Crocodile Bay Resort, Fishing Report

2008-06-19 19:01:55
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Pacific - Saltwater Fishing Report
Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula

Crocodile Bay Resort:

May-June Fishing Report

By Todd Staley, Fishing Director

Everyone has a hero, somebody they want to be like when they grow up. Well, after his second visit here I decided I met mine in the likes of Charles Frank. The 86 year old was just here with his wife Jean and family celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. Thatís right 65th.

Charles has published six books, is famous for carving duck decoys and is comfortable in any swamp whether with a fishing rod or a shotgun. He has fished all over the world with his favorite spot being deep in the Amazon. The long trip became a little tiring so he took up fishing in Costa Rica.

He had marlin on his mind and unfortunately didnít get his shot this time but he helped his granddaughter take a 55 lb dorado. A good sign the marlin are on their way.

Jean is as big as a sport as Charles and at 85 became our oldest customer to do all seven platforms of the Rainforest zip-line tour. They are coming back in November for the fall marlin bite.

Paul Shields and Heather Amity, Safari Club International members happened to be here when we had a flurry of marlin come through. They stayed busy with a mixed bag of marlin, dorado, rooster fish and jacks. The avid fly fisherman then fished across the country with Capt. Eddie Brown and battled some silverkings on the fly.

Mike Grace, President of Cummins Atlantic, got the surprise of his life when an Orca paid a visit to the wake of his boat! He was lucky enough to capture the series with his camera....I've sent this series of photos to several people and most still can't believe it.

John and Pequita Sissom were after a roosterfish. Pequita is probably one of the nicest people you will ever meet and her roosterfish brought her some bragging rights around the bar at night.

We are right at the transition stage when the sails thin out and the marlin move in. The dorado have started to move in an the rain in the mountains has pushed cover for them out of the rivers. June and July bring good numbers of marlin, averaging 150 to 300 lbs

Inshore fishing has been steady with roosters to 45 lbs coming off inshore reefs. Snapper and a few grouper as well as dorado have been enhancing the dinner plates at night.

Fish Species: Marline, Sailfish, Roosterfish, Dorado, Jacks
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Paule Shields with Marlin
Paule Shields with Marlin

Orca Rides The Wake of Mike Graces' Boat
Orca Rides The Wake of Mike Graces' Boat

About The Author: Captain Todd Staley

Company: Crocodile Bay Resort

Area Reporting: Todd Staley

Bio: Todd Staley Ė 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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