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Fishing report # 24,. 15 th of January 2002

In this trip we had the pleasure to receive Domenico, coming from the cold of up north in USA..Domenico did stay with us from the 6th til the 13th of January...

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When Domenico did left his home in USA it was covered with snow..a great change on landing in San Jose Costa Rica.

We met at the airport where I was waiting for him , he did use Delta Airline , whose the fly arive in San Jose everyday at 1 pm, it is a very good time to arive as no waste of time in an hotel night in the central valley ..on Arival day we can transfert Guests to Los Chiles...With Domenico we imidiately took the higway in direction of Los Chiles via the mountains of Sarcero, the coffe , the sugar cane plantation, the oranges grove..we past very close from Arenal unfortunately the weather was very cloudy..so we only saw the shape..On our way we also did stop at the place of a friend of mine, Carlos . The trees al around are crowded with very big wild Iguanas...We arrived in Los Chiles around 7 pm had a good Dinner at Restaurant El Parque, then we slept at Cabinas JABIRU...

Something strange and funny did happen that night... Domenico though than I was going to sleep in the same cabin than him, ( We never do that Guest have their cabin for Privacy..but how could Domenico knew that we only met a few hours before..) .Well at Jabiru the cabins are very big and in fact separate in two rooms ...., I had to talk with Augusto to see if everything was ready for our ealy morning living of Folowing day so I went away and later went directly to my own cabin...Domenico thought I was coming back so he left the door open...and slept... In the middle of the night another guest of the hotel obviously totally drunk could not find his room and by mistake did enter the cabin of Domenico ( whose door was open ) , and this guy did fall asleep in the second part of the cabin... Domenico though than it was me and did not worry so much , except than he told me after than in this moment he took the decision to go back to state on folowing morning...How can I blame him, how can he go in such an adventures trip with a Drinking Guide...the fun part is that in the morning I did Knock at his door ..then he look at me .." But you are not inside?" " No Domenico I am here." " .but then who is this guy inside ? " " what guy this is your room." ..We did wake up this gentleman...who was feeling so sorry than I did not make any problem... but we did laugh during al the trip of this so strange situation... I promise than from now I will check if the doors of my guests are closed...

Well Domenico decided to stay with us ( I do not drink, except a beer or a glass of wine with my meals ), in this morning we made the imigration work and ...everybody aboard...with Augusto as a Captain, Walter to help... ( I always have to crew aboard my boats, for safety and also some muscles may be necessary with big tarpon )We did enter to Nicaragua via Rio Frio, stopping in the river to watch the monkeys, turtles and so abundant birds.... and to buy our now Traditional River Scrimps ( 1 lb each of them ) from this so nice family living in a rancho on the river banks.....we arived in San Carlos made the

Clearance and after a lunch at Dona Juanita, we did start fishing..on that day we had several Tarpon hits and jumped , and one to the boat after an almost two hour fight..in the folowing days fishing has been the same, Tarpon hit, tarpon jumped, and three more to the boat..( size between 100lb and 180 lb....Domenico is a very experienced Angler, nothing to tell him, meanwhile he did lose another big one , after a 1.30 hour fight...Tarpon was starting to give up...everything was Ok and sudently the fish did became like crasy, a short run on the right then on the left ...Total surprise for Domenico...No time to react , to much drag and broken line.. I figure than this exausted , totally scared tarpon had such a reaction because of the presence of a shark..... ( We stil 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 explantion of this so strong and crasy run of the Tarpon.. I also like to mention than in that trip Domenico did also caught two interesting snooks, one small around 10lb and another one much bigger more than 30lb, more than a meter long...and fat...

We returned on day 7 to San Jose, Passing again close to a cloudy arenal via Sarcero, Domenico did decide to stay three more days in San Jose to enjoy our capital...and did stay at so nice hotel President in the center of town, close to National Theater, to the Plazza de la cultura etc...

We had a very nice and fun trip with Domenico , fishing has been great, Domenico did beat his personal record for both Tarpon and Snook... he did meet many of our friends...who all did enjoy his company...

I have many guests coming in the coming weeks , my agenda is totally full till the 16th of February, after this date I have open weeks...

Philippe Tisseaux

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