Catching roosterfish in a washing machine

first_imgRelated posts:Amateur Fishing Club names 2017 Tarpon Champion Your dream photo isn’t worth it: leave the fish in the water King of the silver kings New tournament in Quepos to crown Best Fisherwoman Worldwide See also: Reader not fond of ‘torturing fish,’ but sportfishing isn’t the problemI have never enjoyed fishing under pressure. I prefer to fish for fun. There was a time in my life I fished a few money tournaments, and even won one or two. Nowadays, if I am fishing a tournament, it’s a charity event, where the winners are generally children with illnesses.Even when fishing with a client, I prefer someone who is more interested in having a good time on the water than catching a ton of fish, or a giant fish. A much better fisherman than I who was actually just inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame explained it very simply to me. Larry Dahlberg said, “Your chances of catching a really nice fish are directly related to how much you deserve it.”I have noticed over the years that a good attitude catches fish and a bad attitude eats dirt. One’s relationship with the fish gods play a big part. Inexperienced anglers with good mojo have better luck than a good angler with a bad attitude.On one particular day I can recall, the pressure was on. Gray Fish-Tag research center coordinator Bill Dobbelaer and marine scientist Travis Moore were down from Ft. Lauderdale to place another archival electronic tag in a roosterfish.Usually this would be a simple task. Today was different. Team Travis (left): Bill Dobbelaer, Christian Bolanos, Travis Moore, Todd Staley, Sharlye Robles and Oldemar Lopez. Todd Staley / The Tico TimesAn ominous gray sky loomed on the horizon, and the breeze was much stronger than usual for an early morning. We needed a fish around 30 pounds so it could comfortably wear the device that needed to be implanted.The event was co-sponsored by Crocodile Bay Resort and the Costa Rican Fisheries Federation (FECOP), a sport fishing advocacy and marine conservation group. Crocodile’s crew was Oldemar Lopez and Sharlye Robles. Anglers: Christian Bolanos from Gray Taxidermy in Quepos and myself. Capt. Lopez suggested we try Matapalo Rock, a popular roosterfish site at the mouth of the Golfo Dulce. The overnight showers had muddied up some other popular inshore spots, so it made sense, and fishing conditions were just plain lousy.Roosterfish is the perfect choice for this kind of study. It is a strong fighting popular inshore game fish, and Gray Fish-Tag has already learned a lot about them from the traditional spaghetti tag. Because it is a coastal animal, a good number of tagged fish have been caught again.The spaghetti tag is inserted on the shoulder of a fish and has a serial number. The number is reported to the research center by sport fishermen who recapture the fish. With this method, the information is limited to where it was caught and what size it is. When it is recaptured, we learn how much it has grown over the period between captures, and how far it traveled. The electronic tag records much more information; the fish must also be recaptured, but the success with spaghetti tags makes it worth the betting $1500 per piece that the fish will be caught again.Four have been placed so far in Costa Rica: one in Marina Pez Vela, one in Los Sueños, and two around Golfo Dulce in the Southern Zone, at Crocodile Bay Resort and Zancudo Lodge. Todd StaleyAs we reached the mouth of the Gulf, we were hit by a wall of wind in our face. Still a half-mile from Matapalo Rock, we soldiered on. As we finally arrived, I thought about renaming the famous landmark – at least for this one day – either Whirlpool or Maytag. The rock was like the spindle of a washing machine and the surrounding waters were on the agitate cycle.We worked a nearby pinnacle, but it was almost impossible to do a decent drift over the spot. Over and over we worked the area, fishing with one hand and holding on with the other. Somehow the conversation turned to the relationship between biologists and fishermen. I explained that over the years I have worked with many biologists, and found biologists and fishermen have a strange relationship. A lot of biologists have never fished, and a lot of fishermen don’t know the difference between an otolith and an eyeball. They are times at wits’ end with each other because at times neither respects the opinion of the other.Travis laughed and said, “I can tell you a whole lot about roosterfish, but to be honest, I have never caught one.”About that time, Bolaños’ rod twitched and then slammed down towards the water. Line screamed of the reel. After a 20-minute balancing act he had a 35-pound roosterfish on the surface. Travis jumped into action, made an incision in the fish’s belly, and had the tag inserted and stitched up in less than two minutes while running water over the fish’s gills. The rooster took off like he had a firecracker under his butt when placed back in the water. Mission Accomplished! Todd places the tag inside the fish. Todd Staley / The Tico TimesWe had heard some chatter on the radio about a school of tuna working a couple miles off the beach, so we ran out. We found the dolphins and tuna, but the tuna wasn’t interested in anything we had to offer. Then we made a unanimous decision. Let’s go back to the rock and see if we can get Travis a rooster. Back to the washing machine!It took about thirty minutes, but finally Travis was hooked into his first rooster. He got the fish to the boat a dozen times and each time it would peel off another 50 yards of line. Eventually he had the fish to the boat and it went an easy 50 pounrds. That is like winning the lottery the first time you buy a ticket.I think we made a fisherman out of Travis, my biologist friend. I know one thing for sure: He knew a hell of a lot more about roosterfish than he did when the day started.Read more ‘Wetline Costa Rica’ columns here.Todd Staley has run fishing sport operations on both coasts of Costa Rica for over 25 years. He recently decided to take some time off to devote full time to marine conservation. Contact him at wetline@hotmail.com. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Renaissance Community to Include Luxury Hotel Bra

