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Re: Fishing Report [Re: Marty] #492337
06/16/14 06:31 PM
06/16/14 06:31 PM
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FISHING REPORT

June 7th – June 14th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Windy! Cloudy skies with some showers and isolated thunder storms early in the week. The wind stayed steady at 10 – 25. Sunnier skies toward the end of the week were welcomed.

Winds: ESE 10 – 20, choppy seas.

Air Temperature: 78-86 degree Fahrenheit; 23.3 C – 28.8C

Water Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: The “Honey” Full Moon was on Friday the 13th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): I’m loving these women who are arranging fly fishing vacations for their families. Cheryl showed up with her husband Jack and their two sons, Austin and Holden. They all had their first experience with Mr. Bonefish on fly and had a blast. I showed Austsin and Holden how to double haul and they returned the demonstration with the first cast. We are pretty proud of how fast we can teach our anglers to double haul – usually less than 5 minutes, but this was literally, the first cast. Laura also arranged a trip for her husband Dave and especially their son Mike who graduated high school. Mike has the best smile on the planet and he too needed little instruction before his fly line was extended to 80 ft. Mike landed some really nice bonefish with Captain Erlindo. John went out with them one day and he landed some bones but all he could do was brag about his fishing partner that day. Mike won the hearts of many of us here at EP. Rob brought his family for some fun fly fishing and just a good “hang out” time. Rob and his son Robert landed bonefish on the fly. Eddie and his buddy Lee showed up wide eyed and ready to jump in the game. Congratulations to both of you for landing your first bonefish on the fly. Chad said he is coming back next year, same time, same station. Congratulations Chad for landing some really nice bonefish with Captain Luis. Holger and Franks wanted tarpon on fly, but they kept their personalities in check by landing some nice 3 to 4 lb bones – sighted in skinny water. Natasha and Jeb – congratulations on your bonefish. Captain David Cargile was here. He is a FFF Master Caster and his skills helped him with our big wind this week. David and “Ernie,” way to go. And then we had our group of 8 guys that have been working and fishing together for twenty five years. They really had a great time. Congratulations to Don and Paul, George, Steven, Mal, Rich, Rob and David. Nice job on your bonefishing. And the Grassedonio family grew as Wade’s beautiful wife and three children all showed up after his father and brother took off last week. Eleven year old Matt landed his first bonefish on fly. See the photo, it says it all! Rob, Pat, Brain and Molly – another great fly fishing family. Molly, your dad was so proud of you casting to and landing those nice plump bonefish from skinny, “sighted” conditions. Sandi, way to go on your bonefish on the fly! That is the heart and soul of flats fishing right there!

PERMIT (Palometta): Good news for those of us who have a permit personality problem. The permit are showing up on the flats after being scarce the past couple of weeks. Congratulations to Natasha who landed a permit with Captain Kechu. And way to go Gregg who landed a nice 8 pounder on fly with Captain Kechu later in the week. There were some solid shots but the conditions were tough. Nice try for many of you who kept your optimism during the big wind and still found some shots.

TARPON (Sabalo): Yahooo. The picture of our Captain Alex kissing Mark’s landed tarpon kinda shows you how excited everybody was on the boat. Sandi took some amazing photos with her i phone as Mark was able to land two tarpon on fly this week with Captain Alex. And Milton showed up with fly boxes we all wanted to steal. He decided to start tying flies recently and it looks like he is a pro to me. The one Captain Cesar chose had tarpon bumping each other out of the way for that fly! And yes, he put one to the boat. What makes this story even sweeter is that Milton told me that first morning as I was drooling over his fly boxes, that Aaron Adams is his main inspiration. He has shredded three of Aaron’s books on baitfish and their patterns. Aaron happens to be the Executive Director of Bonefish Tarpon and Trust. He also showed up here to EP that very same day. How’s that for serendipity! Congratulations to Mark (see photos on our facebook page) and to Milton. Nice tarpon fishing in not so easy conditions! Paul and Don – you turn is next! We had some good eats and runs, and remember it’s all part of the story! Franks and Holger were here with tarpon on fly as their main mission. Well, they are returning to Germany with some big stories. Like the one where the huge tarpon missed the fly down by Long Caye, Captain Tomas yelled, “he is coming back!” and then the tarpon ate again! Franks set and then the fish ran. It ran until the knot between his flyline and backing broke. The fish went running away and he was left with backing – and a good story! Holger was ready to change his name to Franks because every time Franks was up – they had shots. Holger, you too have tarpon credit stored. Nice fishing you guys.

BARRACUDA: Some really fun barracuda fishing this week. We had some big wind, and so several of the boats put spin rods rigged for cuddas. Great stories of aggressive takes and fish getting big air.

OTHER SPECIES: Lori Lee said she almost died landing her large jack! After a 45 minute fight, she got it to the boat and the fish took one last run which broke the line. She took the next day off. (And she also landed some nice bones on fly the day before, so she’s no slacker).

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, Bunny Gotcha’s, CI Special’s (orange, pink and pearl), small crabs.

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!, Mantas shrimp patterns – size 4.

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Chartreuse toad, White toads and bait fish patterns.

Guide of the week: It is my honor to award Captain Alex our Guide of the Week! Yay Alex! The tough conditions weren’t tough enough for Alex. Alex guided his angler Mark into two landed tarpon on fly this week! Congratulations Alex. Nice work.

