Monster Tarpon – Nicaragua
Monster Tarpon – Nicaragua
|Location:||South Eastern Nicaragua|
|Other Species:||Jack crevalle, Snook, Rainbow bass|
|Terrain:||Offshore, Shore, River|
|Peak Seasons:||April/May and September/October|
|Price (7 days):||From: Angler $5000 / Non-Angling partner $1995|
Tarpon is our passion and a species we chase wherever we possibly can. We have done it for many years and plan on continuing to do so for as long as we possibly can. Tarpon fishing is not easy, but it is considered the ultimate in fly fishing, especially if you have the opportunity to cast at a 100lb plus specimen from the beach, which is considered a small fish. It takes time and effort finding them, quick accurate casting to get a fly to them, then, getting the fish to eat is challenging and at times extremely frustrating and when they do you still have to set the hook and land the fish.
Rio Indio Lodge is situated on the South Eastern coastline of Nicaragua overlooking Laguna Santa Lucia and is the headquarters for tarpon on Nicaragua’s South Eastern coastline. The only lodge in the heart of the “Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz” that forms a large part of the Rio Indio catchment. A jungle with a radius of 60km from the lodge filled with rivers, coast line and lakes to be explored.
This is the only destination offering both offshore, shore and jungle fly fishing for tarpon that we know of. Jacks crevalle, snook, rainbow bass and other smaller species are also available from the beach and all the way up the rivers.
Offshore – Tarpon are the target species and can be found offshore, from the beach and in the rivers and lakes. The offshore tarpon are probably the easiest to locate and target. Most of this fishing is blind fishing and these fish are generally targeted with sinking or intermediate lines fished deep. If the water is clear one may have the opportunity to see fish and sight-fish to them.
Shore – With more than 60km of shoreline to explore one often see tarpon within reach from the beach. This however demands long periods of concentration, patience and accurate casting. It is far the most rewarding way of catching a tarpon but can also be quite frustrating as one does not always get an opportunity, and when the opportunity arises one needs to make it count.
Rivers and lakes – The tarpon move into the rivers in this area during September and October and one can come across very large fish during this time while smaller specimens are often encountered in the lakes. Most of this fishing is sight fishing.
Jacks are mostly found in the surf when fishing from the beach or backline. These fish are eager fly eaters and are extremely strong.
Snook and Rainbow Bass
These river dwellers are found in the structure along the rivers and lakes and are very aggressive feeders. They grow rather large and can be good fun when taking a break from the tarpon fishing.
1. We will arrive in San Jose on a Friday
2. Transfer to San Jose Barceló Palacio Hotel and spend the night
3. Early Saturday morning transfer from San Jose Barceló Palacio Hotel to local airport
4. Fly to Grey Town, Nicaragua (35min) at 07h30
5. Transfer from Grey Town Airport to Lodge by boat
6. Check in to Lodge and go fishing
7. Depart Lodge following Saturday to Grey Town Airport
8. Fly to San Jose
9. Transfer to San Jose International Airport before 12h00 (depending on weather)