SAN CARLOS SPORT FISHING is the Official IGFA Weighting Station for Rio San Juan , Nicaragua Lake...
TARPON FISHING RIO SAN JUAN
World Class Fishing Trips
Adventures In Jungle River Scenery
Catch and Release Fishing, I.G.F.A Rules
Fly & Conventional Fishing ( Trolling, Spinning, Bait Casting.... )
Tarpon & Snook fishing trips on RIO SAN JUAN NICARAGUA
Border river between Costa Rica and Nicaragua
TARPON FISHING IS ON RIO FRIO, RIO SAN JUAN, NICARAGUA LAKE, SOLENTINAME
Rio San Juann River is 120 miles long, start in Nicaragua Lake ( My main lodge is located in National park los Guatuzos.. Precisely where Rio San Juan start at the corner with Rio Frio and Nicaragua Lake ), River run from the Lake to the Caribbean it is the only communication of the Great Nicaragua lake ( Cocibolca) with the sea.( Caribbean ) .
Nicaragua lake 100 miles x 70 miles is the greatest lake in Central America it is "World famous for the presence of Salt water fish in it's Quiet Fresh water Giant Tarpon, Saw fish, Shark, Snook..????? Obviously also Fresh water fish are present as Rainbow bass, Mojara, Gar, Machaca..
A Strange mix at 120 miles from sea???? witch fascinate famous Investigators: Commandant Jacques Yves Cousteau came here studying in El Banco de Arena precisely at the corner of the Lake with Rio Frio and Rio San Juan where my Fishing lodge is located... Also Thomas Thornson from University of Nebraska , studied for many years wrote a book "The fish of Nicaragua Lake"... In 2010 we received the Tarpon investigation team of Miami University .....in March 2014 we have been filming the NAT GEO MONSTER FISH SHOW...
We observe all year round a tremendous quantity of Tarpon size 60lb/250lb+, going up and down river...,
There is no specific month, this is all year round. Usual catch are 90lb till 200lb ...and bigger.. Some Tarpon migrate... some stay around for a while but will return at sea... Feeding is easy they become very very big. Due to tannin in the water these giant fish are different color than the common Silver King: the biggest tarpon here are black on the back and dark green/golden on the side...
It will sound absolutely Incredible but we released fish estimated close or more? than 300lb.
Our fishing trips are in Optimum condition.. Meaning quiet Jungle River.. There are no waves here, no hard Bara to pass, we always fish in quiet fresh water aboard Sport fishing boat with central T Top...
TARPON FISHING , Conventional or Fly can be on light tackle We may fish trolling then casting once we locate the "Active fish"... I mostly use Rapala Lures as Super Shad Rap SSR14, or Floating Magnum 14 and 18.
We troll, we cast Spinnning, Bait Casting, Use Braided or Nylon, Circle hooks... we also fly fish ... All depend of Guest expectations.
For beginner Tarpon anglers we use 25lb 40lb lines...Specific conditions and Guides knowledge allow Anglers to fish with light tackle... . With good technique these tackles are strong enough whatever the size of fish.
Fly fishing is available in specific area...We use number 12, 13, 14...these fly heavy equipment are necessary due to size of fish but for tippet you decide.
Many time "'we have been beaten IGFA Tarpon World Record .." Tarpon Class line 12lb, Men ,Women Then all Tackle Junior, boys and Girle, also Children... Reason why "these record" are not official is than we do not want to kill Tarpon ..witch unfortunately is a must with I.G.F.A Actual World Record Rules.
A 200lb tarpon is around 25 years old would be a real pity to kill such a creature...
We Catch and Release all Tarpon.
Calculated on 12 years of activity, our average day for tarpon fishing is 10 bites...6 fish jumped, two/ three release to the boat.
At my knowledge this situation of top Tarpon fishing all year round is Unique in the world.
I insist there is no real best time in the year to come...Tarpon are present all year round...
RAINBOW BASS FISHING (Panachronis Dovii ) . A very strong fish, very violent .. a lot of fun on light tackles. We go for them at Solentiname Archipelago on Nicaragua Lake..., 20 minutes away from our fishing lodge. World record for this fish: 14lbs is in Nicaragua... It has been overbeaten last year 1999 by a 24lb and an 18lb Still in Nicaragua...I do not know if these record have been officially registered at IGFA. For Rainbow we fish as well Conventional or Fly... Usual size of fish we catch is between 5lb till 10lb
SNOOK FISHING. Sometime caught in Solentiname archipelago , Close from Lodge in Santa fe ( International Tournament 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, .. ) down Rio san Juan in the area of Sabalo, Pocosol, El Castillo.
