Fishing for Science – Tagging

Fishing for Science: Tagging and Studying Sailfish and Marlin Habits By Todd Staley published for The Tico Times Jan 31, 2019 Left to right: FECOP member Henry Marin tagging expert Robbie Schallert, Captain Francisco Lobo, First mate Gerardo “McFly” Moreno, Dr. Danielle Haulsee, and Dr. Larry Crowder. (Todd Staley / The Tico Times) ...

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Marlin Fishing – Bait Vs. Art

Marlin Fishing Tips - Baits or Artificial Lures When Fishing for Marlin Published for Marlin Magazine by Sam White 2019 When Bart Miller died in 2018, he left behind a rich legacy as one of the sport’s most well-known fishermen-turned-lure-designers. His line of Black Bart lures has become the gold standard around the world for their abilit...

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Costa Rica Fish Species – Wah

Species Spotlight: Wahoo By Florida Sport Fishing Magazine The food chain throughout their range, they are still susceptible to predation by a variety of larger species with indiscriminate diets. Near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, crews deploying large baits for colossal black marlin sometimes include rigged wahoo, while in other parts of t...

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How To Rig a Ballyhoo for Billfish

How-To Fast Ballyhoo Rig for Sailfish and Marlin Easy-to-rig, simple-to-replace trolling rig for billfish By Glenn Law published for Saltwater Sportsman Bill Doster This rig uses a small O-ring (1⁄8 to 3⁄16 inch) and 20-gauge copper wire to create a reusable rig. The advantag...

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Investing In The Blue Economy

Rethinking Our Oceans: Investing In The Blue Economy Our oceans are in the worst state they have ever been. The sea is choked with plastic and heavy metals that are killing wildlife and destroying fisheries. We live on a blue planet, and the oceans contain 99% of available ecological space on Earth. Our atmosphere and the climate rely on the...

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7 Cool Facts About Hammerhead Shark

7 Things You May Not Know About Hammerhead Sharks Published for SportDiver Magazine By Veronica Brezina March 30, 2017 Hammerhead sharks are known for their unique head shape and wide-set eyes, which give them a better visual range than most other sharks, but there's a lot more to learn about these distinctive ...

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Costa Rica Sets the Bar High for Sp

How Costa Rica Sets the Bar Higher for Sport fishing Two distinctive coasts, a wide variety of fish, and the possibility of a sport fishing grand slam make this country a place to return again and again. By Adam Lague published for Luxury Retreats Magazine Costa Rica continues to set the bar high for sport fishing but is...

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Costa Rica Legend Archie Fields

Remembering Costa Rica Fishing Legend Archie Fields Printed for the Tico Times by Todd Staley Archie Fields, a giant of a man, sat wearing a white guayabera shirt on the veranda overlooking the Río Colorado. Next to him were myself and two local women who worked at his hotel, the world-famous Río Colorado Lodge on Costa Rica’s nor...

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Panama Tells China No on Purse Sein

Panama Tells China: No Purse Seining in our Waters - Will Costa Rica Follow Suit Published for Sport Fishing Magazine The Panama government has announced that it will not authorize China or other countries to purse seine for tuna in its waters Ursula Marais, Tropic Star Lodge January 10, 2019 ...

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Costa Rica Marlin

Blue Marlin Biology

Blue Marlin, unlocking the evolutionary secrets of an apex predator. By Scott Bannerot published for Marlin Magazine Most of us are somewhere between infatuated and obsessed with blue marlin, but unless you’re a billfish scientist, you probably don’t understand how these lightning-fast finely honed eating machines are able to swim thousand...

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Fecop Costa Rica and Gray FishTag U

Gray FishTag Research Symposium 2018 By Gary Graham - Dec 17, 2018 Approximately 40 Gray FishTag Research Scientific Advisory Board Members, GFR Marketing Partners, scientists, marine researchers, hotel owners, fleet owners, captains, publishers, members of the press and staff were on hand when Bill Dobbe...

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Costa Rica Fishing Roosterfish

Roosterfish Tournament Results

Inaugural PanAmerican Roosterfish Tournament Results From BDOutdoors.com Canada Takes Gold in Inaugural PanAmerican Roosterfish Tournament! Crocodile Bay Resort in Costa Rica is home to an awesome fishing fleet. With all the excitement of a World Cup soccer match, 37 anglers from Canada, the United States, Mexico, Panama, and Costa Ri...

