June 16, 2013 - June 22, 2013 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: We usually brag about our bonefishing, but this week the tropical depression caused bonefish to run to deep water for cover. Fish were scarce until mid week - where the fish returned to the flats and wanted to eat everything! Everyone from the Lansing group landed bonefish, and believe me, they were really happy about that. Bill was very proud of his family – Will and Maddy both landed bonefish on the fly and he landed about 6 on fly himself. Paul and his son Robert were here to dive, but they managed a couple days of fishing and landed bonefish as well, both on spin and fly.
PERMIT: Kelsey and Chris both landed permit on live crabs on the 22nd down by Long Caye. Mike landed a nice permit on spin with Captain Sinoe, and Clay landed one on fly this week. Kirby landed one the first day on spin. Permit are back on the flats, and I know we will be reporting more connections this week. I saw 3 permit out in the lagoon yesterday – oh, just short of getting there!
TARPON: TD2 may have been here, but anyone who wanted shots at tarpon this week got them. Les landed his tarpon on sardine with spin. Yes, he jumped in the water for the photo. See attached. Chris and Captain Luis were up in the Park ambushing small tarpon with flies. Chris connected and landed a nice baby tarpon on fly. It was slow down by Long Caye earlier in the week, and then fish started to appear. Mornings are still the best with these tides. Savannah is fishing well when we have the sun. All in all, we were thrilled with these fish because the conditions were really rough.
FLIES THAT WORKED
Our “Rice and Beans,” here on Ambergris Caye is the Christmas Island Special. We and the fish love them in size 8, 6 and 4. We use 6’s and 4’s for permit. It is our “go to” fly in orange, pink and pearl. The Avalon fly for permit size 2. 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 Gilberto for teaching his anglers what we love about fly fishing saltwater. His guests this week were beaming, and are looking forward to returning soon. This time they left with some nice fish and a much stronger cast!
We had TD2 parties. Why not celebrate a big tropical depression. Like Tom said, “this doesn’t happen in downtown Chicago!” It’s also the opening week for our lobster season. So we had a huge lobster lunch and prayed as we tried to stare the clouds away. By the time Wednesday arrived anglers wanted to go out even if was still raining. All 13 boats headed out toward dark clouds and all 13 boats came back with amazing stories. Fish were caught, thank God. But it didn’t come without some incredible effort. El Pescador wants to recognize the amazing “good sportsmanship” that sung loudly this week. As fishermen, we know sometimes we have to sit a few out. It just makes it all that much sweeter when you come back the next day with an 80 lb tarpon. And think of the stories. Friendships were fueled and new hand shakes turned to a connection in our shared fishing life. Thanks to Pete for teaching me how to juggle – very exciting stuff. And a great big Thank You to all of our guests and EP team. It’s lobster season. It’s summertime in the salt.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- 6/16/2013 -6/22/2013
- We survived TD2! The tropical depression hit Monday night – and caused us to cancel fishing on the 18th. Big rain and wind up to 45mph. The skies cleared on Thursday leaving us with a perfect weekend for our anglers.
- Air Temp:
- High 89F, Low 78F
- 80 F
- Super Moon on June 23rd - This is where the moon is closest to the earth.