The long way to chase the Silver King, the prehistoric giant sardine to the world famous Rio
Colorado in Caribbean Costa Rica from Japan started nearly fourteen hours fright from Tokyo,
Narita to Newark, NJ, then another five hours fright to San Jose, Costa Rica, as it's the cheapest
rate when I had booked about six month ago. The best and easy way fly down to San Jose, Costa
Rica from Japan is as first fly to Huston, TX, then to San Jose, but it's a little bit expensive
My fright to San Jose was delayed and finally I got to the hotel where my friends were waiting
was nearly midnight. After a few beers and chat we jumped into the bed.
Next morning we got up quite early, had a mini breakfast then get to the airport for the final
to Tortuguero in Caribbean coast. It's not a charter fright but no other passengers, except
pilot and co-pilot on the eleven seater propeller and only about 20 minuets fright in blue skies
we got to the Tortuguero airport where was no control tower, no bridge, only a tiny passenger's
hut beside the runway where people jog and ride through on bicycle in the rain forest jungle.
Our guide, Solis was already awaiting for us and we headed to the lodge on calm seas. After
another nearly one hour boat trip we got to the lodge we were going to stay for a week then
soon we were again on boat to hook up my first dream fish.
Here my dream to fish here finally came true, I was dreaming like this
since I decided to fish
here. Four of us we hired two guide boats and split into two each. Today's our guide was one
of the best guide in this village, Oscar
who used to work at the Casa Mar Lodge used to be
the oldest and the most popular and famous lodge, all famous anglers from all over the world
stayed and fished, but sadly dose not exist any more.
As first we tried the shallow muddy area of the river mouth where usually most productive,
starting from only 15 ft depth to about 50 ft at the end of drift. Tarpon on fly in Rio Colorado
is very special, no casting, just sink your fly and jig or strip it. Stop the engine and drift the boat.
Wind and current push your boat and 600 - 1000 grain heavy sinking head line or shooting head
line deliver your fly to deep enough to get a bite. All you have to do is ask your guide how long
the line should be in water and keep on jigging. Once you feel any slight touch or bite, immediately
hit it a couple of times as hard as possible to set the hook into it's concrete hard mouth.
No bite at shallow muddy water so we moved to south blue water. Oscar and my buddy saw
a few rolling tarpon on surface but we could not get any bite at all. Dark skies with rain, thunder
and lighting came to us and we had to back to lodge earlier.
After lunch break we tried shallow again. There's already a couple of boats as they also had
to back to lodge earlier and started earlier in the afternoon. Soon I got a sudden slight touch
and tried to hit hard but nothing was on. No bite for a while then we moved to north where we
clearly could see the line of brown and blue water, as we got a radio call from our buddies on
other boat got a few bite. When we arrived, fish was on and one of them was fighting with 100
ponder. Unfortunately fish was off after a jump. Fish were there and we were so exited. At the
first drift in blue water, soon I got a bite, but no hook up. It was as if the hook point was slipping
on hard glass. The second bite was really hard take and I sharply pulled rod and line a few times
to set hard but at the last pull fish violently run and it was like an explosion, immediately the
30 lbs class tippet was broken at my weak bimini twist.
Black and orange and my dream fish had gone and I tied green and yellow for nest drift. When
our boat just got into the brown water, fly was still in blue water I got another hard take and it
was exactly same as last bite double lined class tippet was broken again at my poor slim beauty
knot with 130 lbs bite leader. Our guide, Oscar said an angry silver giant jumped and disappeared
in the current line. What a bite and poor knot. Shit, no more class tippet and I tied 130 lbs bite
leader to 60 lbs, however no bite any more on our first day.
Joruki Lodge Colorado: http://www.facebook.com/jorukilodge.colorado
Rio Colorado river mouth and coast. the Barra del Colorado
, Limon, Costa Rica
Moon age: 22.4
Tide: San Juan del Norte (Greytown), Nicaragua
05:24 CST Sunrise
06:47 CST 0.64 feet High Tide
12:38 CST Moonset
12:50 CST 0.23 feet Low Tide
17:38 CST Sunset
19:20 CST 0.75 feet High Tide
Weather: Thunder storm / Rain / Passing cloud
Temperature: 32 - 22 ℃
Fishing: 08:30 - 11:00, 13:30 - 16:45
4 bites on Oscar's(our) boat, 6 bites and 2 fights on Solis's boat
Fly: CR Tarpon Whistler (Black/Orange, Green/Yellow)
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