Crocodile Bay Hosts 30th Annual International Sailfish Tournament

2011-04-07 19:28:23
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Pacific - Saltwater Fishing Report
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Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica - Fishing Report April 7, 2011

by Todd Staley, Fishing Director

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

Crocodile Bay Resort just finished hosting the 30th Club Amateur de Pesca annual sailfish tournament with teams from South Africa, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and the United States competing. In four days of fishing the group of 10 boats raised over 300 billfish and landed a total of 150 billfish including several blue marlins which is amazing because all anglers were required to fish 20 lb test line and had a maximum of 30 minutes to land a fish.

The closest I have ever felt to walking with royalty was walking the pier each day with 86 year old Nora Scholfield. Nora was fishing her 28th tournament and is one of the pioneers of sport fishing in Costa Rica. Nora hooked two marlin on day two of the tournament and nearly landed a 250 pounder in the required 30 minutes. The 500 pound fish she hooked later wasn't about to give her the same chance.

Guatemala ended up taking first place, with South Africa second and Puerto Rico third. Franz Hoffman of Guatemala tied Puerto Rico's Bruno Rodriquez for the most fish, but Hoffman took home the trophy because he landed his last fish earlier in the day than Rodriquez.

The tournament atmosphere was a change for Crocodile Bay Captains who generally fish for fun although each wants to be on top of the scoreboard posted in the bar each evening. Freddy Navarro was top captain, followed by Edwin Cerdes and Chepe Conteras.

Inshore fishing as of late has been good with roosterfish along the beach cooperating very well. Dorado made a show this week and several were taken during the tournament but not counting as points. Yesterday 88 year old Richard Schrader fulfilled a lifelong dream and took his first sailfish on a fly. What's left I asked him as he got on the boat this morning. His reply was said matter of factly, "Do it again."

Todd Staley

Fishing Director

Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica

Fish Species: Sailfish, Marlin, Dorado
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Costa Rica Hosts International Sailfish Tournament
Costa Rica Hosts International Sailfish Tournament

86 Year Old Nora Scholfield Battles a Blue Marlin
86 Year Old Nora Scholfield Battles a Blue Marlin

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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