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Costa Rica Fishing Reports from Rio Colorado Lodge

Fishing Report Week Ending Feb 16, 2019
Todd Hitchens of Littleton, CO came to Rio Colorado Lodge on his bucket trip tarpon adventure. Todd fished 2 days with us. He jumped 7 tarpon, bringing 3 to the boat for release. His biggest tarpon was 115 pounds. All the fishing was done anchored inside the breakers at the river mouth. Spinning gear and super shadwraps were the order of the day. Todd had no hits on the fly rod. But, the big surprise was that one of the tarpon ran under the anchor rope early in the battle and when the rod was passed under the rope to free the fish for the fight, he decided to commit suicide by jumping in the boat, clean into the bow. The guide got hit in the leg and one fly rod in the holder got slight damage to the cork handle and one Abu 7000 reel in the holder got the handle bent badly. Todd on the other hand safely in the back of the boat behind the console was spell bound about his close call. The unlucky fish was taken to the village and donated to hungry poor folks and after a 30 minute soap and water wash down the fishing continued. Todd returned safely home with his catch certificates and some amazing tales to tell about his up close and personal experience with the mighty tarpon. We strive for catch and safe release, but when these things happen the happy ending is the fish goes to the needy. It has been over 10 years since we had a similar incident with Robin and Patty Hoover of Naples, Fl in the same boat with the same captain at the helm. This time he stayed in the boat to deal with the flopping fish, but in the event 10 + years ago, the guide jumped out as the fish flew in to the helm position and then did major damage to the brand new boat on its maiden voyage! SPECIAL NOTICE TO OUR REGULAR AND POTENTIAL ANGLERS ABOUT PRICE INCREASES JULY 1 BECAUSE OF NEW TAX ON TOURISM. After many years, the Costa Rican government in order to deal with their excess spending has decided to change to a VAL tax structure instead of a sales tax. Tourism and tours such as charter boats were exempt from the tax, but EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2019 all tours will have a 13% tax imposed. This will unfortunately increase the cost of fishing and other tours. So if you have been planning a return trip to fish with us, or putting off your first tarpon trip, this is the perfect time to book and take your trip prior to July 1, 2019. We have spae available for the moment so come on down sooner than later and take advantage of the last opportunity for a TAX free cheaper trip. This tax has long been on the table for discussion, but unfortunately for all of us, the time has come.

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