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My whole life, I have wanted to fish for Tarpon..I read about it long time ago and after I read an article in Outdoor Canada last year it prompted me to make it happen. Jeff Perala was a former Canadian fishing guide/outfitter who spent all of his life in the outdoors and decided to take his love for fishing and started a new business in Torteguero, Costa Rica...Immediately I felt a sense of comfort speaking with him over the phone and email--extremely professional and you could tell he is tarpon crazy. Hence the name of his boat..."Sabaloco". A monster Panga with lots of room for 4 fisherman.

Here is the only real good pic I have of it from we had a quick stop to get a new injector. This boat is sick..2 115hp Suziki 4 strokes..and let me tell you, its needed to punch through the chuck.. (have go pro vid that is wild which I will put together when I have some time)

We were only able to get on the ocean 2 of the 4 days we fished..the Torteguero river meets the Pacific ocean and where that happens it can be hellish some days...when we did punch through it with Jeff's boat it was as much of adrenalin rush as I have had in a while...when we weren't able to make it on the ocean we spaced our day to fish for all sorts of weird fish in the river with light tackle, then anchor into the mouth of the river at night for tarpon which proved to be very both mysterious to me and effective.

When out on the ocean (1 mile out is all)--Numero uno thing to do is catch the bait first, which was like fishing for walleye...used these real cool Costa Rican pickerel rigs I called them, but they have been around I guess for a long time, and I for sure will be trying them for perch..sabiki rig. We fished in about 30 feet of water for these guys, which they called money fish. Once we got 15 or so it was off to gun for tarpon and whatever else wanted to tangle.

To be honest, the most arduous task of Tarpon fishing (other than the fight), is getting where you need to be to catch them. I guess what I am trying to say is once we got to the fishing grounds, Tarpon were everywhere. You could see them rolling, surfacing and the master guide Tony (who is the most memorable person I met in Costa Rica) said he could smell them---and you could.

Using live bait and circle hooks, with the help of the sonar, we would run multiple lines at multiple depths. Once you get strike, you let him take it for 5-10 seconds and then the key is to NOT set the hook. Circle hooks are an incredible system and that if you get a good set, it is in the lip or beak. This leads to a better fight and almost always a clean release.

Over the 2 days on the ocean--Tarpon 6 , Chad 3---about a .500 batting average. I was happy with that as normal for them is about 30%. I really wanted my gal to fight one, and she did, but only last 10 minutes. E for effort though.



Jack Crevalle which in my opinion pound for pound fight harder than a tarpon..this one, about 20 lbs-- took 20 minutes to get in and took 210 feet on his first run..very advantageous to have a line counter. Jeff's equipment is better than I ever expected, with ST Croix rods and very high quality level wind and open face reels.

The biggest Tarpon we caught was at 9pm under the stars...an incredible experience and one I will never forget. Chris the fella in the picture is a good old SaskBoy who wasn't able to land a tarpon in his scheduled trip, so he sent his party on their way and stayed with us. This tarpon bit my 12 inch rapala and as soon as I got the hook set, I p***ed the rod over to Chris. We were fishing in the river and with the shallow water (10 feet), the fish only had one way to go...UP...it must have jumped a dozen times. Watching the spotlight light up the fish 100 yards behind the boat is something etched in my brain. His eyes glowed the most incredible orange-I can't even explain it. When the tarpon jumps a lot, they get tired quicker, and this one only took 20 minutes to boat versus the typical 45min-1 hour.

I just cut this out of the gopro vid ..not the best picture, but its tough to get good pics in that situation.

VID--sorry about the language..

slow mo--shows the power of a Tarpon

If anyone has any questions about fishing with Jeff at Toucan and Tarpon, feel free to drop me a note. Mention Menoutdoors and you might get a discount. This is a trip every serious fisherman should shoot for once in their lives. Costa Rica is a wild place with adventure around every corner.

