San Jose, Costa Rica

You say you want to catch the infamous Silver King Tarpon? You say you want to see the majestic aerobics of world class Tarpon? Then book’ em Dan-O to Costa Rica – the headquarters of the “King” of all game fish!

San Jose Costa RicaThe only season which is considered off is mid November through December and even then, fishing is not off, but the weather is – rain and more rain! January through June are your primary months with September through mid November as secondary months. Temperatures average near 85 degrees year round, but seldom go higher. Another bonus in being tucked away in this jungle wilderness is the absence of mosquitoes. Though repellent is recommended, it is seldom needed.

There are several camps sprinkled on the Caribbean Coast that offer well appointed accommodations, great food and spectacular fishing. As a bonus, most of the better connected camps can make arrangements to fly you and your group to the West Coast for some “Blue Water” fishing. Sailfish, Rooster Fish and Dolphin are the order of the day on the Pacific side and you do not want to pass up this bonus opportunity if it is available through your lodge or travel agency. It is a perfect way to pound out a four or five day fishing package while in the beautiful surroundings of Costa Rica.

Tackle requirements here are the best you can afford. Tarpon runs of 150 to 200 yards are common and one’s rod and reel will be put to the test with the likes of this animal. 20 to 25# test line is required with 100# leaders. Special salt water lures and baits designed for big fish should round out your arsenal. Additionally, this fishery offers Snook, Guapote and Mojarra species in the back water lagoons. Regular Walleye or Bass gear will suffice here with 6 to 8# line.

Rates to Costa Rican fishing camps generally include costs from Miami, Florida. You can tailor make your own itinerary whether it be a 3, 4, 5 or 7 day package. Flights to the West Coast would be extra, but you can be handled on a daily basis. All fishing tackle and equipment for “Blue Water” fishing is provided.

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