May 5, 2013 - May 11, 2013 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: We were honored to host, for the second time, Buccaneers and Bones filmed by Orion Media. We had a perfect week for fishing after the front moved out and bonefish were happy. So happy, that Orion producer, Kevin Faye was casting off our dock and landed a really nice big 4 plus bone on fly. Yep, right from the dock. That’s how the week started. From there, we had anglers landing 20 – 30 “schoolies” – to stalking bigger bones in challenging skinny water. Lefty showed up and said he watched Tom Brokow make his best cast and landed a five pound bonefish. It was really fun to see Tom get light up talking about the experience. Sue and Aldon landed their first bonefish on fly. Craig and Colleen landed several on spin. Congratulations everyone a great week of bonefishing!
PERMIT: Emir called. This time….Yvon Chouinard had landed a twenty plus permit, which became part of his SLAM, AND THEN Will Benson landed a twenty plus permit as well. They both ate crabs. Big water.
TARPON: Savannah was on fire but they weren’t a “gimmie.” Meredith McCord landed a nice forty pounder with Captain Cesar. They said they had several shots but the fish didn’t want to eat. Yvon landed his tarpon with Captain Emir in a lagoon first thing in the morning – yes, adding to his slam….Will Benson also landed a nice tarpon on fly with Captain Emir. Colleen landed one on live bait with Captain Tomas. Basically, we had several eats, follows….and nothing for the fly fishermen. Three landed on fly this week, one one spin The migratory tarpon are starting to move in. The guides are seeing the bigger fish on Savannah and Captain Luis said he saw several down by Long Caye.
OTHER SPECIES: Will landed a nice 12 pound snook on fly with Captain Emir. Weird, we are seeing a lot of snook over on the West coast. We usually see them in our winter months, but we have seen quite a few this spring! Barracuda – we love them. Several landed on fly and spin this week. A 25 lb plus jack tore up Lefty’s right hand. The reel got in the way! And yes, there is always more to the story.
FLIES THAT WORKED
Bonefish: Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, just about anything would work – mostly size 8 and 6, some with weed guards.
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.
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, and then move it. White, tan, pink – bunnies and toads. . Really fun tarpon fishing in skinny water right now! Favorite color – orange.
GUIDE OF THE WEEK
Captain Emir for getting Yvon Chouinard into his first Grand Slam! The permit was a twenty plus…. And then his boat partner, Will Benson landed a twenty plus permit that same day. Emir’s favorite, the NW wind. And how wonderful that Captain Carlos was honored “The Life Achievement Award” from El Pescador during Buccaneers and Bones. One of the highlights this week was seeing Captain Carlos Sr., Captain Carlos aka Kechu and Captain Emir all here this week as the Grand Slam plaque was added to the famed wall. Generations of gifted fishermen and guides. Thank You!
We were honored here at El Pescador to host for the second time “Buccaneers and Bones.” What a blast. Tom Brokaw landed his biggest bonefish, Lefty told him it was the best cast he had ever seen Tom make….Yvon get’s his first Grand Slam with Captain Emir, Meredith rocked it out the first day with Captain Cesar landing a nice forty pound tarpon….A twenty five something jack ripped up Lefty’s hand, and what was super cool was that Orion’s director, Kevin Faye, landed a really nice four pound bone right from the dock! “Start rolling….and whamoo!” One landed big bone landed on fly from the dock. That was a VERY good omen. Thank you to everyone. We are an extended family at El Pescador. Thank you everyone for a great week of hanging out, fly fishing and most important…building exciting relationships. I look forward to seeing everyone in the future as we pursue our quest to understand and explore more about saltwater fly fishing. The fish don’t care if you just started, or if you are a pro. What matters is that is that we have fun trying new tricks and practicing what we have learned along the way.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- 5/5/2013 -5/11/2013
- Partly cloudy skies cleared to sunny and beautiful conditions after the front moved through.
- Air Temp:
- High 84, low 72. Winds: NW 5 – 15 at the beginning of the week, then went ESE 10 – 20, arriving at our wonderful E 5 – 10
- Temps in the high 70s
- New Moon on the 10th