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      Fishing Nicaragua

      Fishing Nicaragua

      We often get asked, “How’s the fishing in Nicaragua” and “What is the best month for fishing Nicaragua”? We will try to give everyone a general rundown on fishing in Nicaragua in the next few paragraphs. We have over 16 years of Nicaragua fishing experience under our belts, but we are learning new things every year and every month for that matter!

      Nicaraguan fishing can really be split up into two zones. The Northern zone, which would be the top half of the Pacific Coast, and the Southern zone, which would be the bottom half of the Pacific coast (this is where Surfari operates from). The eastern side of Nicaragua is like a whole other country and we have not been there yet (the fishing is world class there though for tarpon and snook). The reason we split the coast in reference to fishing is because of the lake effect in Southern Nicaragua. Lake Nicaragua flattens the Southern part of Nicaragua and allows for the Trade Winds to blow straight through up to 330 days a year. If you are a surfer, as we are are, that is great news. This means the wind is almost always offshore and grooming the waves to perfection. If you like to fish offshore, this is a nightmare... when the wind blows, it creates an upwelling with dirty cold water coming to the surface. It also makes wind chop relentless just a couple miles from shore. Even in a big boat, it is just plain nasty. For this reason, you can almost count out offshore fishing in Southern Nicaragua for the months of Dec-April. Come May we generally get our first onshore winds and overnight the water turns warm and blue. If we were lucky enough to have FADs out already (fish aggregating devices) Small Dorado by the thousands will be on them. We generally catch a few Sailfish this time of year also. There are a couple inshore seamounts that light up with the occasional Black Marlin bites as well. Then from May-July the number of days offshore depends on the wind. We get light or onshore winds for 2-3 days every 10 days or so. The rest of the days are pretty strong offshore winds. The days with strong offshore winds we can still target Jacks, Mackeral, and Roosterfish inshore. We have also been experimenting with bottom fishing. We have had really good results with live bait catching many different species of grouper and snapper.

      snapper fishing nicaragua

      This past September the Marlin fishing really turned on in Southern Nicaragua. We fished within 20 miles of shore and had several days with multiple bites and releases. We got bit on live bait, lures, and on the down rigger. The bite started in August and ran until October. The bite ended when Tropical Storm Nate washed out the ocean with huge amounts of mud and debris. The bite in November was fun too, but the wind started picking up then.

      Northern Nicaragua seems to mirror Southern Nicaragua, but the big difference is that they do not have the offshore wind effect we do. This allows offshore fishing basically all year long. The peak months for Billfish seem to be July-Sept. Capt. Joe Crawford has the most experience up there running the Rum Runner out of Marina Puesta Del Sol. The edge is located about 45 miles out, but it is one of the last frontiers in Central America. Capt Joe has had many days out there with over 50 billfish bites. He had one day last year he had over 70 Sail bites and 5 Marlin bites. That is about as world class as it gets. We are currently shipping a 24 Cape Horn to Nicaragua that will be running charters out of Marina Puesta Del Sol. We are really excited to see how many Billfish we can rack up! We will be doing vacation packages at Marina Puesta Del Sol as well as day charters. http://www.marinapuestadelsol.com

      We hope that answers a few questions about fishing Nicaragua. Please check us out at www.surfaricharters.com We would be stoked to host your surf and fish adventure to Southern Nicaragua or your fishing adventure to Northern Nicaragua. — Captain Lance Moss


      The ULTIMATE Freshwater Pond with ZAK Catch Em All Fishing!

      The ULTIMATE Freshwater Pond with ZAK Catch Em All Fishing!

      Our good friend Zak from Catch Em All Fishing just posted his latest youtube video featuring his newest addition to his pool pond. First of all, if you are clueless as too what I'm talking about, stop what you are doing and subscribe to his Youtube channel here. So now that you have done that, check out his latest video below. He just got a new pet Monster fish for his home pool pond. It is a GIANT Redtail catfish. This thing is insane looking!! Theres always some wicked SLO-MO footage of feeding his 6 pound largemouth bass "Shamu." Let us know what you think of his pool pond and his new Redtail Catfish.

       

      The Tarpon Migration

      The Tarpon Migration

      Every coming spring into early summer, tarpon migrate up the coasts of Florida. For those unfamiliar with tarpon, they are large tropical fish that resemble that of herrings.  Although the are predominately a salt water fish, they are versatile creatures and have been known to live in fresh water as well. Being of larger scale in the fish kingdom these mighty beasts range, on average, between 40 and 80  pounds and mature between the their 7 to 13 years of age.

