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#142570 - 02/21/02 08:39 PM fishing - gear and lure suggestions
wyatt70119 Offline
Will be staying on AC in late April/early May. While I will be hiring a guide for a couple of trips I am also hoping to do a little fishing from the piers. Any suggestions for lures, gear, technique would be greatly appreciated. I'm from New Orleans, and I have done a good bit of saltwater marsh and wade fishing for specks and reds FWIW.

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#142571 - 02/26/02 01:58 AM Re: fishing - gear and lure suggestions
mommy Offline
I TO WILL BE FISHING IN LATE APRIL ME AND MY WIFE ARE FIST TIMERS ON A.C. WISH YA GOOD LUCK AND HOPE THEY ARE BITING !!!

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#142572 - 02/26/02 05:40 PM Re: fishing - gear and lure suggestions
Therapy I Offline
I spent 10 days on the island last year, I had a wonderful experience fishing.

I spent a few days walking the beach and looking for natives who supply restaurants with fish for a living. I found one I forgot his name he has a small boat with motor and goes out everyday. He either gets bait that is for sale to the left of the small market in the top half of a small house in the east part of town near Los Cocos restaurant or sells to restaurants.

Los Cocos is a small house that has an attached little front porch and cooks native dishes--get there early--CHEAP. Just ask around for directions. Wonderful experience, she will cook your fish for you.

Before leaving I bought a decent fish pole from Kmart--lures---hooks--and fishline to bring with me.

Look for him, heavy set, short, and missing a finger. His boat 14 foot is docked right in front of the cemetary he goes out in the morning around 7-8 alone.

He took me out 2 full days, he caught our own bait used a big net. We fished inside the reef only, I didn't care the native experience was wonderful. I caught so many snappers, groupers, and other fish that my hand hurt.

Payment was my fish gear around 50US. He was so happy he fished by hand before I gave him the pole. When I got back to the US I sent him line and more lures also some testing strips he has diabetes. If you see him or use him please let him know it was me who sent you, Mike from the US he will remember.

If I can help with anything more e-mail me branni@dreamscape.com

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#142573 - 02/26/02 07:33 PM Re: fishing - gear and lure suggestions
wyatt70119 Offline
This is exactly what I'm looking for. I will email you off list with a few more questions.

Thanks,

Wyatt, New Orleans

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#142574 - 02/27/02 11:09 PM Re: fishing - gear and lure suggestions
Marty Offline
here's some more info....

the best fishing info is at: http://AmbergrisCaye.com/fishing/

There are prices, what to fish with, what to catch, lotsa good info there.

There there are also local folks who guide, who are not listed on the link above, and I will list a few of them...

The Guerrero brothers I've spent time with and know they have an environmental attitude. They give value while still leaving some fish for others. Everyone raves about their beach BBQ. Severo and his brother, Ramon Guerrero. Either one can give you a great day of fishing. Call Severo from the US @ 011 501 26 2324. Call Ramon @ 011 501 26 2325. They have been doing honest, reef friendly fishing for many years. They can also take you and your family on a full-day fish/snorkel trip for $150US...one of the best bargains on the island when you figure in the beach BBQ w/ your catch. You won't find a better value in San Pedro. Price is for the boat for the day, I think up to 4 people. The Guerrero brothers live next door to each other. If one is booked, ask for the other one. Good luck! Remember, take some and leave some.

Some don't advise you about catch and release. Some will let you fish all day without regard to limit (although there is none, common sense should take over). Some charge too much for too little.

Omar Arceo, does a heck of a job. Gilberto or Tomas arranged by Amigo's de Mar...

A great guide and very pleasant individual is Luis Caliz in San Pedro, phone number 011-501-26-2785. Best time to catch him by phone is after 6 PM

Nesto Gomez { a very good guide}-- one of the best tarpon and bonefish flyfisherman! He works out of El Pescador.

For flat fishing call Eloy Gonzalez at 026-2337

Pedro (Pete) Graniel. First rate equipment, including boats, and does both offshore, reef and inshore (tarpon, etc.) Keeps his boat just south of town. Ask anyone how to contact him. He's well known.

A friend went with a guy named Vince Dawson, and their bonefishing and reef fishing experience was "legendary", according to them. We saved enough for a barbecue the next day (grouper and snapper) and it was possibly the best tasting fish we had ever experienced. Apparently they made contact with him thru Rubys.

