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Posted By: Marty

Fishing Report - 04/06/10 02:57 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: March 21st – March 28th, 2010

Weather Conditions: A cold front moved through but not causing too much trouble – water temperatures stabilizing in the high 70’s allowing fish to feel more comfortable.

Winds: 15-25 knts. E/SE, moved SE @ 25 knts. – moved N, then NE @ 20 knts.

Air Temperature: Low 80’s

Water Temperature: High 70’s

Moonphase: Moving to full on the 29th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: Some days were easier than others for Mr. Bonefish. Our tides are not huge, about 2 feet, but the bones really respond best with the incoming tide. One analogy would be looking at trout fishing when there is a hatch, vs. no hatch. Bonefish behavior is all about having things just right: An incoming tide bringing in food and water temperatures stabilized. For the angler – we need light to find the fish and the ability to get the cast there before the moment dissolves. Bonefishing in my mind is the quintessential saltwater fish. Fly or spin…they will make you giggle every time. How much fun is it to have it all come together and then feel that reel spin out with a bonefish moving through the water full throttle? I mention all of this because people wonder why bonefish don’t stay in one place…and why certain times of the day they seem to be more responsive. Sight fishing numbers will always be smaller than bones caught in a mudding situation. The guide will up your game as you progress. Several of our anglers this week were on that learning curve. 20 fish days went to 5 fish days, but with a lot more pride.

PERMIT: It is all about permit right now. When there is light and the tide is right…there are permit. And so it was for me this week, landing my first permit here at El Pescador Lodge! And did the casting gal lose it or what! But after a few deep breaths, and a few more desperate casts… I was connected. The day was a thrill - all three of us on the boat landed permit, the youngest guy being 14. His father is a deep sea guide. Dingo’s first comment after landing his 8 lb permit, “That beat the 58lb wahoo I landed any day!” Big smiles all around. Oh yeah, our guests Bill and Neil landed permit on fly too! More on Bill….

TARPON: A lot of “almost” this week! Tarpon grabbed and then things happened….as they can do. Tarpon from 40 – 60 lbs seen and targeted, 0 landed.

SNOOK: Mr. Snook happily stayed in the mangroves… not targeted.

JACKS: A few jacks were landed – one was about 15 lbs, and took an hour to get in! This is a great fish…not one to be included in a “grand slam” or “super grand slam,” but one that will kick your butt everytime!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES- Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. OK, we are using patterns tied on………circle hooks! Size 8. More on hooks…and hook setting….

FOR TARPON - Black Beauties and Grizzly Bunny’s, some Toad patterns as well.

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 4 stripped fast, and Merkins.

This Week’s Summary
Did I mention I landed my first permit since I arrived 5 months ago? Busy getting used to my new life here, I’ve been focused on projects and my bonefishing time in the lagoon. I knew that permit season would present itself, and it has. Maybe that is why I had such a bad case of “fish fever!” Standing on the bow of the ponga…and then seeing schools of permit…is something I knew was going to happen, I just didn’t know when. Just because I live here doesn’t mean that time out on the water is taken for granted. It is special every time! And speaking of “special” – all of us in camp this week marveled over our new buddy Bill. He was in a wheelchair for a couple of years and then worked really hard to gain back the ability to walk. Balance is an issue in the boat, so he used the cooler to sit on the bow for casting. What an inspiration for all of us. When he landed his permit his face beamed for at least 24hrs. We all have our dreams and fish goals…witnessing it all come together is a gift for us all.

Lori-Ann fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest with Tarpon
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 04/28/10 06:20 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: April 4th   – April 11th , 2010

Weather Conditions: Warm and mostly dry weather conditions prevailing with a few scattered showers.  Sea State, choppy.

Winds: 15-25 knts.  NE/E.

Air Temperature: Low 80’s

Water Temperature: High 70’s

Moonphase: Moving to new moon on the 14h. 

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: All guests landing and tagging bonefish. We are seeing larger schools and a variety of size this week. Smallest landed, six inches. Largest landed, 29 inches. Morning tides – rising tide make for aggressive takes….And, we found out this week that our common bonefish grows slower than the same bonefish in the Florida Keys…So a 5 lb bonefish here is like catching a 9 lb bonefish in the Keys, and they would be the same age.

PERMIT: Eight  permit landed this week. The most special permit being Cameron’s 14th birthday permit! How about that. Permit on fly took Christmas Island Specials in size 4, and pink crabs. Live crabs – well, they teased up the bigger fish.

Two tarpon landed, almost every angler had stories of….bites, breakage, and tears. TARPON: Two tarpon landed, almost every angler had stories of….bites, breakage, and tears.

SNOOK: Mr. Snook happily stayed in the mangroves… not targeted.

JACKS: Allen had some great jack fishing….2, 12-15 pounders….long fights on fly. Strong fish!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES- Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Just don’t pull it out of their mouth with a super strip set. A slow steady strip will bring success. Finesse.

FOR TARPON - Black Beauties and Grizzly Bunny’s, some Toad patterns as well.

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 4 stripped fast, and Merkins.

This Week’s Summary
Landing a permit on your 14th birthday, fishing with your dad, having a ball. Cameron’s face was so lit up when I met him on the dock, I thought he was going to pop! Of course Emir was bouncing up and down as well. “You should have seen it Lori…big permit man!” And then there was Dino and Nicholas, another father son team. Nicholas learned how to cast from watching YouTube casting videos, and then he taught his father! Both avid anglers, we gave Dino full warning that his son may very well end up being a fishing guide somewhere – he is crazed. They both landed permit this week, but Dino won hands down for most drastic change in appearance. Something happened to him when he landed his permit. For the next few days, he was floating. I know that fish is going to stay with him for a very long time. I also know we will see him back here chasing permit!  And then Tony & Alex, another father son team – six days of fishing with big adventure packed into 2 non fishing days. Tony thought it would be so hard to learn how to double haul – but then he nailed it. Alex was in charge of helping the younger children on the dock with their snapper fishing every evening before dinner. Those two had fly rods, spin rods, trolling rods…and they caught almost everything. Tony had a clean cut on his shock from a 60 lb tarpon…I told him it took me 32 tarpon before number 33 was landed. Things happen.

Lori-Ann fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Cameron with his first permit on his 14th Birthday
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 05/22/10 10:22 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: May 9th, – May 16th, 2010

Weather Conditions: The week was dominated by wind, with just enough breaks to get the job done. Good tides and a new moon.

Winds: 25-35 knts.  NE/E.  Then moved Easterly 10-15

Air Temperature: Low 90’s

Water Temperature: High 70’s

Moonphase: New moon on the 14h. 

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: We never take our bonefish for granted and God love them for one of the best angling fish in the salt! All of our anglers caught bonefish this week. Beginners as well as advanced anglers found big schools as well as larger bones tailing in skinny water. Disappointment in weather was forgotten when shimmering tails lit up the lee waters!

PERMIT: Tom showed up and landed his first ever permit, a dandy 8 pounder. Sean had total beginners luck, and on his second cast landed his first permit. The guides found schools of permit 5 to 20 lbs – some schools were really large, like a 100 permit swimming in a group. Most of the permit fishing was down by Cayo Congrejo, but Sean’s permit was in the Bacalar Chico Reserve – smaller permit, but prevalent. TARPON: The water was blown out for most of the week on the tarpon flats. One tarpon landed, and nice 25 pounder  from a small lagoon. Savannah had bites, but angler error kept them from the boat.

SNOOK: Mr. Snook seen….but not interested.

JACKS: 1 NICE jack landed this week on fly. Schools of jacks seen while permit fishing.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES- Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it!

FOR TARPON - Black Beauties and Grizzly Bunny’s, some chartreuse Toad patterns as well.

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 4 stripped fast. Also some gray crabs, size 4 – it’s all about the materials.

This Week’s Summary
People talk about luck a lot in fishing. As much as we practice our skills, I’ll take luck anytime! Challenging conditions brought out the best in our guests this week. The guides are thinking about sacrificing their fishing director to stop the wind….but they continue to find magic for people, and for that, I’m grateful. One of my most fun days….when Adam invited me to fish with him and Nesto. I asked Nesto if I could pole the flat, he let me, and then he let me drive his boat to check out tarpon fishing. What a blast. After running flats boats here and there in open water, I am now a true fan of our pongas. Incredible boats in big water with wind….Pretty funny to see Nesto in the front talking with Adam as I was driving around dodging big waves. Our favorite fishing days so often include these stories more often than big fish days. This was one to keep forever.

Lori-Ann fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest with trophy Permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 05/31/10 04:24 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: May 16th, – May 23rd, 2010

Weather Conditions: Even though it is a bit early, it looks like the “rainy season” is here! Words like…”sheets of rain, pouring buckets, we have a lagoon around our house, town is flooded.” Big rain, some breathers between storms, and then some really nice days!

Winds: 25-35 knts. NE/E. Then moved Easterly 10-15

Air Temperature: Low 90’s

Water Temperature: High 70’s, low 80’s, depends on sun.

Moonphase: Moving to full on the 27th.  

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: It seems like as the moon moves closer to full, bonefish get pickier! They are also very sensitive to water temperature change. Good tides helped rainy conditions for finding the bones in lee water. Large schools seen, and we are consistently finding our “big bones” (which is 4 to 6 lbs), on the flats. All good news. All of our anglers landed several bonefish this week on fly and spin. Several bonefish tagged for “Bonefish Tarpon and Trust”…looks like our guide Luis is going to win the Temple Fork Rod for most bonefish tagged. Go Luis! Our goal is 2000 tagged for 2010.

PERMIT: We are all permit crazed this week. When we could see…we found permit. One permit on fly landed…..congrats Matt! Large schools, some big, some smaller in size. L-A had permit wading up North….they followed, but wouldn’t eat. Which I hate. TARPON: Our legendary guide Carlos had anglers land a total of 4 tarpon this week. 3 on fly, one on spin. Amazing considering the weather. Good things happen to those that “seize the day.”

SNOOK: No reports this week.

JACKS: 1 NICE jack landed this week on fly. Schools of jacks seen while permit fishing.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES- Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it!

FOR TARPON - Yellow and small (thanks Dar for that fly….he just missed it on Savannah), Black Death and a secret pattern.

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 4 stripped fast. Also some gray crabs, size 4 – it’s all about the materials. Also, we strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 4.

This Week’s Summary
When seasons change, it affects us and everything around us. Shifts in behavior…we find that we adjust to consider weather conditions for daily life. Here on the island, it will mean that I will plan on a shower sometime during the day. We were all thinking this was going to occur in June, but a sniff of rain - or in this case, it was sheets of rain, took all of us by surprise. The fact is, the rainy season is here….and with this time of year, we also have a lot of fish around. The San Pedro Dorado Tournament had several boats with dorado 20 to 25 lbs landed outside the reef. For those of us fishing the flats…large schools of bonefish, permit….and the migratory tarpon are slowly moving in as well. Anglers went out, got drenched, and found fish. Now we just need to find the balance between rain and fish…..the good news, you don’t get cold. Summer rain feels very different than rain in December. It represents a new season…our summer season. Fish will feel that and get happy too.

Lori-Ann fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


The migratory Tarpon are back! - El Pescador guest with a nice size one
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 06/01/10 07:06 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: Week of: May 23rd, – May 30th, 2010

Weather Conditions: Big rain and stormy early week…like 1.5 inches of rain in 2 hrs…followed by the occasional thunderstorm, and then it got pretty.

Winds: ENE  10 mph with gusts 15 – 20 mph. Air Temperature: Low 80’s

Air Temperature: Low 80’s

Water Temperature: High 70’s, low 80’s, depends on sun.

Moonphase: Moving to full on the 27th.  

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: All of our angling guests were awarded bonefish pins this week. Kelly found one “special” bonefish – the first one she landed that she was able to see, and get the perfect cast. Yeah Homegirl! Definitely some really fun fishing up on the north beach from the lodge in the turtle grass – afternoon tides caught some of these really smart fish off guard. Size 8 circle hooks in the turtle grass….who knew? Kathleen landed several nice bones after not fishing the salt for six years. All smiles for Kath.

PERMIT: We are all still permit crazed. Bill IV landed a nice little permit, which got their fishing rolling for the week. Bill IV loves the permit and tarpon fishing here at El Pescador. He brought his father, Bill III here from the Keys to check it out. Bill III and Nesto immediately bonded…and their week ended with some amazing stories. More in the tarpon section. Some schools with 25 – 35 lb fish seen on the flats….they just missed the fly. Fish error. Kyle landed a nice permit, and Bill IV had to hear about it. Nice fish Kyle. Permit for Bob! Big fun with Sinoe…they saw permit everyday. TARPON: The tarpon fishing was blown out the first part of the week, and then….here come the big girls. Fish up to 150 lbs rolling down by Long Caye. Bill III – had one on…witnessed by the angers close by so we know it was not a “fish story.” He also had an 80 lb fish eat….then Bill IV had one eat – line wrapped around the reel….then he had another one eat…line finds the smallest part of a Timex watch….watch is donated to the sea with some choice adjectives. Jason – Homeboy from Driggs, lands his first tarpon, about 25 lbs. Actually he landed two tarpon this week. This caused him to schedule out the rest of his vacation time with more time on the water. He and Kelly were a team with Cesar – great to see. And David? David fishing with his dad John…rocked it with an 80 lb fish on for an hour before the tarpon won.

SNOOK: No reports this week.

JACKS: A few NICE jacks landed this week on fly. Schools of jacks seen while permit fishing. They can be more aggressive and get to the fly before the permit….otherwise, they are a great fish! It’s just kinda tough when you are expecting a permit.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it!

FOR TARPON - Green Toads dominated this week. Grizzly Cockroach as well. 3/0.

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 4 stripped fast. Also some gray crabs, size 4 – it’s all about the materials. Also, we strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 4.

This Week’s Summary
For me it was “old home week.” All the way from North Pole, Alaska…Kathleen and Bob have been fishing buddies for over twenty years. They have been in parent mode, but figured they better come see what the fishing was all about. What fun! I know I will see them for more permit and tarpon fishing soon. What struck all of us in camp this week were the “father/son” teams. It just happened by chance that we had three father/son fishing partners this week. From all parts of the US, it was great for me to watch generations of fishing….sharing time on the water, what could be better? Well, no mercy some days. There were some amazing stories generated! Jason and Kelly from Driggs, Idaho….so lots of news from my old stomping grounds. Sounds like it is still winter there! It might be raining here, but the fish are in. Rolling tarpon, schools of permit, and feisty bonefish. I’m glad they decided to play for our anglers this week. They all deserve a ton of credit for dealing with rain…but the rewards were worth it, right? Thanks for the fun.

Lori-Ann fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador reports the migratory Tarpon have arrived!
Posted By: elbert

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 06/01/10 07:22 PM

This is Great!
A regular weekly fishing report is a fantastic idea.
I love the photos of the smiling people, Good Job!
Posted By: Nick Barton

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 06/07/10 11:07 AM

Lovely! Cant wait until I'm there in July - leave some for me!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 06/14/10 07:03 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: May 30th – June 6th, 2010

Weather Conditions: Warm and mostly dry weather throughout the week. Visibility was a challenge on some days due to partly cloudy skies. Showers were isolated, and short lived. Sea state was mixed, some days blowing, and one day was like you read about.

Winds: 10 – 20 knots.

Air Temperature: Low 90’s

Water Temperature: High 70’s, low 80’s, depends on sun.

Moonphase: Last quarter on the 4th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: Large schools of bones, and some big bones cruising alone. Mike and Katy caught their first bonefish on fly….a ton of them. Rick was here to celebrate 15 years of marriage, and happy about his bonefishing. Everyone caught bonefish – but the primary target this week was tarpon, so the bones did not get the glory they deserved.

PERMIT: Schools of permit up in Bacalar Chico Reserve; 5-20 lbs targeted. Also schools down south and close to home with larger fish up to 30 lbs. Lone permit witnessed over 50 lbs! Bottom line, a lot of permit in town. Angler and fish error persisted this week. The guides found them, but that is only part of the puzzle, right? TARPON: One day was so perfect I grabbed Cesar and said, “let’s go!” Cesar is one of our younger super star guides – he loves to practice his cast, no matter which rod, with a giant tarpon fly. He also likes to show off, and cast the entire fly line both right and left handed. Anyway, there we were, with slow and happy tarpon eating green toads with total confidence. It was more than this gal could handle….pulled it out of 3 mouths! But those bites were priceless, and it just made me mad enough to make sure that doesn’t happen again anytime soon. That’s my intent anyway. On the dock, Bill W just smiled. The kind of smile that says it all. Tarpon landed early morning, several bites….and just the fix he needed to feel the love from his El Pescador family!

SNOOK: No reports this week.

JACKS: Were found schooled up, finning and chasing with reckless abandon. They usually caught most of the anglers off guard this week, thinking they had a tarpon or permit, but Mr. Jack showed up instead. All good. Jacks 12 to 15 lbs landed and not all released: “Dinner Call” for a few.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it! WEED GUARDS!

FOR TARPON - Green Toads dominated this week. Grizzly Cockroach as well. 3/0.

FOR PERMIT - Pink Crazie Charlies, Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 6 and 4 stripped fast. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 4.

This Week’s Summary
It was a melancholy week for us at El Pescador. We lost a good friend, my predecessor, Bob Stevenson. There was a memorial for him in Placencia, and his friends and family were in town to celebrate his life. These poignant times weight on our hearts, and this is when fly fishing becomes religion. It is a time to connect with nature on a raw level and to listen to yourself as you send out each cast. Our lagoon system was “home” to Bob. His kayak and skilled hands tossed a fly out to several permit and bonefish in areas that revealed themselves to Bob. As I paddled my canoe out to his old stomping ground, now my new home, I thanked all the water and everything that lives in it for Bob. These waters hold big promises and broken hearts. Watching Bill fish in memory of his friend gave me goosebumps. You could hear friendship ring loudly with each cast. And each fish connected was a shared thank you.

Lori-Ann fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest, Dan L, with permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 06/18/10 11:55 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: June 6th – June 13th , 2010

Weather Conditions: We would really like the wind to lie down…variable conditions prevailed. Some sun, light clouds, short rain storms, and wind averaging 15 – 20 knts.

Winds: ENE  10 mph with gusts 15 – 20 mph. Then went SW @ 20 ( blew out the tarpon on those days) and returned to easterly about a steady 15.

Air Temperature: Low 90’s

Water Temperature: Low 80’s, depends on sun.

Moonphase: New moon on the 12th .

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: Really sensitive to that in-coming tide this week. Maybe due to the wind as well – which pushed a lot of water around. Anyway, bonefish save our day, but never to be taken for granted. All anglers awarded bonefish pins this week!

PERMIT: To Jerry Siem @ Sage...Dan landed a permit using the bluegill rod!

TARPON: John and Mark from “the flyfishingDVD.com” were here to hunt tarpon, and land them as well! These “down under” boys were 100% serious about making it happen. It did happen for Mark….John had, can we say several? On. Just the nicest guys, so we know they will be back to chase more tarpon. That’s how we get our good people back. And by the way, their DVDs are quality – great learning and a nice pace to fishing, so check them out. I had one tarpon eat 3 feet from the boat, but couldn’t believe it, so I missed. What? Gotta believe, right?

SNOOK: No reports this week.

JACKS: This is a regular pattern for us now…..A few NICE jacks landed this week on fly. Schools of jacks seen while permit fishing. They can be more aggressive and get to the fly before the permit….otherwise, they are a great fish! It’s just kinda tough when you are expecting a permit.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it!

FOR TARPON - Green Toads dominated this week. Grizzly Cockroach as well. 3/0.

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 4 stripped fast. Also some gray crabs, size 4 – it’s all about the materials. Also, we strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 4.

This Week’s Summary
Part of my everyday life here at El Pescador is to ask people about their fishing day. I just want to know what they saw, and hopefully had a big fun time. I also hold my breath for words that tell me that someone’s dream fish happened….and that happened for Aussie guide, Mark Bargenquast. And maybe because he is a guide –  to me he so deserves a fish from the front of the boat! And then my own tarpon fishing this week…I felt myself slow down, and watched as flies landed where I wanted them to – that is always a good thing, but more importantly, I felt myself get in tune with our under water friends – feeling their mood in the water, anticipating behavior. Our fishing is often such a reflection of our own moods and behavior. My mentor, Diana Rudolph, tells me to pretend I’m fishing in jello. I hate jello, but I get it. So when the wind is howling, we breathe a little deeper, face the wind, and slow down. Leaders will turn over, and bites happen, so hold on.

Lori-Ann fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest, Mark, and Tarpon
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 06/28/10 06:29 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: June 13th – June 20th, 2010

Weather Conditions: Variable conditions. We saw sunny days with isolated rain showers.

Winds: E  10 mph with gusts 15 – 20 mph. Then went ESE @ 20 and returned to easterly about a steady 15.

Air Temperature: Low 90’s

Water Temperature: Low 80’s

Moonphase: First quarter moon on the 19th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: Over 300 bonefish landed this week!  Many of these fish came from giant muds as well as sight fishing to large schools of 2 lb fish. Bigger fish, or “lone bones” were caught up to 5 lbs.

PERMIT: One landed on spin. Several chases on fly…some hook-ups and some adjectives.

TARPON: One landed on spin, congratulations Hunter! Several “almosts” on fly.

SNOOK: No reports this week.

JACKS: We basically lost count of the number of jacks caught this week. These jacks also fed a few guests who wanted to dine on their “catch.” What a ton of fun these fish provide on the end of any line!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Crazie Charlies in pink, size 6. It’s pink over orange right now. Tan and gold flies working as well. Weed guards!

FOR TARPON - Green Toads, Black Death, and some deadly new patterns…3/0. Circle hooks, J hooks, it is up to the angler. Beginners chasing tarpon on fly have more success on circle hooks because you don’t set the hook like you do with a J hook. 60 and 80 lb shock. The tarpon down by Long Caye are flat out beautiful right now. Big girls rolling, or moving slowly across the flat…just one shot…make it happen!

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 4 stripped fast. Also some gray crabs, size 4 – it’s all about the materials. Also, we strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 4.

This Week’s Summary
We had a group of 18 anglers for Reilly’s “Father and Son Fishing Tournament.” What a blast. Watching the level of confidence rise each day as family-paired boats went out in search of fish and finding who knows what. The group landed approximately 300 bonefish, and a total of 1000 various species of fish in 3 days of fishing. Wind, a little rain, sun…they left the dock each morning and returned with amazing stories.  Awards were flying and no sore losers. Thanks you guys! James and Mike from Scotland chased tarpon all week…Mark landed his, James jumped a few. It can be challenging to get rise out of James, but when he smiles, it is priceless! All the players are in town, Mr. Bonefish, Mr. Permit and Mr. Tarpon…and it is still all about hunting and those split second moments…where it feels like time is suspended.

Lori-Ann fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador was happy to host a “father and Son” tournament over Father’s Day!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 07/06/10 01:01 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: June 27th – July 4th, 2010

Weather Conditions: Tropical Storm Alex came through early in the week, followed by partly cloudy skies clearing more as the week went on.

Winds: Alex held 50-60 mph winds , a day of light winds , then it kicked up over 20 mph from the NE which gradually wound down to 5 mph by the end of the week.

Air Temperature: Low 90’s

Water Temperature: Low 80’s

Moonphase: The week ended on the last quarter

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: Large schools of small bonefish and a few bigger fish were landed, the biggest of the week around 5 lbs.

PERMIT: One nice 15 pounder landed on spin ( go Brandon!). Several follows on fly…a couple hook-ups and the 3, 3-8 pound permit on the 4th when the winds finally laid down.

TARPON: Two fish to the boat a few more were jumped thanks to Jay just after storm Alex. The tarpon were shut down for a couple of days of the big winds with just a couple fish hooked. July 4th’ s favorable winds sparked a great tarpon day with 5 boats landing tarpon, most between 60 and 80 pounds.

SNOOK: A few shots but nothing made it to the boat.

OTHER: Jacks of all sizes were reported, Lots of Barracuda with some 15-25 pounders landed on spin gear/

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Crazie Charlies in pink, size 6. Christmas Island Specials size 6. Weed guards are nice on the grass flats in front of the lodge!

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse Toads

FOR PERMIT - The guides love Christmas Island Specials size 4 stripped fast!!

This Week’s Summary
Congratulations to Charles R. who ended the week with a grand slam!!! Although it was a tough week with Alex and then that nasty NE wind, our Franks group from Illinois kept their spirits high with bonefish, barracuda, snappers and jacks despite the tough fishing. Their tarpon patience paid off as the weather improved with every boat coming back with stories and pictures. It was nice to have several family trips this week with some youngsters (and oldsters) experiencing their first bonefish on the fly. Return Guest Jay kept tarpon hopes alive with some Savannah Flats tarpon action.

Ed - fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Brandon's first permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 07/23/10 12:33 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: July 12th – July 18th, 2010

Weather Conditions: Tropical waves continued to pass through our area creating interesting weather conditions. Each day would have a variety of weather. Bright sun for a while, then a quick shower, more bight sun, more showers with some heavy rain at times. Lots of Rainbows were on the horizon.

Winds: In general winds were about 5 mph unless you found yourself in one of the isolated squalls that came through. These short periods had some heavy winds while the rain storm passed by but was followed by dead calm at times.

Air Temperature: High 80’s

Water Temperature: Low 80’s

Moonphase: The week ended on the quarter moon.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: Everyone was catching bonefish! The biggest of the week was around 4 pounds caught by Jenn Parker

PERMIT: Several boats landed permit in the 4-8 pound range, with one 20 pound fish early in the week.

TARPON: Tarpon made a comeback, although landing one seemed to be a tough task with most fish receiving an early release. The sizes ranged from 20- 100 pounds.

SNOOK: No snook were reported.

OTHER: Jacks, barracudas, snappers were all caught as a few days were devoted to these alternative but fun species.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 6, Spawning shrimp size 6

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse or Purple Toads, Back Death, Deceivers

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Specials size 6, 4, Spawning shrimp size 6

This Week’s Summary
Congratulations to both Jesse & Courtney G. and Rich and Elizabeth S. These two couples chose to spend the honeymoon with us. Courtney and Jesse tag-teamed a 100-pound tarpon to the boat for the biggest fish this month so far. Rich was shooting for a honeymoon slam (a new category the couples invented where you have the whole honeymoon to land the 3 species). It was a pleasure to share the first married days with both couples.

The bone fishing was so consistent that a couple guests on their first flats adventure caught enough bonefish to satisfy them and they decided to searching for permit and tarpon. A few of them hooked tarpon, but none came to the boat. Permit seemed to be more fickle this week with only a few fish to the boat. Some large schools of permit were found, but not many were fooled this week. One exception was a 20 pound permit landed by Andy C, the rest of his day was searching for a willing tarpon to complete the slam… he got an 80 pounder to eat but lost it after the second jump… so close!.

Ed - fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Paul, and Tarpon!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 08/14/10 03:19 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: July 31st to August 7th, 2010

Weather Conditions: Sunny with some cloudy spells. A few showers and thunderstroms throughout the week.

Winds: The prevailing winds this week were ENE 10 mph with gusts 5-15 knots. We had the wind move around to the west when storms blew in, but returned to the east.

Air Temperature: High 80's, low high 70's.

Water Temperature: High 70’s, low 80’s, depends on sun.

Moonphase: Last quarter on the 3rd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: The bonefish are in big schools, and we are seeing fish in the 4-6lb class more frequently! Guests fishing both fly and spin have all caught bonefish this week. When Cale was going for his "slam" with Sinoe, his bonefish was caught with the motor still running! Evan has been on vacation from his life as an ER Doc and father of 3..... he caught his first bonefish on fly and had several shots at permit. Not bad Evan! We expect to see the kids down here soon fishing from the dock. A special treat when landing here at El Pescador, you are greeted with Mr. Bonefish. Somehow, they know everyone leaves from the dock, and they are safe there! The race still goes on with the guides for the most bonefish tagged this year. Our goal is to tag 2000 fish by the end of 2010. We are about half way there!

PERMIT: Possessed. That is one way to describe the feeling about permit here at the lodge this week. Actually, we argue about what fish is more addicting, the permit or the tarpon. If you landed your first permit, like Pierre this week, you would say a permit. If you are Ian, co-owner of Yellow Dog, you say, tarpon. That's my observation anyway. And then looking into Dave's eyes last night at the bar as he was telling me about wading out at Ali's Bonefish Island. He hooked two permit, and landed number 3! First permit experience, not bad! And I have to brag about my fishing buddy, Wil. Wil landed a 30lb permit wading up to his neck, stripping with the rod and reel underwater! The fish didn't move at first, and then he saw his 150 yd marked backing fly out through the guides! Yep.

TARPON: Thank goodness for digital cameras. Even if you don't land the fish, you can return to the lodge at the end of the day, and look over all the pictures. And even if you didn't get the fish to the boat, you can look with giant satisfaction at an image that happened not too long ago. And there is NOTHING like a tarpon jumping from the end of your rod. I guess you can tell I'm biased, but the connection with a creature that is more than 50 million years old on the end of your line is exhilarating. Jim from Yellow Dog jumped an 80 pounder this week, and Cale started his birthday landing his tarpon which later led to his grand slam. Tarpon landed on both fly and spin. Most of the fish hooked and caught this week were down by Long Cay - were the migratory tarpon are hanging out.

SNOOK: Eric, who owns The Sunrise Fly Shop in downtown Melrose, landed a nice snook out on Ali's bonefish island! He said Mr. Snook was hanging out under the mangroves. A cast and a couple of strips and the fish was on!

JACKS: Schools of jacks on the flats up to 20 lbs. They just don't get the glory, but reports of jacks landed on fly and spin this week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it!

FOR TARPON - Green Toads dominated this week. Grizzly Cockroach as well. 3/0.

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 4 stripped fast. Also some gray crabs, size 4 – it’s all about the materials. Also, we strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 4.

This Week’s Summary
How does it happen? Cale, who is Mr. Wonderful and a class act as a trout guide in Montana, shows up to get married this week. He is marrying Michele, who is beautiful and a ton of fun. Actually, they decided to get married here at El Pescador their last trip here. Cale hooked the tarpon, and Michele landed it. At that point she looked up to Cale and said, "OK, let's get married!" And that is the story. But it goes on. Cale and Michele are getting married today. Cale also had his 32nd birthday this week and caught his second GRAND SLAM with Sinoe. Isn't that incredible? The entire wedding party has been fishing, diving, snorkeling, shopping and hanging out in the pools, having a blast. There is no doubt there will be a sea of love welcoming their marriage.

Lori-Ann - fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


Cale V. who was married at El Pescador last week – with his Groom’s Grand Slam
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 08/22/10 03:49 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: August 7 to August 14, 2010

Weather Conditions: Sunny or partly cloudy with isolated showers or thunderstorms, seas choppy.

Winds: East 5-15 Knots. The wind moved all around this week, but always returned to the east by the end of the day.

Air Temperature: Mid 90's, low 80's.

Water Temperature: High 70’s, low 80’s, depends on sun. A lot of fresh water from rain.

Moonphase: New moon on the 10th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: Lots of nice bones in the 3 to 6 lb range landed this week! The Robinson Family all were awarded bonefish pins – their first time fishing saltwater flats. Eric was here for his first round fishing the flats with his flyrod. Just remember Eric, Mr. Bonefish is the heart and soul of flats fly fishing. Mr. Permit and Mr. Tarpon are wonderful in other ways, but it all starts with “the silver ghost.”

PERMIT: Still possessed with permit around here! Brad and Terri here for a fun vacation and Brad was hoping to make this fishing report! Done on the first day. Brad and Kachu found permit, Brad – first cast, three strips, and there he is, Mr. Permit! What? Terri loving pool side and is now our new entertainment director for future visits! Spencer landed a permit on spin the first day out with his buddy Sean. I schooled these guys on how lucky they are. People spend years trying to land a permit! We are just lucky here at El Pescador, the permit fishing rocks. (And oh yeah, I Ianded a permit this week too! )

TARPON: Andrew landed a tarpon, about a 50 pounder I think he said. The smile never left his face after that. Sean shows his buddy Spencer by landing a tarpon on spin. Lots of tarpon hooked on fly, but not landed due to angler error. Ouch! But it is the bite that is so great, so we try to talk ourselves into that bit of glory. I know because I’m snake bit right now, but you will hear all about it when I get one to the boat, and it is going to be soon!

SNOOK: Stayed safe this week.

JACKS: Schools of jacks on the flats up to 20 lbs. They just don't get the glory, but reports of jacks landed on fly and spin this week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it!

FOR TARPON - 3/0 yellow toads, green Toads, black death cockroach, and look out with purple!

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 4 stripped fast. Also some gray crabs, size 4 – it’s all about the materials. Also, we strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 4.

This Week’s Summary
It’s August and it is hot. The easterly winds are keeping us comfortable, and the fish are in, so a lot of dreams are coming true out on the flats. If you can handle hot days, the fishing here in August is incredible. It really feels like summer; the pools are full of families laughing and lounging. The stories at night linger in the humid air, and the new moon made for fish that wanted to eat! I’m not sure if we are supporting addictive behavior or providing a place to hear yourself, but I do know when anglers are fishing, they are not thinking about anything else! Amen.

Lori-Ann - fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guide Emir with guest Adam’s permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 08/30/10 02:00 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: August 21 - 28, 2010

Weather Conditions: Sunny skies with a few cloudy spells. Short thunderstorms in areas throughout the week….some people got drenched, some stayed perfectly dry! Seas choppy, except the 25th – which was flat calm and perfect.

Winds: East 10 -20 Knots. Gusty days when thunderstorms were blowing in. Moved to SE then back to prevailing E.

Air Temperature: Low 90's, low 80's.

Water Temperature: High 70’s, low 80’s, depends on sun.

Moonphase: Full moon on the 24th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: The bonefish in front of the lodge all around our dock are driving us all nuts! These 4 – 6 lb fish have been loving the incoming tide this week on the turtle grass. But the lodge fish are super smart. Few are landed, and that is the challenge. For fish on the flats: If bonefish were targeted, they were landed. Beginners started fishing muds – where you really don’t get the see the fish - it is more about casting to where they are feeding. As the game progresses, the guide moves you to sighted fish – presenting the fly right on them if they are tailing, or ten feet in front of them if they are on the move.

PERMIT: These are just beautiful fish. We have noticed they really like to eat right before or on the full moon. So we had some beautiful permit landed this week up in the Park and also down by Congrejo. Nice fish up to 30 lbs. Ray got his permit for his grand slam stripping a Merkin. One happy guy!

TARPON: Windy days kept many anglers from sighted tarpon fishing. For those that didn’t mind the bumpy ride down to Long Caye, they found rolling tarpon. Some hooked with intermediate lines. The only one landed was from Captain Sinoe’s boat. That’s all it took for Ray to complete his grand slam!

SNOOK: Stayed safe this week.

JACKS: Two pins for our awards ceremonies I wish we had this week. A “Jack” pin and a “Cuda” pin. Jim finally landed a nice jack his last day out fishing. He and his now fish crazed wife Donna had been tarpon fishing for days, so he was hoping it would be the silver king. Not this time, but wasn’t that fun?

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it!

FOR TARPON - 3/0 yellow toads, green Toads, Black Death cockroach, and look out with purple!

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 4 stripped fast. Also some gray crabs, size 4 – it’s all about the materials. Also, we strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 4. Worm patterns on size 6 – tan rabbit strips.

This Week’s Summary
This was one of those weeks I just love my job. I count my blessings all the time, believe me, but this week just kept a big grin on my face! Donna and Jim are celebrating their 31st wedding anniversary, and they ran around here like teenagers. They grew to love their guide Cesar, and then found it necessary to extend their stay here for three more days. We started calling Donna, “Cuda Queen”, because she landed so many barracuda. In one picture the cuda is bigger than Donna! You go girl. And then Natalie and George here for their sixth wedding anniversary and they landed their first bonefish. But the star of the show this week was Ray. He and Ty were here from the Florida Keys and they wanted a grand slam. Well, Ray got his wish. He has been fly fishing since he was 10. Now retired, Ray “got a dream.” This is what Antonio, our bartender here at EP, was telling us when he and I were out fishing with Captain Emir. Antonio was telling me and Emir that his Uncle always says, “Give me a dream,” and just as he is telling us this, a 3 lb bonefish eats his fly by Deer Caye! Yep. This was Antonio’s very first bonefish on fly. Elated. Emir and I just looked at him and said, “You are lucky! Enjoy it.”

Lori-Ann - fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:




El Pescador guest Ray with his Grand Slam
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 10/04/10 02:59 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: September 20th – October 3rd, 2010

Weather Conditions: Week started with partly cloudy skies, ending with several perfectly clear days.

Winds: Winds were 0-15 miles mph through out the week generally from the north-northwest.

Air Temperature: Mid to high 80’s

Water Temperature: Low –mid 80’s.

Moonphase: The week started on the last quarter moon.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Bonefish were no problem for any anglers this week with boats reporting 3-20 bonefish per day. Those 20 fish days could have been a lot more as those guests only fished for bones for a few hours. Largest was 4 pounds.

PERMIT: Return Guest Tom from Jackson WY and his guide Emir targeted permit most of the week landing 5 the first day with a two more single days after that. Other boats reported several shots, follows and takes but none to the boat.

TARPON: Tarpon seemed slow as 2 boats went out for tarpon without any takes. Marc did manage to hook up his first tarpon estimated to be 30 pounds, it didn’t last long and left him shaking his head in amazement at how fast it all happened. Bill came through on the last day with 2 tarpon one at about 40 pounds. It ended up going under the boat and breaking his rod before he landed it.

SNOOK: No snook were targeted or caught.

OTHER: Lots of Jacks of all sizes were caught with a nice 20 pounder landed and released. Many nice after hours bonefish and Lady fish were landed while fishing the beaches near the lodge, barracuda, snappers, moonfish were all landed on the fly.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Crazy Charlies in pink, tan size 6,8 . Gothca size 6,8, Christmas Islands size 6 Really just about any fly seemed to work.

FOR TARPON - Blue/White Deciever, Orange cockroach size 2/0

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Special size 6, Emir’s Pink CI size 6

This Week’s Summary
The fishing was fantastic for bonefish with pretty much unlimited numbers to those who concentrated on them. Permit fishing was good one day, bad the next even though weather and tides seemed the same. Tarpon continued to be shy of the fly till the end of the week. There seems to be a huge amount of bait around so perhaps they are just full??

Ed - fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Tom with his Permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 10/14/10 04:39 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: October 3rd – October 10th, 2010

Weather Conditions: 2 days of partly cloudy skies, 2 days of mostly sunny skies, 2 days of all sun, ending with an overcast day.

Winds: Winds were 5-15 miles mph through out the week generally from the north-northwest.

Air Temperature: Low to mid 80’s

Water Temperature: Low 80’s.

Moonphase: October 7th was the new moon.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: How about 53 bonefish in one day by one boat? Bonefish were automatic for anyone who tried. Largest was 6 pounds. Several 4 pounders were landed after guided hours walking the beaches in the evening.

PERMIT: Steve’s quest for permit amounted to most of the week’s permit total with 2 the first day and 1 the second day! Jason added another for a total of 3 this week, not bad considering only Steve was targeting permit specifically.

TARPON: Tarpon were hot 2 days this week with 4 boats going 8 for 22 (eight landed out of 22 that ate). Sight fishing was good for several days, but shut down once the clouds arrived on the 10th.

SNOOK:  When the tarpon day was a bust due to low visibility one boat went looking for snook and was rewarded with a nice 10 pounder. Way to go Dick!

