Los roques, february 2010

A trip to Los Roques for app. 2 weeks with Knud, Lasse and Thomas. Lasse and Thomas were rookies while Knud has been here five times before. The trip was good with some minuses. Like always on Los Roques you get plenty of bonefish and they are well-sized, so you get to see your backing on a regular basis and combining that with sun and warm waters you can never go wrong – especially in the winter time when there is ice on the Danish waters.

Lasse´s camera did not work so he borrowed mine and Knuds cell phone did not work so he borrowed mine, I had a vacation without any electronics 🙂

If I have to sum things up we had more problems than ever before with lack of water and lack of electricity. Two days and nights in a row with no electricity means hot rooms at night and warm beers. Furthermore the shops were several times out of goods and restaurants had to close due to no gas or no food to sell. Hugo is really catching up with his idol Fidel, Venezuela more and more looks like Cuba.

Furthermore the number of fishermen were larger than ever end also the number of other tourist and this increased the pressure on the beaches and flats available for the guideless flyfishers – the cheapskates  i.e. us most of the time. For example kite surfers can really destroy a flat when they cross it at 50 km/h.

My most memorable moment was when I caught a kind of garfish (the local garfish has a lot of teeth up to 6-7 mm) after I released it into the water it opened its mouth and bit me in the knee, then it backed and swam to the guide and bit him in the leg. After this incident with a 1½ pound fish towards two 200 pound humans both humans were bleeding. It was clear who won that battle.

Thomas with a bonefish, this is classic Los Roques

Lasse with a very nice sized bonefish from the main island Gran Roque.

Los Roques and diving pelicans is a classic. This year the pelicans were diving quite close to the fishermen given them great opportunities for catching bonefish that approaches the pelicans when diving – but sometimes you also catch a pelican. This type of fishing is not my way of fishing bonefish but it is very efficient.

Thomas with a bluerunner. He spotted a school attacking very close to the beach while we were waiting for our lobster at a restaurant on Craskey and he ran down and got this nice fish. We were hesitating a bit and got nothing, determination pays. Normally there is many opportunities like this but this year we did not see many attacks and that is a pity as I find this type of fishing very intense and entertaining.

The lobster Thomas ran away from. It is not the cheapest lunch but it is one of the best. 

Our guide Chapin on a pancake flat. We had some very interesting fishing on these pancakes and I would recommend Chapin as guide, he really knew his stuff.

I also managed to be in a picture – even with a hookup

And then a quick release and a bad photo – that is life

While moving around with the guide Lasse had a handline out and got this barracuda. A nice fish that really woke him from his sleep, but as chairman of the bombayfly he will have a hard time explaining that he is fishing with a handline.

The local fishermen lands many different species like Wahoo, sailfish, barracuda etc.

Los Rouqes is not just bonefish, you may catch many species a lot them we do not know the name of but it is always fun to catch something you don ´t see back home. 

A carite – a small spanish mackerel.

A small jack.

A pompano – looks like a small permit

A yellow tail snapper

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  1. […] have invaded Los Roques… turns out they caught a bunch  of fish and then went back home.  Lars, Knud, Lasse and Thomas spent two weeks down in LR and caught at least one of everything, it […]

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