March 5, 2012 - Mar 11, 2012 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES:Janet caught her first bonefish this week with Captain Raton and her smile never left her face! Sometimes bonefish don’t get the respect they deserve next to Mr. Permit and Mr. Tarpon, but I still say they are the heart and soul of flats fly fishing. I had bonefish take me into my backing and I don’t care…it feels good. We are finding some nice singles and doubles tailing way up in the mangroves with the big tides. The first challenge is to hook one, the next is to land them in the mangrove maze! My saltwater queen, Diana R was here this week. I watched this bonefish follow, refuse, follow, and then finally take. It was really fun to witness the cast, the tease, and the impeccable timing for the strike!
PERMIT: Jerry S. landed a nice permit with Captain Tomas up north…on a white beach…(yep, not telling where). Look for pictures on our facebook site. Brian also landed a nice permit with Captain Emir.
TARPON: Several bites on fly, none landed. But that’s the way Buddy likes it! Buddy and Shay both had tarpon takes and plays. I think Buddy said one jumped 8 times! And Jerry would have had the grand slam if he tried to land the baby tarpon instead of scooping them into the boat. Baby tarpon can be the trickiest to land actually. They really like to jump and go wild.
SNOOK: With the big full moon tides we have seen snook come out of the mangroves and lay up! Targeted, but not landed.
FLIES THAT WORKED
All about the Black Death for the tarpon, J – hooks size 2/0. A lot of experimental flies tried on permit, but it’s the CIS every time. Bonefish, double weed guard patterns for the bones over turtle grass – bitters, crabs, worms.
GUIDE OF THE WEEK
Captain Kechu. No, he didn’t get a million permit on fly this week, but he did take the time to guide Ann into some really lovely bonefishing. When you have wind and someone who is not as stable on their feet, compromising conditions, and make it happen, that’s a good guide.
I was blessed this week because my super star gal was here ~ Diana Rudolph is not only my dear friend, but my mentor in the salt. I learn something every time I fish with her. And thank you Jerry, Head rod designer from Sage, for the casting clinic this week. I’m practicing those roll casts. We had to put up with some tough wind, but anglers went out there and made something happen each day. It was a week of working with the conditions and upping skills to make it happen. We all wish we could show up for perfect fishing. And I wanted it this week more than anything. But, we didn’t get that. Anglers left knowing more about their casts, and what is needed in the casting quiver for those precious shots. Thank you anglers for your enthusiasm and patience in the game of fly fishing the saltwater flats of Ambergris Caye.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- 3/05/2012 -3/11/2012
- The wind moved around a bit, but mostly we had E 10 – 20, sunny skies with occasional showers.
- Air Temp:
- Highs: 27C/81F Lows: 18C/64F Winds: Easter Winds are here. We had high pressure systems move through and a full moon, so we had wind. The wind always comes back to East 10 – 20, with gusts up to 25.
- Full Moon on the 8th