Tarponville, Costa Rica

Huge tarpon averaging 90 – 120 pounds

For years, fishermen have heard rumors of large tarpon in great numbers on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, near the border with Panama. At Tarponville, tarpon averaging 90-120 pounds are consistently caught on by both lure and fly. Ten hook ups in a morning have been accomplished, and tarpon weighing over 200 pounds have been landed on a fly. Furthermore, the fishing waters are situated in a wildlife and marine reserve, which insures management and protection of the fish and habitat.

The fishing in this region has set a new standard for tarpon fishing. Whether you are a seasoned fly fisherman or a novice looking for your first tarpon on a fly, look no further. The fishery offers fly fishing for all anglers regardless of experience. If you are looking for a real fishing adventure, hooking trophy sized tarpon, English speaking guides, try the newest and most exciting locale in the Americas.


Huge tarpon in shallow water and lagoon systems alongside some excellent permit fishing.

There is nothing more impressive than feeling the line come tight and watching a 100 lbs tarpon come rocketing into the air or tail walking across the water with your fly in its mouth.  This is why we call these fish the “Silver King”.  No where in the world are your chances of landing a tarpon over 100 lbs or hooking into a tarpon of 200 lbs more likely than Tarponville. The tarpon fishery here at Tarponville caters to all levels of fly fisherman from the beginner to the expert, from blind casting to sight casting.

Your day of tarpon fishing will begin with breakfast at 0630 followed by meeting with your captain at 0700 for a short panga ride the the Sixoalo river mouth which is approximately 20 minutes away.  Keep your eyes peeled as the tarpon can be seen feeding on bait or rolling anywhere between the lodge and the river mouth.  Once you are in the area of the river mouth the captain will scout the area looking for sign of tarpon (rolling fish, bait, birds and boils).  You will return back to the lodge at 1100 for lunch and a “siesta” and return to fishing at 1400.

Water depths targeted are 5 – 20 foot deep with the colour line being the top 4 feet of water.  This allows us to fish intermediate tarpon lines and even floating lines on the calm conditions. When the tides start to turn and the fish turn on the “feed” button, be ready, they will eat any fly you put in front of them and this can last up to an hour.

The bonefish and permit fishery here in Costa Rica is truly virgin territory. The fish in this area have seen little to no fishing pressure for the past decade and they are proceeding slowly in their expansion of this area. You can expect to see tailing permit almost immediately as you begin your walk on the flat, so be ready. You will be casting to fish in 12 inches to 3 ft of water during this time and need a fly selection to cover both of these areas.

Rustic comfortable accommodation on the beach

Complete Tarponville fishing packages include accommodations in a clean and comfortable beachfront lodge located just outside the village of Manzanillo.  Due to being located in a Wildlife Refuge, there is no vehicle access directly to the lodge and a walk of 300 yards is required.

Each room at the lodge has two beds, ceiling fans, a private bathroom, and a beachfront view of one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the Caribbean. The rooms are located only a few yards from the waters edge on a beautiful beach perfect for swimming, snorkelling, or just plain relaxing. The combination of the ceiling fans and consistent ocean breezes make sleeping quite comfortable. The lodge is located in the middle of the Manzanillo/Gandoca Wildlife Refuge, one of the most beautiful places in the entire area. Howler monkeys, sloths, a ridiculous number of bird species, and other wildlife can all be viewed from your front porch in the mornings and evenings.

Meals at the lodge will be prepared by local cooks and the menu will include such items as snapper, local fruits and vegetables, and other local delicacies. The lodge bar and kitchen area stocked with complimentary beer, rum, sodas, and mixers for any alcohol that you would like to purchase at the duty free store in San Jose and bring with you to the lodge. A normal fishing day will start with breakfast at 0600. You will depart for the fishing grounds by 0700.  Normally you will return by noon for a prepared lunch, return to fish at about 1400 until dark. This schedule allows you to be on the water during the prime fishing hours. Fishing aside, this is a gorgeous Caribbean destination loaded with activities options and numerous things to see and do.

Other activities in this spectacular area, fun regardless of whether or not you are an angler, include: wild dolphin watching tours, ocean kayaking with wild dolphin, river kayaking, guided jungle hikes, snorkelling and Scuba diving, horseback riding, indigenous cultural tours, botanical gardens, beach combing the miles of undeveloped white sand beaches, and the legendary Caribbean night life in Puerto Viejo.

South eastern corner of Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s southern most fishing lodge located on the Caribbean coast located just above the border of Panama.


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