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
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.
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.
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.
Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica. Meet at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Depart San Jose. Travel to fishing area / cabinas. ½ day Tarpon fishing on arrival
Monday - Friday
5 full days fishing
½ day Tarpon fishing. Return to San Jose, overnight hotel in San Jose B&B
Depart Costa Rica
August - Decemebr
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
Price does not include gratuities, travel insurance, travel to Costa Rica
The 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.
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