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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.

Fly Fishing Arenal

November, 2008
I took out two clients Sunday for some top-water action on the guapote, but the fish were being a bit stubborn at first light.

We had a lot of missed strikes on some small fish, then the catching started, no "real big" fish, but we did put 10 in the boat by the end of the day, ALL caught on top-water lures.

Conditions are improving as the water level stablizes.

Fishing in the Rain

October, 2008
The "green season", as it's known in Costa Rica, is here to stay for a few months and that means rain, rain, and more rain.

We love what it does for the local plants and our garden, but it can also make it tough for the guapote fishing because the water level in Lake Arenal can come up several feet in just days.

I took out Mark Lindlow and his buddy who started the day of fishing Lake Arenal with a “gentlemen’s bet” on who would catch the FIRST FISH! So, here it is (pictured).

Poco a Poco, in Espanol, means "Little by Little"

October, 2008
On certain days, the guapote (pronounced: gwa-POH-teh) seem like a prehistoric fish trying to survive another era. And at a closer look, when you get one to smash a lure, looking into their eyes you can feel it. With catch and release, practiced here every day, we hope the guapote live in Lake Arenal another era.

Rainy Days

October, 2008
Boated only a few guapote today, but my clients had 20 or more takes on top-water lures. The guapote can be lighting fast at times, testing your patience to not jerk too fast. Other times they are just swatting the lure because it's there, with no real take down. Either way, it's good to see them active in this high water.

Three for Three

October, 2008
Remind me why we like fishing so much? Oh yeah, because it's so much more fun than working -- yeah, that's it!

Well, fishing can be work too, getting up at 2:30am to launch at 4:30am, to pick up our loyal clients at 5:30am. And some days, it takes changing lures over and over to get fish in the boat, like today, three changes for three nice guapote.

Conditions: The lake water is clear and rising a bit.

Active Volcano Day

The water is still quite high but we are still finding a few fish close on the shoreline in the heavy grass. Some of the feeder rivers are running muddy. But, oh yeah, the volcano blew several times.

Frustrating day

With water levels high the fishing continus to be a challange, we still have a early bite but it can slow down quickly. good news is that dense clouds help the bite stay on a little longer.

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