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Tip of the week 
Techniques 

Efficient casting. Everything in the salt happens fast, so it's about being ready!
Teamwork with your guide - be sure to clearly communicate expectations.

Seven-day forecast 

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!
were caught.
Sun tomorrow and the boats will head back out. plenty of fish! bring your camera!
Thanks

Conditions 

FISHING REPORT: Week of February 21 - 28, 2015

Weather: Generally fair weather all week - mostly sunny, with winds from the east at 8-15 mph all week with some calmer mornings. Just a couple of quick squalls.

Just a note for those of you looking at weather forecasts before you visit El Pescador, do not give much weight to the percentage of rain in the forecast, a 50% chance of rain usually means there is a 50% chance you will hit a shower but it does not mean it is a rainy day! In the summer you will see a forecast of Thunder storms daily - this is a usually a great forecast ! You will see a storm over the mainland but rarely is it over the island.

Air Temperature: High 70's to 80 for the High. low 70's, for the lows.

Water Temperature: 78 degrees

Moon phase: The first quarter moon is on February 25th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING

Bonefish (Macabi): The bonefish were super cooperative this week and everyone got their fill of these silver bullets. A couple of 20-40 fish days for some guests who were new to the flats.

Permit (Palometta); No permit this week! Our guests were not chasing them and seemed to prefer to catch numbers of bones more than a chance at the finicky permit.

Tarpon (Sabalo): Chris was the big winner for tarpon hooking up 6 tarpon in a single day, several of those fish were leadered and counted as landed fish, but alas no pictures. We count "leadered" fish (touching the leader, or the leader in the rod tip) as a way to promote the best catch and release practices. We want our anglers to be aggressive when playing these fish so they can be released without any danger of lactic acid building in the muscles. This means many fish are lost right at the boat as the guide is trying to get the fish under control as early as possible. It is standard practice in all catch and release tarpon tournaments. Chris's guide was Capt. Junior. Two days later Chris went back to the same spot and landed 3 tarpon and jumped a couple more. I need to find this spot!!

Steve B. had a nice fish along side the boat thanks to the guiding of Captain Cesar late in the week and landed it in about 10 minutes - Steve was able to get a picture of this one!

Other Species: Snook, Barracuda, Snappers, Jacks, Triggerfish, shad

Flies that worked:
Bonefish: Christmas Island Special, Gotcha, Crazy Charlie tan,
Permit: custom Mantis Shrimp by Bruce, #4 Gotcha
Tarpon: Green toad, all white deceiver, tan toad

Week Summary: Many thanks to the Orvis store in Bellevue, WA for bringing a great bunch from the Seattle area and to Chuck Hawkins a great guide and outfitter in Michigan who brought a great group of couples to the lodge.

Guides of the week: Junior for his multiple tarpon with his new friend/guest Chris.

Ed Blank - fish@elpescador.com

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