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Vince 01-19-2012 11:31 AM

Los Roques Photos
Another great trip to Los Roques! Great, stable January weather, gourmet food prepared by chef Mimo, and a great job done by Sightcast Outfitters owner Chris and his team of guides. We saw lots of bones and caught many bonefish on the surface, using floating minnow imitations. These imitate sardinas that have been wounded by diving pelicans, and the bones key in on this bait and readily take flies on the surface.

We had some shots at tarpon, but not in the numbers we saw last year. We had some good shots at permit too! There are some areas where permit frequent, and in a few hours of looking had four decent shots at big permit--one pushing forty lbs.

We caught plenty of 2-5 lb jacks that were crashing bait along the beaches, and even on some of the flats.

Flatsfihsing rock star Pete V. fighting a bone with Gran Roque in the background

Fishing along a beach for bones, jacks

when the pelicans dive into the water, the bones come to the surface right next to them, looking for leftovers!

nice bone taken on top

posada acuarela--our home for the week

Pete about to release one

Jeff w. with a nice one

dinner time

Hans ready for the take

some history

Eric 01-19-2012 12:26 PM

Wonderful photos! Many thanks for posting! Definitely on my bucket list.

OC 01-19-2012 12:54 PM

Thanks Vince,

Your pics and info help our dream. Can you walk the flats without a guide if one does not get in the way of guides? Just thinking of when we are at anchor and being able to take inflatable to some close by flat and walking/fishing when ever the mood dictates. Would not want to piss of the locals though.

Vince 01-19-2012 02:01 PM

I think you can, but you need to be aware of which areas are closed and open to fishing. Certain areas are off limits to fishing, and they are not marked.

OC 01-20-2012 10:53 AM

Vince, who do you ask when you are there? I'll be careful I wouldn't want to loose the boat for such a violation. And things like that have happened to others. Heck if I have to I will walk the flats without a rod and just make believe, The locals will think they have a crazy man on the flats and they might be right.:smokin:

Vince 01-22-2012 07:10 AM

They have a pretty good map of the islands for sale in a gift shop right by the runway on gran roque. It shows the islands and restricted areas. I think it was $30. Other than that you have to ask some of the guides or outfitters on the island. Problem is there is no fly shop or lodge.

teflon_jones 01-22-2012 02:57 PM

Great photos Vince! I might go along next year.

Vince 01-22-2012 03:09 PM

adding more pics as they come in (and I have the time)

Also posted a few videos taken with Doc steve's hero 2. Will post more soon. Very impressed with the quality and cool angles.

the lobster lunch on our last day (with conch, oysters and fish too). Taken at a fisherman's house on one of the islands. delicious!!

tailers tight to the mangroves

Doc Tom fighting one

huge puffer Pete V. caught while fishing alone

releasing one

petevicar 01-23-2012 09:36 AM

Nice Pics Vince.:smile: :smile:
It was a great trip thanks.:)

Vince 01-23-2012 02:44 PM

Glad you could join us Pete!

we miss this guy--Mimo--he can cook!

chillin' on the roof top after a day on the water

view from atop the hill on Gran Roque--looking at the village where we stayed. No motorized vehicles--just walk to where you want to go.

doctorsteve 01-26-2012 01:28 PM

Pete's a wild man

petevicar 01-27-2012 04:29 AM


Originally Posted by doctorsteve
Pete's a wild man

Is that mean't to be a compliment?

doctorsteve 01-31-2012 03:06 PM

Of course. And you make the best floating gummies

Vince 02-02-2012 05:25 PM

How did those videos come out Doc??

Vince 01-17-2013 08:18 AM

leaving for los roques tomorrow. Will post some pics and report when I return.

Unfortunately we are not attending the fly fishing show in somerset this year because of this trip.

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