This Week’s Summary:

So, let’s talk about the weather. While we would love to see perfect sunny skies and an East 5 – 10 wind for all of anglers, it just doesn’t happen. We have had some big wind for a few weeks now, so yes, we are talking about the weather. After long discussions, we have come up with the fact that challenging conditions in the end do make you a better angler. Sad, but true. All of your fishing experiences make you a better angler. You take that collective story and apply it to your next adventure. And then, one day, you are able to tell the story of your great fish, and how it all happened. Thank you to all of our friends who return here to El Pescador to make your fishing dreams continue. We love to be part of that story.

Cast to your dreams!
Lori-Ann: fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Matt with his first Bonefish!

Re: Fishing Report [Re: Marty] #492646
06/24/14 05:54 AM
06/24/14 05:54 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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FISHING REPORT

June 15- June 21, 2014

Weather Conditions: Sunny skies w/cloudy spells. Isolated thunder showers. Seas moderate to rough.

Winds:

Air Temperature: 84-92 degrees F 23.3 C - 28.8 C.

Water Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: Last Quarter Moon on the 19th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): The bonefishing this week has been stellar. Big schools were found up in the Park – Bacalar Chico. It’s a long run up there – about an hour, but once you are there and find the fish, it’s a blast. Craig and John had so much fun with Captain Raton they were worn out by noon. We have had some big Orvis groups here the past week and many of them were new to fishing saltwater flats. We love watching angler’s confidence grow each day as anglers and their fish stories return to the dock. Not everyone is looking for the same experience! Some really want numbers – a newbie fishing to a mud of several hundred bonefish will gain confidence from feeling the strip set and learning how much pressure to put to the fish to get it landed and released. An experienced angler knows how satisfying it is to see a tailing fish in skinny water – place the fly without spooking the fish, and then retrieving the fly in a manor that imitates a shrimp or small crab in nature. The presentation of the fly is just as important as the cast. Understanding what you are imitating is the key to growth as an angler. Trout anglers are used to “matching the hatch.” On the flats, we match the bottom of the sea floor. A great color that works around here on Ambergris Caye is tan. Other colors work – but usually a combination of color. We use weed guards on turtle grass flats, lead eyes for mudding fish, bead chain eyes for skinny water fish. Sometimes the fish love rubber legs, other times they run from them. That is the beauty of fly fishing. Finding what works in that situation – and then applying what you have learned to a new situation. Sometimes it works, sometimes it’s time to try something different. A fly may be refused for a variety of reasons: if the tippet is too big, the fly will not retrieve as a shrimp in nature. It might look like a tug boat to the fish. If the eyes move or get twisted, the fly will not retrieve well and the fish will refuse it – so check your fly between casts. Hunting and being prepared to cast to the “Ghost of the Flats” represents the heart and soul of fishing the flats. A special “shout out” to Abby from Orvis who landed her first bonefish on the fly. And I don’t know who was happier, Kathy or Mike, but Kathy landed her first bonefish on fly as well. And our youngest anger of the week, eleven year old Mak, landed his first bonefish on the fly.Congratulations to all of our anglers this week who had big fun casting to and landing bonefish.

PERMIT (Palometta): OK. The permit are back! Captain Cinoeh has been in permit all week. Lucky for Duber who hooked several and landed a nice one. Dan landed his permit (see photo) on 12 lb tippet and a size 6 Christmas Island Special. Nice going! Ed really wanted to land a permit this trip so he focused his fishing days hunting with his guides. He had several shots with Captain Vincent and guide in training Jason. They had shots all day, but the fish would not commit. That happens with permit fishing. And it just revs us up for the next cast to Mr. Palometa.

TARPON (Sabalo): Our dynamic father and son duo Aki and Mak were back this week! Captain Cesar is their fearless leader and this team always has a big report at the end of the day. No exception this week as they hooked several tarpon. Aki landed two on fly, and Mak landed two on spin – one was an 80 pounder! (see photos). Gary landed his first tarpon on fly with Captain Luis. Jared landed a nice tarpon on fly with Captain Hilberto. Frank also landed a tarpon on fly with Captain Hilberto! Jean represented the female anglers this week with her tarpon on fly with Captain Emir.

OTHER SPECIES: John was really thrilled when he landed a big 15 lb jack crevalle with Captain Raton.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, Bunny Gotcha’s, CI Special’s (orange, pink and pearl), small crabs.

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!, Mantas shrimp patterns – size 4.

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Chartreuse toad, White toads and bait fish patterns.

Guide of the week: The Guide of the Week goes to our wonderful Captain Cinoeh. Cinoeh poled into the wind several days to keep Duber and his guests in permit. They landed two on fly! And there are more days to come, so we’ll keep you posted.

