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likestofish
01-05-2017, 12:54 PM
Well if you talked to me at the Holiday party you heard about how I was on the fence about going on this trip due to budget restraints. But I went through with it and heading out today. Going to make sure to take lots pictures for fishtalks.

Tropical
01-05-2017, 01:54 PM
Nice! Looking forward to seeing the pictures! Im guessing you're going with Ken?

aXio
01-05-2017, 03:31 PM
Have fun! Be safe!

likestofish
01-29-2017, 02:00 PM
Well I've been an awful procrastinator and really should get around to posting something up here on my trip.

HN1
01-29-2017, 03:22 PM
Well I've been an awful procrastinator and really should get around to posting something up here on my trip.

Yes you should! lol How was it? You know, it has been awhile since the club had a talk about collecting in Uruguay. ;)

likestofish
01-29-2017, 03:35 PM
Yes you should! lol How was it? You know, it has been awhile since the club had a talk about collecting in Uruguay. ;)

It was an amazing trip, first time outside the US. Pretty much was smiling from when I left Hartsfield to when I was boarding the plane back in Montevideo. It was beyond what I expected, so much fun and so much cool stuff was seen.

Tropical
02-01-2017, 07:18 AM
Thats awesome, I saw your pictures on FB, looked like you got quite a bunch of nice fish!

likestofish
02-03-2017, 06:08 PM
So I spent the 6th to 16th of January in the wonderful country of Uruguay, being guided around the country by Felipe Cantera. Probably the coolest trip I have ever been on and hopefully will return to collect more in the future. I would highly recommend going on a collecting trip guided by him.

Though I was in Uruguay for 10 days, there were two days of travel added onto the trip so I had to leave Atlanta on the 5th to fly to Miami to catch a connecting flight out to Montevideo. There is only one flight out a day to Montevideo which leaves Miami at 10:30pm, so if you want you can either fly in to Miami early and explore the city or just catch a late flight to Miami and just wait a little in the airport. In Miami I met up with Lynn Matty, the other American of the trip, great guy with so many stories to tell.

The equipment being readied and packed for the trip, the flight was delayed due to problems with the plane so the 10:30pm flight turned into a 1:30am flight, so we missed this whole part of the day.
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We were picked up from the airport in Montevideo by Felipe, Pedro and Gudmundur. From there we drove over to Salinas to Felipe's home where we were greeted with cold beer and an amazing lunch made by Helen, Felipe's wife.
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Here's some pictures of Felipe's house, which in itself was a very cool start to the trip even before it started. Also Felipe has a parrot, which promptly pooped on my shoe.
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This was our ride for the next 10 days, which we managed to fit all our gear into with some semblance of organization.
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Once loaded up and all packed into the van we were off to Tacuarembo about 450kms to the north of Salinas. There we would spend the night and then collect in that area the next day.
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Of note, this is the Rio Negro we crossed over felt a lot cooler then is was to see the river in person instead of on a screen for once. Also a lot of windmills out in the countryside.
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The landscape is generally rolling hills with large plots of planted Eucalyptus trees and as you get further north large hills and ridges start showing up.
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We arrived at the hotel had dinner during which Mateo found a snake and after we searched a small pound on the grounds for frogs.
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The schnitzel is not the tenderized piece of meat that would normally be expected, but just instead a breaded and fried regular steak. Very good and a pleasant surprise.
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HN1
02-03-2017, 06:24 PM
Very cool pics Eugene! But, I do have one question.... where are all the fish?! lol

smitty
02-03-2017, 06:37 PM
That is amazing, would also love to see some fish!

likestofish
02-03-2017, 06:52 PM
Very cool pics Eugene! But, I do have one question.... where are all the fish?! lol
I'm getting to it, the format to upload photos is making this very hard to do, day two is coming out later.

smitty
02-03-2017, 08:22 PM
I'd really enjoy this as a presentation for a meeting. For me this is an experience of a lifetime in the hobby world.

Tropical
02-03-2017, 08:27 PM
I think that's every hobbyists dream! Definitely on my bucket list.

Looking forward to more pictures

likestofish
02-03-2017, 08:40 PM
I'd really enjoy this as a presentation for a meeting. For me this is an experience of a lifetime in the hobby world.
I might just streamline it and post the photos and save the details for a presentation

fishfarm
02-04-2017, 09:08 AM
we have another trip planned for next November, contact me if you are interested Ken

likestofish
02-04-2017, 04:42 PM
Ok so Day 2 in Uruguay, first day of actual collecting.
Some daytime photos of the hotel grounds, very nice place with a bunch of fruit trees, and a pool on the other side of the restaurant.
http://i.imgur.com/Vm6NQaD.jpg
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Breakfast spread with fresh squeezed orange juice.
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Arroyo Batovi was the first collection point of the trip, full of corys, histonotus, rineloricaria, cichlids, and hypostomus. Unfortunately once I started going in the water to collect I really didn't take too many photos concentrating but I will add more as I get some more from Felipe or Gumunder.
Also as a side note, there a lot of spiders in the plants, probably scooped up 30 of them just here. They are the size of a quarter and can run across the surface of the water, and from what i was told will bite if provoked enough.
http://i.imgur.com/1hWPRm9.jpghttp://i.imgur.com/MwMeuVS.jpg
Aegla sp.
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Cichlasoma dimerus
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Gymnogeophagus cf.rhabdotus "Batovi Blue"
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Green Loracarid
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On a side note, is there a better system for attaching photos besides going one by one and waiting on them to load in every time?

aXio
02-04-2017, 06:13 PM
Great photos so far Eugene!

I use Photobucket.com to upload photos. Just upload the entire set of photos to Photobucket at once then copy over the links. Not going to be too much faster, but I do find it more efficient when I'm attaching a larger amount of photos.

cswain123
02-05-2017, 09:48 AM
Great photos! That geo though 🙄

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smitty
02-05-2017, 10:35 AM
Stunning fish!

pinaki_pal
02-05-2017, 01:37 PM
Following Eugene :) :)

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likestofish
02-06-2017, 04:57 PM
Second spot of the day was the Gajo
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Pedro with a good size Crenicichla scotti
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First fish I caught on rod and reel in Uruguay another Crenicichla scotti
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Felipe sorting through all the ancistrus, histonotus, and rineloricarids that we dipped out of the stream.
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Hawker
02-13-2017, 05:38 PM
Thoroughly enjoying the photos and comments! Wondering how it was coming back...have to pay any additional "taxes"?

heatherbeast
03-08-2017, 10:39 AM
Those pikes are awesome! Thanks for sharing!