Costa Rica Sport Fishing Report

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
Costa Rica Fishing Report

December 21, 2001

Costa Rica Fishing Director Crocodile Bay

The Direct Line Fishing Report by Todd Staley

There is nothing like a missile lit up in a purple hue charging towards the stern of a boat. A super charged sailfish on the fly or marlin is a sight to behold. Peter Ahluwalia traveled to Costa Rica all the way from England to spend a week with us fly fishing for sailfish and marlin. He totted with him an arsenal of big game gear and has traveled the world to do battle. After taking several sailfish on the fly he had his chance to throw to a big blue bruiser.

The marlin estimated at close to 300 lbs crunched his fly and backing burned off his reel. Peter stood his ground and did not panic. Three hours later after many acrobatic runs and extreme pressure, the fish rolled over on its side. As he coaxed it to the boat the line parted and the fish, larger than the world record, disappeared in the cobalt sea. That fight is a memory to be embedded in that angler’s mind forever.

Gail Houpt brought her crew back to Costa Rica for another visit this year and as usual caught lots of fish. Six was their best day on sailfish, and added to that were several inshore species as well. The last couple of days though, the fish have moved offshore and the catch rate has dropped.
Those opting to stay inshore have been rewarded with non stop action on roosterfish, jacks, mackerel and snapper. Bob Barclay took top fish with a solid sixty pounder.

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

Todd Staley returns next month with the Costa Rica fishing report out of Crocodile Bay Resort