Rio San Juan

Nicaragua

2007

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John 1 Tarpon 0!

 
2007 a return to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, just myself, invited down by Martin Bernard to join the "No Frills" team to fish the Annual Fishing competition, held to commemorate Independence Day in Nicaragua at San Carlos
   
Arriving at San Carlos to clear immigration, and to register for the Tournament, note that the water level was a good 3 feet lower than our last visit here, even though this is the height of the rainy season!

   
We then continued down the Rio San Juan to the beautiful town El Castillo where we were lodged. The Spanish Fort had now been renovated since we were last here.
   
Day 1 of the Fishing Competition "Torneo International de Pesca del Sabalo Real - "Richard Lugo Kautz"

We fished the confluences of the Santa Cruz and Pocosol with the intent of catching Snook. I failed to catch any Snook over 3lb, but did get a cute Guavina

 
   
Day 2 of the competition we trolled for Tarpon above the rapids at El Castillo, we hooked and fought several Tarpon, some for over half-an-hour but failed to get any to the boat. I did however manage to get a 12lb Snook which we weighed in at El Castillo.

My Snook earned me 2nd Place!!

   
Sunday, we stayed in San Carlos and went fishing in Lake Nicaragua. - more astonishing beautiful scenery, this part of Southern Nicaragua is just so so pretty! we caught good numbers of various Cichlids and Guapote (Rainbow Bass)
   
We returned to Los Chiles, bade farewell to the Victoria Posse and went fishing for Tarpon in the Lagoons of the Cano Negro. Several Tarpon were hooked, two to the boat (small ones - about 60lbs), including, eventually, one for me! Angling does reward perseverance!!  
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