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When asked which bonefishing destinations in the world get our clients’ highest marks, no conversation is complete without mention of Los Roques. The reasons are many. The flats fishing is truly remarkable; the accommodations are tasteful; and the guides and staff are as good as they get.
Similar to Christmas Island, Los Roques is blessed with consistent weather and water temperatures, not to mention high fish counts. Bonefish average 4 pounds with numerous fish in the 6 to 10 pound class. Meals and accommodations at Acuarela Lodge are greatly enjoyed by discerning anglers and non-anglers alike. For anglers who love flats fishing and to wade fish for high numbers of good sized bonefish, Los Roques is truly one of the finest flats fishing destinations in the world today.
With more than 250 square miles of fishable water, the Los Roques area is a 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. Virtually all the flats fishing in the Los Roques’ region is done while wading, greatly adding to the region’s appeal.
Regarded primarily as a bonefish fly fishing destination, the vast and varied waters surrounding Acuarela Lodge also provide ample opportunities for species such as barracuda, tarpon, jacks, blue runners and Spanish mackerel. During the prime months of February through mid-October, Los Roques offers impressive numbers of bonefish that average 3-4 pounds. Bonefish over 5 pounds are common, and good numbers of bonefish in the 7-10 pound range are present. Bonefish over 10 pounds have been taken, and the lodge record is an honest 13 pounder! The Los Roques bonefish season runs from mid-January through October. Fishing is done from 28 foot 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 10:30AM – 6:30PM. When fly fishing anglers tire of walking the flats or tides are not optimal for wading, anglers can fly 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 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.
With 12 rooms, the Posada Acuarela has a Meditarranean feel. Each room enjoys air conditioning, private safe, ceiling fans, hot water, and an en suite bathroom with shower.
Meals at Posada Acuarela have a bit of an Italian twist. The chef/manager of the posada hails from Sicily where his family operated restaurants for several generations.
The lodge’s boats can take non-anglers to a nearby beach to relax. Other activities for non-anglers include scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kite surfing and sea kayaking.