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Fishing Report

Costa Rica Fishing Reports from Rio Colorado Lodge

Fishing Report Week Ending Sep 14, 2018
Now to follow up on the last report with the crazy double hook up of one tarpon on lures of 2 separate anglers. Repeat guest Martin Livingston, a South African angler who now lives in the US, returned for a second tarpon fishing visit and brought along his fishing friend Raymond Schneider from South Africa, for an 8 day fishing trip. These guys were a pleasure to have at Rio Colorado Lodge. First of all, Martin is a master photographer and came equipped with serious camer/video gear. He also custom built all of his fishing rods, which all held up well. Raymond from South Africa brought along a three piece rod that was about the size of a spaghetti noodle that I was sure would be destroyed. Boy was I wrong. This amazing rod brought in monsters and survived the trip with flying colors. Their trip total was 35 tarpon jumped and 16 brought to the boat for release. They fished outside on mostly flat seas. The guys did the homeland proud sampling our Imperial beer, toasting their success at hand to hand combat with monster tarpon, some in the 175 pound class. We ran through the entire 7 day menu and repeated some favorites like the coconut cheese pie! Raymond was great company after hours. He is an excellent stand up comedian and has perfect imitations of various languages from all over the world, including the bush. He kept us all in tears of laughter. The guys had our first ever double hook up one fish and 2 anglers with a bait well hooked it it's mouth and boated it in record. The funny part is how long it took them to figure out they were fighting the SAME FISH!! Just to spice up the trip, Martin did a masterful job hooking himself with a triple strength treble hook in the finger almost all the way through. This gave me a chance to perform my favorite hook removal surgery with the old fishing line trick. After a shot of deadner (is there such a work), and a couple of shots of beer for Dr. Dan for a steady hand, we successfully removed the hook with the ready on four, but yank on two trick. We hope to post the video on the Facebook page soon for you all to see, along with some other amazing pictures. The guys are planning a repeat for next fall, and we can't wait to have them back.

Fishing Report Week Ending Sep 12, 2018
Barry Friedman from Arizona came on a father son trip with his son Jared Friedman. Barry said he was coming for the bacon (we're world renowned for our great meals) and Jared was coming for the tarpon (we release). Both guys had a big tarpon on their bucket list. After a first day when 1 tarpon was jumped and a big machete fish was boated things got better and better each day. Barry got fried in the sun early on but stayed after it. Big schools eating bait were fussy eaters, but the guys managed to jump 13 on the trip, 7 on the last day, and boated 5 total. Jared beat Dad with a 175 pounder, but Dad hung in real well for a sunburned 70+, who looked 50 and his biggest was 140 lbs. Check out the picture of one of Jared's fish on our Facebook page! We have our South African dynamic duo here for an 8 day fishing trip now, and we'll get a full report after their last day of fishing. They have already done the impossible and had a double hook up, not on fish but on fishermen, a hooked tarpon in the fight took a break to bite a second bait, and the guys both were in the battle with a tarpon but in the end, it was the same fish with 2 rapala baits in it's mouth!! One for each rod/angler!! Beer was involved in this incident. More later with our next report. We STILL HAVE SPACE for the fall season so give us a call and come on down soon.

SAD NEWS Sep 12, 2018
We are sorry to report the unexpected death of our Noel Hodgson who our regulars know is the brother of our guide Wendel Hodgson and the son of Wilson Hodgson who worked for us until he was 93. Noel was our mechanic and all of us here at Rio Colorado are still in shock and miss him. We have his family in our prayers and hope that you will too. Many of you regulars know that Wendy is the captain on our jungle adventure tour boat and is a favorite with everyone. Noel will be forever missed.

Fishing Report Week Ending Sep 9, 2018
We welcomed back Ron Oswald and his fishing partner Gary Fielding. These guys have been here over 30 times and partnered up to come back twice a year together after meeting here in the bar on a previous trip some years ago. The come twice a year, once in May, and again in September. Gary boated a 170 lb. monster tarpon. The guys jumped 7 total fishing outside on the ocean each day. Ron insists that outside fishing is the only way to go for him. This year we have had so much bait action outside with the shrimp and machete fish and sardines everywhere that the large schools of tarpon we are seeing all over as normal are being a bit picky on biting rubber baits. The fish are here and all of our regulars are seeing the benefits of catch and release fishing as our averages sizes continue to get bigger. We are seeing many, many more big monster tarpon in the 160 to 225 lb. range than ever before. We very seldom see tarpon under 75 lbs. and our average weight is 120 lbs. these days for sure.

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