One visit to the beautiful mountains of Costa Rica in the Arenal area, is an experince of a lifetime ,to remember with the whole family. The air is fresh from the nearby jungle, the howler monkeys will wake you on most mornings and then your off to experence a day of fishing Lake Arenal. Guapote " Rainbow Bass" are the first to strike in the early am, then follows the hard fighting :Machacca" they will thrash you top water lure on most days all day long.
It's been a difficult December and now January with high winds and lots of rain. The lake is almost to capacity and cooler this time of year so....
The fishing has slowed up a bit. Late January early February it should pick back up and the big guapote will go back on the bite!
Fly fisherman are getting some nice machacca though all on surface bugs.
The reason we started a World Record Page is that the official US record holders, called IGFA (International Game Fish Association), currently will not accept any entries from Lake Arenal, Costa Rica for guapote, machaca, and tilapia. Their reason is that there is “no room in the book.” This is not acceptable to us, as fishermen, because any fish entered into the official World Record book (WR) should also include fish being caught by a fly rod, conventional tackle, tippet class, and entries for longest length.
Unfortunately it didn't survive. so it's being mounted soon!! Photo to follow when it's completed.
After spending more than an hour trying to revive the fish to release it-it's being listed later on my. New website section " captain Ron's World Records". Soon to be up and running for all my clients to record their big catches on spin or fly fishing!!
Teresa From Long Island NY, stuck this big 12lb male guapote yesterday casting close to shore. After a strong fight down deep and under the boat we landed it for a few great pictures and then released it unharmed to fight another day!! Good job Teresa!!
FYI- the world record is only 3lbs heavier!! With a little luck soon the world record will come from beautiful Lake Arenal Costa Rica.
In between catching guapote we're still catching some big edible tilapia!! They hit hard, fight hard and taste good from the clean water of the lake. Crank baits are still getting most of the nice fish but top water has its days too.
Some kids have all the fun!! This boy had three fish before his dad had one! His second fish was the biggest fish he'd ever caught! This is why I choose to be a guide. Special moments like this!