VENEZUELA - LA GUAIRA

Location

The town of La Guaira, is located on the Venezuelan coast, about 25 minutes from the international airport and about 35 minutes from downtown Caracas. The El Placer Bank is roughly a 40 minute run out from the marina.

The Fishing

The El Placer bank in La Guaira holds one of the world's most impressive billfish concentrations found anywhere. This underwater fishing paradise rises nearly 50 fathoms from a 140+ fathom depth, providing excellent structure for bait fish to congregate around. Roughly 4 miles wide and about 14 miles long, the La Guaira Bank is just a short 30-40 minute run from where the boats are docked at the marina. Aside from the incredible blue marlin action, the run of white marlin that takes place in La Guaira during the Fall (August - December) is unparalleled. Many anglers easily amass double digit releases during the prime months, and some boats will record over 30 releases in a single day. Blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish are found year-round, giving you a legitimate shot at achieving the distinctive "Billfish Grand Slam". Dolphin, wahoo and tuna also can be caught in the same area.

June through October are the optimal months for blue marlin at La Guaira. 12 to 14 days before a full moon or 2 to 6 days after are the best times of the lunar cycle to fish. And, some very good action can occur 5-8 days after the full moon leading into to the new moon. Early in the season there will be fewer bites (one to three) but big fish (400 pound +) and as you move through the Summer months the bite picks up, while the fish size drops. By the October moon guests can see 8-15 bites (or more) a day, with 250 pound fish being the typical size. November through March is the best time of the year for wahoo and guests can expect to get shots at yellowfin tuna, barracuda, jacks, blackfin tuna and even some dolphin during these months. April and May is the peak dolphin season. When the run starts it can be fast and furious with the schooling fish running between 20-50 pounds. Found along side the schools of dolphin, guests can often get a good white marlin raise, and in good years, a strong early blue marlin bite. If you hit it right, the spring can be fantastic!


Trip Information

Documents Required

To enter Venezuela, a valid passport from the country of origin is required that does not expire for 6 months after your trip has been completed, along with a visa (obtainable from consulates), a tourist card, and a return ticket.

Boats and Equipment

The marlin boats range from 38 foot Bertrams to a 61 foot Viking and come with modern equipment, from the latest in communications gear to new Penn Internationals

Species

blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, swordfish, wahoo, tuna

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Season

Year-round

Capacity

12 anglers with 4 guests per boat

Accommodations

The accommodations for this trip are at the Ole Caribe Hotel. The Ole Caribe is located just 25 minutes from the Caracas International Airport. It overlooks the ocean and is situated in the heart of the prestigious Zona Macuto. The hotel has 126 comfortable rooms and suites equipped with the latest conveniences to maximize the comfort and enjoyment of guests. The rooms have two double beds, private bath with hot and cold water and many rooms have an ocean view. There are three outdoor swimming pools along with a fitness center, sauna, tennis and squash courts. The hotel has an excellent restaurant and a couple of good bars. There is also a drug store, secretarial services and an internet facility available on site.

Getting There

Your flight to Venezuela will arrive in the capital city of Caracas. As soon as you clear customs, you will be met by a member of our team and then driven by taxi to the Hotel Ole Caribe. The hotel is perfectly situated between the airport and the marina and is just a short taxi ride from where you board your boat each day.

What's included

  • Being met as soon as you clear customs at Simon Bolivar International Airport
  • Round trip taxi service from the airport to the hotel
  • Round trip taxi service from the hotel to the marina each day
  • Breakfast at the hotel each day
  • Number of nights accommodations as specified in booking
  • Number of days guided fishing as specified in booking
  • Hotel taxes
  • All fishing gear
  • Lunch and beverages on days you fish

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to Caracas
  • Alcohol
  • Dinners at the hotel
  • Gratuities

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