Side trip----

Spear fishing on the West Coast of Costa Rica was quite an experience...I realized that it takes incredible technique and breath control. I have a lot of learning and practice ahead of me before I try that again. I ended up being the guide's bag holder on surface while he snapped clams and oysters off the bottom.. everyone needs a number 2 right?

hot sauce and lime juice with 10 minute old seafood..yum

Ended up learing I royally suck at spear fishing so onto some hand line fishing...trigger fish were the ones biting...fun way to spend an afternoon..

Bearhunter wrote at 02-22-2015 - 01:14 AM :
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Take 10 min out of your day and check out the vid I put together of this high-browed whitetail....Hope you enjoy.

Purifyer wrote at 01-20-2015 - 03:32 PM :
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It's YOU and the Sponsors that make this the coolest Site around. Cheers MODers and Have a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season.

Reply to this thread to get your name in for this sweet prize pack with two Kamooki Smartfish, a Primal hat, and a Spypoint window decal. We will draw a name on NEW YEARS DAY at 12pm Sask Time.

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Welcome to the 2014 Trail Camera Contest!!!


This year we have 5...ya that's right, you heard it correctly, FIVE GRAND PRIZES!!!

Grand Prizes are eligible to those that enter a 2014 Trail Camera Photo & a field photo of that animal with the hunter that took it. It will not be based on the biggest buck, but the BEST Picture. That means you must take QUALITY Field photos.

Click the following link for tips on taking great field shots...


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These prizes are given to the overall Best Trail Camera Shot of the Month. Doesn't matter what the picture is, as long as it is stamped with the correct month for 2014 then you are good to go!!!


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Best Trail Camera Photo - Velvet Whitetail Deer (Big Game Illustrated Prize Pack; 3yr Subscription to the magazine, BGI Hat & Hoody, 2 back issues and 1 BGI Decal)


Best Trail Camera Photo - Moose (Parkland Outdoor Show Package; Two Weekend P***es to the 2014 Parkland Outdoor Show & Expo - Includes Banquet)


Best Trail Camera Photo - Elk (Big Game Illustrated Prize Pack; 3yr Subscription to the magazine, BGI Hat & Hoody, 2 back issues and 1 BGI Decal)


Best Trail Camera Video Video does not need a time or date stamp as many cameras don't have this option- Custom Parachord Rifle Sling (Donated my MOD Member PSERULES)

Best Trail Camera Photo - Unsuspecting Person-Custom Parachord Bow Sling (Donated by MOD Member PSERULES)

Best Trail Camera Photo - Predator - Camo duffle bag, camo hat & BBQ Set (MOD Member - Greatwest82)

Check out the Previous Years Contests...





More Prize Categories may be added as time goes on, depending on availability of donations. So if you or anybody you know is interested in helping out and donating a prize let myself or Bearhunter know so we can add it in.

Menoutdoors.com Trail Camera Photo Contest Official Contest Rules

The Menoutdoors.com Photo Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Spypoint, RIP's Taxidermy, Prairie Gun Traders, Primal Big Game Attractant, Parkland Outdoor Show & Expo, Big Game Illustrated, Ottenbreit Meats, Skull 'N Bones Services, PSERULES, GREATWEST82 & Saskatchewan Outdoors Outfitting ("Sponsor")

All federal, provincial and local laws and regulations apply; void where prohibited.

ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open only to individuals, 18 years or older at time of entry, who are legal residents of North America. Youth Prizes will be required to be claimed by an adult 18 years or older at the time of entry. Employees of Menoutdoors and its parent companies, subsidiaries or agents, their immediate families (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse and grandparents), and those domiciled with any of the foregoing are not eligible.

