Tarpon fishing..

Tarpon fishing..

We pride ourselves on providing a comfortable and enjoyable experience for our guests, with no sea sickness and very few mosquitoes. Our professional guides and equipment ensure that you have the best chance of catching the tarpon of your dreams. Come join us and create lasting memories on the Rio San Juan!

Sometimes it can be frustrating to read articles or books written by famous Tarpon Masters who describe Tarpon behavior as standard - "run and jump". This is why many people end up losing so many Tarpon. I don't like these articles because what's most interesting about Tarpon is that there is no standard behavior. The most attractive part of Tarpon fishing is that we have no idea what can happen next. This is probably the reason why, even after catching so many Tarpon, we still love to go for them.


When it comes to fishing for Tarpon with lures, there's no doubt that setting the hook can be challenging. While it's true that Tarpon have a hard, bony mouth that can be difficult to penetrate, there are some key points to keep in mind. As an experienced angler, I often wonder what exactly "setting the hook" means, especially when using Nylon Mono Filament, which has a lot of stretch regardless of the brand. To gain a better understanding, try tying a 20lb Igfa Mono Filament line to a fixed point, then walk 20 yards away and hold the line in your hand. Block the drag, stretch the line by walking back, and count how many feet you can stretch the line until it breaks (use Bimini knots). It's important to note that some people will tell you to set the hook by lifting a 6-foot-long rod, but the most effective way to set a hook on a Tarpon when using a Nylon line is when the fish is running and the line is in tension. Strike shortly 2 or 3 times, then lower the rod on the side. Alternatively, when you feel the first attacks, use a braided line and hold the rod in your hand for better sensitivity. Trust me, with a little practice and patience, you'll be well on your way to landing that trophy Tarpon.


When it comes to fishing for tarpon with lures, it can be challenging to set the hook due to their tough, stone-like mouth. However, it's essential to understand that there are certain techniques that can increase your chances of success. Rather than striking wildly, it's important to maintain contact with the fish and apply progressive pressure before taking any action. By doing this, you can strike the rod down and to the side using the speed of the fish to your advantage. Practice makes perfect, and this technique has proven effective in 90% of our fishing days on the San Juan River.


Of course, there are days when the tarpon don't seem interested in biting, no matter what method you try. Whether you're trolling, casting, fly fishing, using live bait, or changing up your lure's color, they might only play with your bait without committing to a bite. It can be frustrating when you see hundreds of tarpon all around you, but none seem to bite. However, keep an eye out for small signs, like a whistle on your line, as they could indicate a tarpon's interest. And if you're lucky, you might even witness one jump out of the water. Remember, even on slow days, the thrill of tarpon fishing is the unexpected nature of the experience, and we're always ready to adapt and try new tactics.


As a Tarpon fishing enthusiast, I highly recommend using braided line and a long medium heavy action rod to effectively feel for the fish's attacks. When you feel two or three little touches, make sure to immediately strike along the boat with the rod down parallel to the water level.


Tarpon Fishing favorite lures, most of them

Additionally, my personal favorite lures for Tarpon or Snook fishing in the waters of San Juan River in Nicaragua and Costa Rica are the Super Shad rap and the Floating magnum in size 11 and 14, with almost any Rapala colors being good depending on the conditions of the day.

Notes & Reflexions upon Tarpon Fishing

1) IGFA world record

Building trust with our audience is important to us at San Carlos Sport Fishing. We highly respect IGFA for their years of fantastic work for sport fishing. As a proud member of this institution, we understand that holding an IGFA world record is important to some anglers, as it can enhance the fame of a fishing operation. However, the problem with IGFA rules is that in order to register a world record, the fish needs to be killed.

In the past five years, we have caught several tarpon in the San Juan River, including many over 150lb, over 200lb, and even some over 250lb. We estimate the weight of the fish we catch by taking their length and measuring their girth, which is a quick process we can do before releasing the fish back into the water. While we have had some accidents with fish bleeding during or after the fight, we never intentionally kill fish.

I will never intentionally kill fish

At San Carlos Sport Fishing, we do not support the idea of killing tarpon for record-keeping purposes. It is impossible for us to claim an IGFA world record, as their requirements would involve taking the fish out of the water, weighing it, and measuring it, which would be dangerous for both the fish and the anglers. The only exception would be if a fish is hooked in the gills and bleeding, in which case we may submit the record, but this would not be true sport fishing.


We are proud of our actual company records for tarpon, which include beating the kid IGFA tarpon world record many times, as well as several other records for men and women. We have also estimated two fish to be over 300lb in weight. We always catch fish in absolute respect of IGFA regulations and never intentionally kill fish. We hope to continue providing our guests with unforgettable fishing experiences while preserving the natural beauty and resources of the San Juan River.

Our actual ( 2005) Company records for TARPON are:

(Fish released these numbers are only Estimations..)

  • Children Boy IGFA World record record 90lb beaten many time
  • Children Girl IGFA World record record beaten ONE time
  • 12lb Men IGFA record 188lb beaten many time
  • 12lb women IGFA record beaten many time
  • All Tackle.. We report two fish released to the boat we estimate over 300lb


At San Carlos Sport Fishing, we have been exploring new ways of catching tarpon on light and ultra-light lines since 2003. We use 20lb test, as well as 12lb test lines, with lighter spinning and bait casting reels, and one piece IM7 graphite rods with medium heavy and heavy action. This type of fishing is challenging but extremely exciting. We want you to know that we have developed our techniques to ensure that we do not lose any more fish.



If you're looking for an unforgettable experience, we highly recommend trying tarpon fishing with braided line. The feeling of catching these magnificent creatures is beyond compare, and you will be able to sense every move the fish makes. With a little practice, even the most experienced anglers will be able to predict the fish's next move. Our team at San Carlos Sport Fishing uses 12lb to 20lb braided lines for this type of fishing, and we guarantee that you will love every moment of it.