March 18, 2012 - Mar 24, 2012 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: Lots of guests catching their first bonefish on fly this week. I just love to see the confidence gained by Mr. Bonefish. I tell our anglers who are beginning that the game starts by catching….then moves to hunting and refining skills as you look for “the ghost of the flats.” Anglers found bonefish in muds, schools on the flats, and tailing fish in the lee. Father and son Quentin and Luca from Toronto showed up with their brand new fly rods and initiated them by landing several bones on fly! Mother and son – Liz and Cameron also showed up as “nubies” and actually had Captain Sinoe complimenting them on their casting! Sinoe is a great teacher but he doesn’t hand out compliments unless they are deserved. Griff, Dick, Craig, KJ, Greg and Joshua…. all landed bones on fly. Way to go!
PERMIT: Oh Mr. Permit is around but no one said it is an easy game! One 8 lb permit landed on a mantis shrimp fly wading the beach.
TARPON: Luca landed an 80lb tarpon on spin with Captain Tomas! Wow. His first saltwater experience, and now he has a big tarpon under his belt. He fought the fish for just under and hour before getting him to the boat. For the fly fishermen, they had lots of shots with good presentations and no bites. A variety of flies were tried. Just have to find the one that will bite! I look forward to hearing the reports this week because we have Dave from Jackson Hole fishing with Captain Carlos and they are focused!
SNOOK: This is really late for our snook fishery, but we are still finding them with dropping tides by their mangrove homes.
OTHER: Barracuda targeted with great success this week on fly and spin!
FLIES THAT WORKED
Tan and white out there for Savannah flies. A lot of experimental flies tried on permit. Flies that worked this week – mantis shrimp and CIS. Bonefish, double weed guard patterns for the bones over turtle grass – bitters, crabs, worms.
GUIDE OF THE WEEK
Captain Tomas for getting Luca into his first tarpon!
Sometimes the story starts at the end. As I watched our anglers this week I saw a love for fly fishing grow in them. And I know they will take their experiences here this week with them on their fly fishing adventures for the rest of their lives. We said our goodbyes to tan faces, worn out arms and smiles that can’t be rubbed off. Liz and Cameron had to have “one more fix”, leaving at 5 am and fishing until 9 am before they had to go back home. What a great time for a mother and son celebrating time together on Spring break. They had some tarpon shots and follows that they will never forget. And the next time they are looking into a tarpon’s bucket mouth, they will flashback to what it was like when they saw that for the first time! Pure awe. Thanks to all of our anglers this week for new friendships and we look forward to seeing you back here soon!
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- 3/18/2012 -3/24/2012
- We started the week with big wind and ended the week with flat out perfect conditions. ESE @ 5 - 10 mph. Mostly sunny skies.
- Air Temp:
- Highs: 27C/81F Lows: 18C/64F Winds: Easter Winds up to 35 mph, then calmed down to 5-10 mph.
- New Moon on the 22nd.