Tarpon fever...It's been one hour since we entered Nicaragua via the Rio Frio aboard "Julia Brava".On this border in the middle of nowhere, the border guards are very friendly. Obviously Augusto and Alexandro our guides know them well... We stop at this Rancho on river banks an entire family live there.. so many young kids, we bought River scrimps from them, udge 1lb each ..the boat is now gently rolling, surrounded by intense jungle vegetation, this is the famous rain forest.... huge trees, orchids... wild life is all around. A Congo monkey is screaming... there it is, at the top of an almandro tree.... high in the sky an eagle.... so many birds all around.... cormorants, aigrettes, even Jabiru... it's so quiet here....so far.....
It's warm but not so hot. We have rain and sun and rain and sun.... the strange part is that even at night on the upper San Juan River or at the lodge there are no mosquito!!!!
The boat moves slowly, you think of the river scrimps Augusto bought at a rancho in the jungle, he said ''We'll have them for dinner..'' so big... 1lb each...
It's so quiet here ...
Hard to believe that 150 years ago, during the height of the Gold Rush more than 100,000 pioneers going to California passed through here aboard Mr. Vanderbilt's boats....among them Mark Twain. He wrote:
"Dark crottos, fairy festoons, tunnels, temples, columns, pillars, towers, pilasters, terraces, pyramids, mounds, domes, walls, in endless confusion of vine-work -- no shape known to architecture unimitaded-- and all so webbed together that short distances within are only gained by glimpses. Monkeys here and there; birds warbling; gorgeous plumaged birds on the wing, Paradise itself, the imperial realm of beauty -- nothing to wish for to make it perfect."
San Juan River
You are really far away, fishing in almost virgin spots but also enjoying unique jungle scenery...
How many pictures did you shoot already? How many rolls of film did you bring ?
Hey!!!... Suddenly the Penn Senator starts to whistle.. and whistle.. "Fish on !!! Go 70 yards...100 yards and then comes an explosion...the 180lb tarpon jumps out of the water. So high!!... almost 10 feet!!! Splash... and again the line goes... here we are, but I did warn you:"Ever had a tarpon? Careful, if you take that rod.. maybe you will catch that silver king.... but what I'm certain you will catch is ..TARPON FEVER.." .(I caught the virus long ago in then quiet Africa. There's no cure...)
So you decide...but please be quick, it did jump again...and the Reel will soon be empty...Wether you're into casting, fly fishing or trolling, feeling the power of a 180lb tarpon on a line is one of the most exciting fishing experiences... At San Carlos Fishing on your first trip we'll arrange it so that you catch your first tarpon on 30lb or 25lb lines.... then with practice and experience we'll progressively put lighter lines and tackles 2olb..15lb.. some of our regular guests use now 12lb or 10lb!!! ( They provide the lures....fair? ).What makes our fishing really exceptional is that the presence of tarpon is not a problem, tarpon are abundant all year round... we also catch a lot of good sized snook in the 10lb to 40lb range and plenty rainbow bass in Paradisiac Solentiname.....Fishing conditions are the best since we are fishing inland and freshwater, no rough seas, no hard "Barra " to pass...we can fish quietly and successfully every day of the year. Since 2005 we host our Guest in our New lodge built on our property on three water shore, Nicaragua Lake, San Juan River, Rio Frio.. If fishing is not at its best in our traditional spots of Uper Rio San Juan we will take you down river to Sabalo and El Castillo....Tarpon fishing on light tackle is our specialty... Other target fish are big snook, gar, rainbow bass ( The "Lagunero" IGFA world record was set in Nicaragua towards the end of the year 2000).
I am pleased to offer Real Fishing adventures in Unique Jungle Scenery.Philippe Tisseaux.