OTHER: Jacks, Ladyfish, and mega barracudas were landed this week. A few snappers came to the dinner table.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Crazy Charlies in pink, tan size 6,8 . Gothca size 6,8, Christmas Islands size 6 Really, any fly seemed to work.

FOR TARPON - Tarpon bunny in tan size 1/0, cockroach size 2/0, Orange butt 1/0, black death 2/0, greenie weenie 2/0, orange cockroach 2/0

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Special size 6

This Week’s Summary
The fishing was easy pickins for bonefish for those who pursued them. The bigger tide seemed to lead to a few 5 pound plus bonefish. Sight fishing for tarpon turned on, and large schools of permit were found even in the dim light of the last day. Permit continued to be available to those with the heart to dedicate some time to them. Congratulations to Jason with a grand slam trip with permit, tarpon and bonefish to the boat all in one week.

Ed - fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Steve and guide Emir with permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 11/05/10 02:17 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of October 25th - October 31st 2010

Weather Conditions: Hurricane Richard left us in the early morning hours of The 25th and we were able to get started fishing around 8 am once we cleaned up the boats. The rest of the week was clear for the most part with an occasional shower or thunderstorm here and there.

Winds: Winds started at 10-20 mph slowly getting better as the week went on. Wind direction was from the east most days moving out of the North by the end of the week

Air Temperature: Mid 80’s

Water Temperature: Low 80’s. Some very low tides this week.

Moonphase: The last quarter moon fell on October 30th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Bonefishing was outstanding even as the hurricane left the shore. The 2 boats that ventured out all caught fish the first day and continued to be cooperative throughout the week. Ned landed the biggest of the week around 4 pounds. Mary landed her first bonefish on a fly rod ( 7 that day for here) thanks to some casting lessons by guide Erlindo.

PERMIT: The permit fishing heated up on Wednesday with the 2 boats targeting permit coming back with 3 for Ned and Henry from the UK and one for Bernhard from Austria. Bernhard’s permit was 13 pounds.

TARPON: The flats were churned up so tarpon fishing was slow until…Bernhard and Otto jumped 5 tarpon one day but none made it to the boat. Several other boats went out for tarpon and were snubbed. Towards the end of the week Anatoly ( from Russia) jumped a half dozen large tarpon down near long key.

SNOOK:  Snook are starting to congregate and some schools and loners were found. Snook fishing should heat up soon.

OTHER: Barracuda, snapper, jacks, ladyfish were landed.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Gotchas, crazy charlies, christmas island specials – anything small and moving.

FOR TARPON - All White Cockroach ( size 1/0) , black death (tarpon bunny style) size 2/0

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Specials, Slimram Shrimp

This Week’s Summary
Bonefish and permit fishing was great but tarpon was slower than expected even after the flats cleared up. One day the tarpon are eating flies while the next they are nowhere to be found. Our fishing director Lori-Ann Murphy is back next week! It was a privilege to fill in for her while she was on vacation.

Ed - fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Steve and guide Emir with tarpon
Posted By: krehfish

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 11/05/10 02:41 AM

Funny look'n permit in that last pic.
Posted By: Don Greife

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 11/05/10 03:05 AM

Hey John, My son Steve can streach small permit enough to make it look like that. I'm going down Monday and try it myself. Hope the weather holds.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 11/27/10 03:46 PM

FISHING REPORT

November 13th through 20th, 2010

Weather Conditions: The week started out clear with Trade Winds easterly, then a low pressure system moved in bringing some rain and wind.

Winds: Easterly Trade Winds at 5 knots, moved to ESE, then SE, moving back to a strong NE at 10-20 knots.

Air Temperature: High: low 80’s, Low: low 60’s

Water Temperature: Low 70’s.

Moonphase: First Quarter on the 13th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Everyone loves a confidence booster, especially as adult learners in a new sport. Our bonefish are a stellar act, and have given our anglers a great invitation to salt water fly fishing. “The newlyweds”, Sara and Shawn, came back with double digit numbers most days. But just as soon as you think bonefish are a “gimmie,” a whole new scene presents itself during low tide conditions. Travis and Kristen our other newlyweds this week had amazing fishing….Travis had permit and tarpon on fly in the first hour, but the bonefish eluded them when the tide went low, keeping him from his grand slam!

PERMIT: Just a crazy permit week. Emir had my long time fishing buddy, Kim Keeley and me out for a day. In the first hour we hooked 4 permit and landed two. Kim’s was bigger, I’ll admit. A nice 19 lbs. The first quarter moon is a great time for permit fishing from our beach as well. Three hooked, none landed. Jim and Matt landed 3 on fly with Nesto their first day out!

TARPON: Wow. Our migratory tarpon are still down by Long Caye, and Savannah has been on fire. Before the low pressure system came in, slick calm conditions with happy floating poons…..Kim and I each came sooooo close to a grand slam, but Mr. Tarpon won with a jump, and angler error! Ouch. Thank you to our El Pescador Guide Team for loving the chase and the glory of tarpon.

SNOOK:  Some large 20 lb snook were seen and cast to, but no bite. I’m expecting one to show up on the dock today for dinner. (No change from last week, and no snook on the dock, yet!)

JACKS: A few jacks nice 15 – 18lb jacks landed this week on spin and fly.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it.

FOR TARPON - 3/0 yellow toads, green Toads, Black Death cockroach, and look out with purple! Your choice, circle hooks will help people who have not had experience setting tarpon, while the standard is still with J-hooks, or set hooks.

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 6 stripped fast. Tan and green crabs, size 6, when they are tailing. We strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 6, on long 14 – 16 ft leaders down to 16lb test. Glass minnow patterns work as well. You just have to be brave enough to try.

This Week’s Summary
Having my long time great gal pal and fishing buddy with me here this week brought back a ton of funny memories. Kim Keeley is one of the best female anglers I know, and having her down here at El Pescador this week was a treat not only for me, but for the guides. On her third cast, she had a 19 lb permit on fly. Captain Emir kissed that fish so much I thought, “Emir’s wife has nothing to worry about, these permit are his girlfriends!” We reminded each other of crazy times as we learned about salt water fly fishing twenty years ago. We are still learning, still making mistakes, still taking brag photos when possible, still loving it. We are very blessed to know this kind of fun.

Lori-Ann - fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


MONSTER PERMIT! 24 pounder caught by El Pescador guest Freeman H.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 02/25/11 03:59 PM

FISHING REPORT

February 12th - February 19th, 2011

Weather Conditions: The cold front moved through, but left the wind. The wind has been a steady 10 – 20 knots, switching up a bit, but it didn’t lay down. Mostly sunny skies shared with some isolated rain showers. Pleasant temps, low 80’s.

Winds: Started NW then moved N, then NE, winding over to our prevailing E wind. 10 knots was considered calm for the week.

Air Temperature: High: mid 80’s. Low: low 60’s.

Water Temperature: Low 70’s.

Moonphase: Full moon on the 18th .

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: : We saw some really big schools of bonefish this week – like 500 fish schools. These fish, mostly small, averaging 1 to 2 lbs, provided huge fun for beginners in the salt. Nothing like blowing a shot but then have the opportunity for several more…..This is fun no matter what. The Crabtree Boyz all caught bonefish, and some for the first time on fly.

PERMIT: Still our stellar player. What can we say. Patrick had his first ever fly fishing in the salt experience – a guide from Ohio, he now has a new passion. He caught several bonefish, but he also caught permit fever. He now wears a bone carving of a permit around his neck to remind him of his next cast…..Then Rob goes and lands a permit with Captain Emir on his last day! Our buddy Bill the 3rd, also landed a permit with Captain Sinoe. Eric, from the Crabtree group, also landed a permit wade fishing with Captain Kachu. And me, I had the perfect shot and the wrong fly, and then the right fly and a bad shot. Ouch! Bottom line, there are a ton of permit around.

TARPON: Some nice shots, some bites, but none to the boat. Savannah had a few good days as well as the smaller lagoons.

SNOOK:  Not seen as much this time of year – they are closer to the mainland.

JACKS: Bill the 3rd landed some nice jacks – nearly spooled a few times.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it

FOR TARPON - 3/0 yellow toads, green Toads, Black Death cockroach, and look out with purple! Your choice, circle hooks will help people who have not had experience setting tarpon, while the standard is still with J-hooks, or set hooks.

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 6 stripped fast. Tan and green crabs, size 6, when they are tailing. We strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 6, on long 14 – 16 ft leaders down to 16lb test. Glass minnow patterns work as well. You just have to be brave enough to try.

This Week’s Summary:
Full moon week. We all noticed “full moon wind,” but it made for some fun stories. Mike has lived a fishing life and this was his first time fly fishing for the big three. His double haul improved but he hauled the fly into himself a few times. All on video of course. “Buccaneers and Bones” took on a whole new narration as Bill the 3rd and Mike made up their own stories. Fun stuff. Anyway, it really is permit fever around here. We are seeing schools, pairs, singles, 5 to 35 lbs. Long casts into the wind, sometimes it is an easy shot, whatever you get, we all know it is magic when it comes together. Lori-Ann.

Lori-Ann - fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Rob and Permit!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 03/17/11 07:50 PM

FISHING REPORT

February 26th - March 5th, 2011

Weather Conditions: It was a windy week, and it pretty much blew 20 knots up to 35 somedays…..and then the wind died way down to 5 to 15 east, which is perfect. Mostly sunny skies. Pleasant temp’s, low 80’s during the day.

Winds: The good news is that the wind was primarily east, sometimes ESE – and even though it blew a solid 20, at least it was consistant, and the fish like that.

Air Temperature: High: low 80’s. Low: low 60’s.

Water Temperature: Low 70’s.

Moonphase: New moon on the 4th .

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: Really good tides this week for bonefish tailing in the mornings and then late in the afternoon. And yes, due to the wind, it was all about getting out and wading and hunting those bones. Nice fish landed both from guide boats as well as independent angling in the lagoon. Oops, well we give away a few spots in the lagoon, and then it’s up to the adventurous angler to find his/her own surprises. Ali, Alonzo and the children all went off to Bonefish Island for a Friday overnight adventure. Perfect camping conditions as the wind has died, and those fish will be wagging their tales to Andie, who landed her first bonefish there on Christmas Day. She is seven years old.

PERMIT: It’s just plain silly right now for permit. Pretty much daily we are having permit landed on fly. For spin, live crab is a gimmie if you get it there….Some over 15 lbs, and most 5 to 10 lbs. But HUGE CONGRATULATIONS SO LINDA SOUCIE FOR HER 20 LB PERMIT ON FLY with Captain Emir! Check out the photos. And ED, wow, did you have a week. Congratulations on Mr. Permit to you – Captain Kachu had a great time teaming up with you this week.

TARPON: Congratulations to REID for his 50 lb tarpon of fly with Captain Erlindo. Six jumps – a sensational bite on Savannah Flats. And the story goes……Reid says to Erlindo, “Do you think we should leave because we aren’t seeing anything? Erlindo, “ they will come.” And did they. Several shots……

SNOOK: Captain Luis will not give up his secret spot for snook and tarpon! Something about “working their way through mangrove creeks….” That’s all I got. Way to go Jerry who landed a 20 lb snook on fly, and had several shots to tarpon 40 to 50 lbs. The week is not over for you…so we are planning on big things. This is the only snook I think anyone has seen. Secret spots!

JACKS: Dave landed a nice jack, and so did Sarah. So did I for that matter….I thought for sure it was a permit. Not that jacks aren’t wonderful by themselves, but when you are targeting permit, you want permit. This is a good fish to practice your skills at managing tippet strength and “putting the wood to the fish.”

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it

FOR TARPON - 3/0 yellow toads, green Toads, Black Death cockroach, and look out with purple! Your choice, circle hooks will help people who have not had experience setting tarpon, while the standard is still with J-hooks, or set hooks.

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 6 stripped fast. Tan and green crabs, size 6, when they are tailing. We strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 6, on long 14 – 16 ft leaders down to 16lb test. Glass minnow patterns work as well. You just have to be brave enough to try.

This Week’s Summary:
I have been having so much fun hearing all the great stories this week! The El Pescador Guide Team is on fire right now! I feel so honored to work with these guys who go out everyday and make it happen for our guests. I brag about them all the time; but really, they take beginners and experienced anglers alike, and with their own independent style, they show people stuff that is truly amazing for fly fishing in the salt. And for those who are spin fishing, there is no lack of adventure. Fishing 400 square miles of flats inside the Barrier Reef. Anything can go on! The best part of being Director of Fishing here at El Pescador is witnessing all the smiles. Lori-Ann. fish@elpescador.com

Lori-Ann - fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Linda and Captain Emir with monster Permit!!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 04/18/11 11:31 PM

FISHING REPORT

April 2nd – April 9th, 2011. PERMIT CENTRAL!!

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny skies with occasional rain showers. Wind moved all around changing fishing conditions, some days it worked and others it caused spooky fishing conditions. Mid week was really pretty.

Winds: 15 – 25 knots, SE, East and then moved NE.

Air Temperature: High: low to high 90’s.  Low: low 70’s.

Water Temperature: mid  70’s. 

Moonphase: New Moon April 2nd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: Really nice bonefishing from the lodge along the beachside of El Pescador this week. These fish are really smart, but this week with the new moon going to first quarter, the fish were participating with anglers testing their skills. Lot of “firsts” for bonefish this week. Beginners usually start by “mudding” fish, and then move to “sighted” fish. Having brown polarized lenses really helps to see the “ghost of the flats.” And then, you want to hunt with the guide….Great to see Barry and Michael again – they had some nice bonefishing. Congratulations David and Jackie….they came here not knowing they would leave knowing how to double haul to bonefish with a fly rod! Yeah.

PERMIT: Silly permit fishing this week. Ed fishing with Capt. Emir landed the permit first…..for the grand slam on fly. Brett knocked it out of the park with Capt. Luis, 3 permit on fly in one day. John landed his first permit on fly as well! It was a great return trip, especially for those looking for permit. Permit shots are anywhere from 40 to 80 feet – usually a fast shot, casting with a Christmas Island Special, size 4 or 6, orange or green, stripped fast. I got to go out with Capt. Carlos for my birthday on the 5th. As soon as I changed my strip a mini second, he ate.  A Permit for my birthday!

TARPON: We had two days mid week where Savannah was just flat out beautiful. Quietly going for the GS, Capt. Carlos and I headed over to Savannah after the permit was landed. I was setting the fish when my rod broke at the butt section (I think the feral was loose) in any cast, I had the tarpon by my hand …line running out, he jumped and I forgot to bow my arm! It felt like a hand shake from God. Lots of eats, jumps and then Ed landed his for his 4th grand slam in his life! 

SNOOK: No one really went after snook this week. It isn’t our season for snook, but sometimes the guides find them tucked way up in the lagoon system.

JACKS: Some nice jacks around 15 lbs landed on fly and spin.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it.

FOR TARPON - 3/0 yellow toads, green Toads, Black Death cockroach, and look out with purple!  Your choice, circle hooks will help people who have not had experience setting tarpon, while the standard is still with J-hooks, or set hooks.

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 6 stripped fast.  Tan and green crabs, size 6, when they are tailing. We strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 6, on long 14 – 16 ft leaders down to 16lb test.  Glass minnow patterns work as well. You just have to be brave enough to try.

This Week’s Summary:
It’s April and fishing is good. It has been windy, but then when it gets good, it’s good. Really fun for me to see so many guests from the Jackson Hole area. Nice to get caught up! Happy birthday John! Awesome that we both caught permit for our birthday! How lucky are we? Glenn, it was a pleasure once again. Thank you so much for leading another successful Orvis seminar. Your students left here with a life long passion in fly fishing. Thanks to my El Pescador family for another great birthday greeting. I mean the day started with Steve leading the staff to my house with a beautiful cake at 6 am. All those beautiful faces wishing me the best! How’s that for wonderful? Lori-Ann. fish@elpescador.com

Lori-Ann - fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador’s Lori-Ann and her Birthday Permit!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 04/26/11 01:37 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: April 9th – April 16th , 2011.

Weather Conditions: Sunny skies and windy most days.

Winds: 15 – 25 knots, SE, East and then moved NE.

Air Temperature: High: High: low to high 90’s. Low: low 70’s.

Water Temperature: mid  70’s. 

Moonphase: First quarter April 11th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: Aaron Adams, the executive director for Bonefish Tarpon Trust was here a month ago and re-energized our tagging efforts. The guides have tagged hundreds of bonefish in the last month! Amazing that El Pescador guides have tagged close 1000 bonefish over the past year, and we have not found a single fish with a tag yet! So, the good news is that our bonefish population continues to be large and healthy. Orvis student Ernie was wondering if he was going to be lucky enough to land a bonefish his first trip. He lost count. Congratulations Ernie, you really soared this week!

PERMIT: Well, we sure tried.

TARPON: Way to go Dave D! Sorry I missed the picture, please send it to me asap! And Walt, that was a beauty. You both pulled these fish from not the easiest conditions! Floating lines, 10 wt outfits, and the big grab.

SNOOK: No one really went after snook this week. It isn’t our season for snook, but sometimes the guides find them tucked way up in the lagoon system.

JACKS: I wore myself out with a 20 plus jack! I forgot how powerful these fish are! I love it when a bunch of them just try to attack the fly. Believe me, the jack pulled the panga around for awhile while I tried to get the flyline within sight.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it

FOR TARPON - 3/0 yellow toads, green Toads, Black Death cockroach, and look out with purple! Your choice, circle hooks will help people who have not had experience setting tarpon, while the standard is still with J-hooks, or set hooks.

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 6 stripped fast. Tan and green crabs, size 6, when they are tailing. We strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 6, on long 14 – 16 ft leaders down to 16lb test. Glass minnow patterns work as well. You just have to be brave enough to try.

This Week’s Summary:
OK, Easter Winds have prevailed, but today as I write this, it is flat calm and beautiful! It’s Easter Week, so maybe, just maybe, we have seen the last of our windy days for the season. I can’t wait to hear how the fishing was from guests and guides today. And the sooner I tell you how wonderful it is here, I’m headed out myself. Full moon tomorrow….and we have early morning and late evening tides. Our tide is max. 2 feet. Anyway, I was away for a couple of days this week traveling in this beautiful country Belize. When I returned home to El Pescador, I noticed a huge difference in the faces of the people I met right before I left. Once again, fly fishing the salt has taken people and put life back into them. And lucky me for getting to see it all happen. Lori-Ann. fish@elpescador.com

Lori-Ann - fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: CaptOneIron

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 04/26/11 11:34 AM

I hope we are not posting one year old fishing reports are we? The dates read 2010 and not 2011. What gives?

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no old reports. check the dates. they are all accurate.... Marty
Posted By: Eskimo

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 04/26/11 11:53 AM

The last four reports are from 2011 and posted in 2011 previous to that the reports are dated 2010 and posted in 2010.

Ollie
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 05/09/11 02:19 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: April 9th – April 16th , 2011.

Weather Conditions: Sunny skies and windy most days.

Winds: 15 – 25 knots, SE, East and then moved NE.

Air Temperature: High: High: low to high 90’s. Low: low 70’s.

Water Temperature: mid  70’s. 

Moonphase: First quarter April 11th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: Aaron Adams, the executive director for Bonefish Tarpon Trust was here a month ago and re-energized our tagging efforts. The guides have tagged hundreds of bonefish in the last month! Amazing that El Pescador guides have tagged close 1000 bonefish over the past year, and we have not found a single fish with a tag yet! So, the good news is that our bonefish population continues to be large and healthy. Orvis student Ernie was wondering if he was going to be lucky enough to land a bonefish his first trip. He lost count. Congratulations Ernie, you really soared this week!

PERMIT: Well, we sure tried.

TARPON: Way to go Dave D! Sorry I missed the picture, please send it to me asap! And Walt, that was a beauty. You both pulled these fish from not the easiest conditions! Floating lines, 10 wt outfits, and the big grab.

SNOOK: No one really went after snook this week. It isn’t our season for snook, but sometimes the guides find them tucked way up in the lagoon system.

JACKS: I wore myself out with a 20 plus jack! I forgot how powerful these fish are! I love it when a bunch of them just try to attack the fly. Believe me, the jack pulled the panga around for awhile while I tried to get the flyline within sight.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it

FOR TARPON - 3/0 yellow toads, green Toads, Black Death cockroach, and look out with purple! Your choice, circle hooks will help people who have not had experience setting tarpon, while the standard is still with J-hooks, or set hooks.

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 6 stripped fast. Tan and green crabs, size 6, when they are tailing. We strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 6, on long 14 – 16 ft leaders down to 16lb test. Glass minnow patterns work as well. You just have to be brave enough to try.

This Week’s Summary:
OK, Easter Winds have prevailed, but today as I write this, it is flat calm and beautiful! It’s Easter Week, so maybe, just maybe, we have seen the last of our windy days for the season. I can’t wait to hear how the fishing was from guests and guides today. And the sooner I tell you how wonderful it is here, I’m headed out myself. Full moon tomorrow….and we have early morning and late evening tides. Our tide is max. 2 feet. Anyway, I was away for a couple of days this week traveling in this beautiful country Belize. When I returned home to El Pescador, I noticed a huge difference in the faces of the people I met right before I left. Once again, fly fishing the salt has taken people and put life back into them. And lucky me for getting to see it all happen. Lori-Ann. fish@elpescador.com

Lori-Ann - fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Bill Kelton gets a Grand Slam!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 05/17/11 03:40 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: April 30th – May 7th, 2011.

Weather Conditions: Sunny skies, some wind, some rain, and pretty wonderful.

Winds: 5 - 15 knots, E, NE – then back to prevailing E. YES!

Air Temperature: High: low to high 90’s. Low: low 70’s.

Water Temperature: mid  70’s. 

Moonphase: New moon on the 3rd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: When someone catches their bonefish, permit or tarpon here at El Pescador, they are awarded a pin. I passed out 20 bonefish pins last night! We had some epic bonefishing this week. It was especially fun for me to see my fishing buddies here – Penny, Betsy and Ann – all doing well hunting bones. The fish were a bit skittish at times this week – making for some really fun and challenging bonfishing.

PERMIT: Friend and fishing buddy Diana Rudolph also showed up this week to fish with me. She had an agenda, and her agenda was permit. That she did! Diana landed 5 permit this week, and one contributed to her grand slam.

Both Jeff’s landed permit, Gary landed permit, Dick had permit on….do you get the picture? It was all about the permit this week! All on stripped flies, mostly CIS.

TARPON: Well, the really big news this week is that I finally landed my first Belize tarpon this week! Thank you Captain Emir, and thank you Diana for being such a great coach and mentor. It got really pretty over on Mosquito Caye, just like you read about. Twenty or so fish, high and happy, each at twenty to forty pounds. It was a flat calm day, and you could see them coming from across the flat. Beautiful. And how about my gal, Diana? Her tarpon added to her first grand slam! Awesome.

SNOOK: No one really went after snook this week. It isn’t our season for snook, but sometimes the guides find them tucked way up in the lagoon system.

JACKS: We had some huge jacks landed this week! All on fly, and wearing our anglers out as they put up a great fight! Twenty plus jacks on fly – you are looking at thirty minutes at least. Really fun.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it.

FOR TARPON - 3/0 yellow toads, green Toads, Black Death cockroach, and look out with purple! Your choice, circle hooks will help people who have not had experience setting tarpon, while the standard is still with J-hooks, or set hooks.

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 6 stripped fast. Tan and green crabs, size 6, when they are tailing. We strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 6, on long 14 – 16 ft leaders down to 16lb test. Glass minnow patterns work as well. You just have to be brave enough to try.

This Week’s Summary:
Seeing my friends this week has really been a gift. And as I said good bye today, I know they will be back soon. Having Diana show up and land her first grand slam here at El Pescador with Captain Emir was the icing on the cake! Diana holds all the women’s records for tarpon, bonefish and permit, and has her own TV show, “Breaking the Surface.” Most of all, she is my fishing buddy.

Repeat guest Steve C. commented on how it really does feel like a family here. I said, “Well, I always tell you that at orientation!” He said, “I know, but you don’t really understand until you spent time here and experience it!” True.

Fishing is getting prime right now. Our big migratory tarpon should be here any day, and the days are flat out beautiful. Penny, Ann, Betsy, it was a pleasure. Great to see so many return guests. Thank you and make sure you go fishing soon!

Lori-Ann. fish@elpescador.com

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 05/23/11 05:12 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: May 7th – May 14th, 2011.

Weather Conditions: Sunny skies, windy most days, but then it calmed down by the weekend. A lot of humidity – it felt like it wanted to rain, but didn’t. We must be getting close to our summer season!

Winds: 10 - 20 knots, E, SE, E; 5 – 10 by the weekend @ E.

Air Temperature: High: low to high 90’s. Low: low 70’s.

Water Temperature: mid to high 70’s. 

Moonphase: First quarter on the 10th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: The bonefishing was not “a gimmie” this week. We had the perfect moon phase, but he tides were against us. High tide was early in the morning, so the tide was falling during fishing hours. All the fish respond to the tide changes, but bonefish will really show you what’s going on. Our bartender and now fished-crazed Antonio, has been showing guests some stellar bonefishing in the lagoon. He and his guests were rewarded when they waited for the bonefish right when the tide switched to low – and there they came – following the tide out from way up in the mangroves. A few got intercepted!

PERMIT: Did I tell you people like to count permit? Funny, I have never been a counter, but I’ve started with permit. Why not? Permit fishing is an intense game, and that is the challenge. All of sudden they are there – and most of the time you will hear, “SHORT!” I’m starting to hate that word. Anyway, I saw schools of permit up by Rosario and Blackadore that amazed me. Hundreds of permit. I had one eat the Avolon fly ( the Cuba craze right now) while wading. My first permit wade fishing. Congratulations to Bernd! He really wanted a permit on fly and was rewarded his last day! He ate a CIS, an orange one. Ron had his first permit….everything was going well until Mr. Barracuda took over. I’m glad that is a rare event, but congratulations on getting the fish on!

TARPON: I posted pictures of Ron and Tim’s day out by Savannah with Captain Cesar on our Facebook page. Wow. Really nice fish guys! We had guests who really wanted tarpon this week, but the wind did not work with us until the end of the week. So it was basically Monday, and then Friday we started seeing fish. We will be checking out Long Caye for our migratory tarpon. Some have arrived, but not the numbers we are expecting….soon!

SNOOK: No one really went after snook this week. It isn’t our season for snook, but sometimes the guides find them tucked way up in the lagoon system.

JACKS: We had some huge jacks landed this week! All on fly, and wearing our anglers out as they put up a great fight! Twenty plus jacks on fly – you are looking at thirty minutes at least. Really fun.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it

FOR TARPON - 3/0 yellow toads, green Toads, Black Death cockroach, and look out with purple! Your choice, circle hooks will help people who have not had experience setting tarpon, while the standard is still with J-hooks, or set hooks.

FOR PERMIT - Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 6 stripped fast. Tan and green crabs, size 6, when they are tailing. We strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 6, on long 14 – 16 ft leaders down to 16lb test. Glass minnow patterns work as well. You just have to be brave enough to try.

This Week’s Summary:
It’s still our busy season. We have been running ten to twelve boats a day….anglers getting up and leaving by 4am to catch the tide…a lot of dedication this week. We welcome our leaders and long time guests to El Pescador, George and Judy! Their dedication to tarpon fishing with Captain Nesto for twenty five years is remarkable. They are in their 80’s and George still stands all day on the deck waiting for the shot! Dedication for a reward that is unforgettable. It was a pleasure out on the casting platform this week. Way to go John for mastering your double haul! The biggest part of upping your game is to continue learning and trying new things in your casting and fishing. We’ll keep you posted on our tarpon as they come in, and you better be looking at finding dates to chase the silver soon!

Lori-Ann. fish@elpescador.com

Posted By: papashine

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 05/24/11 04:56 PM

Who won the Dorado fishing tournament yesterday?
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 05/31/11 01:13 AM

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 05/31/11 01:13 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: May 14th – May 21st, 2011.

Weather Conditions: Hot, humid, sunny and windy.

Winds: 10 - 20 knots, E, ESE, SE, E by Saturday.

Air Temperature: High: low to high 90’s. Low: low 70’s.

Water Temperature: mid to high 70’s. 

Moonphase: Full moon on the 17th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: Congratulations to Diane for catching her first bonefish. Tori and Ron made it happen as well. I just love to see what happens…guests show up so excited and wonder if they are going to be able to catch their first bonefish on a fly. By the time they leave, they have the confidence to keep upping their game. Wade fishing this week was productive due to the wind, our beach fishing was good as well on the incoming tide. Our beach fish are smart, so we go down to 8 or 10 lb, with a size 10 fly.

PERMIT: JB had his first permit on this week, but lost it by the boat. Luckily he and his wife Lynnae are here to fish the rest of the week, so we’ll see. They saw some really big, “pizza box size” permit yesterday with Captain Gilberto. Can you say, Buck Fever! I only know it so well. We are mixing up the platter for permit. We are using more Avalon flies, spawning shrimp patterns, a few crab patterns as well in addition to CIS.

TARPON: Captain Sinoe and Rich got it done - a Nice 30 lb tarpon of fly! Sinoe will not reveal where these fish live. He is so excited he requested his new guests get up at be ready at 5 am to go check them out. Of course our tarpon mentor, George was here fishing with Captain Nesto for the past two weeks. George had on the biggest tarpon in his 80 something years of life. His wife Judy is always there to cheer him on, but this time it was a two and half our fight with what Nesto said was, “at least a 150 lb tarpon.” Nesto is one of the very few fishing guides that I know that really doesn’t exaggerate. They lost it – the hook broke where George had it in the vice. So there you have it, from the vice in Alaska, to one hot fish here in Belize, a 2 ½ hr fight, and the fish won.

SNOOK: No one really went after snook this week. It isn’t our season for snook, but sometimes the guides find them tucked way up in the lagoon system.

JACKS: We had some huge jacks landed this week! All on fly, and wearing our anglers out as they put up a great fight! Twenty plus jacks on fly – you are looking at thirty minutes at least. Really fun.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it

FOR TARPON - 3/0 yellow toads, green Toads, Black Death cockroach, and look out with purple! Your choice, circle hooks will help people who have not had experience setting tarpon, while the standard is still with J-hooks, or set hooks.

FOR PERMIT - We are starting to throw the Avalon Fly. Our 100% confidence fly is of course…..Orange and pink Christmas Island Specials size 6 stripped fast. Tan and green crabs, size 6, when they are tailing. We strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 6, on long 14 – 16 ft leaders down to 16lb test. Glass minnow patterns work as well. You just have to be brave enough to try.

This Week’s Summary:
We see a lot of father/son guests here at El Pescador. Rich and Justin were here – Justin told me he agreed to come if his dad promised not to tell him what to do all the time! So they established their boundaries and then had a great week. Justin told me he isn’t the fisherman his dad is….but then I got him on the casting platform and he was fine! We are so hard on ourselves! Please practice you casting for your trip, but then when you are here, own your shot! Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. I’m hard on myself too – but I remind myself and my students that we are in it for the duration, so learn for each fishing experience and grab a hold of the rewards along the way.

Lori-Ann. fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Wallis and Capt. Carlos with a beauty of a Permit!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 06/10/11 05:42 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: May 21st – May 28th, 2011.

Weather Conditions: Hot, humid, sunny and windy.

Winds: 5 - 15 knots, E, ESE, E. Our prevailing wind is back!

Air Temperature: High: low to high 90’s. Low: low 70’s.

Water Temperature: mid to high 70’s. 

Moonphase: Last quarter on the 24th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: Once again we had several “firsts” for bonefish this week. Due to the falling tide during the day, it made fish a bit spookier. Anglers were cautioned to wear camo colors and keep a low profile cast to the “ghost of the flats.” A couple big fish in the 4 to 6 lb range were landed on fly.

PERMIT: Wow. What a week for permit. Wallis landed two and half yesterday, ( a barracuda got the other half). First permit landed for Wallis so he is super excited. And Matt! A twenty-five pound permit on fly – several shots from his dad, Mac, and then Matt put a few on and then….take off. Jim also landed first permit on fly with Capt. Emir. Guides reported seeing large numbers of permit….anglers had several shots and follows, but no eats. So, the ones that did eat were the results of several shots…and finally the permit decides he or she should eat that fly. All permit on fly this week.

TARPON: Captain Tomas came in early one day, so I hopped on his boat and we headed out to Savannah. We waited for the tide….and as soon as the incoming started, around 1 in afternoon, there they were! I had one eat. I missed it. I checked my shock, but didn’t check the hook. You can guess, I hook another fish and clearly something was wrong. There was that opened up hook! Angler error. No excuses. We had several anglers with fish on…but none landed. Maybe today. Captain Luis left at 4 and headed down south, we’ll see what they say!

SNOOK: No one really went after snook this week. It isn’t our season for snook, but sometimes the guides find them tucked way up in the lagoon system.

JACKS: We had some huge jacks landed this week on fly and spin.

Barracuda! We usually don’t report on barracuda, but we really had an exceptional week. Bill killed em on spin and fly. This is such a fun fish on the flats. They can get big air and really rip your tackle to shreds. If we had a barracuda pin, Bill, you would get it. Cuda 10 – 25 lbs. ;)

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it

FOR TARPON - 3/0 yellow toads, green Toads, Black Death cockroach, and look out with purple! Your choice, circle hooks will help people who have not had experience setting tarpon, while the standard is still with J-hooks, or set hooks.

FOR PERMIT - We are starting to throw the Avalon Fly. Our 100% confidence fly is of course…..Yellow, Green, Orange and Pink Christmas Island Specials size 6 stripped fast. Tan and green crabs, size 6, when they are tailing. We strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 6, on long 14 – 16 ft leaders down to 16lb test. Glass minnow patterns work as well. You just have to be brave enough to try.

This Week’s Summary:
Great to meet the father/son group from Dallas. The guys just graduated from business school. They came here to El Pescador for a nice reward! I think we have a few fly fishing addicts on our hands now. Make sure you get your fishing time allocated when signing that work contract! We have some very serious anglers here this week. Leigh is here strictly for tarpon. It is his dream to land one, and the sooner the better. Ron really wanted a permit – he had a lot of shots with Captain Sinoe, but the fish were not committing. He did leave today thrilled that his is a better saltwater fly fisherman, and I think we’ll see him back in July. It was Matt and Jim that got Ron and Mac here….Matt had 3 permit last trip and landed the big one this trip. No wonder Matt’s smile is so big!

Lori-Ann. fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Matt and his monster Permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 06/22/11 02:39 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: June 4th – 11th, 2011.

Weather Conditions: Sunny or partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms.

Winds: NE 5 – 15, and now it’s E 5 – 10. Perfect.

Air Temperature: High: low to high 90’s. Low: low 70’s.

Water Temperature: mid to high 70’s. 

Moonphase: First quarter June 9, 2011

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: Really classic bonefishing right now – sight fishing in glassy water. The bonefish are saving the day for the tarpon fishermen that got beat up.

PERMIT: On Mike and Mary’s twenty – fifth wedding anniversary they each landed a pemit on spin. Way to go! Thank you Captain Cesar.

TARPON: It’s tarpon week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YES. The guides have been all over, Long Caye, west, Savannah….and let’s just say the bite is on. 4 boats landed tarpon on fly on the 8th, Rick has landed tarpon 4 out of 5 days with Captain Nesto….Rolling tarpon with intermediate lines and usually staked out in the channel, as well as sight fishing for the big ones and then site fishing of course on Savannah.

SNOOK: If you want snook you have to go with Captain Luis. Everyone usually gives up on snook this time of year, but now Luis. They landed snook on spin on the 9th, along with a ton of big snappers.

JACKS: Big jacks on fly and spin.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it.

FOR TARPON - 3/0 yellow toads, green Toads, Black Death cockroach, and look out with purple! Your choice, circle hooks will help people who have not had experience setting tarpon, while the standard is still with J-hooks, or set hooks.

FOR PERMIT - We are starting to throw the Avalon Fly. Our 100% confidence fly is of course…..Yellow, Green, Orange and Pink Christmas Island Specials size 6 stripped fast. Tan and green crabs, size 6, when they are tailing. We strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 6, on long 14 – 16 ft leaders down to 16lb test. Glass minnow patterns work as well. You just have to be brave enough to try.

This Week’s Summary:
: It’s tarpon time!

Lori-Ann. fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Michael and Capt. Emir with monster Tarpon!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 06/28/11 04:26 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: June 11th – June 18th, 2011.

Weather Conditions: E 10 – 20 most of the week, and then the week ends with small craft warnings and huge wind from the E and SE on Saturday. Mostly sunny all week, then rain and thunderstorms the end of the week.

Winds: E, NE, E, SE……storm from the East and South.

Air Temperature: High: low to high 90’s. Low: low 70’s.

Water Temperature: mid to high 70’s. 

Moonphase: Full Moon on the 15th, 2011

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONES: Nigel and Dave had some fantastic bonefishing out on Ali’s Bonefish Island. So much fun in fact they want to get out there again as soon as possible! They survived an epic storm while camping with their families, and they were blessed with some nice bones in the 4 lb plus range. Congratulations to Mike and Sue for some great bonefishing with Captain Erlindo!

PERMIT: Not the time for permit right now. We are seeing them, and some big ones. According to Dave, he and Captain Raton saw permit in the 20 – 30 lb range. We are not seeing the numbers out on the flat because they are still spawning. It was late this year, by a month.

TARPON: The tarpon fishing is incredible right now. Even with all the wind, the anglers were able to get the job done! Jim landed his tarpon the first day out with Captain Emir, Nigel and Dave had two tarpon a piece and some nice bones with Captain Nesto and his son in training, Alex. Savannah on fire. It’s windy now, but we all know the bite is going to be incredible when this lays down!

SNOOK: If you want snook you have to go with Captain Luis. Everyone usually gives up on snook this time of year, but now Luis. They landed snook on spin on the 9th, along with a ton of big snappers.

JACKS: Big jacks on fly and spin.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials size 8 and 6, Charlies and Gotchas. Tan, gold, sexy patterns. Sexy patterns are flies that move so great in the water you just to have it

FOR TARPON - 3/0 yellow toads, green Toads, Black Death cockroach, and look out with purple! Your choice, circle hooks will help people who have not had experience setting tarpon, while the standard is still with J-hooks, or set hooks.

FOR PERMIT - We are starting to throw the Avalon Fly. Our 100% confidence fly is of course…..Yellow, Green, Orange and Pink Christmas Island Specials size 6 stripped fast. Tan and green crabs, size 6, when they are tailing. We strip a lot of flies for permit. It is the way the San Pedro guides do it, and it works! Shrimp patterns, size 6, on long 14 – 16 ft leaders down to 16lb test. Glass minnow patterns work as well. You just have to be brave enough to try.

This Week’s Summary:
I left the island on Friday for the weekend, returning on what ended up being Tuesday instead of Monday. Friday was flat calm. Ricardo drove me out next the reef because it was such a site. The reef was hiding in the flat calm. I came back to EP hearing incredible tarpon stories. The camp went from running 14 boats over the weekend to six or so. The anglers here are all fly fishing enthusiasts. Jim had not fly fished for 25 years and there he was landing tarpon on his first day and tying his white fly at the bench. And then Dave told me he has fly fished his whole life, and you can tell it is very important to him. Vee and Manny have been on fishing vacations with their families for years. They may not have landed tarpon this time like their husbands, but they had a lot to be proud about with their bonefishing. Vee, six or so nice bonefish on the flats in major wind is really really good! Captain’s Nesto, Sinoe and Raton did a really nice job on the camp out – they survived a night in some wind and rain. But hey, that makes for great stories. Mike and Sue we will see you in March and that Avalon will be swallowed immediately. And finally, listen to yourself when you are making that cast. Process all that we learn, but in the end, own it.

