BrianBM

Aruba, fly fishing and otherwise.

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I saw a little bit of Aruba on a recent cruise. The beach side is lovely, and there were a certain number of charter boats present. The ocean side was rugged, very rugged. I was told that wandering around the ocean side is a good way to get mugged and robbed; like Jamaica, stay on resort premises and you're fine, wander back-country and you're begging for trouble.

 

We also visited Grand Cayman, Bonaire and Curacao.  Ehhh.  Aruba, though, is of interest.

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If you plan on doing some flyfishing then you’re better of on Bonaire.

Altough if you like sandy beaches, clubbing and dancing Aruba will be a better place to enjoy your holiday.

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There are jacks in the surf line on the resort side.  I saw a decent school of them one morning the last time I was there

 

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Aruba used to have a fly fishing guide but after doing a google search I can not find his name. Aruba also does not have a fly shop so you would have to make sure you have everything when you get there. I remember being intrested in doing it at one time also but never got around to it mostly because from what I heard the fishing is not all that good. 

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We traveled to a few Islands ,countries where there were no signs of fisherman except locals with soda pop line winders & chicken bait 

 

1 rod ,one box flies & a few leaders & an extra fly line. find water you will find fish ,up early before the wind , I have NEVER not catch fish with time spent getting the line wet , Bag check everything don't carry on , if you don't have a travel rod case buy one they are great - $100  

 

I prefer the Caribbean =  better fishing & casinos 

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Fished Aruba a long time ago. I caught 2 bonefish from a beach north of the high-rise hotel section. Malamar beach I think it might have been called, but like I said it was a good 25 years ago.  From what I remembered there wasn't much information I could gather on fly fishing the island. Good luck.

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4 hours ago, surfflyguy said:

Aruba used to have a fly fishing guide but after doing a google search I can not find his name. 

Laurenz van Mook, aka Laurenz of Aruba. He's got a website and Facebook presence.

 

Steve Culton 

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2 mins ago, The Fisherman said:

Laurenz van Mook, aka Laurenz of Aruba. He's got a website and Facebook presence.

 

Steve Culton 

That was it!!

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I fished with Laurenz about 3 years ago. He was great the fishery is just ok. Obviously you don't go to Aruba to go bone fishing but if your there on a vacation and want to fish he's your guy. Just to be honest it's not flats fishing like Bahamas etc.. As long as you know that going in have a good time!

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Same here. Fished with Laurenz 5 years ago. Very nice and honest person. However, very limited places to fly fish in Aruba. I think we did two stops only that day. I fished beaches on my own and got few small fish. You can go to Baby beach, but it could be crowded. We snorkeled there and I saw a lot of fish. You will need a car to get to Baby beach.

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5 hours ago, ZATsol said:

Same here. Fished with Laurenz 5 years ago. Very nice and honest person. However, very limited places to fly fish in Aruba. I think we did two stops only that day. I fished beaches on my own and got few small fish. You can go to Baby beach, but it could be crowded. We snorkeled there and I saw a lot of fish. You will need a car to get to Baby beach.

I’m headed down in February and fishing with Laurenz. What did you catch off the beach?

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