie, the animated tuna that has promoted the consumption of tuna in the United States for decades will even be happier if Costa Rican fishermen get their way. The Pacific Fisherman’s Union a commercial lobby and FECOP, the recognized sport fishing lobby in Costa Rica on September 2, asked the Costa Rican government for a 6 year moratorium on tuna purse seine fishing.
After years of throwing stones at each other the commercial fleet and the sport fishing fleet have come together to promote a Blue Agenda to insure more responsible fishing methods in the country. 

Costa Rica does not have a purse seine fleet and all licenses to fish this method are being given to foreign vessels. Armed with a study done by FECOP that concludes that Costa Rican fishermen are being robbed of the resource as well as possible financial gain, the groups have asked for this time frame to study the situation and develop sustainable fishing methods for the benefit of local fisherman.

Right now nearly 90% of all tuna caught in Costa Rica are landed in other countries and Costa Rica sees only a $37 dollar per ton benefit by letting foreign flagged seiners take the resource.  This coupled with other irregularities and illegal activities such as the use of Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD’s) are not only depleting the tuna resource, but increase the capture of juvenile by-catch with is thrown dead back into the ocean.

FECOP has found that by uniting the commercial and sport fishing sector, rather than constantly fight each other they can better influence the government to make changes to promote a Blue Agenda similar to Costa Rica’s Green Agenda which is world famous. The Costa Rican commercial sector has agreed to seek more sustainable fishing practices to target tuna that also reduces by-catch of species targeted by sport fishermen like marlin and sailfish.   
For more information go to www.fecop.org and click on English

Marlin

Last November the Marlin bite was very good! Come find out

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See you in Costa Rica!

Todd Staley,
Fishing Director,
Crocodile Bay Resort

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The Gorhams Invade Costa Rica Part III
By Bo Gorham

Gorham Family FIshing Vacation at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

Third time is the charm! Out of town celebration and fishing trip to Costa Rica (Photos by Robin and Laura Gorham)

We just celebrated my mom and dad’s (Bo's and Gwen Gorham) 60th wedding anniversary in style gathering the ENTIRE family at Crocodile Bay Lodge in Costa Rica. This is our third family trip down to the lodge over the years, and we always look forward to the laid back atmosphere, diverse activities, world class fishing, and face it – hanging out in the rain forest for a week is pretty darn cool!



Crocodile Bay combines outstanding fishing in Golfo Dulce and off the Costa Rican Pacific coast, with Eco-Tours and activities in the local area around Puerto Jimenez and the Osa Peninsula. The young kids and their families took advantage of the tours and spent the week at the beach, zip-lining, gold panning, horseback riding, rain forest tours, fishing on the gulf, and hanging out by the pool. The big girls all got treated to a session at the Spa. Topping it all off, we even got a daily wake-up call from a howler monkey from right behind our cabin. As for Robin, Laura, Dad and I, we fished! I can’t say enough about Crocodile Bay Lodge, the facility is well maintained and clean, the food and services are awesome, and the staff flat out takes care of you.


Quotes of the trip:

While trying to save weight in the luggage for the trip down I said “We won’t need our rain gear.”

After meeting us at the dock dripping from head to toe on the first day, Todd Staley (Crocodile Bay fishing director) said “They don’t call it a rain forest for nothing!”

My 4 year old niece Heidi exclaimed right before I jumped in the pool “Uncle Bo, I peed in the pool 3 times!”

For the week dad booked a pair of 35 foot Striker boats which Todd has rigged ready to fish from stem to stern. My gang laid claim to one and we were fortunate to also get an awesome captain and mate German and Mauricio. The lodge is located 9 miles inside of Golfo Dulce and the ride out to sea is breathtaking. Calm clean water, with rain forest clad mountains jumping straight up out of the gulf. Golfo Dulce is an awesome body of water and one of the deepest fiords in the world.



For an additional treat Golfo Dulce was playing host to several big pods of Humpback whales, including several pairs of mothers and their calves. On one morning as we headed out, German saw a Whale blowing off the port bow and we moved over quietly to take a peek. There was a mother and her calf, and not only did we not spook them, but the pair came over to us and circled directly under the boat. We figure that mom was teaching the calf a lesson, and it was really something to watch as the calf would ride its mom’s back as the pair surfaced for a breath of air. Those two were inseparable. Nothing like getting soaked head to toe by a whale blow!



After we saw the whales we stayed and fished inshore primary targeting Snapper for dinner, and Rooster fish for some serious fun. The Roosters are awesome predators, solid muscle and scrappy fighters. They want nothing to do with the boat, and make spectacular runs with their awesome dorsal Rooster fins up high in the water. The thing I did not notice before is that they also like to play possum. Once you have them subdued they will just lay there like they are dead, then suddenly boom – they explode to life and are gone. We fished for them on reef areas on both the South and North ends of Golfo Dulce. When we were on the north side we found a big bait-ball of Blue Runners on the surface, and set up to drift through them. Timing was perfect, just as we started our drift the bait-ball exploded with white water as a pack of Roosters tore through them. Next thing we knew two of our flat-lines took off and Laura and Robin hooked into a double! For the day we ended up releasing 5 Rooster fish in the 20 to 35 pound range, along with several nice Yellowtail Snapper for dinner.



The offshore bite was best around 15 to 20 miles off the coast. The setup for offshore pelagic fishing down there is to pull a spread of teasers tight behind the boat (mostly bug chugger squids behind birds), and be on the ready with pitch baits. We had both dead and live rigged Blue Runners rigged up for Sail fish, and small Bonitos rigged for Marlin, 20 pound class tackle for Sails, and 50 pound class for Marlin. All the rods were outfitted with circle hooks, and the baits were rigged on a bridle with rigging floss. The basic game plan was as soon as we had a billfish in the baits we would toss out a pitch bait and get it in front of the fish, once he took the bait we let it run for a count of 5 or so and then hit the drag and crank back smoothly.



Fishing offshore we were covered up in Sailfish and we ended up releasing 17 out of 37 raised. For you east coast guys, these are big Pacific Sails averaging over 100 pounds. My favorite Sailfish bite happened on our 4th day. My wife Robin spotted a pair of Sails fins up sunning off the starboard side of the boat. German quickly brought us along-side of them and like a pack of wolves they both came into the teasers. The fire-drill was on! Mauricio pitched a bait out to the first fish handing it off to dad who striked with the fish coming out of the water doing a tailwalking dance directly behind the boat. The second Sail came in on the port teaser, Laura hooked it, and it too came immediately out of the water. Both fish gray-hounded in opposite directions so we had to just put the boat in neutral with dad and Laura just hanging on and cranking. After a good pair of tug of war battles, they got them both to the boat for a double release.


Our only shot at a Marlin was on our second day. After hearing that a couple days earlier another customer went 2 for 8 on Black Marlin, and released one estimated at 500 pounds, I was really excited because I have never had a Black Marlin on the end of a rod. Our first look at one came pretty early. We saw a group of birds working and German brought us into them. Right off the bat we had a Marlin come up and hit our right teaser so hard it broke the braid and we lost the whole rig. We never had a chance at him. As we worked the area we found a big chunk of board, and under it was a school of Bonita’s and small Yellow Fin Tuna. We caught several of the Yellow Fins on a cedar plug for dinner, and a bunch of Bonita’s for the bait cooler. On one of the passes toward the board, German started yelling and looking closely we saw that we had a Marlin following the right teaser. We pitched out a Bonita on a 50 pound outfit, and the Marlin ate it immediately. I let it run for a count of 5 and slammed the drag to strike. At the same time, German punched the throttles forward and we came tight on the fish. As the fish took off for the horizon I lost my balance, and I just remember hanging on to the rod and flying toward the transom. Mauricio grabbed me and we both ended up on the deck with the drag screaming out. I got back up and into the fighting chair, all for naught though; the fish threw the hook a few seconds later. Next time Mr. Black, next time!

What an awesome time and experience. On our last night we had a big anniversary party for mom and dad, complete with a video cameo of all of our lives together, “memories in a bottle”, table decorations and a cake. The best part of the whole event was bringing everyone together and our celebration of life! Thanks to the staff at Crocodile Bay for a wonderful time, and most of all to mom and dad for making it all happen!

Hope you all enjoyed the story! We certainly had fun putting it together. Picture credits all go to Robin and Laura, didn't they get some fantastic shots?!!!

Bo, Robin and Laura Gorham





 

August Action Heats Up Inshore
and Offshore at Crocodile Bay Resort!


Costa Rica Fishing Report August 15, 2013

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
by Will Briegel

Costa Rica Fishing
Team Brazil releases a 500lbs marlin three days ago

Will Briegel Costa RicaThe fishing this month has been a lot like cracking open a big piñata and then watching it explode, revealing all kinds of treasures. The past two weeks we've seen a little bit of everything with a surprise at the end of every line.

August is usually a good month to target marlin in Costa Rica, and those who did were rewarded. We have also seen LOTS of sailfish for this time of the year, with some days rivaling our peak season.

Guests have contributed so many great shots of sails dancing, jumping and tail-walking, I wish I could include them all - but I would be here all week. So be sure to check out more daily posts and action on our Face Book Page Here!

Costa Rica Sailfish

Cosa Rica Sailfish


Sailfish Photos Courtesy Laura Gorham! Great shots Laura!

Highlights of this month include a couple of days where certain species hit hard and fast in flurries that include Pacific blue marlin, LOTS of Roosterfish, and some big sailfish. August is historically a good month for marlin and we have been getting our fair share.

