March 17, 2013 - March 23, 2013 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: The bonefish are plentiful – it’s just getting the fly to the fish! We had guides head up to Bacalar Chico for anglers who wanted to wade fish and get out of the wind a bit. We also had casting lessons daily – using the wind to help load the rod. All of this is important stuff when going after your first bonefish. The tendency is to want to go too far back on the back cast, and throw the rod on the forward cast. It just ends up a mess. Better to stop rod, let it bend back as the line stretches, then follow through with your thumb nail to your target. It was really fun to watch the confidence grow during the week, as well as skill levels rising – and recognizing that growth. Congratulations to: Brothers Don and John, Garrett and Todd, John and Jack, Bruce and Linda, John, Joe and Joe, Virgil, Gordon, Andrew, Stef, Ian and Caroline, Grif , and Damaso. Nice bonefishing this week – from honey holes to stalking fish, great stories!
PERMIT:Jack landed Mr. Permit on fly – his first ever “flats” experience and he lands a permit with Captain Gilberto. And our favorite cowboy from Jackson Hole, Dave Decker, landed a permit with Captain Emir. These were the only guys who landed fish – there were those of us who cast to tailing permit along white sandy beaches, only to be shut down. But as Stef can tell you just seeing them is flat out wonderful! She was wading with Orvis group leader, Todd Calitri, and asked, “What are those?” T.C.’s response, “Those would be permit Stef….” And for me, I had permit circling me for two hours wading up north – I was in heaven.
TARPON: Congratulations to Norm W. for landing a beautiful 30 lb tarpon with Captain Cesar! Norm had some eats earlier in the week, and then on his last day out he landed his fish. Norm and Beth have been coming to EP for 15 years – so good things are supposed to happen to them. And so it also happened for Hackney P. with Captain Cesar! Don had what I call “The hand shake from God….” So now he knows what it feels like to have such an amazing creature on the end of your line! All fish on fly – color variety but all on 3/0 hooks.
OTHER SPECIES: Special thanks to Ian who fed us all a great appetizer of fried snook from his catch with Captain Alex. Garrett landed a beautiful snook and fed us as well. I love the photo! The picture is OK, because that fish was not released. Great barracuda stories……
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 Alex for getting Ian into a big wild snook, as well as putting out a great effort this week for all his angling guests.
Once again it was “old home week” here at EP. It was especially wonderful for our guide, Carlos Marin, to be able to visit with a group of dedicated friends he has guided for several years. Norm W, Todd C and Dave D brought a smile that crossed Captain Carlos’s face from ear to ear. We talk about our big fish, our lost fish – and as we tell the story, it’s the people that make that story. This week was about revisiting stories and sharing friendship. A big thank you to Todd for his excellence as a group leader for Orvis. And we are going to see a few characters in the fly fishing network somehow….look out for Stef B - a young nurse practitioner that could end up in fly fishing….and Garrett I is 100% fish crazed. Love it! Thanks everyone for a really fun week.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- 3/17/2013 -3/23/2013
- Sunny and hot with little rain. We have had some big wind – primarily ESE.
- Air Temp:
- High 70’s to low 80’s during the day, down to 60’s in the night. Winds: St. Patrick’s Day was ESE 5 – 10, then winds picked up during the week, blowing a solid ESE15 – 25 by the end of the week. Looks like it’s going to be E all this week, so that’s the good news! We like it 5 – 10.
- Temps in the mid 70s
- First Quarter Moon on March 19th