This Week’s Summary:

It’s kinda like having a family reunion once a week these days. We are so thrilled that Simon Perkins visited us from Orvis. Jeremy – we love ya, and thank you Abby for joining the team from Orvis and landing your first bonefish on the fly. Your shared experience will help many newbies who seek to reach beyond their horizons. Dave Decker aka D2 and his lovely bride Gayle were here. Thanks for leaving me the latest Jackson Hole News and Guide – fishing reports from the rivers to da sea! Duber brought a big group of twenty five! Thank you. Aki, Chris and Mak – I think we will go through withdrawals unless you show up every few months. We are so proud of Mak and his young spirit is so inspiring for other young anglers getting into the game. We are truly blessed at El Pescador. Our “family” of returning guests continues to grow. While we need the experts out there to provide some direction, it is really you that share our sport. You sign up for your trip, get organized, shut out your work and daily responsibilities for a week and get recharged. Re-entry can be tough I know. . Others will ask questions – maybe they will want you to show them how to cast! Maybe they will want you to share which fly was working. Maybe they will be envious of your tan. Whatever it is, your spirit for discovery is infectious. Take credit! And for this, we thank you.

Cast to your dreams!
Lori-Ann: fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Gary and Capt Luis with his first tarpon on fly.

El Pescador guest Dan with his permit

Re: Fishing Report [Re: Marty] #492967
07/01/14 01:13 PM
07/01/14 01:13 PM
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FISHING REPORT

June 21 – June 29th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Sunny with a few cloudy spells. The wind stayed steady causing moderate to rough seas.

Winds: E 10 – 20, choppy seas.

Air Temperature: 84 – 92 Fahrenheit; 23.3 C – 28.8C

Water Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: New Moon on the 27th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): We had so much wind this week even the bonefishing was challenging for our anglers. However – the determined, made it happen! Phillipe went out several times in the back lagoon. The first time he got really lost, the second time he landed a few bonefish, and the third time he killed it in the North Lagoon. A size 8 orange Christmas Island Special was the fly. Maryann landed her first bonefish on the fly today with Captain Cesar. Her husband JT is ecstatic. They were just married last year so this is their honeymoon! Rich was here with his son Ethan as a graduation present for Ethan. Congratulations Ethan on your bonefish! Chris was here with his son Ethan – and they both landed bonefish as well. Craig, Stuart and Spencer all landed bonefish on fly. Lauren landed bonefish on the fly as a bonus for celebrating her big 40. Laura’s husband Zach and their good friends – Bob and Kristi and Jen and John were there landing bones on fly as well. (Kristi really, really wants a permit and it will happen someday gal)! The conditions were tough. The water was choppy and off color from all the wind. Guides found areas in the lee, but it was still challenging. Newbie saltwater anglers realized why bonefish are called, “The ghost of the flats.” First, you see them, then when you think they are still there, they are gone and you are stuck looking at where they just mudded. Good polarized sunglasses really help and brown lenses really help the fish pop! Congratulations to all of our anglers this week who landed bonefish. Well deserved.

PERMIT (Palometta): Ron is here with his son Scott and they both landed permit on spin with Captain Emir. Captain Kechu knocked it out of the park when Tug landed two permit on spin and the next day he got Tug’s wife Cindi into her permit on spin. The family had amazing luck as Deb, Cindi’s sister landed her first permit on spin with Captain Cesar. This was the first fish for her slam! Tom was here with his son Ryan – another graduation present. They went out with Captain Luis. Ryan landed 4 on fly and his dad landed 2 on spin. Wow! And Kevin had an amazing day with Captain Jr. Kevin said Jr. poled all day in the big wind as they chased permit around with fly. Kevin was rewarded with 2 permit on fly! I was thrilled for Paul. First cast with Captain Luis and he had his permit on spin. This place has been on his bucket list for fourteen years, so it was really a sweet moment. Chatham and Charlotte where here from Smith Optics fishing with Captain Cinoeh. Charlotte landed her first permit on spin! Add it up, we had a lot of permit landed this week. Nice going!

TARPON (Sabalo): Well, it’s been a 5 am start for those that wanted to chase tarpon this week. John and Jack - I know it will happen next time. Way to stay determined. Randy was fishing with his brother David and Captain Alex. The wind was crazy but Alex found a tight place to check for tarpon by the mangroves. Randy had on a purple and black cockroach pattern and he was rewarded with his tarpon on fly. Yay! Ethan landed 2 tarpon on spin with Captain Cesar, one was 100 lbs, the other was about 50. Deb landed two tarpon with Captain Cesar. The first day on spin to complete her slam…and the next day on spin for the photo! Dennis and his son Jason were fishing with Captain Vince. Dennis landed two tarpon on spin, and Jason landed one on spin the next day!

BARRACUDA: Check out Mark’s cuda! Over four feet – about 30 lbs, on fly. Captain Cinoeh had him throw his popper sixteen times to the big fish, on the last cast – the cuda charged it!

Grand Slam: Congratulations to Deb Shaffer who got her slam on spin with Captain Cesar. Wow!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, Bunny Gotcha’s, CI Special’s (orange, pink and pearl), small crabs.

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!, Mantas shrimp patterns – size 4.

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Chartreuse toad, White toads and bait fish patterns.

Guide of the week: The Guide of the Week goes to Captain JR! All the guides had some spectacular events but JR stands out because of the way he approached the day. Kevin wanted permit on fly, and so they stayed focused. JR knew if he stayed staked up they would have fewer chances, so he poled into the wind and chased permit with fly all day. Of course two permit on fly is great, but Kevin really appreciated JR’s approach. He told me before he left, “It is how the day is orchestrated that makes it special. The fish is a bonus.” Congratulations JR!

