May 27, 2012 - June 2, 2012 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: Jeff landed a beauty with Captain Sinoe. Pictures will be posted, so check out the girth. Mitchell also had some nice bonefish with Captain Vince his last day out. The tide was early morning, falling most of the day, so bonefishing was not easy. They just get squirrelly when the tide gets low, and we had some big tides this week. So low that the flat in front of the lodge was exposed until the tide rose in the late evening.
PERMIT: Tim Rajeff – yes, live here at El Pescador this week, landed a nice 12 lb permit with Captain Emir. That was the only permit landed. There were shots, but most of the week was plagued with tough light. Pictures to be posted on facebook this week.
TARPON: Doug let his son Andrew have most of the fishing time with Captain Gilberto. At one part of the day, Andrew hands his father the rod, while he reaches for a wrap. Apparently the fly in the water moved just enough to get the attention of Mr. Tarpon. Tarpon on, and 40 lb tarpon landed. Indeed. Next story. Scott and Eric are out fishing with Captain Emir. The big girls are in down south, so they were just south of Hicks Caye when a huge tarpon eats Scott’s blind cast….Emir said it was his biggest fish – they are guessing 140 lbs. Hardy has sent El Pescador six Sintrix rods. Everyone is loving the one piece design and Scott was using the 12 wt with a Rio tropical intermediate line and a Hatch 11 cranked down all the way. The fish was landed after a long battle, but when Emir grabbed the leader, the fish shook and the one piece rod became a six piece rod. Scott is a Hemmingway guy, so this was his big fish. Hardy gave him the rod to take home and have the thing framed. And finally, Eric – who I used to guide with years ago in Jackson Hole – lands a nice 80 lb tarpon of fly the next day. Way to go home boy!
SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.
FLIES THAT WORKED
For Bones: some with weed guards…but Gotchas, Christmas Island Special, Small crabs, in size 8 and 6.
Permit: Our “rice and beans” = Christmas Island Specials, size 4 and 6. Also, tan crab patterns in 6.
Tarpon: Brown cockroach pattern with some EP fibers to spice things up. Size 3/0. Black death, and then tan toads, white, white and chartreuse bunny’s – size 1/0 – 3/0. The guides prefer flies on circle hooks for better landing success.
GUIDES OF THE WEEK
Captain Emir for getting Scott and Eric into some epic tarpon fishing on fly!
What a week! Huge congratulations to Captain Cesar for being the first Belizean to become a Certified Casting Instructor by The Fly Fishing Federation. His certificate is signed by one of his testers, Tim Rajeff. Tim is well known in fly fishing as a world champion fly caster. He grew up casting at the Golden Gate Casting Club in San Fransciso with Mel Krieger down the street. Cesar is a second generation San Pedrano guide who loves to cast. He consistently wins any casting competition he enters. Casting ~ reaching beyond borders and generations. The other huge kudo goes out to Ali. Ali is doing an incredible job coaching the guide team toward this goal of certification. The feeling around here has been electric. And then we all thanked Tim Rajeff and Katherine Hart for spending the week with us here at El Pescador. They conducted four afternoon clinics for the guides, and guests participated as well. It’s not everyday you have a world champion show up and share what they know. Katherine is a Master Certified Instructor and also competes. We got to know each other in fly casting competition and now our friendship continues with our fishing. Anglers this week had disappointment with the weather, but we were able to learn from each other and that might not be a big fish, but it’s worth a lot.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- 5/27/2012 -6/2/2012
- We have been dealing with a tropical wave covering Ambergris Caye, except for the 31st which was flat out pretty and all of us were worshiping the sun.
- Air Temp:
- Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the low 70s. Winds: ENE, ESE 10 – 30 as the storm moved.
- About 80F
- First Quarter on the 28th.