Lori-Ann. fish@elpescador.com

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 07/19/11 12:42 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of: July 3rd – July 9th 2011.

Weather Conditions: This week was partly cloudy to cloudy all week, scattered thunderstorms with 1 day of heavy squalls.

Winds: 10-12 mph predominantly out of the East

Air Temperature: Mid 80’s highs, 70 as the low

Water Temperature: Low –mid 80’s. There were some very high tides this week.

Moonphase: The week ended with the quarter moon.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Keith caught some big bones right off the beach in front of the lodge using some of his hand tied flies. Brian swears he hooked “Charlie” the resident 7 pounder (but there was none else present to corroborate this!). Christine and her son Matthew enjoyed their first ever flats trip, Matthew had been practicing on their lawn for weeks and it showed with 23 bonefish on his first day in the salt. Mike saw endless bones and then turned towards permit… His wife Barb didn’t think it was so hard and easily landed many bonefish on the 2 days she went out.

PERMIT: Lots of permit were spotted, Mike had a big permit eat, hooked him up but got cut off shortly into the fight. With that permit embedded in his brain he devoted his last day to conquer the beast to no avail. He has vowed to return. No permit were landed this week.

TARPON: Anne (honeymooning with husband Brian) was spooled by a 130 pound tarpon so quickly that guide Cesar and husband Brian couldn’t get lines and anchors out of the water fast enough to chase it down. They figure it went from 30 feet beside the boat to 350 yards out in less then 30 seconds with several jumps in between. (Apparently Anne remained calm while the two guys were screaming like babies). Meredith landed a beautiful tarpon while fishing with guide Tomas while practicing for the Tres Pescados tournament at the end of the month.. Larry jumped 6 tarpon in a day but they all managed to get off. Not to be out done young Evan (guided by Gilberto) landed a 100 pound poon that took the boat into the mangroves twice and somehow they freed the line both times – an epic 2 hour battle ended with the tarpon landed beside the boat. He out fished, his Dad, Mom, and 2 brothers – Way to go Evan!

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted or seen.

OTHER: Barracuda, snapper, pompanos & jacks were landed.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Gotchas, crazy charlies (tan), spawning shrimp.

FOR TARPON - Black Death (tarpon bunny style) size 2/0, purple demon, chartreuse toad.

FOR PERMIT - Spawning Shrimp, Turneffe crab.

This Week’s Summary:
With an average of only 4 boats out on the water each day the numbers were good. Weather was below average with clouds being more of the enemy than the wind.

Ed - fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Frank exhibiting great "catch and release" technique with his Permit.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 10/20/11 07:49 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of October 2nd – October 9th, 2011

Weather Conditions: Sunday Monday and Tuesday were clear hot and calm, Wednesday and Thursday brought some clouds and morning showers, Friday was heavy rain most of the day, Saturday dreary but fishing was much better.

Winds: Winds were very light and variable all week, nothing more than 5 mph, anglers were begging for more wind to cool themselves off.

Air Temperature: upper 80’s for the high, low 70’s were the low.

Water Temperature: Mid 80’s. Without wind the surface heated up quickly on the sunny days.

Moonphase: The week started near the Quarter moon.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

We had 5 or 6 boats out for the first half of the week and success was not limited to any one species. Bonefish, permit, tarpon, cudas, triggerfish, houndfish, many species of snappers, groupers, sharks and jacks were all brought to the boat. Permit fishing was very successful!!!!!

BONEFISH: Bonefish were plentiful and easy to catch even though most people were concentrating on permit and tarpon. John from Portland caught his fist bonefish on a fly!! Dr. Brianna spent 45 minutes learning to fly cast on Monday night and caught a bonefish on the fly the next day with super guide Gilberto. Her husband Johnson was not able to score one with the fly rod and Brianna is happy to point that out to anyone interested. Karl on his first attempt with a fly rod landed a nice bonefish with Nesto on the platform. Special congratulations go to Betty for landing her first ever bonefish with Gilberto.

PERMIT: 9 permit were landed in the first 3 days of the week. The largest was around 14 pounds. Special congrats goes to Sam G. for his fulfillment of a permit obsession that has been going on for years at El Pescador! Dan’s permit was the largest and he narrowly missed a grand slam due to some rather apathetic tarpon. Paul and Brad could not get the tarpon to the boat so they too missed the grand Slam.

TARPON: Tarpon were everywhere this week but because of the dead clam seas they were still a little spooky and not very aggressive. Kevin in his second visit to EP hooked the most as he was able to get 7 or 8 to eat. The bad news is that none of them got to the boat as Kevin went 0 for 8! Returning guest Greg landed a nice one as did Dan and Jeff. John landed a nice 45 pounder ( his first encounter ever with a tarpon with guide Gilberto!)

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted or seen.

OTHER: Jacks, barracudas, triggerfish, snappers, groupers, sharks, cudas, ladyfish.

FLIES THAT WORKED

Avalon, Christmas Island Specials, Pink Clouser, Gotcha, Crazy Charlie tan

This Week’s Summary:

A great week at the lodge with lots of Divers, couples and fishermen thrown in. Even though our best fishing is in the summer and fall it amazes me that more people don’t take advantage of it! None of our fishermen ever saw another boat!

The casting clinic was very popular as many of the non fishing guests decided to take a stab at it . Karl was the gold star student!

Guide of the week: Gilberto for all the firsts he guided folks to this week. The team of Carlos and Marco are a close second for their grand slam ( over 2 days) with Dan.

Ed - fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Dan’s Grand Slam!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 10/28/11 12:13 AM

FISHING REPORT

GRAND SLAMS AND WEDDING BELLS HEARD AT EL PESCADOR

Week of October 16th – October 22nd, 2011

Weather Conditions: Sunday was overcast with gradual clearing with overcast afternoon, Monday much improved with partly cloudy skies. The rest of the week was slight overcast to overcast with just a few peaks of sun.

Winds: Winds were out of the northwest all week meaning there was some good calm flat over by the mainland. Wind speeds were calm to 10 miles per hour

Air Temperature: mid 80’s for the high, low 70’s were the low.

Water Temperature: Mid 80’s. Without wind the surface heated up quickly on the sunny days.

Moonphase: The week started near the Last Quarter Moon.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

Bonefish, tarpon, permit, cudas, jacks, snook, ladyfish, snappers, pompano, GRAND SLAM FOR JOHN

BONEFISH: Rick and Fritz lit up bonefishing losing track on their 3 days of fishing. Jeri (Rick’s wife) went out one day and landed her first bonefish. Kimberly’s first fish ever was a bonefish on a fly rod – nice…..it was on he sweetheart Scott’s birthday!

PERMIT: John landed his first permit ever while wading with Luis (Gilberto’s son – guide in training) then got 3 more on the same flat! John from Hatch reels boated a nice one on his way to a grand slam on Friday with guide Sinoe.

TARPON: Jeff is no longer a tarpon free man as he landed his first tarpon with Emir and hooked several more. His buddy Charles hooked a few but managed to break the 50 lb leader with some super human strip sets! Danny and John from Hatch Reels landed a few beauties out on Savannah Flats. Mark and his son Kyle came close to the record for most tarpon caught as they found an energetic school of 8-15 pound tarpon – 6 to the boat and many others hooked!

SNOOK: Mark and Kyle also had a banner day fishing the mainland for snook with guide Cesar. They had 10 snook to the boat. Mark and Kyle put in some 10 hour days.

FLIES THAT WORKED

Chatreuse clouser, Orange butt tarpon, Crazy Charlie tan, white deceiver, Merkin crab, Gotcha, Christmas Island Special pink and tan.

This Week’s Summary:

Lots of good things to report this week despite the slight overcast that persisted most of the week..– Endless bonefish, a few permit and a bunch of tarpon.

Special congratulations go to Charles for the catch of the week: his successful marriage proposal to the lovely Allison. We are hoping for a honeymoon visit next year!

Guide of the week: Sinoe for the grand slam with John from Hatch reels but a too close to call second place goes to Cesar for his multi snook, multi tarpon day!

Ed - fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guests Charlie and Allison
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 11/22/11 12:04 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of November 13th – 19th, 2011

Weather Conditions: The week began with some overcast skies which made it challenging to find fish, but when the skies cleared, it was great! We had a weak cold front (the temperature doesn’t drop much, it’s just what we call a storm that comes in).

Winds: Mostly from the Northwest 5-15 mph switching to north northeast later in the week.

Air Temperature: low to mid 80’s for the high, low 70’s were the low.

Water Temperature: Low 80’s.

Moonphase: Last Quarter on the 18th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Some really big bonefish were landed this week from the Crab Caye area – 5 to 8 lbs! Love that Gotcha fly! Several schools of bones in the 3 to 4 lb range. Richard and Victoria had several good bonefishing days and Dirk landed his first bonefish on fly….followed by several others. Kristen and Ted came here to land a bonefish on fly..they did that and more!

PERMIT: So who shows up and lands two permit on fly for the first time in their lives on day one! Well, it happened to Ted and Steve this week! Ted almost slammed twice with Captain Carlos Sr, but the tarpon came undone. One with a broken rod, and the next one right by the boat! (I don’t feel sorry for him!!) He was beaming all week. And Steve went out with Captain Luis and did the same thing on permit. Landed 2 on fly. So we had 4 permit landed by guests and well, Captain Carlos took a cast when Ted was playing his fish and they had doubles. Wading. So, 5 landed, and 6 hook ups.

TARPON: Our serious November tarpon fishermen are here. George landed one with Captain Nesto, and Mark had 4 eat, jumps and runs one day with Captain Tomas, and so far has landed 2. Joshua is tarpon crazed. He tied some beautiful flies, hoping they get lost actually…check out “Kings Kinky Muddler.” In tan – they chomp it all day long. I’m hoping he gets one to the boat. I have lost count of all the eats, which means he is at least getting the “bait to the plate,” as they say. Patience.

SNOOK: The guides are seeing more snook as we move into our winter months.

FLIES THAT WORKED

Check out “Kings Kinky Muddler” on Dan Blanton’s website. The tarpon are loving this fly! Chartreuse toad, Gotcha, Christmas Island Special, Crazy Charlie, Bonefish bitters, small crabs on the smart bonefish out front, and blue and silver for tarpon patterns were working well on Savannah.

This Week’s Summary:

It really does blow my mind when people come here for their first saltwater fly fishing experience and end up landing permit and tarpon as well as bonefish. I don’t know why it took me forever! Truly an amazing fishery and I have to give it to our guides. In the two years I have been here now, I have seen them grow in their teaching. They are used to having really accomplished anglers here, but now we are excited to see so many anglers who are new to the salt visiting us. With that, the guides have learned to work with a variety of abilities and magic happens! It warms all of our hearts to see George and Judy here for their 25th year here at EP! And Bob, we will see you here next year with your buddy Mark. I’m sorry to tell you he is nailing the tarpon in your absence! It’s really lovely here right now. Good moon and tides for this week as we move into our Thanksgiving week. We are blessed!

Guide of the week: Bottom line, Captain Carlos Sr. is a ninga! He took Ted and Kristen out on day one, and Ted hooked 3 permit and landed 2. Carlos grabbed a rod when Ted was fighting a permit and they had doubles. Wading for permit and from the boat….Captain Carlos is 70 y/o and lights up when talking about his fishing. I just love it.

fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Ted and his very first Permit on a Fly!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 12/09/11 10:33 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of November 26th – December 3rd, 2011

Weather Conditions: High pressures behind cold front to maintain cool and windy weather. Showers and periods of light rain.

Winds: North to Northwest 20 – 30 knots, then moved to NE 20knots.

Air Temperature: Highs: 26C/79F, Lows: 18C/64F

Water Temperature: 80.

Moonphase: The first quarter moon on the 20th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Some giant schools of bonefish showing up on the east side – so up from the lodge, beach side. The guides report hundreds of “big bonefish (4 – 8 lb fish) in schools right off some of the docks! Congrats to Jeff, Eric, Justin, Renee and Kara for their first bonefish.

PERMIT: Permit shots all week, but the final comment is, “It’s too cold for them to eat!” All the same, schools 5 – 15 lb, and then some bigger fish found south of San Pedro. Jeff caught a small permit on spin. We primarily used the “Avalon” and the fish followed……. Smitty was awarded a “jack” pin because he landed a jack, but really, really wanted a permit on fly.

TARPON: Yay Bradford! Tarpon on fly. And Justin, first tarpon on fly as well! Lot’s of shots of tarpon from the north to the south, but when the wind went NE it shut down.

SNOOK: They’re around.

FLIES THAT WORKED

Frank was our featured tier this week. We made Avalon’s out of all kinds of materials – we were short on the beads, so we modified the fly. It got the attention of a lot of permit! Light flies on Savannah, tan, white. Small crabs working well for bonefish.

This Week’s Summary:

It was really fun to have so many of our friends here this week. Guests who have been coming here for years – so everyone feels right at home. I do think I need some more support. When the guides and the guests give me a hard time I can’t hide! Sorry you guys are going to miss our Christmas party this year! It was a great week of laughter, serious angling and bonding with new and old friends. We also celebrated our Office Manager, Marlin’s, 23 rd birthday! It’s wintertime in Belize and it’s pretty nice.

Guide of the week: Captain Tomas had Mark in tarpon like you read about. It was really wonderful to watch these two head out each morning. Mark had a ridiculous number of bites and was able to land one on fly! Captain Tomas worked with Mark to make his fishing trip!

L-A fish@elpescador.com
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 01/29/12 03:53 PM

FISHING REPORT

January 15 – 22nd, 2012

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny with a few showers. With that we also had some sensational rainbows!

Winds: NNE then moved to ESE.

Air Temperature: Highs: 27 C/ 81F Lows: 20 C/ 68F

Water Temperature: 78

Moonphase: Last quarter on the 16th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Jill didn’t think she could do it, but congratulations for your first several bonefish on fly gal! Trapper and Adam got into bonefish armies out in the back lagoon via our Fish Hawk Kayaks. There were a few 7 lb bonefish landed out in the lagoon this week. Tailing fish! Ian and Ian, father and son had some incredible bonefishing with Captain Raton.

PERMIT: Dan landed his permit on fly the last day he was here with Captain Kechu! Talk about the big incentive for coming back! And then, I don’t know his magic, but Steve landed 5 permit on fly, in addition to his grand slam! How is that? He and Captain Emir were unstoppable. And Captain Carlos lead Whitey into 2 permit on fly – not bad from a guy who lives in Smithers!

TARPON: Steve did it for his grand slam on fly! Gary and Captain Cesar knocked it out of the park on the first cast of the day! A nice 40 lb fish on fly, way to go Gary. Whitey had one on over by Solanas, but they lost it. And then way to go Grant from Botswana – landed tarpon of fly with Captain Sinoe. And then they partied! Imagine….

SNOOK: Steve was going for his “Super Grand Slam” but didn’t find any takers for the fly. Snook fishing should stay around for another month or so – or until the dry season starts.

FLIES THAT WORKED

Some innovative crab patterns for permit , but mostly Christmas Islands size 4 and 6 for permit in orange. Savannah fish are loving 1/0 in light tans, yellows….. bunnies, toads, cockroach patterns all working. Dan’s fly was the winner for bonefish, but it’s a secret. Oh well, time to get at the vice and copy!

This Week’s Summary:

We had this wonderful wacky group from Botswana this week. We all had such a good time as we watched big time game hunting guides in Africa turn into Belizean tourists. Way to go. Ian Sr. said, “I’m so surprised that there are people here from all different walks of life, yet we all get along so well! “ My answer, fishing. Fishing is the common denominator here at El Pescador. And it is truly magic. Listen to this one. Dan was a little sad in the morning before fishing. The weather was looking challenging at best. I walked in to the restaurant and said, “Well, this looks like the day I went out and landed a permit last week!” Dan said, “Yeah, last week stories.” I went on to tell him how a double rainbow came out and then I landed my permit. So, he and Jill go out to see what the day was going to bring with Captain Kechu. Rainbows and permit! Yeah!

Guide of the week: Captain Emir for bringing Steve into his first Grand Slam and…..5 permt. All on fly. Wow.

L-A fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Travis’s Grand Slam
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 02/05/12 07:41 PM

FISHING REPORT

January 22nd – February 5th, 2012

Weather Conditions: Mixed weather as cold front conditions threatened the first week presenting some rainy days as well as a some sunny days…. then we got hit with another cold front that decided to hover. By the end of the week, the cold front dissipated and we ended up with a weekend of flat calm, beautiful weather blowing from the NE at about 5.

Winds: With the cold front, the wind changed directions daily. 5 – 15 mostly from the NNE. Today it’s 3 – 5 NE and beautiful.

Air Temperature: Highs: 27 C/ 81F Lows: 20 C/ 68F

Water Temperature: 78

Moonphase: New moon on January 23rd

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Thank goodness for mudding fish, tailing fish, and waking fish! We did not have a lot of sun, but we did have bonefish on fly and spin to keep our anglers happy.

PERMIT: Steve landed a permit on the 4th with Captain Cesar! Way to go, numero uno. Dale landed permit on fly with Captain Cesar as well.

TARPON: Dale landed tarpon on fly…he had his permit and his tarpon…and let his buddy have the deck after that. Wow.

SNOOK: Snook landed on spin. Snook are not part of the catch and release program, maybe someday. They are great eating, and that’s the problem. They are also a magnificent fish and with the big three, make a Super Grand Slam.

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. Cesar is crazy about the tan toad for tarpon, size 1/0.

This Week’s Summary:

Wow. We have had a ton of activity around here these past few weeks. We had a big group of 40 fellow businessmen and anglers come together. This was their 28th year for these fishing trips, and it was really fun to witness special friendships, which started with a fishing trip years ago. We had some tough weather, but I have to give it to our guests who really kept a good attitude and made it happen! We worked on casting, and learning as well as fishing. Big fun!

Guide of the week: Captain Cesar for double tarpon on fly!

L-A fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador Guest Garry K and his Tarpon!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 02/15/12 11:39 PM

FISHING REPORT

February 5th – 12th, 2012

Weather Conditions: We had some flat calm days which was really fun for riding in the boat as much as fishing! Full moon tides and pre cold front conditions. The cold front came in at the end of the week, with close to 25 knot wind on Sunday.

Winds: NW @ 5 knots, moved to SE, then back to NNE up to 25 knots at the end of the week.

Air Temperature: Highs: 27 C/ 81F   Lows: 20 C/ 68F

Water Temperature: 78

Moonphase: Full moon on the 7th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: We’ve had some stellar bonefishing along the beach north of the lodge. These are fish up to 6/7 lbs, which is huge for us. Mark and Carol wandered up the beach and Mark had some nice bones on fly and Carol found some on light spin. Jeff took the lagoon by storm once again….tailing fish up to 4 lbs. A big part of the EP experience is all the fishing that can be done as “Do it yourself” fishing. And our bonefishing is best for this experience.

PERMIT: Steve landed permit on fly with Captain Cesar. First cast, two strips…permit. Others had follows and trout sets. When it was flat calm, we had tailing fish along the beach up by Rocky Point. Mostly anglers cast to schools of fish – watching for the wakes, and then intercepting them with the fly. And that fly is almost always a Christmas Island Special.

TARPON: Jeff landed a 15 lb tarpon with Captain Emir our by Mosquito. With the weather, most of the guides have been fishing the West coast. Ray S. landed 2 one day with Captain Sinoe. Sinoe was in fish all week, it was just about finding the day and the fly.

SNOOK: Ray and Kate brought back a 10 lb snook, but they said they missed several in the 20 – 30 lb range! Sometimes those big fish decide they don’t like flies, no matter how hard you try. But what a take when it happens! Our snook season, which is generally a winter one, is still strong.

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. Cesar is crazy about the tan toad for tarpon, size 1/0.

This Week’s Summary:

It was old home week as Ray S returned with his clan to seduce the flats with their flies. Ray and Kate, thank you. It was great to see everyone! We had days like you read about. Really pretty mornings - flat calm that lasted about 3 days. We adventure out, test our skills, our endurance, our comfort level….and we tap into a part of life that keeps giving back.

Guide of the week: Captain Sinoe for finding a ton of tarpon all week.

L-A fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador Guest Stephen I and his Snook!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 02/21/12 01:01 AM

FISHING REPORT

February 12th – 19th , 2012

Weather Conditions: Our weather has started to settle out –still have some wind, but mostly sunny beautiful days!

Winds: North, then NE, Easterly ending the week ESE @ 10 – 15 knots.

Air Temperature: Highs: 27 C/ 81F    Lows: 20 C/ 68F

Water Temperature: 78

Moonphase: Last Quarter on the 14th, Valentine’s Day Moon.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Just a great week for tailing bones in the lee! And some dandies in the 4 – 6 lb. range caught on both fly and spin. Weedguards needed for those turtle grass flats on your bonefish flies. (Seems I always get stuck with not enough flies with weedguards in my box!). With the morning and late afternoon rising tides, we have good fishing both in the lagoon as well as the front up the beach.

PERMIT: Norm does it again with Captain Carlos! CIS to one fish, and he ate! Mark from Bozeman landed a nice permit with Captain Emir. Captain Cesar put Meredith on permit, she landed a nice one, and then went on to try for the grand slam….and soooo close! Lots of permit found on the front as well as the back. Average permit size 8 – 10 lbs, but there are some 30 lb fish swimming around teasing us! All fish caught on fly.

TARPON: Meredith had one on with Captain Cesar. Marty landed a tarpon on spin with Captain Cesar – worth that early departure. Lots of tarpon shots out around Savannah to the West coast.

SNOOK: Carrie landed a nice 10 lb snook on fly. Guides reporting snook up to 30 lbs, but not always wanting the fly.

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. Cesar is crazy about the tan toad for tarpon, size 1/0.

This Week’s Summary:

I just love seeing our repeat guests! Like the seasons that package their unique gifts in nature, our anglers show up to remind me it’s “that’s time” to be with their favorite guide and make fun adventures happen each day. It’s really heart warming to see the guide’s face light up when he sees his friends return. Stories start before they leave the dock…as well as a new plan for the day in front of them. Karl and Nancy were here and time flew by! Smiles all around. And it was a special treat to see my friends the Tones. I started guiding them 20 years ago, and we just had a big fun week here in Belize. That’s the life we live, are we are so lucky. Fishing is good right now!

Guide of the week: Captain Carlos, “The Legend.” For a reason.

L-A fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador Guest Adam showing correct catch and release technique
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 04/05/12 01:08 PM

FISHING REPORT

April 5, 2012


The seas have been quite rough lately, 7 to 10 foot waves. The weather has been humid and hot. No rain, but hazy days. The fishing inside the reef has been a bit slow. Mostly small snappers, jacks, small groupers and as usual, the fish that always saves the day from coming empty handed, the famous barracuda.


Now, weather permitting, the offshore fishing has been pretty good!! The dorado's have been biting pretty good; caught about 15 this week, and for down here, that is pretty good. These, are considered to be the best eating fish on the ocean!! The tuna's have been active on the late evenings as well. Mostly, blackfin that range from 5 to 10 lbs. That is the average size we catch down here. Sailfish season has started but it has been too rough to go out for them. Also have been catching some wahoo as well as we are at the ending of the wahoo season.


The flats have been doing ok, but mostly only for bonefish since the weather has not been too favorable to go for tarpon and permit. If you can beat the other boats to the bonefish honey hole behind Cangrejo Caye, it is a sure thing, but you have to use a long leader, 16 ft, at least with a small fly, preferably a Christmas Island.


Now you can always catch medium size tarpon all year round in the channels at the south end of the island with life bait and occasionally with flies too, if you are lucky.


Hoping for the breeze to die down to get down to some serious fishing!! Tight lines


By Capt Hillyboo

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 04/12/12 03:43 PM

FISHING REPORT

April 12, 2012

Well, with the coming of the full moon, the strong Easter winds died down together with it as usual except for a few showers here and there, but nothing to stop a true angler from going out for some serious fishing; and boy am I excited about writing this report, because it was one of the best fishing weeks ever!!!

It is sailfish season down here and there is quite a bit of sailfish around, but you have to know how to catch them, because they can be tricky. If you want to drift fish for them along the drop off, where they usually hang around looking for food, the best bait is using a live sardine with a small hook with a short wire leader and about 15 feet of 150lb test shock leader to go with it. A few friends have landed some this week and on good Friday, I landed 2 myself!!! The sailfish down here are Atlantic sailfish and are relatively small, average 30 to 50 lbs, but can be a lot of fun on light tackle.

The dorado's are still doing good, caught some nice ones this week, but my ultimate day was today, April 11th. Landing 2 white marlins, a 40 lb dorado and a bunch of black fin tuna's and big barracudas!!! Now that is what I call a great day of fishing down here, since white marlin are rare for down here and consider yourselve lucky if you catch one or two for the whole year, so landing 2 on the same day is exceptional!!!

The flats have been doing good, mostly for bonefish and permit. The tarpon have been a bit elusive this week. The bonefish honeyhole, behind Cangrejo Caye is a sure thing but you have to know how to catch them, because they are starting to get tricky or real smart, I guess that is why they hang around in schools, ja ja!!! I will give you a few tips on how to catch them next week. From what I here from my other fellow captains, the reef fishing has been a bit slow, except for the old faithful, the barracuda.

Just got to keep your lines in the water and hope for the best, after all it is called fishing, not catching!!!!

Tight lines, Capt Hillyboo


Here is a white marlins I caught yesterday, there were two.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 04/20/12 02:58 PM

FISHING REPORT

April 20, 2012

The seas stayed calm for a couple of days, just enough to go chase some tuna. The tuna start migrating down here from May through September; but it seems that they are starting to come a little early this year!!! But u have to get up real early if u want to catch them. And I mean at least 5 o'clock in the morning, because by 7 they stop biting. I was able to catch about 50 little (torpedo) tuna, that is black fins, ranging from 5 to 10 lbs and with light tackle, they are a lot of fun to catch and make great sushi and tuna salad or casserole!!!!

The dorado's and the sailfish are still biting. Some friends of mine caught a few this week and I personally landed some nice dorado, but no sailfish.

It rained and the breeze starting blowing for a couple of days after that, and the fishing got a little slow with it. But it has cleared up and the fishing is back to normal. From what I here from Omar, (the doctor of the flats), the flats have been doing pretty good for bonefish and permit.

Now going back to last week's report, the way to catch the bonefish at the honey hole behind Cangrejo Caye, u have to use a 12 foot leader with 4 feet of 10 lb Tippett with a small Christmass Island fly and u are sure to score. Now if u are spin casting, make sure u have some hermit crab to entice them. They just can't resist it!! U will have multiple hook ups!! I have landed up to 50 this way!!' No lie. Well maybe 60!! Ha ha!!

Tomorrow I am going out deepsea fishing and I am going out to Turneffe Atoll, which is one the hottest spots for fishing and I am excited to see what the ocean will have for me tomorrow . I will let u know on next 's week report.

Tight lines, Capt Hillyboo


Here is a dorado I caught this week.

Posted By: joey2angels

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 04/20/12 05:15 PM

Great looking Dorado Marty....who's the guide? Is he available for pick up at Caye Caulker?
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 04/27/12 02:16 PM

check with Hilly boo, he is the guide....
http://fishingunlimited.bz/
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - weekly - 04/27/12 02:22 PM

FISHING REPORT

April 27, 2012

Well, the weather was fairly good all weak long, except for a few showers here and there. Also it was a bit unusual to get the breeze to be blowing from the northwest. And it did pretty strong for a couple of days, but it was welcomed, since all we had been having is hot humid weather. So it help cooled down the island a bit.

Anyway, my Turneffe fishing trip turned out to be a barracuda catching trip. I saw a big marlin jump and a sailfish but could not get none of them to bite. I ended up catching 16 barracudas, a king mackerel and a tuna, but a slow day of fishing beats any day at the office!!

Now, I cannot say the same for the reef fishing and the night fishing!! The reef fishing has been doing great! I have been fishing the drop off at around 130 feet of water and have been catching lots of Spanish mackerels, ocean trigger fish, big yellow tail snappers, strawberry and nassau groupers and horse eye jacks as well!! I have been using cut bait on the bottom and live bait on floating line and it has been doing great. Live sardines and lots of chum Is the way to go!! Now don't ask me the spot, cause it is not going to happen. U will have to come down so I can take u out personally and blind folded too! Ha ha!! Just kidding!!

The night fishing was excellent too. Well at least for the tarpon. I got to go out one night and boy, were they biting !!! I landed 4 all ranging from 40 to 60 lbs and we could had easily landed 10 if the anglers I had were not so novice!!! They were biting with live sardines at the channels at the south end of the island right at sun down. That is the good thing about living on my island, ( La Isla Bonita ) because there is such a diversity of fish that u can always go out and be sure enough to catch something !!!

Well until next week, but for now, keep those lines tight !!

by Capt Hillyboo


Tarpon fishing at night.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/02/12 05:17 PM

EL PESCADOR'S FISHING REPORT

Week of April 22-28, 2012

Weather Conditions: Mostly clear – cooler for this time of year.

Winds: 15-20 mph early in the week, starting from the North and moving to NE, E. Week ended with 10 @ NE.

Air Temperature: Highs in the mid 80’s and the lows were in the low 70’s.

Water Temperature: around 80 degrees

Moonphase: The new moon was on April 21

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: lots of bonefish on Sunday.. 25 to Sal on his first day of fly fishing! Another boat had a 50 fish day! Beginning fly fishermen Bill and his son Sean had 2 great days of bonefish, Aud from Norway boated a bunch of bonefish and then cheered Jon as he hooked another tarpon. And the bonefish in front of the lodge just keep getting bigger! George and I were talking and he wanted to know what fly I used a few weeks back on a nice bone in front of the lodge. He had landed one that day, and wanted to compare. Usually we are thinking “smaller for smarter fish…like a 10 with a few wraps.” We were both successful on a size 6 tan and fat shrimp pattern.

PERMIT: A few shots every day for the few that went permit fishing – what happened after that makes the story. Tim and Captain Kechu had a nice permit on, but not landed. It’s was Tim’s second cast of his trip! Jon of course cleaned up with Kechu earlier in the week with 4 permit bites, and two landed. Nice.

TARPON: 3 hookups and one to the boat for Jerry and guide Tomas on Monday. Captain Kechu and Jon landed a 60 lb fish from Savannah!

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Some with weed guards…but Gotchas, Christmas Island Special, Small crabs, in size 8 and 6.

FOR PERMIT - Our “rice and beans” = Christmas Island Specials, size 4 and 6. Also, tan crab patterns in 6.

FOR TARPON - Brown cockroach pattern with some EP fibers to spice things up. Size 3/0. Black death, and then tan toads, white, white and chartreuse bunny’s – size 1/0 – 3/0.

This Week’s Summary:

It’s the time of year we have been waiting for. Nice sunny days, and all the fish are in town. The big girls, tarpon up to 200 lbs are starting to show. We expect to see the masses in a few weeks. Thank you to Ed for doing a great job as fishing director while I had a chance to see friends, family and fish in the States. The highlight for me this week back home at EP was watching Ali teach our guides Fly Fishing Federation guidelines as they prepare for testing at the end of May. Ali is learning as she is teaching, and she has their 100% attention as they take on learning the language of fly casting instruction. Follow her on facebook as we all learn together! We have had great fishing, good times, and we are all pumped up on casting!

Guide of the week: Captain Kechu. Jon and Kechu targeted the grand slam. It happened in two days instead of one, but all the same, nice going! 2 permit on fly and one 60 lb tarpon on fly with several respectable bonefish

Ed & L-A fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador Guest Jerry with his Tarpon … and great catch and release technique!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/03/12 02:52 PM

CAPTAIN HILLYBOO'S FISHING REPORT

May 3, 2012

We have had beautiful weather all week long, especially in the mornings. It has been very calm with a light breeze picking up in the afternoons, which is very much welcomed, since it has been mostly hot and humid lately; but at least it is good fishing weather.

This weekend, we are hosting our annual dorado fishing rodeo fishing competition. It has always had good participation and it has some attractive cash prices to go with it as well!! If anybody is interested in fishing it, u can contact me through my email, hillyboo1991@yahoo.com. Or call my cell number 011-501-6657106 for more info. I won it a couple of years ago!!!

Anyway the fishing has been pretty good this week. The reef fishing has been average, with big barracudas hitting on the drop off along the reef. And the snappers and groupers have also been a bit active as well. Now if u want to catch the deep water snappers and the deepwater yellow fin groupers, u better be prepaired to reel them in from anywhere from 250 to 500 ft of water!!! And these are plentiful, if u find the right spot, but preferably using an electric reel because after reeling in a couple of these fish from that dept, u are ready to pass out! It Is like going to the gym!!!

The mutton snappers should be biting on this next moon. It is spawning month for them. U can catch them all along the drop off in about 80 to 130 ft of water but the best place to catch is at Rocky Point. These fish average from 15 to 25 lbs and u can fill a big cooler of them if u hit the right spot.

The offshore was a bit slow around the main reef, but my brother Mike, did excellent at the Wahoo Honeyhole at the atoll of Lighthouse Reef ( that us where the famous Blue Hole us located). He is a dive master at Amigos del Mar dive shop and occasionally does private fishing charters, for people that have their own boats. Well, they landed 9 wahoo's and 42 tuna's and a whole lot of barracudas !!! Now that is a good fishing day, and almost beats my record of 14 wahoo's and 47 tuna's for one day!! It is a good thing that I taught him everything he knows !!! Ha ha ! Just had to rub it in!!

The flats have been doing very good. Especially for the bone fish and permit . Lots of them! I went bone fishing a couple of times this week and several times I had double hook ups and landed too!!! I am even attaching a picture of one of my double hook ups, as proof; because as u know all fishermen are liars except for me and u, and sometimes I am not so sure about u!!!

Until next week, Capt Hillyboo
Tight lines!!!!!


Bonefishing at the Cangrejo Honeyhole.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/14/12 02:00 PM

FISHING REPORT

May 13, 2012

Well this week was a very exciting fishing week. Capt Shark's together with Holiday Hotel hosted the 6th annual Dorado Fishing Tournament and it was a success. A total of 19 boats participated.

The boat Cristina took first place landing 2 dorado's, and the Real Deal, captained by yours truly, me ( Hillyboo Lara) came out with the second place landing 2 dorado's as well, but only 1 of them qualified giving me the second place. My girlfriend caught the fish and sadly we lost a second one. It was a big bull. The Aliyah Marley captained by Ricky Marin came out 3rd. The fishing was good but could have been better if the tournament had not been held during a full moon. And full it was. It was the closest full moon to the earth we have had in a while. And fish usually feed at night because of the abundance of bait fish around.

Anyway, the flats have been doing really well for tarpon since it is tarpon season here on the island and the night fishing has been doing excellent too. Wednesday night, I landed about 10 and lost about 5 and that is because I only had only one angler.

The bones and the permit are also active too.

We are also getting ready for our next tournament which will be sponsered by the Belikin company. And will be called the San Pedro Day Belikin Spectacular Blue Water Fishing Tournament.

Well until next week, keep those lines tight. Capt Hillyboo


My girlfriend's second place dorado

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/16/12 05:58 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of May 5 – May 12, 2012

Weather Conditions: Sunny skies, a little wind, and flat out beautiful.

Winds: E 5 – 15. Some days in the back it was N, NE.

Air Temperature: Highs in the mid 80’s and the lows were in the low 70’s.

Water Temperature: around 80 degrees

Moonphase: Last quarter on the 12th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Cindy practiced her casting before she came with Anthony…and when she received her bonefish award she was beaming. She truly decided to learn something new and accomplished a dream – landing a bonefish on a flyrod. Natalie landed a huge 22 inch bonefish when out with her husband Chad, also a first. So many bonefish were landed on fly and spin, that the general comment was, “ we lost track.”

PERMIT: Lisa had three permit on with Captain Carlos, landed one. Then she landed another one the next day. All on fly. Captain Emir put Shelley onto her first permit on fly. Chuck landed permit with Captain Cesar – and had a big fish break off on Friday. He brought a quiver of flyrods – he came to play hard! David killed it this week with Captain Kechu – 2 permit on fly, one of them wading. Most fish landed were between 5 – 15 lbs. Des landed a 30 lb permit on live crab, and John and John ripped it up with Captain Sinoe – 3 large permit on live crab. Last but not least, Chad came here to land a permit and he did with Captain Tomas. Nice work!

TARPON: Betsy jumped a tarpon on Savannah with Captian Carlos. She is forever hooked. I told her….”It’s like a handshake from God.” It will wake you up! Chad had a tarpon on with Captain Tomas, also came unbuttoned. You know they can’t stop thinking about those bites! David landed a nice tarpon with Captain Kechu on Savannah, about a 25 pounder. Des also landed a tarpon with Captian Kechu. Both on fly. Captain Emir had Phillip and Shelley down south, and THE BIG GIRLS ARE IN!!!!!!!!!!! They are going out tomorrow morning at 5:30 armed and ready.

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - some with weed guards…but Gotchas, Christmas Island Special, Small crabs, in size 8 and 6.

FOR PERMIT - Our “rice and beans” = Christmas Island Specials, size 4 and 6. Also, tan crab patterns in 6.

FOR TARPON - Brown cockroach pattern with some EP fibers to spice things up. Size 3/0. Black death, and then tan toads, white, white and chartreuse bunny’s – size 1/0 – 3/0.

This Week’s Summary:

It was a magic week. The weather was perfect and it was hard to keep track of what was being landed. Fishing is like you read about right now. It was also a special week because we remember Logan and his vision for El Pescador. His family, Chris, Steve and Ali have taken El Pescador and made it one of the best fishing lodges in the world. He touched many of the staff members that still work here today. It’s been ten years and his spirit lives here everyday. The guides share big adventure stories about fishing with Logan. He was an incredible fisherman. Logan you would be so proud. I’m very lucky to know and live your dream. We wear it on our shirts, “El Pescador Family.”

Guide of the week: Captain Carlos for getting Lisa and Betsy into fly fishing saltwater heaven. And for being so patient with them as they learned and accomplished landing fish way beyond their dreams.

L-A fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador Guest Doug J with his Permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/22/12 11:36 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of May 12 – 20th, 2012

Weather Conditions: And just like that, the weather got mixed up! It’s May, and we are not supposed to have northeasters now! It’s been a tough week on our anglers; wind, rain and a few sunny sucker holes that save the day.

Winds: NE 5 – 15.

Air Temperature: Highs in the high 80’s and the lows were in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: around 80 degrees

Moonphase: New moon and solar eclipse on the 20th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: So we decided to start fishing for our fish right out in front of the lodge. We have given them a break. Everyone thinks that they are too tough to catch because they are the “lodge fish.” Well, it’s been pretty darn entertaining this week. With tough days of tarpon fishing, or permit fishing – it’s nice to challenge ourselves casting to some pHd bones. And when it all comes together, it is really rewarding. Way to go Page for waking us up to our own front yard! Sandy, Tess………I know you were wondering if you were going to catch bonefish, and now that you have, there is nothing else to fear!

PERMIT: Kinda tough permit fishing this week. They are here, but we need the SUN! Kechu has done an amazing job finding his guests tailing permit in the Park. Way to go. Bruce landed a permit with Emir, and that was wonderful. Bruce came here to land permit. There were shots, and a lot of follows, but no eats. The moon is getting smaller, so get ready.

TARPON: I have been saying to our anglers who are absolutely crazed about tarpon: “We have a 1 800 number for you! Sandy said she has never seen her husband so obsessed, and after hearing about all his fishing adventures that is a statement. All the same, Captain Luis’s team has ripped it up. Hooked 11 in three days and landed 3. Captain Cesar had John and Donna into tarpon as well. John landed a nice 20lb tarpon on fly after a few previous grabs. Toby had fish with Captain Tomas that came unbuttoned. Sandy had tarpon on live sardine….and the fish was so big it kept running and spooled her. We have Donna and Belinda here who are fishing with their husbands. They rock. Always ready to go and let me tell you, they can get the cast where it need to be. I expect to hear about landed tarpon from them soon.

