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lake level and fishing

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.

The Big Ones Are Biting

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 Levels Lower = Better Fish Concentrations!

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.

Big Fish have Started to Bite!

We had a lot of tours through March, and the fishing just kept getting better and better. Here we are in the middle of April, and we've caught 4 fish *just under 8 pounds* in the last 2 weeks!
The lake levels are still high, but the important factor is that the water is warming, and we are getting some great topwater action for the bigger fish.

Rain Moves In, Doesn't Stop the Fly Fishing!

February 3, 2009
Yesterday I complained about too much sun, too early.

Today it started drizzling around 3am, and was full blown rain by 7am. I had a solo flyfisherman, and would have fully expected him to "call it a day" at 9am, but he was tenacious!

The client, Bruce, an avid flyfisherman, just kept at it through the rain; at least the wind wasn't heavy. He used my lighter fly pole and some white flies I have specially for the guapote in the cove areas.

Great Volcano Day, So-So Fishing Day

February 2, 2009
I asked for sunshine, and we got it today.
The morning started out sunny, with just wisps of clouds around. The volcano was incredible clear, with smoke and steam plumes coming out the top and vents.

But, as sometimes happens, the bright morning sun sent the guapote down deep, so we only had a few strikes on our first-light topwater casts. I changed out lures for deeper fishing, but the client only got a couple of hits. At least the sun warmed the water, and temps should be back up in a day or two. And we didn't get rained on!

January Wraps Up, Looking Forward to Dry Season

January 16 to January 31, 2009
We're still waiting for the "dry season" to come to the Lake Arenal area, but we are catching fish, rain or shine.
Still getting a lot of strikes by irritated machaca, and landing most of them. Water temp is up to 73 degrees, so we're catching more guapote, too.

On January 27 I took out William Crow from San Pedro, California, and we caught a "first" for me on this Lake.

Wintery January Fishing in the Tropics

January 1 to January 15, 2009
Overall, our January's can have some of our nastiest storms, but will still yield good fishing. The machaca are still "smacking" at those lures, and we landing a few more than December.

The water is finally warming up, even a degree or two makes a huge difference in getting the guapote. By the end of January the chilly winds and drizzle will die down, as our "dry season" starts.

Busy Year-End Fishing on Lake Arenal

December 18 to December 31, 2008
Wow, what a busy year-end we had fishing -- we hardly had time to attend holiday parties and celebrate Christmas!

We fished clients on Dec. 20, 22 & 23, then on Christmas Eve, AND on Christmas Day! A couple of days we had hardy anglers that fared some rainy weather, and most days we caught at least a couple of fish.

Lake Levels Off for Better Fishing Conditions

December 1 to December 17, 2008
Well, it's almost Christmas and the lake has come up to the "top", inches away from going over the overflow at the repressa end of the lake.

In other news, we have a new sponser on board {Secret Weapon Lures} helping us out with a great variety of new lures to entice the guapote, and our first order is going under testing next week. I would like to thank all my clients for selecting Captain Ron's Sportfishing for your guiding needs on beautiful Lake Arenal.

Hope to see many of you in 2009. Happy Holidays.
Sincerely, Ron.

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