VENEZUELA - LOS ROQUES

Location

Los Roques is a stunning, virtually untouched archipelago of small coral islands, 150km (93mi) due north off the central coast of Venezuela.

The Fishing

Bonefish are the main species to target at Los Roques, with the average sized bone tipping the scale between 4-10 pounds. Surprisingly, small bonefish are rarely caught here. Snook, monster cudas, juvenile tarpon and even some permit are available in certain areas within the atoll, so it pays to bring a heavier rod, rigged and ready for these species. There are two different types of fishing areas where bonefish will be targeted - beaches and flats. Fishing from the beaches is where you will experience the rare gummy minnow bonefish blitz. All other fishing will be done from the hundreds of different flats that are scattered throughout the area. Each boat will take two anglers fishing for the day. You and your guide will be ferried around the atoll all day by your boat captain, who will drop you off at the different flats and cays. This setup works really well as virtually all the fishing is done on foot. When you are dropped off on a flat, there is no need to anchor the boat or walk all the way back to retrieve it when you've finished fishing. Just jump out, and when you get to the end of the flat, your boat and English-speaking guide will be ready and waiting.

There are two types of flats - pancake flats (small generally round flats found randomly distributed throughout the atoll) and cays (flats on the edges of cays). The pancake flats are all generally very similar - turtle grass mixed with some sandy areas, usually about 6-24 inches deep. These flats are mostly shallow water affairs and lightweight flies and jigs are recommended. Because all of the fishing, with the exception of tarpon, will be done while wading, the guides will always try to start guests off wading downwind on the flats with the sun at your back The winds are pretty reasonable at Los Roques with an average blow of 5-15 knots.

After returning from your fishing day around 4 PM, you will have a couple of hours to relax before a gourmet dinner is served to you at the lodge. Feel free to explore the island, or for the real saltwater junkies, fish the beaches with gummy minnows. Find diving pelicans and cast right under them. Giant double-digit bonefish are caught right from the Gran Roque beach on a regular basis. If you are too tired to fish after you get back from fishing, have a Cuba Libre on the open air patio on the roof level of the lodge and enjoy the quiet atmosphere. There are no cars or golf carts here, and the bell of a bicycle or landing airplane is about all that will interrupt the sound of gentle evening breezes.


Trip Information

Documents Required

To enter Venezuela, a valid passport that does not expire for at least 6 months after the trip has concluded, from the country of origin is required, along with a return ticket.

Boats and Equipment

Pez Raton has two different flats boats from which you can fish. They have several 17 foot Dolphin skiffs powered by 85 h.p. Yamahas. There are also 4 new center console Peneros powered by 75 h.p. Yamahas with high bows that are very comfortable to fish and get around in

Species

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

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Season

Year-round

Capacity

12 anglers

Accommodations

The Posada Mediterraneo is our base while fishing Los Roques. There are 6 rooms at the posada and 5 of these have been designated for the fishermen. The rooms are simple yet tasteful and each room has air-conditioning, flat screen TV and has its own bathroom with hot and cold water. We like this posada because its size ensures intimacy amongst its guests while its two hosts are gracious and extremely pleasant company. The Mediterraneo rooftop lounge is a spectacular place for cocktails in the afternoon after a great day on the water

Getting There

Your flight to Venezuela will arrive in the capital city of Caracas. Depending on your itinerary, you will overnight in Caracas and fly out to Los Roques the next morning. As soon as you clear customs in Caracas, you will be met by a member of the Pez Raton staff. Guests will be driven to the Ole Caribe Hotel which is about a 15 minute car ride from the airport. You will overnight and then fly out to Los Roques early the next morning, usually on the 7 am flight. A car and driver will pick you up at the hotel and take you back to the airport for the flight to Los Roques. Once you arrive on Gran Roque you will be met by a member of the Pez Raton staff and escorted the short 5 minute walk from the airstrip to the hotel. After a quick breakfast you will be ready to hit the flats and your guide for the trip will be eagerly waiting to take you out on your first day

What's included

  • Being met by a member of the Pez Raton team as soon as you clear customs
  • Ground transportation in Caracas
  • First and last overnight at the Sheraton Hotel, Caracas
  • Round trip air transfers (Caracas-Los Roques-Caracas) on Transavan Airlines
  • Number of nights accommodations as specified in booking in a single or double room with private bathroom and air-conditioning
  • Number of days guided fishing as specified in booking
  • All meals, based on package purchased
  • Beer and rum

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to Caracas
  • Overweight baggage
  • Charges and gratuities
  • 55 Bolivar Los Roques Park Authority fee
  • Meals at the Ole Caribe Hotel in Caracas
  • Fishing gear
  • Departure tax is typically included in international airfare – please check with airline

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