Two kind of Snook are present here, the Calva...up to 6/7lb and then the big Cola Amarilla. So far our biggest weighed snook is 42 lb. .we report several fish estimated close or bigger than 50lb lost to the boat
Considering lodging during your fishing vacations in San Juan River and Solentiname there are a lot of Recent Changes. A few years ago there were absolutely nothing. In 2005 I built a comfortable Fishing Lodge "La Esquina del Lago" at the corner of the Lake with Rio San Juan
Apart from my Fishing Lodge located in Wild life Reserve of Los Guatuzo in front of San Carlos, several nice other hotel opened on River and Lake shores, in Solentiname Archipelago, Saballo, El Castillo, we may go and stay there all will depend where best fishing is when Visitors come.. all these places offer , comfortable lodging and good meals...
FISHING.. VACATIONS... DISCOVERY... RELAX IN UNIQUE JUNGLE SCENERY OF NATIONAL PARKS AND RESERVE
The area offer fantastic discovery for Nature lovers: Virgin Jungle Wild Life , Bird watching, Historical site..... ...Very important Local people are very very friendly with the still few tourist coming...For lunch time we stop at their places ..share a bit of their life...
Fishing trips I offer are obviously very different from usual Fishing vacations offered in Costa Rica and Nicaragua...
My lodge La Esquina del Lago is our Headquarter but we move, in a 100 miles area..so we sleep on Spots in other Hotel.no long boar ride.. Between August and November we also may go till the Caribean sea 120 miles away going down all Rio San Juan ....
I am pleased to offer a mix made of Top fishing, Tropical Jungle life, Adventures, History, Discovery. and contact with Local people..
I have special attention for good lodging and meals. Also very important is the integration in the local life: we eat on the river banks at Rancho or home of friends, we go in town, at the market.. etc etc.. One of my guest told me than to describe my trips I should say:
" Why only fish when you can have much more..."
Nicaragua is nowadays a safe and quiet country MOST IMPORTANT It is still an AUTHENTIC DESTINATION... Time to come ...Country start to open to tourism...
Area is easily reach from San Jose Costa Rica with a 5 hours car Transfer...
Faster and easier transfer from Managua 3 hours with the new Panamerican Highway..or a 50mn flight over the lake to the town of San Carlos ( 2 flights a week) Airport is 10 mn away from my lodge..
We meet Guests at International airport of San Jose or Managua.
I recommend to use one of My all Include Discovery&Fishing Package
What to expect:
- Quiet Fresh Water
- Fully Licensed operation INTUR, MTI, MARENA, INPESCA, DGI.. ALCADIAS, Etc..
- Great fishing all year round
. No mosquitoes!!
- 16 Years Experience
- Professional Organization
- Professional Guides
- Sport fishing boats T-Top
- All Pro Tackles Fly & Conventional Include
. Catch & Release Fishing on Light Tackles
- Good meals and Lodging ( I own the Lodges )
- 8/12 hours fishing a day
- 24h Professional Servicee
FISHING TRIPS PACKAGES
ARE ALL INCLUDE... :
Airport Pick up, Transfer, Fishing, Meals, Lodging, Fishing License, Boats, Guides, Tackles...etc..
17 YEARS THAN SAN CARLOS SPORT FISHING OFFER WORLD CLASS FISHING TRIPS FOR GIANT TARPON AND SNOOK
ON RIO SAN JUAN AND NICARAGUA LAKE QUIET FRESH WATER...
In the sixties there were several Fishing Camp on the river... Destination was world famous...
Civil War Came all stops...
In 1990.. peace came back in Nicaragua
In 1998 I had the chance to meet Mr Pilarte owner of the legendary RIO SAN JUAN TARPON CAMP.. Also some anglers than were coming in the all days... Some incredible stories..
These talks impulse me as I was tired of Fishing Rio Frio in Costa Rica.. One week good fishing..Two weeks nothing...
I enter and fish Rio San Juan for the first time in 1998 with Luis Urbina...Came back and came back Fishing has always been great and CONSTANT aas well for Giant Tarpon or Snooks
Area was realy lay back it was necessary to PROFESIONALY organize the trips.. I bought several Sportfishing boats built lodges, Trained Local Guides Etc..
To make it easy and clear for Guests I decided to only offer all inclusive packages
I love what Mr. Bill Heavey wrote upon us in a six pages Articles in Fields & Streams Magazine:
Alone in Tarpon Paradise...
