Friday, July 01, 2005

Tarpon action hot on Caribbean

Tarpon fishing in Rio ColoradobyJerry Ruhlow
For The Tico Times

The tarpon bite on the northern Caribbean coast just won't slow down.

The Rio Colorado Lodge reports it has been getting a lot of one-day trips, and everyone is going home happy. Some examples:

Benn Metz and his sons on Friday had a triple tarpon hookup on their first cast.

James Fetter and Friona Anita Wearow from South Carolina caught so many fish that they lost count, and are returning this week for two more days.

Drew Humsdon and Glen McDonald from Florida said the action was unbelievable when they fished Sunday, and Glenn is coming back this week with his two sons.

Pam Evans, who has fished the lodge four times in the past three years, was back again on a one-day trip Sunday with Alan Mitchell and her son Dylan, and they were in solid fish from the moment they got to the river mouth. They went from there to Arenal to have a shot at rainbow bass, and then headed to Tamarindo for some blue-water action.

We could quote similar reports from another half dozen fishermen at Barra del Colorado in the past week. Fish are running to around 150 pounds, the weather has been ideal, and the option is all the more enticing considering the $100-per-day-per-person discount the lodge is currently offering.

On the central Pacific coast, Jeanette Perez, from J.P. Sportfishing in Quepos, reports blue skies, flat seas and all of her boats scoring from three to five sailfish a day, about the same on tuna and a few dorado.

Similar reports came in from further north, where Wetass II skipper Sonny Kocsis reported Monday that weather and water conditions are ideal, but there is a lot of bait in the water from Playa Carrillo north, and the fish aren't hungry.

“We are seeing a lot of fish and releasing two or three sails and the occasional marlin, but they are reluctant to take bait,” Sonny said.

Courtesy of the Tico Times

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