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Some with weed guards…but Gotchas, Christmas Island Special, Small crabs, in size 8 and 6.

FOR PERMIT - some with weed guards…but Gotchas, Christmas Island Special, Small crabs, in size 8 and 6.

FOR TARPON - Brown cockroach pattern with some EP fibers to spice things up. Size 3/0. Black death, and then tan toads, white, white and chartreuse bunny’s – size 1/0 – 3/0.

This Week’s Summary:

Just when we were thinking we were never going to see another rain storm again….ahh, all havoc was unleashed. Pretty much the whole week has been working around the weather. The fish are all here, but we need the sun. Success has been with tailing fish, or waking fish. Our anglers this week are for the most part, experienced angers. They know about weather. They booked on a new moon with morning rising tides. It should be perfect. We have a part of our personality that is all about denial, but soon that doesn’t work. And yes, even for me. I get to live here, but I never take my fishing for granted. You have to go when you can and make the best of it. I was sad today because I want and I mean I’m overdue for a fish. I felt all the emotions…”It’s going to be OK…one more cast….let’s check a different spot…I hate my guide....Oh, not really.” Believe me, they want it just as bad as we do. So, today when I was kinda down because I came home fishless, I heard myself talking. Our head cook, Miss Arminda was on the dock with her grandchildren. They were fishing with hand lines and one of the kids was trying really hard not to cry. “I lost “my biggest fish ever!” I said to him, “A true fisherman never gives up.”

Guide of the week:

L-A fish@elpescador.com
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/24/12 12:58 PM

FISHING REPORT

May 13, 2012

Well it was not a good fishing week since it poured most of the time. It rained so hard that quite a few boats that did not have automatic bilge pumps, even sunk!! Thanks god I got to one of my small boats in time, otherwise it would have turned into a submarine as well!!

Anyway, some of us did manage to get out and fish for a couple of days. A friend of mine went out and caught 14 nice black fin tuna's! They usually don't start biting until late on the evening since they are nocturnal feeders by nature; and they are about 5 to 7 miles offshore, so you better have a fast boat to get back in time to make it through the channels by the reefs, since it gets dark pretty early down here.

I had a couple of hardcore fishermen from England, that no matter what, rain or shine were determined to go out fishing. Now it is prime time tarpon season here on the island and I was able to hook them up with a few tarpon. Actually we landed four of them!!!

Big barracuda's are biting pretty good and some kingfish too. Oh and I almost forgot, lots of Spanish mackerel as well. It is the season for them.

The commercial fishermen are starting to get ready for the lobster season which starts on the 15 th of next month, so you can see all the lobster fishermen taking their lobster shades to their favorite fishing spots.

Well I guess until next week again and I hope I will have more exciting fishing stories for you, since the weather seems to be clearing up. Until them, tight lines!!

Capt Hillyboo


Nice kingfish

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/29/12 12:02 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of May 20 – 27th, 2012

Weather Conditions: A week dealing with storms with a couple of nice days thrown in. The 23rd and 24th were pretty nice, but we had big wind, thunderstorms, and a lot of rain the rest of the week.

Winds: ESE 10- 30.

Air Temperature: Highs in the high 80’s and the lows were in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: around 80 degrees

Moonphase: New moon on the 20th, First Quarter on the 28th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Scott came here to do one thing: “Land bonefish.” When he landed his first bonefish with Captain Raton, heaven could hear him. He is a professional tier and his fly boxes are a thing of beauty. We had Scott at our fly tying bench everyday watching him do his magic tying bonefish and, yes, now permit, patterns. He saw a permit and now…”I have to come back and that will be the only thing I focus on! Dickey said, “Ahh, I’m not serious, I’m just here to have fun. I don’t think I’ll be catching any bonefish – that’s too fancy for me.” Dickey has landed several bonefish on fly and looks like he has thing this thing figured out!

PERMIT: Good moon for permit, but tough light! We had a few “eats” but none landed this week. And the fly used was a rubber legged Gotcha, size 4. Isa saw an 8lb permit swimming around the dock at about 4 am….sometimes good things are right at your front door.

TARPON: In spite of the weather we have had some nice tarpon fishing. Lee and Cesar have known each other for years and they both landed their first tarpon this trip on fly. Good thing because they showed up with some really fancy stuff and they got to use it! Thanks to Scott for tying the boys a few flies on size 4/0 (cuz that’s all we had) circle hooks. That was the ticket. John also landed a tarpon on fly with Captain Cesar. John likes to use his spey rod for tarpon fishing and he has landed a lot of tarpon this way. It was fun to bring out the long rods this week and play out on the casting platform. Tim and Sandy ripped it up with Captain Luis. They came here to go after tarpon and each day they hooked up! Tim on fly and Sandy on spin, they averaged 2 hook up a day with fish over 100 lbs, one fish Tim had was around 120 – Luis said. They didn’t land one this time, but they will soon, I’m sure. Tim has that possessed look in his eye, and Sandy is apologizing for his behavior when he misses fish. And then there is Page’s story. He and Captain Erlindo spent a week chasing tarpon. Page extended his trip two days because, “ I have to figure this thing out. I want that fish.” Life back home was not prepared for tarpon addiction, but in the end it all worked out. I went out to the dock at 4:30 pm. Erlindo looked up at me and said, “140 pounder man…the fish was huge!” Guides tend to exaggerate but not Erlindo. He’s seen it all, so he doesn’t have to. Page fought this giant fish for close to an hour with a 10wt outfit! They had the fly line in twice….Happy birthday Page.

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Some with weed guards…but Gotchas, Christmas Island Special, Small crabs, in size 8 and 6.

FOR PERMIT - Our “rice and beans” = Christmas Island Specials, size 4 and 6. Also, tan crab patterns in 6. And finally, a new fly working well! Rubber legged Gotcha’s size 4 and 6.

FOR TARPON - Brown cockroach pattern with some EP fibers to spice things up. Size 3/0. Black death, and then tan toads, white, white and chartreuse bunny’s – size 1/0 – 3/0. The guides prefer flies on circle hooks for better landing success.

This Week’s Summary:

I heard Judy say the other day, “We are having an early summer and that’s all there is to it.” OK. I agree. As long as we have short periods of rain, I’m OK. But shut out days are tough. We did have one of those, but everyone was a super good sport. And when the weather cleared, some headed up the beach to chase tailing bones, and then some went in the lagoon and found adventure standing in the canoe and casting to schools of bones as they passed by. We have experienced anglers and novices here this week. Everyone is here to up their fly fishing game chasing these amazing fish on the flats. We had Scott tying at the bench and I learned a ton from him, thanks Scott! We had some incredible photography – soon to be posted on facebook. And a really wonderful thing is something that is so entrenched in the roots of fly fishing – sharing. Sharing knowledge, showing casts and flies, and giving each other support. Thanks everyone for a fun week and reminding me about new beginnings.

Guide of the week:

L-A fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador Guest Jerry and his Tarpon
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 06/05/12 03:12 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of May 27th – June 3rd , 2012

Weather Conditions: We have been dealing with a tropical wave covering Ambergris Caye, except for the 31st which was flat out pretty and all of us were worshiping the sun.

Winds: ENE, ESE 10 – 30 as the storm moved.

Air Temperature: Highs in the high 80’s and the lows were in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: around 80 degrees

Moonphase: First Quarter on the 28th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Jeff landed a beauty with Captain Sinoe. Pictures will be posted, so check out the girth. Mitchell also had some nice bonefish with Captain Vince his last day out. The tide was early morning, falling most of the day, so bonefishing was not easy. They just get squirrelly when the tide gets low, and we had some big tides this week. So low that the flat in front of the lodge was exposed until the tide rose in the late evening.

PERMIT: Tim Rajeff – yes, live here at El Pescador this week, landed a nice 12 lb permit with Captain Emir. That was the only permit landed. There were shots, but most of the week was plagued with tough light. Pictures to be posted on facebook this week.

TARPON: Doug let his son Andrew have most of the fishing time with Captain Gilberto. At one part of the day, Andrew hands his father the rod, while he reaches for a wrap. Apparently the fly in the water moved just enough to get the attention of Mr. Tarpon. Tarpon on, and 40 lb tarpon landed. Indeed. Next story. Scott and Eric are out fishing with Captain Emir. The big girls are in down south, so they were just south of Hicks Caye when a huge tarpon eats Scott’s blind cast….Emir said it was his biggest fish – they are guessing 140 lbs. Hardy has sent El Pescador six Sintrix rods. Everyone is loving the one piece design and Scott was using the 12 wt with a Rio tropical intermediate line and a Hatch 11 cranked down all the way. The fish was landed after a long battle, but when Emir grabbed the leader, the fish shook and the one piece rod became a six piece rod. Scott is a Hemmingway guy, so this was his big fish. Hardy gave him the rod to take home and have the thing framed. And finally, Eric – who I used to guide with years ago in Jackson Hole – lands a nice 80 lb tarpon of fly the next day. Way to go home boy!

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - some with weed guards…but Gotchas, Christmas Island Special, Small crabs, in size 8 and 6.

FOR PERMIT - Our “rice and beans” = Christmas Island Specials, size 4 and 6. Also, tan crab patterns in 6. And finally, a new fly working well! Rubber legged Gotcha’s size 4 and 6.

FOR TARPON - Brown cockroach pattern with some EP fibers to spice things up. Size 3/0. Black death, and then tan toads, white, white and chartreuse bunny’s – size 1/0 – 3/0. The guides prefer flies on circle hooks for better landing success.

This Week’s Summary:

What a week! Huge congratulations to Captain Cesar for being the first Belizean to become a Certified Casting Instructor by The Fly Fishing Federation. His certificate is signed by one of his testers, Tim Rajeff. Tim is well known in fly fishing as a world champion fly caster. He grew up casting at the Golden Gate Casting Club in San Fransciso with Mel Krieger down the street. Cesar is a second generation San Pedrano guide who loves to cast. He consistently wins any casting competition he enters. Casting ~ reaching beyond borders and generations. The other huge kudo goes out to Ali. Ali is doing an incredible job coaching the guide team toward this goal of certification. The feeling around here has been electric. And then we all thanked Tim Rajeff and Katherine Hart for spending the week with us here at El Pescador. They conducted four afternoon clinics for the guides, and guests participated as well. It’s not everyday you have a world champion show up and share what they know. Katherine is a Master Certified Instructor and also competes. We got to know each other in fly casting competition and now our friendship continues with our fishing. Anglers this week had disappointment with the weather, but we were able to learn from each other and that might not be a big fish, but it’s worth a lot.

Guide of the week:

L-A fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador Jeff and his Beauty of a Bonefish!
Posted By: tge3

Re: Fishing Report - 06/07/12 03:34 AM

When I come and I want to fish do I need a fishing license?
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 06/13/12 06:39 PM

You will need a sport fishing license if you want to fish from the shore. You can buy one from this website: www.coastalzonebelize.org
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 06/13/12 06:42 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of June 3 – June 12th, 2012

Weather Conditions: Unusual rain, and some tough wind. Two days it blew 30 knts NE. Current conditions: tropical wave pattern going into this week. It’s the 12th today – and it was decent enough to make some things happen. See below tarpon.

Winds: ENE, ESE 10 – 30 as the storm moved.

Air Temperature: Highs in the high 80’s and the lows were in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: around 80 degrees

Moonphase: Last quarter on the 11th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Mark landed a really nice bonefish with Captain Gilberto. Sue was happy with her little bonefish on fly, they were her first! They are planning on fly fishing a lot more often…so this was a testing week! Jenny is here with her three boys – Lan, Bolten and Blake. Mom and two of the boys all landed bones on fly! Bolten is out there right now off the dock chasing our home fish. He is 16, and fish crazed! He also has some groupies – some of the younger children here this week with their families. Bolton is their hero – already mentoring, I love it. Matt, Mac, Ron, Jim, Mike and Jim, Jim, Bob, …nice bonefishing this week guys.

PERMIT: Our permit on fly hero this week hands down goes to Bill R. It was a solid 60 ft cast into a 20 knt. wind. Leader turned over, a few strips and fish on. Thinking it was a CIS. Bill is our own commentator for a mimic Buccaneers and Bones. You should hear Emir sound like Tom Brokaw! Very funny. Emir had to listen to Bill so much this week he figured he might as well get his “stand up” in as well. Look for pictures with Bill and Emir on facebook and our website! Good coaching by Shrek.

TARPON: The good news about this fishing report being late is right here. Today, the 12th, we had 4 tarpon landed on fly! The skies started out black, then lightening, then rain, then a break when everyone bolted in different directions to find something…make something happen. Peter, Rick, Dave all landed tarpon 25 – 50 lbs on fly today. Way to make it happen. Jim and Dave have been fishing partners for years, and this trip they both landed tarpon on fly! Jim made his happen on his first cast and it was his birthday! With all the bad weather, the fact that all these tarpon were landed on fly is a tribute to the anglers and the guides staying with the game. Myles showed up here with his dad, he is 16. He flat out told me he had landed permit on fly and was here to land tarpon on fly. OK. He went out on the 10th and hooked three, landed one on Savannah! And his week isn’t over. Of course, look for the pictures soon!

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - some with weed guards…but Gotchas, Christmas Island Special, Small crabs, in size 8 and 6.

FOR PERMIT - Our “rice and beans” = Christmas Island Specials, size 4 and 6. Also, tan crab patterns in 6. And finally, a new fly working well! Rubber legged Gotcha’s size 4 and 6.

FOR TARPON - Brown cockroach pattern with some EP fibers to spice things up. Size 3/0. Black death, and then tan toads, white, white and chartreuse bunny’s – size 1/0 – 3/0. The guides prefer flies on circle hooks for better landing success. Most fish were landed on J hooks this week.

This Week’s Summary:

Epic wind was tough to ignore. We toasted our guests this week because they have been such great sports about making the best out of “not so perfect fishing conditions.” Everyone fished in the rain and howling wind and came back to the dock smiling. I think the most common sentence I said this week, “ Let’s take a look at the weather in the morning and discuss a plan with your guide.” I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to make a plan with your guide at the beginning of the day and adjust as needed. Just because someone landed a tarpon in one spot today, does not mean that spot will be good tomorrow. Things change and often. Our guides are first and second generation San Pedrano guides who have lived in and around this water all their lives. They have great pride in their work and want to make it happen for you. A successful day on the water can be so much more than a ton of fish or a big one. I know Mike learned so much from Kechu this week. And Mac told me how much he appreciated Cesar taking time in the day for a planned casting lesson practicing casting into the wind. So from a “not so perfect fishing week,” I think anglers will leave here better fly fishermen. And that confidence will keep them casting to their dreams.

Guide of the week:

L-A fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:



El Pescador guests Mark and Sue and their bones!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 08/28/12 02:29 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of August 19th – August 25th , 2012

Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy start to the days with clear afternoons an occasional shower at night.

Winds: Winds were strong at 10-20 mph the beginning of the week, calming down nicely to 5 mph for Friday and Saturday

Air Temperature: Highs in the low 90’s and the lows were in the lower 80’s.

Water Temperature: around 83 degrees

Moonphase: The first quarter moon was on the 24 th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Lots of bonefish as usual – Mary landed her first ever bonefish as did Billy. Mary was fishing with Capt. Luis while Billy was out with Capt. Vince. Everyone caught bonefish each day. The biggest just around 4 pounds.

PERMIT: On Monday, his first day out, long time guest Adam M. landed a permit warming up for the tournament with Capt. Emir. Tony, his teammate got one to eat but didn’t get it in. Repeat guest Dave D. warmed up for the tourney with Capt. Carlos on Wednesday and landed a permit – his first permit here at EP! Victor Landed a good 12-pound permit with Capt Kechu. For tournament points, Team Reel Women fishing out of EP landed a permit on their first day out. Congrats to team Reel Women (our own Lori-Ann and Diane) who fished with Capt, Tomas. Team Yellowdog also fished out of EP as well, Ian and Keith fished hard but could not repeat their second place finish of last year but finished strong on Saturday with a permit to the boat.

TARPON: Sunday, Adam B hooked a tarpon but lost it seconds later as it jumped into the mangroves in a little lagoon in Bacalor Chico National Park. Several boats went out early Sunday for the Long Caye migratory bite but couldn’t find the fish that day. Sergey landed a nice tarpon in the mangroves with Capt. Luis P. Marty lit up Long Caye with some tarpon action on Monday, jumping 2 and landing a third around 40 pounds. The migratory fish just Adam and Tony had some Tournament action jumping 4 medium size fish on Thursday. Tim (last years tournament champ) jumped 5 tarpon on Friday but none came to the boat. Not so on Saturday when Tim and Capt. Cesar boated 2 big fish! Paul fed a tarpon but like the others just couldn’t get it to stick. Tim got 2 tarpon to the boat on Saturday with Capt. Cesar.

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - gotchas, CI specials, Crazy Charlie in multiple colors, Turneffe crab

FOR PERMIT - Adams big ugly, Christmas Island Special, mink shrimp, some large shrimp patterns I did not recognize and some tournament guys just wouldn’t say what they were using!!

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse Toad, Purple bunny, Cockroach, SST poon fly, black death bunny.

L-A fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador's angler of the week goes to Vanya and his triggerfish .. a first class angler in the making!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 09/11/12 04:03 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of September 2nd – September 9th, 2012

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny skies with a few scattered thundershowers. Stable weather conditions prevailed this week.

Winds: ESE 5-15, E 10-20

Air Temperature: Highs in the low 90’s and the lows were in the low 80’s.

Water Temperature: around 80 degrees (depends on rainy days which cools the water).

Moonphase: Last quarter on the 8th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Case and Karla crushed the bonefish on light spin. It was exactly what they wanted to do. Take time from their work in Africa and have some serious R & R with some fun fishing. Prent and Steve also had epic bonefishing on light spin. Prent landed a 22 inch bonefish, which is huge for here. David from Australia also landed his first bonefish on fly. Dr. Mark was tarpon fishing but made sure he checked in with the bonefish daily – because, why not?

PERMIT: Everyone is tarpon crazed. The permit are hanging out.

TARPON: Dave landed an 80 lb tarpon with Captain Luis down by Long Caye. He dedicated his entire fishing time to chase tarpon. They left the boat dock at 5 each morning and headed out to chase silver. Dave was primarily fly fishing but carried the spin rod for the needed opportunity. It worked. Matt was “tarpon bit” this week with Captain Tomas. He had several eats, a few good jumps but none landed on fly. Next time. This was his first time fishing salt anyway. If it all happens the first time, it’s bad luck for future trips. That what they say anyway. I always work with “Murphy’s Law,” so I wouldn’t know about great luck the first time tarpon fishing. In fact, it took ten years of every mistake known to fly fishing for tarpon before I landed one. Then it got easier.

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - some with weed guards…but Gotchas, Christmas Island Special, Small crabs, in size 8 and 6.

FOR PERMIT - Our “rice and beans” = Christmas Island Specials, size 4 and 6. Also, tan crab patterns in 6. And finally, a new fly working well! Rubber legged Gotcha’s size 4 and 6. Oh yeah, don’t forget about MANTIS shrimp patterns. A basic tan with tan rubber legs on a size 6 worked really well for us in the tournament.

FOR TARPON - Brown and also Orange cockroach patterns with some EP fibers to spice things up. Size 3/0. Black death, and then tan toads, white, white and chartreuse bunny’s – size 1/0 – 3/0. The guides prefer flies on circle hooks for better landing success. Most fish were landed on J hooks this week.

This Week’s Summary:

Just a classic late summer week with fun times relaxing and fishing the flats with no one around. It’s slow season primarily because it’s nice weather in North America! Lucky for us it’s great weather here too. The fish are happy due to stable conditions, and anglers have had some quality fishing both on fly and spin. The guides are using this down time to fix their boats and getting ready for a busy October. The guests who snorkeled or dove with Alonzo this week had rave reviews: Incredible creatures of the sea living on the second largest barrier reef in the world. And there were some fun stories from guests who went bar hopping on bicycles…everyone made it back intact. New friends this week. Thanks everyone.

Guide of the week:

L-A fish@elpescador.com

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest chasing Tarpon
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 02/24/13 03:50 PM

FISHING REPORT

February 10, 2013 - February 16, 2013

Weather Conditions: The week started out mostly sunny with big wind. Then a north front came in, bringing some clouds and occasional rain showers.

Winds: Big winds, ESE 10 – 20 mph, then went WNW 5 – 10 ending with NNW 5 – 10.

Air Temperature: High 70s - Low 80s during the day, down to 60s during the night.

Water Temperature: Temps in the mid 70s.

Moonphase: First Quarter Moon on February 17th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Ed landed a HUGE bonefish with Captain Cesar. See photos! 20 inch girth, measured, tagged with Bonefish Tarpon Trust tag and released. First bonefish for several of the group Leyland brought from Seattle. Big smiles for Annie and Derek, Tito, Leon, Dan, Joe, Eric, Christoph, Bruce, Ron, Jack, and Reggie. Len and Ron had some nice bonefishing as well. Nice job everyone, it was windy, and you made it happen!

PERMIT: Reggie landed a beautiful 20 lb permit on fly with Captain Cesar. Check it out….they had picky permit, really? Picky permit? But they continued to change flies, and when they layed out a white crazy Charlie – no eyes – the big permit came over and grabbed it! See photos! Leyland landed a cute little permit his first day out with Captain Emir. But when he saw the big ones, 20 – 40 lb permit, he became obsessed. See you soon Leyland – permit fishing with a fly is addictive, especially once you see what you saw! Bill landed a nice 8 lb permit on fly with Captain Erlindo, and Howard landed a 10 lb permit on live crab.

TARPON: Thursday was the day. Several boats saw “hundreds” of tarpon on Savannah Flats. Reggie had two bites – oops, trout set! Leyland and Howard also saw a ton of tarpon with Captain Kechu. No tarpon landed this week, but we sure had fun trying!

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.

OTHER: no other species targeted this week

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, just about anything would work – mostly size 8 and 6, some with weedguards.

FOR PERMIT - Our standard never gives up: Orange Christmas Island Special in size 4 or 6, Avalon in size 4, and Gotcha’s in size 4 or 6. Some crabs in 6, tan. Mantis shrimp, tan and bead chain eyes – it works.

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse toad, slow easy twitchy retrieve – depends on what the fish is doing. Watch and listen. On Savannah we are using 40 and 50 lb shock. Let the fly settle, then move it. White, tan, pink – bunnies and toads. . Really fun tarpon fishing in skinny water right now! Favorite color – white.

This Week’s Summary:

Leyland M. brought a nice group from his Orvis Bellevue Store. Reggie showed up fired up casting to the bonefish in front of the lodge before he had time to unpack. We had big wind and changing wind, but each day the boats came back with incredible stories. We had a lot of beginners to the salt this week – and now these anglers have just upped their game. It’s fun to talk about steelhead that are scattered about in the rivers of the Pacific Northwest, and the difference between casting to water you believe a fish lives vs. a permit or tarpon coming mock speed to you and you need to get the cast there, and now! This fishing brings about personality changes. I’m proud of our adult learners. Keeping it fresh is about learning and challenging ourselves. Once again casting out a line brings in more than we ever expected. Thanks for a fabulous week of fun.

Guide of the week: Captain Cesar for getting Reggie into his first permit ever. Patience, persistence and permit!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 02/26/13 02:47 PM

FISHING REPORT

February 17, 2013 - February 23, 2013

Weather Conditions: Variably cloudy skies with a few light showers as a north front came in basically mixing up the weather. Wednesday was flat out beautiful. Toward the end of the week we had the sun but we also had big wind.

Winds: Big winds, ESE 10 – 20 mph, then went WNW 5 – 10 ending with NNW 5 – 10.

Air Temperature: High 70s - Low 80s during the day, down to 60s during the night. Winds: North at 10 to 15mph, changing to ENE, ending the week with ESE with gusts up to 30 mph.

Water Temperature: Temps in the mid 70s

Moonphase: Full Moon on February 25th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Big smiles all around from Lindsay and Paul who landed their first bonefish on fly. Fred and his absolutely fish crazed son, Jack, also landed their first bonefish on fly. Alerin had one day to make it happen between his diving expeditions and had a ball. It was great to see return friends Jon and Dale come back to rip it up – I lost count of bonefish landed on fly. Jason likes numbers and that he got! And selfishly, my fabulous niece Sarah, landed her first bonefish on the fly with me out in the lagoon! No camera – of course, that’s when it happens right? But we have memories that will last our lifetime.

PERMIT: Permit fishing has been incredible!!!!!!! Andy landed his permit with Captain Kechu that went toward his slam….Then Aki shows up again with his son Mac – I don’t even know how to say this, but Aki landed SIX permit on fly in one hour with Captain Cesar. They said it was “un Belizable!” Jeff came in today and landed a nice permit with Captain Luis – and almost slammed with the tarpon. Way to go! Support permit fever!

TARPON: Andy landed a 60 lb tarpon with Captain Kechu for his Grand Slam! Jack had one on with Captain Alex but the mangroves interfered, and Jeff had three bites with Captain Luis. The big wind blew out Savannah, but the lagoons have been productive.

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.

OTHER SPECIES: Fred landed ladyfish and barracuda on fly. The Frigate birds stole the cuda fillets as soon as the guides left the dock. I guess the guide who left the fish will never do that again! Thanks to Lindsay for trying to rescue the soon to be cooked cuda fingers!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, just about anything would work – mostly size 8 and 6, some with weedguards.

FOR PERMIT - Our standard never gives up: Orange Christmas Island Special in size 4 or 6, Avalon in size 4, and Gotcha’s in size 4 or 6. Some crabs in 6, tan. Mantis shrimp, tan and bead chain eyes – it works.

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse toad, slow easy twitchy retrieve – depends on what the fish is doing. Watch and listen. On Savannah we are using 40 and 50 lb shock. Let the fly settle, then move it. White, tan, pink – bunnies and toads. . Really fun tarpon fishing in skinny water right now! Favorite color – white.

This Week’s Summary:

It just seems like I’m giving out as many gifts to our guests that return as “El Pescador Family” as I am bonefish pins! It makes us really happy when we see our friends come back. This week was filled with “family.” Thank you all for being so supportive of one another. For me, it was a special week because my niece Sarah was also here. Sarah grew up in my fly shop back in Victor, Idaho – and hasn’t fished in years. This week there we were wading the lagoon searching for bonefish. When I said, “Sarah, put it there! – the fly landed and a bonefish was on! She hadn’t lost her cast and that smile still makes me tickle inside. The level of confidence with all the anglers grew this week and I know everyone will continue to build on what they learned and continue to cast to their dreams.

Guide of the week: Captain Kechu for getting Andy into his first Grand Slam!!!!!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 03/05/13 03:02 PM

FISHING REPORT

February 24, 2013 - March 2, 2013

Weather Conditions: Clear and sunny skies at the beginning of the week. Then a cold front came in and really chilled things down; overcast skies and a few rain showers.

Winds: ESE 5 to 15 mph moved West mid week, then NW 10 – 15 mph.

Air Temperature: High 84, Low 60. We had a few really warm days followed by some chilly days.

Water Temperature: Temps in the mid 70s

Moonphase: Full Moon on February 25th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Our Michigan Doc’s – Jim, Bill, Tony (radiologist so they really don’t count him!!), and Glen all landed several bonefish on fly. It was great to see Glen’s confidence grow throughout the week. He was concerned he did not know enough – so he soaked up information from the casting clinics and Captain Emir - he left with several bonefish released from his hands. Jeff, also from Michigan, was here for his first fly fishing in the salt. He landed some really nice bones with Captain Luis. Ron and Susan returned to EP ready to catch a lot of fish. We lost count of bonefish landed on 10lb spin with Captain Tomas. Beebe and Bob were beaming with their bonefish on fly and spin. From “honey holes” to skinny water – the bonefish game is the heart and soul of the salt.

PERMIT: Jeff said, “I had never seen a permit before, so to land one was really cool.” Jeff landed a nice 8 lb permit on a Christmas Island Special with Captain Luis. They had some great stories of casting to 20 plus lb permit…..lots of follows without a commitment. Humm, sounds like permit. Captain Alex had Gary into some nice permit as well with the same response. Idaho Bill had three “eats” with Captain Kechu early in the week – they just didn’t stick.

TARPON: Idaho Bill landed his first tarpon of fly with Captain Kechu! Awesome! Bill’s legs are weak, so he fished from the Yetti cooler on the bow of Kechu’s boat. Kechu says, “it’s nothing for Bill to cast out 70 feet sitting down!” So, can you imagine landing a tarpon sitting down? That’s why this is so fantastic. Congratulations Bill!

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.

OTHER SPECIES: Barracuda – a great sport fish that gets huge air, were landed on fly and spin. We all agree, barracuda are an under-rated fish. They just don’t get the respect like the big 3, but they sure are fun! Ladyfish, jacks, snapper and grunts all landed on fly.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, just about anything would work – mostly size 8 and 6, some with weedguards.

FOR PERMIT - Our standard never gives up: Orange Christmas Island Special in size 4 or 6, Avalon in size 4, and Gotcha’s in size 4 or 6. Some crabs in 6, tan. Mantis shrimp, tan and bead chain eyes – it works.

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse toad, slow easy twitchy retrieve – depends on what the fish is doing. Watch and listen. On Savannah we are using 40 and 50 lb shock. Let the fly settle, then move it. White, tan, pink – bunnies and toads. . Really fun tarpon fishing in skinny water right now! Favorite color – white.

This Week’s Summary:

Return guests - Bill and Carol, Ron and Susan, Gary and Joyce, Graham and Annie, welcome back! We had a really nice week where guests met new friends and bonded with established friends. The fishing was toss up because the weather was so crazy this week. It is very unusual for a cold front to come in this time of year dropping to 60 at night! That may not sound cold, but it is for here. All the fish are around – so each day anglers went out with a great attitude to try skill and luck with the sea. Dreams came true, and new goals reached. Thanks everyone for a great week.

Guide of the week: Captain Kechu for getting Idaho Bill into his first tarpon on fly!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 03/14/13 03:19 PM

FISHING REPORT

March 3, 2013 - March 9, 2013

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny weather this week. We had some overcast mornings and a few light rain showers.

Winds: North 5-10 mph, changing to ENE, ending the week with ESE and gusts up to 25 mph.

Air Temperature: High 70s to low 80s during the day, down to 60s at night.

Water Temperature: Temps in the mid 70s

Moonphase: Last quarter on March 4th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: It was wonderful to see Graham again here at EP. He had a fun day bonefishing with Captain Alex – a great way to warm up the week! Jeb and Katie landed their first bonefish on fly. John was here from the UK and had a fun day bonefishing with Captain Luis – sight fishing for bigger bones. Jacquie landed her first bonefish on fly and this was her first ever fishing trip! Kurt came back for his first day bonefishing with a giant smile. So did Tom. Tom was even more thrilled with his wife Karalee and daughter Kristin landed their first bonefish as well. Adam showed up and landed his first ever bonefish right in front of the lodge! His comment, “bonefish are easier than carp!” I almost died. We argued about this all week. Carp fishing is extremely challenging, but there are so many more variables with bonefishing. Come on!

PERMIT: Permit fever took over the lodge this week. Everyone had TONS of shots at permit, and TONS of follows…..Harold hooked up and landed a beautiful permit with Captain Sinoe. It was the permit that lead him to his slam! The permit ate an Avalon. Adam invited me out with him and Captain Emir and we had incredible shots. We had some real interest when we started throwing small flies! So tie up some glass minnow patterns – sparse in size 6 and 8. Let’s see what happens. While wading I had permit chase my fly to my feet. The permit fishing is really fun right now!they just didn’t stick.

TARPON: Adam landed a nice 15 lb tarpon in a small lagoon with Captain Emir. It is challenging enough to get the cast there in small quarters, and when they eat…holly cow, now you have to land that thing. Which he did. Harold landed a nice 50 lb tarpon first thing in the morning and then Captain Sinoe chased down his slam with the permit at the end of the day. Congratulations to all of you. It was really fun to see the dynamics between angler and guide….determination on both sides!

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.

OTHER SPECIES: Wayne landed barracuda and fed the masses. We had a lot of boats target barracuda – they are a blast on fly or spin. Snook were targeted but didn’t eat flies presented. It’s late for snook, but this cooler weather has them poking their noses out of the deep mangroves.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, just about anything would work – mostly size 8 and 6, some with weedguards.

FOR PERMIT - Our standard never gives up: Orange Christmas Island Special in size 4 or 6, Avalon in size 4, and Gotcha’s in size 4 or 6. Some crabs in 6, tan. Mantis shrimp, tan and bead chain eyes – it works. And try for tough fish a small 6 or even 8 glass minnow pattern.

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse toad, slow easy twitchy retrieve – depends on what the fish is doing. Watch and listen. On Savannah we are using 40 and 50 lb shock. Let the fly settle, then move it. White, tan, pink – bunnies and toads. . Really fun tarpon fishing in skinny water right now! Favorite color – white.

This Week’s Summary:

Harold showed up with Adam’s group determined to up his game. He practiced a few things out on the casting platform, reviewed and replayed fish shots….and all that focus lead him right to his first Grand Slam with Captain Sinoe. It was really something to witness. We all talk about “intention” – this was live! Captain Emir scored because Adam left three beautiful fly boxes with him – tons of gorgeous flies! Thanks Adam for bringing a great group and the fun day permit fishing with Emir. I learn something each day I get out on the water. Everyone was really fabulous this week, but I want to put a special “thank you” out there to Bill and Bruce. These guys smiled all week and taught us to say when someone asks about the day…..”The very best.” “The very best “ to all of you for a great week.

Guide of the week: Captain Sinoe for working with Harold to make his first Grand Slam happen!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 03/21/13 02:58 PM

FISHING REPORT

March 10, 2013 - March 16, 2013

Weather Conditions: The cold front was really cold for us! Very strange weather for this time of year….Variably cloudy and cool – mid 70’s is cool. Not much rain, but we had some wind.

Winds: E, NW, NNW, N, NNE ending with ENE 5 – 10. The wind really messed us up this week because it changed everyday. Gusts up to 25 mph.

Air Temperature: High 70’s to low 80’s during the day, down to 60’s in the night.

Water Temperature: Temps in the mid 70s

Moonphase: New Moon on March 11th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: It’s just cracking me up! It is now becoming a regular thing for children, kids ages 3 – 10, showing up with their iPhones to prove and show me that they have landed bonefish off the dock….because, they really, really want that bonefish pin awarded the last night! James and McLean cleaned up last night! Way to go guys. You represented the dock fishing well. Out on the big water – we had a lot of firsts! Gina practiced her casting all week, and on the last day out with her husband Larry – she landed 10 bonefish on fly! Father and son, Dave and David landed a ton of bonefish on fly as well. 10 y/o David was one of our heroes this week on the casting deck. Father and son, Todd and Garrett landed some really big bones. Garret is another absolutely possessed young man. I wish he would leave his fly boxes here! Dennis and his two sons James and John also landed their first bonefish on fly. I think the biggest bone was Marc’s 22 incher! The whole group landed bonefish this week – all different styles – and all fun.

PERMIT: Our beloved guests Dick and Ed returned this year to catch permit on fly. They did it on the first day with Captain Gilberto! They each landed a nice permit…Dick’s was really close to 20lbs – which is huge. Pictures to come! And one our young guys….Steele – landed a permit on spin. The new moon was good to us.

TARPON: I was so happy when Marc, Jeff and Captain Kechu hit the dock with news that Marc landed a tarpon! We had some really tough weather, and these guys pulled it out of the hat with a nice 15 lb lagoon tarpon on fly. Not so easy to land I might add. And then we all were ecstatic when our Birthday Princess, Simons Welter, landed a really nice 25 lb tarpon the last day out with Captain Emir. It was not only the last day, it was the last fly ( for a variety of reasons) and damn near the last cast of the day. A long cast and she pulled it off! My buddy Crosby (Hardy) and his friend Mike (True Flies) dedicated their three days to tarpon fishing which was hard core. The tarpon were scarce through the cold front – but these guys are pros. They came back each day smiling. They know they will have their turn soon.

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.

OTHER SPECIES: Marc and Jeff landed 14 different species this week on fly! Moon fish, you name it. And Garrett – we love you for landing Mr. Snook! We have had shots at snook with this cooler weather, but they have been tough on fly. Not for Garrett. A nice 12 lb snook on fly – and fed us all with a great appetizer! Snook are not catch and release and they are very good eating.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, just about anything would work – mostly size 8 and 6, some with weedguards.

FOR PERMIT - Our standard never gives up: Orange Christmas Island Special in size 4 or 6, Avalon in size 4, and Gotcha’s in size 4 or 6. Some crabs in 6, tan. Mantis shrimp, tan and bead chain eyes – it works. And try for tough fish a small 6 or even 8 glass minnow pattern.

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse toad, slow easy twitchy retrieve – depends on what the fish is doing. Watch and listen. On Savannah we are using 40 and 50 lb shock. Let the fly settle, then move it. White, tan, pink – bunnies and toads. . Really fun tarpon fishing in skinny water right now! Favorite color – white.

This Week’s Summary:

As usual, it’s tough to say good bye. We had a great time this week. Marc was one of the best group leaders I have ever worked with! Thank you Marc. I was talking with Crosby and Mike before they left about what inspires me these days. We were all inspired by the young people this week. Master David has his bucket list, and at ten, he was “on point” the entire week. His father Dave follows him around – providing his son with the best of fly fishing. David doesn’t take this for granted – just making it happen. The dock kids – throwing shrimp – landing whatever, even a permit! Brothers, sons and daughters – all showed great sportsmanship this week. And then, for me, it was special to meet Simons. Simons is a guide from Spartanburg, SC. She has a great attitude and flat out loves her fly fishing. Her husband Hank told me he is her agent. We’re going to see more of Simons – the gal rocks. A very special Thank you! to Mike Lintz from True Flies. Mike shared some incredible swag with our guide team. They looked so handsome wearing their new True Flies pants! And it wasn’t just the new flats pants – add to list - visors, shorts, shirts…. Really very generous, Thank you Mike. And thanks everyone for a really fun week.

Guide of the week: Captain Gilberto for getting Dick and Ed into double permit!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 03/26/13 03:09 PM

FISHING REPORT

March 17, 2013 - March 23, 2013

Weather Conditions: Sunny and hot with little rain. We have had some big wind – primarily ESE.

Winds: St. Patrick’s Day was ESE 5 – 10, then winds picked up during the week, blowing a solid ESE15 – 25 by the end of the week. Looks like it’s going to be E all this week, so that’s the good news! We like it 5 – 10.

Air Temperature: High 70’s to low 80’s during the day, down to 60’s in the night.

Water Temperature: Temps in the mid 70s

Moonphase: First Quarter Moon on March 19th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: The bonefish are plentiful – it’s just getting the fly to the fish! We had guides head up to Bacalar Chico for anglers who wanted to wade fish and get out of the wind a bit. We also had casting lessons daily – using the wind to help load the rod. All of this is important stuff when going after your first bonefish. The tendency is to want to go too far back on the back cast, and throw the rod on the forward cast. It just ends up a mess. Better to stop rod, let it bend back as the line stretches, then follow through with your thumb nail to your target. It was really fun to watch the confidence grow during the week, as well as skill levels rising – and recognizing that growth. Congratulations to: Brothers Don and John, Garrett and Todd, John and Jack, Bruce and Linda, John, Joe and Joe, Virgil, Gordon, Andrew, Stef, Ian and Caroline, Grif , and Damaso. Nice bonefishing this week – from honey holes to stalking fish, great stories!

