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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: Weeks of May 10th - May 16th, 2015

Weather: Partly cloudy to clear weather all week

Winds: Most of the week winds were 18-25 mph out of the east - Yikes! Where are our normal 10 mph trade winds?

Air Temps: Highs are in the upper 80's, lows in the mid 70's .

Water Temperature: 79-81 F. Barometric Pressure: 29.92 - 30.00

Moon phase: The 3rd quarter moon is May 11th. Sunrise: 5:19 am Sunset: 6:18 pm

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING

Bonefish (Macabi): Geoff, Dan, Eric, Lee. Tom, Bernie, Bob, Lloyd, Jane, Bill, Sheryl, Mike, Dick, Alex, the 2 Johns, Ted, Margaret, and Alex # 2 had good luck in the wind with bonefish on their first day out with the Orvis Bonefish Bonanza! Mike, Gregg, Christie, Tim, Reed, Deed, Chad and Kevin had tight lines with some decent bonefish pulling hard. Biggest fish of the week was about 4 pounds!

Permit (Palometta): Jim is the reigning permit master here at the lodge taking his last 2 windy days and adding permit each day... 2 on Sunday, 3 on Monday and he was trying for a little sympathy that he lost a fourth, no one was feeling bad for him! Alex was able to get a permit to the boat on Monday as well! Never say it is too windy! It may cut down our available terrain but there is usually fish to be had somewhere in our 400 square mile fishery! Geoff's first day on his Orvis Bonanza trip was really successful - a nice 7-8 pound permit, his first ever!! John didn't know what a permit was until after he booked the trip with Orvis and started reading about it... well second day he caught one! Lloyd had a secret desire for a permit and low and behold he did it!! Mike had some good shots and hooked one up but it just came unbuttoned! Jay squeezed out his first ever permit late in the week and is extremely proud!

Tarpon (Sabalo): Returning guest Dick (along with his wife Jean) played with some tarpon but no hookups that day. Alex was able to get the tarpon catch going with the first tarpon of the week. Dan got a beauty to the boat. John got his next to the boat and leadered the fish but the fish had different plans and took off breaking off on the motor. Several more fish were jumped, even more ate the fly but didn't hook-up, even more followed and even more ignored our anglers offerings altogether. Returning guest Dick got more than he expected this trip with the second tarpon of his storied lifetime. The first was a big one on bait in the Florida keys, many years ago and the second was today, on a fly, just the right size. Well done Senor Dick!

Here is our perfect leader formula for our resident tarpon: 6 feet of 60 pound butt section, 18" of 30 pound class tippet and 18" of 60 pound bite tippet. We use the slim beauty knots to join the 30 to the 60! This leader is super strong but stay under the breaking strength of most fly lines.

Other Species: Snapper, Jacks, Barracudas, tripletail, snook

Flies that worked:

Bonefish: Christmas Island Special, Crazy Charlies,
Permit: Peterson spawning shrimp, CI Special, Large Gotcha, various crabs
Tarpon: Black Death, tan bunny, white bunny

Week Summary: A great group from Orvis visited the lodge this week with lots of first time anglers earned their bonefish pins awards with ease. Even with the windy weather a few intrepid anglers went on to permit and tarpon.

Fish On!

Ed
fish@elpescador.com

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