My Father and I went to Rio Parismina Lodge a couple of weeks ago. Our plans were altered due to President Obama being in San Jose. All small planes were grounded. Not to worry the lodge had a van waiting for us and we took the long (and scenic) drive close to the lodge. A quick boar ride and we were there.
We were me at the dock by Judy (owner) and Fernando (manager). They apologized for the inconvenience but it was no big deal. It just meant that we got to be fishing earlier the next day.
Fishing reports were off since the group that was at the lodge had a slow pick of tarpon the previous week. Over a 4 day tournament the winner boated 8 tarpon. We hit the water at 6AM the next day and 2 minutes later saw tarpon busting the surface at the river mouth. We didn't hook one, but caught 3 jacks in the mayhem.
Our guide Gabriel was outstanding. A passionate fisherman who is very good at what he does. Well by 7:30 I boated my first tarpon. It got better from there. I ended up boating 8 tarpon over 2-1/2 days. My father boated 3. Lost numerous others. All fish 70-100 pounds.
We did a 1/2 day backwater trip and did not catch anything. That was fine because the main goal was to take a sightseeing tour in the jungle river system. Gabriel was a great guide and explained everything that we saw.
We did the crocodile hunt the last night we were there. I helped the guide catch a crock. I held the light steady on his eyes (about 18" in front on us) and he lassoed him in. I got to tape the snout up. That ride was very cool. There is something about driving a small jon boat down pitch black jungle rivers with a brilliantly clear star filled sky (new moon) that makes you feel alive.
The lodge was beautiful as was the grounds and dock. The food was good and the people who worked there were all great from top to bottom. Judy was always around to oversee and make sure her guests are having a good time.
I don't know if you can run a fishing lodge any better than these folks do.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A fishing lodge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rio Parismina Lodge Costa Rica/Limon - Puerto Limon