Tarpon Fishing Tips Techniques 2018-03-07T10:11:15+00:00


Tarpon Fishing Tips for Lure, Bait &  Fly Fishing in Nicaragua

Our tactics for the Tapam are based on patience, practice, and observation. We fish this waters 365 days year. What method is the most effective ??? It depends on the day.

You can perfectly fly fish for the  Tapam with success, use artificial lures or if you wish to try with live bait for a more relaxing experience. Our methods of  Tarpon fishing are completely respectful with the environment, we only practice Catch & Release and we try not trolling baits because besides this method is the less effective method for fishing Tarpon honestly, it disturbs fish environment and fuel and engines kill the environment.

For the last five years, we have used the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust organization sizing charts to measure our specimens. This way, we obtain the experience and a clinical eye to learn their approximate weight. In the same period of time, none of our team participate in any Fishing Competition based in Nicaragua that involves killing or disturbing the habitat of the Tapam.

We do not bring specimens on board. We are also in disagreement with the IGFA regulations on the world records about killing for a record, want to stress that we do not believe in the necessity of killing animals.

In this case, talking about jungle tarpon we emphasize this point. Catch and Release.

It is important to note that the use of light equipment can prolong the battle with the fish which can lead to harming the fish. This is why we are capable of doing reviving techniques so that the Tarpon can live.

We recommend the use of adequate equipment according to the necessities of our environment. Do not hesitate to ask us about the kind of fishing and techniques to use.

It is incredibly important that in all of these fishing techniques for the Nicaragua Tapam , to place the hook in the fish’s lip or it will let go when it jumps. Sometimes, when the hook is placed too late, the Tarpon escapes. There have been times in the sea when even in a short throw, some different Tarpons went after it.

The Tapam Lodge in the South of Nicaragua

We have always been fishing guides, with years of experience guiding our customers along the bright blue Caribbean coast and river waters of the Jungle to the very best spots for catching the giant silver Tarpon fish. Tarpon is what we’re known for, so we call ourselves a Tapam Lodge. We are definitely in the very best spot.


Tapam Fish Nicaragua

Tarpon on Live Bait: Sardines

When using live bait for Atlantic Tarpon like sardines in the sea one should use circular hooks. Depending on the season, we can find up to seven different kinds of sardines in our current location, including other fish that the Tapam eats. We try to simulate the Tarpon´s prey in each situation.

An 8/0 can be a good model when there’s a large school of fish or if the water is murky. And big Tarpons are present. If not, one must downsize and change its presentation.

Tapam Fishing

Tapam with Artificial Baits: Lure Fishing

When fishing with artificial lures for catching Tapam thinking about Jerk Baits, Swimbaits, Stick baits.. one must consider that many of them have hooks that are not appropriate for fishing the size of the Tapam that we have in this waters.

One could think that the use of single hooks or other tactics can increase the Catching Ratio when fishing for Giant Tarpon. Single hooks can easily penetrate the fish mouth so these can´t be easily extracted when Tarpon jumps.

But these are not the key factor when fishing for the Tapam in Nicaragua with artificial lures. It is important to avoid quick snaps that always fail and fish notice them for sure. But there are many other factors that only the experience of your guide will show you the method for increasing strikes.

Tarpon Fly Fishing

Tarpon Fly Fishing Techniques

It is crucial in Tarpon fly fishing to use straight hooks selected for Tarpon of a particular size: 5/0 or 6/0 and brands recommended for their quality. We prefer the Tiemco 600sp or the Owner Aki. Because if not your fly hook could probably break.

Tropical fly fishing lines adequate for Nicaragua’s climate and the water temperature, which averages 27 degrees. Tapam on fly is a challenge for all anglers. More if you are dealing with a big one.

Fly Patterns that work in the same way are baitfish and prey imitations they are effective flies like Tarpon Toads, Lefty Deceivers, Flat Wings…  These flys vary in color according to the environment in which we are fishing. These flys do not change a lot from others used in other areas. The movement and size of the fly are crucial here, each fly has its own day and spot. Tapam loves flys.

Nicaragua Fly Fishing Tapam

Nicaragua Fly fishing the Tapam

Fly Fishing Tarpon in rivers and lagoons in Nicaragua, what we call Tapam fishing offer a staged and a magnetic environment for this sort of activity. Contrary to what many  might think, not all rivers that connect to lagoons and channels of the Indio River are the same. The water in the northern part of the Indio River runs from waterfalls located in the mountains and its tributaries have very clear water.We have seen Tapams in places near Rio Indio Birthplace.

There are places here where Tarpon swims freely and coexists with other species. When we began our activities, these areas were protected exhaustedly given our ideology of absolute respect for the communities that live there and their environment.Catching any of these Tapam fish in the jungle requires silence, observation and the ability to blend in with the nature that surrounds you.

