Los Roques Revised – Editorial Shooting For Solid Adventures
Due to Solid Adventure’s expansion towards Venezuelan territory, we were able to combine our autumn round trip with some work. Literally on the way, we managed to fill the week between Nicaragua and Cuba with a quick stop-over on Los Roques. Solid Adventures assigned us for an editorial shooting to cover the typical destination basics. It has been 5 years for me since i last set foot on this paradise on earth. After all these years, LR has lost nothing of it’s glory and the fishing was as great as we expected it to be. Snook, Tarpon, heaps of bigger bones, Triggerfish, Parrotfish and some good shots at Permit… what a week. Yet the again, the surrounding never ceases to amaze – it is almost impossible to shoot useless material on location. The stark contrast between snow white beaches and a thousand shades of blue, the abundance of fish, the social life on the main island – it is really that good.
Venezuela’s largest marine park, El Parque Nacional Los Roques, is hands down one of the most consistent bonefish fisheries on the planet. Truly a classic with a twist! Maybe it’s the variety that makes it more than just a world class bonefish spot, or the breathtaking setting with hundreds of picturesque keys and fishing spots, even non fishing partners will be left in awe of the sheer beauty of the place. With good numbers of bonefish found and a wide range of other species to go for, with firm sandy flats on which wading is positively encouraged, coupled with the ability to fish here in every month of the year, Los Roques is a fishery that should be considered an evergreen.
An evergreen with a twist! We have spent three morning sessions on Triggerfish and Parrots… it is that addictive! I don’t know how many times we got reefed by both species to be honest. Even the ones we got into the books didn’t come as easy as enticing them into a bite. Check this little flick. A decent trigger managed to escape into a coral head and we went all in on him.
Another rather unique feature to Los Roques is the thick and sheer endless amounts of minnows. Bonefish are opportunistic feeders and their diet consists pretty much of everything that live on the flats they patrol. The number and average size the Los Roques Bonefish come in goes hand in hand with the minnows that they hunt down. In fact these fish put a lot more attitude into their daily feast – much more like a full-on predatory fish would do. As a result of this high protein diet, Los Roques Bonefish, Tarpon and other predatory inhabitants are heavier on the same length than in most other places.
Talking about Tarpon. Although they were not really high on our list after one week straight tarpon fishing in Nicaragua and St.Maria/Cuba on menu, we got ourselfs some decent tarpon footage. A bunch of funny beach-poon hook ups at night included. Here s little flick from a baby tarpon that was quickly released after a quick image