Belize

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 August 16th - August 22nd, 2015

Weather: Partly cloudy skies through the week with a couple of clear days. 2 -3 brief, isolated thunderstorms had no impact on our guests.

Winds: Winds were moderate to start the week 10-15 from the east building to 10-20 mph for 5 days and back down to 10 mph on Saturday. As the winds built there was some shifting from east to South east going on that really affected the tides dramatically!

Air Temps: Highs were in low 90's with lows in the mid to upper 70's.

Water Temperature: 81-83F. Barometric Pressure: 29.78- 29.93

Moon phase: The first quarter moon was on August 22nd. Sunrise: 5:30am Sunset: 6:25pm

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING

Bonefish (Macabi); Sandy was the lone non-tarpon angler staying at the lodge this week and this is her second time at El Pescador. Not only did her casting improve greatly but her bonefish total skyrocketed. Bravo Miss Sandy! Jeff and Lisa visited us for a day and went out on a bonefish adventure. Sara gets kudos for the most consistent student out on the casting platform. Practice is the key. The more hours you have on the water or even visualizing the cast the better you get. The right instruction helps for sure!

Permit (Palometta): Glen was the only tarpon guy who wanted to see what this permit fishing was about, and although he didn't land one, he had enough interactions to get hooked!

Tarpon (Sabalo): Tarpon was the focus of the week as Adam Marton's annual Tarpon Tagging Expedition was in full force. Tarpon guru Andy Mill headlined the event which included 16 anglers from all over the US. The event included daily seminars featuring Mr. Mill's expertise along with scientific updates about the movement of previously tagged fish and what the University of Miami is learning about these prehistoric fish. Overall it is a great success with 44 interactions between anglers and tarpon of all sizes, this includes, bites, jumps, and landing of fish from 10 pounds to 130 pounds. To get a tag a fish must be at least 80 pounds as this assures that it is an adult migratory fish. The first tagged fish transmitted data showing it moved over 50 miles south along the Belize coast. The group tagged 3 more big fish to deploy 3 out of the 4 tags that were donated. These satellite tags record lots of information and then transmit each time it reaches the surface. Adam should be applauded for getting this work done and we hope Andy, Nick, Seth, John, Bill,, Mike, Tommy, Dustin, Eric, Frank, David, Jeff, Reese, Sara, Glen and Adam return for round 4 in 2016.

Grand Slam: Not this week!

Other Species: Jacks, Snook, Cuda, Sharks, Sting Rays, a couple birds, Snapper!

Flies that worked:
Bonefish: Christmas Island Special, Gotcha with legs, micro crabs
Permit: They bumped an Avalalon and Mantis shrimp.
Tarpon: Black death, White toad, white deceiver, green toad, cockroach

Week Summary; The tarpon fishing improved as the week went on! it is fairly certain that during their migration the tarpon do this to spawn and get a larger gene pool going for reproduction. Even though tarpon mature at 14 or 15 years, our younger resident tarpon on Savannah flats were exhibiting odd pre-spawn behavior out on the flats and proved tough to engage with a fly.

Fish On!

Ed - fish@elpescador.com

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