May 18 - May 24 2014 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING
Huge clouds of mudding bonefish seen up in the Park and in the lagoon…. maybe coming back from spawn? We are talking about thousands of bonefish. This was really fun for Barbara who was visiting Ali from Toronto. She landed her first bonefish on fly with Captain Raton. And the Scurlock family was here for a family reunion. Ray – the patriarch at 90 was the first up in the morning ready to go! The family landed lots of bonefish on fly and spin. This family is very serious about their fishing! Henry kept us laughing and fully informed on his catch for the day. Robbi was here with Ken and this was her first time fly fishing for bonefish. And she landed a few! It was really fun to watch her determination daily out on the casting platform. I know a few trout that are going to go flying through Colorado waters now that she has her strip set! Chris was here from World Cast Anglers in Jackson Hole. He said he had never seen so many fish! Carl and Betty were a real treat. They both landed bonefish on fly. Congratulations anglers. It was windy but you made it happen!
Well, the only two permit landed on fly just so happened to go toward the two SLAMS this week! Ferdy landed his beautiful 18lb permit on a crab fly. He was with Captain Cesar. Then, George went out with Captain Cesar three days later and he landed his permit on fly first thing. Of course, Cesar mentioned the slam, and away they went. Two beautiful 15 – 18 lb permit of fly landed this week.
OK then. Ferdy was down by Long Caye with Captain Cesar and landed what Cesar said was at least a 120 lb tarpon on a 10 wt! The rod broke at the very end by the boat as it took one last surge. What a fish! This was part of Ferdy’s slam. Then, after George landed his permit, Cesar said, “let’s go for the slam!” George said, “Well, of course my huge ego said YES!” and then he did one roll cast to a nice 30 lb tarpon in a tight lagoon, and the tarpon without hesitation ate his fly! Kevin really deserves the “Tarpon” award for the week. He went out everyday with Captain Tomas and had action. He had shots, misses, takes….and then on the last day, he landed his tarpon! See picture. Savannah was slightly off color – making it perfect for white flies to pulse through the water finding tarpon who chased and ate with reckless abandon. Thank you Kevin for getting our fly tying bench motivated! And congratulations to the three of you for your success. David and Lindsay will be back. Now that they have seen what fishing for big tarpon over skinny shallow water flats is all about – I’m afraid we created a new addiction.
Captain Cesar guided his anglers into TWO Slams this week! Congratulations to Ferdy and George who will now be honored with a plaque on our Grand Slam board!
Barracuda on fly and spin: jacks, jacks and more jacks: ladyfish; snapper – all on fly and spin. And yes, Mutton Snapper on fly. If this is something you are interested in doing – we’ve got em!
Flies that worked:
Bonefish: Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, Bunny Gotcha’s, CI Special’s (orange, pink and pearl), 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:
Captain Cesar for TWO slams in three days with two different anglers! Way to go Captain Cesar. You have created great memories for Ferdy and George.
Ferdy is the only German at the lodge this week. He is a riot. His passion for fly fishing can be described only as bubbling enthusiasm. He said he will let all of Germany know about all the fun here at El Pescador. Walking down the dock, Ferdy told me, “I wear my most lucky shirt today! It is from New Zealand. I always have good luck with this shirt!” When he came back, he had slammed on fly! 500 pictures later and a ton of stories about each day out on the water. We’ll get some of those pictures out soon for everyone to see. For me, I just love it when our anglers come back to fish here. Kevin, George and Bobbi, Dave and Donna, Mark just brought his family and he was here last month… Rob and Donn showed up yesterday well armed… Anyway, our EP family loves it when you return. We like to see you take ownership with your familiar EP life. It makes us feel good!
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- Sunny with cloudy spells. A few showers occurred. Wind stayed up with mostly high pressure.
- Air Temp:
- 78-92 degrees F. Winds: ENE 10 – 20 mph
- Temps 75-80 degrees
- Last Quarter was on the 21st