Sailfish – The Evolution of The Hero Shot

Facebook Twitter Shares Saifish -The evolution of the Hero Shot Written for the Tico Times by Todd Staley February 28, 2019 A picture recently sent to Todd Staley showing people still taking hero shots. (Photo courtesy of Todd Staley) Did you know the sailfish picture above is now illegal in Costa Rica? Ten years ago a regulation made it illegal for the sport fishing sector to take a billfish, sailfish and marlin, out of the water for a “hero shot” photo of their prized catch. The web is full of photos that could potentially bring a 2 million colones fine ($3,250) to the offender who pulls a billfish out of the water. To date, I don’t know of anyone who has ever been arrested or prosecuted on this. In fact, after all these years, many still claim they don’t know about the law. Not everyone agrees with it either. Many charter captains feel it diminishes their chance to attract new business. When potential clients see happy people holding big fish, they want to do it too. Many tourists are not aware of the law and crews, who rely on tips, don’t want to disappoint them. It seems that some people have appointed me the billfish cop and when a hero shot shows up on social media, someone sends it to me. I usually send a message to the person who posted the picture, explaining the law. Sometimes I get a thank you note, sometimes I get responses I couldn’t possibly … Continue reading Sailfish – The Evolution of The Hero Shot