A Message from Todd Staley – Fishing Director
Ever since I remember, I’ve fished and have been lucky enough to spend my entire life near bodies of water that held fish. My mom always called me a “Dreamer”.
Crocodile Bay Fishing Report September 2017 by Captain Allan Smith – August and September have been good months for roosterfish. If you are in search of a trophy roosterfish, the “Green Season” (April 15 through December 15th) offers some of the best inshore fishing of the year. We have not been seeing as many of the smaller school fish, but the big boys have been around and if you are patient you will be rewarded. Typically, this time of the year is slower for tropical fishing vacations. People are busy with Labor Day weekend and the kids are going back to school. But for those that do come to fish, it is a good time to catch a quality roosterfish. With less people fishing there are less boats on the water and the fish are less pressured. Fishing spots that get a lot of daily attention during the high season may not be fished for days or even weeks at a time. With less fishing pressure, the big fish are less wary and feed more aggressively increasing your chances for that trophy roosterfish.
Inshore fishing has been yielding some nice snapper action as well. We have released several good Cubera snapper and have been catching a lot of yellowtail snappers. A good day on the water is always made better when you bring home a snapper or two for dinner. Jacks and African pompano have been around as well and help keep the rod bent when the roosterfish action slows.
From Dock to Plate: Whole fried yellowtail snapper “Costa Rica” style
Offshore has been a little spotty, but we have had some great days with lots of tuna. It is always interesting to see what the tuna are feeding on. Several days we found their stomachs full of shrimp and another day they were full of deep water crabs. The crabs must swim all the way up from the bottom to the surface to spawn which is quite a distance considering the depths we fish in are between one and four thousand feet. We usually find tuna eating flying fish, goggle eyes or squid, but clearly they will eat almost anything that is available in quantity.
Captain Allan Smith,
Crocodile Bay Resort
Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula
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The roosterfish are schooled up and they are hungry. In the first two weeks of August we released 94 roosterfish with only three boats on the water each day. Some highlights included the Alameda group that started off their vacation catching twenty-seven roosterfish and a mixed bag of fifteen other fish (see a complete recap of their trip below). The Dinger family also got in on the action, releasing eighteen roosterfish and ten jacks. Mr. Villareal set out for a day alone on the water with his family opting to do some Costa Rica eco tours after fishing the first day. His captain made the short run to the beaches outside of the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf). They set out four rods with sardines and It wasn’t long before the first baits were getting hit. Mr. Villareal told me they had many multiple hookups, including four roosterfish on at the same time. He would release one fish and the mate would pass him another rod with a fish on it. After releasing thirty-one roosterfish, they decided to call it a day and were back to the pier before noon.
Keeping up with Todd Staley – Roosterfish Tagging with Gray Fish-Tag Research “Crocodile Bay Resort has always been a supporter of marine conservation and they let me take several months off to “give back a little” to the ocean which has been so good to me over the decades. I have been working with FECOP (Federacion Costarricense de Pesca) a sport fishing advocate and conservation group. We have had great success with tuna conservation and recently I got to fish out of Crocodile Bay with Gray Fish-Tag Research folks who both Crocodile Bay and FECOP sponsor. We placed Archival tags in roosterfish. Being a coastal animal we have had lots of returns on convention spaghetti tags so Gray Fish-Tag thought we should step it up and see if we good get even more information by placing electronic tags. Soon we will give you a full report. Keep a wet line…Todd
Crocodile Bay Resort Has Just Been Chosen as a Top 5 World Saltwater Fishing Destination by BD Outdoors!
Lights, Camera, Action – During their three days of fishing at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica Kenny and his group caught and released 128 fish, over three days, on one boat – most of which were released.
Here is a Daily Recap of Their Adventures:
The first day they got into a thick school of roosterfish releasing 27, also releasing 9 jacks and a rainbow runner, while taking a cubera snapper and African pompano for the dinner table.
Day two – it was off to enjoy Crocodile Bay’s front yard – Central America’s largest coastal rainforest – referred to as “The most biologically intense place on Earth” by National Geographic. Speaking of variety, within 18km of the resort you will have a chance to see all four species of indigenous monkeys, sloths, and more . The rainforest hike was followed by a zip-line tour which combines raw adrenaline with magnificent views and a birds-eye perspective of the surrounding rainforest canopy. Crocodile Bay Expeditions are a great way to to break-up your fishing days to take in the unparalleled culture and nature Costa Rica has to offer.
