A 'dream season' ends at Pira Lodge, Argentina
By Charlie White
Dorado bookings have started for 2017 at Pira Lodge already and are bound to be strong following the season they have just enjoyed. Read on for the full end of season report...
“Seasons, just like the name implies, are all about change. Some are challenging, where rewards are hard won. Others are easier, where seemingly every cast comes with the promise of a hard-pulling dorado. Seasons are about weather: Too much rain. Never enough rain. And seasons are about the fish. Where were they? Did they bite? And how much did they weigh? This past 2016 season at Pira Lodge was all of the above and will be remembered for its great overall fishing - a dream season for all those involved.
It is always great to get back to the marsh to see how big the dorado are getting. This year our guides and clients found some HUGE ones. Starting in January we found healthy numbers of large fish. High water conditions also gave us ample opportunity to explore outside the main river and fish small channels that are typically dry. We found some spectacular mousing for mega dorado in these skinny-water haunts.
February was also fantastic at Pira. With water levels dropping and cooling, golden dorado became active and aggressive. Stormy days with sweeping atmospheric pressure changes made the dorado go wild. Fishing in the marsh came to life with some exciting surface action. The Corrientes River, on the other hand, also fished well. We saw many fish in the 5 to 10lbs class, with a good number of 11 to 15lbs dorado. A special mention must be made of our Russian guest who landed a beastly 21.5lber, which is an excellent fish for Pira. Or anywhere for that matter.
The good fishing theme continued through March in the marsh and on the river and its productive side channels. It was a month of great visual takes and some great fish. Notably, another 21lbs dorado was landed alongside another 19lber. Both fish came out of shallow water lies. And most groups landed double-digit fish during their weeks.
Throughout the season we were able to monitor the state of the dorado population at Pira. We’re happy to report that the fishery is looking extremely healthy. As these fish continue packing on the pounds, get ready for more awesome fishing this upcoming season and next.”
For more information and availability for next season please do not hesitate to contact Charlie White who has fished at Pira recently.
Isobel S with one of 9 fish she and her husband Ian, landed on just one session on the Rio Grande. A great session for sure but made slightly more epic when you are told that they were sharing a rod and that the combined weight of those 9 sea trout was 122lbs. Just an astonishing fishery.
It was a great fishing week. Lots of fresh fish coming in from the ocean. We had excellent sessions fishing floating lines and sunray shadow or emb.
108 fish for the week.
Dave P was our top rod (as usual) with 23 fish in the net. Clel N landed 22 fish.
Karl S landed the fish of the week: 19 pounds.
A technically challenging week to start the season but despite the conditons a solid start.
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