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 Post subject: Esteros Del Ibera, Argentina
PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:13 pm 
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I'm just back from a week fishing in the Esteros Del Ibera and Rio Corrientes, North Argentina. I had a great time - the fishing was non-stop action and the nature was superb.

I shared a boat with my Dad and we took turns to fish - sometimes we fished at the same time from bank of the Rio Corrientes. I spent about 2/3rds of my time casting a sinking line (TS250) on my #8wt and the other 1/3rd with a 5wt and floating line.
Target fish was the "Golden Dorado" (golden gold??) of which we caught plenty. I landed between 10 and 50 Dorado per 4 hour session up to 8lb.
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Piranha were the second most common catch, mostly accidentally when Dorado fishing, but they were quite fun to catch for a while on the #5wt. I wouln't want to get my fingers caught up in those jaws after seeing what they can do.
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The third most common species was the Pira Pita. They were good fun on surface lures.
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Pira Pita

In the hours between guided session, I spent a lot of time stalking fish around the area of the lodge, in the small stream that ran through the dock area. It was quite productive, picking up lots of Dorado to about 3lb and some other species - all on the 5wt.
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Dientudo - nice teeth.

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Boga - lots about, quite hard to tempt on the fly.

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San Antonio

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Mojarra - took dries and nymphs as well as small lures.

I got through a fair few flies. I might catch 10 Dorado on the same fly but 1 Piranha will destroy it.
I also snapped one of my 8wt rods on the last session, although it's on a lifetime warranty.

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Some of the 50 destroyed flies that I'm currently sorting through for salvage.

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This Caimen was quite a big one :shock:

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Capybaras were everywhere.

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 Post subject: Re: Esteros Del Ibera, Argentina
PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:38 pm 
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Plenty of good fishing there, Good report :)


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 Post subject: Re: Esteros Del Ibera, Argentina
PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:33 pm 
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Super report Phil. Looks like you had an excellent time.


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 Post subject: Re: Esteros Del Ibera, Argentina
PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:48 pm 
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Good trip report and photos. :mrgreen:
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 Post subject: Re: Esteros Del Ibera, Argentina
PostPosted: Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:24 pm 
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Wow....what a place to go fishing.
I get all excited just popping up the river.
Nice report and pics
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 Post subject: Re: Esteros Del Ibera, Argentina
PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:12 pm 
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Fantastic! Expensive/Tricky place to get to?

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 Post subject: Re: Esteros Del Ibera, Argentina
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Very nice report and photos. Golden Dorado are on my list - how big do they get to in that area?

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 Post subject: Re: Esteros Del Ibera, Argentina
PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:44 am 
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polite wrote:
Fantastic! Expensive/Tricky place to get to?


I think it was about £675 to get to Buenos Aires via Madrid, a further £50 or so to do the 9 hour bus journey (it's not as bad as it sounds) and a couple of hours in a car to the lodge. The bulk of the cost was on the fishing and depends on which lodge you choose. I don't think it works out much more expensive than your average Bonefish/Permit trip, although maybe a bit harder to get to. DIY would have been virtually impossible in the area I fished.

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Very nice report and photos. Golden Dorado are on my list - how big do they get to in that area?

Chris


At the moment, 8lb was quite a big one in the Esteros Del Ibera. The lodge record is well over 20lb and some years 10lb fish are common. It seems to go in cycles with some years producing bigger fish than others. There are other places which offer much bigger Dorado but maybe not so many.

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 Post subject: Re: Esteros Del Ibera, Argentina
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Spot on report,but do you ever work always seem to be fishing here there and every where.Must have very deep pockets you lucky man.

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 Post subject: Re: Esteros Del Ibera, Argentina
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Deep pockets - I wish :lol: Although I do realise that I'm lucky to be in a situation where I have been able to get a bit of overseas fishing done in the past few years. Not having kids and owning a crap car probably make it easier - I'll take my opportunities whilst I can - live fast die young and all that :D

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 Post subject: Re: Esteros Del Ibera, Argentina
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wow :shock: that looked a great trip, great report and photos Phil, well done


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