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 December 6th - December 12th, 2014
Weather: The week started with mostly cloudy conditions and some torrential thunderstorms. Rain showers prevailed and then the end of the week started to shape up. Cloudy with sunny periods. Cool conditions.
Winds: NNE 10 - 15, N 5 - 10, NNE 5 - 10
Air Temps: 76 - 79 for the High. Low was 60! (and for us, that's cold).
Water Temperature: 76 - 80 F.
Moon phase: Last quarter on the 14th.
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING
Bonefish (Macabi): Everyone was thrilled when Linda landed her first bonefish on fly with Captain Luis. Her husband Bill also landed several nice bonefish. They were here with a big group from Anderson and Platt, a great fly shop in Dillon, Montana. Dick came in from Hawaii to meet the group. He is already planning his return. Andrew showed up because he loves his fly fishing and loves his brother Jon. "Big Jon" said he had to be here. It was wonderful to see Andrew's beaming smile all week. Gary ended up on a lot of boats that were chasing tarpon, but he was able to get his bonefish on the fly! Neil has been here before and was looking for permit or tarpon, but reported having a ton of fun stalking some big bones with Captain Emir and Gordy. Dan was pretty much committed to pool time and classic vacationing, but Brad, fearless leader, was able to make sure he landed a bonefish on fly. Big Jon and Brad were really happy their anglers landed bonefish on the fly. Congratulations to all of you. You had some tough conditions and made it happen!
Permit (Palometta): They were in them, but we didn't get any permit to commit this week. Nice trying.
Tarpon (Sabalo): OK, this group did rip it up on the tarpon this week. Ed landed a beauty with Captain Cesar on fly. Bart, Dennis and Billy are all fishing guides in Montana. This was their first time fishing saltwater flats. They all became obsessed with tarpon and they got it done! Bart landed one on fly, Dennis landed two on fly, and Billy landed one on fly - all with Captain Tomas. Brad also hooked three and landed one with Captain Wil. Dr. Mike landed his tarpon with Captain Emir and couldn't stop smiling. See photo. And Phil - thank you for all your care about Captain Gordy. I'm so glad you were able to land your tarpon this time with Captain Emir and Gordy.
Other Species: While her husband was obsessed with tarpon on fly, Jerry Joe went out and landed a huge African Pompano with Captain Jerry. Snapper, Trigger fish, Barracuda - all ended up in the boat. Platters of fish fingers were served from the Pompano - and it was really good. Andrew ripped it up with Captain Raton and then landed several big, big barracuda to the boat. With all the bad weather the barracuda were in abundance for our anglers. Big fun! Oh yeah, Captain Cesar had some stellar snook fishing on fly. Incredible!
Grand Slam: Sooo close! But none were completed this week.
Flies that worked:
Bonefish: Christmas Island specials in orange, pearl and pink - size 8. Gotchas and Crazie Charlies in size 8 with weed guards, small tan crabs in size 8.
Permit: Peterson's Spawning Shrimp in size 4, Avalon's size 2, Floating tan crabs size 4, Christmas Island Specials in size 4, Gotcha's in size 4. (We use a lot of shrimp patterns, stripped, for our permit).
Tarpon: Chartreuse bunny, Black Death, Tan bunny, White toads. Size 2/0 and 3/0.
Week Summary: We are recovering from all the fun with the Anderson-Platt group. Thank you to all of our angler's and guests this week, we had a blast. There is just something about when fly fishing guides from trout waters come down - we want it bad for them. It was flat out thrilling to award Bart, Dennis, Billy and Brad their tarpon pins. Congratulations again you guys. Now when you are rowing the boat down the river, you can talk about throwing tarpon flies as well as landing "the silver king!" Brad, you are an exception. Thank goodness your tarpon addiction got you talking around your shop so you could lasso all your friends down here. We look forward to next year, and as you sang to us as you left the dock, "Happy trails to you!" And may the handshake from our tarpon stay with you until your next shot.
Guide of the week: Captain Tomas was on fire with the "poon" this week! Dennis landed two on fly, Bart one, and Billy got one too! You made lasting memories for them. Thank you!