Rio San Juan

Nicaragua

2005

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Snook in beer batter

 
2005 and somewhere different, the Cano Negro in northern Costa Rica, and the Rio San Juan in southern Nicaragua. Costa Rica was stunningly beautiful, Nicaragua probably more so. A wonderful, tropical paradise of hibiscus and friendly people. Fishing tropical freshwater rivers, and the lodge is only a 4-hour drive from the airport at San Jose. Usually our trips take 3 days of travelling to get to where the fish are!



The lodge at Los Chiles, just south of the Nicaraguan border is comfortable (Beds, Air-con, and hot showers), the food was excellent, there is a bar on site, and your host Martin has a great deal of entertainment value!
   
We started from the Lodge in Los Chilles, and fished the Cano Negro, a wonderful huge wetland area, full of birdlife. We trolled for Tarpon, and cast lures for the Snook and Gar. We did hook a few Tarpon quite readily, but none stayed on the line for any length of time. New species were caught though, Machaca, Snook, and Roncandor.
   
We then travelled up the Rio Frio into Nicaragua, to Lake Nicaragua (home to freshwater bull sharks) and then into the Rio San Juan.
   
We trolled for the Tarpon, we cast to the Tarpon,we tried hard, but only managed to hook one, which threw the hooks. They were there, you could see these leviathans coming up to breath air, enormous fish, but with lockjaw, we think that may have been due to the water conditions, there had been exceptional rains and flooding a week before.
   
We rested at El Castillo, a magical town by the river. An old Spanish Fort that both Henry Morgan and Nelson had once occupied. Martin our guide had taught the local restaurant how to cook Fish and Chips in a beer batter, we supplied the Snook! Delicious. The freshwater prawns are also a must.
At El Castillo we watched the Tarpon rising like trout on 'duffers fortnight' above the rapids.


 

   
We fished the tributaries coming into the San Juan, Guavina, Snook, Machaca, Pinto. Gorgeous, beautiful scenery, this area is so pretty!

 

   
We finished the trip back on the Cano Negro with a big Gar of 30lb.

 
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