Efficient casting. Everything in the salt happens fast, so it's about being ready!
Teamwork with your guide - be sure to clearly communicate expectations.
Had some rain today but the East winds are coming and clearing for the coming week.
Twelve boats went out today and Tarpon on the fly, Bone fish on the fly and snook!
Sun tomorrow and the boats will head back out. plenty of fish! bring your camera!
FISHING REPORT: Week of March 1 - 8, 2014
Weather: Sunny with isolated clouds and thunderstorms.
Winds: E 5 - 10, SE - 5, NW 5, NE 5 - 10, E @ 5.
Air Temps: High 83 F. Low 78 F.
Water Temperature: mid 70's.
Moon phase: First Quarter on the 8th.
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING
Bonefish: Big smiles all around from our return anglers Barry and Jeff. They had a great time out there enjoying their bonefishing with Captain Alex. Perfect sight casting conditions allowed these guys to hunt "the ghost of the flats" in skinny water. Jamie and Jason were here for their honeymoon. They waded the flats and landed bonefish as Captain Jr. prepared a delicious shore lunch. Ray brought his son Christian and his friend Brendan to explore the flats of Ambergris Caye with El Pescador. They all landed bonefish on fly, and for Brendan it was his first saltwater experience. They said they will be back for more fun! Dr.Dan and his fish crazed daughter Lauren, both landed several bonefish on fly with Captain Tomas. Bob and John said from the get go, "We know nothing!" They were surprised with their fishing, and then reported, "We have it wired." They are leaving stronger anglers and look forward to mastering fly fishing on their next trip. Dr. Bruce landed bonefish on his own in the lagoon and then went out to do it all again with Captain Cinoe. Jeff landed some big bones with Captain Luis up by the Park. The three generations of fishermen - Glen, Scott, Jeff and Glen all landed bonefish on fly. Yay!
Permit: Permit fishing has been incredible!!!!!!! Andy landed a total of 7 permit on fly with Captain Kechu. Then the father son duo, Scott and Graham showed up and went wild with Captain Emir and Gordy. Graham learned his double haul the first day. Then he proceeded to hook 12 permit and land 10 on fly! His father was beaming. The rest of know he is ruined for life! But, maybe not. This sixteen year old just smiles back and has fun regardless. Christian landed a permit with Captain Jr. - his father was also very happy. Peter and Greg were here with permit as their goal. Greg was really happy with bonefish, but his father pushed him to explore the madness of permit fishing with a fly. He had some great shots and near misses and he now knows the game. His father Peter got schooled with Captain Kechu and together they made it happen. This was Peter's goal, Mr. Permit. Teamwork! Bruce and Captain Jr. were out scouting around when they ran into a big school of permit. Bruce was armed with fly and spin and decided to grab the spin with live crab. The permit destroyed it! And I lost count of what was going on with Dr. Chris. I did see a picture of a 18 lb permit landed on fly with Captain Cesar. He also landed one on spin the first day out....which went toward his slam! Ty went out on a day trip with Captain Erlindo and landed 3 permit on fly! Jason is here from Crested Butte Outfitters. His group is joining him today, but he is already warmed up with permit on fly with Captain Emir. OK, that's 24 permit landed on fly and 2 on spin! Wow.
Tarpon: The tarpon fishing has been flat out beautiful this week. Savannah was in pretty shape a few days as were some of the spots down south. Chris landed his poon on spin with Captain Cesar which went toward his slam on spin. They also landed a tapon on fly. Aaron was here from Bow River Outfitters and landed a beauty on fly with Captain Luis. Dan and Lauren had several shots, eats and a couple of jumps on fly with Captain Tomas. Next time Lauren! Scott had one that he fought hard for 45 minutes, and then broke close to the boat. Captain Sinoe said it was a fish around 70 lbs! And remember Bob and John who did said they knew nothing? Well they both landed tarpon on spin for a total of 3 to the boat with Captain Vince.
Other Species: Aaron landed a 20 lb cuda on 12 lb test! That was fun. Some of the boats found big schools of jacks which wore the anglers out! Jack Crevalle = Fun for fly and spin.
Flies that worked:
Bonefish: Gotcha, Crazy Charlie's in tan or white, just about anything would work - mostly size 8 and 6, some with weedguards.
Permit: Our standard never gives up: Orange Christmas Island Special in size 4 or 6, Avalon in size 2, and Gotcha's in size 4 or 6. Some crabs in 6, tan. Mantis shrimp, tan with bead chain eyes - it works.
Tarpon: Chartreuse toad, slow easy twitchy retrieve - depends on what the fish is doing. Watch and listen. On Savannah we are using 40 and 50 lb shock. Let the fly settle, then move it. White, tan, pink - bunnies and toads. . Really fun tarpon fishing in skinny water right now! Favorite color - tan.
Guide of the Week: It's a tie! Captain Emir getting 16 y/o Graham into 10 permit landed on fly! And Captain Cesar for getting Chris into his slam and countless other fish!
Week's Summary: Spring is in the air...and that means time to plan your tarpon fishing! This from Andy Mill's, "A Passion for Tarpon."
"There's nothing more simultaneously exciting and nerve-racking than hooking the fish of your dreams. There are countless nights of tying fresh knots, designing new flies, massaging tackle. Hell, our lives are driven by passion and love, memories and dreams. But we are also driven by work, triaffic, bills, phones, e-mail and all the other things we race away from to get to the rivers, oceans or mountains. We are rarely more keenly alive than when something to which we've dedicated so much of our energy and attention comes to fruition. Or failure."