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1771/5000 The Tarpoonville offers very expensive trips for fishing. The money is ok if you go in the season. Unfortunately, the owners are dirty rip-offs. Open the Lodge off-season and sell expensive fishing for large Tarpoon. When booking, Mark was very rude and then they laughed dirty in your face. So "thank you for paying my stay here" They advertise with tarpoon fishing in the sea and sell you this offer for the same price out of season. Simply dirty gringos. You can't be honest with yourself. Out of season it is almost impossible !!! to fish in the sea, which is not calm. They laugh in your face and give you hope, although you then point out that you won't catch anything. Yes, the opportunity was there to fish Tarpoon, but only in the lagoon, where only small Tarpoon and Snoks schwimmen.Das boat goes all the almost under, it did not even rundern times a motor and the guide must manually. Then you do not have the right equipment for Tarpoon there because you do not know this fish. They give you bait and the guide says they are not ok. Then you pay for fishing all day, and what do you do with yourself? you only go fishing for half a day. The staff is very friendly, the food was good, unfortunately they were not so disciplined with the room cleaning etc., it was only cleaned a little. The rooms are otherwise OK, but the shower almost falls apart. For a good 3 nights and 2 days full day fishing 1700fr. paying is simply too expensive if you can't go out into the sea with a motorized boat. I'm going to go tarpoon fishing again, but not with those dirty gringos
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I have fished at Tarponville on two occasions now and totally loved my time there. Fantastic hosts in Mark and Dolphi, superb food by Mami and an amazing Tarpon fishery just a short boat ride away. On one trip i went alone and fished with other guests and on my first trip my wife and young daughter came along and enjoyed their days on the beaches whilst i fished. There is plenty to do for non fishing guests in the Manzanillo/Puerto Viejo area. Beautiful beach right in front of the lodge where you can chase triggerifsh on fly. Some nice improvements made to the lodge with new AC installed in some of the rooms. If you have a Tarpon on Fly on your bucket list, I cannot recommend Tarponville highly enough.
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It's my third time down to Tarponville. twice in spring and once in fall. both incredible times I landed tarpon (140lb) biggest. along with massive jacks. i managed to land 7 other species to check off my bucket list. chubs,snapper,trigger,bonefish,permit,cuda,and a shark.! the lodge manager dolphi and staff are very attentive and the new air conditioned rooms (i think they have 2 rooms with a/c) are a delight when coming back from a long day fishing. the food is excellent. being a chef by trade, It's incredible how "mommi" sources her food being so remote. very impressive. and don't forget the famous mojitoes during happy hour. yum! Capt. Mark Martin has really put together a great operation. no wonder why they made a fly film here "Jungles edge" it's a honey hole. be back in this fall guys. cheers.!!
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So you don't have to read to the end: I give this place RAVE REVIEWS - I absolutely loved it, and will be back. I recommend this experience without reservation. I travel internationally extensively, and am lucky enough to have fly fished all over the world at this point. I would rate this trip as easily in my top 3 experiences, rivaled only by Russia and New Zealand. The lodge was well situated amongst the jungle trees of the reserve, and quite adequate; my room was clean and air-conditioned (more than I expected for so remote a destination), and each bed had a mosquito net. I woke each morning to bird song, and howler monkeys, and got up to photograph the sunrise. Food is local in flavor, flavorful and well prepared., and you are looked after by the friendliest team in the kitchen and family-style restaurant by Dolfi and Mommi. I loved the evenings when all sat around the same table and ate, and Mark the owner personally hosted and teased us about the day's successes and failures out in the boats. The fishing: Oh the fishing - I hooked up big Tarpon every day, to the extent that my arms and shoulders ached in the evenings. Many I lost, some were brought to the boat under the guidance of Tony, my guide for the week. (Same guide, whole week - nice touch). Also caught many yellow-finned jacks, some larger than 10 lbs - and their fight is prolonged and brutal on an 11 weight. If you want a shot a big tarpon on the fly, I would say that this place is one of the best choices you can make, particularly if you like personal attention in a relaxed environment. The boats are open Pangas, and worked fine for my style of casting, once I had learned to brace myself with my legs against the bulkhead. The guides really thrive on your success, and will work their butts off for you: Language was never a barrier, and my guide was very experienced and taught me a lot with patience and humility. (And occasionally laughed with me when I screwed up!). Bring two rods (I had an 11 weight Loomis NRX and a Scott Meridian 12 weight). Several rods were broken by others who shared my time there. I found the 11 a touch light, but still manageable. The 12 was perfect, but tiring to cast the whole day - I was still nursing a broken wrist from a couple of months back. The only flies you will lose are on fish - the bottom is clean and open. The best lines for me were full intermediates, and 500 grain fast-sink tip, like you would use for tuna. Use heavy backing, like Hatch 68 - your hands will thank you for it, and wear gloves unless you think multiple bandaids make you look more manly.
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The fishing was extremely disappointing. They were there but just not taking. Only 7 hooked by 7 rods in 7 days and then mainly by trawling. The boats are old with no uprights so casting with no support in a strong swell is nigh impossible for older rods and difficult for younger ones. Permit and Bone fishing was given prominence but again nothing and few actual fish seen. The new owner Mark Martin was a very poor host and spent no time with his guests not even at meal times preferring to eat with his assistant. No alternatives were offered although blue water fishing for sail had been mentioned. They do not have the kit for this. The organization was very poor. We were meant to be met at the airport, but no. We were booked into 7 rooms at the Hampton but actually only 5 resulting with an older lady sharing with her niece and husband. Transport for the 5 hours trip went to the wrong hotel. on our return trip hotel rooms again mixed up. The lodge itself is at best rustic badly in need of some tidy up and just basic TLC. All the iron work is very rusty. Our loo smelt worse than an old public urinal and a basin was needed to flush the toilet properly. Only 2 rooms out of 8 with air conditioning. Lighting very poor and I had no mirror hanging space etc The staff were absolutely 1st class led by Dolfi with Mommi in a tiny kitchen who produced good food with lots of fresh fruit. The team had been together for at least 10 years. Dolfi did an excellent job looking after us and organising jungle and bird tours. Mark who does not speak Spanish needs to do some work on his inter personal skills and on providing alternative fishing and activities if fishing is bad. For example there were no maps or tour details available. He should not rely on Dolfi to look after his clients.
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