Q: How many days fishing is included?
A: We fish five full days (10-11 hours fishing) and on the last day we have to stop after around 7 hours of fishing in order to make it back to Bluefields before dark. If you choose to spent the first night in Bluefields it might even be possible to do an extra 7-8 hours fishing, meaning a total of five full days and two shorter ones.
Q: What month is best?
A: That is impossible to say – as long as you go in season (January-June). The fishing changes with the amount of bait and tarpon in the rivers, currents, weather and other factors beyond our control. We basically recommend you go when it suits your calendar – and hope you hit the best week of the season (if you can handle it!).
Q: Is this destination suited for beginners?
A: No. You must be able to cast well and be prepared to work hard for your chances. This is an outstanding tarpon fishery but not an easy one. (That said, we have never heard of an easy tarpon fishery).
Q: Do you take single bookings?
A: While we much prefer anglers to book two, four or six together so that they know their boat partners we will take a single booking if we can find another single angler to match you with.
Q: What can I expect to catch?
A: Somewhere from zero to ten tarpon. This fishery is more about size than numbers. Most weeks will see between 20 and 30 tarpon jumped between our two boats. Usually we land around a third of those. You do the math.
Q: How big tarpon can I hope for?
A: Do you really want to know? All right, then: We are 100% sure that there are tarpon of more than 250 lbs swimming these waters. We have seen them. Fish around 200 pounds have been hooked and landed. A realistic dream target would be 150 lbs+. Most weeks will see fish in that size hooked and quite often landed.
Q: Do you sight fish?
A: Yes, we occasionally do but not like we know it from the flats. Sometimes, we sight fish to tarpon cruising a clear river. At other times, we are casting to rolling fish in lagoons – and we experience the crazy feeding frenzies that are very visual but we are not casting to individual fish then; it’s just a question of getting the fly out there and strip fast!
Q: It is safe to fish in the jungle?
A: We certainly think so. The atmosphere in our little Indian village is very friendly and safe. For smaller incidents with hooks etc. there is a field hospital in another village nearby. There are probably some dangerous animals you wouldn’t want to meet – but staying in a lodge and fishing from boats you won’t.
Q: Do you have Wi-Fi at the jungle lodge?
A: No, we don’t. Sometimes your cell phone might get a signal so you can send a text or call back home.
Q: Are there many bugs?
A: No, not too many. Some mosquitoes around dawn and dusk. Bring some repellent and you’ll be fine.