Sail Jump

The lady in the Blue Dress aka blue marlin has been making sporadic appearances but when she hits she, she hits BIG. Three days ago one boat raised 7 and released two at 400lbs and 500lbs (full story below)

Costa Rica Marlin Fishing

We also had a two day Rooster Rampage where carl and Trish released 27 in TWO days....and these were some substantial fish as you'll see in the photos below.

Now for the details..most of which are true :)

Father and son Team Mike Pickering and Neil Brogden enjoyed a two day stretch in which they raised 17 sailfish and released 5!  They also had some shots at marlin, caught some yellowfin tuna for dinner (2) and on their inshore day made out like bandits with nice sized Cubera snapper and 4 Roosterfish releases in the 40lbs range.

At the end of the day Mr. Pickering told me with a big grin:

“If you ever need a recommendation for your operation, have them call me, this has been fantastic!“

Sailfish Fishing

From Facebook:
SAILFISH SURPRISE! Mike Pickering and his son Neil Brogden have had some great fishing raising 17 sailfish in the past two days and releasing five. This is great given the time of year.

He's Out

More Sailfish

We love to get this reaction from guests and if you would like to hear it for yourself call our office at 1.800.733.1115 and they’ll put you in touch with him!


The “Blue Thunder” as in Pacific blue marlin has continued to rumble through the area pleasing anglers patient enough to target them.

Milton and Marcelo Cardille's group from Brazil (owners of two Peacock Bass Lodges in Brazil Itapara (www.itapara.com.br) earned a very pleasant parting gift when they raised seven (7) blues and released two (400lbs and 500lbs - pictured at the top of this report) on their final day offshore.

Cardille Group Costa Rica FIshing

They also cleaned up inshore catching 12 snapper including cubera, silky and roosterfish. On their first day offshore they hooked up with some sailfish and on the way back in they ran into a heard of roosters cruising and plucked a couple in the the 40lbs range which were quickly released.

Cardile Sailfish
This sailfish got excited on the release and jumped at the last minute.

John Robert Griswold (not Clark) a good friend and Croc Bay family member took his first saltwater trip ever and was rewarded with some seasonal “Silky Snapper” of various sizes. Hope to see you next year John!



The Rooster Rampage continued last week with Ron and Susan raising an astounding twenty-seven (27) roosterfish in two days!  This is TRUE (really) and they have the photos and witnesses to prove it. We don’t know if their daily prayers to the fish gods have finally paid off or these folks have gotten rooster hunting down to a science.


The Gorham Family Invasion Part III
This time down to celebrate their parents 60th wedding anniversary, the whole Gorham tribe came down (15 in all) and have brought their good vibes and good luck with them. They still have three more days of offshore fishing but they've had great luck raising and releasing sails and today released some nice roosters inshore. Here's a few pics from their first couple of days!

Gorham Anniversary\

From Facebook
Watch OUT Fish!!! The Gorham family is BACK! It's their third visit to Crocodile Bay and they mean business . Here are a few great shots and highlights from yesterday..inshore tomorrow..more pics to come! Have FUN!



On non fishing days guests have been taking advantage of our private Eco/Adventure tour department which features local guides who are experts at finding  LOTS of rare birds and mammals that make for once in a lifetime photo opportunities.

The whales have entered the gulf In large numbers and are being seen inshore and offshore by just about every guest that goes fishing or is on a boat tour.


IF you are interested you can save 25% when you book any sport fishing or eco vacation in September and 20% in November including Thanksgiving (we put on a GREAT Thanksgiving Dinner) Week! Click here to Book NOW! The whales won't stick around forever!

Costa Rica Sailfish

November Forecast: For serious anglers November is historically a great month for Dorado and Pacific Blue Marlin, sailfish also ran hot this time last November but it varies from year to year. Inshore is good to great year-round.

Hope to see you in sunny Costa Rica soon!

Will Briegel
Crocodile Bay Resort
They had great fishing and no one

Marlin Thunder Offshore and Roosterfish Light it Up Inshore at Crocodile Bay Resort!
Costa Rica Fishing Report, August 2013
By Will Briegel filling in for Todd Staley



Will Briegel Costa RicaCatching at least one blue marlin has been commonplace for those venturing offshore during their three day fishing packages, and if you're not lucky enough to find that school of bonito that the marlin are chasing - there have been plenty of sailfish hanging around with folks releasing at least one or two each, there were a couple 4/4 -5/4 days which are great for July. Lets hope they stick around in August. Here’s some pics of this month’s marlin and sailfish releases aka"Blue Thunder" with some nice blue marlin being released.

 

 

Costa Rica Marlin

Marlin Fishing Costa Rica

 

Marlin Fishing Costa Rica

Marlin from the top

Sailfish Release Costa Rica

Inshore, the "White Lightning" has been striking in the form of ravaging roosterfish running ramped, with no signs of this year's Rooster Rally letting up (Click here to sign-up for our Roosterfish Competetion in August). In the past we have had guests come from as far away as New Zealand and Russia just to tangle with these tough scrappers that would probably score a 9 out of 10 if there was an America's Top Fish modeling reality show. With their sleek striped body and cool 7 point comb, roosters offer inshore anglers the whole package. Roosterfish use their flat body against the current causing them to shoot out of the water with a sliver “flash” and at times dance like a sailfish. They can also stun you with their strength even at smaller sizes (15 to 25 lbs range) Although in the past couple of weeks most anglers have been getting them in the 35 to 50 lb range (see photos..some of these roosters look bigger than the kids catching them!)

Update 7/31/13 - One boat inshore today raised 10 Roosters from 25 -45lbs! Congratulations Ron and Susan! We'll see you at the SPA ;)

Big Roosterfish

What happens after a 7 Roosterfish Day? Hit the Spa!
I'm convinced the reason visionary and Crocodile Bay founder Robin Williams (not the comedian/actor) created a state-of-the-art luxury spa at the resort was for those anglers who target roosterfish, tuna or marlin. These fishermen/women bring big smiles and tall "Fish Tales" to the bar after the catch, but in the morning it’s all about the lumbar which is screaming for relief from one of our talented spa therapists - and trust me, an hour massage designed specially for anglers will have you rejuvenated and ready to get back out there to do some more battling.

For the significant other in your life, for instance, your wife, our spa offers over 20 amazing treatments with the majority of ingredients extracted from Costa Rica's largest coastal rainforest, you're gonna love it.

Roosterfish Costa Rica

Cubera Snapper

Costa Rica Roostefish Run

RETURN OF THE HUMPBACKS!
As predicted months ago by Fishing Director Todd Staley, the humpbacks are in our protected gulf teaching their calves how to hunt dive and communicate - a sort of kindergarten for humpbacks if you will. As we move into August, there were reports of seven; yes (7) pairs of humpbacks in our backyard (yesterday, July 29th) the Golfo Ducle which is defined as a “Tropical Fjord" system as it reaches depths of over 300 meters (900ft )and is surrounded by towering Jurassic Park-like rainforest mountains.

Humpback Photo from the Lemmings:

To see one of these blue and white giants covered in barnacles and breaching with a huge belly flop or side splash is a memory that you will take home and cherish forever (we cannot promise you will experience this, but if it's going to happen, this is the time of year to witness it). To hear their magnificent songs vibrate through the hull of the boat is beyond words and all I can say is, don't miss your chance to witness one of Mother Nature’s largest biological ocean vessels in person this August and September at Crocodile Bay Resort (don't forget your camera...if you have an SLR with a zoom lens, even better!)

Some more Whale and Dolphin Watching at Crocodile Bay:

Whale Watching II



All the family’s who came down for our Sensational Summer of Tales and Whales got their share of both, and there were a couple of family's in particular that stand out as really coming up big on the seeing side and the catching side as well. We are still running the Sunsational Summer of Kids Free (Kids Stay, Eat, Fish and **Watch Wales Free in August and September !) Space is Limited! Sign up HERE TODAY if You’re Interested!!

Family Fishing Tales

The Kneucker Family (Collin, Dillon and father Mike) family wanted marlin, but admitted "anything would be fine" as we are in what some refer to Costa Rica's "non-peak" season, some anglers hold their expectations at bay, especially when it comes to billfish of any kind. Not this year. But they got their Pacific blue marlin (pictured above) as well as several sailfish (below) and rooosterfish.

Costa Rica Sailfish
Kneuker Family Members Collin and Dillon With a Sailfish

Aiden Scroggins wanted a trip to the world famous Crocodile Bay Resort for his birthday to target rossterfish, and he got his wish! He made it down to see us and caught to 40-50lbs roosterfish and a nice sailfish! Way to go, and Happy Birthday from Crocodile Bay Resort!

Aiden Fights Roosterfish


Aiden Scroggins is right on target with the rooster he wanted. Happy Birthday!

The Flemmings
These guys conquered the schools of Tuna completely and also did well with the sails. Take a look at some of these big tuna and even bigger smiles!

Spouse on the House II - Back by popular demand we are running our Spouse on the House II package all September long! We have added a twist this time with a FREE Whale Watching Tour as well as a Complimentary $1,595 Spa vacation for your wife or significant other when you book a three (3) day or longer fishing package - Click here for details. Single anglers and groups are entitled to 25% off your September Vacation if you book by Labor Day!

Crocodile Bay Videos - Courtesy of the Gunnell Family!
Bringing in a 400 plus lbs Marlin as a family is an amazing experience. We would like to thank the Gunnell family for this great video that highlights the thrill of catching and releasing a Pacific Blue Marlin.

