Aug 3 - Aug 1, 2016 Fishing Report
Lisa I are back from my summer vacation with a recap of the fishing while we were gone. My apologies for to all the guests I did not get to congratulate in person or in my normal weekly reports.
I am sure most of you heard about Hurricane Earl that struck EL Pescador August 3-4. That put a damper on a few days of fishing for sure. The lodge survived, we lost our docks, a few trees, had some boat damage but most of the lodge was OK. The staff and some heroic guests that chose to weather the storm with us pitched in for a monumental cleanup that saved the day and allowed us to reopen a day earlier than expected!
The storm also cut the annual Tres Pescados fishing tournament short but we are still very proud of long time EL Pescador guests Jenn and Hackney Parker along with their guide Cesar for their win in what turned out to be a single hard day of fishing. It is great to keep the bragging rights here at the lodge where it belongs!
The rest of the weather seems like nothing after that with partly cloudy skies, a few thunderstorms here and there, moderate winds, good fishing weather.
WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING
I am sure you may get tired of me saying how reliable the bonefishing is but it is the truth here in Belize. They may not be the biggest in the world but they do seem to be pretty darn cooperative!
Every week with decent weather seems to result in 6 or 7 permit for our anglers and this summer was no exception. Lately, Bill got 3, Jean got her yearly permit, Stephen, Eric, our longtime friends, Dean, Kevin and Adam landed some just before the hurricane hit while they were warming up for the tournament, Graham, Guy and Mike also got in on the permit action. Let’s not forget John, Tanya, Chris, Robert, Elisa, Emily, either!
It is tarpon season here on Ambergris Caye as there are groups of migratory tarpon (the big ones) that come through the area all summer and into the early fall. Add this to the year round resident tarpon and it is the best tarpon fishing in the year. Lots of tarpon! Eric, Stephen, Jeanna, Jenny, Sherry, Luda, John,1, John 2, Mike, Brandon, Jay, Preston, Catherine, Emily, and Elise, just to name a few of the blessed anglers who were able to get a tarpon to the boat, plus there is all the folks who had encounters ranging from a slashing bite, to a spectacular jump that all ended with early releases.
Jacks, snappers, barracudas, sharks, ladyfish, snook, grunts, shad, tripletail, triggerfish
Robert was married here at EL Pescador, he has two lovely children who came to visit this year and they both slammed!!! Elise’s was a super slam, and Emily was the normal run of the mill grand slam. Wow! John G. and John L both slammed the same week, Stephen – Grand Slam, Eric grand Slam times 2!! Almost had a double grand slam one day on his boat. Mike got a tarpon (a big one) and came back and caught a permit off the dock but couldn’t manage a bonefish off the dock… heartbreak! I am still waiting for someone to do a grandslam unguided in our back lagoon or Oceanside flats. Anyone up for the challenge?
Flies that worked:
Bonefish: Christmas Island Specials, Crazy Charlies, Gotcha,
Permit: Christmas Island Specials, Bauer Crab, Camo Crab, Mantis shrimp
Tarpon:Black death, Green Deceiver, white toads, White Deceivers, Cockroach, Olive Cockroach, more black deaths!
Fish On! - Ed Blank>
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at [email protected]. Happy fishing!
- See detailed update in the main report.
- Air Temp:
- Highs from 85 to 90 degrees with lows between 76 and 80 degrees
- Temp: 81º F.
- The first quarter moon was on August 10th . Sunrise: 5:21 am Sunset: 6:30 pm. Barometric Pressure: ?? – 30.05 (the hurricane knocked out the weather station so we don’t know how low it went.)