      May to September is the time in which tarpon breed which is around the same time as their migration along the coast. Although the fish itself favors inshore waters, migration leads it further out. The tarpon will travel in a school along the coast until reaching it’s destination. Often times these fish will not eat until arriving where it is they intend to be.

      The most common place in which fishers have caught the tarpon is off the shores of the Key West in Florida. The state record for largest tarpon weighed in at 243 pounds. However, the world record tarpon caught was found in Sierra Leone, Africa and weighed a mighty 283 pounds.

      Tarpon, being tropical fish, have to stay within warm waters. At the mere temperature of 55 degrees, they begin to die. That leaves no surprise as to why they migrate along the Floridian coast, having some of the warmest waters on the planet. In any case, tarpon are said to be relatively tasty and a beauty to see in the water, so take that vacation time you’ve saved up and hit the beaches of Florida, you might just caught the next record tarpon, if you’re lucky.

      Okeechobee Runoff Causing Major Issues

      Okeechobee Runoff Causing Major Issues

      While environmentalists and avid fishermen are aware of the issues concerning polluted waters, not everyone has climbed aboard the boat of information Studies have shown that freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee are causing a negative stir in runoff waterways nearby. The problem with this is that the waters from Lake Okeechobee are flooding, picking up liter and pesticides from the shores and flowing into the main water source. As the water rises, it feeds further out into different bodies of water causing a ripple effect of polluted water expanding its reaches.

      This is not the first time an issue with polluted water has escalated, causing larger problems to occur. We saw it before with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, making it nearly impossible to fish in those regions, but also damaging much of the area’s marine life and surrounding areas. Even in the past water pollution was a big topic issue. In the state of Maryland where the Chesapeake Bay runoff has killed a large pollution of crabs and fish and damaged a significant part of that area’s ecosystem, the state had to mandate a rain tax. This tax decreed that whenever it rained, a fee would be taken from Maryland residents in order to try and restore and preserve the Bay’s waters.

      Evidence of water pollution is nothing new as the demographics will show you. The problem lies a little closer to home. Our use of pesticides, dumping waste into waterways, littering, oil leaks and spills, toxic deposits from factories and so much more goes on to destroy our beautiful ecosystems. Unfortunately, humankind is more concerned with technological pursuits than persevering our home and the homes of others.

      If the problem is not resolved it will only worsen resulting in a continuation of crises. The water in the Okeechobee Lake needs cleaning if we are to see the return of healthy aquatic life. Fish repopulation will shrink rapidly if not and as we should know; this chain effect will reach to other parts of the waters. With luck, the problem will be addressed early on, but it is still our part to become more aware of these on growing issues and try not to be contributors to them.

      How to Rig a Live Shrimp

      How to Rig a Live Shrimp

       

      Shrimp are a popular form of bait because they can attract a large array of game due to their active movements. In order to properly use shrimp as bait, we must rig it, but it isn’t that simple for there are multiple ways in which to do this.

      Method One:

      The first way in which to rig a shrimp is to place the hook into the carapace. The carapace, for those who do not know, is the center space between the two dark spots upon a shrimps head. This is important because should you miss place the hook and it were to jab either of the two spots, you would be damaging the pancreas or stomach, depending on which spot you hit. Thus, killing the shrimp all too soon and ruining your bait. The hook should be strung in crosswise just below the surface of the shell, in between the two spots for maxim result.

      Method Two:

      The second way to rig is to hoist the hook up under the chin of the shrimp, ease it in and pull it up and out of the front of the face. This technique is supposed to allow for further distance casting with fast paced line retrieval.

      Method Three:

      Going on to method three of rigging you will need to remove the tail fin of the shrimp in order to hook it. Once that has been done, you will maneuver the hook in and up the cut off section of the tail until the hook is secure within the body of the shrimp. This version is a preferable lure in areas of water that contains dense vegetation. It will make the process less painstaking as the bait will not collect as many weeds nor will it become stuck quiet as often as a normal bait would in grassier waters.

      Method Four:

      If you want to use live shrimp to do some drift fishing, you will need to poke the hook onto either side of the shrimp tail, thus, piercing the shell until it comes through to the other side. This will allow a visible hook end and for the shrimp to kick freely as bait.

      Method Five:

      The fifth and last way we will learn how to rig a shrimp today is by, just like in version three, cutting off the tail fin and placing the hook inside the body. The difference in this rig as opposed to example three is that we will not keep the hook covered by the body of the shrimp, but instead expose it on the outside by rotating the hook and poking it out the underbelly of the shrimp.

      After learning these five ways of rigging a shrimp, all you pros and amateur fishermen alike may now get out there and have some fun on the water. Stay safe and happy fishing!