Days can begin at 5:00 AM or as late as 10:00 AM, depending on the tide and the bite. Clients simply walk two hundred yards to the boats from the Dolphin Lodge. The boat run to the productive fishing is 20 to 30 minutes.
The guides work long hours and are not afraid to return after dark. This is sometimes important, since the largest tarpon sometimes only feed in very low light. Fishing the incoming tide and middle of the out-going tide seem to be the most productive, moving more bait fish and sometimes triggering feeding frenzies with tarpon, jacks, little tunny, and mackerel on the same bait boil!
Clients often opt to fish one day early, and the next day late, generally fishing about 10 hours. At the end of the daily trip the clients arrive back at the beach near the lodge. It is also possible to break the day up, fishing the morning bite, returning for lunch and a siesta, and they going back out for the evening bite.
Unlike many fishing destinations, there is a lot of fun to be had whether or not you are an angler. Excursions include wild dolphin watching tours, kayaking with wild dolphin, river kayaking, guided jungle hikes, snorkeling and Scuba diving, horseback riding, indigenous cultural tours, botanical gardens, beachcombing the miles of undeveloped white sand beaches, and the legendary Caribbean night life in Puerto Viejo.