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. Twenty hook-ups in a morning is not unheard of.


Fishing Tarponville - Costa Rica

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, jacks and sailfish offshore and snook and snapper in the lagoons.
The lodge has been around for fifteen years and has recently changed ownership. The new owners are making improvements and additions to the fishery so that anglers can pursue more than tarpon. With shallower waters and lighter lines, you have more of a true-style tarpon fishing experience.

A Tarponville Fishing Day

Tarponville Lodge

English-speaking, local guides employ 24' to 28' super pangas. 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.

Tarponville Lodge Hosted Fishing Weeks

Tarponville Lodge

7-nights and 5-days guided fishing $3,565.00
non-angler companion $1,500.00

April 21-28, 2017:   Brad hosts - SOLD-OUT
April 26 - May 3, 2017:   Brad Staples hosts

April 13-20, 2018:   Eric and Suzi Schoenborn host
Non-angler companion $1,500.00.
You're not restricted to our hosted weeks. Provided there are openings, we can book Tarponville Lodge for a time that works best for you.

Getting Here:

From the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica, you’ll fly into the Limon International Airport, in the city of Limon, Costa Rica. Upon arrival at the Limon International Airport, you will be greeted by your shuttle driver. You'll take an air-conditioned and very comfortable shuttle ride to Tarponville, approximately 60-minutes. On foot, your guide will lead you along a jungle path paralleling the beach, approximately 200 yards, to the Lodge.


About 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, and although there is no air conditioning, 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 Happy Hour from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., which includes a beer and rum bar.

2017 Rates:

7-nights and 5-days guided fishing $3,565.00 p.p.
Non-angler companion $1,500.00
8-nights and 6-days guided fishing $4,100.00 p.p.
Non-angler companion $1,750.00
9-nights and 7-days guided fishing $4,650.00 p.p.
Non-angler companion $1,975.00
Click here for PDF of all pricing.

Packages include:

airport reception and private shuttle to and from airport in Limon; lodging at Tarponville as specified in your package, all meals at the lodge, snacks, nonalcoholic beverages, daily happy hour (beer and rum), guided fishing, use of boat per specified fishing days in package, and laundry service.

Packages do not include:

international airfare to/from San Jose, air fare to and from San Jose to Limon, accommodations outside of specified package dates, meals during travels to lodge, fishing equipment, gratuities (guides, staff, and shuttle driver), beer and rum outside of happy hour, phone use, travel insurance, and airport departure tax (approx. $25.00 to be paid at airport).

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

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Tarpon fishing Costa Rica

Tarponville Lodge

Tarpon are big, explosive, violent fish.

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200-pounders landed here on both lure and fly.

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Tarpon from 40-to 200-pounds.

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This View Point is 100-yards from the lodge.

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Triggerfish - Tarponville

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Even permit at Tarponville!

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Dorado, too at Tarponville

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Tarponville Lodge - Caribbean coast

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Free Wi-Fi works best near dining area

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Four bedrooms accommodate up to 8-guests.

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