July 22, 2012 - July 28, 2012 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: Cloudy conditions had guides and anglers looking for tailing and waking fish. We had a big group here celebrating Blake’s bachelor party. They partied hard and fished hard! All 24 anglers were awarded bonefish pins. Some caught bonefish on the fly for the first time, others used spin and were very productive. Ross and Kris landed their first bonefish on fly, and saw fish in the 3 to 4 lb range to the boat. They also learned their double haul, so they will be casting to these fish on future trips! DL and brother Russ also landed some nice bones on fly. We congratulated Nate on his first bonefish on spin.
PERMIT: Siggy landed permit on fly with Captain Sinoe – about a 8 pound fish, then went out the next day, landed a 12 pound fish on fly – and went on to Slam! They worked hard for these fish. They were in permit all week, but had a hard time getting them to bite until we got closer to the first quarter moon. The first permit was caught on a size 4 yellow Christmas Island Special. The 12 lb fish was landed on a crab pattern that was rust colored and had a lot of movement when stripped slow and steady. Leon and Sune also had several shots at tailing, floating and waking permit. “Buck fever.” They beat themselves up a lot, but that’s permit fishing. Buck fever, stripped flies with follows and no takes, and then one cast and it all works! Just like Siggy said, “I did the same thing but this time it worked!”
TARPON: When the weather allowed it, the guides crossed down to Long Caye. Captain Tomas reported seeing big tarpon cross the flats down there. The anglers were not ready for that kind of adrenalin! Leon and Sune poured their heart and soul into their tarpon fishing this week. In the end they took away more experience and skill. Look out next time! And then Siggy landed a nice 30 pound tarpon on fly with Captain Sinoe for his GRAND SLAM! Yeah!! They ripped it up over on Savannah before the water got mixed up from the wind.
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.
GUIDE OF THE WEEK
Captain Sinoe for getting Siggy into his GRAND SLAM! Yay!
Sea Grapes, Cicadas and Tarpon. The Sea Grapes are turning deep purple and all of us are climbing our huge tree out in the front. It was fun to see four guides turn into ten year kids as they feasted the other morning waiting for some slow moving guests. We really had a great time with Blakes Special Adventure group. Thanks Scott for bringing the group here. The cicadas are buzzing telling us we are in the heart of summer. Permit are in the lagoon, Tarpon are continuing to move in down south, and we have rainbows daily. A little rain, sun and strong spirits made this week. Thanks everyone for another great week. ---Lori-Ann
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- 7/22/2012 -7/28/2012
- A tropical wave passed causing some thunderstorms and big wind early in the week, clearing at the end of the week.
- Air Temp:
- Highs in the low 90s, and lows in the low 80s. Winds: ESE 5-15, then move ENE 10-20 and ended E 5-15 knots
- Around 80 F most days - rainy days cool the water
- First Quarter on the 26th