July 7, 2013 - July 13, 2013 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: Honeymooners Chelsea and Andrew were able to land a bunch of bonefish over several days of fishing with Capt. Tomas. Father and son teams Scot & Alex and Rudi & Rudi were all successful in their bonefish quests. David and Capt. Vince had lots of bonefish to the boat as did repeat guests Ned and Sean. Tracy ( a beginning fly fisher) landed one on the fly rod along side her husband Scott and their guide Capt. Raton.
PERMIT: None were landed this week as most of the boats were after tarpon.
TARPON: We have a tarpon tagging expedition at the lodge over the last half of this week and the first half of next week. We have been awarded 7 satellite tags thanks to the generosity of Bonefish Tarpon Trust and the University of Miami. These tags are to be deployed in migratory tarpon over 90 pounds so we can get an idea where our summer fish travel after they pass through Belize. With bad weather one day and good the next you would expect the results to be better on the good day – not so. On the best day, no one was able to land a fish but on the bad day Steve landed 2 on the fly rod with Capt. Tomas, Ford got one to the boat with Capt. Kechu and numerous fish were grappled with. Scott and Tracy were getting them to bite daily with Capt .Raton jumping several fish in the few days they fished. The tarpon were active at times and not eating at other times. One boat reported 20 shots without a bite while on the same day another boat had 3 shots and hooked all 3. It shows how random tarpon fishing can be.
OTHER SPECIES: Barracudas, jacks, ladyfish, and snappers, groupers, triggerfish.
FLIES THAT WORKED
BONEFISH: Christmas Island Specials, Gotcha, Crazy Charlie, and Turneffe Crab
PERMIT: Avalon, Christmas Island Special
TARPON: Olive Toad, Black Death, Purple toad, Chartreuse bunny
GUIDE OF THE WEEK
Capt. Tomas for his excellent care of honeymooners and the great tarpon guiding for Steve and Erik in the tagging expedition.
Off and on weather throughout the week put a damper on several days this week. Bonefish were very cooperative; permit had a holiday from our anglers since the lodge was dominated by tarpon folks. The tagging expedition has included seminars about tarpon like leader design, fighting techniques and included some fascinating tagging results from Florida presented by Bruce Unger of the University of Miami, Tarpon are amazing creatures with a secret life that we are just starting to see. Please join Bonefish tarpon Trust to keep this research going! http://www.bonefishtarpontrust.org/
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- Unsettled much of the week, with a couple of good days thrown in.
- Air Temp:
- Mid to upper eighties, low 90’s. Winds: The winds were extremely variable ranging from calm to 25 mph gusts when squalls were nearby
- Temps ranged from 76-80 F depending on recent rain and particular flats
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