March 16 - March 22 2014 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING
Darn close for some anglers!
Mr. Bonefish was really appreciated this week! We had Camille learn to cast and then land her first bonefish on fly! Captain Alex was amazed at her progress throughout the week. Her dad Mikey just beaming and taking a few shots from the boat as well. He landed some nice bones, but it was most thrilling for him to watch his beautiful daughter delight in taking on a new challenge and loving it! Gloria celebrated her birthday and also delighted in Camille’s progress. She was the family photographer as they cast and fished. Mark and Carleigh also had some fun bonefishing, Steve and Mark left here loving their bonefishing on fly. Tim and his son Cameron were stoked everyday they returned to the dock – they landed plenty of bones on fly in addition to some action from other fish as well. Helaine showed up by herself to also take on a new challenge – fly fishing the saltwater flats for the first time. She and Captain Luis had big fun. Helaine landed some really nice bonefish on fly. Bryan also was a newbie – he and Captain Vince kicked butt on the bonefish. John brought his family back for more fun fly fishing this year. They had three days of some nice bonefishing for all of them with a permit thrown in the mix. Roger caught some really nice big bonefish with Captain Cinoeh, and so did his daughter Stephanie. But Stephanie’s big prize is in the next section called permit. That goes for Lloyd and Christy as well. They are also in the next section “permit,” but they were happy with their bonefishing in the skinny water down by Congrejo. Don brought his big fun bunch of guys down to have a great fishing trip and that is what happened! Don, David, Thomas, Bill and James all had several bonefish landed on spin. Nice going guys. Tracy was out with Captain Gilberto and landed bones as well. All of our anglers that fished with guides this week landed bonefish, and to that, big cheers! And since we are celebrating, I would like to congratulate my sister Janet and brother in law, Richard, for going out in the back lagoon and landing bonefish for the first time! They love their fly fishing so it was a double blessing for me looking at their lit up faces telling me about their day. Our lagoon fishing is incredible. For those that take the time to explore on their own, there are rewards! Michael and Thomas fished everyday with Captain Raton. At 17, they have know each other most of their lives. They loved exploring and fishing the lagoon in the late afternoon. And yes, Thomas was rewarded with a big ol bonefish which is featured on our facebook page. Check it out.
OK! Lloyd landed his first permit on fly with Captain Kechu and was thrilled! Christy landed one on spin. They had a blast. John also landed a permit on fly with Captain Kechu. Gregg landed permit on fly with Captain Gilberto. And Bud also landed a permit on fly. Permit is one of those creatures that gets under your skin if you love a challenge with a fly rod. Everyday Stephanie would go out and pray her shot would tempt at least one. She practiced her double haul – which work really well, and then….the last day, the last EXTRA hour with Captain Luis, it happened. She landed her first permit on fly! And her dad Roger had one eat but it didn’t stick. Wow, we were thrilled for all of you! Congratulations.
Hands down the big delight for everyone at the lodge this week was when we found out 10 y/o Logan landed his first tarpon with Captain Alex. He was fishing with his dad Tim. Tim would take out his fly gear and then set up Logan with spin. Logan was also getting pretty good with his fly casting, but he didn’t want to waste the shot by coming up short. So, he stuck with using live sardines, and whamoo! Same deal as what happened to Luis. Alex stayed out the extra hour and it was then he saw Logan’s rod start to leap with a big ol poon on the other end. There were eats, follows and visions that will not be erased – tarpon fishing will do that to a person. Nice going.
Other Species: Barracuda on fly and spin: jacks, jacks and more jacks: ladyfish; snapper – all on fly and spin. And my brother in law Richard landed a huge jack the day he was out with Captain Erlindo. Yay!
Flies that worked:
Bonefish: Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special, small crabs
Permit: Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!, Mantas shrimp patterns – size 4.
Tarpon:Black Death, Chartreuse toad, White toads and bait fish patterns.
Guide of the Week:
Since I decide, it’s a tie! Captain Luis for Stephanie’s first permit on fly. And Captain Alex for providing Logan with his tarpon! They both went the extra mile to make it happen. Thank you!
Bottom line, fishing is really, really good right now here at El Pescador! Wow. Award ceremonies every night are filled with stories about dreams coming true. Beaming faces, proud parents and a proud fishing director! The guides have been very committed to making each day special for their anglers. It’s truly rewarding witnessing relationships between the guides and their anglers grow. Send me your pictures you guys! [email protected] We want to brag about you on our facebook page. As they say here in Belize, “Why not?” For those of you getting ready for your trip – practice your cast! The ones that show up practiced are making huge leaps forward in their casting once they get here. Isa and I have enjoyed this week as we tally up what has been going on out there in the day of fishing. My bonus this week was of course having my family here. It was so special for me to watch my fish-crazed sister and brother-in-law cast and learn on the flats. Now you know! Thank you to all of my El Pescador family for making my family feel so welcomed. From the EP fishing department we hope to see you again soon casting to your dreams. Fish On!
- Lori-Ann Murphy
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- A few thunderstorms and cloudy mornings. Mostly sunny skies throughout the week.
- Air Temp:
- 78 – 86 degree F; 23.3 C – 28.8C Winds: SE 10 – 20, W 10-15, N 5- 10, ESE 10-15, ENE 10-15, ESE 10-15.
- Temps 75 - 80 F
- Full Moon March 16th