Around the Osa
We’ve heard reports from Capt. Donald McGuinness that a 750lb black marlin was caught near Carate when it took an anglers silky snapper he had on the line as bait! This may be a good sign that the big blacks are moving in. It’s up to nature how long the blues will stay around but a Black and Blue August may be a strong possibility.

Fishing Forecast
The Blues are not showing any sign of letting-up and the sailfish are not as thick as January through May - but are being had on a regular basis. Rooster fishing and fishing for other inshore species is historically very good this time of the year. We're not sure how long the blue marlin will stick around but it could be worth coming down and taking a shot since the blacks appear to be steadily moving in as well.

Todd Staley Returns from his trip from the States to visit family August 15th with his Crocodile Bay Fishing Report! (and this time we mean it!)

Fishing is just the beginning!
Don't forget, that amazing Costa Rica fishing is not the only thing on Crocodile Bay's extensive activity list! We offer over 25 eco, adventure, and cultural private tours with local, bi-lingual Costa Ricans who will personally guide you through the areas they love and have grown up in.

Tight lines and crocodile smiles to everyone. Hope to see you all down soon doing some catching in Costa Rica!

Will Briegel

Filling in for Todd Staley,
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
www.crocodilebay.com

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Roosters Rampage and Sailfish "Fly High" in July!
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica - July 16th, 2013

by Staff Member Will Briegel, filling in for Todd Staley

Sailfiish Fly High In July

 

Will Briegel Costa RicaThe last few weeks of fishing have put the "sizzle" in our summer season for families, couples, and avid anglers who visited us looking to do some amazing fishing, relax in our Spa or enjoy the intense bio-diversity our area has to offer.

Mother Nature decided to pull the bait and switch "ON US" for once and delivered anglers flurries of high-flying sailfish instead of the black marlin that usually start to trickle in this time of the year. As a matter of fact the blue marlin have been sticking around with the sailfish and several anglers released Blues to 300lbs as well. Mrs. Nature also decided that everyone deserved a shot at lots of yellowfin tuna, roosterfish, snapper and pompano.

At least two of our guests hit grand slams and one of them was only 15. As forecasted by Todd Staley, the humpback whales have also moved into the gulf and are giving anglers and other guests great photo opportunities and the memories of a lifetime.


Large Cubera Snapper Costa Rica

Blue DiamondYvonne and Ferrell Jones
(growers and producers of famous "Blue Diamond" Smoked Almonds) decided to bring their grand children Cody and Clayton Cornell down for the fishing adventure of a lifetime. The fish may have thought they were "off the hook" and able to school these youngsters, but 15-year-old Cody Cornell decided he wanted to catch every last one of them, and almost did. Cody caught several Roosters to 60lbs, a monster cubera snapper in the 50lbs range, several large sailfish (90 to 130), and countless tuna to hit the Grand Slam landing himself a spot on our coveted Wall of Fame (See Cody's pic aobove of the big cubera Snapper that landed Cody on our Wall of Fame!)

Sailfish Costa Rica


Young Clayton is missing his two front teeth, but that didn't seem to stop the sailfish from biting!

Mrs. Yvonne Jones proved that she can take on large costa rican billfish any day with this large sailfish. It seems people of all ages young, and elderly had great luck with inshore and offshore species this week.

Wave
Cody, Clayton and Grandma grin at Cody's larger than life Roosterfish

Enjoying Sashimi
Their final night at the resort they enjoyed...what else?? Fresh Sashimi!!!


Here's a homespun video shot by young Clayton of his brother releasing a sail!

Tony Giorgi came to Crocodile Bay to target a single species: Roosterfish,considered by many to be the toughest fighting fish pound for pound - and one of the most glamorous with its shimmering black stripes and 7 point comb-over. Roosterfish can be caught year-round at Crocodile Bay Resort and when  the roosters are on a “run” anglers can get into hours of non-stop fighting action.

Costa Rica Roosterfish

Tony released seven (7) Roosters one day and on other days did battle with sailfish and several plates of previously swimming sushi that he was kind enough to share with members of the Crocodile Staff, myself included!  
Thanks Tony!

Costa Rica Roosterfish

Costa Rica Sailfish

Tony Giorgi owns a hunting and Bass fishing guide service called BassNBoars in northern California and is rumored to be among the top Bass guides in the area – if you’re ever out that way, pay him a visit  www.bassnboars.com

Father and Son tandem Alan and Robert Brightman who took a chance looking for Sailfish in July landed sailfish daily with young Robert pictured here with a monster Sailfish. The next day the dynamic duo went 4 for 4 on sails and left with the tell tale “Crocodile Smile” on each of their faces! Robert has fished all over the world and was very pleased with the amount of sailfish we put him on! Hope to see back next year!

Sailfish
Another youngster, Allan Brightman releases his first sailfish!

African Pompano
If you haven't tried African Pompano, you're missing a real treat! One of our favorite inshore species to catch and eat!

Roosterfish Costa Rica

Tuna Time

Mr. Jenkins owner of a Marriott Residence Inn Hotel In Daytona brought his son Kieth down for the Crocodile Bay "Tails and Whales" Package and have been getting plenty of both! On inshore days they caught nice pompano, roosters, and jacks and actually saw this young humpback close to shore..watch out - Breach, don't beach! Offshore it was tuna galore following spinner dolphin closely, they also raised and released several sails.



This time of year we also welcome guests who like to mix the fishing with adventure eco-tours and or a luxury spa experience! National Geographic  has been quoted as saying our area the Osa Peninsula is “the the most biologically intense place on Earth”. Our award winning eco-director Dennis Atencio loves to prove this fact to any guest who doesn't’t believe it with one of our full day rainforest tours. Check out his monthly eco-report here that shows the amazing diversity of wildlife and scenery to be found in our very own back yard! Monkeys, birds, sloths, and other amazing species!

Wave
Hello! A Humpback whale waves to our guests as they look for tuna!

The Humpback whales inside our gulf have been spotted daily (a calf pictured below gets very close to shore). The whales have started to move in for their annual migration and their numbers and your chances to see them only increase as me move into August, September and October. This weekend we also saw more black and blue marlin moving into the area as well as some floating logs with birds on top that usually turn into nice pick-up joints for Dorado! Tuna continue to run with the porpoises which have kept plates full and chopsticks chopping. Some of our guests including Dave Jenkins from Florida had sashimi right on the boat…how fresh is that (drool).

Wave

August Rooster Rally at Crocodile Bay Resort! Don’t miss your shot at a complimentary Replica Roosterfish Display from Gray Taxidermy (replica mount) – a trophy and gift from Crocodile Bay -  for the angler who catches the MOST roosterfish in August - his or her largest Roosterfish(or roosterfish of choice) will be immortalized by Gray's Taxidermy and shipped to his or her home!(shipping charges not included)

People have been having so much fun catching  Roosters within the past couple of weeks we decided to make the entire month of August a Rooster Rally. All you have to do to qualify and enter is sign-up HERE, show-up and catch LOTS of Roosterfish. August is also a great month to target Marlin and several inshore species like pompano, snapper, amberjack, and Spanish mackerel.  In September we’re also offering 25% off peek season rates to curb your flight costs to our beautiful country.

The Legendary Todd Staley will return from his birthday and visit to the ICAST Fishing Show in Las Vegas next week for the August Costa Rica Fishing Report.

Until then, tight lines and crocodile smiles to everyone. Hope to see you all down soon doing some catching in Costa Rica!

Will Briegel

Filling in for Todd Staley,
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
www.crocodilebay.com

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Book Your "Tails and Whales" Sport Fishing Package or Sign-up for our August ROOSTER Rally HERE!

 

We had some added excitement mid month when some orcas decided to show up and surprise some guest fishing offshore! Check out this video!

 

Sport FIshing Magazine June 2013

Click Here to Read Crocodile Bay Featured in June's TUNA Issue of Sport Fishing Magazine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Todd Staley Costa Rica Fishing DirectorCrocodile Bay Resort, July Fishing Report
This month features include underwater blue marlin video, orca video, our first black marlin and inshore and offshore fishing species galore at Crocodile Bay Resort!

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Offshore has been a hunting game of late. The big rush of marlin is late arriving in true Latino fashion. The big school of tuna that we enjoyed most of the month has moved north up towards Drake Bay but the next wave should be right behind it. Floating debris has been the ticket lately and when one is found that has been in the water long enough to create an eco-system below it, anything can happen.

Black Marlin
16 year-old Robert Kelley with a 250lb Black Marlin. NICE CATCH!

Costa Rica Marlin Fishing

Jeff Gunnells had his family down earlier this month and they walked away with the biggest fish landed in June, a 500 lb blue marlin.

They also added a huge dorado and and nice rooster inside. Stacy Lynch made his third visit here on a break from his duties in Afghanistan and took several sails and a monster dorado.

Pacific Blue Marlin

Stacy Lynch

Jeff with a nice Pez Gallo (roosterfish)

Check out Jeff's Marlin Video Here:

The Donavon family found someone to take care of their exotic animals long enough to seek down for a little vacation. They tore up the inshore waters catching nice roosters, and brought back enough snapper for all the guests to enjoy.

Costa Rica Snapper

John Doerr, the head of Pure Fishing returned again with his wife Leslie. Last year at this time Penn Reels, (one of the many companies John is in charge of) introduced their ne “Spinfisher V” (click here to watch PENN field testing the SpinFisher V at Crocodile Bay Resort!) series during a big tuna run. The reels proved more than tough enough for a freight train tuna. Later Mark Davis, who’s television series “Big Water Adventures” was down an caught a 350 marlin on the Spinfisher 10500.