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Local Fishing Spotlight – Osa

Costa Rica Local Fisherman Profile - The Osa Peninsula's Little Big Angler Tosh Craig pictured below with Roosterfish The Golfo Dulce was a big mirror of crimson as the morning fireball rises over the mountains of Panama and painted the sky like a beautiful canvas. The only sounds were the jungle behind Puntarenitas slowly coming awake, the soft ...

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Costa RIca Sailfish worth more alive than dead

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Win a Dream Costa Rica Fishing Trip for Two at Crocodile Bay Resort - We'll even outfit you with AFTCO apparel from "Head to Toe" worth $9,270 Enter Below for your chance to win a 5 night all inclusive Costa Rica fishing vacation on a 33' Strike VIP Tower Boat with a full set of AFTCO gear from "Head to Toe". See full package details below ...

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Costa Rica Fishing, It’s Not

It's Not Always About the Fish Special Holiday Fishing Feature by Todd Staley, Communications Director FECOP One of the most exciting days fishing I ever had was in a lagoon in Nicaragua accessible by passing through myriad of rivers and creeks on the Caribbean side of  Costa Rica. Mike Holliday and I hooked over 60 tarpon on casting plugs. We ti...

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12 Facts About Goliath Grouper

12 Facts You Didn't Know About the Goliath Grouper From SportDiver.Com magazine By Dr. Richard Smith  Goliath grouper facts Michael Patrick O'Neill 1. The goliath, Epinephelus itajara, is the largest grouper in the western hemisphere, and can reach 8 feet in length a...

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The Monster Fish That Made Me a Con

The Fish That Turned Me Into a Conservationist By Todd Staley - Communications Director A long, long time ago when I was in my early twenties I lived on the west coast of Florida and fished every minute I could. Blue water action was not much of an option. A 30 mile trip offshore only got you to 90 feet of water, but there were plenty of snook...

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Having a Successful Costa Rica Fish

Getting The Most Out of Your Costa Rica Fishing Trip Thinking about sport fishing in Costa Rica? Costa Rica is known for some of the best billfishing (sailfish and marlin) in the world. Trolling for sailfish or marlin has a hypnotic effect on one. Staring at six or more brightly colored teasers skipping across an indigo ocean for any period of ti...

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Can a Fish Bring a Country Together

Three Billboards Outside San José, Costa Rica: Can fish bring a country together? By Todd Staley for the Tico Times November 14, 2018 A tuna-fishing boat launching speed boats. (Courtesy FECOP) If you are driving from Juan Santamaría International Airport toward San José, you will pass two sets of billboards. Lette...

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Costa Rica offshore fishing

The Science of Offshore Fishing

Effective management of offshore fisheries helps pelagic species become hard-fighting machines By Jason Schratwieser, Conservation Director, IGFA December 19, 2017 published by Marlin Magazine Our favorite offshore species are some of the world’s most supremely engineered fish. We should do what we can to protect them. ...

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Stop Illegal Fishing in Costa Rica - Tuna for Ticos

Please Sign Our Petition Against Illegal Fishing in Costa Rica

It is estimated that up to 26% of tuna taken in Costa Rican territorial waters by foreign tuna purse seiners is unreported, taken illegally, never makes it to a Costa Rican port, and doesn’t benefit Costa Rica in any manner.

The tuna issue in Costa Rica is not new. A FECOP study in 2013 showed that Costa Rica tuna was being overexploited and the country was only benefiting $37 a ton from tuna captured here. FECOP presented a project “Tuna for Ticos” to President Laura Chinchilla and she signed the “tuna decree” at the tail end of her administration moving tuna seiners a total of 45 miles from the coast and protecting areas around sea mounts and Cocos Island. A total of 200,000 square kilometers of territorial was labeled for protection.

Dear Representatives,

Presidency of the Republic
Legislative Assembly Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock
National Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture
Ministry of Environment and Energy
Vice Ministry of Water and Seas
National Coast Guard Service

The situation of illegal fishing that is happening in our country is a serious problem that affects our marine resources, the national economy and that of our communities. It is for this reason that through this petition we request better controls and effective surveillance for foreign tuna fleets. Better penalization mechanisms for those who break the law of our country and exploit our resources indiscriminately. As well as support and prioritization for national fleets in the consolidation of sustainable tuna fishing in our territorial waters.
I support this request by registering my information on this petition.

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