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Barra Hot; Michigan Boys Return

Still no letup in the exceptional action we’ve been reporting at Barra Colorado in recent weeks, where Río Colorado Lodge operator Dan Wise said Monday that tarpon are solid at the river mouth and just outside, but there’s little action in the backwaters and lagoons where water has been too shallow.

He said Takayuki Usus from Tokyo, Japan, came for four days of fishing, aiming to boat a tarpon on a fly at the northern Caribbean coast lodge. After several breakoffs at the boat, he extended his trip another day and got that elusive silver rocket on his fly rod.

In total, Usus hooked 68 tarpon on conventional tackle and fly, and has scheduled a return visit in September, when the fishing is at its peak outside the river,Wise said. He added that Gary Weborg and son Kevin from Chaska, Minnesota, jumped seven and boated one tarpon while fishing part-time for two days.

On the Pacific coast, the Michigan Boys have come and gone with their traditional tournament, releasing more than 100 sailfish and 15 marlin in four days, competition organizer Sonny Kocsis said.

The Wetass II finished in first place, trailed by the Permit II in second and a tie for third between the Bad Dog and Kingfisher, but we were unable to get names or individual totals for boats.

That tournament was based out of Playa Carrillo on the northern coast, fishing out of the Guanamar Resort, where the water was pretty green and some boats were running as far south as Cabo Blanco to find better water, veteran skipper Danny Arnold said.

However, Lone Star operator Gaylord Townley early Monday afternoon indicated that there are fish to be found farther north, and he was battling a marlin right in front of Tamarindo as we spoke.


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