November 11, 2012 - November 17, 2012 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: Some really big bonefish were landed this week from the Crab Caye area – 5 to 8 lbs! Love that Gotcha! Frank and Aoife were here from Ireland to celebrate their honeymoon. They both landed their first bonefish, and Frank landed a huge one in front of the lodge this morning before they departed. Eric took Tammi out to Bonefish Island for her birthday. They waded around the day and both had some quality bonefishing. Nancy was here with her husband Rob – she didn’t think she would fish, but ended up learning to cast the flyrod and landed her first bonefish on fly, actually two! Big ‘honey hole” schools of fish – maybe 500 plus fish all schooled up allowed beginner angers to land ridiculous numbers of bonefish. This is exactly what Archie wanted, numbers. Joe was pleased with his sight seeing for giant bones with Captain Carlos down by Congrejo. He landed 5 really nice big bonefish hunting them with stealth! Mark and Morie, Scott and Rebecca….nice bonefishing on fly this week!
PERMIT: Big permit – several over thirty pounds are schooled up in the deep water. Captain Emir had Brad P. from Dillon seeing “armies” of big permit. Brad said, “Even if nothing else happens, just seeing that, made my trip.” Brad understands when you see something special, he has guided in Alaska and now opening a new fly shop in Dillon, Montana. He and his partner in crime, John A. brought a group here to EP and plan on returning in February. Wonder why? Phil K. and Niel N. both landed permit with Captain Emir. They had others on, but not landed. Look for photos on Facebook!
TARPON: Eric T. landed two tarpon on fly with Captain Sinoe. Yeah! Some days Savannah cleared enough to see them and get some bites. We had bites daily on fly. Bob and Mary went out with Captain Luis and had bites on live bait. They loved seeing the action. Rebecca had a bite on live bait with Captain Gilberto. The guides have been going to the mainland when it’s NW. I landed a nice 15 pounder on a 3/0 black death in one of the lagoons down south during a Simms photo shoot, so that was bonus! Love that.
SNOOK: The guides are seeing more snook as we move into our winter months
FLIES THAT WORKED
Christmas Island Specials in size 8, 6 and 4 for both bonefish and permit in orange, pearl or pink. Weedguards on size 8 is helpful in the turtle greass. Gotchas, same thing – 8, 6 and 4 for bones and permit. Avalon in size 2 on 30 lb used by Captain Emir for the big pemit in the deep. Captain Kechu has been going down to 12 lb for permit in the shallows with both crab and shrimp patterns. Merkins size 4, and bead chain as well as lead eye crabs in tan and pink in size 6. On the resident tarpon we are using 3/0 bunny’s in tan, pink and white, on 40 or 60 lb shock. Black death, and cockroach patterns as well.
GUIDE OF THE WEEK
Captain Emir for getting Phil and Neil into permit on fly, and basically being in large schools of giant permit all week.
We immediately felt like we all knew each other when John and Brad showed up with their group. Maybe the Montana connection had something to do with it - but good people are just magnetic. I think Tracy and Rachel are moving here and we should see them as bartenders in San Pedro in the near future. Neil from Dubois knows one of my life long friends….the connections just keep happening and we love it. Tammi celebrated her birthday and nailed her double haul. Eric comes here and lands two tarpon on fly like it is no big deal. Morrie got her double haul and from the possessed look in her eyes, I’m sure we have added another crazed angler to the tribe. We had rain, sun and smiling faces all week.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- 11/11/2012 -11/17/2012
- The week began with some overcast skies which made it challenging to find fish, but when the skies cleared, it was great! We had a weak cold front (the temperature doesn’t drop much), moving the wind around a bit. The week ended with sunny skies and another rainbow!
- Air Temp:
- High - low to mid 80s, Low - low 70s. Winds: Mostly from the NW 5-15 knts. switching to NNE 10 – 20 later in the week.
- Temps about 80
- New Moon on November 13th