Tarpon fishing in Costa Rica in late April
Posted 01 April 2014 - 10:26 AM
Posted 27 April 2014 - 04:37 AM
Posted 28 April 2014 - 04:23 PM
We had a dream trip today.
After releasing 7 - 8 tarpon in 100 - 120 lb range, we returned to the dock by 1:00 pm.
We must lost about a dozen tarpon and 7 - 8 darpon were hooked with jigs.
I brought several Black Hole rods for testing and I fought 5 tarpon with 5 different Black Hole Rods.
Mission is accomplished.
New Black Hole Pioneer inshore slow pitch rods were great. I used BH Pioneer conventional rod and spinning rod today.
I asked two Capt on my boat to take videos and pictures. I have plenty of them now.
After reviewing videos/pictures taken, I will decide which Black Hole rods to be used tomorrow.
If tarpon fishing tomorrow is as good as today, I will fish tarpon half day and go up to the river for snook in the afternoon tomorrow.
Posted 29 April 2014 - 04:19 PM
Finally three days tarpon fishing is over. I thought it would be very hard to duplicate fishing day like yesterday, but it happened today.
It is unbelievable that I could test all 9 different models of Black Hole rods in three days.
I am leaving for San Jose tomorrow morning and stay one night in San Jose. But it will take time to sort out 840 pictures.
Posted 29 April 2014 - 06:05 PM
Posted 30 April 2014 - 08:34 PM
Posted 01 May 2014 - 09:26 AM
I had an incredible fishing for two days. It started slow for both days, but it didn't take long to see boiling/jumping tarpon.
It was hard to make a decision whether to hold a rod or a camera in my hands. :)One
I could test all 9 different Black Hole rods for tarpon in three days. My mission is accomplished.
As the main purpose of this trip is to test Black Hole rods, I am going to post action pictures of each rod one by one.
A. Black Hole Hurricane 70/H2MF Slow Pitch Jigging rod.
This rod is very light jigging rod suitable to small fish in 5 - 20 lb range as the line rating is only 1.5 PE - 3 PE.
I brought this rod for snook fishing, but I decided to test this rod for big tarpon as I gained my confidence after two days fishing with light Black Hole rod for tarpon. Machine lifting test for this rod is great, but actually fishing is different from a machine test. You got to test rods in real fishing
situation. You got to be impressed with the rod.
Posted 01 May 2014 - 10:06 PM
Black Hole Pioneer rod and some Hurricane rods are designed for slow pitch jigging rods and I had an opportunity to feel the Pioneer rods while fighting tarpon.
The Pioneer 635 rods I tested is good for line rating upto PE4 or PE5.
It is heavier action rod than Magic Eye 632 jigging rod, but I felt the mid section of
the rod has more flex than Magic Eye 632 or 571 jigging rods though tip section is stiffer.
The Pioneer Spinning rods can be a good candidate for light jigging and popping as the length is about 6'5".
action of Pioneer spinning
action of Pioneer conventional (spiral ) rod
Posted 02 May 2014 - 08:59 AM
Posted 02 May 2014 - 09:46 AM
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