The civil war is over in Nicaragua ,Tarpon unfished for 30 years are hungry and no ones Know... Bill Heavey
Since 1998 we also have been constantly working with local authorities in order to preserve quality of Rio San Juan Unique in the world Fishery: We collaborate on Regulation.. Establishing rules as Barbless hooks, No use of Gaff, Correct reanimation, Studies, Satellite tagging programs,...
We observe changes in Fishing Since 2011
It is still great... No doubt one of the best in the worldas we can go ALL YEAR ROUND EVERY DAY for 100-250lb + Giant tarpon in quiet fresh water...
Meanwhile mobility became a Must..Tarpon are yes still present all year round but now they are Active zone and places where they only roll...
Obviously Guests do not cone to spend full days in Santa Fe, Castillo or Sabalo watching Tarpon Rolling..
Nowday What is important is to fish with a Guide able to locate where Active Tarpon are... THIS IS WHAT WE DO AT SAN CARLOS SPORT FISHING..
These Active zone constantly change... It may be Yes in front San Carlos.. Or going down river at El Pitasso, Santa fe, Palo de arco, la Gnoca, La Esperanza... Sabalo or El Castillo...
Active spots are constantly changing on a 45 miles long area. Reason why we move a lot during a trip.
If for eventual better fishing we decide to go down river in order to avoid long ride each days and be able to fish the early morning we will sleep close by Spots in very nice places...always River front...
It will be at Hotel Sabalo of Mr Simeon Parales , or at Sabalo Lodge of Mr Yaro Praslin, or Hotel Victoria in El Castillo.. These places are nice, managed by real profesional who love the River offering Good Lodging and meals. They all are located directly on the river
At certain time of the year we may even go as far as San Juan de Nicaragua..120 miles down river from San Carlos to reach and fish on the mouth of river on the Caribbean sea.
Mobility is a must for a successful trip on San Juan River
Giant Tarpon fishing:
Tarpon are present all year round...
Also Snook, Rainbow bass, Machaca, Mojara
Snook, (Cola Amarilla... and Calva )
Rainbow Bass, Lagunero
With San Carlos Sport Fishing
Tarpon Fishing on Rio San Juan is in Optimum condition...
We offer Professional Service from International Airports
1) Best Fishing Guides around are working with us...We trained them It takes minimum two years of training.. They are all local ex Commercial Fishermen... It s been an exchange they Know since ever the rivers and lake... I have been teaching them sport fishing techniques
2) We offer the Only Sport fishing Central T-top boats available on the river. Fight is from a large Platform located in Front of our Sport Fishing boats. All my boats are registered and licensed for Sport fishing with Safety equipment aboard.
3) No hard Barra to pass Fishing is always on Flat fresh water... NO WAVES On San Juan river ..
4) We fish Catch and Release, Use Barb less hooks... NO GAFF we grab Tarpon by lower jaw. We practice the correct reanimation techniques....
5) All fishing is according to I.G.F.A. Rules...
6) SAN CARLOS SPORT FISHING is the Official I.G.F.A Weighting Station for Rio San Juan , Nicaragua Lake, Solentiname.....We are able to certified a Catch.
7) Due to good fishing condition, no waves and Front Fighting Platform in all boats, we can fish with Light Tackles Conventional and Fly ...
8) We also catch , Snook, Rainbow bass, Machaca, Mojara, Tropical and Alligator Gar....
San Carlos Sport fishing:
World Class Fishing + Adventures +Discovery...
Upper San Juan River / Rio San Juan still an Authentic "off the beaten track destination" :
From the years 1950 till 1976 San Juan River ( Rio San Juan ) was known as one of the best Tarpon fishing Destination in the World..There were three fishing camp on the River,.. One of them being the famous TARPON CAMP... Many Angling Celebrities came here....
Then Civil war came in Nicaragua and all Sport Fishing activities stopped.
Peace came back and since more than 20 years the area is quiet. perfectly peaceful, tourism is more than Welcome ...
It is an almost virgin Destination for Sport Fishing than I offer .
Responding to my invitation Several important Specialized TV Shows and Fishing Magazine came to visit and experience our trips... Fields&Streams, SPORT FISHING MAGAZINE, CNN Extreme fishing show, La Pesca, Voyages de Peche, DISCOVERY CHANNEL Fishing Ambasador, WFN Show will be on line soon (fall 2011 )...
Considering size and density of fish present all year round ... San Juan River is one ( if not the one ) best places in the world to fish for Giant Tarpon..
