Costa Rica Fishing January Report - Crocodile Bay Resort

2011-01-13 10:50:33
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Pacific - Saltwater Fishing Report
Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf) , Offshore - Osa Peninsula

SANTA BROUGHT LOTS OF MARLIN

I have always liked Christmas week here at Crocodile Bay because the place fills up with families. I get a real charge out of seeing or hearing about a youngster's first really big catch. I wasn't disappointed at all.

Mike and Rachel Cembalest from New York brought their boys, Max, Will, and Peter over the holiday. Max had recently had back surgery and was thrilled when the doctor finally gave him the ok to go deep sea fishing just in time for the trip. They didn't have a good day offshore but caught a boatload of inshore species. They decided to give offshore another try but all the boats were already booked.

Fellow New Yorker and Croc customer for nearly a decade Mike Pizzi and his wife Ann offered to give up their boat so the Cembalest's could take the boys out again. The boys returned to the dock with 4 sailfish and a striped marlin release on their scorecard. "They caught your marlin" I poked at Pizzi who has had great catches over the years here, but at times I think he uses black cats for teasers.

Well they say good deeds pays dividends. In this case it was really true. The next day Ann caught two marlin, one at 350 pounds and another at 250 pounds and was back at the dock two hours early to visit our spa and work some of the stiffness out of her muscles.

There really are too many families that were here to not forget someone, but the Mundt, Bahl, Shore/Plavic, Garrison, Mase, and Proefke are just to name a few. Phil Bush and Terry Fisher led a group from Cummins Motors.

Nearly someone from each family took a marlin and a few sails. Hugh and Rowan Plavic brought in a couple of nice wahoo on Christmas that made some folks stay away from the turkey and stuffing. Remember the names, Anthony and J.J. Mase. The two youngsters had a hay day inshore fishing and in about a decade I predict they will both be pitching in the major leagues.

Lots of marlin have been around, not biting everyday but they are here.

Don Bradley hooked two in one day on a fly rod and landed one on conventional tackle yesterday. The dorado hasn't made a good as of yet but usually bite well up into February so there is still hope. A few more sails will be working into the area as we approach peak season.

Inshore Aristides Romero has been catching big sierra mackerel just around the corner from the lodge and smaller size snapper. Mike Bailey from Toronto did manage a 35 lb cubera snapper on a popper

Todd Staley, Crocodile Bay Lodge

www.crocodilebay.com

Fish Species: Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Pompano, Amberjack, Wahoo
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Rachel Cembalest with a nice Striped Marlin
Rachel Cembalest with a nice Striped Marlin

Double Wahoo - Thanks Santa
Double Wahoo - Thanks Santa

About The Author: Captain Todd Staley

Company: Crocodile Bay Resort

Area Reporting: Todd Staley

Bio: Todd Staley Director of Fishing Todd carved his niche in the fishing community as a lure manufacturer and outdoor journalist specializing in light tackle in Florida and Costa Rica. He has been published in many magazines and newspapers in both countries and invented a lure that was banned from tarpon tournaments in Boca Grande, Florida as an unfair advantage over live bait. The late Archie Fields brought Todd to Costa Rica nearly a decade ago to manage his famous tarpon resort on the Caribbean coast. Since Archie's death he has managed Golfito Sailfish Ranch and worked with America Sportfishing in the Hotel del Rey. He is a world record holder and has guided several others to world records.

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