Freshwater Tarpon in the Rivers of Nicaragua
Jungle Tarpon inhabit the rivers, creeks and lagoons of the jungle. Within the San Juan River, there are what we call bulls or cows; these Silver Beauties swim downstream to other channels. This is the place where you can find the Tapam.
They even reach the Great Nicaragua Lake or channels that lead to Costa Rica. These specimens of Fresh Water Tarpon can easily surpass 200 pounds. Some of this fish remain here almost all year long and only go back to sea or to lagoons during the summer when it is dry.
It is worth noting, that on average, the size of the jungle tarpon in the San Juan River & Rio Indio is extraordinary. The same happens with other types of tarpon that do not completely go upriver. The Atlantic Tarpon can live up to 70 or 80 years and they can grow up to two meters long. They also migrate twice a year.
We dare to say that in Nicaragua, there are two kinds of Jungle Tarpon. One is darker and more aggressive and usually frequents rivers and lakes during migration.
How to catch the Tarpon in Freshwater?
River and freshwater lagoon fishing requires silence. When we fish for Tarpon in freshwater lakes or small creeks we must realize that the numbers of specimens captured are usually inferior to the number of fish who bite, the area for holding a big fish is reduced, the amount of jumping they do when they get caught is another attractive when fishing them.
There are some that weigh over 70 kilos and that do not jump. They do not waste energy and do everything possible to escape.
This is why it is imperative that we make sure we keep the struggle to a minimum because they might accidentally suffer some injury or even die. In any case, we have to make sure to carry out efficient revival tasks.
This virtually untouched river land offers the sports fisherman a variety of river habitats as well as the Caribbean Coast in which to fish for Tarpon, Snook, Rainbow bass (guapote), and Machaca a feisty fish that is a relative of the piranha.
Besides fishing for trophies, visitors to our lodge can take a two day and one night tour of the reserve staying overnight in a traditional home in the village of Rama in the Natural Park.