Going Fishing? (IV)

By BobbyRica | November 10, 2009

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You’re into fishing, you say? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Costa Rica is home to many species of pescado (fish). Some of them might even be unique in North America. There is much to know about the fish life here. And there’s always something great to go fishing for when you visit Costa Rica. Here’re two fishes you’d want to try to catch!

Tarpon and snook fishing is big on the Caribbean coast, centered at the mouth of the Barra del Colorado River, which hosts several world-renowned fishing lodges. The acrobatic tarpon, which averages about 85 pounds here, is able to swim freely between saltwater and freshwater and is considered by many to be the most exciting catch on earth. Tarpon sometimes strike like a rocket, hurtling 5m (16 ft) into the air, flipping, and twisting left and right. Anglers say the success rate of experts is to land about one out of every 10 tarpon hooked. In the Colorado, schools of up to 100 tarpon following and feeding on schools of small, sardine-like fish called titi travel for more than 160 km (100mi) to Lake Nicaragua. Tarpon are in greatest abundance just outside the river mouth, but are also present on the river itself, and in its backwaters and lagoons. Snook also make the long swim up the Barra del Colorado River following the titi. The longstanding international Game Fishing Association all-tackle record was taken in this area.

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