International Fly Fishing Travel - Los Roques
About Los Roques
Technically referred to as an archipelago, Los Roques is an unspoiled atoll located approximately 80 miles from the coast. It is characterized by extremely clear waters, magnificent coral beds, diverse and varied flats, sandy beaches and hundreds of smaller mangrove cays. Some flats are coral, some are soft marl covered with turtle grass and sea weed. However most flats are firm, clean white, or golden in colour, and easy to navigate. You will also be fishing extensive sand and beach flats, channels, cuts, coral shallows, and mangroves, mostly on foot.
Thanks to its location (only 12 degrees north of the equator), the area is relatively unaffected by cold fronts and hurricanes. These factors make Los Roques one of the most consistent bone fishing locations in the world. Los Roques offers outstanding numbers of bonefish with a very solid average size of 3-4 pounds. Fish over 5 pounds are caught more frequently than fish under 2 pounds, and good numbers of fish in the 7-10 pound range are present. Although bonefish are the main attraction in Los Roques, tarpon from 10 to 100 pounds are frequently landed. Other available species at Los Roques include barracuda, snook, cero mackerel, bonito and a variety of snappers and hard fighting jacks.
Accommodation is at Vistalmar Lodge, a deluxe beachfront lodge on El Gran Roque with 10 comfortable rooms and an ample lounge area. All rooms are air-conditioned. Each room has a private bathroom with hot water. Meals at the lodge are prepared especially for anglers, and the attention and service is top quality. Even though activities other than fishing are somewhat limited at Los Roques, anglers or their companion will enjoy the beautiful solitary beaches of crystal clear waters and white sand with fascinating birding, and beautiful flora and fauna. It is an excellent place to relax and rest, or revive and revitalize yourself. Los Roques is famous for its wonderful scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kite surfing and sea kayaking opportunities. You may also visit the sea-turtle research centre. All of these activities can be arranged at the request of guests, as they are excellent choices for non-fishing companions.
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