It is not only Great Fishing than we offer
There is a lot to enjoy in a trip on Rio San Juan
Adventures, and Discovery of an Authentic almost virgin destination. There is 98% probability than in the entire trip we do not meet another Sport Fishing boat... The only two busy days in the year are around September the 13th and 14th when it's held the Annual local Tarpon ( Sabalo ) and Snook ( Robalo ) Fishing Tournament..
Tropical Jungle River Scenery : Rain forest, Jungle River, ponds, swamps... Wild life reserve of Los Guatuzo, Solentiname, Isla del Pitasso, Medio quesso, Reserva Indio Mais, Rio Frio, Wild life reserve of Cano Negro,
First Class Bird Watching: Many "Birdwatchers" come here to enjoy the incredible variety of birds present all year round: Blue heron, Spoon bill, Oro pendula, sergent, Colibri, Eagles, Aigrettes, Jacana,.. etc and the majestic Jabiru.
Birds are all around but I like to mention some " Hot spots" Zapote..Zapotillo Islands Solentiname Archipelago , Medio Quesso, Rio Frio, Wild life reserve of Los Guatuzo Bird Watching
History San Juan River is an historical area. Many people talk of a big pre-Columbian city located somewhere in the Jungles around.. In the colonial time San Juan River was one of the "High way" for Spanish to transport the gold pacific soth America coast from Pacific ocean to the Atlantic then Spain... Pirates came.. Morgan... The area has been describe, by Mark Twain, the famous writer was there in 1860 , he was one of more than 100 000 Pioneers who travel the river aboard the boats of Mr. Vanderbilt. (Gold Rush Times). Other famous "visitors": Christopher Colomb, Admiral Nelson, Pirate Morgan, Jaques yves Cousteau... See History 888888
Arts: with the Painters and Wood carver of the Ernesto Cardenal Community of Solentiname Archipelago also a unique place for Bird watching ( See Arts )
Meet local people leaving on the River Banks , Share a bit of their life.. it is still possible as mass tourism is unknown here... People are very very friendly with the few Guest coming around.. (We have a lot of so special Friends living in Jungle towns or on the river banks than you will meet... Yaro, Bosco, Bertha Rosa, Rosa Elena, Simeon Parales, Manolo, Fernandin, Enrique, Juan...) Friends
What make us Special ??
SPECIFICITIES OF MY FISHING TRIPS
* We fish all year round for Tarpon 90lb/250lb +..., Snook 10lb 50lb+..., Rainbow bass ...Fishing reports
We Like Challenge so why not Light and Ultra light fishing
* I only offer clear deals..
There is a lot of useful information in this site concerning Tarpon Fishing ... Please take time to visit it, Almost everything is here ...Meanwhile I figure you have some specific questions? My pleasure to answer them.. Idea is than you know exactly before the trip What to expect...E Mail Click
I always try to make is easy.. For Example Fishing Reports are classified per months so you will know what to expect on month you are interested to come ...
* No Fix lodge Even if we own now a very nice place La Esquina del Lago our New Guest House located in a National Park in front of city of San Carlos ( New airport since January 2009 .. New very good road from Managua witch is now at only 4 hours drive ) ...
It's a real Fishing and Discovery Adventure than I offer We will move aboard our boats....Sometime 120 miles away... We will go where the best fishing is in the days you are there.. For overnights We will use local Hotel and lodges witch offer good accommodation for fishermen... No five stars ( except in Town as San Jose , Managua , Granada ) lodging is simple on our Grounds but always very clean ( Wherever we stay, rooms will have private full bathroom ) These Places are Hotel Sabalo of Mr Simeon Parales Family, Sabalo Lodge of Mr Yaro Praslin, Hotel Victoria in El Castillo Accommodations
* We specifically care for meals . Gallo Pinto, Bao, Casado are the traditional meals on witch we had International and French Cuisine... and do not miss the Rivers scrimps (Incredibly big 1lb each) Unique.
* We offer professional Guides, good boats, We reglarly change all the Outboard engines ..We have back up engine etc etc...
*Another Plus is that we custom Your FISHING ADVENTURES . Each Guest have specific expectation , each trip has to be different..
* Wither you contact me Directly or with a Travel Agency, I like to communicate personally with each of my guest before the trip, it is very easy nowadays using E mail, or Phone calls......
*I will be glad to forward E mail address of recent guests to anyone interested in booking a fishing trip with us, so you can talk directly with people who experienced my trips, Quality of my fishing and service
A Good communication between you
and me before the trip is a Must for of a successful trip..
Your contact: Champa by phone at +505 5768 4623
and (949) 400-6639 or with Internet E-MAIL