TARPON FISHING RIO SAN JUAN

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