November 25, 2012 - December 1, 2012 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: With the weather from the North, the beach fishing for tailing bones this week was where it was at. Congratulations to Daniel and Matt, who both landed beach bonefish on their own as beginners to the salt. The fish on the beach are worth double points because they are really, really smart bonefish. Jim and Courtney were here to fish with their children and get married. They all landed bonefish on either fly or spin, but it was Michael, at the age of 8, that was the big winner for numbers landed. There are also about 1000 bonefish hanging out by one of the piers close the lodge. Literally - a ten minute paddle on the beach and you can be bonefish satiated within minutes. I wonder how long they are going to hang around?
PERMIT: There are permit everywhere right now. North, South, West and East. Ray and Rhonda were fishing with Captain Emir and Ray landed a nice 10 lb fish on fly, and Rhonda landed about a 15 lb fish on light spin. Congrats and you are documented on our Facebook page! Check it out. Captain Kechu had Bill and Cathy into permit that would come close to the fly and then bolt. Captain Emir loves to fish permit and especially the week of the full moon.
TARPON: Mark is here for his annual trip with Captain Tomas. He is usually here with his fishing buddy Bob, but Bob couldn’t make it this time. So, Mark is a fishing mad man! Landed about a 30 pounder on the first day out – and jumped a few more, beat himself up for missing fish the second day, and the third day jumped 3 and landed one – all on fly. An orange cockroach looking thing. The weather was a factor this week for our tarpon fishermen. Toward the end of the week the rain decreased, and the water started to clear. Ray had a nice tarpon on with Captain Emir, but the fish threw the hook. Almost a slam for Ray since he already had his permit. Bill landed a tarpon on fly with Captain Kechu. Persistence pays! Nice job everyone.
SNOOK: With the completion of this fishing report I will be found walking the beach looking for big snook. Two fish close to 20 lbs were seen in front of the lodge yesterday. I was reminded, this is the time of year we see them on the beach side! Captain Emir and Rhonda ripped it up on Saturday with 6 snook over 8 lbs landed on light spin. Some of those fish were not released. Snook is one of the best tasting fish in the world.
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, deciever’s and cockroach patterns as well.
GUIDE OF THE WEEK
Captain Emir for getting Ray and Rhonda into some really exceptional permit fishing this week.
We enjoyed a really nice pace around the lodge this week. Independent anglers hitting the beach for smart bonefish - some went out in the lagoon and explored as well as fished. We had mixed up weather and a lot of rain. Those that fished through the rain got into fish. There are a lot of fish around – it just depends on the weather and an attitude called determination. One of the most difficult things about fishing is when you make angling mistakes, this mood sets in and if you are going to make it, you have to keep at it, forgiving your mistakes, and focus to try again. It’s a head game with yourself. But when you pull through those times and then make that cast where it all comes together, there is no better feeling in the world.
Don’t forget our Annual Grand Slam Tagging Invitational to Benefit Bonefish & Tarpon Trust at El Pescador Wednesday, Jan 23 – Sunday, Jan 27, 2013. Contact us for more information. Thank you! - Lori-Ann.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@ElPescador[email protected]. Happy fishing!
- 11/26/2012 -12/1/2012
- Overcast with thunderstorms. A pretty wet week, with periods of sun made for “seizing the moment” when the weather was good.
- Air Temp:
- High - 82F, Low - 62F. Winds: NNW at 5 to 10 mp – moved to NNE 5 – 10.
- Temps 78-80F
- Full Moon on November 28th