New Year Surprise - 120lb Tarpon Caught on Costa Rica's Pacific Coast

2010-01-14 14:50:30
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Pacific - Saltwater Fishing Report
Matapalo Rock - Mouth of the Golfo Dulce

Jeff Vannoy (Pensacola, FL) fishing out of Crocodile Bay went looking for roosterfish near Matapalo Rock and although he didn't get his roosterfish he certainly caught something to crow about. The crew and Jeff were surprised to see a 120 plus pound tarpon take to the air when Vannoy set the hook. After over an hour on 20lb spin tackle they lifted the fish for a quick photo and set it free.

Over the years tarpon have passed through the Panama Canal into Pacific waters. We hook three or four a year and land one now and then. "I thought

I was losing my mind the first time I saw one roll in the Golfo Dulce back in 1995," commented Todd Staley Fishing Director at Crocodile Bay. Having run Archie Fields Lodge in the early 90's Staley has a soft spot for tarpon. "It's great to see tarpon on this side now and then but I don't think their ready to be featured in our brochure."

Fish Species: Tarpon
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Jeff Vannoy and crew with tarpon caught on Costa Rica's South Pacific
Jeff Vannoy and crew with tarpon caught on Costa Rica's South Pacific

About The Author: Captain Todd Staley

Company: Crocodile Bay Resort

Area Reporting: Todd Staley

Bio: Todd Staley Director of Fishing Todd carved his niche in the fishing community as a lure manufacturer and outdoor journalist specializing in light tackle in Florida and Costa Rica. He has been published in many magazines and newspapers in both countries and invented a lure that was banned from tarpon tournaments in Boca Grande, Florida as an unfair advantage over live bait. The late Archie Fields brought Todd to Costa Rica nearly a decade ago to manage his famous tarpon resort on the Caribbean coast. Since Archie's death he has managed Golfito Sailfish Ranch and worked with America Sportfishing in the Hotel del Rey. He is a world record holder and has guided several others to world records.

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