This Week’s Summary:

We had some huge wind this week, but our anglers and guides made the best of it. We practiced our casting out on the platform and tried to keep it together out on the flats. Some made the best of the situation by switching to spin which made the day fun. Remember it’s the salt. All of your experiences add up and make you a better angler. Reading fish and working with your guide all adds to self discovery. You find what you enjoy and what you don’t. Laura, thank you for celebrating your birthday with all of us. Deb and Jan – you get the “casting queen” award. Janet also tried casting fly casting and learned to compliment herself on the good casts and learn from the ones that weren’t so perfect. It’s looks like the wind is lying down. Let’s see what tomorrow brings! Thank you to all of our guests this week. It was a pleasure to share our waters with you.

Cast to your dreams!
Lori-Ann: fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Cindi’s permit!

El Pescador guest Deb and her tarpon!

Re: Fishing Report [Re: Marty] #493266
07/11/14 03:44 PM
07/11/14 03:44 PM
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FISHING REPORT

Week of June 29th – July 6th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Sunny with a few cloudy spells. Little rain this week. The wind stayed steady causing moderate to rough seas.

Winds: E 10 – 20, choppy seas.

Air Temperature: 84 – 92 Fahrenheit; 23.3 C – 28.8C

Water Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: First Quarter July 5th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Check out Jay’s selfie! He has been stalking the beachfront bones each time he and Amber are here. This time he landed one! Looks like a tannish fly worked, not sure of the pattern? Way to go Jay. And we can’t wait to welcome our new baby angler! Reeves and Allison are here again and this time Allison landed her first bonefish on fly! Jeremy and Hannah were here for the first time – Hannah said “no way was she going to use the fly rod…”, Hannah is now a convert and damn good fly caster. They both landed bonefish on the fly. Ellen and Marty were here for their 30th wedding anniversary. Ellen told me, “we are here to fish!” And that they did. They landed several bonefish on fly. Nick brought his son Nick – both landed bonefish on the fly and now young Nick said he wants to come back and slam on fly. Love it. Fred told me, “What can more wonderful to watch your son catch fish on the fly!” This is what happened when he and Morgan went out and landed several bonefish. Dick and Nick landed some nice bonefish while staked out looking for tarpon. Bill and Dan landed everything under the sun and also some nice bonefish. Way to go guys. Tony was here with his clan. Tony and his sons – Holden, Finn and Michael landed several bonefish on fly and spin. They also ventured out in the lagoon every chance they could for more action. Phillipe and his son Henri were awarded bonefish pins. Phillipe really de-coded the back lagoon fishing and found some dandy bones. Jim and Maggie also ventured out and came back with bonefish stories. Suzy landed some nice bonefish with Captain Vince. The bottom line – the bonefish are back on the flats in full force and everyone is loving it.

PERMIT (Palometta): Nigel and Tom were out with Captain Kechu and chased one school of permit for four hours until they got the shot. Tom was rewarded! Check out the photo. I know Nigel, even though it wasn’t his permit, couldn’t be happier for his son. As I write this, it’s Sunday. The report is due, but we have to announce the permit for today! Seems the bonefish are coming on the flats and mudding up a storm. And behind this mud storm are schools of permit! Captain Jr. got Nick into permit all day today and yes, Nick landed a nice one. Jr. really likes the Gotcha Bunny in size 4. Captain Luis had Reeves and Allison in permit all day as well, and yes, Reeves landed one on an Avalon. Yay!

TARPON (Sabalo): JT and his wife Maryann were overjoyed when Maryann landed her first tarpon on spin with Captain Cesar. JT had a nice one on fly and got it right to the boat but lost it when it decided to bolt for the sea once again. Chris was also fishing with his wife Suzy – Chris landed a nice tarpon on spin with Captain Vince. Savannah flats has been off color from all the wind, but guess what – that’s when they bite! And for those that have headed down south to Long and Hicks Cayes have seen fish, but it was a ton of work. Big waves and blind casting, but those anglers were rewarded with what I call, “The handshake from God.”

BARRACUDA: Wow. A lot of barracuda on fly and spin. Big fun and great for your “landing a fish” game.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, Bunny Gotcha’s, CI Special’s (orange, pink and pearl), small crabs.

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!, Mantas shrimp patterns – size 4.

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Chartreuse toad, White toads and bait fish patterns.

Guide of the week: Captain Kechu for his relentless poling chasing permit for Tom. You made their week Kechu, congratulations, and thank you.

This Week’s Summary:

Well, once again we welcome back our friends! V, Nigel, Tom and Giles…thank you for the fun you put into your fishing and also all the smiles you bring to us. Ellen and Marty – thank you for celebrating your 30th wedding anniversary here! Jeff – it’s great to see you and I really hope you get your fish with Captain Emir. Jay and Amber – we are so excited about our future angler – stay healthy and happy. And to all of the Powell family – it’s great to see you here again, and I love how you love to relax! The wind has slowed down – but don’t jinx us. As we think about all that went on this week – smiles come to our faces. Fishing stories….let’s keep them coming!