Day Three – The Alameda group was eager to get back on the water, and although the anglers planned on going offshore – they hit a patch of cobalt blue water inshore only about 30 minutes into their trip where they noticed some action on the surface of the water. Birds dive bombing, with tuna and porpoises busting bait. They released 53 yellowfin tuna (possibly a one day record for the resort it terms of numbers) and kept a couple for the table. They also took a dorado and released bonita and rainbow runner.
Here is some of the Alameda group’s video catching football sized tuna – Not giant fish, but lots of action and lots of fun.
Day four (third day fishing) started out like an exercise in futility skirting volcanic coastline of the far side of the Golfo Dulce in search of roosterfish and only finding one small rooster. As they approached the mouth of the Gulf they were in for a nice surprise and an end to the slow morning. A Wahoo (pictured above) struck a small Rapala at full speed which is always exciting (and make for excellent table fare). Wahoo although not common in Southern Costa Rica can surprise anglers any day of the year. As the excitement from the Wahoo started to wear off, more action came quickly in the form of 16 yellowfin tuna, mackerel and a snapper.
Here is what Kenny Alameda had to say: “We landed 128 fish in 3 days of fishing and the boat and the lodge said it was a 1 day record for tuna and maybe a 3 day record for 1 boat. We fished on the same boat for all 3 days and the crew of Oldemar and Johnny were fantastic. Everyone worked as a team. Terrific lodge and staff and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Thanks for helping to arrange a great trip”
Although Kenny Alameda had been to Costa Rica several times before he said this was by far the most diversity he had ever witnessed in terms of fishing as well as the variety of additional adventure activities nearby (the resort offers over 30 private expeditions with expert guides)
From Key West to Costa Rica
Diego Toiran of the Key West based fishing show “Pescando en los Cayos” is currently down shooting his next episode and is getting into some amazing tuna,roosterfish and snapper action. Pescando en los Cayos is the only Latin American based fishing show on television in the US. Though the show is also bilingual when filming with legends such as Guy Harvey they strive to reach all anglers and boat lovers alike. They are now filming in several Latin American countries as their mission is to educate on conservation, culture and of course… fishing. For more information and air times, check out their website at http:wwww.pescando.tv
Crocodile Bay Resort Costa Rica Fishing Report – February 3rd, 2017 – By Fishing Director Todd Staley – True to form after the color change on the trees on the mainland side of the Golf Dulce, the sails appeared in big numbers. Days are offering multiple shots to anglers and have had as many as 19 in the spread in a day. Roosters are staying true to form with a steady bite and dinner size snapper keep the chef busy. The “a picture says a thousand words” is really appropriate as we feature the stunning photos of Pat Ford. Over the years Pat has had more cover-shots than probably any other fishing photographer. He was down with the legendary Stu Apte who at 87 years old is still cranking in multiple sails a day on a fly rod.
Crocodile Bay is proud that Stu Apte and Pat Ford chose our resort to field test Stu’s new line of Signature Fly Fishing Rods – “The Stu Apte Signature Collection”. He was also kind enough to leave us a signed copy of his new book “My Life in Fishing” for information on getting your hands on both the fly rod and the book visit www.stuapte.com. As we mentioned, we were equally honored and excited to learn legendary fishing and wildlife photographer Pat Ford was accompanying Stu to take photos during their stay. For more about Pat Ford visit www.patfordphotos.com
This February we also had a couple youngsters release their first sailfish which is always exciting. Jay Neely was just down last week with his son 13 year-old John Neely who released his first sailfish. We also had an 8 year old release his first sailfish the week before. Long time guest and good friend Mike Pizzi joined us with his wife Ann and their two kids Finn and Eloise. He has been adamant about getting them involved in the sport of angling at a young age and it has paid off. You may be looking at two future IGFA Hall of Fame members here – This is what it is all about (see photo below).
Crocodile Bay Captain Will Kitsos fished with long time friend Brad Tylman, one of the world’s foremost experts in exotic reptiles from “Brad’s World of Reptiles” – if you haven’t heard of him, check out his website here www.bradsworldreptiles.com. One of the highlights from Brad’s trip down was this hefty Roosterfish.
