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Crocodile Bay Resort Costa Rica Fishing Report – Mid April 2018 by Fishing Director Allan Smith – Greetings from the tropics, Last week we had the pleasure of hosting the JBL Communications Tournament put on by Brook Lunsford.
Crocodile Bay Fishing Report March 2018 by Captain Allan Smith – It has been another good month of fishing at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica.
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.
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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
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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)
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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
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.
Crocodile Bay Resort,
Puerto Jimenez – Osa Peninsula
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Costa Rica fishing report By Todd Staley, Fishing Director, Crocodile Bay Resort – August 9, 2016 – I just got back from Florida where I went to the ICAST tackle manufacturers’ trade show and spent time with my family.
I spent almost all my time with mom who will be 93 in September, but did take time to jerk my long time fishing buddy Steve Brown out of the cardiac ward and go fishing with him and my son Jason with another old buddy Captain Dave Zalewski.
Upon returning to the resort and getting back to work it was refreshing to see many family groups here. The fish Gods were good to them also. Bill Putman’s family got an up close and personal look at a 600 pound marlin who ripped the outrigger off the boat during the hook-up. They also went 5 for 14 on sailfish that day. The rest of their trip they pulled on tuna offshore and a mixed bag of roosters and snapper inshore.
Sawyer and Merrick Ellenberger got off to a rocky start but after getting their sea legs they kept mom and dad busy between fishing on the boat and spending time on the pier. David and Jackson Hendrick came back late because they hooked a tuna estimated at 200lbs near the end of the day which they pulled on for over two hours.
Earl and January Schmus stretched lots of string while here catching some really nice roosters as well as joining in on the tuna party.
Louis-David Sansoucy and his new bride Melanie decided to stay inshore and the roosters gave them a great honeymoon experience.
In a nutshell there is enough going on both inshore and offshore to supply some great dinners as well as big grins.
All the above left me some great photos…..enjoy.
Congratulations to Mac McGlamery who took roosterfish off his bucket list and spent some quality time with his sons Beau and Brandon.
Crocodile Bay Resort, December 29th 2015 – Hunter Cole, Mike Rice and Grace Weber who our “House Queen” Olimpia quickly named “La Princesa,” hosted the second Pure Fishing, PENN Fishing and Sebile Lures media event titled “The Costa Rica Clash” here at Crocodile Bay Resort this past week.
Writers and film folks from around the world including the United States, England, Australia, Germany, France, Holland, and Spain came down to see the unveiling of the new Penn Clash series spinning reels.
Fishing nearly exclusively with their new reel the PENN Clash they tackled marlin, sailfish, dorado, roosterfish, snapper, jacks, African pompano and a host of other inshore surprises. The group managed to land over 70 roosterfish while here.
Hunter Shryock an Extreme Motocross Racer turned Bassmaster tournament angler took some amazing footage and photos you will see in this report. He may want to consider a film career. You can see some of his amazing marlin video footage below. You can also find some of his other videos worth watching by his video company 496 films on YouTube.
Video courtesy Hunter Shryock
The PENN Clash series reel does what most pay for in a high dollar reel for at a reasonable price. It’s 8 to 1 gear ratio makes for a super-fast retrieve for deep jigging or speed while working a popper to fool a roosterfish.
We had a few tuna show finally, running to 100 lbs and the sails are moving in but still a finicky. The PENN group took several marlin between 250 and 350 lbs.
The new PENN Clash Reels are some of the highest performing reels for the price on the market.
Donna Otten a great photographer took some fantastic shots of Jeffery Otten’s sailfish action while Joshua Otten served as a deckhand. Muchas Gracias.
Inshore still boasts a consistent bite with some really nice roosterfish and snapper coming over the rails. The Liss family from Chicago paid us another Christmas visit here, and love to fish inshore. The teens, Emiliano and his sister Jasmine each took a monster roosterfish while dad Ken fooled a big cubera snapper in and then turned it loose. Of course mom Erica is one of Crocodile Bay Resort’s favorite people.
Christmas is family time. The Ford’s from Charleston, S.C. gave their youngins’ an introduction to big water fishing when 14 year old Hutson took a big rooster and a 120 lb sailfish. Little brother Coker battled a big jack crevalle and will also get a treat of experiencing one of Olimpia’s birthday parties.
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November is one of my favorite months at Crocodile Bay Resort. Historically the dorado are running around like rats and of course marlin are behind them looking to munch down a few. Schools of football size tuna appear and are also a favorite snack of marlin. If the spinners or spotted dolphins pass by bigger yellowfin and bigeye tuna will be traveling below them. In short, November is a good month to knock a marlin off the bucket list. Sailfish will start moving into the area in larger numbers but it is still a month to six weeks before the big numbers are cruising the local waters.
