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water level changes

The lake level is rising little by little as it does this time of year, so the fish tend to spread out in the newly submeged grass along the shore line. The good news is that the bait fish also run for cover in the grass and the guapote follow suit. We will be doing some deeper jigging and trolling after the early morning bite on top water slows. Keep in mind that for the water to rise it means the rivers coming in will become larger as well and it is a good place to find big fish. We hope to have a busy high season this year as we did last year.

Possible World Record Fish

While fishing up near the dam yesterday I had a full boat, two dads, two boys and a good friend/family along for the ride. We started fishing poppers and buzz baits at first light, within the first hour of casting BLAM! the almost 8lb guapote ate Austin's popper, ran off for cover and then under the boat a couple of times. Austin kept the tension on him perfectly and we landed it shortly thereafter. Here is the record part of it...the enormous guapote was hooked on 6lb P-line, keep in mind these fish have fangs close to an inch long, top and bottom of their mouth.

Lake level coming up.

Well after much rain in the past two weeks the level has risen a bit, but not to much to hinder the fishing. It does put some of the best spots with heavy brush right where we like it, 50% under water and a great hiding place for the sardinas, or as you know them minnows. Hooked several nice big fish in the past two weeks but only landed some of them, they can be very hard to get out of the sunken tree stumps. When in Costa Rica visiting even if you dont come fishing with us, please come and visit our new museum in Nuevo Arenal.

Guacamole lovers come and get it!!

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.

fishing deep

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.

Lake level

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.

Water level report

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 high water

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.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

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.

Time to catch a big one

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.

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