Cast to your dreams!
Lori-Ann: fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Jay’s selfie with his bonefish

El Pescador guest Tom and his permit

Re: Fishing Report [Re: Marty] #493510
07/19/14 04:36 AM
07/19/14 04:36 AM
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FISHING REPORT

Week of July 7 - July 13 2014

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny skies prevailed all week

Winds: Windy to start the week at 15 mph out of the east calming towards the end of the week to a 5-10 easterly breeze.

Air Temperature: Mid to High 80’s, for the High. High 70’s, for the lows.

Water Temperature: 80-82 degrees

Moonphase: Full Moon on July 12th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Bonefish, bonefish, bonefish! Lots of guests got their first bonefish on the fly. Dan and Sara both got their bonefish and some great advice from their guide, Capt. Vince. Steve and Marival, David and Elena, Bill, Nick, Chris & Deepika, Stephanie, Patrick, Suzanne all fished their heart out and succeeded royally with the bonefish. Bill and his Captain (Luis) found a spot with some bigger bones and had a great time with them.

PERMIT (Palometta): Our good friend Bo got her third El Pescador permit this trip with Captain Luis on the platform, Kajsa was close but no permit for her this time to show for it. Magic was the best word to describe Marival’s permit on a spin rod with Capt. Alex. She slowly started to appreciate what she had accomplished as she shyly told guests she caught a permit today… she didn’t know it was so hard. (Don’t you hate that!) Nick teamed up with Junior for his first permit ever on the fly. Repeat guest Bruce was fishing with Captain Kechu and spotted 4 nice permit about 70 feet out … he thought his cast was a bit short but Kechu said “good, just wait they’re coming” a few seconds later there a fish tipped and swirled and Kechu knew he had the fly, a second later Bruce knew he had the fly and a nice 10 pounder came to the boat, his first ever and a dream come true – I love it when this happens.

TARPON (Sabalo): Lots of tarpon encounters with father and son team Sean and Mark making it happen with 4-5 to the boat over their 4 days of fishing jumping several more. Mark (Sean’s son) had an 80 pound fish whooped next to the boat and as the guide grabbed the leader to land it, the tarpon had different ideas. It had one more surge and jump it was saving for this moment, breaking the rod first and the leader second. No one was ready for this last minute energy surge! Even Capt. Cesar was surprised! On their last day Sean got another fish out on the flats as a so long present. Bo and Kajsa got bit by some tarpon but couldn’t get the fly to stick. Another boat (angler to remain nameless) had a 40 pound Kamikaze tarpon eat the fly hard 3 times on one cast! The leader was roughed up but it just didn’t stick. “What did I do wrong?” he cried over a beer that afternoon… answer: Nothing, only 1 out of 5 bites stick! Only 1 out of 10 tarpon bites get landed!

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Cudas, ladyfish, snappers, groupers, triggers, snook

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlies, CI Specials size 8, Gotchas, the usual suspects.

FOR PERMIT - Avalon, bunny gotcha, Tan crab (I don’t know the name)

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Green toad. Purple demon, cockroach

Guide of the week: Captain Cesar for his multiple tarpon effort for the Tierney family.

This Week’s Summary:

It was a fairly quiet week here at the lodge with just 2-6 boats going out daily. Lots of repeat guests made it a fun and easy week. Fishing really picked up as the winds calmed.

Cast to your dreams!
Lori-Ann: fish@elpescador.com.


Re: Fishing Report [Re: Marty] #493839
07/25/14 03:59 AM
07/25/14 03:59 AM
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FISHING REPORT

Week of July 14 - July 20 2014

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny skies prevailed all week

Winds: Moderate 5-10 mph Easterly winds to start the week with 10-20 late in the week.

Air Temperature: Mid to High 80’s, for the High. High 70’s, for the lows.

Water Temperature: 80-82 degrees

Moonphase: The last quarter moon was on July 18th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Chris and Amali enjoyed their first saltwater experience and were able to celebrate their bonefishing success this week, despite Chris’ rugby abused shoulder. Some new friends from Scotland arrived this week with Graeme (Dad), Kelly (Mom) and the girls – Julia, Hannah and Bethany. Bethany was the only one of the girls to pick up fly fishing this week and earned her bonefish pin early in the week. Graeme and Kelly did as well, but it was clear that Graeme enjoyed watching his family enjoy fishing more than fishing himself. Returning guests Bob and Jeanna with their adult kids Ryan and David had great fun during their stay. Bonefish is just a given for these guys. They came with Bruce and Tonya who are also on their 4th trip to El Pescador. They actually meet here at the lodge every year! Don got a bonefish on his first flats experience on his only day out, Tom and his wife Elizabeth got some great time n the water with their Captain (Junior) having their way with bonefish as well, they are returning next month to fish with Junior again.

PERMIT (Palometta): There were a lot of shots at permit this week but only boat was successful in the quest – Captain Luis was the guide for Bob and his son David who teamed up with one doing the casting and the other doing the landing! Hackney and Jenn (their 11th visit here) tempted a few permit but just didn’t come through in the end. They will be here through next week as they are warming up for the Tres Pescados tournament. Our old friend Frank (on his 3rd trip here) was permit humbled this year after a grand slam last year. Chris (rugby) was surrounded by permit on his last day and got a taste of the frustration and attraction of permit fishing with Capt. Hilberto

TARPON (Sabalo): Bruce ended his week with a tarpon to the boat completing his grand slam week and gives lots of credit to his Captain, Kechu. Dean jumped a nice one on his first day out, Jay is clearly a tarpon addict now as he booked extra days onto the end of his trip just to get some more shots at these magnificent creatures. Hackney jumped a few, got one in, Bob is becoming obsessed after jumping his first tarpon with Capt. Luis.