Contact Hillyboo @ Freedom Tours, he is personal, and you go by yourselves... You can reach him when you get to the islands at 011501149515.
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RECOMMENDED FLY FISHING TACKLE AND ACCESSORIES:

RODS:
Whereas 8 and 9 weight rods and lines are generally considered the standard bonefish gear on the Florida flats, smaller 6, 7 and 8 weight rods are more than adequate for the flats of The Caribbean. These rods are much more pleasurable to fish and cast with, and certainly provide a lot more entertainment for the angler after the bonefish are hooked.

The smaller rods (6 & 7) are great when there is little or no wind and an 8 weight rod has more than enough muscle to deliver a fly in even the stiffest of gales. Moreover, the 8 weight rod will double as the ideal rod for permit and light tarpon fishing. Many anglers prefer to have the larger rod rigged up and in the boat for the permit and a 6 or 7 weight rod with a floating line in hand for the bonefish that are routine. This also leaves the 8 weight a reserve rod and for extremely windy days. Ten and eleven weight rods are perfect for Central American Tarpon fishing.

The choice of rod length is important. Nine or nine and a half foot long rods are optimum. More line can be picked up off the water with the longer rods, with less surface disturbance, and without retrieving nearly as much of the previously cast line. Also, for the vast majority of flyrodders, greater distances can be covered and with less effort using the longer fly rods.

BONEFISH & PERMIT REELS:
Unlike the reels that will suffice in most freshwater conditions, saltwater reels must have a minimum of 175 yards of capacity, more if you plan on landing a truly large bonefish. The drag system on the reel must be smooth and reliable, capable of running at high RPM's that are generated by the sizzling bursts that typify bonefishing. Also, the reel should be corrosion-resistent, unless they are cleaned daily. Some reels simply will not hold up in any saltwater because of the finish (two are the Orvis CFO and Hardy's Perfect series). Ross, Stutz, Pate, Marryatt, and the new Scientific Anglers System II (model 8/9) are all excellent for this type of fishing.

TARPON REELS:
When you are casting to fish that are, potentially, as large as you are, there is no substitute for quality in a reel. Tarpon are capable of long, sustained bursts of speed and distance. Consequently, the fisherman needs a reel that has both a large (250 yards minimum) capacity, and a smooth reliable drag system. Anglers have their own personal preferences regarding direct drive vs. anti-reverse model fly reels, and even the professionals disagree. Whatever model that you choose, base your decision on how often you'll be using the reel and that you will, in all probability, only be buying one your whole life.

The best tarpon reels are the Billy Pate (tarpon model), FinNor, Ross, Fenwick, and Sea Master. Scientific Anglers' new System II model for tarpon is ideal for the angler that doesn't intend to do this kind of fishing often. Prices and availability vary, as does the manufacturer's ability to service and repair the reels.

LINES:
A weight forward, bass bug taper or saltwater taper floating line is ideal for this type of bonefishing. Intermediate saltwater tapers are the answer for tarpon and permit fishing. Anglers should bring along some sort of line cleaner for the lines as well, since saltwater has a way of making them sticky after a few days use.

FLIES:
The most productive bonefish flies are NASTY CHARLEY (GOLD & SILVER), HORROR, CHICO'S BONEFISH SPECIAL, MINIPUFF (PINK, TAN, TAN/ORANGE), and DAVE'S SALTWATER SHRIMP.

The two successful permit flies we have tried are the Jewett Blue Crab and the Spears' Permit.

The better tarpon flies include: COCKROACH, SEADUCER, DECEIVERS (RED, RED/WHITE, WHITE/BLUE), BELIZE SPECIAL, and the STU APTE TARPON FLY.

OTHER TACKLE AND PERSONAL ITEMS:
Leaders (one new leader for each day) should be about 9 feet long and approximately 10 Ibs. strength. Windier conditions may necessitate shortening these. And, of course, tippet material in a corresponding size.

A leader snipper, hemostats, small fly box, hook hone, polarized glasses (amber is the favorite all 'round color), reel lubricant, tennis shoes (to dampen deck noise), a lightweight rain jacket for the occasion squalls on the flats, sunscreen and suntan lotion, lipscreen, insect repellant, and a wide-brimmed or upand-downer hat.

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