The last few days, folks got a real rainforest experience as the skies opened up and dropped buckets of water on us. Blake Taylor managed a 47 lb rooster in the rain and the Robert Waln family took 5 nice roosters at Matapalo. The sun has been shining ever since with some rain in the late afternoons.

I enjoy this time of year when we are not so busy to really get to know the guests and families are down together. I have to be a little patient and work a little harder for the fish, but there are plenty of rewards out there.

Sport FIshing Magazine June 2013Todd Staley writes the costa rica fishing column for the English newspaper "The Tico Times" and is also the fishing director at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica.

Don't miss Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica  in this June's Sport Fishing Magazine!

Click Here to Read the FULL Article from Sport Fishing Magazine!

 

 

Crocodile Bay Resort, June Fishing Report

Yellowfin Tuna Bend Rods and Spool Reels at Crocodile Bay!
by
Todd Staley, Fishing Director

Summer Tuna Tune Up

The spa girls have been working overtime to work on sore muscles from pulling on tuna. Finding schools of tuna have been almost a daily occurrence for the last ten days. Steve Smiley had his family down on a return trip and they cleaned up on the tuna. The schools of tuna have been averaging 30 to 100 pounds with some monsters traveling with it. Dick Carmical also had the family down and they pulled on one estimated at over 250 pounds for 2 ½ hours when the leader final wore through.


Rain or Shine, the Tuna Continue to test the strength of anglers daily!

Shannon Smiley showed her family how to catch roosters by being the top angler when they fished inshore, but when they went back after the tuna the next day, I noticed her score sheet was blank. I teased that she didn’t want to embarrass the boys again and she explained tuna were complete on her bucket list and she had a great time just watching the boys fight tuna. I’m with you Shannon.

 


There are enough roosters around to keep it interesting but not in great numbers, Snapper have been dinner size and no giants have come this week although Bob Mandic fought a big one for a while before it broke him off.

Sailfish Costa Rica

There are a few sailfish still around and anglers have been spending so much time pulling on tuna that no-one has been hunting marlin. Reports from other fisherman are the next wave of fish is moving in as lots of marlin were seen working waters far offshore.

Todd Staley
Fishing Director,
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

 

 

Marlin Mayhem Continues at Crocodile Bay Resort
Costa Rica Fishing Report, May 21st, 2013
By Todd Staley, Fishing Director

Experience Marlin Mayhem Costa Rica Fishing at Crocodile Bay

Patience is the key to bagging a really nice fish and no-one does it better than regular guests Jim and Leighanne Nunes. They brought good friends Gary Deems and Ron Harney down with them and introduced them to their first Pacific sail.

The Nunes stayed a couple of days longer and worked the waters offshore without much success until their captain ran across a trash line that held small tuna and dorado. They ended up raising 7 marlin, boating and releasing two, the largest going  400 lbs. A very wise and accomplished fisherman once told me, “your chances of catching a really good fish are directly related to how much you deserve it.” Jim must really deserve it because he bags a marlin nearly every time he comes to the resort.

Jim Nunes

Costa Rica Marlin Fishing



Thomas and Patrick Hayden were our first father/son visitors for the school break and they also took a nice 350 lb blue marlin. Bill and William La Fuze were the first to take advantage of our “Dad’s and Grad’s" special and started inshore with a real nice cubera snapper and followed yesterday with a pair of dorado, the largest tipping the scale at 50 lbs.
Another frequent client, Bill DeDeugd and son Daniel, brought another father son team, Jim and Nick Rice who spent their first day catching a mixed bag of bottom fish.


More marlin keep moving in offshore, following the migration of tuna and dorado. It is a hunting game, but there are fish out there to be had. Fishing inshore has been changing day to day, changing from fair to good. Some nice snapper and a few roosterfish are cooperating with anglers

 

 

 

Costa Rica Snapper

Happy Birthday

Crocodile Bay would also like to wish Leighanne Nunes a very happy birthday and a great 2013. Hope to see you and Jim Soon!
The Crocodile Bay Staff!

SPECIAL ALERT - Crocodile Bay is running a KIDS FREE family vacation fishing special where KIDS (15 and Under ) Stay, Eat, and FISH FREE! (Kids under 12 will also get local/in-country flights FREE $250 value!

See you soon in Costa Rica!

Todd Staley,
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
www.crocodilebay.com

Costa Rica Fishing Report - May, 2013
By Todd Staley, Fishing Director - Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

The last couple of weeks have been hot and cold but generally everyone caught what they came for, but maybe not in the numbers they wanted.

Boston Whaler Group
Boston Whaler Incentive Trip To Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica! Thanks for coming down guys! Hope to see you back again soon!

The unseasonal rain scattered the sailfish but also brought marlin for an early arrival. David Butcher brought down a group of tournament fishermen that travel all over the globe. This year they fished here.  

Blue Marlin

Mike Thomas held the lead for most of the 4 day event but Terry Detrich bagged a marlin on the last day to take the top prize. This was a 20 lb test line tournament and Detrich’s first marlin on such light tackles. Congratulations Terry.

Congratulations also go to Brett and Tamara Vana who honeymooned here as well as Rick and Bonnie Alvarez who celebrated their 20th anniversary with us.


Boston Whaler has been visiting us with a large group annually for over a decade. I’d like to personally thank Dennis Tilton who makes the logistics for the event very easy for me. The have a fun tournament every year with half the prize money going to the angler and have to a community project. Every year the winning anglers end of also donating their have of the winnings. This year they raised over $3000 and it will go to buying books for the new library at the elementary school.


Will Rogers on of Whalers managers have captured some incredible video over the years and the attached video is an extraordinary example of it. It shows a marlin coming in to the teaser repeated before taking the bait. I like to call it “Before the Bite.”

Watch and Share this Vimeo Video of a Marlin swordfighting the teaser "Before the Bite" by Will Rogers

 


Diego Toiran, host of Pescando en Los Cayos filmed an inshore for the Hispanic audience in the United States. Not only did he capture roosterfish on film but visited town to catch the local culture with cameraman Jose Acosta.

Pescando en Los Cayos

See you soon in Costa Rica!
Todd Staley, Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica!
www.crocodilebay.com

Wade Boggs Costa Rica Fishing
MLB Hall of Famer Wade Boggs smiles before embarking on day two of the Red Bone @ Large Costa Rica Classic at Crocodile Bay Resort!

Todd Staley Costa Rica Fishing DirectorThere's a fine line between superstitious and obsessive compulsive and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs crossed it every night. The 12-time All Star attributed much of his success to a daily routine and refused to alter his habits. These everyday customs including eating chicken before each game (earning him the nickname "Chicken Man"), and always taking exactly 150 ground balls during infield practice. He also always took batting practice at 5:17 and ran sprints at 7:17 and drew the word "Chai" (Hebrew for "life") in the dirt before coming up to bat. Boggs' allegiance to his superstitions helped lead him to one of the finest pro baseball careers of all time and induction to the Hall of Fame.

Wade paid us a visit again last week fishing in the second leg of the Redbone tournament for cystic fibrosis. Wade also won the celebrity division of this year’s tournament.

Winner of the RedBone

Pictured above, Brian Dellett of Denver Co. Grand Champion Angler of the Redbone @ Large Crocodile Bay OSA Classic! Congratulations Brian!

I am also superstitious. One of my biggest superstitions is to never brag when fishing is really good. On my last report I broke my rule. Fishing had been so good the whole month of March I fell to temptation and told the whole world. Well, on April Fool’s Day my world caved in. The weather changed and the fish quit biting. Usually April is one of our driest months and the rains started. Fishing was lousy for over a week and finally the sunshine started to show more each day and the inshore recovered. Drew Kelly returned again this year and opted for the better inshore fishing. They caught 20 jacks on topwater plugs one day along with roosters and some really nice snapper.

Tyler Gerstein Lands a Rooster Solo
"I GOT IT" Exclaims eight year old Tyler Gernstein as his rod breaks and he still manages to reel in this 55lb monster roosterfish!

Other highlights:  Eight year old Tyler Gernstein is no stranger to roosterfish. Last year he caught a 59 lb monster with a little help. This time, a year older and with experience under his belt he hooked into a 45 lb fish. The mate on the boat immediately went to help him lift the rod. His reply to this action was a surprise and put a big smile one everyone's face. "Don't worry about the rod, I got it," he exclaimed. "Hang on to me!" If the rod was going in the water he would be attached to it. He landed the fish pictured all be himself.

Jeff Thurston

Jeff Thurston (pictured above) spent one day on the water and caught a 120 lb sail and returned to the doc with a 55 lb dorado. Chuck Raderstorf’s 400 lb blue marlin was the fish everyone was talking about at the resort.

(pictured below) Guests Jeff and Kimberly enjoy a nice mix of sailfish and roosters

Costa Rica Sailfish

Rooostahhhh

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Many thanks to Jamie and Donna Piraino for sharing their photos that turned out to be some of the BEST sailfish shots we've ever been given by any guest! Here's something to motivate you for YOUR next fishing trip!

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!

Brian and his Wife Trish With a "Dream" DoubleHeader Sailfish hookup!

 

"We honeymooned in Crocodile Bay in 2007 after getting married in Las 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.

Here are a few videos from the Tooms' trip to Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica!

Brian and Trish are lucky enough to get this Whale Shark on their GoPro Hero 3 with some help from our Eco Director Dennis Atencio!

Ever wonder what's going on "Beneath the Boat" While you Fish..here's a sneak peek! 

