February 21st, 2010 – tarpon, snook and lots of rain



I just returned from a couple days fishing on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica and unfortunately it was a wash out.  A cold front moved in the afternoon we arrived and the next morning it started raining at 7 am and never let up.  It was cold and windy with hard rain.  It was like some sort of bizarre water torture with sandwiches and beer.   We rode about 20 miles up to north in the canals and tried to get out of the Barra Colorado but it was too rough, we tried fishing the river mouth but the cold front, rain and muddy water made for tough fishing.

Day two was better weather…it was cloudy with no rain.  My buddy from back home caught a nice 10 pound snook but that was about it.  The water levels were way up and the hard rain had made the river a muddy mess.  We ate the snook for dinner…the chef at the lodge deep fried some and baked some and it was delicious.

The tarpon fishing in this area is legendary…it’s not uncommon to get 10 tarpon a day when the bite is good.  Unfortunately…the weather here is also legendary.   September, October, March and April are usually the best weather months…the other times of the year weather can be a factor.

The fishing was a wash out but everything else was great.  Captain Eddie is a great guy and really tried to get us on the fish.  The lodge was very nice with comfortable rooms, a lot of gourmet food, great service and a cool bar overlooking the river.

I am getting unpacked and hopefully will get caught up on emails and will post the results for the fishing tourney this past weekend.

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