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Published: September 18th 2013
Now thats a Guapote!
3+1/2lb Rainbow bass caught from the kayak, we ate it for supper that night, lovely.
The lodge owner from San Carlos very kindly agreed to let us take one of his kayaks with us to our next destination, the Solentiname Archipelago. This proved to be a great asset and we went out on it every day, even transporting it to the islands was no problem, the boat owners proving to be very friendly and helpful with everything we needed to organise. So after leaving the lodge at 1.30pm we arrived at our new lodge at 3.30pm, kayak and all, durring the crossing we discussed with the captain a full days fishing for the following day on his panang.
He picked us up at 7am as agreed and took us all around the islands to the most beautiful fishing spots. It was the perfect way to spend Marks birthday, and the captain even brought him a present, a wooden sculpture of a white heron which are abundant here. Mark caught lots of Mojara and Guapote (rainbow bass), and I took loads of photos. One of the highlights of the day was seeing an osprey flying over the lake with a fish in its talons, what a treat.
The Solentiname are made up of four main
View from main dock
San Fernando Island, Solentiname
islands each only a few kilometers long (we stayed on San Fernando) and are surrounded by about 32 smaller islands. Not many people live here and there are no cars on the islands, even the boat traffic is few and far between. Of the people who live here a great many of them are artists and sculptors, we visited a gallery (the only gallery) and the work was beautiful and colourful representing all the flora and fauna of the islands. The art work from here is exported all around Nicaragua and some parts of Europe and North America too. We also visited a lone petroglyph which unfortunately didn't have any information at the site and no one seemed to be able to tell us much about it. Apart from this short outing we spent the rest of our four days on the water.
Paddling around the tiny little uninhabited islands was magical, no human sounds at all (apart from us), just birds, howler monkeys, our paddles and Mark whispering "here fishy fishy fishy". I did a sterling job as acting Gilley keeping the kayak well positioned for some target casting in this tranquil little paradise as we drifted in
This is our dock for the cabin we booked on Solentiname
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What can I say ..... it just gets better and better x
Hi to you both, Good to see that the old man has not fully lost his touch and at last managed to catch something bigger than his hand!! Also good to see that Denise is managing to get in plenty of R & R, the sound of a hammock sounding very good. Once again some wonderful pictures, take care and enjoy the remainder of your trip of a life time cheers, Graeme
Dave & Rose
The world looks pretty good, so pleased your having a brilliant time, so many story\'s to tell us on your return plus a photo or two ! ENJOY the remainder of the trip, stay safe, see you in November. LOL Dave & Rose XXXX P.S. You now have a SMART pub next to your house, BIG improvement-- good !