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Fishing Report for January

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.

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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!

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Pictured above Capt. Melvin and Guest Lydia savoring the marlin moment

You’ve seen the photos, now watch the action in HD – New Video – Marlin Release

New Marlin Release Video at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

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.

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Photo by Bryce Johnson

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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
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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.

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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.

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

January 23rd, 2017

Fishing Legends – Crocodile Bay Resort Fishing Director Todd Staley is on the dock with legendary fly fisherman Stu Apte who is down with famous photographer Pat Ford! #fishinglegends #crocodilebay#costaricafishing #flyfishing #fishingphotography #fishingwww.crocodilebay.com

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Blue Water Reunion – Thank you to Debbie and Marty Olsen for making the long trip from Alaska to visit us and fish with long time friend and Crocodile Bay Captain Will Kitsos. They had a great time fishing the blue water and released some nice sailfish while enjoying temperatures slightly warmer than Alaska. Photos courtesy Debbie and Marty Olsen. www.crocodilebay.com #crocodilebay #costaricafishing #sailfish#bluewater #catchandrelease #offshorefishing #costaricavacations

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January 22nd, 2017

Roosterfish Facts – The roosterfish has an unusual arrangement of its ears: the swim bladder penetrates the brain through the large foramina and makes contact with the inner ear. It uses its swim bladder to amplify sounds. www.crocodilebay.com Photo credit Joakim Hammar

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January 21st, 2017

Have you experienced the thrill of catching and releasing a roosterfish? Pound for pound one of the best fighting fish in the world. #roosterfish#crocodilebay #catchandrelease #costaricafishing Learn more www.crocodilebay.com

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January 19th, 2017

Who Wants One? Snook – photo by Joakim Hammar with Captain Leandro Matamoros #snook #crocodilebay #costaricafishing#osapeninsula #saltwaterfishing Learn more www.crocodilebay.com

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January 17th, 2017

 

Blue Marlin Alert – Lydia Baker with a nice Pacific Blue Marlin release! Photos courtesy Mark Baker – with Captain Mao Alvarado of Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica. #crocodilebay #bluemarlin #costaricafishing #catchandrelease Learn More www.crocodilebay.com/reserve.html

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January 16th, 2017

 

Paul Steven’s group traveled across the pond from the UK to visit us and experienced a good sailfish bite offshore – with roosterfish inshore. Thanks for making the trip down guys! #crocodilebay #costaricafishing#osapeninsula #roosterfish #sailfish

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January 13th, 2017

Sashimi Time! – Alison B. with a nice yellowfin tuna yesterday out of Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica – The yellowfin bite has been very good with a great inshore bite as well #yellowfintuna #crocodilebay#costaricafishing #fishing Learn more www.crocodilebay.com/reserve.html

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January 12th, 2017

Blue Marlin – Nothing compares to catching and releasing your first blue marlin – Photos courtesy Tom Boswell http://www.crocodilebay.com/reserve.html #marlin #crocodilebay#costaricafishing #catchandrelease

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January 11th, 2017

New Year Family Fun – Tom Boswell and his daughters had an amazing experience at Crocodile Bay Resort New Year’s day with daughter Meghan releasing a marlin with dad and Rachel rounding up the roosterfish inshore! What a trip http://www.crocodilebay.com/reserve.html#crocodilebay #bluemarlin #familyvacations #roosterfish #sportfishing

 

 

December 31st, 2016

Happy New Year from all the staff at Crocodile Bay Resort! www.crocodilebay.com

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December 30th, 2016

Kelly McCarthy Dalsey and son with a nice Dorado. They also brought in a couple yellowfin for the table. #crocodilebay

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December 29th, 2016

BlueWater Beauty – Aledia with a beautiful Pacific Sailfish. Learn more about Costa Rica fishing vacations and expeditions at www.crocodilebay.com#costaricafishing #costaricasailfish #sailfish #sportfishing #crocodilebay

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Rooster Rooster! – Nice double rooster release by Ray and Phil from Michigan! Get yours www.crocodilebay.com/reserve.html

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December 13th, 2016

What’s your favorite saltwater fish? Here is a great shot of a roosterfish submitted to us by Bryce Johnson. Send us yours! www.crocodilebay.com#costaricafishing #saltwaterfish #roosterfish #crocodilebay #osapeninsula

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December 12th, 2016

25 roosterfish released yesterday with one boat releasing 14! What’s on your Holiday Fishmas list??? www.crocodilebay.com/reserve.html

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December 9th, 2016

Beautiful Blue Marlin released two days ago at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica. Learn More www.crocodilebay.com #bluemarlin #marlin#crocodilebay #costarica #osapeninsula

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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.