TO ENTER: Submit North American big game photos (excluding bear) taken by trail cameras only. To be entered for the 5 grand prizes, entrants must harvest the same animal that is on trail camera. A legible field photo that clearly and indisputably shows the same animal harvested must be submitted in order to be entered for the grand prize. Monthly prizes will be awarded for best trail cam pictures each month running July, August, September, October, November and December. These can be any animal or anything as described in the prize category. Maximum of 5 trail cam pics can be submitted each month by a member. Trail cam pictures can be submitted from June or July to be eligible for grand prize. Trail cam pictures have to be the property of the member or have permission from the owner of the photo. Trail cam pictures can be with any make or model. To enter electronically, visit our website at MenOutdoors.com. When requested by [b]MenOutdoors[b], entrants must include the submitter’s name and contact information and a detailed caption about photo, upon being chosen as a winner. All information provided by entrant must be complete, true and correct. All pictures must have 2014 stamped on them from the trail camera. Submissions to the Contest must be received by the 5th day of the following month to receive monthly prize award; entries received after that date will be deemed ineligible to win. All entrants must be a member of www.MenOutdoors.com to be eligible. All submitted entries become the property of MenOutdoors and/or Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned; Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, inaccurate, incomplete, damaged, illegible, or misdirected entries. All entries will be published on the MenOutdoors.com web site, whether selected for a prize or not. Nothing in these Contest rules obligate Sponsor to publish or otherwise use any photos submitted in connection with the Contest. Each entry must be submitted on an individual basis (i.e., no team, joint, or corporate entries) and all components of the entry must be the original creation of the submitting participant. Only non-commercial work may be submitted. Entries may not contain profanity, nudity, pornographic images, violent images, anti-competition messages, illegal material, or material that violates the rights of third parties. Entries may not include confidential information, trade secrets, trademarks or copyrighted material belonging to any person or entity other than the participant absent a suitable license or permission agreement (proof of which is required). Entries containing any forbidden matter or material otherwise deemed by Organizer to be inappropriate will be disqualified. Online entries will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry.

JUDGING: 5 Judges consisting of MenOutdoors and/or Sponsor representitives will select the winning entries based equally upon the criteria of quality of picture and relevance to contest. Entries will be judged not necessarily on biggest animal, but taking into consideration picture quality, originality of both the trail camera picture(s) as well as the field picture of the harvested animal. So honor your animal and take great field photos By entering, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules, and that the decisions of the judges are final and binding in all respects. Grand Prize entries have to be in by 1/15/2015, and potential winners will be notified by e-mail or private message via MenOutdoors on or before 2/15/2015. Shipping of mounts at expense of prize winner. The ladies Rifle cannot be shipped to the United States so the Sponsor reserves the right to exchange the weapon for something of equal value that may be shipped across the border. Based upon the content of submissions, Sponsor reserves the right not to select any winning submissions.

PRIZE AWARDS: Prizes will be awarded within thirty (30) days after winner verification. No prize substitution or transfer is permitted, except that Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for any reason.

GENERAL RULES & LIMITATIONS: By entering, you represent that: (i) your entry is your own original work; and (ii) you own or have the rights to convey any and all right and title in any material submitted as part of your entry into the Contest. By entering, you grant to Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use your submission, along with your name and likeness, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice or compensation (except where prohibited by law). By participating in the Contest, you agree to release Sponsor and its parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, directors, officers, and agents from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any prize. Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures, or other errors or problems which may occur in connection with the Contest, whether computer, network, technical, mechanical, typographical, printing, human or otherwise, including, without limitation, errors or problems which may occur in connection with the administration of the Contest, the processing or judging of entries, the announcement of the prizes, in any Contest-related materials, or that may limit prize fulfillment or a participant's ability to enter the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to permanently disqualify from the Contest any person it believes has intentionally violated these official rules.

WINNER IDENTITY: After the winners are verified, results will be posted on Menoutdoors.

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Purifyer wrote at 06-18-2014 - 12:39 PM :
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Hello Men...

Devin and Chad at BGI have been good enough to offer up some prizes for a spring bear contest....your picture has the chance to be in the fall run of the magazine.

Pictures can either be field photo (alive or harvest picture) or of great trail camera picture. Trail cam pics must be stamped 2014.

Top 2 photos receive- 1 YEAR subscription to BGI and an official BGI bunny hug- (chosen by BGI judges)

Most original trail camera camera picture receives-1 day guided fish trip on Last Mountain Lake. (mod judged)

Contest closes July 2, 2014

Bearhunter wrote at 05-05-2014 - 12:11 PM :
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