Bahia Solano Colombia Fishing Report
Capt. John Kumiski
October 30, 2016
Bahia Solano - Saltwater Fishing Report
Bahia Solano Colombia Fishing Report
This is this week's Bahia Solano Colombia Fishing Report.
Any doubt about us being in tropics was shattered when we got off the turboprop in Bahia Solano. Soldiers, heat, mud, dogs, chickens, the smell of meat charring over charcoal, lush vegetation, trash, vultures, beautiful, hospitable brown-skinned people, conversations at the speed of light. I was back in the jungle and it was awesome!
We took a truck to a boat to the Lodge Playa de Oro. Our hostess was the gracious and charming Isabel Palacio. The rest of the group consited of Rodrigo Teixeira, a production coordinator for FishTV, Ricardo Canali, owner of Real Pesca, Johanna Garavito of ProColumbia, and our guide, Alejandro Linares, who also owns the El Pez fishing tackle store in Medellin. As an English speaker I was linguistically challenged.
We had a delicious lunch- fried wahoo steaks with fixins. As delicious as it was, the birds stole the show. One hundred five species of birds have been identified on the lodge property alone. They are beautiful, brilliantly colored, and not at all shy. I hadn't even touched my tackle yet, but everything was fantastic.
A two hour boat ride straight out into the Pacific under a sky threatening rain started our first day of fishing. The plan was to troll for sailfish, tuna, and mahi at what Alejandro told me was the Panama Current. We trolled without success long enough that I took a nap on the boat's deck.
Alejandro finally gave up on the trolling. We went to a point of land where huge boulders pierced the surface of the sea, providing habitat for frigatebirds, boobies, and other seabirds. Alejandro handed me a large spinning rod with a giant popper attached. When I asked what we were fishing for he said, "Pargo. Atun." Cubera snapper and tuna. OK. I'd never caught either so it was fine with me.
Using that outfit was serious work. After a while it was rest time for me. Ricardo had a bite, something that screamed line off against a very tight drag. But the hooks pulled lose and we never saw the beast.
Alejandro was like a machine, tossing the popper a mile and working it back with powerful sweeps of the rod. A fish finally came up and ate it- what a fish! Pargo, muy grande! The snapper weighed close to 70 pounds, the biggest one Alejandro had ever gotten. After we photographed it, to my surprise and relief, he released it.
Even after that it was a bit of a shock when a fish nailed my plug. Against a tightly set drag the fish made a powerful run. It was a tuna, not even a very big one. Man, they can pull.
That fish was not released. Nor was the next one I got. Alejando got a third.
We had tuna sushimi and tuna cerviche as appetizers at dinner that evening. They were both heavenly.
Rain greeted us the next morning. Near the lodge we cast lures for tarpon and roosterfish. An hour's work netted no results, so we went back to the pargo spot. The rain just got heavier, the wind windier. I broke out the ten-weight. Carrying it to Colombia would have been stupid had I not used it. I got one blue runner, not exactly the fish I had in mind.
Although there were three tuna caught with plugs, there were no pargo this day. With the weather deteriorating and the fishing slow we decided to bag it early in the afternoon. The ride back to the lodge was memorable for all the wrong reasons- big seas, heavy rain, everyone soaked and miserable.
The next morning I had some time before our flight back to Medellin. I used it to photograph some of the birds and flowers at the lodge.
My trip to Bahia Solano was way too short, with uncooperative weather and fairly uncooperative fish. February is supposed to be the best month for fishing there. I'm looking for a way to clear my calendar for a couple of weeks. I'd made some new friends and had a chance to catch some new species.
For more information on Bahia Solano and the Playa de Oro Lodge, visit www.hotelesdecostaacosta.com/bahia-solano. Find the English link for the site at the top left.
Still trying to find a good home for my old EZ Loader Trailer- http://orlando.craigslist.org/bpo/5764303987.html
And that is the Bahia Solano Fishing Report!
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