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Articles: Un día de pesca en Los Roques

by: J.P. Ponte

Describing a bonefish day in Los Roques may become a difficult task. There are so many things to tell.
I live very close to Los Roques. It takes me half an hour or twelve hours to get there; it depends on the transport I choose, plane or sailboat.
In both cases, I have got the chance of discovering this bonefish paradise called Los Roques Archipelago.
From the air you get to appreciate a plateau that comes up from 300 or 400 metres deep to form a picturesque rectangle with the typical Caribbean shades from deep blue to the lightest greens and light-blue, with dark stains of flats. Los Roques is a series of over three hundred islands, which I dare say I know each of them, with white sand and a few palm trees that can be seen in one of the ends in the southern barrier and which help the access when you are approaching from the sea.

The first thing you see from the water is the palm trees of Dos Mosquises and some others from the southern barrier; once you are sailing among the islands and flats of the archipelago, you project the aerial view and with the help of a map and looking at the bottom from the bow of the boat, you try to avoid hitting the keel against a flat.
In the late years I have disvovered a place very similar to what paradise might be, including the water and the islands, the people and the sand, the sun and the peace of a night under a blanket of stars and our greatest host, the Bonefish.
This particular kind of fishing requires the five senses: sharp eyes, calm light step, a paralized breath, hiding like a tiger stalking its prey, without showing the rod much and without making any sound and ... one cast, maybe two or three but not more than this. This fishing doesn´t require combination or coordination of sincronized movements not to miss the target. Placing the fly just 10 cm from its mouth if it is digging the bottom or 1 or 2 metres with intermediate speed would do. Anything but this means failure and a sudden escape. We mustn´t forget the right choice of fly according to what the fish are feeding on and consider the bottom (sea-weed or sand) and the depth. The excitement at spotting the fish charging at the fly really gets the adrenalin flowing in micro-seconds. The firm bite and the precise pull to hook, up the rod and ... hope you have a strong brake. The rod becomes heavy and bends, the fish runs off at terrific speed and is stripping line off the reel, the sound of the reel. This is just so exciting!
It was a good day, with some bones. The night is calm and full of stars. My cigar is still lit while I enjoy a drink. I check my flies and the line, and I think about the new day that is about to come.


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