Large Tarpon in Shallow Water - Tarponville

Tarponville Fly Fishing Lodge is Costa Rica's southernmost fishing lodge located on the Caribbean coast within the Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, just above the border of Panama. Tarpon weighing over 200-pounds have been landed on both lure and fly.


Fly Fishing at Tarponville

Tarponville Lodge

Tarponville is a full-service fishing lodge located on the border of Panama and Costa Rica on the Caribbean side. The Lodge is located on the coast on the upper river mouth in the middle of the Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge. They have beautiful reefs out in front. Shallow reefs with fish on them. There are cuts in the reef and beach that you can swim and snorkel. They specialize in large tarpon in shallow water primarily fishing from a Panga using floating or intermediate sink lines and casting to pods of working fish. There are also opportunities for bonefish, permit, triggerfish and other species on a few nice flats in the area. Other fishing opportunities include tuna, dorado, and sailfish offshore and snook and snapper in the lagoons.
With shallower waters and lighter lines, you have more of a true-style tarpon fishing experience.
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Tarponville Fishing Facts:

Tarponville Lodge

Season:  Tarponville has two fishing seasons—March through May and August through October. These periods take in the drier times of the year and calmer seas.
Boats: 24’ to 28’ super pangas with Yamaha motors. Two anglers per guide and boat.
Guides:  English-speaking local guides.
Equipment:  You’ll need to bring your own gear and tackle. A comprehensive tackle and gear list is included in our confirmation packet. The Lodge has 12-weight rods and reels available to rent for $35.00 per day with a $100.00 damage deposit.
Fishing License: is included in the package.
Typical Fishing Day:
A day of tarpon fishing begins with breakfast at 6:30 a.m. followed by meeting with your guide at 7:00 a.m. for a short panga ride to the Sixoalo River mouth, about a 20-minute ride. Keep your eyes peeled as the tarpon can be seen feeding on bait or rolling anywhere between the Lodge and the river mouth. Once you are in the area of the river mouth, the guide will scout the area looking for signs of tarpon (rolling fish, bait, birds and boils).
You return to the Lodge at 11:00 a.m. for lunch and a "siesta" and return to fishing at 2:00 p.m. Water depths targeted are between five and 20 feet deep with the color line being at the top four feet of water. This allows you to fish with intermediate tarpon lines and even floating lines on days with calm conditions. When the tides start to turn and the fish turn on the "feed button," be ready. They will eat any fly you put in front of them. This typically lasts up to an hour. At 5:30 p.m., you'll return to the Lodge. Complimentary Happy Hour from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., includes a beer and rum bar. and appetizers. Then at 7:30 p.m. - Dinner is served.

About Tarponville Lodge

Tarponville Lodge

Tarponville Lodge is located in the jungle under the canopy, a short hike from the water. Three hot meals are served each day. There are four double-occupancy guest rooms. The Lodge accommodates up to eight guests. Each room has a private bathroom, two beds, a ceiling fan encourages fresh coastal breezes in to cool each room. The Lodge is only a few yards from the water's edge on a beautiful beach perfect for fishing, swimming, snorkeling . . .
In the morning and evening, there are opportunities to see howler monkeys, sloths, a large number of bird species, and other wildlife all from the Lodge's front porch.
Complimentary beer and rum during Happy Hour from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Getting Here:

Yes, upon arrival to the Limon International Airport, you’ll be greeted by a Lodge representative. He will drive your group in a comfortable, air-conditioned, vehicle, a one-hour drive along the stunning Caribbean coastline to the village of Manzanillo. (The cost for the round-trip ground transfer is $160.00 per person.) At the entrance to the Gondoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge, you’ll be met by the Lodge staff. You’re guided on foot the last 200-yards down the jungle path paralleling the beach, until you reach the Lodge.


2020 USD Rates:

Two anglers per boat and room

8-nights at Lodge
and 7-days guided fishing

$4,950.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room
$1,975.00 per person
7-nights at Lodge
and 6-days guided fishing

$4,400.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room
$1,750.00 per person
6-nights at Lodge
and 5-days guided fishing

$3,865.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room
$1,500.00 per person
5-nights at Lodge
and 4-days guided fishing

$3,350.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room
$1,250.00 per person
4-nights at Lodge
and 3-days guided fishing

$2,880.00 per person
Non-angler sharing room
$1,175.00 per person
For a Single occupancy room with shared boat - Add $100.00 per night to angler rates above.

2020 USD Rates:

One angler per boat and room

8-nights at Lodge
and 7-days guided fishing

$5,550.00 per person


7-nights at Lodge
and 6-days guided fishing

$5,025.00 per person


6-nights at Lodge
and 5-days guided fishing

$4,500.00 per person


5-nights at Lodge
and 4-days guided fishing

$3,900.00 per person


4-nights at Lodge
and 3-days guided fishing

$3,300.00 per person

Packages include:

Lodging at Tarponville as specified in your package, all meals, snacks, and nonalcoholic beverages at the Lodge, daily Happy Hour (beer and rum), guided fishing, fishing license, use of boat per specified fishing days in package, and laundry service.

Packages do not include:

Airfare, airport reception (Limon), ground transfer between Limon and the Lodge ($160.00 per person roundtrip), accommodations outside of specified package dates, meals during travels to the Lodge, fishing equipment, gratuities (guides, staff, and shuttle driver), beer and rum outside of happy hour, phone use, Global Rescue, IMG Signature Travel Insurance, airport departure tax (approx. $29.00 to be paid at the airport if not included in the price of your ticket), and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Sample itinerary:

Day one: Arrive in San Jose and then fly to Limon. Take a shuttle to Tarponville. Check-in. Upon arrival and after a quick orientation, you'll get settled into your room, have lunch, and prep your gear for fishing.
Day two through the day before your departure:  Enjoy seven to eight-hour guided fishing days on the water.
On your last day at Tarponville, you'll have breakfast at the Lodge before the shuttle returns you to the airport in Limon for your departure home.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

Request Tarponville Lodge info packet  

Tarponville Lodge photos


Tarpon fishing Costa Rica

Tarponville Lodge

Tarpon are big, explosive, violent fish

Tarponville Lodge

200-pounders landed here on both lure and fly

Tarponville Lodge

Tarpon from 40-to 200-pounds

Tarponville Lodge

This viewpoint is 100-yards from the Lodge

Tarponville Lodge

Triggerfish - Tarponville

Tarponville Lodge

Even permit at Tarponville!

Tarponville Lodge

Dorado, too, at Tarponville

Tarponville Lodge

Tarponville Lodge - Caribbean Coast

Tarponville Lodge

Free Wi-Fi works best near dining area

Tarponville Lodge

There are four double-occupancy bedrooms

Tarponville Lodge

For more information:


Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709

Email:  guy@fishingwithlarry.com

Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558

Email:  brad@fishingwithlarry.com