PERMIT: Jack landed Mr. Permit on fly – his first ever “flats” experience and he lands a permit with Captain Gilberto. And our favorite cowboy from Jackson Hole, Dave Decker, landed a permit with Captain Emir. These were the only guys who landed fish – there were those of us who cast to tailing permit along white sandy beaches, only to be shut down. But as Stef can tell you just seeing them is flat out wonderful! She was wading with Orvis group leader, Todd Calitri, and asked, “What are those?” T.C.’s response, “Those would be permit Stef….” And for me, I had permit circling me for two hours wading up north – I was in heaven.

TARPON: Congratulations to Norm W. for landing a beautiful 30 lb tarpon with Captain Cesar! Norm had some eats earlier in the week, and then on his last day out he landed his fish. Norm and Beth have been coming to EP for 15 years – so good things are supposed to happen to them. And so it also happened for Hackney P. with Captain Cesar! Don had what I call “The hand shake from God….” So now he knows what it feels like to have such an amazing creature on the end of your line! All fish on fly – color variety but all on 3/0 hooks.

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.

OTHER SPECIES: Special thanks to Ian who fed us all a great appetizer of fried snook from his catch with Captain Alex. Garrett landed a beautiful snook and fed us as well. I love the photo! The picture is OK, because that fish was not released. Great barracuda stories……

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, just about anything would work – mostly size 8 and 6, some with weedguards.

FOR PERMIT - Our standard never gives up: Orange Christmas Island Special in size 4 or 6, Avalon in size 4, and Gotcha’s in size 4 or 6. Some crabs in 6, tan. Mantis shrimp, tan and bead chain eyes – it works. And try for tough fish a small 6 or even 8 glass minnow pattern.

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse toad, slow easy twitchy retrieve – depends on what the fish is doing. Watch and listen. On Savannah we are using 40 and 50 lb shock. Let the fly settle, then move it. White, tan, pink – bunnies and toads. . Really fun tarpon fishing in skinny water right now! Favorite color – white.

This Week’s Summary:

Once again it was “old home week” here at EP. It was especially wonderful for our guide, Carlos Marin, to be able to visit with a group of dedicated friends he has guided for several years. Norm W, Todd C and Dave D brought a smile that crossed Captain Carlos’s face from ear to ear. We talk about our big fish, our lost fish – and as we tell the story, it’s the people that make that story. This week was about revisiting stories and sharing friendship. A big thank you to Todd for his excellence as a group leader for Orvis. And we are going to see a few characters in the fly fishing network somehow….look out for Stef B - a young nurse practitioner that could end up in fly fishing….and Garrett I is 100% fish crazed. Love it! Thanks everyone for a really fun week.

Guide of the week: Captain Alex for getting Ian into a big wild snook, as well as putting out a great effort this week for all his angling guests.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 04/04/13 02:50 PM

FISHING REPORT

March 24, 2013 - March 30, 2013

Weather Conditions: A cold front early in the week gave way to fair weather for most of the week.

Winds: A little windy to begin the week with winds mostly from the East at 8 -14 mph

Air Temperature: Cool temperatures early in the week with highs n the high 70’s and lows in the mid to upper 60’s , warming midweek to a more normal high in the mid 80’s.

Water Temperature: Temps in the mid 70s

Moonphase: Full Moon on March 27th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: The bonefish were cooperative as normal with everyone able to catch them, even our first timers to saltwater! Roy and Di with their young sons, Matt and Benjamin all got bonefish on their first days. Matt was quick to inform me that he caught 22 fish that day! Their guide was veteran Captain Erlindo who has been with El Pescador since the beginning. Steven, Chris, Al. Ravi, CK, Don, Casey Andrew and Richard all scored big time with the bones.

PERMIT: 3 permit were landed this week with several other hooked up. One was part of Jim’s Grand Slam and George and Mark landed 2 others just after the cold front passed through. Their guide was Captain Kechu who was very excited as they both were so close to slamming! They just couldn’t get a tarpon to the boat!

TARPON: Several tarpon were hooked but only 2 were landed! Stephen had a large one attack the fly but couldn’t get it to stick. A few others were jumped and lost.

SNOOK: Snook were not targeted.

OTHER SPECIES: A large snook was landed, a few jacks, cudas, snappers, groupers, ladyfish, triggerfish added variety for many boats.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, just about anything would work.

FOR PERMIT - Mantis Shrimp, Pink Christmas Island Special

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Olive Cockroach, Orange Cockroach

This Week’s Summary:

Although we had unusual cold and wind starting the week, the weather improved and fishing got back to normal quickly.

Guide of the week: Captain Sinoe for his grand slam with Jim!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 04/09/13 11:58 AM

FISHING REPORT

March 31, 2013 - April 6, 2013

Weather Conditions: Partly sunny all week, very little precipitation

Winds: A little windy to begin the week with winds mostly from the East at 8 -14 mph

Air Temperature: Mid eighties most of the week dropping to 80 towards the end of the week with lows in the low to seventies.

Water Temperature: Temps in the high 70s

Moonphase: Last Quarter Moon on April 3rd

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: The bonefish were very cooperative (as usual) with everyone able to catch them, even our first timers to saltwater and some first time fly fishers! Roy and Di with their young sons, Matt and Benjamin all got bonefish on their first days. Matt was quick to inform me that he caught 22 fish that day! Their guide was veteran Captain Erlindo who has been with El Pescador since the beginning. Gordon, Laurie, Michael, Mick, Paula, Katie, Linda, Mark, Brian were successful every time they went bonefishing. Honeymooners Jon and Dee deserved their bonefish pins awards getting on the board the first day. Returning guest Lindsy was sharpening her casting and easily landed lots of bonefish.

PERMIT: Young Michael scored a nice permit with Captain Cesar, Scott landed one with Captain Luis and then one on a day without a guide wading on the west side of the island, Bob persevered and on the windiest day landed a nice 10 pounder with Captain Hilberto. Visiting sportswriter Jan landed a 20 pound permit thanks to Capt. Emir after a fairly quick 30 minute battle.

TARPON: The wind didn’t stop our young angler Christopher from jumping a tarpon with tarpon guru Cpt Tomas, followed by Roy who jumped one with Capt. Kechu. Saturday was Tarpon day! Poor Carter had an epic 2 hour battle with a 100 pound fish that eventually chewed through the bite tippet, Capt. Emir chased it to the main land but it was just too tough. Brian landed his first tarpon with Kechu and lost another. Return guests Jim landed a 40 pound tarpon with his guide Tomas’ coaching.

OTHER SPECIES: A few snook, ladyfish, a lookdown, a few big jacks, cudas, snappers, added variety for many boats.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, just about anything would work.

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Special, Gotcha, Del's Merkin

FOR TARPON - Orange Cockroach, chartreuse toad

This Week’s Summary:

Mid week winds put a damper on tarpon fishing but when the winds laid down we had a great day on Saturday. The permit fishing was steady even with the windy center of the week. Special notes go to some great kids that are throwing some serious amounts of fly line – Christopher and Parker. Slightly older, but on track to be great fly fishermen were high schoolers Michael and Carter. --Ed

Guide of the week: Tough choice this week, as all the guides had their moments, so it is a 5 way tie for Luis, Emir, Tomas, Kechu and Cesar all for some hard work that paid off for their guests!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 04/19/13 01:25 PM

FISHING REPORT

April 7, 2013 - April 13, 2013

Weather Conditions: Clear early in the week, followed by partly cloudy, humid and hazy for the remainder of the week

Air Temperature: Mid to upper eighties most of the week. Winds: 5-10 mph early in the week with winds 10-17 the rest of the week.

Water Temperature: Temps in the upper 70s

Moonphase: New Moon on April 10th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: This was our 2 nd week in a row for the Orvis Saltwater Seminars and it was off to a good start with everyone in the group scoring their first bonefish ever on the fly rod the first day out. Congrats to Tim, Tom, Tom, Mark, George, Jim, Dirk, Carl, Scott, Diane and Rob for landing bonefish on their first day. Returning guest John was concentrating on Permit most of the week but was still pleased to settle for a bunch of bonefish until next year. Capt. Erlindo guided Rob and George to some big bonefish one day, one was a nice 5 pounder. Repeat guests Don and his brother Jimmy got into some bones despite the windy conditions. They also brought Shawn and Peter on this trip for some successful bonefishing. Happy 50th birthday to Jimmy! Repeat fly girl Lindsey was in good form, easily catching bonefish daily. Congrats to Michael for his first bonefish as well.

PERMIT: A 15 pound beauty for Brian with the help of Capt. Emir, It was Tom’s birthday on Wednesday and to celebrate he landed a permit while Capt. Hilberto was at the helm. Tom was part of the Orvis seminar and clearly he was paying attention as it was his 3rd day ever in saltwater! It took me years to land my first permit! Repeat guest Jim was able to sneak a permit in with his guide Tomas with his wife Lindsey cheering him on. Orvis Seminar guest Tim and his Capt. Sinoe, were tight on a big permit that ended up breaking off as it was running back to Mexico! Captain Luis guided newcomers Stan and Jeff to permit on their first day on the flats! The funny thing is they had no idea that catching permit was difficult or special. Once they were bombarded with congratulations at the bar they started to believe!

TARPON: Sunday – Brian almost slammed but his tarpon broke off after the fly line wrapped on the fighting butt of the rod. (I hate it when that happens.) Most of the week was too windy for the tarpon flats. Winds finally calmed on Friday, but only one boat went after tarpon, the water had cleared and Capt. Tomas helped his guest jump two good size fish (1 was 40 pounds and other acrobat was 25)

OTHER SPECIES: a few snook, ladyfish, a lookdown, a few big jacks, cudas, snappers, added variety for many boats.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, Christmas Island Specials, puffs, foxy gotchas, you name it, it works!

FOR PERMIT - Avalon, Mantis Shrimp tan, Christmas Island Special

FOR TARPON - Black Death, chartreuse toads got a couple tarpon to eat!

MOST IMPROVED CASTER OF THE WEEK: Congrats go out to Lindsay, the new Queen of the Double Haul!

This Week’s Summary:

The second Orvis Saltwater seminar was a huge success with half day of classroom and practical work, provided by Orvis’ Jim Welch. The class was then followed by 3-1/2 days of fishing. Overall the wind slowed down the catch of tarpon but the guests and guides still managed some good fishing for permit and bones by hiding on the west side of the island, as much out of the wind as possible. Brian asked Kristen to marry him on this trip and she said yes! Wow! --Ed

Guide of the week: Capt. Hilberto for helping Tom get his birthday permit and for the best shore lunch on the planet!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 04/23/13 12:02 PM

FISHING REPORT

April 14, 2013 - April 20, 2013

Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy, to clear all week, hazy sunshine.

Air Temperature: Mid to upper 80s most of the week. Winds: The winds were unforgiving most of the week at 12- 15 with some stronger gusts. Mostly from the east the winds did not relent until Saturday.

Water Temperature: Temps in the high 70s.

Moonphase: First Quarter Moon on April 18th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

GRAND SLAM: Eric came through on his second day at EP with a grand slam with Capt Kechu and more importantly his wife Hannah who accompanied Eric for the first time today. He will never fish without her again!

BONEFISH: Tom from Italy caught a bunch of bones his day out with Capt. Vince. Husband and wife team Wyn and Maggie landed their share of bonefish with ease and are mastering the double haul. Mike, Andrew, Dan, Ben made the bonefish honor roll as well with their first bonefish ever. Wade, Jack and Matthew all boated bonefish with Capt. Luis. A couple groups from the UK this week include Kate, Rob, Andy, Gary, Mike and Peter – all got their first bonefish on their first day of saltwater flats fishing.

PERMIT: You are going to hate this… Michaela, from Italy hooked a permit on her first cast ever in saltwater, and yes she landed it! Her guide Capt. Vince had to explain how hard that is to achieve. Fred and Ryan said they had many shots at big and small permit all day long on Wednesday but none would bite. Ben, Andy, Brian and Mike all landed permit on the business outing to El Pescador, Their guides were Capt. Vince and JR. It was a great week for permit. Eric’s permit was the lynch pin for his grand slam outing.

TARPON: Our long time friend George finally got a break in the weather and pounced on the chance to land a nice 50 pound fish late in the week for the tarpon king of the week. George and Judy have been coming to El Pescador for over 25 years! Wow! They are fishing with Capt. Alex. Eric landed a small tarpon to complete his grand slam.

OTHER SPECIES: Barracudas were prevalent all week and a great diversion along with jacks and snappers.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Crazy Charlie in tan, Gotcha, Christmas Island Specials, Turneffe Crabs size 6 olive

FOR PERMIT - Avalon, Crazy Charlie tan

FOR TARPON - Green Deceiver, Chartreuse Bunnies

This Week’s Summary:

This week was all about permit and bonefish due to the high winds that prevented the tarpon junkies from venturing out to the flats west of Ambergris. --Ed

Guide of the week: Capt. Kechu for the grand slam for Hannah and Eric.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/02/13 11:21 AM

FISHING REPORT

April 21, 2013 - April 27, 2013

Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy to clear all week.

Air Temperature: Mid to upper 80s all week. Winds: The winds all week at 7- 12 mostly from the East.

Water Temperature: Some of the flats reached 80s on calm days.

Moonphase: Full Moon on the 25th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

GRAND SLAM: Eric came through on his second day at EP with a grand slam with Capt Kechu and more importantly his wife Hannah who accompanied Eric for the first time today. He will never fish without her again!

BONEFISH: Marion and Peter were able to land bonefish without a problem thanks to the good spirit and fish finding skills of Captain Erlindo. Erlindo’s boat is one of a few in the fleet that has a lean bar on the front deck. The bar was a great help for Marion (AKA “Lefty”) and her left side disability. Mike, Pete, Felipe, Richard, Tom, Al, Luke, Rusty, Ian, and Andy all had no issues with landing bonefish. Rob and Andy enjoyed an overnight trip to Bonefish Island and were rewarded with many bones at dusk and dawn. The trip is 2 days of guided fishing with an overnight on the island… it was perfect weather for it!

PERMIT: Mike and Pete from the UK added more permit to start the week with Capt. Emir. Capt. Kechu was on a TV show shoot with anglers Sandy and Michael who both landed permit on their first days. I can’t wait to see that episode of Belize Outdoors on the World Fishing Network. Tom got a permit with Capt. Hilberto early in the week. Barney landed a permit with the tutelage of Captain Luis.

TARPON: George continued getting fish this week with several hookups each day with his Guide Capt. Alex. Felipe hooked three on Monday thanks in part to good casting and Captain Cesar’s advice. Captain Vince was able to get his angler into some tarpon with a nice 60 pound fish that may have set a new high jump record for tarpon, Vince said he had to look up at this fish when he rocketed out of the water just 30 feet away. Vince is 5’ 8” and his poling platform is 4 feet above sea level… you do the math. Holy tarpon jump! Grandfather/Grandson team of John and John teamed up with Capt. Cesar to land a tarpon apiece. They are rightly proud of their tarpon pin awards

OTHER SPECIES: Barracudas, jacks, ladyfish, and snappers, groupers, triggerfish.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials, Gotcha, Crazy Charlie, and Turneffe Crab

FOR PERMIT - Avalon, Christmas Island Special

FOR TARPON - Olive Toad, Tan Toad, and Chartreuse toad

This Week’s Summary:

A week of perfect fishing weather finally settled in opening up all the flats throughout the area. Lots of permit were fooled with tarpon fishing making a big appearance. The migratory tarpon are right around the corner. --Ed

Guide of the week: Capt. Erlindo for his expertise and patience in guiding Marion and Pete into some fantastic fishing that was more special to them than Erlindo can imagine.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A
Posted By: krehfish

Re: Fishing Report - 05/02/13 03:05 PM

Hey--Congrats on being the Orvis 2013 International Destination of the year. Say hi to Vince and Once. john
Posted By: Loansum-Al K

Re: Fishing Report - 05/02/13 07:45 PM

Belize Outdoors on the World Fishing Network will air on Saturday, May 4th at 6:30 PM
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/06/13 11:12 AM

FISHING REPORT

April 28, 2013 - May 4, 2013

Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy skies opened up to a beautiful week of sunshine with occasional rain showers.

Air Temperature: High 84, low 72. Winds: NW 5 – 15 at the beginning of the week, then went ESE 10 – 20, arriving at our wonderful E 5 – 10

Water Temperature: Temps in the high 70s

Moonphase: Full Moon on the 25th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Ian and Andy were here from Scotland for two weeks! We all were so sad to see them leave. They did end up with their bonefish pins! Amazing. They had a great time with Captain Sinoe – yes, several days of visual grand slams, but in the end, it’s the “ghost of the flats,” that won them over. Kevin and Lian were here last year, and they returned this year with eighteen of their family members! Wow. It was incredible to watch everyone soak up as much as they could about learning to fly fish the flats. Reggie – long time retired, had never fished before in his life. Any kind of fishing. Congratulations Reggie on your bonefish on fly. Dale brought Jon and George here to EP and they left with several bonefish on fly. They also left stronger casters! Terry and Gail – congratulations on your bones. Hena also landed several bones with Captain Raton. It was an honor to meet Karin Olson Wilson from Argentina. She grew up on the Majeo River which is world renown. She landed her first bonefish on fly here in Belize. Her son Matt and husband Henry ventured out beyond bonefish in search for permit, but were able to land a few bones in between hunting for palamenta. David and Donna were here to experience their first time fly fishing our Ambergris Caye flats as well. Donna is one of the most determined women I have met in twenty years of fly fishing. I’m excited about her fishing future. They both landed their first bonefish on fly.

PERMIT: The permit fishing has been challenging and rewarding! “Shino” landed two permit with Captain Cesar. He tied up all of his own leaders and Cesar said he is an amazing caster - “Could get it right there!” David had some great shots with Captain Kechu but they didn’t cooperate.

TARPON: Shino landed a beautiful fifty pounder with Captain Cesar on his last day fishing before his wedding! Kaz landed a nice thirty plus with Captain Tomas and they had another one they lost. Ian and Andy tried several days with Captain Sinoe – they had good shots and tons of follows, but no eats. Kelly was a happy camper when she threw her live bait to Mr. Tarpon, and the water exploded! Her husband Jeff took this beautiful shot of her with her tarpon in the water giving it a big ol hug. Why not? The guides are reporting migratory tarpon down by Long Caye and some big girls showing at Savannah as well. It’s tarpon season!

OTHER SPECIES: Dale landed a nice 15 lb snook on a red and white fly and offered a beautiful plate of my favorite eating fish in addition to dinner. Thank you Dale. Dale had a huge barracuda on fly….if you haven’t had a barracuda on fly; you are missing out on some serious fun!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, just about anything would work – mostly size 8 and 6, some with weed guards.

FOR PERMIT - Our standard never gives up: Orange Christmas Island Special in size 4 or 6, Avalon in size 4, and Gotcha’s in size 4 or 6. Some crabs in 6, tan. Mantis shrimp, tan and bead chain eyes – it works.

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse toad, slow easy twitchy retrieve – depends on what the fish is doing. Watch and listen. On Savannah we are using 40 and 50 lb shock. Let the fly settle, and then move it. White, tan, pink – bunnies and toads. . Really fun tarpon fishing in skinny water right now! Favorite color – orange.

This Week’s Summary:

The big migratory tarpon have been seen down by Long Caye and Savannah. Shino landed a 50 lb tarpon, Kaz had a 30+ lb beauty and Kelly got hers with live bait! Shino landed some gorgeous permit and there were so many bonefish landed we couldn't keep track. Dale landed a beautiful snook and barracuda on fly! Fun week!

We just love it when our “Family” returns here to El Pescador. Thank you Kevin and Lian for coming back this year with your family! And a big Welcome Home to Dirk and Kaz who have returned this week also.

Thank you Ed for being the best “job share” partner in the world. Not everyone can just run out the door and release the reins! I was traveling in the States last month working with our fly shops that send their guests here to El Pescador. We built strong relationships to help make sure our guests receive the very best. We want you to dream big and show up prepared. A big huge THANK YOU to The Fly Shop, The Golden West Fly Fishers, Cutthroat Anglers, Front Range Anglers, Tailwaters, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and the Orvis Bellevue Store for hosting my presentations about fishing here at El Pescador.

It’s tarpon season everyone…so start tying up your tarpon flies and we’ll see you soon. --Lori-Ann

Guide of the week: Captain Cesar for getting Shino into two permit one tarpon and several bonefish this week. What was more impressive is that Cesar does not speak Japanese and Shino knows very little English. They communicated beautifully all week. It was great to see. Thank you!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/15/13 12:30 PM

FISHING REPORT

May 5, 2013 - May 11, 2013

Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy skies cleared to sunny and beautiful conditions after the front moved through.

Air Temperature: High 84, low 72. Winds: NW 5 – 15 at the beginning of the week, then went ESE 10 – 20, arriving at our wonderful E 5 – 10

Water Temperature: Temps in the high 70s

Moonphase: New Moon on the 10th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: We were honored to host, for the second time, Buccaneers and Bones filmed by Orion Media. We had a perfect week for fishing after the front moved out and bonefish were happy. So happy, that Orion producer, Kevin Faye was casting off our dock and landed a really nice big 4 plus bone on fly. Yep, right from the dock. That’s how the week started. From there, we had anglers landing 20 – 30 “schoolies” – to stalking bigger bones in challenging skinny water. Lefty showed up and said he watched Tom Brokow make his best cast and landed a five pound bonefish. It was really fun to see Tom get light up talking about the experience. Sue and Aldon landed their first bonefish on fly. Craig and Colleen landed several on spin. Congratulations everyone a great week of bonefishing!

PERMIT: Emir called. This time….Yvon Chouinard had landed a twenty plus permit, which became part of his SLAM, AND THEN Will Benson landed a twenty plus permit as well. They both ate crabs. Big water.

TARPON: Savannah was on fire but they weren’t a “gimmie.” Meredith McCord landed a nice forty pounder with Captain Cesar. They said they had several shots but the fish didn’t want to eat. Yvon landed his tarpon with Captain Emir in a lagoon first thing in the morning – yes, adding to his slam….Will Benson also landed a nice tarpon on fly with Captain Emir. Colleen landed one on live bait with Captain Tomas. Basically, we had several eats, follows….and nothing for the fly fishermen. Three landed on fly this week, one one spin The migratory tarpon are starting to move in. The guides are seeing the bigger fish on Savannah and Captain Luis said he saw several down by Long Caye.

OTHER SPECIES: Will landed a nice 12 pound snook on fly with Captain Emir. Weird, we are seeing a lot of snook over on the West coast. We usually see them in our winter months, but we have seen quite a few this spring! Barracuda – we love them. Several landed on fly and spin this week. A 25 lb plus jack tore up Lefty’s right hand. The reel got in the way! And yes, there is always more to the story.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, just about anything would work – mostly size 8 and 6, some with weed guards.

FOR PERMIT - Our standard never gives up: Orange Christmas Island Special in size 4 or 6, Avalon in size 4, and Gotcha’s in size 4 or 6. Some crabs in 6, tan. Mantis shrimp, tan and bead chain eyes – it works.

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse toad, slow easy twitchy retrieve – depends on what the fish is doing. Watch and listen. On Savannah we are using 40 and 50 lb shock. Let the fly settle, and then move it. White, tan, pink – bunnies and toads. . Really fun tarpon fishing in skinny water right now! Favorite color – orange.

Guide of the week: Captain Emir for getting Yvon Chouinard into his first Grand Slam! The permit was a twenty plus…. And then his boat partner, Will Benson landed a twenty plus permit that same day. Emir’s favorite, the NW wind. And how wonderful that Captain Carlos was honored “The Life Achievement Award” from El Pescador during Buccaneers and Bones. One of the highlights this week was seeing Captain Carlos Sr., Captain Carlos aka Kechu and Captain Emir all here this week as the Grand Slam plaque was added to the famed wall. Generations of gifted fishermen and guides. Thank You!

This Week’s Summary:

We were honored here at El Pescador to host for the second time “Buccaneers and Bones.” What a blast. Tom Brokaw landed his biggest bonefish, Lefty told him it was the best cast he had ever seen Tom make….Yvon get’s his first Grand Slam with Captain Emir, Meredith rocked it out the first day with Captain Cesar landing a nice forty pound tarpon….A twenty five something jack ripped up Lefty’s hand, and what was super cool was that Orion’s director, Kevin Faye, landed a really nice four pound bone right from the dock! “Start rolling….and whamoo!” One landed big bone landed on fly from the dock. That was a VERY good omen. Thank you to everyone. We are an extended family at El Pescador. Thank you everyone for a great week of hanging out, fly fishing and most important…building exciting relationships. I look forward to seeing everyone in the future as we pursue our quest to understand and explore more about saltwater fly fishing. The fish don’t care if you just started, or if you are a pro. What matters is that is that we have fun trying new tricks and practicing what we have learned along the way.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/29/13 12:20 PM

FISHING REPORT

May 12, 2013 - May 18, 2013

Weather Conditions: The week started with some overcast skies and an occasional thunder storm. Tides high at 10 am moving later in the week. The week progressed with sunny conditions with a prevailing E wind 10 – 20.

Air Temperature: High 90, low 74. Winds: East winds most of the week. ENE 5 – 20, then moved ESE 10 – 20.

Water Temperature: Temps in the high 70s, low 80s

Moonphase: First Quarter May 18th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: The beach fishing in front of the lodge has been great. Usually ignored, those tails popping out of the turtle grass flats called us out. We call these double point fish. Carson stalled out his departure depression by landing a nice 4 pounder off the dock on fly. Andy Bowen was a great host for his trip fro Cohutta Fishing Company. His whole group landed several bonefish. Congratulations to: Andy, David, Ken (who also slammed!), his son Drew, Terry and his crazed fish head son Kane, Bill and Judy – who celebrated their anniversary here as well, and Greg – who all landed several bonefish on fly. Frank and Nancy were here from New Orleans and enjoyed catching bone on fly, but I think Nancy is most excited about learning her double haul! Mike and Mills, it was great to see you here again and I know you wanted that permit, but congrats on some nice bonefishing! Tom and Sue adventured out in the lagoon and caught bones, and so did Dane who was here from Crested Butte Outfitters. Nice job everyone. Remember, bonefishing is the heart and soul of our sport and keeps us on our game!

PERMIT: Shout out to Father and son duo Ken and Drew! They both landed permit on fly with Captain Emir, and Ken’s went toward his slam! Dane also landed two permit with Captain Emir and that also went toward his slam! And the really weird one was Mike, who was tarpon fishing with Captain Luis, and he cast a black death to a tarpon and a permit ate it! This also went toward Mike’s slam! So, 5 permit landed on fly this week.

TARPON: No doubt about it, tarpon season is here! Savannah, Hicks and Long Caye all with fish. Not all the fish were taking flies this week, but anglers had a chance to cast to several fish – which is good for learning how to stay focused when fish appear and you need to make that cast! The three most important and only tarpon landed on fly was Captain Luis getting Mike into a 60 plus poon, and Captain Emir getting Ken into his 50 pound tarpon, and then Captain Emir getting Dane into his “big” tarpon as well. All these tarpon went toward “first” Grand Slams for Mike, Ken and Dane. Dane has great footage – and Drew is going to You Tube his dad’s slam. So, we will keep you posted!

OTHER SPECIES: Weird that we are seeing so many snook! Chances at Mr. Snook with fly and spin – snook won. Barracuda is being target more all the time and we had some dandies landed on both fly and spin.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, just about anything would work – mostly size 8 and 6, some with weed guards

FOR PERMIT - Our standard never gives up: Orange Christmas Island Special in size 4 or 6, Avalon in size 4, and Gotcha’s in size 4 or 6. Some crabs in 6, tan. Mantis shrimp, tan and bead chain eyes – it works.

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse toad, slow easy twitchy retrieve – depends on what the fish is doing. Watch and listen. On Savannah we are using 40 and 50 lb shock. Let the fly settle, and then move it. White, tan, pink – bunnies and toads. . Really fun tarpon fishing in skinny water right now! Favorite color – orange.

Guide of the week: Well, of course, Captain Emir was responsible for Two Grand Slams!

This Week’s Summary:

The week flew by! It was wonderful to see our return “Family” guests. Thank you Mike and Jenny, Mills and Carol Ann, Donald and Doreen for returning to see us! You make great neighbors; I think you should move here! We had the lodge filled with laughter and generations of people taking time out of their lives to pursue their curious natures and explore Belize. Andy was a great trip leader from Cohutta Fishing Company, and we look forward to seeing Dane in the future with Crested Butte Outfitters. What was really amazing is that we had THREE GRAND SLAMS THIS WEEK! “Firsts” for everyone. So, as we listened to these amazing fishing stories, dreams were realized and new seeds planted for future trips. There is nothing more that warms our hearts here at El Pescador than to see our guests leave with big smiles and relaxed shoulders. It was wonderful to meet you all and we look forward to seeing you returning to our dock soon! Thank you.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/29/13 12:23 PM

FISHING REPORT

May 19, 2013 - May 26, 2013

Weather Conditions: Sunny with cloudy spells and the occasional thunder shower. This week we had a lot of big wind which made for challenging conditions. Strong east winds 15 – 25 mph, softening by the end of the week.

Air Temperature: Heat index of 95F. High 90F Low 75F. Winds: Our prevailing wind is from the east. We had very strong E, ESE wind 10 – 25 mph most of the week. Now that the system down below us is moving, the wind is winding down to a manageable 5 – 15, East wind.

Water Temperature: Temps in the 80s

Moonphase: Full Moon May 25th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Bonefishing was challenging this week! We had mudding fish that were also picky! Anglers worked hard for their bones with their guides – looked for sighted fish when the sun was out. Choppy seas had fish moving around and skiddish. Congratulations to Louis - who was able to land bonefish with his guide Captain Gilberto. Gilberto speaks English and Spanish, but not French, so they worked together to make it happen! Tommy was able to return to the flats for a fun day with Captain Alex. Bill, Judy, Roger, David, Sandy, Scott and group leader Brian all had bonefish on fly this week. And they worked for them! A few people ventured out in the lagoon and found a few bones as well.x It is easy to “fly” out there with the east wind, but coming back to the lodge can be tough when the wind was as strong as it was this week. Nice adventuring!

PERMIT: In spite of challenging conditions, Scott was able to land three permit on fly this week with Captain Emir! The first permit was – first day, first cast! Mike landed a nice permit on spin with Captain Jr. All fish released and sent back to the sea with racing heart beats left behind. We had several permit do what permit do – follow, chase…..not commit!

TARPON: Did we say it is tarpon season? Guides are reporting fish down by Long and Hicks Caye as well as seeing migratory tarpon mixed in with our resident tarpon over on Savannah Flats and Mosquito Caye. Brian was able to jump and play for 20 minutes an eighty pound tarpon his last day out fishing with Captain Kechu. David was his boat mate that day and said he learned a ton from the experience. I hope when Mad River Outfitters returns in August your arms fall off from landing so many poons! You deserve it.

FLIES THAT WORKED

The Avalon fly for bones and permit! Size 4. Chrsitmas Island Special is size 8,6 and 4 are our “rice and beans” for bonefish and permit here on Ambergris Caye. Orange, pink, pearl, yellow – they all work. We also like Gotchas is the same sizes for bones and permit. We do use floating crabs, and small tan crabs for tailing permit with both bead chain and lead eyes. Most of our permit are caught on shrimp patterns. Savannah Flats/Mosquito Flats – 3/0 chartreuse toads, bunnies, tan and white working as well. We have a new olive toad that has been very successful. Long Caye – black death 5/0, Olive toads 5/0, Chartreuse bunnies 5/0.

Guide of the week: Captain Emir for getting Scott into three permit on fly this week!

This Week’s Summary:

It was wonderful to see our return guests this week. Thank you Brian and Chris for hosting your Mad River Outfitter group here. Seeing Bill and Judy and being able to celebrate their anniversary was a bonus! Also great to see our friends Liz and Tommy back here at EP. We love it when our friends return and make themselves at home. We had tough fishing this week and everyone was a great sport. Guides and anglers set out each day working together to make dreams come true. We practiced our casting into the wind and we witnessed double hauls relax and leaders turn over. Cheers to a fun week and reaching beyond our horizons to keep leaning.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 06/03/13 11:35 AM

FISHING REPORT

May 26, 2013 - June 1, 2013

Weather Conditions: Big wind brought some unstable weather. Mostly sunny skies, clouding up later in the weeks with a few thunder showers thrown in! The breeze kept things nice on land but a little tougher for those out fishing.

Air Temperature: Heat index of 95F. High 90F Low 75F. Winds: Our prevailing wind is from the east. We had very strong E, ESE wind 10 – 25 mph most of the week. Now that the system down below us is moving, the wind is winding down to a manageable 5 – 15, East wind.

Water Temperature: Temps in the 80s

Moonphase: Last Quarter Moon May 31st

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: We are seeing some big schools of mudding fish which has been great for the anglers wanting “action” – especially when it was tough to hunt them without the sun. For the anglers wanting to hunt – we were looking for tailing fish as well as waking fish. Remember – when you see waking fish, you cast ahead of them….the wake is caused by their dorsal fins and tails, so the fly has to get ahead of them so they see it! The Cammer Family was here for their second trip and this time Nick was awarded a bonefish pin – his first bonefish on fly. His brother Sam got that dialed in last year…his mother was hoping for a tarpon, but the bonefish kept her casting and double hauling.

PERMIT: The fish are here, but it isn’t a “gimmie.” Big wind kept anglers on their game casting to large schools of permit 5 to 20 lbs. We are happy to announce that Jim B. – owner of Cutthroat Anglers in Colorado – was able to land a permit with Captain Kechu. Of course, the fish ate a Christmas Island Special size 4 – our “rice and beans” for permit around here. Congratulations to Jim!

TARPON: It’s tarpon fever around here! Yes, our migratory tarpon have moved in to the Long Caye area and the guides are saying they are seeing big fish mixed in with our resident tarpon over around Savannah Flats. Jim and Captain Kechu decided to go for the slam…..Jim hooked a really nice tarpon right by the boat….Kechu went to leader the fish, the fish shook, and that was that. So close! Ellen asked Captain Tomas at the beginning of the day if they could go for tarpon. She had been catching bonefish and wanted a chance to “chase silver.” They were in fish most of the day over on Savannah, and she was happy with her experience even thought she didn’t get hooked up. Just seeing and casting to these fish is a big part of the experience. And yes, when you get that great big hand shake from Mr. Tarpon – it’s something you will never forget.

FLIES THAT WORKED

The Avalon fly for bones and permit! Size 4. Chrsitmas Island Special is size 8,6 and 4 are our “rice and beans” for bonefish and permit here on Ambergris Caye. Orange, pink, pearl, yellow – they all work. We also like Gotchas is the same sizes for bones and permit. We do use floating crabs, and small tan crabs for tailing permit with both bead chain and lead eyes. Most of our permit are caught on shrimp patterns. Savannah Flats/Mosquito Flats – 3/0 chartreuse toads, bunnies, tan and white working as well. We have a new olive toad that has been very successful. Long Caye – black death 5/0, Olive toads 5/0, Chartreuse bunnies 5/0.

Guide of the week: Captain Kechu for guiding Jim and Dee into some nice permit water – and getting one to the boat!

This Week’s Summary:

It’s great to welcome back Nick from Australia! He and Captain Tomas have a plan to do some damage with an arsenal of fly rods and fly boxes that are exploding with flies. The Cammer Family came back and this is a family that fishes together! Jim and Dee brought their group from Cutthroat Anglers – and the whole group has been a delight. We have been double hauling into the wind during casting clinics in the afternoon, and believe me, these anglers are leaving here with fishing memories and a double haul that will be the envy of all their angling friends back home. Mark brought out the vice and started tying up some beauty’s for bones – his spontaneity had other anglers joining him around the vice for some creative patterns and new tricks. Ken and Megan ripped it up with Captain Jr. on spin and they are already looking forward to returning next year. A couple of highlights for me – Matt, age 8, figured out right away he needed to catch a bonefish so he could receive a bonefish pin before they go back home. He showed up an hour after arriving with his spin rod in hand – grabbed some shrimp from me and made it happen. I have no idea how many species he has landed this trip. My dear friends, Janet and Don were here and they learned how to fly fish! They love to fish, so this is a whole new chapter for them. It was their first international trip and they had a blast. Thank you to our El Pescador Family for a great week and helping our anglers meet their dreams.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 06/11/13 11:57 AM

FISHING REPORT

June 2, 2013 - June 8, 2013

Weather Conditions: It’s hot! Unstable weather beyond our reef pulled our wind away and on some days it was flat calm! Partly cloudy skies, some sun, a little rain, which we need more of…

Air Temperature: High 95F – low – low 80F, but felt hotter due to lack of our normal breeze. Winds: ESE, NW, W, ENE landing at the end of the week with ESE 10 – 15 mph.

Water Temperature: Temps in the 80s

Moonphase: New Moon on June 8th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: The bonefish is our hero. Thank you bonefish for introducing yourself to Niki, Tom and Hamilton, Zandy and Alex, Bill and Martha, The Cox Family – Scott,Karen,Elijah,Hannah and Eric, Kim, Mark and Sadao. Mike and Jeanna. Our experienced anglers were thrilled as well. Keep those reels singing! Terminology: Bonefish “honey holes -” where hundreds of bonefish travel and eat together. The angler sees a mass of fish – cast, retrieve and you’re in the game. Up the game by finding tailing fish in skinny water – that will test anyone’s skill. Fly or spin, skinny water is about presentation. Remember, sound travels….so wade lightly and keep boat noise down when on the prowl.

PERMIT: Permit fever continues. Mark landed a ten pound permit with Captain Emir, and Bill had one on that day as well. Deb landed her beauty on spin. Captain Duber had one on yesterday, Elijah landed a beauty, about 20 pounds with Captain Jr on spin. The grand prize went to Matt and Captain Sinoe for landing a nice 16lb permit at the end of the day to make it SLAM! Or, as my text from Sinoe said, “Slam baby!” Matt’s grand slam acceptance speech was all about Sinoe aka Cinoe; “he poled and poled for those permit and would not give up!”

TARPON: The big girls are in! Captain Vince reported landing a 6ft 6 inch tarpon on live bait with Dick. That is huge! His family reports he has this kind of luck. First time tarpon fishing, Dick lands a 150 lb fish! Captain Gilberto reported landing a 90 lb tarpon on fly with Gary – way to go! Steve landed a tarpon on fly, and Mark landed a nice one wading! Nick had a few bites and runs with Captain Tomas. They spent ten days just on tarpon, and they saw some amazing stuff! Nick said Long Caye mornings were on fire. Matt knows. He landed an 80 pounder in the morning with Captain Sinoe. They picked up a bonefish and permit on the way home for the SLAM! It’s a morning thing. 4 am boats went out today to capture the fish when they are feeding and rolling. This week, it was over by about 11 am. Fish are in! Both resident and migratory fish are around. The wind kept them off the flats some days, but when they were there, it was fish on!

FLIES THAT WORKED

Our “Rice and Beans,” here on Ambergris Caye is the Christmas Island Special. We and the fish love them in size 8, 6 and 4. We use 6’s and 4’s for permit. It is our “go to” fly in orange, pink and pearl. The Avalon fly for permit size 4. We also like Gotchas is the same sizes for bones and permit. We do use floating crabs, and small tan crabs for tailing permit with both bead chain and lead eyes. Most of our permit are caught on shrimp patterns. Savannah Flats/Mosquito Flats – 3/0 chartreuse toads, bunnies, tan and white working as well. We have a new olive toad that has been very successful. Long Caye – black death 5/0, Olive toads 5/0, Chartreuse bunnies 5/0.

