SIGHTCAST OUTFITTER - LOS ROQUES, VENEZUELA

 

SIGHTCAST OUTFITTER - LOS ROQUES, VENEZUELA

Situated 92 miles off the coast of Venezuela, Los Roques is still today considered one of the best-kept secrets in saltwater flats fishing. Los Roques is often described as the "Christmas Island of the Caribbean" due to the miles of wadeable flats, good-sized bonefish, consistently good weather, and a long, stable season. Truly a world-class destination, Los Roques provides varied and interesting fishing complemented by prolific birdlife, comfortable accommodations, and an unforgettable island atmosphere. Here at Yellow Dog, we've made numerous trips to Los Roques for many years, and we can honestly tell you that it is one of our very favorite saltwater destinations in the world. On top of that, this fishery offers what is perhaps the best bonefishing that exists anywhere. This is a destination that absolutely needs to be on every saltwater angler's short list!

Typical Length of Stay

There is no set turnaround day with Sightcast, and no minimum-stay requirements. Trips of any length can be arranged, and anglers can arrive and depart on any day of the week.

Accommodations and Lodging

Acuarela Lodge with Sight Cast OutfittersWhile fishing with Sightcast Outfitters on Los Roques guests stay at Posada Acuarela, arguably the nicest accommodations found anywhere on the island. Acuarela is a less than a five minute walk from the airport and a one minute walk from the town's main beach.The lodge features eleven private rooms, all with air conditioning, private baths, and warm-to-hot water. The food is very, very good, and all meals are on par with what you might expect in an upscale, high-end restaurant. The lodge is very adept at catering to anglers, and the manager is always on site to ensure that the level of service and amenities are first rate.

If overnighting in Caracas on the first and last night, guest will stay at the Marriott Hotel Playa Grande or the Eurobuilding Express Hotel. Both hotels are within a 5 - 15 minute drive from the airport. They are both among the best in Venezuelan hotels, with modern facilities and superior services.

Food and Beverages

The food at Posada Acuarela is amazing. Since the island is heavily influenced by Italian tourism and a year-round stream of Italian visitors, it would stand to reason that the food itself is very Italian! With an incredible in-house chef, all meals at Acuarela are on par with what you might expect in an upscale, high-end restaurant. Breakfast each morning is made to order, and lunch it either packed in a cooler for your day on the water or eaten at one of several small, out-island restaurants. (This usually has to be arranged ahead of time). Dinner each evening is the highlight of the day, with fresh pastas, seafood, fruits and vegetables, and meat. Beer, wine, sodas and mixers are available at the lodge, and there are a handful of small liquor stores close to the Posada where you can purchase liquor if desired.

Fishing Information

Big Los Rocos BonefishIslas Los Roques consists of 40-50 major islands located 92 miles off the mainland and North of Caracas. If you count all of the small islets and coral outcroppings in the area, there are over 300 islands in the Los Roques chain, something that puts the potential size of the fishing area into perspective. While some of the flats are quite large and reminiscent of something you might find in the Bahamas, most are 70-100 feet wide with very little coral and a good amount of turtle grass – ideal for wading.

The flats are healthy and loaded with baitfish, and the tides normally fluctuate less than a foot per day. The number of tailing bonefish found on the pancake flats and “classic” bonefish flats of Los Roques can be astounding. Other times, anglers can expect to walk and wade the beaches, looking for large, cruising bonefish that travel in pairs or small schools feeding on minnows and baitfish. The area also offers a number of shallow lagoons that at times can provide exceptional action for cruising, deeper-water bonefish. These lagoons are primarily fished during high tide stages when other flats are too deep for the best fishing. It is not unusual for anglers fishing Los Roques to catch between 10 and 20 bonefish per day. Most bonefish on Los Roques will average 4 pounds, and larger fish are quite common. Although Los Roques is primarily a bonefish destination, you may encounter other species as well. Be prepared with a second rod, fully rigged for cruising barracuda, tarpon, jacks, permit, or mackerel.