Grand Slam: None (Unless we count Bruce’s permit, tarpon and bonefish caught over 2 days!)

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Cudas, ladyfish, snappers, groupers, triggers, snook

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Gotcha, Borkski slider, Bitters, Crazy Charlies, Christmas Island specials

FOR PERMIT - Avalon

FOR TARPON - Black Death, tan toad, Chartreuse bunny, tan bunny.

Guide of the week: Captain Luis for his permit savvy guiding Bob to his first permit and a great introduction to tarpon.

This Week’s Summary:

Special congratulations to some new double haulers, Elizabeth is a rocket, Tom can throw, Tonya doubled the length of her cast this week, throwing 70 feet by the end of the week, Bethany picked up the double haul on her third casting lesson and it was fun to see the enthusiasm and improvement in all who took part in the daily classes.

Cast to your dreams!
Lori-Ann: fish@elpescador.com.


Re: Fishing Report [Re: Marty] #494024
07/30/14 03:51 PM
07/30/14 03:51 PM
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Marty  Offline OP

FISHING REPORT

Week of July 20 - July 26 2014

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny skies prevailed all week with some clouds in the morning on Friday and Saturday

Winds: Moderate 5-10 mph Easterly winds shifting slightly northeast late in the week

Air Temperature: Mid to High 80’s, for the High. High 70’s, for the lows.

Water Temperature: 81-82 degrees

Moonphase: The new moon was on on July 26th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Olivier from Belgium, Ray from NYC both got their first bonefish on a fly, Christian and Andrew the same. , Mike and Ann, Adam, Dean, Dean 2, Chris, Dave, Lee, Rich, honeymooners Ben & Melissa, honeymooners Rob and Didi (everyone who fished) all had their bonefish to the boat in short order. All our tournament guys racked up the minimum size bonefish (17” to the fork) – Shaun & Doug, Mark & John, Adam, Hackney & Jenn, Cale & Gregg,

PERMIT (Palometta): Dave as part of his grand slam on Sunday with Capt. Junior, Adam and his trusted guide Kechu got one early on, and some others were faced with several shots but none would eat. Mike was able to repeat the permit from last year but not the slam with his good luck charm (his wife, Ann) and the skills of Capt. Luis Paz. Our friend Adam and Capt. Kechu got a permit to the boat in the first day of the Tres Pescados tournament. Team Super Fly ( Hackney, Jenn, and Capt. Cesar) also got on the board with a permit on the first day. Adam and Capt. Kechu added 3 PERMIT IN ONE DAY WOW!!!

TARPON (Sabalo): Dave as part of his grand slam on Sunday, Jay got one in the air (his first jumped tarpon ever) with Tomas at the helm! Andrew and Christian jumped 4 on their day with their trusted guide Cinoeh. Kevin and Dean found a few with lockjaw, Olivier said he saw 70 tarpon on Monday on his first day out pursuing tarpon. Lee and Rich both jumped some good tarpon down on the flats at Long Caye while fishing with their tarpon guru Capt. Vince. Dean and his son Chris had the skills needed for the tarpon game but the fish seemed to sense “Stay away from that boat, its dangerous” ! Another boat reported a super aggressive 100 pounder that chased the fly mouth wide open, slashing and lunging viciously at it 3 times with the same result – nada! Later they jumped another big fish (80 pounds) that left for Belize City after the second jump about 250 yards from the boat! Mark landed a nice 40-pound fish with Capt. Hilberto at the controls during his first tournament experience. Hackney had their tournament win dashed when the 80 pound tarpon they had was pretty well done and as Cesar leadered the fish reaching for his jaw when the hook broke near the barb and the fish slid away. It was a landed tarpon but the tournament rules require a photo so it didn’t count…bummer.

Grand Slam: Dave made 3 casts… 1 to a permit, the next to a bonefish… a 45 minute run to a tarpon flat and1 cast to a tarpon.. he was done around 10:30!! Captain Junior was the guide! Congrats to both! Doug and Shaun scored there slam on the first day of the tourney.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Cudas, triple tail, box fish, snappers,

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island specials

FOR PERMIT - Avalon, Christmas Island Special

FOR TARPON - Black Death, tan toad, Chartreuse bunny, tan bunny. Cockroach

Guide of the week: Captain Junior for the remarkably quick grand slam with Dave

This Week’s Summary:

Lots of permit this week thanks to the skills of many anglers, The Tres Pescados tournament was great fun and El Pescador anglers were first and second! Congratulations to the winners: Shaun and Doug who are on the staff of Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures, and to runner up Adam who was just one tarpon away from stealing the show!

Cast to your dreams!
Ed: fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Hackney and his tournament Permit

Re: Fishing Report [Re: Marty] #494397
08/08/14 05:20 AM
08/08/14 05:20 AM
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Marty  Offline OP

FISHING REPORT

Week of July 28 - Aug 2 2014

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny skies prevailed all week with some clouds in the morning on Friday and Saturday

Winds: Moderate 5-10 mph Easterly winds to start the week with 10-20 late in the week.

