May 19, 2013 - May 26, 2013 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: Bonefishing was challenging this week! We had mudding fish that were also picky! Anglers worked hard for their bones with their guides – looked for sighted fish when the sun was out. Choppy seas had fish moving around and skiddish. Congratulations to Louis - who was able to land bonefish with his guide Captain Gilberto. Gilberto speaks English and Spanish, but not French, so they worked together to make it happen! Tommy was able to return to the flats for a fun day with Captain Alex. Bill, Judy, Roger, David, Sandy, Scott and group leader Brian all had bonefish on fly this week. And they worked for them! A few people ventured out in the lagoon and found a few bones as well.x It is easy to “fly” out there with the east wind, but coming back to the lodge can be tough when the wind was as strong as it was this week. Nice adventuring!
PERMIT: In spite of challenging conditions, Scott was able to land three permit on fly this week with Captain Emir! The first permit was – first day, first cast! Mike landed a nice permit on spin with Captain Jr. All fish released and sent back to the sea with racing heart beats left behind. We had several permit do what permit do – follow, chase…..not commit!
TARPON: Did we say it is tarpon season? Guides are reporting fish down by Long and Hicks Caye as well as seeing migratory tarpon mixed in with our resident tarpon over on Savannah Flats and Mosquito Caye. Brian was able to jump and play for 20 minutes an eighty pound tarpon his last day out fishing with Captain Kechu. David was his boat mate that day and said he learned a ton from the experience. I hope when Mad River Outfitters returns in August your arms fall off from landing so many poons! You deserve it.
FLIES THAT WORKED
The Avalon fly for bones and permit! Size 4. Chrsitmas Island Special is size 8,6 and 4 are our “rice and beans” for bonefish and permit here on Ambergris Caye. Orange, pink, pearl, yellow – they all work. We also like Gotchas is the same sizes for bones and permit. We do use floating crabs, and small tan crabs for tailing permit with both bead chain and lead eyes. Most of our permit are caught on shrimp patterns. Savannah Flats/Mosquito Flats – 3/0 chartreuse toads, bunnies, tan and white working as well. We have a new olive toad that has been very successful. Long Caye – black death 5/0, Olive toads 5/0, Chartreuse bunnies 5/0.
GUIDE OF THE WEEK
Captain Emir for getting Scott into three permit on fly this week!
It was wonderful to see our return guests this week. Thank you Brian and Chris for hosting your Mad River Outfitter group here. Seeing Bill and Judy and being able to celebrate their anniversary was a bonus! Also great to see our friends Liz and Tommy back here at EP. We love it when our friends return and make themselves at home. We had tough fishing this week and everyone was a great sport. Guides and anglers set out each day working together to make dreams come true. We practiced our casting into the wind and we witnessed double hauls relax and leaders turn over. Cheers to a fun week and reaching beyond our horizons to keep leaning.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- 5/19/2013 -5/26/2013
- Sunny with cloudy spells and the occasional thunder shower. This week we had a lot of big wind which made for challenging conditions. Strong east winds 15 – 25 mph, softening by the end of the week.
- Air Temp:
- Heat index of 95F. High 90F Low 75F. Winds: Our prevailing wind is from the east. We had very strong E, ESE wind 10 – 25 mph most of the week. Now that the system down below us is moving, the wind is winding down to a manageable 5 – 15, East wind.
- Temps in the 80s
- Full Moon May 25th