Author: Paul Baxter (---.tampfl.fios.verizon.net)
Date: 02-24-14 14:54
Just got home from an amazing week in Culebra. Now that I am home, I will post a reply to my own question. I am sure there are other who enjoy fishing also.
Let me qualify my post first...I am a professional tournament angler. I fish more than 250 days of the year. I am not a braggart, but I can find and catch fish.
Looking at a satellite image will give you a decent layout of an area, but will NEVER show you where to actually fish. Hiring a local guide is always going to be your best bet for catching, when you go to a new area. Unfortunately Culebra only has 1 guide who fishes the inshore waters for bonefish. He is only on the island part time. He was completely booked the week I was there.
If you want to fish for bonefish in Culebra and Captain Chris is booked or back in Jersey.....read below.
1st stop = Drive the road to go to Punta Solidado. When you park, turn around and go to the water on the east side of the parking area. You are in Ensenada Malena. Walk towards the point. From the reef to the camping area is a great flat. I saw several bones there.
2nd stop = Go to Playa Manzanilla. Most on the island have no idea where this is or how to get there. I saw a post on this forum that the admins don't even know how to get there. It is very hard to find. But if you can get there, you will find fish. Wade the entire grass to the east and even round the corner, lots of fish here. Here is a little map to help you find it. http://screencast.com/t/L3DOc51GAl7
3rd stop = Go to Playa Larga. Locals know this beach. To get there drive out on 250 like you are going to Zoni. You will see a huge bougainvillea fence. You can't miss this fence, it is covered in the beautiful flowers. Take the first available right after the fence. That will take you all the way down to Playa Larga. There is a little dock there. You can find bones right and left of the dock.
I did not try to fish for tarpon or snook. But there will be next year. =)