May 31st – June 6th, 2015 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING
Michael was the bonefish king to start the week with 25 bones right off the bat! Oksana thought this would be a great time to learn to fly fish, and with some help of the daily casting clinics and her trusty guide, she was able to cast, set the hook and land 4 bonefish on her own! Brandon put some big bonefish numbers on the board as well. These were the highlights but everyone at the lodge caught some of the tourist- friendly bonefish surrounding Ambergris Caye.
Brandon will never use a rusty fly on a permit again! He got a great eat from a permit early in the week,but the hook broke (how painful is that?). Nabel landed a beautiful permit (actually, I haven’t seen an ugly one yet). Howard (as part of his slam) & Jason landed a 25 pounder – what a solid fish! Max, John & Seth got one as part of their slams as well.
Michael showed us early n that he has a way with both bonefish and tarpon as he landed the first tarpon of the week. David and John landed 4 poons in a single day! Marcus and Paul’s boat had a couple big migratory tarpon on, but they were not able to get them close to the boat for a leader touch.
The process of counting a fish as landed when the leader is touched came about when we discontinued the use of lip gaffs for tarpon. To help land a fish aggressively, the guide grabs the leader to bring the fish along side the boat and then goes for grab on the tarpons lower jaw. If the leader happens to break or pull out after this initial touch it is an official catch. Many of the famous tarpon tournaments in Florida use the leader touch as their definition of a caught fish. Max , John and David all got tarpon! Jason hooked 3, landed zero near the end of the week. Don got a nice fish, Max, Howard and Zeth got fish as part of their grand slam efforts.
This should debunk the full moon is bad for tarpon myth?
Snapper, Jacks, Barracudas, Shad, ladyfish, a couple big snook.
4 slams this week! Kudos go to all! Howard, Max had a grand slam… Seth and John got the job done as well! Hip, Hip Hooray! Bruce hooked up all three one day but didn’t land them all!
Flies that worked:
Bonefish: Christmas Island Special, crazy Charlie, Gotcha, bunny gotcha
Permit: CI Special, Large Gotcha, Bauer crabs.
Tarpon: Orange cockroach, Cockroach, Deceivers
4 grand slams in one week – I believe it is a lodge record. Greta weather, great anglers and fantastic luck!
- Ed Blank
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- Most of the week was perfect with a few days of unsettled weather thrown in to make us appreciate the good days.
- Air Temp:
- Highs are in the upper 80’s, lows in the mid 70’s. Winds: Winds were 0-10 mph out of the east early in the week with ever-shifting winds (staying light) later in the week.. Barometric Pressure: 29.85 – 29.95
- Temp: 80-81 F. degrees
- The full moon was on June 2nd. Sunrise: 5:17 am Sunset: 6:24 pm