Got hitched on Aug 2nd and fished in Aruba Aug 8th, I couldnt have asked for a better week. I used www.flyfishingaruba.com
to book a fishing trip for me an my wife, I really enjoy fishing in the Salt and every chance I get, I take advantage of it. After talking with other people in Aruba that used other charters to fish, I'm very happy with my decision to book a trip with FlyFishingAruba. It cost me $280 for 2 people to fish for 4.5 hours and we caught fish. I talked to a couple that paid $500 to fish with another couple and they didnt catch any fish, the one couple spent the whole time being sick on the boat and the other couple just sat around. Granted me and my wife fished inshore and the other couples fished deep sea, but I still think the price and experience was better than deep sea.
I was hesitant as how much fun my wife would have. She isnt a big fisherman but she had more fun than I did and cant wait to go fishing once we got home.
The day started when the alarm went off at 5am, my wife was just as excited as me to start fishing, excited enough to take this picture.
Thats kind of how the rest of the day went, my wife did fish and caught a fish, but she spent the time taking picture of the scenery and all the action.
We met the owner and captain of the boat at the dock at 6:15am, his name is Laurenz and he is a very nice person who has a vast knowledge of fishing in Aruba. The best part about Laurenz is he doesnt just sit there and drive the boat but he is there to help,. It was very helpful when he would help my wife. He showed her how to cast, how to work the lure and give her pointers on where the fish might be. By him helping my wife, it allowed me to concentrate more on catching fish and not have to worry about showing my wife what to do.
Not only did I have to worry about catching fish, but I had to worry about catching seagulls, the seagulls would dive at the artificial lures every so often. There were times that we had to hide the lures in our hand, to fool the seagulls into thinking there wasnt any bait.
After about an half an hour of fishing at our first spot, Laurenz commented on how calm the sea was further out. He said that he hasnt seen the seas that calm in 6 months and if we wanted we could troll our lures further out. We decided that we might as well move to our 2nd fishing spot and troll on the way there. As we were trolling to our second spot I got a hit.
Laurenz trying to see what is on my line
After about a 10-15 min fight, I was able to reel the fish close to the boat so Laurnez could net it.
The first fish of the day was called a Big Eyed Jack, also called a Horse Eyed Jack
This fish put up a heck of a fight, reminded me of a catfish because once you would get it close to the boat it would take off again.
Letting the Jack go
So we trolled to our second spot and this spot was a lot nicer than the first. This spot was about 15' deep with a reef and you could see the bottom. After about 20 casts using a new lure I got a hit at the dropoff of the reef. The second fish of the day was putting up a good fight also, but this fish was a lot more shinier than the jack. Once Laurenz saw the flash of light he called out, "Its a barracuda". Once I heard him say that I really wanted to get the fish in the boat, I never caught a barracuda and I always wanted to catch one.
The second spot we fished was a great spot, I caught one barracuda and lost 2 others. Laurenz said the one barracuda that got off was a real nice one. After an hour fishing at the second spot we deiced to move. Figuring we had success trolling, we decided would troll on the way to the 3rd spot.
The result of trolling to the 3rd spot was another barracuda.
After that second barracuda was caught the fishing came to a stand still, we trolled for the last half hour without any success. We had a great time, my wife who rarely fishes couldnt stop saying how much fun she had. If and when I go back to Aruba I would, without a doubt hire Laurenz again. He really knows what he is doing and the good fishing spots. He even gave us a ride back to our hotel so we didnt have to pay for a cab.