Puerto Limon in December has been predictably wet and the seas unsurprisingly turbulent, however we did get a small break in the weather yesterday. This gave us the perfect opportunity to take Laura F. and her son Jeremy, of Calgary, Alberta, out to enjoy some quality time in the beautiful Caribbean and a shot at some trophy size tarpon.

We started out early and headed directly to my favorite hot spot. About an hour after setting out some live bait to drift, Jeremy hooked the first of two tarpons for the day. The fight lasted for about an hour and a half with Jeremy expertly bringing the fish alongside a total of four times before it finally broke the line and "set itself free." I believe Jeremy's fish was the biggest tarpon we've seen yet this year.

A short time later it was Mom's turn and Laura proved that brawn is not necessary to win the battle with the silver king. I am happy to inform everyone that Laura was the first lady to hook, play, and land a tarpon aboard Angler Management. Well done Laura! Her fish measured in at 1.46m long and 68cm around. Although we typically practice catch and release when it comes to tarpon, this fish was released by Laura and Jeremy to the Rondon pot of my mate Celestino to be enjoyed as part of his family's holiday dinner.

Although we are in the middle of "winter" and the weather has been less than cooperative, we are grateful that the tarpon fishing has been consistently productive.

Fish Species: Tarpon
Bait Used: Live
Tackle Used: 13/0 circle hooks on 5 feet of 150 lb mono leader on 45lb braided line
Method Used: Drifting
Water Depth: 40 feet
Water Temperature: 28 Celsius
Wind Direction: ENE
Wind Speed: 5-10 knots

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Area Reporting: Central Caribbean, Limon, Costa Rica


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