Nov. 9 - Nov. 16th, 2013 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING
Anderson and Platt came to town and brought thirty-eight of their angling friends from Dillon, Montana and a few other places. Some people were here for their first bonefishing experience and were wide eyed at the beginning of the week. It poured rain, but these newbie anglers went out and destroyed the bonefish! One day Jana landed 10 tailing bonefish with Captain Alex. Jodi landed twenty something this week. Scott was thrilled with his first. Brad has been guiding and traveling fly fishing for years- this time he brought his brother Todd. Todd picked up the double haul in less than 5 minutes and also landed his first bonefish. Conditions were less than optimal, so anglers were looking for tails, pushes and honey holes! The experienced anglers chased the smart tails in front of the lodge. I watched Barry hook up with a big fish and then he lost it. He didn’t know anyone was watching until I sighed at the same time he did and he heard me! Eric and Tammy went out everyday in the pouring rain with Captain Sinoe. They reported good bonefishing each day in spite of the weather. Tammy was thrilled to land one on her own as they were wading the flats. Just a little personal glory there – a good thing for the “birthday girl.”
A guide told me one time, “you desire the fish too much gal!” My heart went out to Brad and Jon this week. My permit-crazed guide buddies were focused on this fish, but it wasn’t their time. Jon did touch 3! Things happen out there, especially when it’s raining cats and dogs. And it did happen for Phil. Phil and his wife Linda went out with Captain Emir and Co-Captain Gordy. They were tarpon fishing when a school of BIG permit were incoming. Emir said, “throw the tarpon fly man!” Phil threw the 3/0 “big eye brown” to the fish and that was it. He landed a measured 25 lb permit on that tarpon fly! See photos. And this is what Phil adds:
"Well he’s one of those who knows that life is just a leap of faith Spread your arms and hold your breath and always trust your cape"
Captain Sinoe reported seeing permit most days this week, as did Captain Kechu and Captain Emir. Nice work everyone! And I almost forgot! I got so caught up in the crazy reports from Bill and Don about their “near miss super slams,” but Bill did land a permit on a Christmas Island Special, orange, size 4. So, two permit were landed this week, lots of casts and near hook ups!
When it’s pouring rain, what do you do? Go tarpon fishing! Bill and Don ripped it up with Captain Luis. They jumped seven and leadered one at the boat. These two angling buddies came in laughing everyday. Guides were looking for tarpon in the channels, mangrove lagoons and over Savannah to the West. Captain Erlindo stayed out just a lit bit longer trusting his years of guiding. Sure enough, Billy and Jessica reported seeing tarpon rolling “all over the place!” At that, Billy cast his fly and jumped one. That one got away, but the next cast connected with a solid set. Billy was smiling for days after landing his 50 lb tarpon on a black death! We want those photos Billy!son’s efforts. And Rob – that was one giant barracuda you landed with Captain Gilberto!
No slams this week, but Captain Luis reported two “almost” super slams! The fish won.
Jodi was the queen for landing the most variety of fish on fly this week. Way to go Jodi! Barracuda central, some crazy fun with ladyfish and a lot of snapper! Jason went after the fish with spin gear this week and his rod was bent most of the time. Not to mention the amount of fish he fed for appetizers. When the guides were cleaning the huge pile of fish, all the creatures showed up. The birds and fish also enjoyed all of Jason’s efforts. And Rob – that was one giant barracuda you landed with Captain Gilberto!
Flies that worked:
Bonefish: Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special.
Permit: Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!
Tarpon: Black Death, Chartreuse toad, White toads and bait fish patterns.
Wow. Montana showed up in a big way, as Montana people do. Anderson and Platt brought 38 of their angling buddies – actually not all of them from Montana, but it felt like it, which is a good thing. We all were so happy to see our repeat friends and excited to know new friends. Kevin and Kelly – the brothers from Colorado, are always so much fun. Jon and Brad are some of the best trip leaders in the business. Thank you boys! Tammy and Eric we hope to see you back soon. Thank you to Ed and also Tammy for letting us celebrate your birthdays with you this week. And most importantly, thank you to all of our guests this week. You all deserve the “Best Sport” award. You had some real live tropical weather this week and you kept smiling and laughing. All the time reporting how thankful you were to be in such a great place. Well, we were darn lucky to have such a great group of friends. Thank you and come back soon!
Guide of the week:
Captain Luis for keeping Bill and Don is fish all week. They said they never had so much fun and it was pouring rain!
Cast to your dreams! - Lori-Ann
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- We have had a very unusual week of pouring rain! Puddles abound. Mostly rainy days with a few welcomed sunny afternoons.
- Air Temp:
- Upper 80’s, low 90’s - Winds: NW 5, NE 5 – 10, ESE 5, N 5 - 10
- Temps ranged from 75-82 F
- Full moon was on the 13th.