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 April 6th- April 12th, 2014
Weather: Generally fair weather partly sunny. Just a couple showers.
Winds: 15-20 from the East on Sunday, finally settled down on Tuesday with a front coming through - so we traded wind for some clouds. A north wind took over on Wednesday giving us eternal low tide at the lodge, while other places were eternally high tides for the same reason. Winds switched to a kinder 5-10 mph out of the east later in the week.
Air Temps: High 80's, for the High. Mid 70's, for the lows.
Water Temperature: 76 degrees
Moon phase: The first quarter moon was on on April 7.
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING
Bonefish (Macabi ) Marie and Mike got 5 their first afternoon after the seminar so something must have worked! Everyone hooked bonefish daily. The entire Orvis seminar of Ken, Scott, Mike, Jim, Brian, John, Marie and Bill had no issues with our bones. Glen the Orvis host was awesome! Roland and Jeff took every other day of to do some DIY fishing and ended up with some bonefish everyday with and without a guide! Josh picked up a 5 pounder while fishing his own in the back lagoons with his newlywed Helen taking the winning picture of a chunky 5 pounder. Alan and Andrew got into some bonefish on their first day. The second Orvis seminar got off to a great start with Reid, Dick, Dick, Michael, and Gary getting into swing the first day with some bonefish action.
Permit (Palometta): Scott was on his honeymoon with his lovely bride Alison and got to head out for some bonefishing. They teamed up with Capt. Jr. for a permit on windy Sunday to produce the first permit of the week!! Roland hooked a permit while wading on his own up the beach but it did not stick long. Knox had a half dozen shots at her first permit ever, ending up with a few follows but the line never went tight for Capt. Alex. Honeymoon Helen was teased by both Captain Cinoeh and her husband Josh for making a great cast to the wrong fish. Apparently she spotted a fish at 9 o'clock at the same time Cinoeh called 12 o'clock for the permit. Convinced she saw the permit Cinoeh was talking about she threw directly at her 9 o'clock fish while Cinoeh's permit swam safely away at 12!! Her fish turned out to be a barracuda! Alan got spooled by a big permit even though Capt. Kechu tried to chase but there just wasn't time, the fish was too fast. Our repeat friend John hooked his first 2 permit but none made it to the boat. Both John and Captain Luis were so close to John's dream permit.
Tarpon (Sabalo): Joe and Maureen continued their tarpon ways into this week with at least one tarpon a day with Capt. Vince. Roland had the usual tarpon fever stories and once he hooked up everything went wrong, line was stepped on wrapped around the reel, found some sandals in the back, and a pair of pliers to get tangled on. Mayhem, but what a hoot! Repeat guest Jim was able to land his biggest Belize fish at 60 pounds thanks to his wife Lindsey giving up the bow for the day and for Capt. Tomas' tarpon savvy! Reid tangled with a tarpon out on a bonefish flat on his first full day with Capt. Raton. Some Migratory fish should be starting to show in the next few weeks!
Other Species: Snappers, Jacks ( Jim's was 30 pounds!), Cudas, Ladyfish, Houndfish, Leather fish,
Grand Slam: Nada - Scott gave it a go but was only able to nick a tarpon. Several people got shots at all 3 species but to no avail.
Flies that worked:
Bonefish: Gotcha, small crab in tan, Christmas Islands, Crazy Charlie's,
Permit: Pearl Christmas Island Special size 4. Peterson Shrimp,
Tarpon: White Toad, Black Death
Week's Summary: The Orvis Seminar began on Sunday with some classroom knot tying and on to the casting platform and then to strip setting and playing a bonefish, as well as guide lingo and tactics. The second Orvis Seminar arriving late in the week will overlap into next week.
Guide of the week: Capt. Tomas for the big tarpon for Jim, which was Jim's biggest Belize fish to date!