On the northern Caribbean coast, there are plenty of tarpon on the outside at Barra Colorado, and anglers there are still getting calba, the small species of snook that come in this time of year. According to the Río Colorado Lodge, however, there have been very few fishermen, which makes it pretty hard to figure.
The lodge reported that Al and Peggy Wilson from Oregon, down on their first-ever tarpon trip, battled three tarpon in their three days, while James Kearl and James Sangstere from Alberta were at the lodge for one day, nailing a 75-pound tarpon and a bunch of calba, which they released.
Kearl is returning with his father for another shot in February.
No word from any of the boats out of Tamarindo or Flamingo on the northern Pacific coast, but Wetass II skipper Sonny Kocsis reported Monday that action off Carrillo had been slow for the past three days, with one marlin and three sailfish releases out of seven they had up, along with a few tuna and dorado.
Kocsis said the water had turned green but was clearing up, and he expects action to turn on by the time this edition of The Tico Times hits the stands.
Some bad days also reported by J.P. Sportfishing out of Quepos, on the central Pacific coast, but there again it is improving, with three sails and two dorado on one boat Monday, and two marlin in the air with one to the boat the day before.
J.P. boats have been running about 30 miles to find the blue water. Off Golfito, on the southern coast, Roy’s Zancudo Lodge reports some big tuna, including a 180-pounder, and three or four sails being raised every day. As always in that area, the inshore fishing is good.
Lake Arenal guide Ron Saunders said rainbow bass action has started to pickup after heavy rains slowed action in the northcentral region, but the fish are very thin, as if they have not been getting enough food.