Journey to the Galapagos

Spanish Fly Crew with Gear ready for Galapagos

Journey to the Galapagos 

This year while shooting the shows, the crew and I departed on what would be a trip of a life time to the remote islands of the Galapagos. The Galapagos are an archipelago of volcanic islands situated near the equator about 1000Km off the coast of Ecuador. These geologically young islands are best known for their pristine natural environment and vast number of endemic species which led to the inception of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. The islands and their surrounding waters have been protected as a national park and marine sanctuary since the 1960s in an effort to maintain their pristine natural condition.

After many months of tireless effort, the Galapagos National Park finally granted our production team filming permits to highlight aspects of the country's "Pesca Vivencial." "Pesca Vivencial" or "Vivencial Fishing" is a concept very similar to sport fishing in which fish are caught and released unharmed, however, the rules of vivencial fishing allow the park to maintain tighter control of the local resource. With permits in hand, we were excited to have this opportunity to shoot an episode of The Spanish Fly around what I would later find to be one of the most spectacular Stripped Marlin fisheries in the world.

Our journey to the Galapagos began with a flight out of Miami to the busy Ecuadorian port city of Guyaquil, where we would overnight before continuing on to the island of San Cristobal. San Cristobal Island is the capital of the Galapagos province and home to our host Braden Escobar and Ecuagringo Charters. Braden has been working with the national park and local fishermen to develop a sustainable Striped Marlin fishery that would help protect the natural resource while at the same time bring socioeconomic benefits to the inhabitants of the island. Braden played a key role in making this trip possible.

San Cristobal island Galapagos

Needless to say, the fishing was fantastic! We raised several Striped Marlin each day and caught them on conventional, spinning, and even fly. At any given moment, we found ourselves witness to an amazing display of wildlife. Sometimes it was hard to focus on fighting a fish because your peripheral vision would be overwhelmed with the sight of sea lions, blue footed boobies, and sharks all springing to life some 60 miles offshore. 

Striped marlin fishing in the galapagos

In addition to fishing, we had a chance to do some diving and sight seeing with our guides Ronnie and Jose. The people of the Galapagos are extremely friendly and take great pride in their community and conservation efforts. Sea lions, tortoises, iguanas, sharks, and birds seem to live in harmony with the people.Jose Wejebe Diving a lagoon in the Galapagos

Our trip to the Galapagos Islands was a remarkable experience that yielded tons of great footage that we look forward to sharing with you in the 2011 season of The Spanish Fly!




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