Oct 23rd, 2019
Travel with Fly Water Travel’s Jon Covich to the blue water of Colombia.
The Pacific Coast of Colombia is quietly talked about by people in the know as an undiscovered mecca for both inshore and offshore species of saltwater fish. With the jungle canopy descending directly to sandy beaches, and rock outcroppings jutting out of the surf, the coast here is wild and teeming with a plethora of species that one might not expect.
With the Panama Canal not far to the north, there are now resident tarpon and snook that call the waters of Colombia home. As well, roosterfish, huge cubera snapper, jacks, sailfish, dorado, and yellowfin tuna, and black marlin all hunt these waters.
In the late Spring, the ocean comes alive as masses of Sardines congregate near the sandy shores of Bahia Solano. Although fed upon by all species of predatory fish, schools of Yellowfin descend on these bait balls, making the surface a boiling mass of fish torpedoes. Sailfish and Marlin also will congregate here, pushing through the writhing masses of bait and feeding themselves to the brink. And, much of this is happening with the backdrop of the beach and jungle only a few hundred yards away. Nowhere in the world do these pelagic species come as close to shore to feed, making this a truly unique experience and cutting down on long travel times each day to access them.
Black Sands Lodge is located on the beach, a fifteen minute boat ride from the small town of Bahia Solano. Our group will arrive there by a short commuter flight after having spent a night in the very interesting city of Medellin. The lodge has beautifully appointed rooms, and all guests will have a room to themselves. Meals are hearty, and often made up from seafood from the nearby ocean.
A small group of anglers will fish five full days. The boat used by the lodge is brand new, and beautifully outfitted. Three anglers will fish from this 32 foot Contender, taking turns casting to whatever fish are present, and often needing to rest in between battles. Jon Covich will host, making this his fourth trip to Colombia. Jon will coordinate with guests before the trip, be on hand in Medellin to show people the city, and then advise during the fishing portion of the trip. He will spend part of his time in the boat with guests, taking photos and video. Other times, he may be in a smaller skiff nearby, doing the same thing with a better perspective. In any case, Jon will be along every moment of the trip to help when needed, and to share his knowledge of fishing in general, and Colombia more specifically.
– May 22: Guests arrive in Medellin. Overnight, and have a night on the town.
– May 23rd: Transfer to local airport, then fly 45 minutes to the small town of Bahia Solana. Transfer by boat to lodge, then have an afternoon of warm-up fishing.
– May 24th-May 28th: Five full days fishing
– May 29th: Transfer to Bahia Solano for commuter flight back to Medellin. Most guests will opt to spend the night and fly the next day although some overnight flights to the US are available.
Dates: May 22 – May 29, 2020
Rate: $5013 per person
Included: Meet and greet in Medellin upon arrival, ground transfers , flights to and from Bahia Solano, single room accommodations at lodge, all meals, soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits while at lodge, 5 full days of guided fishing, licenses and all fishing tackle, including rods, reels, lines and flies, 2 nights hotel in Medellin
Not Included: International airfare, dinner, drinks, other expenses while in Medellin, travel insurance, gratuities
Contact Jon at 206.579.9342 for more information on this hosted trip.