Costa Rica Tarpon Fishing

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Costa Rica Tarpon Fishing in the Caribbean

Costa Rica tarpon fishing is largely done in the sheltered rivers and lagoons in the northeast coast of the Caribbean. Tarpon, the king of game fish, is found by the thousands from January through May. In fact, fishing is so tremendous, there is simply no need to go out onto the sea.

Always present in the waters of the east coast of Costa Rica, tarpon travel in huge schools in the ocean, and smaller pods in fresh water. In some areas, tarpon average 75 pounds, but fish larger than 150 pounds are caught every season! These huge fish can also be hooked in the surf, but if you get one on your line, and you're on foot, the chase will be grueling!

Combination Costa Rica Family Vacations

The best Costa Rica tarpon fishing is from Tortuguero north, especially around Barra del Colorado. The Barra has three river mouths, and countless miles of creeks and lagoons where tarpon flourish. Indeed, it is the largest watershed on the Eastern seaboard! The Rio Colorado carries most of the water running out of Lake Nicaragua, and is an important channel for tarpon.

The angler in the family has a rewarding vacation in the offing, but so does the rest of the family. Nearby Tortuguero Costa Rica is world-renowned for the various kinds of turtles that nest on the beaches of this remote region. Visitors--accompanies by a naturalist guide--can take exciting nighttime treks to see the turtles lay their eggs. What a once-in-a-lifetime thrill for children to see a six-foot long leatherback turtle lumbering up the beach!

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