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Inshore has been a sure bet and everything is active. Lots of roosterfish, snappers, African pompanoand 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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Todd Staley
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort,
Puerto Jimenez – Osa Peninsula
Costa Rica

December 7th, 2016

Beautiful Blue Marlin released two days ago at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica. Learn More www.crocodilebay.com #bluemarlin #marlin#crocodilebay #costarica #osapeninsula

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November 30th, 2016

Toucans are just one of the hundred-plus bird species you can witness on the grounds of Crocodile Bay Resort! Fishing is just the begining –www.crocodilebay.com #crocodilebayresort #costaricatours#costaricaresorts #birding #toucans #osaphotography

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November 18th, 2016

When a roosterfish runs, you can just try and keep up” CHRIS SANTELLA New York Times – Photo courtesy Bryce Johnson taken at www.crocodilebay.com

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November 15th, 2016

Bryan Johnson and Bryce Johnson with an amazing humpback whale breach photo out of Crocodile Bay Resort in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. Amazing shot guys! Im sure there are more to come. www.crocodilebay.com#costaricawhales #humpbackwhales #humpbackwhalebreach #costarica#puravida

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November 12th, 2016

November is heating up at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica! Paul Dekort and friend with a nice haul inshore and off. #yellowfintuna#snapper#costaricafishingwww.crocodilebay.com

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November 11th, 2016

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November 3rd, 2016

The girls outdo the boys! Jessica Johnson with a giant roosterfish! Learn more about Costa Rica fishing vacations www.crocodilebay.com#roosterish#osapeninsula#crocodilebayresort#costaricafishing

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Costa Rica Fishing Report – October 2016

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.

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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 jackon 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.”

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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.

Todd Staley
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort
www.crocodilebay.com

October 12th, 2016

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica October Fishing Report By Todd Staley Fishing Director – 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. Todd Staley Fishing Director Crocodile Bay Resort

Striped Marlin, Dorado, and Roosterfish – Plus New Video – Read Todd Staley’s October Fishing Report Here http://bit.ly/2dw2jGO#crocodilebay#costaricafishing#fishingreport#osapeninsula#saltwaterfishing

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Brian McCarthy was just down and got into a bevy of roosterfish and 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 Google “fish grip.” www.crocodilebay.com#fishgrip#costaricafishing#roosterfish#saltwaterfishing

9/21/2016

Hunter Cole of Pure Fishing bringing home the Sashimi. All Crocodile Bay boats are outfitted with PENN gear. Let the Battle Begin!www.crocodilebay.com #yellowfintuna #purefishing #PENN #crocodilebay#costarica

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9/20/2016

Face to Face With a Roosterfish- Captain Geovanny Leal and a nice roosterfish in September at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica – Learn morewww.crocodilebay.com #roosterfish #crocodilebayresort #costaricafishing#osapneinsula

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9/15/2016

There is only one thing better than a roosterfish…..2 roosterfish! Double hookup – Learn more about inshore fishing at www.crocodilebay.com#crocodilebay #costaricafishing #roosterfish #inshorefishing#saltwaterfishing #osapeninsula

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9/14/2016

 

Free Range Roosterfish – Catch and Release – Crocodile Bay Resort,

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9/13/2016

Target Species – Snook – Although not one of our more abundant inshore species such as roosterfish or snapper, good size snook can be taken year round in the area – Learn more http://bit.ly/2cpnBGq #snook#costaricafishing #crocodilebayresort #costaricafishing #osapeninsula#costaricavacations

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Monthly Costa Rica Fishing Report – September 2016

Who do you love? Jordan is not shy about her love for this cute little snapper(pargo)

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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.

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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.

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Jeff and Jordan Cohen had a great run inshore catching and releasing a variety of inshore fish species including roosterfish, snapper and more.

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Costa Rica TunaOffshore, 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.

Guest Testimonial of the Month

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!

Todd Staley,
Fishing Director
Crocodile Bay Resort
Puerto Jiménez
Osa Peninsula – Costa Rica

September 10th, 2016

Onshore fishing stays hot in September with roosterfish running, yellowfin tuna the main score offshore – Read Todd Staley’s monthly fishing report to learn more here http://www.crocodilebay.com/costa-rica-fishing-report-sept…/

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September 8th, 2016
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.
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Who do you love? Jordan is not shy about her love for this cute little snapper(pargo)
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Costa Rica TunaOffshore, 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.
Guest Testimonial of the Month
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!
September 5th, 2016
Labor of Love – Bob George releases 12 roosterfish, 3 jacks and takes an African pompano for the dinner table. Happy Labor Day from Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica
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costa rica fishingCosta Rica TunaCosta 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.

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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.

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Louis-David Sansoucy and his new bride Melanie decided to stay inshore and the roosters gave them a great honeymoon experience.

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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.

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Congratulations to Mac McGlamery who took roosterfish off his bucket list and spent some quality time with his sons Beau and Brandon.

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

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.

Congratulations to Mac McGlamery who took roosterfish off his bucket list and spent some quality time with his sons Beau and Brandon.

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