The islands of Los Roques in the south-east Caribbean are one of the most unique and special places in the world of flats fishing. The bonefish here are rather large, bigger on average than their counterparts in other regions of the world. Los Roques offers not just bigger bonefish, but also unique places in which to fish for them. This may seem like an insignificant statement until you actually experience the destination for yourself. Small turtle-grass covered pancake flats pop up from the deep water, allowing a comfortable transition from safety zone to a rich food source for hungry bonefish. This provides fishermen with opportunities to experience quintessential bonefishing: walking up on tailing fish in knee-deep water.
But Los Roques offers so much diversification in its bonefish habitat that it would be foolish to think that the pancake flats are all that it has to offer. On certain stages of the tide the white sand beaches might be the place to fish, walking along the edge of the water and watching large dark forms coming out of the deep grass. The remainder of the bonefish habitat tends to be more traditional, with mangrove-lined lagoons and long transitional types of flats, almost all of which are easily waded. There will likely be opportunities to cast to tarpon, horse-eye jacks, permit, snook and large barracuda, so taking a 8 to11 weight outfit is recommended.
Another unique characteristic of Los Roques is the weather. This part of the Caribbean provides the most stable year-round weather patterns, with moderate winds, minimal hurricane or tropical storm threats, and temperatures that stay around 26C.