June 30, 2013 - July 6, 2013 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: Jon and his fished crazed son, Nemo, caught some really nice bonefish tailing in the lee. Part of this week was really tough – we had rain and lightening. The later really put a dent in casting time. No one really wanted to wave a graphite rod under sheets of a bolting sky. Good thinking! But between storms, we found some aggressive bonefish. Tony and Wendy returned and we were thrilled when Wendy got a nice bone on spin. Tony landed a few beautiful big bonefish between hunting for permit and tarpon with his quiver of new fly rods. John had his business buddies come down and now Chris and Damon are bonefish crazed! Jeff and Cooper went nuts with Captain Sinoe and landed a ton of bonefish before Cooper landed his tarpon! Mark was game for whatever Captain Alex had on the menu. They chased everything and ended up landing some nice bonefish on fly.
PERMIT: Jeff returned to EP in hopes of a slam. Hopefully today! He headed out early mornings this week with Captain Kechu hunting permit. They had some great shots, follows and left with hopes for next time. Permit were seen up north and Nick and Kami had shots for over two hours with Captain Jr. - Kami had one eat, but lost it. Captain Luis told me Reeves had his cast into permit for almost three hours on Saturday – they tried several different shrimp and crab patterns. They had follows, some long looks, and then rejection. They are not giving up. Luis said Reeves’ casts were dead on. Rick landed two permit on live crabs with Captain Kechu. They had a half a crab left, Rick threw it on a hook and tossed it. It was inhaled, and that made two permit for Rick!
TARPON: This is really fun. We have had some great tarpon stories this week. It was special in that anglers were faced with some down right nasty conditions and still came in with tarpon tales. Jeff and his son, Cooper, were here in hopes of tarpon on fly. They were out on the casting platform after each days’ fishing, practicing their new learned double hauls. Cooper was rewarded when Captain Sinoe put him on a beauty! We all witnessed Cooper floating….his smile never left, and now, God help him, he is possessed with tarpon dreams for life. And then bring in the Aki and Mak team with Captain Cesar. Mak is ten and has the great fortune of being able to get pulled out of school because his mother and father believe in his fishing education! Mak weights sixty five pounds soaking wet. He hooked into a 130 lb tarpon on live bait. He almost went flying out of the boat when Aki was able to grab his son and the rod. They landed the fish – and the picture shows it all. Aki then went on to land two tarpon on fly, the largest was 60 lbs! Andrew had three eats over by Mosquito with Captain Tomas, they just didn’t stick. In tarpon fishing, it all counts! And our dear buddies, Steve and Ed were here with Captain Emir. This was their sixth time here at EP! These guys always show up to play, and they were rewarded. Sure, Ed wanted a double slam, but they both ended up landing two tarpon on fly…Ed made it happen on the last day, and Captain Emir was popping out of his skin with happiness. Imagine that.
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 Sinoe for working with Cooper who is now a changed human from landing his first tarpon on fly. And thanks to all the guides this week for putting out your best even in the tough conditions.
The “Good Sport Award,” goes out to all of our anglers this week! They went out in torrential rain looking for fins and nervous water. They waited patiently watching sheets of rain cover any hope of sunny skies for three days. In all of this, great things happened. Joe and Charlene became engaged for starters! Joe got after the down time by passing an army of mosquitoes to get to the lagoon. He hit the beach, and between all of his hunting around, managed to propose to his lovely wife to be. Looks like he has that part of the hunting figured out! Thank you Tony and Wendy, John, Jeff, Rick, Steve and Ed and the Love family for returning to El Pescador. It makes us feel great that you come back to see us and fish your waters. Until the next time. Meanwhile, keep your cast practiced for those special moments that soon become life changing.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- Cloudy with some thunderstorms the beginning of the week. We had some big rain – about two days – where the streets of San Pedro were flooded, and our pools were overflowing. The mosquitoes have now cleared with a big E wind and clear skies.
- Air Temp:
- High 92F, Low 83F Winds: East 5-15 ESE 10-20
- 80 F
- First Quarter June 30th