Nov 17, 2011 - Nov 24, 2011 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: Reports of huge schools of bonefish on the flats right now. So bonefishing was a winner this week because even if you didn’t have sun, you had pushing water and tailing fish! Beth tagged a 5.5 lb bone with Captain Emir on Saturday! Rocky Point got real pretty and big bones (4 – 7 lbs) were up feeding on the coral. Small permit were seen as well. The weather has to be just right and then this place is spectacular. The Park fished really well – protected from the N wind. Oh yeah, and Robert caught six bonefish on fly – his best ever, so he was really excited. (These are all sighted fish – which takes time as you hunt this fish)
PERMIT: Mark landed a nice 13 lb permit on fly with Captain Kechu. Tim ( who won the Tres Pescados last summer) landed a 15lb permit with Captain Emir. Two days of incredible permit fishing this week. Those that were looking for permit found them – everyone had shots. Big schools, tails, and the whole nine yards.
TARPON: I’m happy to report that Mark landed a tarpon this trip! I lost count of how many bites he had, so he was really happy. He fishes every year with Captain Tomas – next year Bob will be with them again, but this year he couldn’t make it. I love being able to be part of “fishing partners” and guide friendships. And then, we have to talk about Joshua who is now completely tarpon crazed. He and Captain Sinoe found a lot tarpon this week. He got the “bait to the plate” but had a hard time with the hook set. I came here setting tarpon the way I did in Florida – moving my rod arm down and away – but here, you absolutely have to keep your casting arm straight, and set pointed right to the fish. For some reason, the fly stays. Even my super star friend Diana Rudolph – my tarpon guru, found this out last time she was here. She decided to listen to Captain Emir and got it done. of course! Anyway, tarpon fishing right now is awesome on the fly.
SNOOK: I almost had a heart attack when I was walking down the dock to catch the ferry and a 15lb snook slowly cruised the beach and slid under the dock. Wow. That’s when you wish your arm could immediately turn into a fishing rod, but we don’t have that capability yet! The rain and time of year have snook showing themselves.
FLIES THAT WORKED
Joshua was our featured tier this week. He showed up with fly boxes that made your drool. He showed us “King’s Kinky Muddler.” The tarpon LOVED this fly. Bait fish patterns dominated on Savannah. Black Death for the deep channels. Gotcha, Avolon and Christmas Island Special in size 4 for permit, mostly shrimp patterns for permit, and bonefish love the Crazy Charlie (some need week guards), Bonefish bitters, and small crabs on the smart bonefish out front.
Thanksgiving week here at El Pescador is always special. I just love seeing our repeat “Thanksgiving Guests!” Sandra and Tony returned this year to fish with Captain Kechu, Cary and Kristen who have been coming here for years to dive with Alonzo. Karen and Robert showed up with their clan and all generations had a blast doing a variety of things.. Amy and Mark got married! They had a really fun week and then one beautiful ceremony on Saturday. Congratulations! On Thanksgiving, Steve gave us a wonderful toast. We paused for 30 seconds to reflect on our blessings, as the light evening breeze wrapped around us. Thank you! --Lori-Ann
Guide of the week: Captain Tomas had Mark in tarpon like you read about. It was really wonderful to watch these two head out each morning. Mark had a ridiculous number of bites and was able to land one on fly! Captain Tomas worked with Mark to make his fishing trip!
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- 11/17/2011 -11/24/2011
- Relatively moist northeasterly airflow dominated our weather. We had some magic days when the wind went NW before the N came in.
- Air Temp:
- Highs: 29C/85F Lows: 23C/73F WInds N / NE 5-15 knots
- Low 80s
- First Quarter Moon on the 20th