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Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula
Fishing Legends Descend on Crocodile Bay Resort
Stue Apte has been “aptly” referred to as a fishing legend since the 1964 when he landed the first (recorded) sailfish on a fly weighing in at 134lbs on a 12 tippet pound tippet. But even off the water his life has been the stuff of legends as he was a fighter pilot in the Navy during the Korean conflict. He then spent the next 34 years flying for Pan Am, while pursuing his “Reel Passion of Fishing”. He began fly fishing in the mid 1940s and began guiding anglers in the mid 1950s, in the Florida Keys. Through the years, Stu has held more than 44 saltwater light tackle and fly rod World Records, including the two longest standing saltwater fly rod records. A 58 pound dolphin caught in 1964 and a 136 pound Pacific Sailfish caught in 1965, both on 12 pound tippet. The Stu Apte Tarpon Fly and Stu Apte Improved Blood Knot are standard items. The Stu Apte Tarpon Fly has also had the distinction of being featured on a United States postage stamp in 1991. In 1969 Stu was inducted into the Fishing Hall of Fame. In 2003 Stu was the recipient of the prestigious Ted Williams Award and in 2004 for the fifth-year in a row, was the Pro Celebrity Grand Champion of the Backbone Tournament. Stu had the distinction of joining Ted Williams, Curt Gowdy, Ernest Hemingway, Izaak Walton and Zane Grey to name just a few, when he was inducted into the International Game Fish Association [IGFA] Hall of Fame December 11th, 2005.
I was lucky enough to sit with Stu and Pat during their last day at breakfast, talk about their adventures, and get a few of Pat’s amazing photos. Thank you to you both, we hope to see you again soon at Crocodile Bay Resort.
About Pat Ford – www.patfordphotos.com
Pat Ford was born and raised in northern New Jersey, fishing in most every body of water that was available to him. He entered the University of Notre Dame in 1961 where as a communications arts major, he added sports photography to his passions. After graduating in 1965, he entered Columbia Law School in New York City. After being admitted to the New York Bar in 1968, he joined the Navy JAG Corps and was stationed in Pensacola where he began writing for Salt Water Sportsman magazine and several others. When he was transferred from Pensacola to Key West, it became very clear that he was going to spend the rest of his life in Florida. After discharge from the Navy in December, 1972 he moved to Miami and began his law practice, specializing in civil litigation. He has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law since 1983., but for over 35 years now, Pat has continued to fish, take photos and write about his experiences on the water. He has traveled extensively and has held over a dozen IGFA Fly Rod World Records ranging from a 196lb tiger shark caught in Florida Bay to a 14.5 lb tigerfish caught in Zambia, Africa. His first book on his fishing travels was published by STACKPOLE BOOKS in summer 2006. His articles and photos appear regularly in Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Fly Tyer, Fly Rod & Reel, Sportfishing, Marlin, Florida Sportsman, Destination Fish, Florida Sportfishing, and most every other magazine that covers fishing in either fresh or salt water. Pat presently has an exhibit of his photos on display at the IGFA in Dania Beach, Fl.
Photos by Pat Ford for more visit www.patfordphotos.com
January 16th Fishing Report – Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica by Todd Staley, Fishing Director – I think for a time the hair can stop falling out of my head. Across the Golfo Dulce each year I look for the forest to explode in a bloom of florescent yellow from a tree I don’t even know the name of. All I know is when it happens the sailfish are here in good numbers. Usually this happens in early December. It finally happened last week and just like I have been seeing for the last 18 years, the population of billfish increased within days.
Photo courtesy Janina Schan Green Life Volunteers. Make a difference
The fish are not here in giant numbers yet but most everyone is getting multiple fish in the teasers and a few marlin are cruising around the current lines. Top fish this week went at around 500 lbs.
Here is a great sequence of Lydia and Mike Baker with 1st Mate Mao Alvarado and Captain Melvin Sanchez showing an exciting marlin catch and release. Thanks for the photos Mike!
Pictured above Capt. Melvin and Guest Lydia savoring the marlin moment
Inshore continues to be a sure bet with lots of snapper over the reefs, roosterfish running the beaches and African pompano, jacks, amberjacks and Bluefin trevally in the mix. Several boats have logged numbers of a dozen to over 20 roosters a day.
As a highlight the humpback whales from the North are starting to appear in our backyard with their calves.