Guide of the week: Captain Sinoe for poling Matt into his permit that made his slam and birthday present!

This Week’s Summary:

Welcome back to our fishing family that continues to grace us with your return here to El Pescador. It really means a lot to all of us. As you know, there are 45 of us that live and work here. When you come back, it makes us all feel good, it’s that simple. Our relationships grow, and the guides and staff learn more about you. Thank you. We’ve been running 10 to 12 boats a day and at the end of the day I watch as our guests settle in and swap stories. Sometimes it is motivation to get out on the casting platform and practice! We cast and tied, and we came home with stories and lies! But big smiles prevailed. From the newbie landing his or her first bonefish, to those extended casts that filled dreams – we shared some cool stuff this week! Fish On!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 06/19/13 12:37 PM

FISHING REPORT

June 9, 2013 - June 15, 2013

Weather Conditions: So far, it’s “rainy season,” without the rain! We have had a few showers, that’s it. We do need rain. In the meantime, the wind kept the skies sunny and clear.

Air Temperature: Heat Index of 104F – high 95F – low 80F Winds: Primarily E all week, 5 – 15 mph.

Water Temperature: Temps in the 80s

Moonphase: First Quarter Moon on June 16th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Ed and I tell people when you come here to El Pescador: “We have tagged close to 1000 bonefish.” I asked Dr. Aaron Adams, Executive Director for Bonefish Tarpon Trust: “How come we haven’t seen any return on our tagged fish?”. He said, “ Tag 2000, and talk to me. “ This area – where the Barrier Reef meets our island, Ambergris Caye , is a very special part of Belize. We have a ton of bonefish. And I speak for our entire team, - we love seeing anglers get into bonefish. You are in the game! Think about it…I have a little fly tied onto some mono, and a fish that lives on shrimp and crabs is fooled. OK, big deal. Well, it becomes a very big deal. You have just cast a plastic line with a hand tied fly (somewhere?) to a wild fish – and connected. I’m always very proud to honor our guests with bonefish pins! Congrats to Sara from Orvis and all of you! Keep casting to your dreams.

PERMIT: Silly, really. Captain Sinoe…..we’re just trying to keep his head from swelling to the size of a Mayan Temple. So far, Justin has landed two permit in one day, and another the next….there has been a lot going on in the permit world around here. Recently the permit are hanging out with the tarpon, resulting in a ridiculous number of SLAMS lately, and we are thinking this is the reason. Long Caye, when it’s good, is good. Congratulations to Jeff and Bruning! Anglers had several chances….but as we say, “When it’s yours, it’s yours.” Permit addiction, scary. Bruning and Jeff… way to go.

TARPON: It’s ….Bruning’s tarpon over by Mosquito Caye with Captain Emir is . very well documented by Dan DaVala. Here is Bruning kissing his tarpon. He kissed his permit and bonefish also for a week’s slam! Tarpon are around. It’s an early morning game right now. Damn…... But it’s true. Down by Long Caye, it’s over by 11 am.

FLIES THAT WORKED

Our “Rice and Beans,” here on Ambergris Caye is the Christmas Island Special. We and the fish love them in size 8, 6 and 4. We use 6’s and 4’s for permit. It is our “go to” fly in orange, pink and pearl. The Avalon fly for permit size 4. We also like Gotchas is the same sizes for bones and permit. We do use floating crabs, and small tan crabs for tailing permit with both bead chain and lead eyes. Most of our permit are caught on shrimp patterns. Savannah Flats/Mosquito Flats – 3/0 chartreuse toads, bunnies, tan and white working as well. We have a new olive toad that has been very successful. Long Caye – black death 5/0, Olive toads 5/0, Chartreuse bunnies 5/0.

Guide of the week: Captain Emir for getting our very special friend Bruning into his week’s slam. As all of us can see from Bruning’s ridiculous smile ~ he’s enjoying some crazy times fishing!. Talent met talent when Bruning and Captain Emir joined forces.

This Week’s Summary:

What a fun week. Thanks everyone for expressing your fishing passion and fun with us here at El Pescador. It’s always heart felt to see our returning guests, thank you. What can we say? We have been “sold out,” for weeks! All of our guides are working full time and they keep exploring. We are so proud of our guide team: Without you, new angers would never know how it feels to land a bonefish on fly. Without you, our “Grand Slam” plaque is now filled, and now we need to have the guys make a new frame. Wow. YOU GUYS ROCK!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 07/10/13 11:14 AM

FISHING REPORT

June 30, 2013 - July 6, 2013

Weather Conditions: Cloudy with some thunderstorms the beginning of the week. We had some big rain – about two days – where the streets of San Pedro were flooded, and our pools were overflowing. The mosquitoes have now cleared with a big E wind and clear skies.

Air Temperature: High 92F, Low 83F Winds: East 5-15 ESE 10-20

Water Temperature: Temps in the 80s

Moonphase: First Quarter June 30th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Jon and his fished crazed son, Nemo, caught some really nice bonefish tailing in the lee. Part of this week was really tough – we had rain and lightening. The later really put a dent in casting time. No one really wanted to wave a graphite rod under sheets of a bolting sky. Good thinking! But between storms, we found some aggressive bonefish. Tony and Wendy returned and we were thrilled when Wendy got a nice bone on spin. Tony landed a few beautiful big bonefish between hunting for permit and tarpon with his quiver of new fly rods. John had his business buddies come down and now Chris and Damon are bonefish crazed! Jeff and Cooper went nuts with Captain Sinoe and landed a ton of bonefish before Cooper landed his tarpon! Mark was game for whatever Captain Alex had on the menu. They chased everything and ended up landing some nice bonefish on fly.

PERMIT: Jeff returned to EP in hopes of a slam. Hopefully today! He headed out early mornings this week with Captain Kechu hunting permit. They had some great shots, follows and left with hopes for next time. Permit were seen up north and Nick and Kami had shots for over two hours with Captain Jr. - Kami had one eat, but lost it. Captain Luis told me Reeves had his cast into permit for almost three hours on Saturday – they tried several different shrimp and crab patterns. They had follows, some long looks, and then rejection. They are not giving up. Luis said Reeves’ casts were dead on. Rick landed two permit on live crabs with Captain Kechu. They had a half a crab left, Rick threw it on a hook and tossed it. It was inhaled, and that made two permit for Rick!

TARPON: This is really fun. We have had some great tarpon stories this week. It was special in that anglers were faced with some down right nasty conditions and still came in with tarpon tales. Jeff and his son, Cooper, were here in hopes of tarpon on fly. They were out on the casting platform after each days’ fishing, practicing their new learned double hauls. Cooper was rewarded when Captain Sinoe put him on a beauty! We all witnessed Cooper floating….his smile never left, and now, God help him, he is possessed with tarpon dreams for life. And then bring in the Aki and Mak team with Captain Cesar. Mak is ten and has the great fortune of being able to get pulled out of school because his mother and father believe in his fishing education! Mak weights sixty five pounds soaking wet. He hooked into a 130 lb tarpon on live bait. He almost went flying out of the boat when Aki was able to grab his son and the rod. They landed the fish – and the picture shows it all. Aki then went on to land two tarpon on fly, the largest was 60 lbs! Andrew had three eats over by Mosquito with Captain Tomas, they just didn’t stick. In tarpon fishing, it all counts! And our dear buddies, Steve and Ed were here with Captain Emir. This was their sixth time here at EP! These guys always show up to play, and they were rewarded. Sure, Ed wanted a double slam, but they both ended up landing two tarpon on fly…Ed made it happen on the last day, and Captain Emir was popping out of his skin with happiness. Imagine that.

FLIES THAT WORKED

Our “Rice and Beans,” here on Ambergris Caye is the Christmas Island Special. We and the fish love them in size 8, 6 and 4. We use 6’s and 4’s for permit. It is our “go to” fly in orange, pink and pearl. The Avalon fly for permit size 2. We also like Gotchas is the same sizes for bones and permit. We do use floating crabs, and small tan crabs for tailing permit with both bead chain and lead eyes. Most of our permit are caught on shrimp patterns. Savannah Flats/Mosquito Flats – 3/0 chartreuse toads, bunnies, tan and white working as well. We have a new olive toad that has been very successful. Long Caye – black death 5/0, Olive toads 5/0, Chartreuse bunnies 5/0.

Guide of the week: Captain Sinoe for working with Cooper who is now a changed human from landing his first tarpon on fly. And thanks to all the guides this week for putting out your best even in the tough conditions.

This Week’s Summary:

The “Good Sport Award,” goes out to all of our anglers this week! They went out in torrential rain looking for fins and nervous water. They waited patiently watching sheets of rain cover any hope of sunny skies for three days. In all of this, great things happened. Joe and Charlene became engaged for starters! Joe got after the down time by passing an army of mosquitoes to get to the lagoon. He hit the beach, and between all of his hunting around, managed to propose to his lovely wife to be. Looks like he has that part of the hunting figured out! Thank you Tony and Wendy, John, Jeff, Rick, Steve and Ed and the Love family for returning to El Pescador. It makes us feel great that you come back to see us and fish your waters. Until the next time. Meanwhile, keep your cast practiced for those special moments that soon become life changing.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 07/18/13 11:58 AM

FISHING REPORT

July 7, 2013 - July 13, 2013

Weather Conditions: Unsettled much of the week, with a couple of good days thrown in.

Air Temperature: Mid to upper eighties, low 90’s. Winds: The winds were extremely variable ranging from calm to 25 mph gusts when squalls were nearby

Water Temperature: Temps ranged from 76-80 F depending on recent rain and particular flats

Moonphase: New Moon July 8th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Honeymooners Chelsea and Andrew were able to land a bunch of bonefish over several days of fishing with Capt. Tomas. Father and son teams Scot & Alex and Rudi & Rudi were all successful in their bonefish quests. David and Capt. Vince had lots of bonefish to the boat as did repeat guests Ned and Sean. Tracy ( a beginning fly fisher) landed one on the fly rod along side her husband Scott and their guide Capt. Raton.

PERMIT: None were landed this week as most of the boats were after tarpon.

TARPON: We have a tarpon tagging expedition at the lodge over the last half of this week and the first half of next week. We have been awarded 7 satellite tags thanks to the generosity of Bonefish Tarpon Trust and the University of Miami. These tags are to be deployed in migratory tarpon over 90 pounds so we can get an idea where our summer fish travel after they pass through Belize. With bad weather one day and good the next you would expect the results to be better on the good day – not so. On the best day, no one was able to land a fish but on the bad day Steve landed 2 on the fly rod with Capt. Tomas, Ford got one to the boat with Capt. Kechu and numerous fish were grappled with. Scott and Tracy were getting them to bite daily with Capt .Raton jumping several fish in the few days they fished. The tarpon were active at times and not eating at other times. One boat reported 20 shots without a bite while on the same day another boat had 3 shots and hooked all 3. It shows how random tarpon fishing can be.

OTHER SPECIES: Barracudas, jacks, ladyfish, and snappers, groupers, triggerfish.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials, Gotcha, Crazy Charlie, and Turneffe Crab

FOR PERMIT - Avalon, Christmas Island Special

FOR TARPON - Olive Toad, Black Death, Purple toad, Chartreuse bunny

Guide of the week: Capt. Tomas for his excellent care of honeymooners and the great tarpon guiding for Steve and Erik in the tagging expedition.

This Week’s Summary:

Off and on weather throughout the week put a damper on several days this week. Bonefish were very cooperative; permit had a holiday from our anglers since the lodge was dominated by tarpon folks. The tagging expedition has included seminars about tarpon like leader design, fighting techniques and included some fascinating tagging results from Florida presented by Bruce Unger of the University of Miami, Tarpon are amazing creatures with a secret life that we are just starting to see. Please join Bonefish tarpon Trust to keep this research going! http://www.bonefishtarpontrust.org/

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 07/24/13 12:09 PM

FISHING REPORT

July 14, 2013 - July 20, 2013

Weather Conditions: The week started windy and rainy but cleared up nicely as the week went on.

Air Temperature: Upper 80s, low 90’s. Winds: East for the most part from 5-10 some days to 10-20 other days.

Water Temperature: Temps 78-82 degrees

Moonphase: The first quarter moon was on July 15th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Father and son team Tom and Tony landed a half dozen bonefish on their outing with Capt. Vince. Some day trips folks got into some big bonefish days also, Returning guests Bruce and Tonya Shaw brought their son Ben and daughter in law Rachel for the week. It was Rachel’s first time with a fly rod and, despite her apprehension about learning to fly fish, she was a star student on the casting platform. The bonefish loved her, and Ben too, and they earned their bonefish pins easily with Capt. Kechu. The Barnes family has returned yet again and Robert, Jeanna, Ryan and David were guided to bonefish with Capt. Luis. Ron and Carolyn from “Hook and Hackle” got started with a good bonefish day on their first day out with Capt. Erlindo. AJ and Jenny both got bonefish on the fly rod their first day out. First time bonefisher John teamed up with Capt. Cesar for a nice bonefish day as well. Bonefishing was pretty steady even on the cloudy days.

PERMIT: Lots of close calls - Tom narrowly missed his permit and doesn’t want to talk about it!, Steve missed a few, then finally the brother team of Carson & Christian broke the slump with a nice pair of permit (one each) on their first day out with Capt. Emir.

TARPON: Sean had a stellar week! He jumped 7 and landed 3 on his best day with Capt. Cesar followed by jumping 2 nice poons the next day. And it doesn’t stop there! The day after that another 9 tarpon were in the air and another 3 to the boat. For the week they jumped 18 and landed 7,,, Holy Cow! Lots of hookups with the tarpon taggers that left midweek but none were big enough to tag. They need 90 pounds or better to qualify for the satellite tag and the best was 68 pounds. They had a lot of bigger fish on but couldn’t get them to the boat. Walker landed a nice 30-pound fish and lost another a bit bigger with Capt. Tomas late in the week.

OTHER SPECIES: Barracudas, jacks, ladyfish, and snappers.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Specials, Gotcha, Crazy Charlie

FOR PERMIT - Gummy Minnow, Christmas Island Special – pink size 4

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse bunny, deceiver ( white and olive), tan toad, white cockroach.

Guide of the week: Captain Cesar for the huge tarpon days with Sean (jumped 18 and landed 7)

This Week’s Summary:

The tagging expedition finished its work here at El Pescador, which was named an official research center this week! Please join Bonefish tarpon Trust to keep this research going! http://www.bonefishtarpontrust.org/

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 07/31/13 11:55 AM

FISHING REPORT

July 21, 2013 - July 27, 2013

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny all week

Air Temperature: Upper 80s, low 90’s. Winds: East 8-15 mph

Water Temperature: Temps ranged from 78-82 F

Moonphase: Full Moon July 22nd

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Carolyn and Ron had their best bonefishing ever with over 20 each – Carolyn’s best was 5 pounds and Ron’s was 4.5 pounds – Capt. Erlindo does it again! Young Christopher and Capt. Kechu did some wading for some bigger bonefish since it was a little too windy for the tarpon flats. John finished up his quick trip with some bonefish on his last day on Sunday with Capt. Cesar. AJ and his bride Jennie did well but it looks like AJ is now addicted to salt water, and they will return! Buck and Jake tore up the bone fish stopping at 35 for the day but then added another dozen fish of different species. Capt. Erlindo said they wanted to come back early cause they caught so many fish!. Returning guest Wade, his brother Lawrence and his Dad Roy got into many bonefish their first day on Saturday, a couple big one at 5 pounds!

PERMIT: There were only a few anglers at the lodge this week and no one pursued permit wholeheartedly with the exception of 14 year old Christopher. Capt. Kechu and Christopher had a few nice shots but no permit were hooked, a couple hit the fly but didn’t stick! Christopher is planning a tour of the US in which he hopes to land a fish in every state in the US over the next few years and blog about the experience.

TARPON: Only a couple days were spent looking for tarpon with a boat going out on Thursday when the winds were lighter. Capt. CInoeh landed one and jumped three on his boat. Returning guest Dave jumped 2 on Friday on Savannah flats with Capt. CInoeh and got a coupe to bite the next day. He will be here into next week so we will see if Dave can come through!

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, ladyfish, barracudas, snapper, pufferfish, triggerfish.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Ron’s UV shrimp (you’ll have to ask Ron at Hook and Hackle!), Crazy Charlie, CI Specials

FOR PERMIT - N/A

FOR TARPON - White bunny, tan toad, chartreuse bunny

Guide of the week: Captain Cinoeh for his tarpon savvy!

This Week’s Summary:

Pretty nice weather but not too many anglers here to enjoy it - only a few boats going out most days. Everyone was able to land as many bonefish as they pleased but tarpon and permit were fairly elusive. ---Ed.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 08/13/13 12:00 PM

FISHING REPORT

August 4, 2013 - August 10, 2013

Weather Conditions: Mostly cloudy Sunday, partly cloudy midweek with one overcast day, clearing towards the end of the week.

Air Temperature: Upper 80s, low 90’s. Winds: East 8-15 mph

Water Temperature: Temps ranged from 78-82 F

Moonphase: New moon August 6th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

GRAND SLAMS: Yes that’s plural! Congratulations to Marco who was able to land a nice tarpon a huge permit and a tiny bonefish… for some reason the bonefish took 3 hours to get, they were sweating bullets as it got later. Same thing happened to our Australian friend Barney, got the tarpon and permit and spent 2 hours for the bonefish!!! I think it is the hot calm weather so the afternoon fishing has been slower! Captain Emir was the leader of both of these slams that were on a combination of light tackle and fly rod.

BONEFISH: David, Jerry, Casey, Charlie all got bonefish , Father and Son Russ and Russell beat up the bonefish again on their second day out on the water. Lisa and Patrick had a good day in the lagoon on their own finding some bigger bonefish in some very shallow water. Driscoll and Sherry qualified easily for their bonefish pin awards after chasing tarpon most of the day. Father and son Gary and Gary threw at some permit but landed some bonefish with Capt. Luis at the helm. Day Trippers Eric and Stephen did some bonefish with Capt. Raton…. Camille made it out solo to the back lagoon system and was able to stalk some bones on her own. Our Australian friends Crom, Vivian, Barney and Olivia continually added bonefish as their trip progressed

PERMIT: Jerry came through and broke the permit drought! He and his guide Capt. Erlindo came through with a good permit on Sunday! Harold and Karin hooked 3 and Harold landed his, at 80 years old he is my hero! Capt Luis was on the poling platform and intercepted a school of mudding permit and the guests made the shots! Michelle hooked an nice on early in the week, Barney had one on… Marco landed a beauty on his way to a grand slam with Capt. Emir.

TARPON: A 3 tarpon day from one of the 5 Australians in house this week. She was using live bait with Capt. Emir. They had several more on as well. Cale picked up the first fly caught tarpon of the week with his trusty guide Capt. Cinoeh. The following day Peter was able to land his first tarpon ever thanks in part to Capt. Vince. Driscoll and Sherry hooked 3 tarpon but none got past the first jump. Ed and Capt. Tomas went out on a busman’s holiday and landed a nice 25 pounder on Thursday. A solid tarpon capped off the grand slam for Marco with Capt. Emir on the back of the boat.

OTHER SPECIES: Cobia, Cudas, Snappers, Jacks

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, C.Is. Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe crab, Avalon

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Chartreuse toad

Guide of the week: Captain Emir for the 3 tarpon day with the new tarpon queen of El Pescador – Olivia and the grand slam with Marco!!!

This Week’s Summary:

The weather got so calm the fishing got tougher the calmer it got! ---Ed.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 08/20/13 12:03 PM

FISHING REPORT

August 11, 2013 - August 17, 2013

Weather Conditions: Overcast skies with thunderstorms came in with a low pressure system that took over mid week and moved out on the 17th. We had a lot of rain, wind and lightening. Needless to say, a sunny Saturday morning was welcomed by all.

Air Temperature: Upper 80s, low 90’s. Winds: ESE 10 – 25, moved NW, then NE to settle on E 10 – 20.

Water Temperature: Temps ranged from 78-82 F

Moonphase: First Quarter Moon August 14th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: The Mad River Outfitters group all landed bonefish on fly. Way to go Andy, Russ, Joe, Darryl, Jennifer, Caitlin, Cullen, Holden Glenn and Howie! We had some serious tarpon hunting going on, and the bonefish were welcomed to “lighten up” the day and remember the fun of fly fishing in the salt. Bonefishing with fly can be challenging, but generally speaking, hook ups on bonefish happen more readily than tarpon on fly. So we get that energetic fight from Mr. Bonefish, and we breathe again. It was fun to see the Clark family all fishing together. Beth, Joe, Kate and Joe all landed bonefish on fly. We had quite a few anglers out in the lagoon this week, all with reports of landing bonefish. This is a self-guided experience so these fish are very satisfying to the curious anglers who venture out. Dean, Kevin, Doug, Dave, Scott, and Joe get the adventure award!

PERMIT: Doug went out his first day with Captain Raton and landed an 18lb permit on fly! Father and daughter Alan and Allison both landed permit on fly with Captain Vince! Wow. Felipe is a guide in Argentina and was fishing with Captain Luis and landed a 20 lb permit on fly on the 16th. Dean landed a small – but very loved – permit on fly day two of the Tres Pescados Tournament. He is fishing with his team mate Kevin and Captain Emir. Tim landed a permit with Captain Cesar – and now we are waiting to find out who is in numero uno position!

TARPON: Tarpon fever prevailed this week. Howie’s dream was to see, cast to and land a tarpon on fly. Well, he got the “big bite,” a few jumps and never ending smiles. Howie is closer than he was, and was thrilled with this accomplishment. Mad River Outfitters group leader, Andy, had 4 bites one day, and he too is addicted. (Andy’s first love is carp – so this could present a problem – carp might have to share). In spite of really tough weather, some tarpon were landed but not counted for the first few days of the Tres Pescados tournament. Dean had a nice one to the boat, they tagged the leader but it got away before the photo! The very same thing happened to Tim who is also fishing in the tournament with Captain Cesar. In real life, touching the leader is a landed fish. It counts. But for the tournament, they need a measured and photographed fish to score. In spite of the weather, anglers had several shots at tarpon this week!

OTHER SPECIES: Monty had several barracuda on fly – a completely under- rated fish! Big fun.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Chartreuse toad

Guide of the week: Captain Cesar for Team Pesca con Mosca! First place in Tres Pescados Tournament. They slammed and then had the most points for bonefish.

This Week’s Summary:

It’s great to see our return guests/family. Adam and Julie, Dave and Gayle, Scott (and now Stephanie), Dean and Tracy, Kevin, Tim, Kyle, Porter, Tripp and Tarpon Tony. We may have had a tough week with a tropical depression, but there were big hearts and fun laughter over the thunder.

TRES PESCADOS RESULTS

Congratulations to Tim and Kyle – Team Pesca con Mosca with Captain Cesar for FIRST PLACE!!

Congratulations to Dean and Kevin – Team Fin Addicts with Captain Emir for THIRD PLACE!!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 08/30/13 12:21 PM

FISHING REPORT

August 18, 2013 - August 24, 2013 Fishing Report

Weather Conditions: The weekend of stormy weather passed and the skies cleared on the 19th. It was flat out beautiful for a few days – sunny skies, an occasional rain shower, and our prevailing wind, E 5- 10. On Friday, the 23rd, a tropical wave came in and the 24th was shut out due to rain and thunderstorms. We are looking at skies clearing late tomorrow, if not sooner.

Air Temperature: Upper 80s, low 90’s. Winds: ESE 10 – 25, then it slowed to a nice E 5 – 10 and wrapped up the week with ESE/ S with a tropical wave.

Water Temperature: Temps ranged from 78-82 F

Moonphase: The Full “Blue” Moon was the 20th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: M.J. landed her first bonefish on fly! John came back and brought his permit buddy, Tom. They chased permit….and landed bonefish. Remember, bonefish are still very special! Mick, Garth, Jon and Greg all had a ball catching bonefish on fly. Now Mick wants to move here. Rose and Tom, Derek and Julie, Jason and Tristen, Mike and Beverly – all landed bonefish this week. Congratulations! Several of our guests this week experienced fly fishing on the flats for the first time. Very rewarding stuff.

PERMIT: Randy landed his first permit on fly with Captain Cesar – about 15lbs. Felipe landed a 20 lb permit on fly with Captain Luis. Felipe and his guide/buddy/fellow Argentine, Noel, both went out with Captain Cesar and they both landed permit on fly! Tom landed a permit on spin with Captain Jr. So, we had 4 permit landed on fly, one on spin and several shots!

TARPON: Well, Tarpon Tony is here! He and Captain Alex have spent the entire week just “chasing silver.” He had several bites, put two in the air – all as Captain Alex answered his jokes. That is how well they know each other. Garth was with Captain Jr. They went out to tarpon fish and needed more bait. Luckily, Captain Gilberto was close by – nice to have your dad in the neighborhood. It was the lucky sardine because first cast out Garth landed a nice tarpon! Greg was also fishing with Captain Jr. this week with live sardines – they hooked four, and landed two. Nice work.

OTHER SPECIES: Several barracuda landed and made into fish fingers for a yummy appetizer! Both on fly and spin, barracuda is very fun sport fish.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Chartreuse Toad

Guide of the week: Captain Cesar for four straight days of getting beautiful permit to his boat with a variety of anglers.

This Week’s Summary:

It’s summertime in the tropics! We had a mix-up of weather and fishing conditions this week. The “highs” and “lows” of fishing is really character building. Sometimes we can be tough on ourselves when we don’t execute a “perfect” presentation and miss a fish. And sometimes it all comes together and it takes weeks for “that first permit on fly” smile to weaken. We welcome everyone as “extended family,” here at El Pescador. As our brand is fishing – we watch as this “fishing” common denominator brings people of all personalities and ages together. I love listening to all the shared stories and congeniality fishing brings to peoples lives. All the fish are here, but it’s the stories that will last forever.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 09/02/13 07:34 PM

FISHING REPORT

August 24 – 31st, 2013

Weather Conditions: Cloudy skies with sunny periods at the beginning of the week. Thunderstorms developed later in the week with rain showers most of Wednesday and Thursday. The skies cleared with only occasional rain storms at the end of the week.

Winds: ESE 10 – 15, E, ENE 5 – 10, S, E 5 – 10.

Air Temperature: Upper 80’s, low 90’s

Water Temperature: 78-82 degrees

Moonphase: Last Quarter on the 24th. New Moon on the 31st.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Most of the anglers this week were Tarpon crazed, so bonefish were not on the main menu. However, we had beautiful tailing bonefish in front of the lodge all week – classic lee conditions and tailing fish literally 3 feet from the shoreline! These of course are smart fish – they have seen their fare share of flies and tend to be really picky. But these fish provided great target practice as well as watching fish behavior for anglers at the end of the day with the incoming tide. And we tend to think of bonefish eating shrimp and crabs, but you should see these gordo bones devour barracuda carcass! In any case, bones were landed to spice up the anglers day when they had been hunting for tarpon. Captain Kechu said Phil landed a true 5 pounder! John and Cricket had fun targeting bones, Kelly landed his first bonefish on fly, Greg, Scott, Drew and Katie, Mark and Gwen and Mike - all landed bones on fly.

PERMIT: Permit – well, they eluded us this week. We had chasers, (is that a word?) but no takers.

TARPON: Tarpon Fever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Phillip landed a beautiful tarpon on fly with Captain Kechu. This was his first trip here to El Pescador with his father Charles. What a treat, first tarpon on fly. Captain Luis had Drew in tarpon and he landed his first as well. He is here with his new wife Katie – they were engaged on a bonefishing trip, and now honeymooning on a tarpon trip! They are both proficient anglers so I’m hoping Katie lands her tarpon before they leave. Hank landed a huge tarpon – about 90 lbs on spin with Captain Gilberto. Greg landed about a 80 pounder on fly with Captain Sinoe, and his fishing buddy Scott had a 120 lb fish on live bait but lost it right at the boat. They said it was HUGE! All of these fish were landed down by Long Caye. I give you all bonus points, because these anglers got drenched and didn’t give up!

OTHER SPECIES: Several barracuda landed and made into fish fingers for a yummy appetizer! Both on fly and spin, barracuda is very fun sport fish. Snappers were also added to the catch – and menu!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Chartreuse toad

Guide of the week: Captain Sinoe! You bet. He had both his anglers into tarpon. Greg landed one giant tarpon on fly, and his buddy almost landed a super giant tarpon on spin. Way to go.

This Week’s Summary:

Island time is here. It’s a slower pace in terms of people, but not fish. The fish are here – but they are tough to find in the storm. Anglers were persistent and they were rewarded. Maybe everyone didn’t get their prize fish this time, but one thing I know for sure – they are leaving much better anglers. Thanks everyone for a fun week.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing! L-A

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Greg and his Tarpon
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 09/11/13 02:28 PM

FISHING REPORT

August 31st – September 7th, 2013

Weather Conditions: The week opened with cloudy skies and some sunny breaks. Then mid week it got flat out beautiful!

Winds: East 5 – 10, E @ 5 most days, then ENE @ 5 on the 7th.

Air Temperature: Upper 80’s, low 90’s

Water Temperature: 78-82 degrees

Moonphase: New moon on the 5th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Ray brought his buddies and insisted they all catch bonefish on the fly. No one in the group had ever fly fished before! These guys – fun guys, were out to show their buddy that they could all learn and do! Congratulations to Phil, Jim, Gregg, Matt and Bill. Your casting is amazing and I’m so happy you were all rewarded with Mr. Bonefiish on fly. Drew and Katie caught bonefish on fly. Drew proposed on a previous bonefishing trip to the Bahamas. They were here this week to celebrate their honeymoon tarpon fishing! Bill brought his buddy Kerry – who was also new to the game. Kerry’s face lit up when he returned with Captain Vince one afternoon after landing and releasing several bonefish! Mark and Gwen were here from Salt Lake City and they both landed bonefish on fly. Mike was here from the UK to fish for tarpon. He landed bonefish on fly…and then on the last day landed his tarpon.

PERMIT: Dan had one on with Captain Sinoe, but the leader broke! The cuda got the leader prior, and when the permit grabbed the fly, the leader couldn’t stand up to that fight. He still has a few more days so I’m hopeful. Billy landed permit on fly with Captain Emir at the beginning of the week as they dodged thunderstorms. Congratulations you two!

TARPON: When Aki and Mak are here, weird things happen. Especially when it comes to tarpon fishing with Captain Cesar! They landed 5. The biggest was 150 lbs on live bait. It was an amazing story. Mak Is 10, and had a huge work out landing this fish. So 4 landed on live bait, and then Aki landed a nice 60 lb fish on fly the last day. I was super excited that Drew landed a tarpon with Captain Tomas – and I need those pictures Drew! Katie is a well accomplished angler as well. It will be yours next time Katie. And Mike landed his tarpon on live bait with Captain Gilberto the last day he fished! Well done everyone. Ray has had a tarpon on fly everyday he has gone out with Captain Kechu. Maybe today he will land one? Bill – you are due.

OTHER SPECIES: Pretty sure we had over 50 barracuda landed this week – on fly and spin. And yes, we had barracuda fingers at the bar! Yum.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Chartreuse toad

Guide of the week: Captain Cesar. 5 tarpon landed with Aki and Mak. But it’s the adventure they all create when they leave the dock that makes this combination so incredible. And Cesar’s learning all about Aki’s quiver of Canon lenses. Nice work.

This Week’s Summary:

The first week of September has been stellar. It was wonderful to see Aki, Chris and their absolutely fish crazed son, Mak. These guys have crazy luck. They have talent as well, and they are rewarded every time they fish with Captain Cesar. And thanks Ray for bringing your buddies. I loved that they jumped on board to learn to fly fish and I know they will continue this new fun form. What can we say? The fishing is great and the people are fun. Always a good combination! And, Alejandra Flota turned 10!

Cast to your dreams!

Lori-Ann Murphy fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador father and son guests Aki and Mak and their tarpon
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 09/15/13 11:17 AM

FISHING REPORT

September 7th – September 14th, 2013

Weather Conditions: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms the beginning of the week as a Tropical Wave dominated the weather. Mid week we had rain and little wind. The end of the week showed signs of the sun!

Winds: East 5 – 10, N 5 – 10, E 5 – 10.

Air Temperature: Upper 80’s, low 90’s

Water Temperature: 78-82 degrees

Moonphase: First Quarter on the 12th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Jay and his son Taylor landed their first bonefish on fly. It was great to see Taylor’s face throughout the week – his smile just kept getting bigger! Gerry and Chris were chasing tarpon most of the time, but they managed to get some fun bonefishing in as well. Extra credit points go out to Chris for landing TWO big bonefish in front of the lodge on fly. Extra credit because these are really smart “lodge” fish. We also found a great fly in Nick’s box that I can’t wait to try. It’s basically a San Juan worm – a stretchy one. Nick says the material comes from this toy and you just peel off the rubber legs, which are very durable. We have a lot of soft mud bottom flats. I don’t think we use worm patterns enough, so I’ll let you know how it goes. Nick and his new bride, Megan, also landed some nice bonefish on fly. This is their honeymoon. It’s was also Lonnie and Carrie’s honeymoon. Lonnie landed a great bonefish and a whole lot more! See grand slam notes.

PERMIT: Bryson’s dream was to come here and land a tarpon on fly. He went out with Captain Kechu and they stopped at a permit place along the way. They had a few shots, and the fish spooked. Kechu thought it was “over,” until he saw Bryson’s flyline sailing toward a big tail about 60 feet away. Kechu returns to life, and coaches Bryson through the strips…..fish on and fish landed! Nice work.

TARPON: We had some tough weather this week but the tarpon are in! Nick jumped two and landed one on fly with Captain Cesar, and then another day they went out and jumped a few more. Then Lonnie went out with Captain Cesar and jumped several on live bait and landed two! One fish looks like it was 100 lbs, see photo. And, Bryson got his dream. He went out with Captain Emir on his last day and landed his tarpon on fly. He’s a happy camper and most definitely has a tarpon addiction.

Grand Slam: Lonnie landed two tarpon, one permit and several bonefish on live bait! One tarpon was huge! See photos. Congratulations Lonnie. Thank you Captain Cesar!

OTHER SPECIES: Dawnell landed a huge barracuda. Jay landed a cormorant.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

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

Guide of the week: Captain Cesar! He put Nick into tarpon on fly and Lonnie into his Grand Slam on bait! Thank you.

This Week’s Summary:

Things have slowed down around here at El Pescador. We have had a very busy year, and now it’s time to enjoy this beautiful place as we prepare for another busy season soon. It has been rewarding to watch as angling stories are endless each day. And everyone had their dreams met! Nick is a guide in Michigan and came out and landed tarpon on fly and jumped several others. His wife Megan loves to fly fish as well, and was happy with her bonefish on fly. Bryson landed all three, but really he wanted his tarpon on fly, and that’s what he got. Lonnie had one day booked with Captain Cesar. It was his only day scheduled, after all, he was here with his new wife Carrie. Lonnie had his dream come true – a grand slam on live bait!

Cast to your dreams!

Lori-Ann Murphy fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guests Bryson and Lonnie and their tarpon
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 09/25/13 11:51 AM

FISHING REPORT

September 14th – September 21st, 2013

Weather Conditions: The week began with mostly cloudy conditions and thunderstorms. Wednesday was calm and then Thursday the wind kicked up to blow out the last of the tropical wave.

Winds: WNW 5 – 10 mph. ESE 10 – 25, then it slowed to a nice E 5 – 10 and wrapped up the week with ESE/ S ending the tropical wave.

Air Temperature: Upper 80’s, low 90’s

Water Temperature: 78-82 degrees

Moonphase: The Full Moon was on the 19th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Rose and Guillermo, Julian and Ingrid and Tricia and Richard all landed bonefish this week. They came in as a group from Houston. On their way here they met Jay – who was also on his way to El Pescador and adopted him! Jay has also landed his first bonefish on fly. It’s slow season – so the fish in front of the lodge are safe from anglers, but not Max. Max (our EP dog) points bonefish and loves it when they explode in front of him.

PERMIT: Jay hasn’t had a vacation in two years. The last time he was fly fishing was 5 years ago. On his second day out with Captain Alex he landed a permit on fly! They were bonefishing, but the permit ate instead! He knows he is lucky, and that’s a good thing. On the 18th we had the biggest tide of the month, 1.5 ft. This, compared to an average .6 ft tide. We had a break in the weather. Captain Emir called and we ran out to check out the situation. We found strong current lines and we could see fish moving. The problem was we didn’t have any sun – or it was brief. Then we saw a big wake, I just switched my fly to an Avalon. It was about an 80 ft cast. As I stripped, I felt the grab. For once I had the presence of mind to keep low with the rod, and keep stripping. The next grab was a solid hit. I lifted my 8 wt and proceeded to see the reel empty quickly. Yikes. We ran after it a bit, and then settled down as I collected yards of backing. It was a beautiful permit, about 15 lbs. I jumped in the water to release the fly and the fish. It was Captain Emir’s call – he saw the fish before me and guided me right on the money. It was teamwork that paid off. Most of the time we go permit fishing we get our butts kicked. So, it was flat out wonderful to land that beauty. Life is renewed! It’s just that simple.

TARPON: Kevin arrived with an arsenal of beautifully tied bunnies and toads from his vice. He also brought some tying material and tied up some beauties while he was here. Kevin and Tomas have had few shots the past few days – the tarpon are sparse with this full moon. He has jumped one, and I’m really hoping he lands one today. Tarpon fishing requires a lot of time hunting fish. You don’t hear the reel singing much. He decided to break up the serious quest and landed some bonefish to change the MoJo. I believe this will work. Let’s hope so. Jenn and Hackney are here to celebrate their 9th wedding anniversary. They are family to us here at El Pescador. I have lost track of how many times they have been here. I have seen them both grow as anglers, and it is especially wonderful for me as I watched Jenn practice her cast out on the dock. She can throw 80 with the best of them! Hackney jumped 2 tarpon yesterday – they always fish with Captain Cesar. My secret wish is a tarpon for Jenn. She has really worked at her fishing and needs to be rewarded! To be continued….

OTHER SPECIES: Snook seen not caught. Jacks, barracuda and ladyfish all landed on fly and spin.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Chartreuse toad

Guide of the week: Captain Emir for some awesome guiding with Lori-Ann.

This Week’s Summary:

The weather brought in big tides and mixed conditions. It’s summertime and our rainy season in the tropics. Things are a bit hotter when the breeze stops. The big full moon was bright as the skies cleared later in the week. Some nights we had mosquitos - some evenings fire flies. Our group was small this week, so we had time to note all the nuances that we believe play a story in fishing conditions. Big tides bring food. Current lines can look like a string of M&M’s to permit as all the shrimp and crabs move with the water. Where do the tarpon go? Are they feeding at night and finding a nice sleeping spot in the deep during the day? Our fishing conditions are reflected in so many variables. It’s fun to continue to use our power of observation and notice the patterns of Mother Nature. It really is soul food. Thanks everyone for an enjoyable week!

Cast to your dreams!

Lori-Ann Murphy fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 10/01/13 05:51 PM

FISHING REPORT

September 21st – September 28th, 2013

Weather Conditions: There will be sun from all directions, followed by night with some stars, mostly above us. The following days will be just like that. ... Weather report courtesy Ebbe Weile

Winds: E 5 – 15 mph.

Air Temperature: Upper 80’s, low 90’s for the High.