Air Temperature: Mid 80s to 90’s, for the High. High 70’s, for the lows.

Water Temperature: Temps 80-82 degrees

Moonphase: The new moon was on July 26th and the first quarter moon is August 3rd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Young Victoria (Tori) experienced her first bonefish on a fly rod while her Dad also pursued tarpon and Permit with Capt. Alex. Father and son team Eric and Joey tore up the bonefish for a couple days, John and his sons Luke and Grady were pursuing bonefish, cudas and jack using light tackle gear with great success! Honeymoon couple Ashley and Joe got their first bonefish ever with Capt. Luis. Kasidy and Chip from Utah were also celebrating their honeymoon with a few bonefish to the boat their first day out. Mike and his son Wyatt finished up their trip with some great bonefish.

PERMIT (Palometta): The permit hero of the week is long time guest Mark from Rockport Texas, his 2 new knees served him well on his last day when he and Capt. Emir got him into a bunch of permit, with a nice fish to the boat.

TARPON (Sabalo): Our repeat guest Dave hooked up some tarpon with Capt. Luis. Josh on his first day out hooked 2, but went 0 for 2 as far as landing goes. Josh and his guide Cinoeh will be back at it most of next week as well. Dave came away with zero as well, even though his casting improved dramatically since last year. He deserved one to the boat but it will have to wait til his trip next year with his guide Capt. Tomas. Damian and Tony claim they saw 100 tarpon on their Friday outing with Capt. Junior… none would bite despite their skills. Bob jumped 2 tarpon on his last day with Capt. Alex and his daughter Tori.

Grand Slam: Mark was close when he got a tarpon to eat on his permit day … alas it did not stick. My statistics are that roughly 1 out of 10 tarpon hooked are landed.

OTHER SPECIES: Lots of nice jacks kept the rods bent for Joey, Eric, Damian, Anthon, Tori and Bob, and a few barracudas thrown in for good measure.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, gotcha, Christmas Island specials, foxy gotcha, small clousers.

FOR PERMIT - Avalon, Christmas Island Special

FOR TARPON - Tan bunny, Black Death, Chartreuse toad

Guide of the week: Capt. Emir for the permit with Senor Mark from Texas

This Week’s Summary:

A light week here at the lodge with beautiful weather that was really a little too calm! Just a few boats went out each day, the tarpon bite was slow even though everything was perfect - the moon, tides, wind, but they were pretty tough to convince. Even the normally aggressive migratory fish were shy to eat on most days. Several honeymoon couples graced our presence and enjoyed the weather with some of our long time friends who have visited El Pescador many times before.

Cast to your dreams!
Ed: fish@elpescador.com.


Re: Fishing Report [Re: Marty] #494541
08/13/14 05:40 AM
08/13/14 05:40 AM
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Marty  Offline OP

FISHING REPORT

Week of Aug 3 - Aug 9 2014

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny skies prevailed all week with a few showers on Friday and Saturday.

Winds: Moderate 5-10 mph Easterly winds shifting slightly northeast mid week , picking up a bit on Saturday to 10 -12 mph

Air Temperature: Mid 80’s to 90, for the High. High 70’s, for the lows.

Water Temperature: Temps 81-83 degrees

Moonphase: First quarter moon is August 3rd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): All sorts of Bonefish by all those who tried, Honeymoon couples Joe and Ashley + Chip and Kasidy were pleased with the bones and moved on to tarpon and permit. Russell and son, August, got their feet wet with some bonefish their first day, Frank and his son, Frankie, also warmed up with bonefish and then off to tarpon-land, Frank’s daughter Ashley was not going to let her brother Frankie beat her and scored a bonefish on her day on the water with her Dad. Joe with father Chet and Uncle John went directly to permit and tarpon catching a few bones in between chances at tarpon. Tony and his son Damian were also after permit and tarpon, using bonefish as a warm down on the day. Chip and Elizabeth were able to get bonefish on their quick trip. Gary and Sandra joined in the bonefish parade, as did Trip and his young son Brook. Evelyn and Michael from Charleston, SC used bonefish as a backup to Michael’s true desire... permit and tarpon!

PERMIT (Palometta): Chip is a lucky guy, not only did he land the lovely Kasidy as his wife last week, he landed a permit with the coaching of Hilberto this week. It was a desperate extra hours move on their last day, with just minutes left before calling it a day. The pressure was huge as Kasidy had already landed her permit earlier the same day.

TARPON (Sabalo): Josh (His 3rd time here) got a nice 50 pound tarpon to the boat on his second day with Capt. Cinoeh and jumped a couple more. Chip had an Olympic decathlon event with his 100 pound poon; the drag on his new reel burned up, someone then had the risky idea to cut the line from the backing and tie it to another rod/reel/line while the guide played the fish by hand for a bit, remarkably it worked and they finally got the fish close to the boat and the 12 weight broke as Chip lifted to get the fish to float, they got the broken section back on board and landed the fish using just the reel. According to his Guide Hilberto, “Big tarpon like to eat fishing gear for lunch.” Joe got in a rhythm jumping 2 everyday with Capt. Vince and Joe’s Dad Chet, Joe’s uncle John finally got in to some fish on his last day. Last but not least was 9 year old Brook’s tarpon on the spin rod thanks in Part to his Dad Trip and his guide Erlindo. Erlindo is one of the 4 original guides here at El Pescador starting over 40 years ago!

