Los Roques is a set of small islands in the Caribbean Sea located 80 miles north of Caracas, Venezuela. While the area is often referred to as an archipelago, technically Los Roques is an atoll within the Lesser Antilles characterized by magnificent coral beds, diverse and varied flats, sandy beaches, clear waters and incredible natural beauty. The entire atoll was declared a national park in the mid-80’s and since that time there has been very little development, thus insuring the pristine nature of the area for generations to come.
Located 11 degrees north of the equator, Los Roques’ air and water temperatures vary little throughout the season. The area is also characterized by a dry climate and is relatively unaffected by cold fronts and hurricanes. These factors make Los Roques one of the safest bonefishing locations in the world in terms of weather and water conditions much like Christmas Island. Chris Yrazabal, owner of Sight Cast, is a ten-year veteran to guiding the Los Roques region. His guests are housed at Vistalmar lodge, which is located only five minutes from the airport on the atoll’s largest island El Gran Roque.
Sight Cast Outfitters Fishing:
With more than 250 square miles of fishable water, the Los Roques area is wade fisherman’s dream come true. While many of the more productive flats are covered with turtle grass, coral flats and hard sand flats also abound.
Regarded primarily as a bonefish destination, the vast and varied waters surrounding your lodge also provide ample opportunities for species such as Barracuda, Tarpon, Jacks and Spanish mackerel. During the prime months of mid-January through mid-October, Los Roques offers impressive numbers of bonefish that average 3-4 pounds. Fish over 5 pounds are common, and good numbers of fish in the 7-10 pound range are present. Fish over 10 pounds have been taken, and the lodge record is an honest 13 pounder! Their season runs from mid-January through October.
Fishing is done from 28 ft fiberglass boats with one guide and one captain per two clients. The fishing day is approximately 8-hours, but times vary so as to hit the best tides. If the best tides for tailing fish are late afternoon, the fishing day may be from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. When anglers tire of walking the flats or tides are not optimal for wading, anglers can fish from the boat’s casting platform. While these boats are too large to be poled effectively, the boatman can “walk” the boat across deeper flats, while the guide helps anglers to spot fish from the bow. The guides can also take anglers to deep-water “muds,” or “secret” bonefish holes where even beginners can catch an abundance of bonefish.
Sight Cast Outfitters Vistalmar Lodge Accommodation:
Lodging is at Vistalmar Lodge, which is located on the beach of the big island of El Gran Roque. Anglers stay in double occupancy guestrooms, each with two standard single or double beds, ceiling fan, air conditioners and a private bath. There is a living room area downstairs, and an open-air rooftop bar and lounge. Breakfasts and dinners are served Oceanside by an exclusive chef.
Sight Cast Outfitters Travel:
You will need to make travel arrangements to Caracas, Venezuela. The Hotel in Caracas and inner country flights are included in the package price. Anglers are met at the airport (after clearing customs) by a representative of the lodges transfer service, Grand Slam Transfers. The employee of the transfer service
will be holding a sign with the name Sight Cast and Grand Slam. He will then take anglers to the Hotel. The transfer to the hotel from the airport should take 10 minutes.
The next morning, the transfer service will take Anglers directly to the LTA Airline counter (usually pick up at the hotel is at 6:45 a.m.). Once there, they will need to pay US $4 each (national departure tax). The confirmation number for the flight will be given (as well as an electronic ticket via mail) one month prior to arrival. The plane to Los Roques usually departs at 8:00 a.m. for the 35-minute flight on a DASH 7. Anglers can have breakfast at the airport or at Los Roques. The Sight Cast staff will be at the El Gran Roque airport to meet arriving anglers. It is then a short 3 minute walk from the airport.
On the departure day the flight back to Caracas is usually at 6:00 p.m. In Caracas Grand Slam will transfer anglers to the hotel and then to the airport the following day. There is an $42.00 departure tax.
First and last over night at the selected hotel: In Caracas: Best Western or Tamanaco and and in La Guaira: Puerto Viejo Best Western, round trip flight Caracas – Los Roques – Caracas with LTA, Accommodation at Vistalmar Lodge, all meals at the Lodge and at the boat, all ground transfers, guided fishing, fishing licenses and permits.
International air to Caracas, Meals and beverages in the mainland, Los Roques National Park, entry fee (approx. $10), alcoholic beverages (except beers on the boat), items of a personal nature such as phone calls and laundry, domestic departure tax (approx. $2), International departure tax (approx. $37), gratuities to the lodge staff and fishing guides.