March 3, 2013 - March 9, 2013 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: It was wonderful to see Graham again here at EP. He had a fun day bonefishing with Captain Alex – a great way to warm up the week! Jeb and Katie landed their first bonefish on fly. John was here from the UK and had a fun day bonefishing with Captain Luis – sight fishing for bigger bones. Jacquie landed her first bonefish on fly and this was her first ever fishing trip! Kurt came back for his first day bonefishing with a giant smile. So did Tom. Tom was even more thrilled with his wife Karalee and daughter Kristin landed their first bonefish as well. Adam showed up and landed his first ever bonefish right in front of the lodge! His comment, “bonefish are easier than carp!” I almost died. We argued about this all week. Carp fishing is extremely challenging, but there are so many more variables with bonefishing. Come on!
PERMIT:: Permit fever took over the lodge this week. Everyone had TONS of shots at permit, and TONS of follows…..Harold hooked up and landed a beautiful permit with Captain Sinoe. It was the permit that lead him to his slam! The permit ate an Avalon. Adam invited me out with him and Captain Emir and we had incredible shots. We had some real interest when we started throwing small flies! So tie up some glass minnow patterns – sparse in size 6 and 8. Let’s see what happens. While wading I had permit chase my fly to my feet. The permit fishing is really fun right now!they just didn’t stick.
TARPON: Adam landed a nice 15 lb tarpon in a small lagoon with Captain Emir. It is challenging enough to get the cast there in small quarters, and when they eat…holly cow, now you have to land that thing. Which he did. Harold landed a nice 50 lb tarpon first thing in the morning and then Captain Sinoe chased down his slam with the permit at the end of the day. Congratulations to all of you. It was really fun to see the dynamics between angler and guide….determination on both sides!
OTHER SPECIES: Wayne landed barracuda and fed the masses. We had a lot of boats target barracuda – they are a blast on fly or spin. Snook were targeted but didn’t eat flies presented. It’s late for snook, but this cooler weather has them poking their noses out of the deep mangroves.
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. And try for tough fish a small 6 or even 8 glass minnow pattern.
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 Sinoe for working with Harold to make his first Grand Slam happen!
Harold showed up with Adam’s group determined to up his game. He practiced a few things out on the casting platform, reviewed and replayed fish shots….and all that focus lead him right to his first Grand Slam with Captain Sinoe. It was really something to witness. We all talk about “intention” – this was live! Captain Emir scored because Adam left three beautiful fly boxes with him – tons of gorgeous flies! Thanks Adam for bringing a great group and the fun day permit fishing with Emir. I learn something each day I get out on the water. Everyone was really fabulous this week, but I want to put a special “thank you” out there to Bill and Bruce. These guys smiled all week and taught us to say when someone asks about the day…..”The very best.” “The very best “ to all of you for a great week.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- 3/3/2013 -3/9/2013
- Mostly sunny weather this week. We had some overcast mornings and a few light rain showers.
- Air Temp:
- High 70s to low 80s during the day, down to 60s at night. Winds: North 5-10 mph, changing to ENE, ending the week with ESE and gusts up to 25 mph.
- Temps in the mid 70s
- Last quarter on March 4th