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Fishing report  # 18.  3 day fishing/exploring on San Juan River August 3 to 6    2001

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That time our guests Julie and Fabien from France came by San Jose Costa Rica so we drove to Los Chiles..their goal was a few fishing and a lot of discovery... Jungle scenery, exuberant vegetation, birds, Wild life they got all that. So only a few hours of fishing in a San Juan river full of Tarpon Julie had her tarpon 150 lb after a 1 hour fight on 30lb and Fabien had a 200lb and a 130lb also some gars...Fabien did surprise us a lot because he had his two tarpon release in less than 15 mn... one of them was a 200lb??? He confess than he is far from being an experimented angler...so he did not put  pressure on the line at all,  this may be the secret??? ... but I Wonder? He was fishing on 30 and 40lb but??

I also took a small one 60/70lb on 30lb as I wanted to experiment a new technic for the next fishing Tournament to be held on the 12/13/14 of September...result has been Ok as in two  minutes tarpon was to the boat...I gave the Rod to Fabien to search for my camera and  PROBLEM HAS BEEN THAN FISH  DID JUMP IN THE BOAT.....Julie took the picture on this moment so i Have a top picture THAN HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN SPORTFISHING MAGASINE.

The most pleasant part of the trip for these guest is than we went down river to El Castillo where we did stay for a night.... Hotel is very beautiful there overlooking the river from the balcony of the room you can see the tarpon jumping in the rapids...while having a nice breakfast on white tablecloth . The village is small 300 habitants, it is very clean , very typical there is a very good restaurant...The fortress above the hill is in perfect shape ,the view over san Juan river fantastic...Really a nice hide away.. and a good fishing spot...we will be back there regularly in the coming month specifically for Snook fishing as the season is from September till January/February ...We did not fish for tarpon but they are abundant...problem is than it will be difficult to go lighter than 40lb there due to the presence of the rapids down river...so Dangerous. we will find a solution probably by fishing a miles or two up river...

Also the good news is than River Scrimps are back in San Carlos we had them for dinner...Better than lobster said Julie and she is an expert has she lived long in the Caribbean Islands of St Martin and St Barth...

Julie and Fabien left from San Carlos for Granada using the line ferry a long trip but with stops in Solentiname and Omotepe... Airplane is only 50 mn...

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