Paul Steven’s group traveled across the pond from the UK to visit us and experienced a good sailfish bite offshore and plenty of ravaging roosterfish inshore. Thanks for making the trip down guys! We hope to see you again next year
Crocodile Bay was featured this past weekend on The Outdoor Channel’s Big Water Adventures with Mark Davis, and this trailer gives a great overview of the exciting offshore fishing action at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica. For show times and schedules check out www.bigwateradventures.com
Sashimi Time! – Alison B. with a nice yellowfin tuna this week. These fighters will deep dive and test your lower back; but not to worry, we have a 5,000 square foot luxury spa waiting for you when you return from your exciting day on the water.
More Fishing Action from the New Year
Crocodile Bay Resort – Costa Rica fishing report – December 31st by Todd Staley, Fishing Director – Seems like reading the same chapter over in a book except it is getting a little more exciting with every page turn.
Offshore is still a hunting game with little return except a sailfish here and there and a marlin here and there. The most consistence action is when coming across a pod of dolphin offshore, the tuna will be below.
The yellowfin tuna that cooperate as of late are 50 and 60 pounders with much bigger fish hooked and lost.
Inshore is still producing roosters, snappers, jacks, African pompano and bluefin trevally. Deep droppers are getting smaller grouper along with some tilefish. The first of the humpbacks from the north have appeared a little early giving anglers and eco adventure folks a bonus to their time on the water.
Many of our guests become good friends over the years and the Gorup family is no exception. Sadly I say the big fisherman in the sky took Daryl Gorup home after a two year battle with cancer. Daryl you will be sorely missed here but always remembered.
Baby Blue Year: Tom Boswell and his daughters had an amazing experience at Crocodile Bay Resort New Year’s Eve day with daughter Meghan releasing a marlin with dad and Rachel rounding up the roosterfish inshore! See photos including an awesome marlin release below.
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By Todd Staley, Fishing Director – Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica – What a crazy November. It has always bothered me since in the act of political fairness they started naming hurricanes after men after years of always being named after the ladies. While folks back in the states were enjoying the succulent smell of Thanksgiving dinner being prepared, Costa Rica was being blasted by Hurricane Otto. (Who picked that name?) Our region of Costa Rica is considered a hurricane-free zone, and although the Osa Peninsula was not hit directly by Otto, it was the first recorded hurricane to make landfall in Costa Rica since 1851.
November recorded 186 inches of rain in the Osa Peninsula and it is so nice to see the sun shining again. The 15 feet of rain (This enormous quantity of rain was thanks to Hurricane Otto,this amount of rain is very unusual for November in Costa Rica) kept the water temperature down and some marlin and dorado in the area but sailfish prefer a little warmer water. Yesterday some sailfish began popping up again and the day before a feisty 300 lb blue marlin entertained the Ingram group with a salsa across a cobalt blue dance floor. Dorado averaging 20 lbs and up to 45 lbs have being cruising the current breaks.
Harry Sperring and his family visited from Bristol England and enjoyed a nice 10 day stay with us. They got into some great inshore action yesterday catching and releasing a dozen roosterfish as well as some snapper for the table. Thanks for the photos Harry.
Inshore has been a sure bet and everything is active. Lots of roosterfish, snappers, African pompano and several different types of jacks kept lines taught. Deep droppers took some grouper, tilefish and a few congria. As this sun brightens our day it should brighten the offshore fishing as well.
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Puerto Jimenez – Osa Peninsula
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There is a misconception out there that nobody ever really wins these “Enter to Win” on-line free trip promotions. Rest assured at Crocodile Bay Resort, that is not the case. Jeri Heiser and Paul Hartman from Bismark, North Dakota recently won our 2014-2015 VIP contest and just returned from their fishing and eco vacation at Crocodile Bay Resort which included three full days fishing on a 33′ Strike Yacht an exciting Ecotour in one of the world’s most bioligically diverse regions and deluxe treatment in our luxury spa.
Here’s what Jeri had to say about the Crocodile Bay Resort experience.
September 30, 2015 – We had a WONDERFUL time….still can’t believe I won the trip! Paul and I feel it’s been one of the best experiences ever! We were so impressed with you, David and the whole staff at Crocodile Bay. Transfers went well, the Double Tree Cariari by Hilton was very inviting and friendly. But I really loved the way the doors were opened for us when we arrived at Crocodile Bay and we were greeted with a big smile from your beautiful bride and the fruit smoothies with an umbrella were a very welcoming touch.
