Costa Rica: Silver King lodge
Costa Rica - Giant Tarpon At Silver King Lodge
The Tarpon fishing at the mouth of the Barra del Colorado is without parallel. Following the murky brown water of the Colorado River from the lodge to the ocean one would never have thought it possible that this is home to what must be one of the most abundant Tarpon fisheries in the world. Not only are these waters prolific beyond imagination but they are also home to truly giant Tarpon. Averaging in the region of 80-90lbs and regularly topping 150lbs, if your dream is to land a fish in excess of 120lbs then the Silver King lodge is the place where it is very likely to happen.
The Tarpon Fishing
This is a location where even the slightest weakness in your fishing tackle will be brutally exposed. On every trip there is a better than average chance of hooking a 120-150lb Tarpon and a 200lb fish is not exceptional. On first connecting with one of these giants they will almost always leap straight out of the water at heights easily in excess of their own body length and on occasion as high as 20ft. If your hook holds beyond the first series of somersaulting leaps what will follow will be a gruelling battle that will physically test you and your equipment. Reels genuinely need to hold a huge reserve of backing and they must have absolutely indestructible drags. 12 wt rods are generally considered to be too light and the graveyard of destroyed rods, reels and lines is testament to the power of these Costa Rican Tarpon.
Fishing For Snook, Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Billfish & other species
Although most anglers come to fish exclusively for Tarpon, after a morning’s work where it is possible to have as many as 20 hook ups, sometimes something a little calmer is required to ease aching and strained arms. Fishing in the freshwater upstream of the lodge is a true jungle experience with numerous species possible, although the primary target is the ‘Calba’ or ‘Fat Snook’ which migrate up the river to spawn and average 6-8lbs. In the numerous estuaries you can also target Mojarra, Machaca (similar to baby Tarpon) and Guapote, the fierce and highly combative Rainbow Bass. You can also fish for all of the blue water species for no additional cost which include Wahoo, Tuna, Dorado, Sailfish & Marlin.
"7 Tarpon over 100lbs in 2 days and a couple of 200lb monsters. The fishing at Silver King is out of this world!" - Mike Sutherland - Anderson USA Nov 08
"The most awesome Tarpon fishing I have ever experienced. Extremely talented fishing guide, great accommodation. This is our 3rd fishing trip to Costa Rica, Silver King Lodge and we plan to come here each year." - P Walpole - S Carolina Nov 08
"The fishing here is fantastic. 2 days and I can hardly lift my arms these fish are so strong. Incredible" - F Noisiez - Cannes, France - Nov 08
The Environment & Location
Silver King Lodge is situated near the mouth of the Barra del Colarado on the Caribbean coastline of Costa Rica. The river drains Lake Nicaragua far to the west and despite its tannin-stained appearance the thousands of gallons of fresh water which empty into the seas each day are packed with nutrients. This rich source of food and the relative safety afforded by the murky brown water provides shelter and a constant feast for the sardines and other bait fish. Congregating both at the river mouth and in the green and blue water beyond, it is upon these fish that the Tarpon feast, allowing them to obtain such huge sizes.
"This is by far the most upscale lodge in Barra del Rio Colorado."-Frommer's Guide 2006
"This is quite simply the best sportfishing lodge on this coast." -Lonely Planet Costa Rica, 2005
"Widely regarded as the most luxurious lodge on the Caribbean coast." -Open Road Guide to Costa Rica, 2005
Silver King Lodge & Staff
The lodge is situated on the banks of the Rio Colarado and is an isolated oasis of comfort amongst the dense jungle. A recent change in ownership has given a further face-lift to the lodge which was already considered to be the premier Tarpon lodge in Costa Rica. The entire lodge is elevated on stilts and all the cabins and lodge buildings are interconnected by wooden walkways. There are a total of ten cabins each equipped with twin double beds, en suite bathrooms, satellite television and AC. The main dining room and bar provide the focus for the lodge but there is also a swimming pool, jacuzzi, massage room and numerous hammocks and deck chairs on the dock and by the pool where guests can relax between fishing trips.
The fishing guides at Silver King lodge are the best in Costa Rica. On average they each have around 20 years of guiding experience, speak excellent English and are exceptionally knowledgeable. Although they each have their favourite methods, they are all as accomplished fishing with fly or conventional gear. A testament to their proficiency and character is the number of requests from repeat guests to have their original guide look after them on return visits.
Alternative Activities Whilst in Costa Rica - Bluewater Fishing for Sailfish & Marlin
As much as the Tarpon fishing is overwhelming on the Caribbean coastline of Costs Rica, then the blue water fishing on the Pacific coastline for Sailfish, Marlin, Roosterfish, Dorado and much more is equally spectacular. Combine a 3 day trip to Silver King lodge on the East Coast with an additional 3 day-trip to Quepos on the West Coast, renown as having some of the worlds most prolific waters for Sailfish and the perfect place to visit if you want a good chance to catch a Billfish on a fly. Check out the fishing for Sailfish & Marlin at Quepos.
Best Times to go to Costa Rica
Although it is possible to fish all year round Silver King lodge only operates either side of the rainy season to ensure guests have the best possible fishing experience. Silver King lodge is open from Jan-June and then again from Sept-Mid Nov. The seas tend to be more unsettled during early spring months and if there are strong winds it is not always possible to get beyond the river mouth although one can still fish effectively from inside the bar. Peak conditions for the Tarpon fishing are typically in April-May and then again over September-November when the really huge Tarpon over 200lbs are present. There are good runs of Fat Snook in Jan and as Feb is the dry month and the river is lower the jungle fishing is at its best.
Getting to Silver King lodge
Guests fly to San Jose in Costa Rica. You will be met at the airport in an AC van and taken to one of the hotels in San Jose, prior to catching an early morning charter flight to the lodge followed by your first day’s fishing.
Availability and Pricing for the 2014 Seasons
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