April 7, 2013 - April 13, 2013 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: This was our 2 nd week in a row for the Orvis Saltwater Seminars and it was off to a good start with everyone in the group scoring their first bonefish ever on the fly rod the first day out. Congrats to Tim, Tom, Tom, Mark, George, Jim, Dirk, Carl, Scott, Diane and Rob for landing bonefish on their first day. Returning guest John was concentrating on Permit most of the week but was still pleased to settle for a bunch of bonefish until next year. Capt. Erlindo guided Rob and George to some big bonefish one day, one was a nice 5 pounder. Repeat guests Don and his brother Jimmy got into some bones despite the windy conditions. They also brought Shawn and Peter on this trip for some successful bonefishing. Happy 50th birthday to Jimmy! Repeat fly girl Lindsey was in good form, easily catching bonefish daily. Congrats to Michael for his first bonefish as well.
PERMIT:A 15 pound beauty for Brian with the help of Capt. Emir, It was Tom’s birthday on Wednesday and to celebrate he landed a permit while Capt. Hilberto was at the helm. Tom was part of the Orvis seminar and clearly he was paying attention as it was his 3rd day ever in saltwater! It took me years to land my first permit! Repeat guest Jim was able to sneak a permit in with his guide Tomas with his wife Lindsey cheering him on. Orvis Seminar guest Tim and his Capt. Sinoe, were tight on a big permit that ended up breaking off as it was running back to Mexico! Captain Luis guided newcomers Stan and Jeff to permit on their first day on the flats! The funny thing is they had no idea that catching permit was difficult or special. Once they were bombarded with congratulations at the bar they started to believe!
TARPON: Sunday – Brian almost slammed but his tarpon broke off after the fly line wrapped on the fighting butt of the rod. (I hate it when that happens.) Most of the week was too windy for the tarpon flats. Winds finally calmed on Friday, but only one boat went after tarpon, the water had cleared and Capt. Tomas helped his guest jump two good size fish (1 was 40 pounds and other acrobat was 25)
OTHER SPECIES: a few snook, ladyfish, a lookdown, a few big jacks, cudas, snappers, added variety for many boats.
FLIES THAT WORKED
Bonefish: Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, Christmas Island Specials, puffs, foxy gotchas, you name it, it works!
Permit: Avalon, Mantis Shrimp tan, Christmas Island Special
Tarpon: Black Death, chartreuse toads got a couple tarpon to eat!
MOST IMPROVED CASTER OF THE WEEK
Congrats go out to Lindsay, the new Queen of the Double Haul!
GUIDE OF THE WEEK
Capt. Hilberto for helping Tom get his birthday permit and for the best shore lunch on the planet!
The second Orvis Saltwater seminar was a huge success with half day of classroom and practical work, provided by Orvis’ Jim Welch. The class was then followed by 3-1/2 days of fishing. Overall the wind slowed down the catch of tarpon but the guests and guides still managed some good fishing for permit and bones by hiding on the west side of the island, as much out of the wind as possible. Brian asked Kristen to marry him on this trip and she said yes! Wow! --Ed
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- 4/7/2013 -4/13/2013
- Clear early in the week, followed by partly cloudy, humid and hazy for the remainder of the week
- Air Temp:
- Mid to upper eighties most of the week. Winds: 5-10 mph early in the week with winds 10-17 the rest of the week.
- Temps in the upper 70s
- New Moon on April 10th