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Big Fish at El Salto: There are those that say that the fishing at El Salto isnít as good as it once was, and if thatís true I canít imagine what it was like before. Over the course of our trip the fishing was exceptional, with each angler  boating an average of 50 plus fish per day, and some catching up to 70+ per day!


The team at Shimano and the dealers and us enjoy a steak dinner


In terms of quality the smallest fish were a pound in weight, but the average was around 3lbs, and almost everyone at the event caught a few 4 to 7lbrs a day, and few of us even landed double digit fish each day. JIPís personal best fish was 7.3lbs and Zanderís weighed in at 11.5lbs!


The local residents come out to eat bugs at night

The biggest fish at the event was landed by a Shimano dealer and weighed in at just over 12lbs. There are bass in El Salto that are over 14lbs, but we figured we did pretty solid for just a three and a half day period. The fish at El Salto fight hard too, and seem to fight a little more like ďmeanmouthĒ than your garden variety largemouth bass.


This guy was waiting for us right outside our door


At times it certainly was deceiving, as the fish would fight so hard that we were sure we were into a 6 or 7lb fish only to pull up a 4lbr into the boat. If you are looking to bag your first double digit bass El Salto is a great place to improve your odds of making that dream a reality.


Morning again, and time for day two of our tests

Kawasaki is the actual reel engineer that creates the Shimano reels in Japan


Why does El Salto have so many big bass? One word.... Tilapia


Our guide navigates some serious structure in the wind


Steve and Benny work the outside of the tree line


John Mazurk from marketing and Robby head across the lake


Robby works plastics with the Stella and his new rod creation

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