 

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See you soon in Costa Rica!
Todd Staley,
Fishing Director,
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

 


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 Rica. 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 keasters 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.

Here are a few videos from the Tooms' trip to Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica!

Brian and his Wife Trish With a "Dream" DoubleHeader Sailfish hookup!

Brian and Trish are lucky enough to get this Whale Shark on their GoPro Hero 3 with some help from our Eco Director Dennis Atencio!

Ever wonder what's going on "Beneath the Boat" While you Fish..here's a sneak peek! 

Video of the Tooms Double Sailfish Hookup Coming Soon! 

Costa Rica Fishing Report March 2012 by Todd Staley:

sailfish

Sailfish make a strong showing for the 73rd International Light Tackle Association Sailfish Tournament hosted this year in Costa Rica at Crocodile Bay Resort and Marina in Puerto Jiménez!

www.crocodilebay.com and www.ticotimes.net

Fish

Photo courtesy of Zach Frazee

Success highlights advantages to environmental law enforcement in Gulfo Dulce.

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 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.

TEAMS

TOT PTS

1ST

ASOC. NACIONAL de PESCA de GUATEMALA - #1

3700

2ND

ASOC. NACIONAL de PESCA de GUATEMALA - #3

3400

3RD

PORT ARANSAS ROD & REEL CLUB - USA

3400

4

CLUB AMATEUR de PESCA #1 - COSTA RICA

3200

5

CLUB AMATEUR de PESCA #2 - COSTA RICA

3100

6

CLUB AMATEUR de PESCA #3 - COSTA RICA

3100

7

CLUB NAUTICO de STE. DOM. - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

2600

8

OCEAN CITY LIGHT TACKLS CLUB - USA

2600

9

ARRECHO FISHING TEAM - PUERTO RICO

2500

10

ASOC. NACIONAL de PESCA de GUATEMALA - #2

2500

11

SAILFISH & TARPON CLUB OF MEXICO

2500

12

PUERTO RICO LIGHT TACKLE ANGLERS

2400

13

SADSAA - SOUTH AFRICA

1900

14

PLAYA GRANDE YACHTING CLUB - VENEZUELA

1700

15

CLUB AMATEUR de PESCA #4 - COSTA RICA

1600

PLACE

ANGLERS

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

TOTAL

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

ALTERNATE

400

TOTALS

7000

4600

13500

15500

40200

PLACE

BOATS

DAY 1

DAY 2

DAY 3

DAY 4

TOTAL

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

 

  TEAMS
1ST ASOC. NACIONAL de PESCA de GUATEMALA - #1
2ND ASOC. NACIONAL de PESCA de GUATEMALA - #3
3RD PORT ARANSAS ROD & REEL CLUB - USA
4 CLUB AMATEUR de PESCA #1 - COSTA RICA
5 CLUB AMATEUR de PESCA #2 - COSTA RICA
6 CLUB AMATEUR de PESCA #3 - COSTA RICA
7 CLUB NAUTICO de STE. DOM. - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
8 OCEAN CITY LIGHT TACKLS CLUB - USA
9 ARRECHO FISHING TEAM - PUERTO RICO
10 ASOC. NACIONAL de PESCA de GUATEMALA - #2
11 SAILFISH & TARPON CLUB OF MEXICO
12 PUERTO RICO LIGHT TACKLE ANGLERS
13 SADSAA - SOUTH AFRICA

 

Crocodile Bay Costa Rica Fishing Report -
March Fishing Report 2013 by
Todd Staley, Fishing Director

Costa Rica FIshing Report

Todd Staley Costa Rica Fishing DirectorSometimes I think I should look for a type of work that is a little more predictable. Something that is a little easier on the blood pressure. Something a little more consistent that doesn't’t change in a heartbeat.  Maybe herding cats or something of that sort would be a better option. That is how the fishing has been the last two weeks. There are lots of fish out there and last week they were more interested in making babies than in eating. This week is a different story all together. They went crazy. The numbers went from a half a dozen sails raised per boat to one boat raising 32, another 24, and all boats in double digits. The numbers have leveled off to a dozen or so a day.



A few dorado have been taken offshore as well but not in any great numbers. The tuna have not showed of late, but some schools of spinner dolphins have moved into the area, so a tuna bite could happen any day.

Lucky Dorado!

Former Miss Costa Rica Marilela Gonzalez was down with us at Crocodile Bay and caught a Dorado (Mahi Mahi) almost bigger than her!

My hat’s off to Allan Sosnow who had never fished for sailfish with a fly rod but had it on his “bucket list.” After a few mis-haps he managed to bring four to the boat on a fly. He has already decided to return next season to tackle a roosterfish on a fly, which is a much harder feat than a sailfish.

Not many anglers are opting to fish inshore with the sailfish action keeping them busy, but the few that have, have been rewarded with jacks, roosters, mackerel, and snapper. One of our friends, Oscar Villalobos took a 100 lb roosterfish at Matapalo rock.

100 pound roosterfish!

Yearly guests Phil Bush and Mike Grace from Cummins motors hosted a group for a short stay this week raising double digits and landing 8 one day. Mike and Ann Pizzi have fished here over a decade and Mike has become quite proficient hooking his own fish. He went 13 for 13 and missed the 14th fish.  A humbling experience and a good ribbing session for me, to a guest who has become more of   a good friend over the years then a client.

Wounded Warriors
The Wounded Warriors Received a complimentary fishing trip and adventure vacation of a lifetime courtesy of Crocodile Bay and O'Neill Williams! Thank you for your service gentleman! Glad you had a great time!

TV hosts O’Neill Williams and Mark Davis both made recent return trips. O’Neill brought SGT Major, Jesse Acosta, Eric Nobles, and Scott Grimes, all Wounded Warriors. Acosta who completed two more tours of duty after losing his eyesight and the other two gentlemen were  an inspiration to a full house of guests.  

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CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TRIP, ANSWER THE PENN Questions and GET your FREE REEL!

Crocodile Bay is Extending the FREE PENN Series saltwater REEL giveaway to Everyone who answers the PENN Mystery and Bonus questions and books and fishes before June 30th 2013! You will also be entered into a drawing to WIN the actual PENN Rod and REEL Mark Davis used during his recent filming of BIG WATER Adventures!


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

Tag Your It Sailfish Tagging Project


Todd Staley Costa Rica Fishing DirectorCrocodile Bay contributed to science last week when we hosted marine biologists Mark Fichett and Bruce Pohlot from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami who put satellite tags in sailfish to track their movements and habits. These gentlemen along with Dr. Nelson Ehrhardt have done tremendous things in Central America when it comes to billfish and data they have collected in the past has convinced governments to take action towards better protection of the species. In a few weeks we will update you on these fish.

Sailfish City

The marlin have thinned a little as expected as the Costa Rica summer sets in but the sailfish are out there in big numbers. Anglers are seeing between 5 and 10 a day and on exceptional up to 18 or 20. Dorado in the 20 to 30 lb range has also been very active and the yellowfin tuna still make an appearance every few days. Most of the tuna have been running from 40 to 60 lbs but several over 100 lbs have filled the sushi bar and supplied thick tuna steaks for the guests.



Inshore roosterfish have been playing hide and seek but when they come out to play they are big, 30 to 60 lbs. African pompano, Bluefin trevally and plate size snapper have been the norm. The biggest snapper taken this week was around 30 lbs and was released.

Mark Davis Now On Location at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica!

BLUE VALENTINE'S DAY!
Mark Davis is down filming his latest episdode of Big Water Adventures and the sailfish showed up to welcome him. Check out the following pics of Sailfish hitting the bait below! We can't wait to see this episode when it airs! (we will announce dates for the upcoming season of BWA soon!)

 
Watch this video clip to see why Mark Davis considers Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica one of the World's Top Fishing Destinations!

Sailfish

 

..And We have a Winner!

Enter to Win!

Scott D. was our first grand slam winner and will collect $500 in prizes for doing so. During his stay he caught, billfish, dorado, tuna, roosterfish, and snapper to collect the species needed to qualify.
Scott also was a quick student to catching sailfish on a fly. He started with a couple miscues and then had a day when he landed six on a fly which is exceptional for anyone new to that game. Congratulations.

Book Your March Madness Tournament Dates Here!

See you soon at Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica!

Todd Staley,
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

Crocodile Bay Costa Rica Fishing Report - January 2013 by Todd Staley, Fishing Director

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 who has played with Widespread Panic, the Dead, and the Allman Brothers (just to name a few) nd his family. Together they caught sails, lots of big tuna and some dorado. Jimmy's daughter caught her first sailfish with us, and hopefuly we will have the photo to post soon!


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.

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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

Happy New Year or "Blue Year", as in Blue Marlin & Pacific Sailfish Costa Rica Fishing Report January 1st, 2013!

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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:

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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.)

Jack

 

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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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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 KitsosThese 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!

Offshore
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!"
- Rob

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

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.

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Sport Fishing Update - November 15, 2012

We started our season with an invasion of the British which hasn’t caused such a stir since the Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan, and here the marlin liked the beat. David Plummer hosted a group including honeymooners Richard Perry and Loraine Chant along with David Leavesley and Martin Wickes. The marlin gods shined on Wickes who bagged a pair at 200 and 300 pounds apiece. Leavesley fished a day with Sheena Banton from south Florida and the two took a smorgasbord of inshore species including a 60 pound roosterfish, 40 pound amberjack, snapper, jacks and other inshore species.

