Napo City is a destination perfectly suited for any type or method of sport fishing. Whether you prefer spending your days with a fly rod in your hand, covering flats and reef sections, or if you prefer hunting monster size GT’s along the outer reefs with big poppers, stick baits or jigs is up to you. Our recommendation is to try it all!
Fly fishing this destination is mainly done on foot, wading along reef edges, sand dunes, and shallow flats. Depending on the tide and conditions we will use different tactics to try and locate hunting fish. On an incoming tide we’ve been finding fish pushing in to the flats using channels in the reef, so called GT highways. On outgoing tides we’ve been successful finding and hooking fish moving out using deeper channels from deep within the flats areas. We also see plenty of fish in the waves just outside of the reef. This is super fun as you see GT’s sitting high up in the wave faces, patrolling for prey being pushed out over the reef with the outgoing tide. Time your cast well and land a fly behind a breaking wave face and you might be in for a real surprise. Just make sure you have your break set hard before casting…
We will also cover sand and stone bottom flats looking for tailing Triggerfish, Indo Pacific Permit, and more. For the ambitious angler there are huge schools of Giant Parrotfish cruising along the reef edges. Trick one into biting and you better hope you have your gear properly rigged.
Species likely to encounter on the flats or shallow reef sections
Based on our previous expeditions to this place we know there are GT’s, Bluefin Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse and Triggers entering the flats and shallow reef sections in search of easy prey. We’ve also caught job fish, various species of snappers, and been told that Indo Pacific Permit frequently visit the flats. Giant Parrotfish are always present along the reef presenting a real challenge for the ambitious angler.
Spin fishing for GT, Napoleon Wrasse, Dog tooth Tuna, and more will mainly be done casting poppers and stick baits covering reef edges and drop offs. Fishing will be done from so called long boats, 6-7 meter outboard vessels powered by 40 hp engines. Since we will arrive during the eastern trade winds we expect an ocean boiling with fish so blue water fishing and jigging will be possible for anyone who wants to give it a try.
Species likely to encounter in deeper water and along the reef
GT, Bluefin Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse, Dogtooth Tuna, Snapper, Grouper, Blacktip sharks, Yellowfin Tuna, Milkfish, Mahi Mahi, Spanish Mackerel, Bonito and more. In deeper water we expect to see Marlin and Sailfish as well.