June 3, 2012 - June 9, 2012 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: Mark landed a really nice bonefish with Captain Gilberto. Sue was happy with her little bonefish on fly, they were her first! They are planning on fly fishing a lot more often…so this was a testing week! Jenny is here with her three boys – Lan, Bolten and Blake. Mom and two of the boys all landed bones on fly! Bolten is out there right now off the dock chasing our home fish. He is 16, and fish crazed! He also has some groupies – some of the younger children here this week with their families. Bolton is their hero – already mentoring, I love it. Matt, Mac, Ron, Jim, Mike and Jim, Jim, Bob, …nice bonefishing this week guys.
PERMIT: Our permit on fly hero this week hands down goes to Bill R. It was a solid 60 ft cast into a 20 knt. wind. Leader turned over, a few strips and fish on. Thinking it was a CIS. Bill is our own commentator for a mimic Buccaneers and Bones. You should hear Emir sound like Tom Brokaw! Very funny. Emir had to listen to Bill so much this week he figured he might as well get his “stand up” in as well. Look for pictures with Bill and Emir on facebook and our website! Good coaching by Shrek.
TARPON: The good news about this fishing report being late is right here. Today, the 12th, we had 4 tarpon landed on fly! The skies started out black, then lightening, then rain, then a break when everyone bolted in different directions to find something…make something happen. Peter, Rick, Dave all landed tarpon 25 – 50 lbs on fly today. Way to make it happen. Jim and Dave have been fishing partners for years, and this trip they both landed tarpon on fly! Jim made his happen on his first cast and it was his birthday! With all the bad weather, the fact that all these tarpon were landed on fly is a tribute to the anglers and the guides staying with the game. Myles showed up here with his dad, he is 16. He flat out told me he had landed permit on fly and was here to land tarpon on fly. OK. He went out on the 10th and hooked three, landed one on Savannah! And his week isn’t over. Of course, look for the pictures soon!
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. And finally, a new fly working well! Rubber legged Gotcha’s size 4 and 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. Most fish were landed on J hooks this week.
GUIDES OF THE WEEK
Captain Tomas for telling Myles how to make his tarpon wishes come true! “Don’t lift this time and strip hard!”
Epic wind was tough to ignore. We toasted our guests this week because they have been such great sports about making the best out of “not so perfect fishing conditions.” Everyone fished in the rain and howling wind and came back to the dock smiling. I think the most common sentence I said this week, “ Let’s take a look at the weather in the morning and discuss a plan with your guide.” I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to make a plan with your guide at the beginning of the day and adjust as needed. Just because someone landed a tarpon in one spot today, does not mean that spot will be good tomorrow. Things change and often. Our guides are first and second generation San Pedrano guides who have lived in and around this water all their lives. They have great pride in their work and want to make it happen for you. A successful day on the water can be so much more than a ton of fish or a big one. I know Mike learned so much from Kechu this week. And Mac told me how much he appreciated Cesar taking time in the day for a planned casting lesson practicing casting into the wind. So from a “not so perfect fishing week,” I think anglers will leave here better fly fishermen. And that confidence will keep them casting to their dreams.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- 6/03/2012 -6/09/2012
- Unusual rain, and some tough wind. Two days it blew 30 knts NE. Current conditions: tropical wave pattern going into this week. It’s the 12th today – and it was decent enough to make some things happen. See below tarpon.
- Air Temp:
- Highs in the mid 80s and lows in the low 70s. Winds: ENE, ESE 10 – 30 as the storm moved.
- About 80F
- Last Quarter on the 11th.