Boats and Equipment

Sight Cast operates 28 ft. center-consol boats with 75 HP and 100 HP Yamaha engines. These seaworthy boats provide a safe and comfortable ride to and from the flats. Remember that each boat is staffed by both a fishing guide and a captain/boat driver, and that 98% of the bonefishing on Los Roques is done while wading. As far as rental / demo rods and reels, fishing equipment and tackle is available on the island on a very limited basis. We suggest, however, that anglers bring their own gear, including rods, reels, flies and all terminal tackle.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Beautiful Beach on Los RocosNon-fishing activities include combing solitary beaches, visiting the sea turtle research center, snorkeling, and birding (you can get incredibly close to the island’s nesting birds.) There are also a couple of small dive shops on the island offering scuba excursions, as well as rentals for kite surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling and sea kayaking. The distinctive rock-like peaks that form the backdrop of El Gran Roque (for which the archipelago is named) are also an easy hike. Each day, the lodge will be happy to transport non-anglers (at no additional charge) to private, solitary beaches with an umbrella, beach chairs and a loaded cooler.

How To Get There

Accessed by daily, direct commercial service from the mainland, Los Roques is easier to reach than most people realize. Caracas, Venezuela's capital, is home to over 7 million people. Maiquetía International Airport in La Guaira, Venezuela (Airport Code: MIQ) is located about 45 minutes from the city and is served by nonstop flights from Houston, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, and many other European and U.S. cities.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

A Sight Cast representative will be waiting for you after you have cleared the luggage/customs check point at the International Terminal – Maiquetia airport in the coastal city of La Guaira (45 minutes from Caracas). If you arrive before noon on a weekend, you can still get to the island that day. If not, you will overnight at the Eurobuilding Express Hotel (3-5 minutes from airport) or the Marriott Hotel Playa Grande (10-15 minute drive), and fly to Gran Roque and the islands early the next morning, arriving in time for breakfast at the lodge and a full day of fishing. You can also enjoy a full day of fishing on your day of departure.

Keep in mind that when you overnight on the mainland, you are not staying in Caracas; you are staying in the coastal city of La Guaira in a hotel that is very close to the airport. Flight departure times from Caracas to Los Roques change constantly, but there are always several flights a day coming and going to the island (morning, afternoon and evening).

2013 Package Rates

All prices are per person. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

Trip Length 2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
2 Per Boat
1 Per Room
1 Per Boat
1 Per Room
Non-Angler Rate
7 Nights / 6 Days $4,250 $4,945 $5,355 $2,745
6 Nights / 5 Days $3,790 $4,525 $4,985 $2,430
5 Nights / 4 Days $3,290 $3,995 $4,520 $1,995
4 Nights / 3 Days $2,895 $3,595 $4,080 $1,720

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • First and last night at the Eurobuilding Express Hotel (the nicest hotel on the mainland in La Guaira), or the Marriott Hotel Playa Grande
  • Round trip air transfers from Caracas to Los Roques
  • The number of nights lodging and days fishing specified in your package
  • All ground transfer services on the mainland
  • Three meals per day
  • Beer and soft drinks on the boat each day
  • Fishing licenses and permits

What's Not Included

  • International flight to Caracas,
  • Meals and beverages on the mainland
  • Alcohol (except beers on the boat)
  • Los Roques National Park Entry Fee (approx. $30.00)
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls and laundry
  • Overweight baggage costs (.$50 per lb. over 25 lbs.)
  • Domestic departure tax (approx. $7.00) and international departure tax (approx. $62.00 as a tourist)
  • Gratuities for guides and staff

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

The Los Roques archipelago enjoys national park status, so building, development, and tourism are carefully controlled. Upon arrival, you cannot help but be taken in by the informality and quaintness of the place. El Gran Roque, the only town, has absolutely no cars and just one electric golf cart to ferry luggage. It is a village densely populated by greedy, proud-chested pelicans and their ever-present companions, the boobies and terns. There are a few human inhabitants as well, mostly conch fishermen and their families who dwell in decorative buildings painted in pastel hues of purple, yellow, green and pink. Telephones are few and far between, and from the time your touch down, shoes are strictly optional!

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