Costa Rica Marlin

Richard and Loraine also added a bunch of species to fish list including marlin, sailfish, snapper, roosterfish, jacks, Bluefin trevally, and bonito. They were at the top off the leader board almost every day and if their marriage is as good as their first fishing trip as husband and wife, they are bound to have a long happy marriage.

Another group from across the pond was Gary Hincks, Mick Tutt, and Mick Fullan, who have kept me in stitches with their British humor. The have also caught a lot of fish including raising 5 marlin, hooking 4, and landing 2 in one day. They have also caught some nice fish shore fishing on their “non fishing” days. Some just can’t get it out of their system.

Our first customers of the season were also from non US locations. Ernesto Stoecklin from the Dominican Republic and Henry Looser from Switzerland have been fishing buddies for a long time. Roosters, dorado and Henry’s big snapper was among their catch and I especially enjoy conversing with Ernesto about marine conservation efforts.

 

Mark Davis Big Water Adventures Sport Fishing TV

THE BOSS HOG

Good friend and host of Big Water Adventures Mark Davis is filming his third show at the resort. The man is a perfect example of what preparation, talent, and a little luck can make in a fishing trip. Using the new Sebile Popper, he bagged and 35 pound jack, a 30 plus pound snapper, and a rooster of 70 pounds or more all in one morning. This will be seen on the 2013 season of Big Water Adventures. Enjoy the photos.

 

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Angela Eubank fishing with husband Jason took her first sailfish yesterday and had to take the customary first dive in the water after landing her fish. This is usually done at the dock but we let her off light and let her use the pool. They just missed a marlin yesterday and if they get it today, the ceremony will definitely be done on the pier.

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Sport Fishing Update - November , 2012


Doug Olander of Sport Fishing Magazine highlights Crocodile Bay's new Marina project in this month's edition of Sport Fishing Magazine! Check it out below!

"After literally years of working through official channels within Costa Rica, renowned Crocodile Bay Resort is on the brink of adding “and
Marina” to its name, as construction of a 100-slip, full-service marina and expanded hotel/village is expected to start soon. CBR says the new “green” marina — with its floating wavebreak and dock system that offers no obstruction to water flow or sea life — will be the first of its kind north of the Panama Canal. A new oceanfront hotel will be part of a respected “and iconic” hotel chain and, says CBR hotel director Cory Williams, “will be the only hotel in the country to be built over the water.” Along with a great variety of adventure tours, CBRM will continue to offer world-class sport fishing around and offshore of southern Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula and Golfo Dulce." For more information, visit crocodilebaymarina.com.

"Now and later: A top-shelf resort and marina (inset)will give the current configuration of Crocodile Bay Resort, tucked into
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Crocodile Bay Costa Rica Fishing Report, October 17, 2012 by Todd Staley, Fishing Director

It looks like there is going to be plenty of action when we open in two weeks for our 14th season…

Todd Staley Costa Rica Fishing DirectorCrocodile Bay and The Costa Rican Fishing Federation (FECOP) sponsored a kids tournament last Saturday on the pier at the resort. Sixty-six local kids between the ages of 7 and 12 showed up with their parents for a fun afternoon with some light hearted competition.

The catch and release tournament produced a mixed bag of species including, snappers, grouper, moray eels, jacks, a couple of sharks, and even a lobster was caught on rod and reel.



The message for the event was marine conservation and catch and release fishing. The top three anglers in each group took home a trophy and a new rod and reel supplied by Dick Tanner. All kids received t-shirts, medallions, and a certificate to remember the day.



……tons of dorado around already which means the season ill start with some tasty fillets for early season anglers and the possibility of scoring a marlin. When the dorado are around, the marlin move in right behind them because they love slurping up dorado.



My good friend Cory took his son Tosh out in a kayak fishing Iguana reef just around the corner from Crocodile Bay. He hooked a couple of dorado, caught some nice roosterfish and was pleasantly surprised when he landed a a wahoo. The roosterfish has remained strong all through the months of May to September. We just shut down for October to freshen up the place and it looks like the roosters will still be strong when we open.

The snapper fishing has been good for the locals and it gets better every month with the shrimp boats now out of the gulf. This also applies for other reef fish like, amberjack, grouper, African pompano and Bluefin trevally.

Offshore there may be a few sailfish mixed in with the dorado, but the numbers will increase as the water warms as we slide in to the Central American summer which begins in December. One thing for sure is that it looks like there will be plenty of stuff around when we open to stretch a string. 

See you in November!

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

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Crocodile Bay Fishing Report, October 2012
A behind the scenes interview with Todd Staley Fishing Director, Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

By Florida Sportsman Magazine

Crocodile Bay will kick off this years fishing Season November 1st 2012! November is historically a great month to target Blue Marlin, Dorado, and a variety of hard hitting inshore fish. Read this great new interview with our fishing director Todd Staley by Blair Wixtrom of Florida Sportsman Magazine!

Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula: Crocodile Bay Resort

Todd Staley Costa Rica Fishing DirectorIn “Costa Rican Business Trip” in the October, 2012 issue of Florida Sportsman, Publisher Blair Wickstrom details his battles with yellowfin tuna on the new Penn Spinfisher V off Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Staying at Crocodile Bay Resort in late June of this year, Wickstrom and the other members of the party, many of them Penn Tackle pro staffers, enjoyed impressive fishing, terrific hospitality and a renewed appreciation for Costa Rica’s resources and wildlife. But their mission was to test the new Penn gear, and in that they and the gear succeeded.

Below is a summary of fishing opportunities available from the Osa Peninsula. Following the fishing calendar is the full interview with Todd Staley, head of fishing operations at Crocodile Bay Resort. Part of that interview appears in Wickstrom’s story in the October issue.

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Crocodile Bay Resort, behind the scenes interview with Todd Staley, Fishing Director, Crocodile Bay Resort Costa Rica .

I’ve known Todd Staley, head of fishing operations at Crocodile Bay Resort (CBR) for nearly 25 years. I regretfully admit that in Todd’s 14 years at CBR this was my first visit. While visiting Todd’s home in downtown Puerto Jimenez, meeting his Costa Rican family, visiting his 13-acre property, which he plans to build on one day, it became clear Todd was in Costa Rica for more than the fishing. But, fishing was why I was ultimately there, so I wanted to take this chance to get his insider views on what a Florida Sportsman reader would want to know about CBR and its fishing.

BW: As head of fishing operations of CBR what is your primary function? What does that insure for me as a prospective visitor?

TS: I have run the fishing operation here since day one (14 years). I know the area, the captains and what works best. By having such a long term relation with the captains it makes it easy to match captains with guests.

BW: Tell me a little about your captains and crew.

TS: When we first opened I had to bring almost my whole crew from outside because the locals, although good fishermen, did not have any experience as guides. It is a 4- to 5-year process before a new employee works his way up to be a captain. Ninety percent of my crew are English-speaking locals.

BW: Do your boats follow IGFA rules?

TS: Crocodile Bay is not what you might refer to as a “record-seeker destination,” though we have set records in snapper, snook and several other species. We basically want to insure the guest has a fun experience while they are fishing. If a guest wants to fish for a record we will accommodate them.

BW: You mentioned to get the most out of your trip, there’s a need to communicate with your crew and captain.

TS: When fishing here or chartering a boat anywhere the client should do their homework and ask the questions they have in mind before they arrive. No question is a bad question. Once you’re on the boat, again, good communication is key to the overall positive experience.

BW: Tell me about your boats.

TS: We have thirteen Strike inboard diesels ranging from 33 to 35 feet, ten 27-foot Rambo’s and seventeen 24-foot Boston Whalers.

BW: Can people keep their catch? Do you help in shipping fish back to the states?

TS: If someone brings their own cooler they can take fish back with them. We do not ship fish because the local airlines cannot guarantee us space on the plane.

BW: Can you tell me a little about Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica.

TS: Puerto Jimenez was settled by several large families. My wife has 66 cousins in town so there is always an eye on me. This at one time was a gold rush town, and still is. People mined gold in the hills of what is now Cocovado National Park.

BW: Tell me a little about your location in Costa Rica.

TS: We sit on one of the few tropical fjords in the world, the Golfo Dulce. The northeast side is formed by volcanic activity and the western edge is mangrove estuary. Throughout the Gulf there are volcanic reefs that are haunts for many different types of snapper, roosterfish, amberjack and other reef fish. The river mouths offer an opportunity for a trophy snook to the angler who has the patience to fish them in tropical heat.

BW: What are some of the things a Florida Sportsman would like to do if he wasn’t fishing? Not your typical zip line or spa visit? Anything you can think of from an insider’s view?

TS: We are located on the Osa Peninsula on what National Geographic describes as the most ecologically intense place on the planet. A rainforest jungle hike is a must and can be as easy or strenuous as you like. From a stroll on flat land to scaling a waterfall. Surfers are offered four different breaks within thirty minutes of the resort, including the famous Pavones break which is the second longest left in the world. The jungle can also be done on horseback and many options involving rural tourism like the Chocolate Farm show guests how some of the local people make a living.

BW: As a former Florida angler tell me what fishery in Florida comes closest to matching the fishery you have at CBR?

TS: As a long time west coast Florida resident I would guess that the inshore snapper fishing would be the closest. If someone would have told me 20-some years ago that I would one day be jigging grouper in 400 foot of water and watch people walk on the beach at the same time I would have told them they were crazy. Down here I have learned that a cubera snapper will come up in 100 foot of water and hit a popper. Most east coast Florida anglers like a chop to fish for sails but here a flat ocean is most productive.

BW: Is there anything else the readers of Florida Sportsman, who are planning a trip to fish the Tropics would like to know about CBR…should know about CBR or your region of Costa Rica.

