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David Whitcraft, USA
  David Whitcraft, USA
 

"This was my first collecting trip anywhere.

I had many assumptions and expectations about how it would go and I’ve heard horror stories about collecting in other countries, but was told Uruguay was different. I found that to be true. I stayed a week on my own in town, then a week with the guys out collecting. The people are nice, even though I couldn’t communicate with 95% of them as I’m not fluent in Spanish. The country is very laid back. Crime seems very low, to the point where I felt completely safe walking around downtown at 2 am. Flies weren’t as bad as I expected, the countryside is wonderful, the weather seemed good too – not too hot and not too cool, a good mix when I visited in March.

Out collecting had its ups and downs but mostly it was pretty dang cool. We’d stop on some tiny little bridge somewhere and break out our collecting gear and pull pikes, barracuda and other cichlids out of these little streams. Catching barracuda on your crappie gear is pretty awesome, believe me.

Felipe is a great guide – knows the spots, has tons of contacts (and always seems to be making new ones) so he has access to places no one else can go. He plans it all based on where you want to go, gets it all set up, makes sure you arrive, have food and drink, even helps fish a lot of the time. Great teacher too, taught me how to use a cast net. He knows a lot about all the local wildlife, be it snakes, spiders, turtles, birds or fish. On top of it, he’s easy to get along with and a generally happy person.

Overall it was a great trip, I learned a ton, saw way more on my collecting than I did on my week of vacation and I had a very good time."

 

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