Bonefish, Macabi, Pez Ratton or Lady fish
Bonefish can basically be found anywhere in the shallow waters of Los Roques, in the beaches surrounding Gran Roque if you are on a budget, and in the shoals located in Los Corales with more than 50 top flats and in the shoals located at the western end of the national park (special permit needed) about one hour in boat from Gran Roque.
Small boats with local guide will take the fishermen from shoal to shoal while looking for the schools of Bonefish which due to the clear and shallow waters can be easily spotted. Fishermen fish on bare feet and look through out the shoals for the fish that move between sand bottoms and marine algae. Sometimes slight waves are produced on the surface by the movement of fish swimming after their food and at times due to the shallow water, the green - gray backs and the tails of the mouse fish can be seen. This is known as tailing fish. One of the main features of bonefishing in Los Roques is the possibility of fishing for bonefish all year round due to the fact that Los Roques is out of the hurricane and tropical storm path. The best catch can be done from January to October; this makes Los Roques a privileged destination for the sport fishing of this species in relation to other area of the Caribbean.
Level of experience: beginner (B), beginner to advanced (BA), medium to advanced (MA)
LOS ROQUES "Bone fishing Flats Index"
The access to these shoals is by boat and with a local guide, who must be able to recognize the different shoals and to choose the most suitable one, according to the tide and wind conditions of the day. The guide must have knowledge of the different fishing styles, different baits and flies as well as the zone regulations of the park since fishing is prohibited in areas of complete protection. The guide must also rotate the fishing areas in order to avoid behavior which can cause excessive stress among the different species. In summary the guide must make sure that this activity creates the least impact on the area.