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Thanks to Dave Rimington, Rich Hahn, and Gary and Susan Ellis who hosted another Boomer Esiason Redbone@Large Celebrity fishing tournament at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica.
The competition among the group of former pro athletes was intense but friendly. Mike Knox was the eventual winner and partner Kelly the runner-up. Their combined score edged out Todd Calfee and Dr. Misko who boated 3 marlin in one day.
Dr. Misko was down with his 13 year old son celebrating his birthday and not only did they get to fish with some of their football idols – but they were able to experience catching their first sailfish and marlin.
Knox and Kai banged up the roosterfish inshore with a 1500 point day to edge out the others. Wade Boggs and Mark Cooper fished together and as always it was fun to hear their “in jest” comments back and forth – it was a good thing they didn’t play the same sport. Wade managed a few post-tournament snook the satisfy his fishing bug.
Offshore continues to be unpredictable and inshore reliable for the most part. Plenty of roosters, grouper, and if you are inclined sharks. Jacks and roosters have been hitting poppers.
Randy and Brandi Shapiro doubled up on marlin of 250 and 500 pounds. Lifetime fish and a trip to the spa afterward. They also became the first owners of our new Costa Rica real estate offering – Botánika Osa Peninsula Curio Collectin by Hilton.
Ocean’s been flat and more sun than you can stand.
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By Todd Staley Fishing Director – October 2016 – Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica – November will mark the beginning of our 18th season and this is the time of year when the place is zooming with excitement and craziness. Excitement because the ocean is coming into its annual run of dorado and marlin. Craziness, getting ready with crews returning, equipment preparation and such.
This week we saw a few dorado, caught a nice striped marlin and after relatively slow offshore fishing it is a good sign things are changing.
Inshore has been my saving grace. Lots of stuff is biting. Roosterfish are fulfilling lots of bucket lists and some nice cubera and other types of snapper as well. Brian McCarthy got into a bevy of horse eye jack on light tackle which would not excite some but is great action for someone new to saltwater action. If you want to see a neat little boca grip type product that floats check out “fish grip.”
There are still a few humpbacks with youngins’ in the gulf but many have already started their long voyage back home. Deep jiggers and those willing to bottom fish in 300 or more feet of water have taken some grouper, tilefish, and congria.
Yep things are getting interesting……. I like this time of year.
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Featured Guest Video – Check out this YouTube video from last year which shows some happy anglers catching just about everything. If you have YouTube videos from your fishing experience at Crocodile Bay Resort, please let us know and we’ll post it.
By Todd Staley, Fishing Director – Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica September 2016 – Inshore has been the saving grace lately as the regular menu of roosterfish, snapper, jacks, African pompano, mackerel, and needlefish as long as your leg have been entertaining guests.
There are at least a dozen pair of mama and baby Humpback whales in the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf) right now and inshore anglers as well as those headed offshore are pausing from fishing to witness this “Discovery Channel” type event.
A Humpback whale and her calf greet Bob George and his wife Debbie for their 31st Wedding Anniversary at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica.
You might witness nursing babies which is always a maternal wonder that leaves people awestruck. The fun part is to watch breaching school. Mom stays close by while the babies practice jumping. Even the little guys move a lot of water when this happens. When mom decides to do a demo and nearly 60 feet of animal clears the surface – the whitewater return can be seen for miles.
Bob George VP from world famous Buck Knives is down with his wife Debbie. After catching 13 roosterfish, 3 jacks, an African pompano, and a huge needlefish in one day she decided this was fun enough to go back out and do it again.
Jeff and Jordan Cohen had a great run inshore catching and releasing a variety of inshore fish species including roosterfish, snapper and more.
Offshore, tuna ranging from 20 to 80 pounds have been doing the majority of the string stretching and supplying fresh sushi, sashimi, and tuna steaks. It is really good but this ole redneck has never mastered eating with sticks. Never been graceful. A few sails and a marlin here and there pop up in the spread but for now it is yellowfin tuna.
Joe, We Had THE BEST TIME OF OUR LIVES!
Glad it was low season. We pretty much had the resort to ourselves…My husband had a good time talking and swapping stories with Todd and Allan. We didn’t want to leave… Todd and Allan made it a point to sit and chat with us every time they saw us. Everyone became our best friend. Now, I want to quit this desk job and move to the Osa. It ruined me. The place was magical. We will be returning again soon.
Thanks so much, Marie
Thank you for the kind words Marie, we hope to see you back at Crocodile Bay Resort soon!
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