I have always made it a habit, especially when I travel in the ‘third world’, to seek out the oldest person I can find and start up a conversation. I have found that is how I can get the true flavor of an area. One example of this insight was when my boss at the time, many years ago, kept a boat in Havana, Cuba.
About Todd Staley
Todd Staley – Fishing Director. Todd carved his niche in the fishing community as a lure manufacturer and outdoor journalist specializing in light tackle in Florida and Costa Rica. He has been published in many magazines and newspapers in both countries and invented a lure that was banned from tarpon tournaments in Boca Grande, Florida as an unfair advantage over live bait. The late Archie Fields brought Todd to Costa Rica nearly a decade ago to manage his famous tarpon resort on the Caribbean coast. Since Archie's death he has managed Golfito Sailfish Ranch and worked with Americana Sportfishing at the Hotel del Rey. He is a world record holder and has guided several others to world records.
Entries by Todd Staley
Not until the early 1990s did sailfishing off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast attract major international attention, and by the turn of the century, Costa Rica was billing itself as the “sailfish capital of the world.” Just after that, however, sailfish numbers began to take a major hit, and many anglers ended up more disappointed than excited. But thanks to the adoption of regulations limiting the commercial exploitation of sailfish about 10 years ago, sailfish populations have rebounded and remain strong enough to justify the country’s self-anointed title.
Did you know the picture above is now illegal in Costa Rica? Ten years ago a regulation made it illegal for the sports fishing sector to take a billfish, sailfish and marlin, out of the water for a “hero shot” photo of their prized catch. The web is full of photos that could potentially bring a 2 million colones fine ($3,250) to the offender who pulls a billfish out of the water. To date, I don’t know of anyone who has ever been arrested or prosecuted on this. In fact, after all these years, many still claim they don’t know about the law.
Twenty-five years ago, Costa Rica was known as the sailfish capital of the world.This was quite an accomplishment, as the sport fishing industry was still relatively new here. Quepos was the epicenter, and names like Larry Hustler, Jeanette Perez, John Cory, Bill Cannon, and Harry Gray and their crews had put Costa Rica on the world fishing map. Days of 20-plus sailfish per boat were common. Marsha Bennett was opening the Gran Escape, which became the place to be for fishermen when not on the water.
By Todd Staley, Fishing Director The inshore coastline near Crocodile Bay is unique for various reasons. It is situated on the Golfo Dulce, one of only three tropical fjords in the Pacific Ocean. For this reason the waters near the resort become deep very fast. There are places you can throw a rock from the […]
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.
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!
I 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 […]
When 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]