TS: We have the most friendly and service oriented staff I have ever worked with.

Big plans for CBR. If construction goes as planned beginning mid-2013, CBR will be building a much larger marina, an oceanfront hotel and a residential village. The new Costa Rica marina will become the closest international full service marina north of the Panama Canal. For more information go to: www.crocodilebaymarina.com

Planning Your Trip Around the Bite to Crocodile Bay Resort off Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Blue Marlin Best match- April, November-mid January
Striped Marlin July – September
Black Marlin July – September
White marlin Not available
Sailfish Year-round, peaks January – May
Wahoo Not prevalent, only when blue water close
Dolphin Year-round, peaks November – January
Tuna Year-round
Roosterfish Year-round
Cubera Snapper Year-round
Snook Not many, fish of good quality

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Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica Fishing Report,
August 2nd, 2012
By Todd Staley, Fishing Director

Todd Staley Costa Rica Fishing DirectorSometimes I just hate my job. Many times it is for reasons I have no control over like the moon, tides, weather, water temperature, and of course.... the fish gods. Yesterday was one of those days. Let me explain.

Three days before Kevin Morrissy checked in with his dad, Pat and good friend Rick Lichty. Kevin had a black marlin on his bucket list. On the first day out they hung into a 500 lb blue marlin that was only hooked up a short time before it broke off. The next two days of fishing a marlin never appeared in the spread.

One of the ugliest fishing quotes there is goes something like this, “The two best days of fishing are yesterday and tomorrow.”

Well yesterday as the Morrissy clan was flying out of the resort, two Crocodile Bay boats stumbled upon a small log just five miles off the beach that had been floating long enough to create a marine eco-system. Below it swam hundreds of oceanic triggerfish, bonito, small yellowfin tuna, rainbow runners and dorado. When there is drive through feeding like that available, marlin usually are not that far away.

Andrew and Brittany Rico fished on one boat and Casey McCartin fished by himself on the other. In the course of the day the three anglers raised 13 marlin. McCartin landed the biggest fish, a 450 lb black marlin that two hours into the fight tail wrapped. Fortunately the fish was able to be released unharmed. He had two more hooked up. One that ate a small tuna he was reeling in that melted his spinning tackle and another that broke off.

The Rico’s called it a day early after the landed 3 blue marlin in the 200 to 300 lb range and caught endless small tuna and blue runners.

Costa Rica Marlin

Que Rico! Andrew and Britanny Rico release a nice marlin!


Until yesterday the most consistent fishing has still been inshore. Big Roosterfish continue to feed at the rock and snapper on the reefs inside the gulf. Yellowfin tuna in the 20 to 30 lb range keeping surprising inshore anglers and have been hitting both live bait and poppers.

humpback whalesThe humpback whales are right on time, and have begun to enter the gulf with their calves. Three sets have been sighted so far. They will be in the protected waters of the gulf for the next two months. Last year a total of 14 mamas and babies showed up.


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Crocodile Bay July Fishing Special Edition:
The 2012 PENN Media Summit
By Todd Staley, Fishing Director

Above, PENN Fishing’s Hunter Cole exults in his first tuna of the trip and in the flawless performance of the new Penn Spinfisher V series.

The marlin were not present for the PENN Media Summit held here at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica, where Penn Tackle introduced their brand new Spinfisher V  model spinning gear which is the strongest spinning gear made to date.


Coastal Angler's Charlie McCullough was the life of the party on
and off the boat. Nice Rooster Charlie!

blair Wickstrom
SaltWater Sportsman's Blair Wickstrom with a nice tuna


PENN's new SpinFisher V...one word..AWESOME!

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Sport Fishing Magazine's Doug Olander

The writers did get a true test of the gear as the yellowfin tuna schooled offshore every day and fish in the 30 to 60 pound range kept them busy. The marlin are a little late this year, maybe due to lack of rain or they are just waiting for this moon to pass. Private sportfishing boats that have been camping overnight at 60 to 70 miles report lots of marlin so their arrival is expected soon.



Costal Angler, Florida Sportsman, On the Water, Saltwater Sportsman, Sport Fishing, The Fisherman, Western Outdoor News, Stripersonline.com, and Bloodydecks.com were some of the media represented. Thanks to John Bartow, Hunter Cole, Mike Rice and the rest of the Penn crew everyone had a good time.


The inshore fishing continues to produce roosterfish and a few snapper. John Brownlee filming a show for Saltwater Sportsman TV brought in an 80 amberjack on the new Penn gear.
I want to thank Tab and Sonia Betsworth for the photos of the trip…. Nice fish

Todd Staley
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

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Crocodile Bay Fishing Report - June 2012
By Will Briegel (filling in for Todd Staley, Fishing Director)

Summer Sizzles Inshore this June at Crocodile Bay Resort Costa Rica!

Amberjack Grande

Will Briegel Costa RicaJune  has literally been on fire inshore this year with the fireballs in the shape of bright orange cubera snapper plucking poppers from the water like a bunch of kids snatching candy from a plummeting Piñata.

The sailfish have been sticking around in small but consistent numbers this first week in June as witnessed by several of our boats releasing at LEAST one this past week. Two days ago the White family went 4/8 on sailfish and then were rewarded inshore with a large roosterfish and other species.



The Week in Fishing at CROCODILE BAY, COSTA RICA
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The real story has been the sheer variety of fish being released inshore. Amberjack, African Pompano, Cubera snapper to 30lbs, roosterfish to 70lbs, snook to 30lbs,  sierra mackerel, and of course one of my favorite fighters, the misunderstood  and highly underrated Jack! Offshore has seen  just about everything this week including sailfish, dorado and yellowfin tuna 30 to 50lbs. We’re pretty sure that list will include some marlin as we near July and August."

Costa Rica Sook

Costa Rica Sport Fishing Crocodile Bay
Joe Vicic and Brian Verba. I had the pleasure of meeting these guys on the 45 minute flight down from Costa Rica’s Capital city San Jose to Crocodile Bay. Some people you just get along with right off the bat and have a feeling they’re going to do well. Verba was vision rambling about sailfish and marlin while Vicic kept his expectations in check and said he would just be happy to get out on the boat and catch some snapper. YEAH RIGHT! The pair turned out to be to be an uncle and nephew duo from Ohio and California celebrating a double birthday with a world class fishing trip.
Roosterfish Costa Rica

Their first day inshore fishing must have been like watching an episode of American Pickers as they plucked various undersea species like snapper from their holes on the volcanic basalt bottom of the coast.

Rooster wrangling was next as they hooked a variety of large gallos(roosterfish) from the current lines while live bait trolling. The next few days was more of the same with the exception of one offshore day out they raised and released sailfish Robert's sought after sailfish as well as a huge amberjack and some tasty Dorado (mahi-mahi, dolphinfish)

Rock snapper taken shore casting off playa preciosa!

Costa Rica Rica fishing

To our delight, we learned that Joe Vicic owns his own custom fly rod shop King Fisher Pacific Co. and puts out one of the strongest and  lightest fly rods on the market.

Check out his site www.kinfgfisherflyrods.com for more info. These light rods are excellent for travel given weight restrictions on small flights!

Time to plan your summer fishing or adventure vacation!
June through September are excellent months to visit Crocodile Bay  for a variety of reasons. On the sport fishing front, July ushers in the beginning of the mighty Black Marlin season (based on historically  good opportunities in July and August). Black marlin can give anglers the fight of their lives and can make a showing any day in July through Sept.

August and September almost always offer guests a  chance to view  humpback whales on their annual migratory run from the southern hemisphere. They utilize the deep, protected waters of Crocodile Bay’s home, the Golfo Dulce (sweet gulf) to teach their young to hunt and dive.

Costa Rica Humpback Whale

Dolphins

Double Jack no Coke

Great  inshore fishing is just the beginning!
A lot of folks just don’t seem to realize that sport fishing is just the tip of the sailfish at Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica. Our unique geographical location on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula allows your non fishing friends or spouses to enjoy exciting or relaxing eco tours in the surrounding area which is the most ecologically diverse place in ALL of Costa Rica. Enjoy exciting zip-line tours through Costa Rica’s rainforest canopy, walk to or rappel from giant waterfalls, take our mountain bikes or kayaks out for a spin, and enjoy Costa Rica’s best surfing - and whatever you do, don’t miss a visit to our 5,000 square foot luxury Spa rated as one of the best in the country – with over 25 treatments you won’t regret it (including one massage especially for anglers after a long day fighting with a BIG fish!)

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Special Note: Welcome aboard to our newest fishing specialist in our California Sales office Brian Wong. Brian specializes in all kinds of salt water fishing techniques and is happy to field fishing questions and help you plan your dream Costa Rica fishing vacation.


See you this summer at Crocodile Bay Resort!

Will Briegel filling in for Todd Staley
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Crocodile Bay Fishing Report - May 2012
By Fishing Director Todd Staley

I am very happy to be writing this report. First I would like to thank Will Breigel, our internet and marketing guru for filling in for me after the car accident in which every day I realize how lucky I am. I am almost fully recovered, my wife more seriously injured than I is recovering slowly. She was thrown from the vehicle and it passed over her as we rolled 200 feet down a mountain side. Thanks to those of you, who called our sent e-mails checking on us.

The month of April brought lots of fish for some and not so many for others. Boston Whaler was down again on their annual trip, a tradition since 2001. There were a lot of first timers in the group and most every one of them took billfish off their bucket list before they left. Once again they put together a tournament and then donated all the winnings to the school here. Over the years, they have put a roof and floor in the kindergarten, bought new desks for the first grade, help both public and private schools and bought camping equipment for the scouts. Hat’s off to Boston Whaler.