Water Temperature: 78-82 degrees

Moonphase: Last Quarter Moon on the 26th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Dan showed up and landed his first bonefish on fly with Captain Alex. He fly fishes a lot around his Northern California trout streams and was very excited to try the salt. I remember when I was first learning to fish the salt. The guide always said, “You’re short.” And I argued for years until I realized the big difference between trout fishing and salt is this: When you cast a fly to a trout – it is usually right in front of that fish. When you cast in the salt – you need to allow the fly to sink, or drift down, to where the fish is feeding or swimming. This means you need to “overcast” to allow your fly to be seen. And, they aren’t called the “ghost of the flats,” for nothing. Training your eyes to follow the fish takes practice and good polarized sunglasses: Brown or green mirror is best. And Hackney really loved his little bonefish….it sealed the deal on his Slam!

PERMIT: Hackney landed a beautiful permit on fly….after he landed his tarpon. This permit was part of his Slam! Nice going to Hackney and Captain Emir.

TARPON: It’s so wonderful when “it” happens! Kevin fished all week with Captain Tomas. They jumped about 10 in the week, and yes, he landed one! Yeah Kevin. All those beautiful flies you tied paid off. And thank you, I look forward to trying those bunnies this month. It’s great to see Josh here fishing with our crazy and wonderful Captain Sinoe. Josh always lands fish with Sinoe. Way to go Josh on a beautiful tarpon landed on one of your flies that I would keep in a jewelry box! And you better get your name on those boxes. Jenn landed her tarpon on fly too! She said all she could yell, “Cesar, Cesar, Cesar…..!!!!!!” I’m thrilled for her. Her casting and patience with her fishing is right on! Then, her husband, Hackney, landed his tarpon with Captain Emir. It was their ninth wedding anniversary, he was a bit under the weather, but he pulled it off! The tarpon started his Slam!

Grand Slam: Hackney with Captain Emir!

OTHER SPECIES: Snook seen not caught. Jacks, barracuda and ladyfish all landed on fly and spin.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

FOR TARPON - Black Death Bunnies, Chartreuse toad, Tan Bunnies, White Bunnies.

Guide of the week: It’s a tie! Captain Cesar is “family” to Hackney and Jenn – so it was just wonderful that Jenn was able to land her tarpon on fly with Cesar. Cesar was sick one day, so Captain Emir filled in for him. And, that’s the day Hackney got his first Slam. “A round for everyone!”

This Week’s Summary:

We love it when our friends return. Great to see Jenn and Hackney here celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary! Wonderful to see Josh and his mom Ricky here. Captain Sinoe’s whole family showed up to greet them. We welcome back Leo – big changes from 15 years ago, right? And welcome back Wayne – looks like the weather is cooperating for everyone. And while we are on the welcome back home roll…Ed is here as Fishing Director until early November. I’ll be around this time, so I’m looking forward to fishing with you while I’m on my break.

L-A fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 10/10/13 11:05 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of September 29th – October 5th , 2013

Weather Conditions: Beautiful, beautiful, with single day of clouds and showers.

Winds: The winds were light and variable all week with most day between 0-5mph in the morning and 5-10 in the afternoon.

Air Temperature: Upper 80’s, low 90’s for the High.

Water Temperature: 78-82 degrees

Moonphase: The new moon is on October 5th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Wayne, Matt, Leo, Brad, Paul, Doc all got bonefish daily. Ashley’s first, Mandy’s first, Steve’s first, Prya’s first, Brad’s first, Alexa’s first, Ken, Lee, Frank…everyone caught bonefish and lots of them! Congratulations to Honeymooners Scott and Corey ( it was Corey’s first ever bonefish!)

PERMIT: A big permit week with Paul with Captain Emir landed a big permit, Matt had one on with Capt. Kechu, Will caught 6 permit in one day, his wife Mandy landed 3 that same day with Captain Hilberto!!! Holy permit!! Brad got 7 beautiful permit with Captain Luis on day 1,2 &3,4 and 5 of his trip (not bad for his first saltwater trip!,) Josh going for a grand slam lost a couple of heartbreakers with Capt. Sinoe. Return guest Ken and Captain Emir teamed up for Ken’s first permit. Newly married Scott from Cheeky Reels was able to get a permit with Capt. Kechu on his one of fishing during his honeymoon at El Pescador.

TARPON: Will and Drew both got some nice tarpon with Capt. Vince, Josh’s 90 pounder was the biggest of the week, Josh got another smaller 25 pounder, It was an all Josh tarpon week with Capt. Cinoeh., Wayne connected wit a 25 pound fish with Capt. Tomas, but didn’t land it, same story with Lee and Captain Caesar.

Grand Slam: Close but no cigar this week!

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, barracuda, snapper and ladyfish all landed on fly and spin.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special, Foxy gotcha, lead eye gotcha

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Crazy Charlie tan, Christmas Island special, spawning shrimp, simram

FOR TARPON - Black Death, White Toad. Cockroach, chartreuse bunny

Guide of the week: Capt. Hilberto for a prolific permit day – 9 in only 5 hours! Then they spent the next couple hours on the beach with Hilberto’s famous shore lunch!

This Week’s Summary:

Permit fishing was off the charts with over 19 fish landed, Josh finished out his stay with that dream 90 pound tarpon… I love to see grown men giggle with excitement!

Ed fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 10/17/13 11:42 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of Oct 6, 2013 - Oct 12 , 2013

Weather Conditions: The week started with clouds and a few showers with 1 day of pretty steady rain, and ended up with some perfect fishing conditions, of sun and 5-8 mph winds!

Air Temperature: Upper 80’s for the high. Winds: Winds were moderate most of the week from almost every direction at some point. Some days started with a northwest wind and it gradually switched to a northeast wind as the day progressed. Most winds were 5-10 mph, perfect for flats fishing.

Water Temperature: Temps ranged from 78-82 F

Moonphase: First Quarter Moon Oct 11th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Lee, Frank, Ken, John, Glen, Gerald and Adam had no trouble finding and catching bonefish this week. John, Lisa and Richard all received their bonefish awards thanks to the guiding of Capt. Vince. Mark and Valetta all got bonefish their first day out, Aaron and Gerry no problem, Jenny and future husband Rob also landed bonefish every day they tried. Art and his lovely wife LIssie outlasted everyone on the rainy day of the week, fishing the whole 8 hours with Capt. Raton and racked up many bonefish.

PERMIT: Lee and Captain Cesar combined for a nice permit during his latest stay with us. A grand slam for the week - next time he will do it in one day! Repeat guest Bruce teamed up with Capt. Kechu for the 2 permit of the week and also finished with a junior grand slam with bone fish, permit and tarpon released over several days.

TARPON: A lot of hooking going on late in the week, but not a lot of landing going on! Returning guest Lee was able to land a tarpon with Captain Cesar, retuning angler Jon hooked up with Captain Cesar, Bruce landed a few thanks to the help of Captain Kechu. Capt. Vince worked with our new friend young John for tarpon and although they hooked up, they were not able to land it. Soon to be husband and wife Jenny and Rob both have hooked up with tarpon and as Capt. Emir explained “ sometimes they just don’t stick!” Mark jumped a couple, Gregg jumped at least one that I know of with Capt. Tomas. Rob landed on on his last day with Capt. Emir and Jon nailed a poon with Capt. Cesar.

Grand Slam: Close, but no cigar this week.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, barracuda, snappers, grouper, ladyfish, blue runners and oh so close to a 50 pound cobia for Mr. Bruce!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, C.Is. Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon

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

Guide of the week: Captain Kechu with his hard work getting Bruce his week long Grand Slam.

This Week’s Summary:

Jenny and Rob are getting married here this week but are taking a few days ahead of time to get in some good fishing IN. Lots of tarpon around after a couple days of unsettled weather but tough to hook!

Ed fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 10/30/13 12:30 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of Oct 20, 2013 - Oct 26, 2013

Weather Conditions: The week started with beautiful, with partly cloudy skies, with an occasional short-lived rainstorm till Thursday where it turned to over cast with rain on Friday and Saturday.

Air Temperature: Mid to upper 80’s for the high. Winds: Winds 5-10mph from the northwest early in the week, 10-13 mid to week out of the east, late in the week saw moderate winds with an occasional squall line producing some heavy gusts.

Water Temperature: Temps ranged from 78-82 F

Moonphase: Last Quarter Moon Oct 24th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Bob and Teresa finished out their trip early in the week with a dozen bonefish in the boat with Capt. Alex. Frank and Paul added some good sized ones to finish out their week as well. Tom and Austin were after permit but managed a few bonefish in between permit shots with Capt., Cesar. The Orvis bonefish Bonanza was on and it included all of our guides and all of the Orvis guests were rewarded with bonefish daily. Congrats to Scott, Steve, Adam, Trey M., Heath, Ivette, David, Tom, Pam, Joe, Shari, Dan S., Keith, Jim, Phil, John, Dan, Ed, Trey C., Peter, Patrick, Heather and Blair! Many were first time bonefishers; some were veterans to EL Pescador and bonefish.

PERMIT: The only effort early in the week ( 2 boats out each day) was father and son team Tom and Austin, they landed a couple last week and finished up their trip on Sunday with another nice permit for Tom, both Tom and Austin gave Captain Cesar stellar reviews. Captain Cesar was back at it later in the week scoring a permit for Canadian Angler Pat.. Little did he know this was a special day!

TARPON: A great effort was for Tom’s grand slam attempt but despite shots the tarpon were just 6” behind the fly several times…. Eat it… Eat it… Ugh ( actually my guess is they used a few special words rather than ugh when the fish refused the fly) Tarpon Tom and his wife Pam broke the tarpon ice with 2 to the boat with great thanks to Capt. Kechu. Jeremy of Orvis travel landed an nice 30 pound fish, Pat and Captain Cesar topped their GS day off with the tarpon.

Grand Slam: Pat was the hero of the week with a grand slam to the boat by 11 am! His boat mate Peter managed to get some great pictures. Capt. Cesar was on the push pole for Pat’s slam.

OTHER SPECIES: Snapper, Barracuda, and Jacks.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONES - Christmas Island Special, Crazy Charlie tan, the usual suspects

FOR PERMIT - Peterson Shrimp

FOR TARPON - White Cockroach, Black Death, Chartreuse Bunny.

Guide of the week: Captain Cesar and the Grand Slam for Pat by 11 am! Woohooo!!!

This Week’s Summary:

We welcomed the Annual Orvis Bonefish Bonanza with 12 boats going out daily for 3 days. Orvis Travel’s Jeremy Kehrein hosted the annual trip with an enthusiastic group of both first time flats anglers to a couple flats veterans and returning guests. People are already booking for next year. Call Jeremy at 800-547-4322!

More honeymooners visited us this week with Caroline and Jacob, and Martha and Justin, both were married on October 19!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email us at fish@elpescador.com. Happy fishing!

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 11/03/13 11:31 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of October 27th – November 2nd, 2013

Weather Conditions: The week had a gloomy start… overcast, with heavy squalls a couple times a day, much more rain than normal. Inland Belize was affected by some extreme flooding that has not been seen in decades. We needed more sun! By Wednesday the weather started to break and the sun came out and we were back to normal clear skies to finish the week.

Winds: Winds were usually less than 10 mph unless you were near a squall early in the week with a few 30 mph gusts! Wednesday through Saturday had the perfect 5-10 mph easterly winds.

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

Water Temperature: Temps ranged from 78-82 F

Moonphase: The new moon will be on November 3rd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Tom, Pam, Jean, Steve, Max, Dick, Rob, Ryan, Bill, Bettye, Steve, Bruce Jason, Ted, Dean, Rod, George, Cliff and Ford all had an easy time fooling bonefish, Bettye landed 20 on her first day of bonefishing ever with Capt. Erlindo, while husband Bill only landed three (on another boat) No marriage counselor was needed as Bill made up for it the next day! More than half of these fine folks caught their very first bonefish ever! Several boats had counts in the teens and twenties, even with sub prime weather. Newlyweds Mark and Janice had a day on the flats with lots of bonefish with Capt. Cinoeh, and then a day on the reef with Jerry.

The list goes on with Darnelle & Jason, Susie & Curt, Tim, Sam, Lew, George, Noble, Bob, Mike, Harvey, Tonya, Chris, Gary, Matt, and Mark all getting into bonefish during the second half of the week.

PERMIT: The first permit of the week was Gary, who landed a permit on his first day on the flats with his guide Cinoeh, on the second day he added 2 more. The third and last day he added another permit!!! This was Gary’s first flats trip! (I guess he was not listening at orientation about how hard it is to catch permit!) Mike went out with Capt. Cesar and landed a permit on his second day as well (part of his slam).

TARPON: Jean hooked up and landed a tarpon on his first day out with Capt. Cesar, his boat mate Steve matched him on the second day out. Ryan was fishing with his Dad and Capt. Hilberto and was able to land a good tarpon and jumped a couple more. There were a bunch of hook-ups with Noble (from the Woodlands Orvis store) leading the pack. Mike got a tarpon on their last cast of the day with Capt. Cesar to complete the slam on day 2 of his trip. Day three went well as Mike landed 2 tarpon while his wife Linda cheered him on and took some great photos.

Grand Slam: Mike from Texas teamed up with Captain Cesar for the first grand slam of November. The permit and bonefish were recorded by 8 am and it was looking like a no-go with tarpon. A last minute move proved worthwhile and just as they had decided to call it a day the last cast landed a nice tarpon to complete the slam.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Cudas, snappers, blue runners, ladyfish, lookdown, pompano

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie in tan, small crabs, Christmas Islands, gotcha,

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Special, Petersons Spawning Shrimp

FOR TARPON - White bunny, Black and purple toad, cockroach, and orange cockroach.

Guide of the week: It’s a tie! Capt. Erlindo for close to 100 bonefish in his three days with Bettye and Bill and Capt. Cesar for his grand slam with Mike.

This Week’s Summary:

Master casting instructor Steve Hollensend brought a group of wonderful guests to visit us, and we thank him for sharing his vast knowledge of fly casting with not only his guests but with me as well! We also welcomed 8 couples and a few single anglers from the Woodlands Texas Orvis Store for 3 days of fishing and fun.

Ed fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Mike C and his Grand Slam!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 11/12/13 09:57 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of November 2 - 9, 2013

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny with occasional clouds most of the week- then we got nailed with the rain at the end of the week!

Winds: NW 5, NE 5 – 10, ESE 5, N 5 - 10

Air Temperature: Upper 80’s, low 90’s

Water Temperature: 78-82 degrees

Moonphase: First quarter on the 7th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: The bonefish were tailing like crazy in front of the lodge this week! It was really fun to watch our angling guests get after our “PhD” bones. Kyle has been here several times, but this time he brought his dad Patrick. Patrick went out and caught his very first ever bonefish! By himself. Then he went our with Captain Erlindo and cleaned up. Matt landed seven bonefish this week on fly! He was out there every morning – it was fun to see. And then Bob brought his son Rob for a quick three day trip. Bob also landed a beautiful big bonefish in front of the lodge. All extra credit bonefish!

PERMIT: Captain Emir had his NW wind this week which allowed Walt to get his permit…..which then became part of his Grand Slam! Matt had one on, but held a little to tight and Pop!

TARPON: We had some tough weather this week but the “Tarpon Guys” were able to pull it off. Drum roll……Congratulations to our very own Ed who landed a 100 lb tarpon on fly with Captain Alex! Yeah! And birthday boy Paul also landed a nice tarpon on fly with Captain Luis. And Walt picked up his tarpon on fly with Captain Emir. Ned landed his tarpon of fly with Captain Luis. And Rob was walking on water after landing his tarpon on fly with Captain Emir his last day fishing. Bill and Eddie are fish crazed….Bill landed his tarpon on fly with Captain Raton. Eddie came so close! Next time.

Grand Slam: Congratulations to Walt who has been coming to El Pescador for three years, and this time it happened! His wife Ann was waiting with big hugs and Captain Emir racks up another Slam for one happy angler. Walt, Slam on Fly, November 5th, 2013.

OTHER SPECIES: Barracuda madness! Snook are also lurking about. It’s November and with all this rain, they are venturing out of the mangroves. Tom has been coming to El Pescador for many years. He brought his son Tom with him once again, and they had a blast on spin. Tom Sr. really wanted a ladyfish, and Captain Kechu found them! Scott and Steve have also been to EP, returning this time with an arsenal of jigs and lures. I’m looking forward to hearing about what they end up landing! Matt and his brother Patrick (who owns a tackle shop) brought the tackle shop with him! They too have boxes of lures and rods that they piled into Captain Sinoe’s boat. The spin guys had the advantage at the end of the week when the rain came.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

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

Guide of the week: Another drum roll please……Guide of the week goes to Captain Alex for getting Ed into his 100 lb tarpon on fly! The rod broke in 3 pieces right at the boat, but the fish was landed.

This Week’s Summary:

It was old home week here at El Pescador. Kyle has been here several times and this time he brought his dad Patrick! Steve and Scott returned to fish with Captain Gilberto and I’m hoping for big things from their arsenal of spin gear. Thank you Tom for bringing you son Tom again, and thank you to Ed’s group: Paul and Randy, Ned and Mary, Loren and Shelly – we love seeing you here again! Walt and Ann were back for their third time here, and this time Walt slammed. We are all thrilled for him. It was Paul’s birthday and also Joan’s birthday. Our youngest “guide in training,” Gordy, celebrated his 18th birthday! Good sportsman awards to all of our anglers this week. Husband and wife team, Bill and Eddie share their passion for fly fishing. This time Bill got his tarpon, but Eddie you are due! The weather was a little tough, but they went out there and made it happen. And it was a pleasure to meet up with John and Diane who were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. They still look like kids. That’s what love will do! Matt and Sara are also celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary. Sara is loving the “no schedule” and Matt is ready to fish and catch! I don’t think John and Geoff ever stopped laughing as they spent the week fishing with Captain Sinoe. They also had a blast exploring the lagoon. I think they ripped it up back there… And I really enjoyed the absolutely pure passion for fly fishing that poured out of Conner. We had fun tying up some flies and he made some great creations. And thank you Rob for tying some beautiful tarpon flies at the vice. Big huge thank you to Mr. Ed, my partner in this job, for working with the guide team and our guests. I had a wonderful break and it’s great to be back with our El Pescador family.

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 11/17/13 12:33 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of November 9 – 16th, 2013

Weather Conditions: We have had a very unusual week of pouring rain! Puddles abound. Mostly rainy days with a few welcomed sunny afternoons.

Winds: NW 5, NE 5 – 10, ESE 5, N 5 - 10

Air Temperature: Upper 80’s, low 90’s

Water Temperature: 78-82 degrees

Moonphase: Full moon was on the 13th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Anderson and Platt came to town and brought thirty-eight of their angling friends from Dillon, Montana and a few other places. Some people were here for their first bonefishing experience and were wide eyed at the beginning of the week. It poured rain, but these newbie anglers went out and destroyed the bonefish! One day Jana landed 10 tailing bonefish with Captain Alex. Jodi landed twenty something this week. Scott was thrilled with his first. Brad has been guiding and traveling fly fishing for years- this time he brought his brother Todd. Todd picked up the double haul in less than 5 minutes and also landed his first bonefish. Conditions were less than optimal, so anglers were looking for tails, pushes and honey holes! The experienced anglers chased the smart tails in front of the lodge. I watched Barry hook up with a big fish and then he lost it. He didn’t know anyone was watching until I sighed at the same time he did and he heard me! Eric and Tammy went out everyday in the pouring rain with Captain Sinoe. They reported good bonefishing each day in spite of the weather. Tammy was thrilled to land one on her own as they were wading the flats. Just a little personal glory there – a good thing for the “birthday girl.”

PERMIT: A guide told me one time, “you desire the fish too much gal!” My heart went out to Brad and Jon this week. My permit-crazed guide buddies were focused on this fish, but it wasn’t their time. Jon did touch 3! Things happen out there, especially when it’s raining cats and dogs. And it did happen for Phil. Phil and his wife Linda went out with Captain Emir and Co-Captain Gordy. They were tarpon fishing when a school of BIG permit were incoming. Emir said, “throw the tarpon fly man!” Phil threw the 3/0 “big eye brown” to the fish and that was it. He landed a measured 25 lb permit on that tarpon fly! See photos. And this is what Phil adds:

"Well he’s one of those who knows that life is just a leap of faith Spread your arms and hold your breath and always trust your cape"
-Guy Clark

Captain Sinoe reported seeing permit most days this week, as did Captain Kechu and Captain Emir. Nice work everyone! And I almost forgot! I got so caught up in the crazy reports from Bill and Don about their “near miss super slams,” but Bill did land a permit on a Christmas Island Special, orange, size 4. So, two permit were landed this week, lots of casts and near hook ups!

TARPON: When it’s pouring rain, what do you do? Go tarpon fishing! Bill and Don ripped it up with Captain Luis. They jumped seven and leadered one at the boat. These two angling buddies came in laughing everyday. Guides were looking for tarpon in the channels, mangrove lagoons and over Savannah to the West. Captain Erlindo stayed out just a lit bit longer trusting his years of guiding. Sure enough, Billy and Jessica reported seeing tarpon rolling “all over the place!” At that, Billy cast his fly and jumped one. That one got away, but the next cast connected with a solid set. Billy was smiling for days after landing his 50 lb tarpon on a black death! We want those photos Billy!

Grand Slam: No slams this week, but Captain Luis reported two “almost” super slams! The fish won.

OTHER SPECIES: Jodi was the queen for landing the most variety of fish on fly this week. Way to go Jodi! Barracuda central, some crazy fun with ladyfish and a lot of snapper! Jason went after the fish with spin gear this week and his rod was bent most of the time. Not to mention the amount of fish he fed for appetizers. When the guides were cleaning the huge pile of fish, all the creatures showed up. The birds and fish also enjoyed all of Jason’s efforts. And Rob – that was one giant barracuda you landed with Captain Gilberto!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

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

Guide of the week: Captain Luis for keeping Bill and Don is fish all week. They said they never had so much fun and it was pouring rain!

This Week’s Summary:

Wow. Montana showed up in a big way, as Montana people do. Anderson and Platt brought 38 of their angling buddies – actually not all of them from Montana, but it felt like it, which is a good thing. We all were so happy to see our repeat friends and excited to know new friends. Kevin and Kelly – the brothers from Colorado, are always so much fun. Jon and Brad are some of the best trip leaders in the business. Thank you boys! Tammy and Eric we hope to see you back soon. Thank you to Ed and also Tammy for letting us celebrate your birthdays with you this week. And most importantly, thank you to all of our guests this week. You all deserve the “Best Sport” award. You had some real live tropical weather this week and you kept smiling and laughing. All the time reporting how thankful you were to be in such a great place. Well, we were darn lucky to have such a great group of friends. Thank you and come back soon!

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador Phil and his 25 lb Permit!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 11/25/13 10:47 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of November 16 – 23rd, 2013

Weather Conditions: Mostly cloudy with thunder storms. Some sunny days earlier in the week.

Winds: NW 5, NE 5 – 10, ESE 5, NNE 5 - 10

Air Temperature: Upper 80’s, low 90’s

Water Temperature: 75-82 degrees

Moonphase: Full moon was on the 17th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: A big group of anglers here this week and everyone caught bonefish on fly! Lot’s of “firsts.” Michael was here with his father and grandfather. Three generations fishing El Pescador! Michael caught some nice bonefish with Captain Alex. Congratulations to John, Mike, Greg, Frank, Caroline (who never had a fly rod in her hand before…),Stephen and Chris. Marcel was here with his three sons, Marcel Jr., Carlos and Jorge. They all caught bonefish on fly and learned a ton about fly fishing the salt this week. I don’t know what to say about Leonard and Hunter. They went out with Captain Jr. and came back everyday laughing so hard I really never got a straight story. I’m pretty sure they landed bonefish on fly – I awarded them anyway. Every picture was a face of three smiling faces and Beliken beer bottles. Mark and Morrie were here last year, and they returned this year for their honeymoon and Morrie caught a monster bonefish!

PERMIT: Will landed his first permit on fly! Yahooo. He came back to the dock with Captain Kechu his second day out and never stopped smiling. Charles had one on and the knot came undone! Yikes. 5 permit hooked on fly and one landed. #Avalon/Christmas Island Special size 4 – orange. And the big news….Kelly landed a 25+ permit on live crab with Captain Kechu. The fish was huge! And a big congratulations to Mark for landing a beauty on fly with Captain Cesar. Way to go! And Jim – well, he landed 4 permit on fly with Captain Emir! Hello! Jim#The Catcher and the Fly.

TARPON: Barry, Susan and Captain Luis were on fire this week! They hooked 8 tarpon on fly and Susan landed 3. All on black death 3/0. Then Scott went out with Captain Luis his first day and landed a 25 lb tarpon and jumped another. Yep, black death. Jeff and Charles chased tarpon with Captain Emir, they jumped 4 and Jeff landed one. 12 tarpon jumped, a total of 5 landed. And let’s not forget George and Captain Alex. George has been fishing El Pescador for 28 years – chasing silver. He jumped 3 and it still “ain’t over.” George brought his son Tim and his grandson Micheal. Three generations of fly fishermen from Alaska chasing silver. Love it!

Grand Slam: No slams this week, the fish won. A few reported “almost” slams. When it’s yours it’s yours.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, barracuda, an Amber Jack and some snook sighted but not hooked.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

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

Guide of the week: Captain JR! They may not have caught the most fish, but Hunter and Leonard had the most fun. Hands down. They will return to fish with JR. Apparently, there is no going back.

This Week’s Summary:

It was great to see our friends, the brothers – Kevin and Kelly. They always have a great time and I’m thrilled Kelly landed that giant permit! Jeremy, thank you for your outstanding leadership with the Orvis group this week – all very much appreciated! We had some tough weather, but the anglers all kept a positive attitude as they approached the day. Every angler left El Pescador a better fisherman. Some learned more about their casting, some learned more about fish behavior, and some learned about breathing when they see fish. I’m thrilled to see my nephew Paul out there today trying fly casting for the first time. I just left the dock and he and his girlfriend were laughing and casting. That just warms my heart! Patty didn’t know she was going to try to fly casting, and now I’m afraid she is addicted. Thank you to Jeff and Sheila, Charles and Allison for returning for your third year. The gals were on “pool duty,” and had a blast. Potomic Flyrodders – be proud. Jim and Will rocked it. Thanks everyone for a great week!

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest and his jumping tarpon!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 12/15/13 09:14 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of November 23 – December 14th, 2013

Weather Conditions: A lot of rain! The highest rain this month was December 12 ~ 16.8mm in 1 hour. The last two weeks can be summed up by saying that everyone really appreciated the sun when it came out!

Winds: NW 5, NE 5 – 10, ESE 5, NNE 5 – 10. Cold front pattern: ESE/NW/N/NE/E

Air Temperature: 74 – 84 degree Fahrenheit; 23.3 C – 28.8C

Water Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: Last quarter November 25th, New Moon on December 3rd, and First Quarter on December 9th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Our bonefish have really saved the day! Wind, rain and lack of sun made for challenging conditions. Luckily, the “Honey Holes,” were productive, and for those that sought after tailing fish were rewarded with fish up to 6 lbs! For us, that is huge. Steve was fishing from the casting platform when he decided to tantalize a big lodge bone with a Gotcha. He watched the fish’s mouth open and he set the hook. I walked out of the office to see him hook up. Just then I saw 3/4th of his rod go flying out to sea. He tried to hand line the fish in, but it broke off in the turtle grass. We found his rod on the flat, but the very tip top was broken from his brand new Scott S4s. I told him I was sorry for laughing, but my timing was perfect for witnessing the surprise! Luckily, we were able to give Steve an S4s from our demo rods in the shop. And, he has a great story. Congratulations to everyone who fished this week. Your determination and sportsmanship made me proud as a fisherman. You represented the spirit that drives us; that curiosity that leads to great fun and adventure. Special rewards for bonefish go to the following: Ruth – first ever! Kristen shared bonefishing with diving this year, and accomplished both! Billy and Cindy both landed their first bonefish. Thank you Billy for all the fun tying! Eric, David, Rob and Todd – way to go! Dom, Joe, Jon, Al, Brad and Matt – thanks for bringing Chicago to Belize! And congratulations on your first fly fishing in the salt experience. Joe, Bill, Steve, Chuck, Chas and Allen – all landed bonefish in the rain! Greg, Tom, Dave and Mark all left with bonefish pins. And last but not least, Rick and Richard for their first every fly fishing experience and landing their first bonefish. Nice work everyone!

PERMIT: Bud landed his first permit on fly! He was beaming all week. Mark also landed his first permit on fly his third cast. Orange Christmas Island Special, size 4. Don’t leave home without it if you want permit here on Ambergris Caye.

TARPON: Matt went out his first day with Captain Tomas and landed his tarpon on fly! He had near misses the following days, but was happy with his accomplishment day one. We are always thrilled for everyone who reaches their dream, but when Dave came back to the dock and told me he landed his first tarpon on fly I almost lost it. Dave has been in treatment for renal cancer. He spent months of his down time tying flies for this trip. He brought along his son Eric for a fun “last fishing adventure.” Eric also landed his first tarpon of fly this week. But what struck us all here at EP was the absolute “grace” Dave demonstrated everyday as he approached his fishing. At 78, and under medical treatment, he was the toughest and the gentlest. I sure hope it’s not your last saltwater fishing trip Dave. We would love to see you back here. Meanwhile, thank you for showing us your amazing self, and reminding us all about our precious lives!

SNOOK: Lanny landed a beautiful 15 lb snook on fly with Captain Alex. See the “photo of the week!” Way to go Lanny and Captain Alex.

Grand Slam: No slams this week, the fish won. A few reported “almost” slams. When it’s yours, it’s yours.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, barracuda, an Amber Jack and some snook sighted but not hooked.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

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

Guide of the week: Captain Cinoe for getting Dave and his son Eric both into their first tarpon on fly!

This Week’s Summary:

Happy Thanksgiving, late. Merry Christmas, early! We give “thanks,” to our friends who return here to El Pescador. We get so excited when we see your name on our reservations. But it’s this continuing relationship with fishing as our common denominator that warms our hearts. Thank you Bill and Kathy and “Happy Trails to You!” Bud and Ruth – great to see you. Thank you Ruth for pool supervision, and Isa looks forward to flirting with you soon as you learn to cast to new distances. Our “Honeymooners,” Matt and Kristen. They came here three years ago on their honeymoon, so they are the “Honeymooners,” forever. Kristen also received her PADI certification. Dave, Carol, Toni and Scott. Today the sun is shining and it’s your last day out on the water before you head home. However, I have a sneaking suspicion we might be seeing you around here sooner than later. I hope so. Rick and Richard had a great father son week. We had several father and son duos these past few weeks and it’s been bringing smiles to all of us. One last big “Thank You!” goes to our readers of this fishing report. We are thrilled that you pay attention to our life here at El Pescador and all the beautiful fish and friendships that go with it! Blessings.

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 12/28/13 10:44 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of Dec 16 - Dec 21, 2013

Weather Conditions: Scattered thunderstorms early: Partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. The week ended with big wind clearing the skies.

Winds: ESE 10 – 15, E 25 – 30, E 10 – 15.

Air Temperature: 74 – 84 degree Fahrenheit; 23.3 C – 28.8C

Water Temperature: Temps ranged from 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: Last Quarter December 20th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: It was really fun to award 7 year old Norah her bonefish pin! She caught on that pins were awarded for bonefish landed and she said, “Lori-Ann, get ready to give me my pin the night before we leave – it’s going to happen.” And it did. She landed and released two bonefish with the help of her father Sasha and Captain Sinoe. Norah took it one step further and bought a thank you present for her papa. She presented this gift of thanks, and Sasha was one proud papa indeed. Donald and Chris, a father and son duo, landed their first bonefish on fly. They had some tough fishing conditions, but they landed sighted fish each day they fished on fly. Archie and James reported stellar bonefishing on fly with Captain Cesar. Tom also had some nice bonefishing on fly with Captain Cesar. David, Carol, Toni and Scott all landed bonefish which was an especially good thing, as they were chasing permit which can make you nuts. So catching a few nice bones evens out one’s personality. Nice going everyone!

PERMIT: Permit were scarce this week.

TARPON: Scott hooked 5 tarpon on fly and landed 2 with Captain Gilberto. When tarpon are leadered, they count. Way to make it happen Scott. Then the big wind hit, and blew most tarpon areas out.

SNOOK: Mike ripped it up with Captain Emir. Mike landed snook on spin everyday he fished. We were thankful because he had the lodge cook some up in addition to the dinner menu. Yum. Sash landed a 16 lb snook on fly with Captain Sinoe. It was a beautiful fish! Snook are so much fun for the angler because they get big air and really put up a good fight.

Grand Slam: No slams this week, the fish won. A few reported “almost” slams. When it’s yours, it’s yours.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks and barracuda on fly and spin.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special. Tarpon: Black Death, Chartreuse toad, White toads and bait fish patterns.

This Week’s Summary:

We had some wonderful families here this week. Dave, Carol, Toni and Scott – thanks again, we always love to see you guys. I’m most impressed with Carol and Toni’s casting and I see a family casting competition in the near future. Carol, the permit will be yours next time! It was also great to see Sasha, Sabrina, Laurie and Norah again. And Archie came back this year and brought his friend James. Archie, it was great to see your smiling face. Donald and Chris we look forward to seeing you here next time. Mike was the ultimate patriarch and made sure his wife Jayne, sister Jo and daughter Shannon all had fishing time. We want to thank you all for a fun week. You had some tough weather, but you persevered. Fish blessings.

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 01/01/14 10:41 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of Dec 22 - Dec 28, 2013

Weather Conditions: A mix of clouds & sun with light rain and scattered showers.

Winds: NW 5 to 10, N 5 to 10, NW 5 to 10, SW 0.

Air Temperature: 74 – 84 degree Fahrenheit; 23.3 C – 28.8C

Water Temperature: Temps ranged from 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: New Moon December 28th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Quincy just landed a nice bonefish in front of the lodge. It’s a perfect lee afternoon - fins and tails are making themselves seen out there. His son Q is here as well, they both are avid fly fishermen from Seattle. Mike decided to practice his casting out in front of the lodge as well. He kept a fly on for practice and then he had a big bone suddenly grab his fly! He lost it when it headed toward the dock, but it was fun to see all the action. These are the really smart fish, so they get extra attention! As for the crew here this week we need to mention that Mary and Christy proved that they can get more than parking tickets with a golf cart. Both of the barrel racing champs landed bonefish and will be awarded tonight! Look for bonefish pins on their next cowgirl outfit. Byron landed 22 bones on fly his first day out! He was hoping for Mr. Permit. Clarification, he was counting on Mr. Permit, but the fish won. The bonefish kept him sane. The Chang family is here and they all landed bonefish on fly! Congratulations to Wan, Joe, Chris and Colin. Kenn and Patti landed bonefish on fly everyday they went out with Captain Kechu and had a great time. It was really fun to see Tom out with his family. They run a great lodge in Washington State, and enjoyed the warm water of Mr. bonefish. One day they had a shore lunch with Captain Cesar. His lovely wife Carol and their beautiful daughter Kelsey yelled, “bonefish are on their way to you,” as he was wading the flat waiting for lunch. He saw the bones, made the cast, and caught a very nice bonefish which he released a big thank you.

PERMIT: Permit were scarce this week, but Stephen landed one on fly with Captain Raton! And Garth went out with Captain Cesar on day number two and landed a nice permit on fly! It was challenging for permit this week because the water was off color and we didn’t have a lot of sun.

TARPON: Q jumped one with Captain Emir early this morning in a lagoon. His father Quincy had a nice bite but lost it on the strip. Meredith jumped one today with Captain Cesar up north.

SNOOK: Meredith was fishing with her father and Captain Cesar today and landed 5 snook on fly. World record holder, Jim Boker was here with his family and friends. Jerret and John ripped it up on light spin – they landed 8 snook over ten pounds, the largest was about fifteen.

Grand Slam: Todd was here for one day of fishing with Captain Emir and he slammed! He landed the permit, then the tarpon, then the bonefish!

OTHER SPECIES: Barracuda and some really big snappers were landed and eaten this week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

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

Guide of the week: Captain Emir for Todd’s slam!

This Week’s Summary:

We had a wonderful Christmas week here at El Pescador. Tons of great food and laughter made for a fun holiday with our guests and EP family. I had several calls to make sure Garth from Bozeman was all set for his fly fishing this week. His beautiful wife Cara, suggested they have a break in warm weather. Then she said it could also be a fishing vacation! Garth happens to be a busy surgeon, besides a passionate fly fisherman. What is important to my buddies in Bozeman is that he is their goaly for the hockey team. I’m thrilled Garth was able to land a permit, and hopefully tomorrow a tarpon! Tom, Carol and Kelsey – it was hard to say good bye! We really enjoyed you around here and look forward to when you can return. Thank you to all of our guests this week. It’s been great to see your fishing skills improve but most importantly, we all feel we have made new friends of El Pescador. Until next year! With a ton of fishing blessings from the fishing department!

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 01/10/14 11:33 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of Dec 29 - Jan 4, 2014

Weather Conditions: Mostly cloudy skies with occasional rain showers.

Winds: NW 5 to 10, N 5 to 10, NW 5 to 10.

Air Temperature: 74 – 84 degree Fahrenheit; 23.3 C – 28.8C

Water Temperature: Temps ranged from 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: New Moon January 1st

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: We had lovely tailing fish in front of the lodge all week. And the further the angler walks up the beach, the dumber the fish get. As we always say, a bonefish landed on the beach side is worth double points! A good interception, and a slow strip, usually does the trick. This worked for Paul, who landed a beauty up the beach. Tim was here on his honeymoon with his fabulous wife, Traci. They were walking up the beach with the fly rod. Tim had two take off and not return. Yes, a long line release. LLR for the initiated. The entire Dadam family landed bonefish! Something to be proud of for sure. Grandpa Jack, Grandma Barbara, Dad Jeff, Mom Blinda, Uncle Matt and Melinda and let’s not forget the leaders of the pack: 10 y/o twins – John Wayne and Jesse James! I love those names and the fishing spirit is very much alive in these guys. Philip and Peter, another father and son duo, also landed bonefish on fly. Bonefish pins awarded to all!

PERMIT: Sam landed his permit on fly with Captain Emir…and that started his slam!

TARPON: Sam landed his tarpon on fly with Captain Emir that went towards his slam for the day. Kelli was here from Texas. This was her first fly fishing saltwater experience and she landed a tarpon on fly with Captain Luis. Awesome. The woman is hooked! Jason was here on a day trip with Captain Cesar. He landed his first tarpon on fly! Meredith also was out on a day trip with Captain Kechu and she landed a nice one on fly. Nice work all! And honorable mention goes out to 10 y/o John Wayne who had two tarpon on with live bait. They got away, but he knows that feeling of feeling the line fly out of you hands when the tarpon gets big air. Look out parents.

SNOOK: Wow! We are seeing some 10 to 20 lb snook around these days. It’s wintertime, and they come out of the mangroves with all the fresh water from the rain to feed. A snook on a fly is an amazing experience. They will follow, and then ambush that imitation like they mean it. Kelli had some great shots with Captain Luis, so now she knows the game.

Grand Slam: Sam was here on his honeymoon with his lovely wife Caitlin. Caitlin landed bonefish on fly, and her husband got the SLAM! Permit, tarpon and bone all on fly in one day = SLAM. And when you get a slam at El Pescador, you are awarded a big pin. You also have a plaque that goes up in the Grand Slam Bar. Sam’s will read: Sam Reiche/ December 30, 2013/ Captain Emir. Congratulations to the honeymooners!