Grand Slam: A Honeymoon Grand Slam was awarded to Chip and Kasidy for their bonefish (many) permit (1 each) and tarpon (1) over their honeymoon trip here at El Pescador.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Cudas

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island specials, Spawning Gotcha, Crazy Charlie

FOR PERMIT - Spawning shrimp, Merkin

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse bunny, Black Death, Tan bunny

Guide of the week: Capt. Hilberto for his HM Grand Slam with Chip and Kasidy.

This Week’s Summary:

The tarpon started to bite again this week!!

Cast to your dreams!
Ed: fish@elpescador.com.


Re: Fishing Report [Re: Marty] #494793
08/20/14 04:50 AM
08/20/14 04:50 AM
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Marty  Offline OP

FISHING REPORT

Week of August 10th - August 16th 2014

Weather Conditions: Partly sunny skies S M – with scattered small T Storms daily

Winds: Moderate 5-10 mph Easterly winds most of the week

Air Temperature: Mid 80’s to 90, for the High. High 70’s, for the lows.

Water Temperature: Temps 81-83 degrees

Moonphase: The super moon was on August 10th. The super moon is a full moon that coincides with the moons closest distance to the earth, the scientific name is perigree-syzgy. According to NASA, a full moon at perigee is up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than one at its farthest point, or apogee! Do fish bite more or less? What is your opinion?

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Young Sam got some bonefish off the dock in front and out on the flats with his Dad Steve. Alex was up for his first flats fishing trip and got the bonefish checked off his list right away. He later went out and landed two bonefish on the fly with his mom and dad on the boat. Newly weds Jessica and Chris added some silver to their wedding memories ( bonefish that is). Rider and Brandon, Chris, Chris, Chris, Chris (there were 5 people going by Chris this week) all got into the bonefish club. Later in the week the Moreland family arrived with Caitlin, Max and Frank mixing it up with bonefish daily. Cait is a fly tying machine! Max got his double haul down on his first lesson out on the casting dock, Frank was not to be outdone and got comfortable with the double haul as well.

PERMIT (Palometta): Almost everyone was focused on tarpon, but Chris got one to eat on Monday. However it came unbuttoned early in the fight. Then…Steve from Front Range Anglers in Boulder had Captain Emir take out his youngest son, Sam, and his incredible and beautiful wife Madeline. Well, Sam landed two permit on spin, one was 24 lbs! And Steve landed four, yes four, on fly! Incredible! Big permit surprised our tarpon angler’s as they showed up down by Long Caye as well as Savannah flats.

TARPON (Sabalo): The Tarpon Tagging Expedition monopolized the lodge this week. We have 10 satellite tags to use this summer (these tags are sophisticated devices that are between $4-6,000 apiece) We are trying to tag migratory tarpon 80 pounds or larger that travel through this area each summer. We really have no idea where they go or where they come from. Once we get more information we can see where our next conservation steps should be concentrated.

Steve, from Front Range Anglers, got 2 tarpon out on the flats on Monday thanks in part to the skills of Capt. Cesar, Adam got a beauty , Tarpon Tony got his first tarpon of the week with Capt. Alex, Brandon lost the entire fly line early in the week to a very large fish determined to reach Belize City without Brandon in tow! Chris was here with his two sons, Mike and Chris. Chris landed a 50lb tarpon on fly, Mike’s was the one tagged, and Chris landed a tarpon on fly. Wow! Margo was out with her husband on our “Jerry Reef Fishing Trip,” and landed a tarpon on spin. Total surprise.

Our first tagged fish measured out to 130 pounds and was captured by Michael and Capt. Cesar . The fight was not without peril as the reel did not hold up and the crew cut the line and tied it to another reel/line combo to finally wear the big girl out. Adam reported 19 fish hooked on fly this week. Way to go.

Grand Slam: Not this week.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Cudas

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island specials, Spawning Gotcha, Crazy Charlie

FOR PERMIT - Spawning shrimp, Merkin

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse bunny, Black Death, Tan bunny

Guide of the week: Captain Cesar for keeping with Mike to land a tarpon of a lifetime!

This Week’s Summary:

The tagging expedition will be going on through next week with some more anglers joining the effort. Nightly seminars, included a few with tarpon guru Stu Apte sharing his tarpon fighting philosophies, the right knot’s ( really all you need to know is the Stu Apte improved blood knot!), and Dr. Jerry Ault from The University of Miami, shared some tagging results from the Florida effort. Thanks to all that participated, you add inspiration to our fishing community. A special shout out to our dear friend, Adam Marton, who organized the event. Check out links from our El Pescador facebook page!

The wind is blowing east. All the fish are in town, but it’s hot late in the day. Angler’s have been getting up early and returning early as it appears the fish are more active in the cooler morning conditions. The lodge renovation is right on track and the rooms look amazing. The girls in the kitchen are as sassy as ever and laughter is always in the air here at El Pescador. Thank you Ed for everything you do. It’s great to back.

Cast to your dreams!
Ed Blank and Lori-Ann Murphy fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Adam and his Tarpon

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