Jungle Tarpon - Costa Rica

'A rumble in the Jungle' – Tarpon Style

These big Tarpon will take you to the cleaners!!
Bowing to the King – Forget the basics and these big Tarpon will take you to the cleaners!!

Costa Rica is well established as probably the best place to go and catch inordinate numbers of huge Tarpon. Although the area is best known for the concentrations of fish in the deeper waters at the mouth of the Barra del Colorado, these same Tarpon travel hundreds of kms inland when the seasonal rains flood this huge watershed. There they feast on the superabundance of aquatic life with Tarpon of 60-200lbs occupying the canals, lakes and rivers in the region. Jungle Tarpon fishing is a really unique experience with fish of a simply incredible size liable to explode out of the coloured waters with little or no warning. Battling 100lb monsters within the close confines of the jungle environment is an experience you are very unlikely to forget!

The Environment

The fishery consists of a vast system of freshwater rivers, creeks, and flooded lagoons surrounded in verdant rainforest and swampland. The tarpon have journeyed from the Caribbean some 300+ inland miles to reach these hunting grounds. At the time of the tarpon’s arrival, seasonal rains flood the immense lagoons to create an inland sea surrounded by volcanoes and rife with other primeval creatures like tropical garfish, sawfish, and freshwater bull sharks. This collection of archaic predators explosively feed on the many species of baitfish flushed into the lagoons by the heavy annual deluge. From their time in the tannin-stained freshwater the tarpon have lost their silvery hue and are comparatively dark in color. The sounds and sight of the jungle offer a truly immersive experience with monkeys, wading birds, spectacled caiman, and other interesting rainforest creatures to give a very immersive experience

Mysterious Jungle channels mixed with open lakes and rivers All with huge Tarpon
Mysterious Jungle channels mixed with open lakes and rivers –--------- All with huge Tarpon

The Fishing

The Tarpon fishing is primarily done from straightforward but efficient river pangas with 2 anglers to any boat, one person fishing from the bow at anyone time. For the most part an 11 or 12 wt with a floating line is used however having a second rod ready to go with a combination of sink tips is also important. Anglers spend their time casting to rolling fish, sighted fish basking on the surface as well as blind casting to likely holes and ambush points. Along the mouths of tributary creeks it is possible to see feeding Tarpon lining up, devouring the conveyor belt of food washed down towards them! As with any Tarpon fishing accuracy in casting is important. Whilst the fishing is different in style to fishing on saltwater flats casting to a rolling fish and delivering your fly into the water disturbance accurately and quickly will proportionately raise your chances of a strike.

well-aimed casts at rolling Tarpon well-aimed casts at rolling Tarpon
The fishing is a mixture of well-aimed casts at rolling Tarpon as well as searching casts into likely lies

Accommodation

Anglers stay in a simple yet comfortable local family-owned cabinas with a fruit-tree covered lawn leading directly to a dock from which each day’s adventure begins. The local town is little more than a small ranching settlement in the middle of the nature reserve. There are however several diverse eating options to be sampled over the course of the week, and anglers will have no shortage of interesting local dishes and cold beverages to enjoy after their days stalking tarpon.

Living at the Costa Rican Jungle Camp is simple, straight forward and fun Living at the Costa Rican Jungle Camp is simple, straight forward and fun
Living at the Costa Rican Jungle Camp is simple, straight forward and fun

Northern Costa Rican Climate

This is a jungle Tarpon experience and the climate is as one might expect!! The area is a vast system of rivers, creeks, lagoons, and lowland tropical rainforest, one of the warmest regions in Costa Rica. The tarpon migrate into these immense landlocked flooded lagoons during the region’s “wet season”, (although the area has no real wet or dry season) Most mornings start sunny and beautiful but passing storm fronts and torrential downpours are to be expected, especially later in the day. While these periods of wet weather can be uncomfortable, they are usually brief and even refreshing although it definitely pays to have a waterproof jacket.

This really is jungle with all the sights and sounds that you would expect Sometimes, for best effect, you need to get a little wet!!
This really is jungle with all the sights and sounds that you would expect – Sometimes, for best effect, you need to get a little wet!!

Typical Itinerary

Saturday Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica. Meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Sunday Depart San Jose. Travel to fishing area / cabinas. ˝ day Tarpon fishing on arrival
Monday-Friday 5 full days fishing
Saturday 1/2 day Tarpon fishing. Return to San Jose, overnight hotel in San Jose B&B
Sunday Depart Costa Rica

Best Times To Fish

The 2016 season runs from August to December with a total of 14 weeks available. The schedule has been based around alternate weeks fishing with 4 anglers / week to ensure the area is never over-fished. The weekly schedule has been made in consideration of the lunar cycles where we avoid full moon weeks and fish a little more around new moon periods.

Rates for 2016 Season

Season: The season will run from Aug - Mid Dec
Rate:
  • $4,990USD
Package Includes:
  • Eight (x8) nights (2 nights in San Jose)
  • Six (x6) days guided fishing
  • All transport on arrival into Costa Rica
  • Price includes full board accommodation at fishing lodge & B&B in San Jose
  • All meals and local drinks (including moderate alcohol consumption!)
  • National park entrance fee and fishing license
Note: Price does not include gratuities, travel insurance, travel to Costa Rica.

If you would like to know more about the fishing in Costa Rica, please contact us and we will provide you with more details. For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:
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