After many requests to put the " secret formula " of our guacamole on the web site, here it is...
Start by peeling a nice lime or lemon, in Costa Rica we use the local limones, personally I think it helps the flavor.
The early top water bite has been a bit off lately, so we have had to go deep! it has produced some of the biggest female guapote i have seen in a long time. Several days have been " blue bird " making it tough as well. Last week we pulled in a nice 7.5 pounder plus several others that were very nice. The level is stationary now so we hope to see more nice fish come up. Some small storms have started producing heavy rain, but only in the late afternoon hours. For those who have been asking for my secret guacamole formula, see the next blog. Tight Lines to all.
The water has dropped another meter placing the fish in a state of " where do we go now " shock, but they will soon settle in the new areas and the fishing will get much better. Some of the river mouths are getting to low for safe navagating so for the next month or so we will be fishing different areas of the lake. The Volcano has been very active with lots of rolling boulders coming down most all day.
As promised, i will post a level of the lake monthly for the lucky ones coming fishing in the best conditions. In January the lake droped close to 2 meters making the mouth of some of our rivers very good fishing, then more rain came and it has stayed at that level for now. The first four days of the dry season it rained like hell!! so next week is March and things will change i know, i hope and pray. For you fly fishing guys be prepared for some great fishing soon.
Fishing has been steady but not red hot yet, we are still waiting for the level to go down some to bring the tree structures up close to the surface. February produced some nice fish for several clients, but we should see some double digit fish come out soon i think. The "Side Arm" spinner bait from Secret Weapon Lures has been very helpful in taking some of the best fish in the last several months. We will be selling the Secret Weapon line of lures in our (soon to open) fishing store in Nuevo Arenal, please come visit us when you are here in Costa Rica.
In the new year 2010 i will be keeping a lake level update in this section, as i have told many of my clients the level of lake arenal has a great deal to do with catching some of the big guapote. We are at the end of December now and the level is high because ICE the power company is not taking much water to make power. We are at 3 plus meters from maxium level, i will throughout the year describe the level as, how many meters below maxium. Keep in mind that when the level is high but does not change much for a week or more the fishing can be very good.
The water level is dropping right now making all our best fishing points come up out of the grass, this gets the bigger fish bitting near the surface. We are expecting much less rain this early rain season, so it should keep the level down for some great fishing. The weather has been very nice with clouds early and great sunsets in the late day.
We have recieved more rain than i think we should have for this time of the year. When lake levels are high it creates two different problems, cooler water on the surface giving the guapote a excuse not to bite as well on the top water lures and structure is further down making trolling the best way to find the bigger fish. We are hoping to see the levels drop soon because the rainy season is not far away. I want to thank all my clients that stick with it and try very hard to land some good fish.
In the last month and a half we have landed several fish over 4 kilos, and for those of you who dont know, a kilo is 2.2lbs. Two fish were over 5 kilos, and with having the unofficial lake record of 6.5 kilos we are happy to see some of the bigger fish taking lures. The water temperature of the lake has risen to 80 plus degrees and this also makes the Guapote hungry for the surface lures. Casting a buzz-bait in the early am is very rewarding. Last week with two different clients we saw the volcano erupt several times in a 5 hour period.
Lake Arenal was at full-capacity for almost two months, and finally started going down in March, and continues to drop several meters each month now.
Our "points" are starting to re-imerge, as are the stumps, trees, and other structure that the guapote love to hang around.
We've been getting a lot of our guapote on top-water lures -- and those Secret Weapon lures are helping us land some big ones as well.