Roosters run rampant in November at Crocodile Bay Resort.
Pictured above father and son team Henry and Sean Trimblett from NJ had a great day of kayak fishing releasing two large roosterfish.
Inshore will remain consistent with roosterfish and snapper coming from the reefs in the Golfo Dulce and off the beach outside the gulf as well. Deep water drops will produce grouper, tilefish, congria and an occasional barrelfish (pictured below). In Atlantic waters barrelfish are found in 900 feet of water or deeper. The last few years we have been taking them in 300 feet of water off the Osa Peninsula.
Crocodile Bay Captain Anthony Santos shows off a barrelfish which can be found in 300+ feet of water in the Osa.
I have downloaded “I’ve Got You Babe,” on my alarm clock because it seems like I am stuck in Ground Hog Day and that song that woke Bill Murray up every day.
Offshore is a game of patience with those putting in the time getting a shot at a marlin or a sail with a dorado here and there. Inshore continues to be red hot with lots of roosterfish, snapper, jacks, African pompano and the rest of the inshore critters readily available.
Thank you to Joe Hemphill for the following photos from his November fishing trip at Crocodile Bay Resort.
Joe Hemphill with a nice Bluefin Trevally pictured above (released)
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Note: On any given day it is possible to catch a Costa Rica Sailfish, they are here year-round, but tend to concentrate in greater numbers mid January, February and March. The inshore species such as Roosterfish, Snappers, Jacks and Grouper are also here year-round.
Marlin: The majority of marlin taken here are Pacific blue marlin, though occasionally a black or a striped marlin are taken as well. Blues peak from November to January when the big Dorado run is on. There is also a small peak in April as sailfish numbers drop. July through September there is a better chance at a black or striped marlin mixed in with the blues.
Costa Rica Sailfish: Again there is a year round opportunity for sailfish with the bigger numbers coming from late December/January through April. Read more about catching and releasing Costa Rica sailfish here.
Dorado: Dolphinfish, Dorado, Mahi Mahi (Mahi translates to “Strong” in Hawaiian) – whatever you prefer to call them run really thick from November through January and occasionally in February – averaging 20 to 40 lbs. We take Dorado year round but not in the same numbers as the months listed above.
Tuna: Yellowfin and Big Eye tuna can pass through any day of the year especially if the spinner or spotted dolphins are present. Football size tuna schools seem to appear every December. A new decree in Costa Rica has protected 44% of territorial waters from tuna purse seine activity.
Wahoo: They can surprise you any day of the year and are even sometimes taken inshore when the water is clear. Wahoo is not a prevalent species, but anglers are very happy when they are caught as they are a great fighting fish and make excellent table fare.
There is no real peak time for inshore species as all are year round the residents are in this area.
Roosterfish: Our “bucket list” fish, famous for their unique looks and incredible fighting ability. Everyone should schedule at least one day of inshore fishing to challenge these and other inshore species. They are taken regularly on live bait, poppers, and jigs. Roosterfish are known as one of the most challenging fish on a fly and difficult to fool with fly tackle.
Cubera Snapper: Top dog of our list of nearly a dozen different snapper. Since the Golfo Dulce became the largest Marine Area of Responsible Fishing several years ago – and shrimp boats and gill nets were banned from the gulf, snappers and other inshore species have made a great comeback. A big Pumpkin size Cubera will rush from the depths and smash a fast moving popper.
African pompano, bluefin trevally, a variety of jacks, grouper, mackerel, barracuda, bonitos, and an endless list of surprises including snook, wahoo and sharks make up the list of other fish caught while targeting roosters and snapper.
Our fleet is comprised of 33 and 35 foot Strike Tower boats as well as several 27 foot Rambo inboard diesels. We also have 24 and 25 foot Boston Whaler Outrages. All of boats have the ability to fish either offshore or inshore because of our generally calm sea conditions. In 17 years of operation we have only had two days when the ocean was too rough to go fishing. You will be pleasantly surprised to find an English speaking crew member on your boat as that is not always the case in other fishing operations. Do to an increased demand, we haven also added a fleet of fully outfitted OldTown fishing kayaks to increase the variety of fishing options offered at Crocodile Bay Resort. Book Your Costa Rica Fishing Trip
Our boats are outfitted with Penn International 50’s and 30’s as well as both Penn spinning and conventional gear in 20 and 30 pound outfits. We always try to have live bait on-board before you leave the dock. We use Temple Fork Fly Fishing gear on-site but we welcome anglers to bring their own gear if they prefer.
Most of our crew members grew up in the area and know the waters well. Our crews will give you as much or as little help as you want. We want this to be a great experience and communication with your crew enhances your visit here.
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