You can  fly fishing for Tarpon,Rainbow Bass, Tiger Bass, and more, but also Jack crevalle in nearby lagoons and tributaires of main rivers  when the tide is high or when they chase schools of fish down the rivers.

Tarpon Fishing Equipment

It is important to use the right equipment, not too light but not too heavy. Heavy equipment for Tarpon can cause irreversible damage in the Silver King´s  mouth or in other parts of its body. This is why we do not recommend trolling baits.

On the other hand, the use of very light equipment can make the fight unnecessarily long. Fishing equipment changes according to the kind of fishing one want to practice.

Tarpon Fishing Rods

Sometimes, fishing rods can break due to too much pressure applied when not needed or when trying to pull a Tarpon from too deep. It depends on the brand, kind of fishing rod that you expect to use but as quick guide fishing Rods around 25 pounds test are more than enough for a good fishing day. If the blank is a quality brand, it can work well for fishing. We recommend you wear an eyeshade or a cap not just for sun protection but if a rod break, it can hurt your face. Also one should adopt the right postures so that the rods work accordingly.

The ideal equipment differs when using bait or when using sardines. We recommend using equipment that weighs between 40 or 50 pounds because of monster Tarpons or Giant Jacks in rivers. A 50-pound and 7-feet-long fishing rod when fishing from the shores and 40 pounds and 8-feet-long when fishing on the beach.

To catch other river species like the Guapote, one must use lighter equipment, the same equipment used to fish the Black bass.

Fly rods for tarpon fishing don´t exercise the amount of pressure necessary and that is why the rods break more often than not, because of human error. It is very common to underestimate the fly fishing rod’s capacity to drag. One must remember that the majority of fish in these waters surpass 50 kg; this is why our fishing rods and equipment must be from quality brands.

Tarpon Fishing Rods
Tarpon Fly fishing Rod

Tarpon Reels

Tarpon Reels in Nicaragua can be filled with 30 or 50-pound braid. There is no need for a strong spool when fishing from the fishing boat, you can use bait cast or spinning reel, it is more important the size and the capacity that the spool can store and the operational capacity that it has during fishing.

We have tried different models and most of them have worked. When trying to control the fish, a good spool can make a big difference. We recommend the use of quality brands because if not, the simple spool friction won’t last too long.

From the beach spinning reels, it’s better to use spools of bigger capacity and braking capacity.  Today, spools like this exist. Friction on this reels could affect the fight and pressure to the fish.

We do recommend high-end tackle for these purposes because many times bigger fish are surrounding the coastline. You will not stop these Trophies with a standard reel, you will be spooled. The same, if you do not know how to set properly the brake of these reels is much better to let your guide to do so.

Tarpon Fly Fishing Reels

Tarpon fly fishing reels requires fly reels with great spools with a great line capacity.

When fly fishing for tarpon, is necessary to adjust the brake of the spool according to the kind of equipment. Do not buy low quality brands the spools will get out of your reel on the first run, and you couldn´t ever stop the fight even lasting hours. Your back will also appreciate this point. Balance your rod, use the right fly tackle this fishing is outstanding.

Tarpon Fishing Lines

A lot has been written about the use of knots and lines. According to our own experience, we stress that knots have to be well made. The use of mono or fluorocarbon line is a decision up to each fisherman.

We believe that fluorocarbon is better for live bait or sardines because it sinks better. The advantage of using fluorocarbon line with live bait is that it is easy to handle.

We tend to use Braid Line: Standard Dynema, Superslick or Hollow as our main line so that we can connect it to a thicker piece of a shock leader according to the size of the exit rings of the rod and it has the minimum size of a meter and a half. Again from quality brands If not your lines will not take long to start making a noise like the guitar strings and finally the line will break.

Tropical water fly fishing lines

If we do not want complications in fly fishing and there is a lot to be said about this one must note that there are full leaders of a certain brand that include certain class tippet so that,  the rods won’t break. Shooting heads in the salt are very Ok too.

Will be more about this topic on a blog post, anyways a ghost tip or fully transparent fly line works very Ok too. Any advices for equipment if you needes before your trip will be replyed. We want the best for you in your fishing days.

Tarpon fly fishing Reel
Tarpon fishing Lines

Artificial Tarpon Lures and Flies

There are thousands of different kinds of artificial lures and flies for Tarpon . Our main goal is to try and simulate the fish of each region or the kind of bait that our targeted fish prefers to eat. It is not an exact science, however; certain lure can be very effective during one day and completely ineffective on another.

Tapam fly fishing Flies

Tapam flies while fishing must simulate shrimp, crabs or baitfish. Depending on the time and environment, the Tapam changes its preferences from one kind of bait to another. Once you made your trip reservations, we will offer you all the necessary instructions so that your fishing experience can be incomparable.

Tying tarpon flies like Tarpon toad, Lefty Deceivers, Stu Apte´s.. is the way to go.