Both tarpon and snook can be taken any month of the year, and this lodge is the only fishing resort in the area that remains open year around. But, like fishing anywhere, there are never any guarantees and at certain times of the year chances of scoring bit are grater than others.
The dry season, from January through May, is considered the peak season in the quiet river and lagoons for tarpon as the aerial acrobats swarm in by the thousands to spawn. They have also had some outstanding sport as late as July and early August on the inside, but in the fall the sea is calm and the fish move to the ocean, providing prime action along the coast. In other words, the fishing is good year around.
The snooks are also present year around are taken casting, trolling, surf fishing and even on flies. Small snooks called “calba” move into the rivers in November-December and provide furious action for two or three months. But beware, there are always a few up to 30 pounds mixed in with the smaller calba.
The best surf fishing and trolling in the waters near the river mouths is in the late fall and that’s when the monsters from 25 pounds on up are usually caught. You are also likely to tie into a big jack crevalle, bonito dorado or mackerel while fishing in the sea.
Light tackle gamesters including guapote, mojarra, machaca and drum are taken in the rivers, creeks and estuaries twelve months a year, so don’t forget a light bait casting or spinning outfit.
He is the king of all game fish, and there is no thrill in fishing to compare with hooking a tarpon. Set the hook hard when they strike, then watch the water erupt as they head for the stratosphere, leaping and twisting clear of the water eight or twelve times!
Average size of the tarpon is around 80 pounds and fish to 207 pounds have been brought to gaff. You can expect to jump eight or ten fish a day, and when things are really hot, anglers often jump 25 or more tarpon in a day’s fishing. Only artificial lures are used, and all of the fish are lip-gaffed so they can be released after the photos have been taken.
Most of the action will be in the calm waters of the jungle rivers and lagoons with monkeys and brilliantly hued birds to be seen in the vines and branches of the verdant, orchid draped trees that line the shore. When the fish are on the outside, your guide will often put you in the middle of a school of literally hundreds of leaping fish spreading over an acre or more of calm sea.
You will troll along the banks of the quiet jungle river or drift silently into a likely lagoon, plugging toward the brush. When the snook hits, you’ll know you have a real fish on the line as these sluggers know all the tricks, one moment bulldozing toward cover, then often reversing their field to break water as they try to shake barbs.
Except during the calba runs, the average snook close to 20 pounds. Thirty pounders are not uncommon, and fish in the 50 pounds bracket have been taken locally.
Hooking a snook in the surf as you stand waist deep in the warm waters of the Caribbean is an experience you won’t soon forget, especially since the fish in surf surf tend to run much larger. They will circle and jump frantically, using the surge of the tide and waves to their advantage and testing the angler’s skill to the limit.
Small game fish
If you should tire of wrestling lunker tarpon and snook all day you may elect to spend and hour or two in the late afternoon finessing guapote, mojarra or machaca along the shoreline near the lodge.
The guapote fights for all the world like a black bass, and may run to 12 pounds, although the average size is probably closer to 3 pounds.
The mojarra looks much like a huge bluegill, except the colors are more brilliant and they frequently run one to two pounds and more, and will hit voraciously on small trout spinners or flies.
Machaca have been called “miniature tarpon” because of their propensity for aerial acrobatics. They will average 4 pounds, and nine-pounders have been weighed in at the lodge. Try working a surface lure or popper close to the bank, then watch the water explode! Drum feed in the estuaries and lagoons near the river mouths and will take small spinners, bucktails or plastic-tailed lures bumped along the bottom.
In the evening, you can catch big catfish right from the boat dock. All but the machaca provide excellent table fare.
Boats and guides
The lodge provides you with he comfort of 23 ft. fiberglass boats, powered by new 90 hp. four stroke motors. Each boat has a center console, and 2 very confoprtable fighting chairs with rod holders and USCG approved safety equipment.
The entire fleet has fish finders, compasses and radios for maintaining contact with the lodge and the other boats. Your boat will be stocked with a cooler and cold beverages, and you will be charged for the beverages consumed at a reasonable price.
The English speaking guides were born and raised in the area of the lodge and are expert fishermen. They know every hole and riffle in the area.
The lodge is built on the banks of the Colorado River, right at its mouth where it empties into the sea and where fishing is frequently the best.
The whole complex is built on stilts, elevating it from the ground and is under cover shielding it from the rain.
Rooms are double roofed, providing a cooling insulating effect for your comfort. Even the walkways and dock are roofed for your convenience. Eighteen comfortable rooms are open to the night breeze from the nearby ocean, and all have air conditioning, private baths, hot showers, electric fans and daily maid service (they can also take care of your laundry).
Meals are served family style, all you can eat.
There is a Jacuzzi, a comfortable recreation room with game tables, and you’ll find a new video room with satellite TV, telefax equipment, a very well stocked tackle shop and an ample outdoor lounging areas, and a zoo.
Although located in one of the world’s most beautiful and primitive tropical rain forest, the weather is seldom oppressive and mosquitoes and other insects are never a problem.
Temperature averages about 80 degrees year around, seldom going above the mid 80’s. Showers may occur any time of the year, with the heavy rains from late May through December.
Please bring plenty of film for your camera, a sun hat, tennis shoes, warm weather clothing, a poncho or other rain gear for the frequent showers, sun screen and a long sleeved shirt and light trousers if you are sensitive to the sun. We can help with many special considerations.
Example Rates – subject to change by operator
Rates are per person
|Duration||Full Fishing Days||Standard||Deluxe|
|Double Occupancy||Single Angler Solo||Double Occupancy Deluxe||Single Angler Deluxe|
|6 Days/ 5 Nights||3||$1,799.00||$2,049.00||$2,092.00||$2,328.00|
|7 Days/ 6 Nights||4||$2,239.00||$2,530.00||$2,587.00||$2,837.00|
|8 Days/ 7 Nights||5||$2,679.00||$3,009.00||$3,107.00||$3,387.00|
|Daily Rates||Per Day||$450.00||$480.00||Day 1: $610.00 After: $500.00||Day 1: $640.00 After: $530.00|
Rates include: The first and last night lodging at a first class hotelin the capital of San Jose; all ground transfers betweenairports and hotels; round-trip air transportation betweenSan Jose and the Lodge; and at the Lodge, accommodations,all meals, boat, motor, fuel, fishingguide, Happy Hour, and 3, 4 or 5 full days of fishingdepending upon the package you select. Additional fishing days may be available.
Rates do not include: Meals and other purchases in San Jose, beverages (other than Happy Hour), tackle, fishing license, or other items of personal nature purchased at the lodge, andgratuities to staff and guides.
DELUXE Rates Include: fishing license, fishing lures, and beverages.