first_imgRenaissance Community to Include Luxury Hotel, Branded Residences and Private Residence Club HomesPALM DESERT, CA, – Cementing its credentials as a world-class resort destination, Avanterra will be home to the luxurious new Fairmont Avanterra, Palm Desert when the internationally renowned hotelier comes to the Coachella Valley in 2011. The expansive hotel project, which includes Fairmont’s luxury branded residences and fractional private residence club homes, will be situated adjacent to the Classic Club golf course, site of the PGA Tour’s Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.Representatives from Fairmont and Delfino Resorts made the announcement at a press conference held prior to start of the 2008 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. The development consortium behind Avanterra, a $2.5 billion environmentally progressive, master-planned community, is best known for its signature Delfino resort communities along America’s Gulf Coast region.The move marks Fairmont’s first entry into the Palm Springs market, and gives the region an iconic luxury brand favored by discerning business and leisure travelers across the globe. Initially, the hotel development will offer 300 rooms and 125 Fairmont Residences, Fairmont Gold concierge rooms and lounge, a variety of dining outlets, 26,000 square feet of indoor function space including a 7,000 square foot ballroom as well as outdoor event areas, and a 45,000 square foot Willow Stream Spa. In phase two Avanterra will also feature Fairmont Heritage Place, the company’s private residence club homes, as well as additional Fairmont Residences.Chris Cahill, President and Chief Operating Officer of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, said, “The environmentally progressive attributes that make Avanterra unique are a wonderful complement to our own philosophy of operational sustainability and responsible tourism within the hotel industry. This project further extends Fairmont’s strong presence in California and allows us to provide luxury-seeking travelers with enriching and memorable experiences reflective of this community.”Owner Representative Francis A. Wong, Chairman and CEO of Genesis Hotel Development, who negotiated the deal for the development team, said, “Fairmont’s best-in-class service has re-defined the luxury hotel guest experience. Its projects have an unrivaled presence in every market the brand serves, and Avanterra Palm Desert will be no exception. We are delighted to welcome them to the Coachella Valley.”It is expected that ground for the initial phase will be broken on the nearly $200 million project in 2009. When completed, the Fairmont Avanterra, Palm Desert will establish its presence alongside the Classic Club, opposite Avanterra’s pedestrian oriented village, which will include close to one million square feet of experiential retail space, integrated work lofts, LEED certified office buildings, condominiums, amphitheater, park space, planetarium, walking trails and more. Avanterra’s master plan is a veritable blueprint for the future of desert living, and of sustainable development across California and elsewhere.# # #About Fairmont Hotels & ResortsA leader in the global hospitality industry, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is an extraordinary collection of luxury hotels that truly reflect the essence of their destination. Featuring iconic landmarks like The Fairmont San Francisco, The Fairmont Banff Springs, and London’s Savoy, Fairmont hotels are more than a place to stay; they are one-of-a-kind properties where sophisticated travelers can discover storied life experiences. Situated in some of the most exclusive and pristine areas in the world, Fairmont locations provide access to activities that are culturally rich and authentically local. With an enduring connection to the land and communities where we do business, Fairmont is also committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program. With over 50 distinctive hotels and more than 20 properties currently in development, Fairmont is committed to growing its portfolio of world-class hotels and plans to add properties in coveted international destinations like Cairo, Shanghai, Dubai, and Beijing over the next few years.Fairmont is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with over 80 hotels worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company also owns Fairmont and Raffles branded Residences, Estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com .About Delfino/AvanterraWith signature properties in Gulf Shores, Alabama and Gulfport, Mississippi, the Delfino Resort brand symbolizes the very best in luxury resort communities. The real estate consortium behind Delfino is now building on that legacy with its latest project: Avanterra, a $2.5 billion, environmentally progressive community encompassing 400 acres near Cook Street and Interstate 10, in Riverside County. Scheduled to be built over a 6-8 year time frame, the community is avant-garde by desert standards in its singular ability to cater to all of life’s dimensions. This will be a place where people can live, work, play, and most importantly, linger. Avanterra will include nearly one million square feet of retail space, more than 1,900 residential condominiums, and an estimated 700,000 square foot office park featuring LEED-Certified (Silver or Gold-level) buildings. This lifestyle mix, which also includes a park, a planetarium, underground parking and plenty of open space, makes up ‘The Corrente’ – Avanterra’s version of a contemporary and cosmopolitan desert village – the vibrant counterpart to the adjacent Classic Club’s rolling, green and blue presence. The development team envisioned Avanterra Palm Desert to be a true renaissance community, offering a lifestyle that blends the values of the old, with the very best of the new. For more information on this exceptional project, please visit www.avanterra.com .last_img read more