Dec 18, 2011 - Dec 31, 2011 Fishing Report
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:
BONES: We are seeing really big schools of bonefish – like hundreds in a school. We are also seeing some bigger bones in singles and in pairs. Jay landed some really nice bones using the Avalon fly! (yes, he wanted permit, but was thrilled to see his flies taken by some nice bones as well. And a special thrill has been all the young people catching their first bonefish on fly! Clair is 10, and landed 2 bonefish on a 6 wt outfit. I think her father Leon will be taking Clair on many fly fishing trips in the future!
PERMIT: Permit fishing is on fire right now! Seems like they bite around the first quarter. Guests had the opportunity to cast to permit everyday this last week – and most of the success has been in the last few days. 3 permit were landed on fly by 8 am yesterday! Sebastiano landed a nice permit with Captain Emir yesterday, and Captain Kechu had 3 permit landed on fly on the 29th.
TARPON: The tarpon fishing this last week has also come undone! Savannah, and the west coast have produced fish on fly averaging 20 to 40 lbs. Joey on his very first day with Captain Tomas hooked 4 tarpon and landed one. (His first saltwater experience!). Then his father Gregg hooked one with Captain Gilberto – and now the family has the tarpon disease! Captain Erlindo put me on some nice shots, and I jumped one. Maybe we should start saying, “they jumped us!”
SNOOK: It’s the snook time of year. I was out in the lagoon and about a 20 lb snook came right up to me, startled me and him, and quickly ran back to the mangroves. I know where he lives now. I expect we’ll be hearing about snook hook ups soon.
FLIES THAT WORKED
The Avalon fly for bones and permit! On the calm days you needed plastic eyes, or bead chain with a good presentation. Christmas Island Specials in yellow this week for permit…… light colored flies in a 1/0 for tarpon.
GUIDE OF THE WEEK
Captain Tomas for the amazing ability to get a beginner fly angler in the salt and have them hook 4 tarpon and land one as well as getting his serious spin fisherman into so many fish they had to book more fishing!
It really has been a busy and fun holiday time here at EP. Santa came to visit, this year with Mrs. Claus and her elves! And along with Christmas came some beautiful fishing weather. We have all been very excited about the fishing….it doesn’t matter if you have been fishing your whole life, or just started – the magic of fishing is that anything is possible and each new morning presents new possibilities. We have guests sharing what they love – the pursuit of chasing fish over the flats – with other guests….we have casting lessons leading to fishing days that lead to….”Oh no, a new passion!” And since I have a hard time saying good bye to our guests when they leave, I’m always happy to hear, “We’ll be back this time next year!” I also know that our guests are leaving with that “magic” in them. The magic of knowing there are many surprises and rewards yet to come. So HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO OUR WONDERFUL FISHING FRIENDS – AND THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU GIVE TO US WHEN YOU VISIT US HERE AT EP. WE ARE TRULY BLESSED. CHEERS!--Lori-Ann
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- 12/18/2011 -12/31/2011
- The tides changed and with it the weather! We have had a couple of weak cold fronts but overall, flat out beautiful weather. Prevailing East winds and a few flat calm days like you read about.
- Air Temp:
- Highs: 27C/81F Lows: 20C/68F Winds: Our cold front patterns have been such that the winds come from the South, then West and ending East. With each wind is a different fishing day….and we had some stellar fishing when it was NW as well as E. Wind 5 – 10 knots.
- First Quarter on the 31st!