Other fishes of Rio San Juan, and Nicaragua Lake

Machaca, Guapote, Mojara, Tilapia, Saw fish, Drum, Fresh water Shark, Other strange fish ....

Machaca

Size from 1lb to 10 lb usual catch 5/7lb . Above Picture are from my two sons Alex and Alain with several 8+ lb not to bad for my then 7 and 6 years old as IGFA World record is 9lb something...

A mini tarpon , jumps, Runs etc ...( Local people call it Sabalette Tarpon is known as Sabalo ..) , very fun to catch on light tackle or Fly Abundant all year round with some peak.. Very aggressive we have many on trolling for Tarpon they will take the same Rapalla Magnum 14!!!

Guapote

1lb to 3lb + Same we catch them as we are fishing for the big Lagunero ( Rainbow bass ) . Available from deck of Lodge using small Sardine as a bait.. but mainly in Solentiname Archipelago. We also have good result in the Swam around the Lodge in Rio Frio , ..fishing under the bush with lures or Bait....

Mojarra

A funny little fish 1lb to 3lb , than we catch as we are fishing for Wapote or Rainbow...Mojara take the same lures and are very agressive, they are coming in a very large range of colors...

TILAPIA

Occasional catch , I report two interesting fish we caught on Trolling??!! One of 6lb ( Mrs. Joyce Perew ) the other one of more than 11lb , by Mr. Feroque , well IGFA World record is 6lb something...we did not report this record as I am scared than Tilapia Farmer from all over the world would come here....

Roncador ( Drums )

Present in large quantities at certain time of the year, will take almost anything from trolled Rapalla 14 to Live Worm...

Sawfish PROTECTED

Sawfish may be very very big... This bill is at the Entrance of Hacienda San Pancho, fish had been catch years ago by a familiar of Mr. Carlos Coronel This was a 1800lb fish...Rito my guard has been fishing the lake for 20 years...Among the fish he caught was a Sawfish of 1200lb on hand line in a wooden canoe. Nodaway the only Sawfish I saw was is the little one of the pictures below caught in a net by a local professional Fisherman

Strange fish in the Lake???

Any Marine Biologist around than can help us to identified? These fish have been caught with net by local Profesional Fisherman..

Up date May 2008 Thanks to the so many readers who send me the correct information,,, These fish are PLETCO .. They are originally from the Amazon. They are botom feeder very useful in Aquarium.. They are the one ( Much Smaller ) than clean the Glass... How did they get there is a mystery as not native from the area... Explanation may be than some have been drop by accident in the lake? as they have no predators here and condition are optimum they start to reproduce as crazy... They are many nowadays .. edible as says Polo one of my guide but so so... ( They are only fished on netting...)

Sharks, PROTECTED

Nicaragua lake is famous for its Fresh Water Shark... They are present in the entire area in small quantities. In the past scientific investigations has been held .. . Sorry for the Adventurers It is not a specific kind of Shark we are talking of the well known Bull Shark. Nowadays as the sawfish, Bull Sharks are Protected by Marena so we do not fish for them.. In the past till 2004 We had several accidental confrontation with them...as we where fishing for Tarpon on live or dead bait....

* Tarpon and Sharks This happen in January 2001 Tarpon on line since 1hour and a half was starting to give up...everything was Ok and suddenly the fish did became like crazy, a short run on the right then on the left ...Total surprise for Domenico...No time to react , to much drag and broken line.. this aparently exhausted, tarpon had such a reaction because of the presence of a shark..... We saw the fin ( We still have a few Bull sharks here...Some of the survival of the famous " Nicaragua Fresh water Shark" described by Thomas Thornson and Comandant Jacques Yves Cousteau ) . Since two years than I am fishing the area this is the second time this strange situation happen, I never saw the shark but consider than his presence is the explanation of this so strong and crazy run of the Tarpon..