Our bags were delivered to our room, the room was cozy, clean and the special touches of the towels folded on our beds was a sweet personal touch. A yummy breakfast was served to us and before long we walked the nature trail to the pier to start the Inshore fishing experience.
I believe we had started fishing around 8:30/9:00 am our first day….it was non-stop reeling in fish….we had around 40 bait fish….and by 12:30 the bait fish were all used up….the captain and mate were going to catch more bait fish so we could continue to fish until 3PM but Paul and I looked at each with a big smirk and decide we caught enough fish for today. At least that’s what our shoulders and arms we’re telling us!
One rock snapper, one red snapper, numerous roosterfish and about 5 jacks. Paul caught a 40 lb jack and I had the thrill of catching a 70 lb rooster fish (see photo below)
I still just get pumped up telling the story today. I must have gotten it to the boat 9 different times, and then it would take off and I just hung on to my pole….after 30-40 minutes….I wore it out and we got it in the boat for pictures with a pretty big smile and 2 thumbs up. I love the sportsmanship of the Captain (Melvin) and the mate of how they respect the fish on releasing them back into the ocean.
The Food – The pineapple was delicious…the best we ever ate and so was the rest of the fruit. A well packed cooler spent daily! The evening kayaking tour on the ocean, riding in the surf to transfer to the river to kayak the mangrove trees and then turning back to paddle up the river to see the sunset was a vision I can still see.
The rainforest tour was awesome, we saw many species of beautiful birds and a grand slam of monkeys (howler monkeys, white-faced capuchins, squirrel and spider monkeys). The organic chocolate farm was very interesting….one takes for granted eating chocolate in a candy wrapper….and the samples of chocolates and fresh fruits were amazing. Deep frying the whole cubera snapper for supper was worth every bite. Every meal was prepared and served hot and tasty and always served by a smiling and friendly waitress. And Clean…I have to mention clean…..everything was so clean and the staff really takes pride in what they do….THANK YOU again to everyone!
Then there was the evening of the deluxe chocolate 2 hour massage in the luxury spa……..Words cannot describe how AMAZING and RELAXED I felt……this is a must have at the spa! We were only there for 3 1/2 days but as our neighbors staying next to us told us…..”We did a high speed vacation”….we feel we did do a lot but not enough. We plan to go back and stay at least 10-14 days…..there’s so many more eco adventures to experience, more fish to catch and we couldn’t get enough of the Costa Rica vibe of the happiness you get with everyone around you….Pura Vida!
Will, I have to apologize….you told me to keep it short….but I’m sorry, it was impossible.
Thank you again for the wonderful experience of winning the fishing trip….we will be seeing you again!
Jeri Heiser/Paul Hartmann
P.S. I still can’t believe I won….THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
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Something to crow about:
Probably our most popular inshore Costa Rica fishing species is the roosterfish. Its seven combed dorsal fins and iridescent hue, along with its shear power make a combination that has 95% of our anglers spending at least one day of their trip on the calm waters of the Golfo Dulce.
Historically in Costa Rica they have been fished along the beaches and rock formations in the Pacific. We have found they also roam deep into the gulf and hang around the inside reefs and river mouths. Our fleet of “flats” boats allows us to cast for snook in the mangroves on a high falling tide and then fish roosters a few hundred yards away at the drop-off.
We also find them on top of the Tiger reef where sometimes the water is less than 3 feet deep and a larger boat can’t enter this area. While filming with O’Neill Williams, Dave Burkhardt took a fifty pound Roosterfish over this skinny water.
I must repeat last week’s report of Graig Zoly taking 30 roosters in a day. Our average roosterfish is about 15 lbs. Most everyone takes a few over 35 lbs. Dave Vedder from Southwest Flyfishing magazine fished a few hours yesterday after a late arrival. He found a giant school of roosters working within a half mile of Crocodile Bay Resort and bagged a couple over 40 lbs. “In all my years of traveling and fishing, I have never seen a concentration of roosterfish like I’ve found here.”
Offshore it is more of the same with more sails showing up and dorado and tuna stretching lines.
A few marlin are coming up to the teasers but only a couple around 300 lbs. have been landed. The Vernon Sanders family from Missouri had a good outing landing seven sailfish!
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