Ed Beattie brought a group of Cabela’s folks down and seasonal rains fell early and dropped water temps and scattered the sails. They did manage to take a few marlin and roosters. By the time Walter Oster checked in with his group from Canada, a few sails had returned. My favorite in the group was Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion. Hazel has been her cities Mayor since 1978 and is 91 years young and full of spunk. She is pictured here with a nice sail.


Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion Hazel McCallion releases a large sailfish!


Tom Cooksey from “Ventafish” brought his crew down and spent more time teaching than fishing as they worked with both Crocodile Bay captains and local artisanal fisherman demonstrating their tool that releases air from the swim bladder and allows fish caught in deep water to be released alive. They donated lot of venting devices as well as hook removers to local fisherman. You can learn more about their products at www.ventafish.com.

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Boston Real Estate Photography Rocky Tyrone GonetBoston real estate and hotel photographer Rocky Gonet ( Boston Real Estate Photography) came down to take some fishing and eco shots and enjoy nature with his family. 3 year old Rocky Jr. decided to start his "fishing mate" career early and caught some bait for the group on his first day out fishing. Rocky Sr. who normally fishes the florida keys got a taste of Costa Rica inshore fishing when he did battle with a feisty roosterfish. His wife Dawn and Sister-in-law Leanne had fun taking in the scenery and watching dolphins play off the bow of the boat. Here are some pics of their family adventure!

Costa Rica Dolphin

Dolphin

While fishing inshore we ran into a group of young black tip reef sharks who are masters of stealing bait! The young sharks were all released safely in the ocean.

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Pictured above, Will Briegel with a juvenile black tip reef shark - safely released after a quick photo.


The last few days, fishing has been tough offshore as neither the sails or marlin showed up to play. Inshore was more productive as roosterfish from 30 to 55 lbs were taken and a few nice snapper. Since weather patterns seem to be early this year I’m hoping the annual June run of marlin will be early.  


Beautiful yellow eyed Tree Frog on the grounds of Crocodile Bay Resort!

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Crocodile Bay Fishing Report - Spring Fishing Special Report, by Fishing Director Todd Staley

Celebrity Tournament, NBC Sports, Events, Marlin and Whale Sharks and more!

Todd Staley Costa Rica Fishing DirectorMarch was one of the wildest and certainly most entertaining months we've seen in quite some time at Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica. Our hotel was full of guests, big name tournaments, celebrity events, TV shows filming, travel writers writing, and plenty of sailfish, marlin and roosterfish biting.

Although most days the sailfish were out in big numbers, getting them to bite was sometimes a challenge as water temperature, spawning, moons, and other natural phenomena sometimes frustrated anglers. However, most anglers ended their fishing vacation with ear to ear grins that could have only been the result of catching big fish.

Mid-way into April fishing has been steady with inshore being the hottest. Some early rains have moved in and caused the usual debris to wash from the rivers into the gulf causing fish to move to deeper water. Offshore the drop in water temperature slowed the sails but moved some marlin into the area.


Captain Anthony Lee Santos Reaches for a Rooster!


Our guests favorite amenity - 900 ft. private pier - straight to the fish!

CAPGuy harvey AftcoFor the second consecutive year, Crocodile Bay hosted the 31st Annual International Billfish tournament (2nd year in a row at Crocodile Bay) organized by Costa Rica’s in-country fishing powerhouse and conservation club- Club Amateur Pesca (www.clubamateurpesacr.com) and believe me, there is nothing “amateur” about this fishing club. They take the direct Latin meaning of the name "amateur" or “love of the sport” very seriously. Teams from all over the world took part including Puerto Rico, USA, Costa Rica, Panama and others. In the four day event 9 boats released 155 billfish. The team of Tim Choate, his daughter Stephanie, and Nick Carullo from Miami won the event (Team USA) and Ernesto Vasquez of Puerto Rico was top angler with 14 releases. A big "thank you" to tournament sponsors Guy Harvey and Aftco for supplying the tournament Guy Harvey Shirts and Sportswear for the event!

Costa Rica Fishing TournamentNext up Crocodile Bay Hosted The "Redbone Celebrity Tournament" Working to catch the cure to Cystic Fibrosis! This annual tournament raises money for the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. This tournament always features a celebrity and this year it was none other than Major League Baseball Hall of Fame great Wade Boggs. As always Boggs, a frequent visitor to Crocodile Bay was a great host and took time to visit with other young guests in the hotel. A warm thank you to Gary and Susan Ellis of RedBone for bringing this important event to Crocodile Bay Resort!

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Wade Boggs gets ready to release this roosterfish

Catch the Cure to Cystic Fibrosis

Double Hookup

Cabela's visited us again and had a wonderful trip. Following are some photos from their April fishing adventure courtesy of John Hafner Photography:

 

 

Cabelas at Crocodile Bay Costa Rica

TV Hosts including our good friend O'Neill from NBC Sports' O'Neill Outside, (www.oneilloutside.com) and first time guest Huntin' with the Judges' Julie Mogen who also filmed an episode here that will air soon (www.huntinwiththejudge.com)

In the past month not only have we seen celebrities and anglers from across the globe, but we've also seen an increase in the number of kids taking part in the fishing salt water fishing action. 7 year old Tyler Gerstein accompanied by his mother Joy Covey (former CFO of Amazon.com) and Utah guide Doug Askelson set out to get his first IFGA youth roosterfish record for his age bracket. He missed the mark by 5 pounds when he nabbed a 59 lb roosterfish that was heavier than he was. Although Tyler narrowly missed the record, he did find himself on Crocodile Bay’s coveted “Wall of Fame” that has taken some of Crocodile Bay’s older clientele years of repeat visits to achieve!

Tyler Roosterfish
REEL Kids - 7 Year Old Tyler shows off his monster Roosterfish on his quest for the junior IFGA record!

Crocodile Bay MVP Mike Pizzi invited his friends the Terresons down and they had a great vacation. Mr. Terreson told me it was “The best vacation he has ever taken in his life”. His wife and kids joined him for the fishing fun and Catherine Terreson age 9 caught and released two sailfish and left dad scratching his chin. The other highlight of their trip was the snorkeling excursion where they had a great day of 25 foot visibility and saw a myriad of unique species. We look forward to seeing the Terressons back again!

Catherine Terreson
No Foolin' Catherine Terreson boated this nice sailfish April 1, 2012!

Guests have been lucky enough to see lots of humpback whales in and around the gulf and over the past few weeks a pair of whale sharks has been hanging around which is a dream encounter for many marine enthusiasts.

Whaleshark Costa Rica

Humpback Whale Tail

Costa Rica Dolphin Pod

University of MiamiAdopt a Sailfish!! - The 2012 Captain Ron Hamlin Billfish Satellite Tagging Program (Download the brochure in PDF) - University of Miami, and Dr. Nelson Erhardt have introduced a new solar/hybrid tracking system that allows sailfish migrations, feeding habits, and range to be tracked for up to one year. In the past, non-solar battery operated devices only lasted a couple of months so this new tracking device gives researchers a greatly improved way to study these fish. Guests, and anglers may now "Adopt" their own sailfish which will they will be able to track from their computer or cellular device. Every device purchased will be used for rebuilding sailfish populations and offer us data on harmful and illegal long line fishing vessels currently taking up to 1,000 sailfish/day in by catch. For more information contact Todd Staley at conservation@crocodilebay.com

Sailfish Tagging Program

Welcome back to fishing director Todd Staley who was recently in nearly fatal car accident. His wife and son are fine and resting at home. Todd of course can not be kept indoors long and is already out making his rounds.

We're happy to have you back but the fish do not share our enthusiasm as you will be out chasing them again by next week!

If you're planning a Spring or Summer 2012 trip now is the time to book with Crocodile Bay! May 1st through September 30th you'll get 20% off peek season rates - we also have several other specials you can learn more about by calling 1-800-733-1115. Don' miss your chance for a fishing or eco adventure of a lifetime at the world famous Crocodile Bay Resort!

Crocodile Bay Fishing Report March 2012

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The fishing has been just as varied. We have seen some really good days and days that were aggravating to clients and hair loss days to the fishing manager. The sails bit on day and have lockjaw the next. Cold water moves in and is replaced with hot water. An earthquake of 6.1 sends fish scattering in all directions. There have been some highlights. The cold water shut the sailfish down but brought marlin in with it.

Costa Rica Sailfish

For those lucky enough to score a marlin, it weighed between 200 and 500 lbs. Dorado haven’t been plentiful, but several over 50 lbs have come to the deck.

Some days the sails would float on the top, more interested in flirting with the opposite sex than stretching a tourist’s string. Other days they went on a feed. Yesterday Saltwater Journal’s Mark Sosin landed tree out of the 11 that popped up in the teasers as most didn't’t hang around long enough to pull off the “bait and switch.”

Without the pressures of getting a show filmed, Mark is relaxing with his wife Susan. Mark is one of the pioneers of television fishing shows that I watched as a kid and Saltwater Journal was always famous for teaching as well as entertaining. Inshore has been steady for the most part but did get a little “shaky” right after the tremor.

Sailfish Jump

Costa Rica Roosterfish

Roosterfish have been the main attraction and fish up to 60 lbs have been taken. The snapper bite has been fair although the big snapper haven’t been to active, lots of dinner size fish are hitting on inshore reefs.

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