February 3, 2013 - February 9, 2013 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: The big news around here this week is that Mitchell landed his first bonefish! On a cute little kids rod, because he is 3 years old. Proud parents Michael and Kerry, grandparents Barry and Marsha and of course Mitchell – are anticipating his bonefish pin tonight at our pinning ceremony. The entire family landed bonefish on fly, congratulations. And our new friend Doug – who claimed he is not a fisherman, he landed his first bonefish.
PERMIT:Kevin landed a nice 8 lb permit on fly with Captain Emir. His brother Kelly is unstoppable on live crab – 3 HUGE permit, 24 – 30lbs. Captain Cesar had Michael and his father Barry in big schools of permit. Both very accomplished casters, they had the fly right there and the permit chased, but wouldn’t commit. Great permit action later in the week for everyone.
TARPON: THE BOARD SAYS….”KEVIN LANDED HIS TARPON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Each day he would go out with Captain Kechu and they had shots, follows and no takes. Today, Saturday, was their last day out for this trip. Kevin landed a beautiful 25 lb tarpon – see pictures. His buddy Kyle jumped 3. He gets to go out tomorrow, so he still has time to land his tarpon. Kelly was out with Captain Emir and they jumped 3, 50 – 70 lb tarpon on fly. Scott was out with Captain Gilberto and he landed a nice 25 lb tarpon on fly and jumped two others. Today is the day everyone was waiting for…..and the bite was on.
OTHER SPECIES: Don and Nick ripped it up today. They are pro bass fishermen, and brought an arsenal of spin rods and lures. They lost count of species and numbers.
FLIES THAT WORKED
Bonefish: Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, just about anything would work – mostly size 8 and 6, some with weedguards.
Permit: Our standard never gives up: Orange Christmas Island Special in size 4 or 6, Avalon in size 4, and Gotcha’s in size 4 or 6. Some crabs in 6, tan. Mantis shrimp, tan and bead chain eyes – it works.
Tarpon: Chartreuse toad, slow easy twitchy retrieve – depends on what the fish is doing. Watch and listen. On Savannah we are using 40 and 50 lb shock. Let the fly settle, then move it. White, tan, pink – bunnies and toads. . Really fun tarpon fishing in skinny water right now! Favorite color – white.
GUIDE OF THE WEEK
Captain Cesar for his commitment to helping with this next round of Fly Fishing Federation testing for Casting Instructors. Cesar was certified last year with Tim Rajeff. His influence and teaching skills has been very much appreciated. Thank you!
We just love it when our “Family” returns here to El Pescador. It’s been great to see Kevin, Kelly, Kyle and their new fishing buddy, Doug. Also wonderful to see Renee and Don! We had a couple weeks of some bad weather – for us anyway, and when the sun came out it just looked like a postcard. Great camaraderie around camp this week, new friends, new plans, and dreams that came true.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- 2/03/2013 -2/09/2013
- Partly cloudy skies opened up to a beautiful week of sunshine with occasional rain showers.
- Air Temp:
- High 84 - Low 72 Winds: NW 5 – 15 at the beginning of the week, then went ESE 10 – 20, arriving at our wonderful E 5 – 10.
- Temps in high 70s
- New Moon on February 10th