World renowned for its incredible marlin fishing, the La Guaira Bank is also home to a year-round population of sailfish, dorado, wahoo, and yellowfin tuna. The plankton-rich Southern Caribbean waters of the north coast of Venezuela drifting west flows over the natural ridge named El Placer (meaning the pleasure) It is a unique natural phenomena not to be found many places in the world today. The El Placer bank in La Guaira holds one of the world's most impressive billfish concentrations.
La Guaira Bank
This underwater fishing paradise rises nearly 50 fathoms from a 140-plus fathoms depth of the surrounding bottom. About 4 miles wide and 14 miles long, La Guaira Bank is just a brief 30 to 40-minute run from where the boats are docked at the marina. Aside from the incredible blue marlin action, the run of white marlin that takes place in La Guaira during the fall (August - December) is unparalleled. Many anglers easily amass double digit releases then, and some of our boats have recorded over 30 in a single day. In the fall of 2001, again more that 300 billfish were released during the 3-day Grand Slam Tournament, with an incredible 33 billfish slams achieved by a field of 26 boats. Although some whites are caught on the edges of La Guaira Bank, most of them are found a bit farther offshore, in depths of 100-600 fathoms, west of the El Placer Bank and it is here the right crew means more than skill.
Marlin Fishing Venezuela
Blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish are found year-round, giving you a legitimate shot at achieving the distinctive "grand slam." Dolphin, Wahoo and Tuna also abound. Our Black fin 32' with tournament rigging is ideal for these waters manned by local and well experienced professional crew using the best in electronics and horsepower to get you to the fishing bank quickly + ensuring real quality fishing time in waters where an abundance of fish still is to be found. Long heralded by top anglers as a true Billfish Mecca, the bountiful offshore waters of Venezuela continue to provide visiting thrill seekers with amazing blue water excitement, as the countless blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, and swordfish that congregate in the area become the protagonists of numerous tug of wars with the anglers that come to Venezuela looking for the ultimate challenge.
In Venezuela blue marlin can be caught year around, but it's the winter and spring (Jan - May) that bring their larger concentrations to La Guaira waters. It is then that our boats average 4 to 8 shots per day, and have caught as many as 12 during a single full day charter. In the spring of 1999, 40 boats fishing the La Guaira Shootout set a new world record for most blue marlin caught during a tournament, amassing an incredible 256 blue marlin releases, more than 300 total billfish catches, and 11 grand slams achieved by participants in 3 days.
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