OTHER SPECIES: We had a lot of anglers use spin this week and they found all kinds of fish to target. Norma landed a shark! John landed a 40 lb barracuda! We had several boats prepare shore lunches this week. This takes some time out of the fishing day, but it’s a great experience. The guides cook up what you catch (and yes, they have back up) and the anglers enjoy a tasty fresh hot lunch with fresh tortillas. Yum. Nice going John and Norma.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

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

Guide of the week: Captain Emir for Sam's honeymoon slam!

This Week’s Summary:

We had a lot of anglers use spin this week and they found all kinds of fish to target. Norma landed a shark! John landed a 40 lb barracuda! We had several boats prepare shore lunches this week. This takes some time out of the fishing day, but it’s a great experience. The guides cook up what you catch (and yes, they have back up) and the anglers enjoy a tasty fresh hot lunch with fresh tortillas. Yum. Nice going John and Norma.

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 01/15/14 11:24 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of Jan 5 - Jan 11 2014

Weather Conditions: Mostly cloudy skies with some serious rain showers. The sun came out on Friday the 10th, and is supposed to stay out until the North wind expected next week.

Winds: NW 5 to 10, N 5 to 10, NW 5 to 10.

Air Temperature: 74 – 84 degree Fahrenheit; 23.3 C – 28.8C

Water Temperature: Temps ranged from 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: First Quarter Moon January 7th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Our “Ghost of the Flats!” Amen. We are so lucky to have fabulous bonefishing on Ambergris Caye. We had some flat out tough weather this week, and once again, our bonefish saved the day! Steve landed some nice bones with Captain Alex. Tom, his wife Donna and their son, Elliot – all landed bonefish on fly. This was their first time fishing saltwater flats with a fly rod. Mike and Tera are here on their honeymoon and so far they both have landed bonefish on the fly. Ian brought an arsenal of goodies from the UK and the bonefish have taken everything he has thrown at them! Congratulations anglers.

PERMIT: Not happening this week, but we have high hopes for next week!

TARPON: All the anglers this week desired tarpon. They went out in pouring rain conditions searching for the Silver King. Steve had a couple of shots with Captain Alex, but that was about it. I’m excited to see what happens out there today. The weather has cleared and it’s flat out beautiful.

SNOOK: We know they are out there, but our anglers just didn’t get the shots this week.

Grand Slam: So we had 18 slams in 2012, and 19 slams in 2013. Let it be yours in 2014!

OTHER SPECIES: We have had some outstanding barracuda fishing this week – both on fly and spin. These fish are totally underrated. They take like they mean it, they get big air, and they taste good. Congratulations to all anglers who put those cuda’s in the air!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

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

Guide of the week: Captain Luis for getting his angler a cup a coffee when it was cold and pouring rain. He also added competence to their casting and they left better casters!

This Week’s Summary:

We expect storms from the north this time of year, but no one prepared us for all the rain we had this week! The good news is that today it is sunny, wind at about 5, and you can hear the tarpon rolling over on Savannah. I’m so hopeful for our anglers out there today. For our anglers that endured the rain, you get the highest praise. It’s one thing to go out when it’s perfect and make it happen, but when you go out and make it happen in tough conditions – that’s flat out good sportsmanship. Some might call it ridiculous, but it is those that take these times and work with the conditions – you show the world around you about passion and fun. And today…. “Like ya read about.” When it happens, embrace it! Thank you everyone for a nice cozy week after the holiday.

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 01/20/14 10:39 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of January 12th – 18th 2014

Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy, showers most of the week, with one solid day of sun.

Winds: ranged from 10-15 mph early in the week to 3-8 mid week, mostly from the northwest to northeast

Air Temperature: Mid 70’s, for the High. Low to mid 60’s, for the lows. (Cold for us!)

Water Temperature: 70-72 degrees

Moonphase: The full moon was on on January 15th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: College Freshman Lyle made a solo trip here for a few days to fish with Capt. Tomas and was very successful with the Belizean bonefish. Lonny and John from Florida got their very first bonefish the first day. Tara and Mike from Icy Wisconsin celebrated their honeymoon with many bonefish with Capt. Cesar. Gordon, Mike, Ted, Rob and Kristi tested the bonefish with great success. Our friends from Argentina, Gilberto and Romina fished with Capt. Luis all week. Meagan, Bill, Michael were all able to fool their share of the silver ghost.

PERMIT: No permit were fooled this week

TARPON: A strange low tide took over near the full moon and even with light winds mid week, Savannah flats were off color. There were a few tarpon bites with Gilberto and Capt. Luis, and Joe broke off a fish while fishing with Capt. Cesar. The only well deserved success was honeymooner Mike who rewarded on his last day with a nice 20 pound fish with Capt. Cesar while is sweetheart Tara grabbed some great photos.

OTHER SPECIES: Snook, Jacks, Cudas, lots of snappers, ladyfish.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie in tan, small crabs, Christmas Islands, Gotcha, Bonefish bitters in root beer

FOR PERMIT -

FOR TARPON - Black death

Guide of the week: Captain Cesar was the star!

This Week’s Summary:

The wedding of Bill and Meagan was the highlight of the week and they brought over 80 guests to visit us. It was a spectacular wedding that has brought together 2 great families. El Pescador’s family was honored to be able to host them. Fishing wise it was slow, there were just a few boats a day going out, the weather was cold by Belize standards, some clouds, a bit of rain and some very unusual low tides (no high tides to speak of) during a full moon I will blame it on the polar vortex.

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Mike’s Tarpon!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 01/29/14 08:50 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of January 19th – 25th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Mostly cloudy with 1 day of good sun, some showers later in the week.

Winds: Winds ranged from 10-15 mph early in the week to 3-8 mid week, mostly from the northwest to northeast

Air Temperature: Mid 70’s, for the High. Low to mid 60’s, for the lows. (Cold for us!)

Water Temperature: 70-72 degrees

Moonphase: The last quarter moon was on on January 24th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH: Welby and John got a day out with Hilberto and scored with a few bonefish each. It was Welby’s first! Hans scored on a day with Capt. Cesar but his real catch was his wife Sarah who is the most improved caster of the week. Both were able to land some bonefish on the fly. Mary and Jim (parents of bride Meagan) stayed a day longer with their friend Chastine and Brooks. Both couples ventured out in search of bonefish and a shore lunch With Captain Hilberto and his son Capt. Cesar. They were not disappointed as they all caught bonefish and earned their bonefish pins. Special congratulations are due to the ladies as they really worked hard with several casting lessons in preparation for their day on the water. Dorothy, Eddie and Don got their first bonefish with a day trip with Capt. Hilberto. Our Orvis seminar group proved you can catch bonefish on your first day ever on the flats. There were 3 Mikes, Lynette, David, Pat, Sam…everyone slayed the bonefish on that 1st afternoon!

PERMIT: none were tempted this week

TARPON: A day on the water for some staff resulted in tarpon for our own Lori-Ann and Orvis travel’s Vinny. Vinny’s 30-pound tarpon ate a chartreuse toad with Capt. Tomas at the helm and they jumped another larger fish later in the day. LA’s fish was spotted by Capt. Emir. I was skunked even though we got 2 fish to eat with Capt. Vince.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Specials, Crazy Charlie, Gotcha and some special ties!

FOR PERMIT - no permit bit anything this week!

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse toad, Tan toad

Guide of the week: Tomas for the best tarpon of the week!

This Week’s Summary:

Only a few boats went out in the beginning of the week as the wedding party departed leaving an empty lodge behind for a few days. Our Orvis Group arrived on Thursday with 10 anglers ready to learn the art and science of bonefishing. A half day seminar followed by 3 -1/2 days fishing overlapping into next week is off to a great start. Thanks to Orvis’ Vincent C. for his help and efforts making the seminar a blast.

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

Posted By: 3 beer story

Re: Fishing Report - 01/29/14 01:26 PM

My personal Belize fishing report is that on Tuesday,1/21, I went out for a day on the flats with the highly esteemed guide, Abbie Marin, of Go Fish Belize. It was my first time out for bonefish, and really my first serious salt water fly fishing experience. We caught half a dozen smaller bones in the morning, just to learn the ropes and warm up.

With Abbie's talent for finding the horses, gleaned from 20+ years of experience fishing the flats, and his "A" coaching, I am very proud to say that later in the day, I landed a 24", 5+ lb, bone, then quickly followed that up with a pair of sizable, line stripping bones in the 4 lb range.

An outstanding day on the flats, and an exceptional value as compared to other outfitters, who really did not seem that interested in taking me out that week. I highly recommend Abbie to anyone who has bonefish fever, call him first at 703-646-3474.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 02/06/14 10:10 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of Jan 26 - Feb 1 2014

Weather Conditions: Great weather early in the week but a bit overcast the last few days which didn’t slow anything down.

Winds: 5-10 daily ranging from West early in the week, to East as the week developed back to West at the end of the week

Air Temperature: High 70’s, low 80’s for the High. Low 70’s, for the lows.

Water Temperature: Temps ranged from 69-71 degrees

Moonphase: New Moon January 30th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Husband and wife Mike and Georgia came for a week of fishing, snorkeling and relaxing. What they got was loads of bonefish! Capt. Hilberto’s legendary shore lunch was mixed with a morning of tarpon fishing with some nice wading for bonefish while lunch was simmering on the fire,. Father son team Paul and Anthony have paired up with Capt. Luis for some bonefish action with some cudas thrown in for fun. Robyn 1 (we have 2 this week) got bonefish while out with Capt. Cinoeh – her first ever and hubby Terry landed a bunch more!! Chris and Capt. Emir got some bones, Murray and Robyn II from Alberta got rid of their winter blues with some silver bones with Capitano Cinoeh.

PERMIT (Palometta): Kim came through to break the permit slump! He says he owes it all to Capt Kechu and they were so close to a grand slam he could taste it, but the tarpon decided not to taste his fly after multiple follows! Dan from Orvis was oh-so-close with a big permit that cut him off half through a nice fight. Doreen got her first permit of her career with Capt. Junior.

TARPON (Sabalo): Mike landed a nice 30-pound fish while fishing hard with Capt. Cesar. It was a tough battle that Vinny got on video. Sam launched one in the air about 10 feet in front of the boat while fishing with Captain Tomas, but at the apex of the leap the fly came fly back right at him. Sam could swear he heard the fish say “nanna,… nanna na na” as he descended back into the water! Jimmy from Orvis’ Cleveland store landed another tarpon for Capt. Cesar fishing the morning of his departure. Capt. Cesar is on tarpon fire this week… returning guest Ralph hooked up 3 today that were all over 80 pounds!!! Terry (husband of Robyn 1, got his first ever tarpon on a fly rod on an overcast Friday, 15 pounds but full of it, 6 jumps and 10 minutes later he was beside the boat.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Barracudas, Pompano (close cousin of the permit)

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Christmas Islands, Gotcha, and some special ties!

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Special

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse toad, tan toad

Guide of the week: Captain Cesar for the most tarpon of the week.

This Week’s Summary:

Our Orvis Flats seminar ended with a bang with the nice tarpon from Mike with Capt. Cesar. Thanks again to Orvis for sending such a great group of folks. We have new friends forever. Kim and Doreen deserve some praise for their permit prowess.

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

Posted By: Loansum-Al K

Re: Fishing Report - 02/06/14 05:07 PM

I had no idea Belize waters produced Pompano! Delicious fish!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 02/14/14 07:09 PM

FISHING REPORT

February 2nd– February 8th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Generally fair weather mostly sunny to start the week

Winds: 10-15 from the East early in the week, slowing to 5-20 at the end of the week.

Air Temperature: High 70’s, low 80’s for the High. Low 70’s, for the lows.

Water Temperature: 70-73 degrees

Moonphase: The first quarter moon was on on Feb 6th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Richard, Doreen, Fanny, Barbara II, Tina, Bif, Rob, Cathy, Kajsa, Bo, Carole, Barbara I (aka Bonefish Barb), Mary, Patty, Adam, Carole all boated a bunch of bonefish early in the week despite the wind. With the easterly wind the entire West coast of Ambergris is pretty flat and somewhat sheltered! Peter and his young grandson Andrew headed out for a couple days with Capt. Tomas. Mickey got warmed up with some nice bonefish out with Capt Tomas. Later in the week he brought out his wife Gloria who caught her first bonefish ever!

PERMIT (Palometta): 1 permit each for Richard and is lovely wife Doreen while fishing with Capt. Cesar. Richard has a 2-day streak going with another permit! Kajsa and Bo had a couple of permit with Captain Kechu, Bif and Capt. Emir teamed up for a nice permit late in the week. Cathy landed a permit with Capt JR. Philip went out with Nic and Capt. Kechu. This was Philip’s first time in saltwater, and both Nic and Philip landed a permit. Nic also landed a permit just a few minutes earlier. So much for my orientation where a warn folks how hard permit fishing can be! The count came to 10 permit this week!

TARPON (Sabalo): Captain Cinoeh’s tarpon with Terry and Robyn set the tone for the week, The tarpon bite was on! Doreen just missed her slam by a thread on the first day of the week when she got a tarpon to eat, but couldn’t get it to stick! It was Richards turn to miss the slam today as a tarpon ate but didn’t hookup! Richard finally got his tarpon as part of a 24 hour slam (permit one afternoon and tarpon and bone the next morning!!) The IGFA was closed so his fishing partners decided to allow it with a new name “The 24 hour slam”! Bob got a beauty to eat along with Capt. Alex. Anne and Jason were out on Savannah and came tight to several big fish in the 80 pound range, jumping a couple and getting a couple more to eat.

Grand Slam: The 24 hour slam (see above) was awarded to Richard for landing a permit one afternoon and the tarpon and bonefish early the next day, yes, we know it is sort of a loophole but lets go with it!! Capt. Cesar was on the poling platform.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Barracudas, groupers, triggerfish, tripletail, yellow jackets, pompano

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Specials, Gotcha, Foxy Clouser

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island special, Turneffe crab, raghead crab.

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Large Olive Toad

Guide of the week: Cesar for the most tarpon & permit.

This Week’s Summary:

We had lots of talented anglers at the lodge thanks to Reel Women’s group and Fanny Krieger’s Golden West Womens Flyfishers. Thanks to both groups for sharing their week with us, I learned a lot.

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Richard and his Tarpon
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 02/17/14 09:19 PM

FISHING REPORT

February 8 – 15th , 2014

Weather Conditions: Very welcome sunny skies this week with a few scattered showers. Most days….flat out gorgeous!

Winds: NW 5 to 10, N 5 to 10, NW 5 to 10, ENE 5.

Air Temperature: 74 – 84 degree Fahrenheit; 23.3 C – 28.8C

Water Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: Full Valentine’s moon on the 14th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): The sun came out and anglers had numerous shots at bonefish both on fly and spin. Large schools were targeted along with some big boys tailing way up in the skinny water. Tony was here from New Jersey, and landed several bonefish on fly with Captain Vince. Bill went out with Capt. Jr., and caught his first bonefish on his first day trying a fly rod! He went out with his buddies earlier in the week with spin gear. They had a blast, but this was a special treat and reward for stepping out of his comfort zone. Bob and Paula ripped it up with Captain Erlindo – several bonefish on fly. Roslyn 12 sighted bonefish on fly with Captain Kechu. Dr. David, his son Greg and Amber had several days with Captain Tomas with bonefish as their “most action,” fish.

PERMIT (Palometta): Out of control good! Nick landed a permit on fly with Captain Kechu, Matt went out on day numero uno and landed a beauty with Captain Emir, Jason landed about a 16 pounder with Captain Emir and David landed a beauty on spin with Captain Kechu. Nice going!

TARPON (Sabalo): The tarpon fishing this week is “like you read about!” Gorgeous. Steve and James had EPIC tarpon fishing with Captain Cesar. The jumped 12 and landed 5 – one 80, two 60, and 3 in the 30 plus range. Amazing Go Pro footage. Steve danced that fly in perfect pro form. They loved the tan bunny on 3/0. Then, Jason and Ann had a blast with Captain Emir. Jason landed a 50 lb tarpon and we have some great pictures of jumps! Rob was so happy to land his poon with Captain Emir. He also targeted smaller tarpon the day before with Captain Luis and put a few in the air. And Lea went out with her husband David and Captain Kechu and landed a 60 lb on spin. Wow! Poon fever!

SNOOK: Everyone was too tarpon crazed to look for snook this week.

OTHER SPECIES: Barracuda! We have had some outstanding barracuda fishing this week – both on fly and spin. These fish are totally underrated. They take like they mean it, they get big air, and they taste good. Congratulations to all anglers who put those cuda’s in the air!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

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

Guide of the week: Captain Cesar for taking two pros and giving them fantastic tarpon fishing on fly. They put 12 in the air and landed 5. Cesar is also getting pretty damn good with his camera! Thank you Cesar!

This Week’s Summary:

We are just giddy around here. We had two months of rain and some pretty tough weather. This week we have our beautiful Belize weather back here on Ambergris Caye! Anglers and non anglers alike enjoyed the beautiful sunrises and days filled with sea breeze under sunny blue skies. Julie has been to EP the last three years celebrating her birthday! It’s so much fun to see our repeat guests. David and Lea have returned to fish with Captain Kechu, and Rob, Kyra and Tegan are pretty much super stars around here. It was a week where hearts were captured by the special fish that make dreams come true. Through fishing, families spend time together and friends reunite for laughs and more stories to share down the road. Thank you for a beautiful week of fish and hearts.

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Rob and his Tarpon
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 02/24/14 08:52 PM

FISHING REPORT

February 15 – 22nd, 2014

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny skies, a few clouds and some wind.

Winds: NE 5 – 10, E 10 – 15, ESE 10 – 20.

Air Temperature: 74 – 84 degree Fahrenheit; 23.3 C – 28.8C

Water Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: Last Quarter on the 22nd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): We had a big group from Orvis this week. Jason was the trip leader and his main word…”Rad!” Everyone caught numerous bonefish. Toward the end of the week Bill and Bruce made a special point to tell me how much they enjoyed fishing with Captain Sinoe. They stalked one and two big bones at a time…picking them out from skinny water as they approached the boat. We had beginners – most of whom had never fished the saltwater flats, and they are leaving today feeling confident with their bonefishing skills on fly. Good work everyone! Bonefish Awards were given to: Peggy, Jen, Young, Maz, Brian, Tom, John, Kris (who now has bonefishing wired), Eric, Carlos and Matt. Special shout out to Scott for sharing his favorite lure for bones and positive fishing attitude.

PERMIT (Palometta): Well, sometimes anglers just tap into a vein of luck. But let’s remind ourselves, while luck is a good thing – it’s preparation that make luck so wonderful. This is our story for Matt this week. With Captain Emir as his guide, and Gordy, our guide in training – they hooked 12 permit on fly and landed 7 on fly. Yes. Matt’s lovely wife Andrea captured many moments in digital format. Amazing stuff! Congratulations Matt! And thank you Andrea for the great pics.

TARPON (Sabalo): Mr. Lucky Matt landed a nice 30 pounder on fly with Captain Emir. Tom landed a 25 pounder on fly with Captain Vincent. There were shots and eats from other anglers, but these two made it to the boat. Nice!

SNOOK: Jen and Peggy had some great shots at huge, like 15 – 20 lb snook on fly with Captain Luis. But those darn snook just didn’t want to eat! Still fun, but none landed.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks! Brian told me this morning that the highlight of his fishing this week was landing a 9 lb jack on fly. He saw the fish by himself, cast to it, fish ate and it was a good 30 min fight to the boat. Since jacks are not catch and release, the jack was made into fish fingers and the group at the bar enjoyed some good fun food! Jacks are very prevalent, big fun and put up an amazing fight. There are plenty of times out there on the flats when you can’t tell if you hooked into a jack or a permit! Big fun.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

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

Lures that worked - Scott brought a great lure from Shimano. See pictures below. He landed several fish on this lure!

Guide of the week: Captain Emir. What an amazing week as he worked together with our angler Matt. They hooked 12 permit and landed 7 and then throw a nice 30 lb tarpon into the mix. Way to go!

This Week’s Summary:

Everyone said, “The week went too fast!” And it did. What fun to meet new friends and most enjoyable for us at El Pescador to see you all leave with big smiles. It is so rewarding for the guide team to see you leave with more confidence and with plans to return! Anglers and guides working together make dreams come true. And remember, you now become the teachers for your family and friends. They look at your adventurous self and think that they too might have that possibility someday to land a fish on a fly. Or wade the flats with a special lure like Scott’s. Carlos brought his wife and four children here to run around in the sun and be exposed to the life from the sea. We are thrilled you joined us and look forward to seeing you all soon. In the meantime, practice your cast so you too can cast to your dreams!

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Scott’s permit

El Pescador special lures
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 02/28/14 09:10 PM

FISHING REPORT

February 22 – March 1st , 2014

Weather Conditions: Perfect. A bit windy some days, but not bad.

Winds: E 10 – 15 (gusts up to 25), ESE 5 – 10, E @ 5.

Air Temperature: 74 – 84 degree Fahrenheit; 23.3 C – 28.8C

Water Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: Last Quarter on the 22nd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Jack landed some beautiful big bonefish in the 4 and 5 lb range on fly this week with Captain Emir. His fabulous wife Ann landed her first bonefish on fly, and she was thrilled. I enjoyed listening to Ann describe what she witnessed watching Jack fish for the big bones. “Skinny water with their backs and tails out of the water!” That’s right. That is what we call fun! Not easy and very rewarding. Jason and Jamie are here for their honeymoon. They had a great time with Captain Jr. and learned a ton. The next day he had his new bride paddle him around in a canoe in the back lagoon and he landed a bonefish unguided! Very satisfying. And way to go on picking a great gal! Joe and Renee have fished with fly several places in the salt. They were looking for tarpon and permit – had their shots, but the big fun for them ended up all about Mr. Bonefish. They landed over twenty respectable bones a day with Captain Luis. Our UK friend, Terry had great bonefishing with Captain Luis earlier in the week. Bob and Cheray landed their first bonefish on fly with Captain Gilberto. And our French angler, Patrick, landed several bonefish on fly with Captain Tomas. Tomas doesn’t speak French, and Patrick doesn’t speak English or Spanish, so it was pretty funny watching these two communicate. Bottom line – fishing knows no boundaries, it is its own language. They both repeated, “strip, strip, strip…” and they would bust up laughing. Bill was spin fishing with his buddies and he was the only one that landed a bonefish. Everyone else landed several other species, but he was the one that got the bones! Way to go.

PERMIT (Palometta): Check out the beautiful permit Sidney landed on fly with Captain Cesar. Love it! And our dear friend Kevin was here with his wild brother Kelly, and his wonderful dad, Hal. They have been here to El Pescador several times, so it’s special when they get what they want! Kevin landed a permit on fly with Captain Gilberto. Andy is also a return angler here with his wife Cindy. Andy landed a permit on fly one day with Captain Kechu, then went out the next day and landed four! We’ll see what he does with his last day out there. Andy is really happy. And congratulations to Bill who landed his permit on spin with Captain Kechu. Permit fever! And remember the honeymooners? – Jamie rowing her husband around for Mr. Bonefish…well, she was rewarded with a permit on spin with Captain Jr. Way to go!

TARPON (Sabalo): When the wind moves to the south, Savannah can get off color. Which it did. But when it clears – and it usually clears in less than a few hours, and the bite is on! Brothers Mark and Kevin were fishing with Captain Cesar this week. They have had several shots and put a couple in the air! Kevin’s tarpon jumped five times before the fish won. See Kevin’s picture, “Two days before jumping a tarpon.” Pretty funny. Yep, it isn’t snowing here. And I’m thrilled to announce that Patrick did get his tarpon on fly with Captain Tomas. He fished Savannah and they fished the lagoons. Patrick loved the lagoon fishing for tarpon, and it was there he was successful! Their common language…”strip, striiiiip, striiiiiiiiip!”

SNOOK: Captain Luis had Terry in snook, but they were not interested in the fly. Several shots and change ups, but they wanted nothing to do with it. Oh well. Let’s keep figuring it out!

OTHER SPECIES: Barracuda! We have had some outstanding barracuda fishing this week – both on fly and spin. These fish are totally underrated. They take like they mean it, they get big air, and they taste good. Congratulations to all anglers who put those cuda’s in the air! The most landed goes to Bill and Walter who landed over ten barracuda on spin with Captain Raton! But the biggest cuda landed this week goes out to Kelly. He landed a 25 pounder on spin with Captain Emir. Wow. Mr. Crunch provided big, big fun.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

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

Guide of the week: Captain Kechu for getting Andy into 5, yes 5, permit on fly this week!

This Week’s Summary:

It was really nice to see Jay and Debra enjoying their good friends Steve and Chris here at El Pescador. They fished and enjoyed a fabulous shore lunch with Captain Jr. It was also wonderful to see the Krause brothers here with their amazing dad, Hal. Thanks for visiting Hal! Patty and Jim were here for their annual visit. They don’t fish, but they sure do love the wild life here! Steve started calling them, “the lagoon people!” They left with their annual deep dark tan to the snow of the north. There was a great feeling in the lodge this week. Beautiful weather, good friends and outstanding fishing. And once again we are reminded that fishing is a beautiful universal language. We are always grateful. Thank you!

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Sydney and his beauty of a permit!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 03/10/14 07:49 PM

FISHING REPORT

March 1 – 8th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Sunny with isolated clouds and thunderstorms

Winds: E 5 – 10, SE – 5, NW 5, NE 5 – 10, E @ 5.

Air Temperature: High 83 F. Low 78 F.

Water Temperature: mid 70’s.

Moonphase: First Quarter on the 8th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Big smiles all around from our return anglers Barry and Jeff. They had a great time out there enjoying their bonefishing with Captain Alex. Perfect sight casting conditions allowed these guys to hunt “the ghost of the flats” in skinny water. Jamie and Jason were here for their honeymoon. They waded the flats and landed bonefish as Captain Jr. prepared a delicious shore lunch. Ray brought his son Christian and his friend Brendan to explore the flats of Ambergris Caye with El Pescador. They all landed bonefish on fly, and for Brendan it was his first saltwater experience. They said they will be back for more fun! Dr.Dan and his fish crazed daughter Lauren, both landed several bonefish on fly with Captain Tomas. Bob and John said from the get go, “We know nothing!” They were surprised with their fishing, and then reported, “We have it wired.” They are leaving stronger anglers and look forward to mastering fly fishing on their next trip. Dr. Bruce landed bonefish on his own in the lagoon and then went out to do it all again with Captain Cinoe. Jeff landed some big bones with Captain Luis up by the Park. The three generations of fishermen – Glen, Scott, Jeff and Glen all landed bonefish on fly. Yay!

PERMIT (Palometta): Permit fishing has been incredible!!!!!!! Andy landed a total of 7 permit on fly with Captain Kechu. Then the father son duo, Scott and Graham showed up and went wild with Captain Emir and Gordy. Graham learned his double haul the first day. Then he proceeded to hook 12 permit and land 10 on fly! His father was beaming. The rest of know he is ruined for life! But, maybe not. This sixteen year old just smiles back and has fun regardless. Christian landed a permit with Captain Jr. – his father was also very happy. Peter and Greg were here with permit as their goal. Greg was really happy with bonefish, but his father pushed him to explore the madness of permit fishing with a fly. He had some great shots and near misses and he now knows the game. His father Peter got schooled with Captain Kechu and together they made it happen. This was Peter’s goal, Mr. Permit. Teamwork! Bruce and Captain Jr. were out scouting around when they ran into a big school of permit. Bruce was armed with fly and spin and decided to grab the spin with live crab. The permit destroyed it! And I lost count of what was going on with Dr. Chris. I did see a picture of a 18 lb permit landed on fly with Captain Cesar. He also landed one on spin the first day out….which went toward his slam! Ty went out on a day trip with Captain Erlindo and landed 3 permit on fly! Jason is here from Crested Butte Outfitters. His group is joining him today, but he is already warmed up with permit on fly with Captain Emir. OK, that’s 24 permit landed on fly and 2 on spin! Wow.

TARPON (Sabalo): The tarpon fishing has been flat out beautiful this week. Savannah was in pretty shape a few days as were some of the spots down south. Chris landed his poon on spin with Captain Cesar which went toward his slam on spin. They also landed a tapon on fly. Aaron was here from Bow River Outfitters and landed a beauty on fly with Captain Luis. Dan and Lauren had several shots, eats and a couple of jumps on fly with Captain Tomas. Next time Lauren! Scott had one that he fought hard for 45 minutes, and then broke close to the boat. Captain Sinoe said it was a fish around 70 lbs! And remember Bob and John who did said they knew nothing? Well they both landed tarpon on spin for a total of 3 to the boat with Captain Vince.

OTHER SPECIES: Aaron landed a 20 lb cuda on 12 lb test! That was fun. Some of the boats found big schools of jacks which wore the anglers out! Jack Crevalle = Fun for fly and spin.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Gotcha, Crazy Charlie’s in tan or white, just about anything would work – mostly size 8 and 6, some with weedguards.

FOR PERMIT - Our standard never gives up: Orange Christmas Island Special in size 4 or 6, Avalon in size 2, and Gotcha’s in size 4 or 6. Some crabs in 6, tan. Mantis shrimp, tan with bead chain eyes – it works.

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse toad, slow easy twitchy retrieve – depends on what the fish is doing. Watch and listen. On Savannah we are using 40 and 50 lb shock. Let the fly settle, then move it. White, tan, pink – bunnies and toads. . Really fun tarpon fishing in skinny water right now! Favorite color – tan.

Guide of the week: It’s a tie! Captain Emir getting 16 y/o Graham into 10 permit landed on fly! And Captain Cesar for getting Chris into his slam and countless other fish!

This Week’s Summary:

Spring is in the air…and that means time to plan your tarpon fishing! This from Andy Mill’s, “A Passion for Tarpon.”

“There’s nothing more simultaneously exciting and nerve-racking than hooking the fish of your dreams. There are countless nights of tying fresh knots, designing new flies, massaging tackle. Hell, our lives are driven by passion and love, memories and dreams. But we are also driven by work, triaffic, bills, phones, e-mail and all the other things we race away from to get to the rivers, oceans or mountains. We are rarely more keenly alive than when something to which we’ve dedicated so much of our energy and attention comes to fruition. Or failure.”

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Jack and his well-earned Tarpon!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 03/20/14 08:15 PM

FISHING REPORT

March 8 – 15th, 2014

Weather Conditions: A few thunderstorms and a few cloudy mornings. Mostly sunny skies throughout the week.

Winds: E 5 – 15, NNW 10, ESE 5 – 15.

Air Temperature: 74 – 84 degree Fahrenheit; 23.3 C – 28.8C

Water Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: March 8th, First Quarter

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Debra was too intimidated to start on the casting platform during our evening casting session. She said she would wait until the next morning when everyone had left, and then she would practice. When I went out to give her some pointers, she was already so excited to fish the next day. She had a solid 40 ft, accurate cast and this is what helped her land her first bonefish on fly! We had a lot of fancy awards this week, and Debra’s bonefish on fly was one of them. Her husband Glen and daughter Kelly ripped em up on fly – I lost track of the numbers of bones they caught with Captain Luis. The O’Shaughnessy family came here with the Ray family to fish and become better fishermen. And this they did. It was Jamey’s graduation present – to come to EP with his family and fish. Jamey loves his fly fishing. He had some big bones landed with Captain Tomas! His dad, Michael, had a beautiful double haul by the time he left in addition to several bonefish landed on fly. His lovely wife Clare also landed her first bonefish! She went out with her son Alex and they both landed some nice bonefish. Robert was here with his daughter Carolyn. He was so proud that as soon as he saw me he shouted, “Carolyn landed her first bonefish on the fly rod!” Hunter was here with his dad, Kurt. Hunter landed some nice bones on fly. Steve and Mark fly fished with Captain Alex and told me how much they enjoyed bonefishing the skinny water for 4 and 5 lb bonefish. Big fun. The Watford family was also here for spring break. Joe, Meredith, and their sons Jacob and Matt all landed bonefish! Greg wasn’t looking for bones, but they ended up being a nice break from tarpon fishing. Yeah, our bones aren’t as big as the Bahamas, but they still make us smile. And mixing it up sometimes brings the fish! George loved chasing bones on fly as well. Gary, Kunio – we loved watching you guys come in at the end of the day. And we can’t forget Brett and Bronwen – especially when I awarded their bonefish pins early in their trip! Wil, one of our younger anglers, is used to catching fish and it was no surprise that he landed several nice bonefish. And our six spin anglers ripped it up. It was a true pleasure to meet such a fun group of guys. James, David, Don, Thomas, Bill and James – thanks for all the laughs. My favorite bonefish story this week was all about Sydney and Sawyer Rogers. Sydney went out in the lagoon with her family and landed her first bonefish on fly! Then, her 8 y/o brother Sawyer did the same thing! It was also such a treat to be fishing the flats with a beautiful fishing family I have known for years. Congratulations to all of our anglers that landed bonefish on fly and spin this week!

PERMIT (Palometta): Hold on! OK, Jason was here from Crested Butte Angler’s. Whoa! He landed 4 permit on fly with Captain Emir, and those that were in his group were just as happy! Craig landed a 25 pounder on fly with Captain Cinoeh. (check it out on our El Pescador facebook page and like us!). Ed landed a permit on fly with Captain Kechu. Dick landed 5 permit on fly with Captain Gilberto in one day! And a real treat is that his beautiful bride Emily also landed a permit on fly. She broke the rod, but the fish was landed! And yes, I was thrilled that my long time fishing buddy, Matson, landed a permit on fly with Luis. But the big story this week was all about Campbell. Campbell landed 2 permit on fly one day with Captain Cesar, and his dad Josh landed one on fly as well. Then, the next day he landed another one to SLAM!. At 17, we are pretty sure he is our youngest angler to SLAM with fly. Amazing permit fishing on fly this week!

TARPON (Sabalo): I was thrilled that Kurt landed his tarpon on fly with Captain Luis. They had been stalking these fish and then it all came together! And then, drum roll……………….Campbell with his tarpon on fly with Captain Cesar for his SLAM! Yay! Lot’s of eats, jumps and misses for Glen, Kelly and Kunio. Don’t worry Kunio, next time you and Captain Tomas will get revenge! Nice fishing everyone.

SNOOK: Captain Luis has his spots……..but they didn’t want to eat this week.

OTHER SPECIES: Barracuda on fly and spin: jacks, jacks and more jacks: ladyfish; snapper – all on fly and spin.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special, 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 Cesar for making life memories for Campbell Bracken! At 17, Campbell was awarded his first Grand Slam pin. Tons of people were thrilled over this amazing day of fly fishing for Campbell, his father Josh (who also landed a permit on fly) and Captain Cesar.

This Week’s Summary:

Week’s Summary: Our fishing life intertwines us with some spectacular people and places. Yes, we are in search of a better cast to land the fish of our hearts, but the most precious part of the story is always the people. We were sold out this week with father and sons, father and daughters, mother’s and sons and families enjoying being present with one another. Fishing brought you all together to share this week with us at El Pescador. Thank you. I know it gave me goose bumps as I was wading the flats with Matson, his wife Kathy, Sam (who at 14 can cast 80 easy), Sydney and of course, Sawyer. Sawyer learned to cast 55 ft at 8. But his dad does own Angler’s West – one of the best fly shops in Montana. I heard Matson’s voice travel over the water as he guided his family into fish. It was a very familiar voice as we used to guide the same rivers. I would hear his voice instructing his anglers. And then, here he was, visiting us with his family – and his voice, teaching with joy and extreme patience. Some of the simple pleasures mean so much. Thank you everyone for a great week. Fish On!

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Craig and his Permit!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 03/28/14 11:44 AM

FISHING REPORT

March 16 - March 22 2014

Weather Conditions: A few thunderstorms and cloudy mornings. Mostly sunny skies throughout the week.

Winds: SE 10 – 20, W 10-15, N 5- 10, ESE 10-15, ENE 10-15, ESE 10-15.

Air Temperature: 78 – 86 degree F; 23.3 C – 28.8C

Water Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: Full Moon March 16th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Mr. Bonefish was really appreciated this week! We had Camille learn to cast and then land her first bonefish on fly! Captain Alex was amazed at her progress throughout the week. Her dad Mikey just beaming and taking a few shots from the boat as well. He landed some nice bones, but it was most thrilling for him to watch his beautiful daughter delight in taking on a new challenge and loving it! Gloria celebrated her birthday and also delighted in Camille’s progress. She was the family photographer as they cast and fished. Mark and Carleigh also had some fun bonefishing, Steve and Mark left here loving their bonefishing on fly. Tim and his son Cameron were stoked everyday they returned to the dock – they landed plenty of bones on fly in addition to some action from other fish as well. Helaine showed up by herself to also take on a new challenge – fly fishing the saltwater flats for the first time. She and Captain Luis had big fun. Helaine landed some really nice bonefish on fly. Bryan also was a newbie – he and Captain Vince kicked butt on the bonefish. John brought his family back for more fun fly fishing this year. They had three days of some nice bonefishing for all of them with a permit thrown in the mix. Roger caught some really nice big bonefish with Captain Cinoeh, and so did his daughter Stephanie. But Stephanie’s big prize is in the next section called permit. That goes for Lloyd and Christy as well. They are also in the next section “permit,” but they were happy with their bonefishing in the skinny water down by Congrejo. Don brought his big fun bunch of guys down to have a great fishing trip and that is what happened! Don, David, Thomas, Bill and James all had several bonefish landed on spin. Nice going guys. Tracy was out with Captain Gilberto and landed bones as well. All of our anglers that fished with guides this week landed bonefish, and to that, big cheers! And since we are celebrating, I would like to congratulate my sister Janet and brother in law, Richard, for going out in the back lagoon and landing bonefish for the first time! They love their fly fishing so it was a double blessing for me looking at their lit up faces telling me about their day. Our lagoon fishing is incredible. For those that take the time to explore on their own, there are rewards! Michael and Thomas fished everyday with Captain Raton. At 17, they have know each other most of their lives. They loved exploring and fishing the lagoon in the late afternoon. And yes, Thomas was rewarded with a big ol bonefish which is featured on our facebook page. Check it out.

PERMIT (Palometta): OK! Lloyd landed his first permit on fly with Captain Kechu and was thrilled! Christy landed one on spin. They had a blast. John also landed a permit on fly with Captain Kechu. Gregg landed permit on fly with Captain Gilberto. And Bud also landed a permit on fly. Permit is one of those creatures that gets under your skin if you love a challenge with a fly rod. Everyday Stephanie would go out and pray her shot would tempt at least one. She practiced her double haul – which work really well, and then….the last day, the last EXTRA hour with Captain Luis, it happened. She landed her first permit on fly! And her dad Roger had one eat but it didn’t stick. Wow, we were thrilled for all of you! Congratulations.

TARPON (Sabalo): Hands down the big delight for everyone at the lodge this week was when we found out 10 y/o Logan landed his first tarpon with Captain Alex. He was fishing with his dad Tim. Tim would take out his fly gear and then set up Logan with spin. Logan was also getting pretty good with his fly casting, but he didn’t want to waste the shot by coming up short. So, he stuck with using live sardines, and whamoo! Same deal as what happened to Luis. Alex stayed out the extra hour and it was then he saw Logan’s rod start to leap with a big ol poon on the other end. There were eats, follows and visions that will not be erased – tarpon fishing will do that to a person. Nice going.

SNOOK: Still around!

Grand Slam: Darn close for some anglers!

OTHER SPECIES: Barracuda on fly and spin: jacks, jacks and more jacks: ladyfish; snapper – all on fly and spin. And my brother in law Richard landed a huge jack the day he was out with Captain Erlindo. Yay!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special, 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: Since I decide, it’s a tie! Captain Luis for Stephanie’s first permit on fly. And Captain Alex for providing Logan with his tarpon! They both went the extra mile to make it happen. Thank you!

This Week’s Summary:

Bottom line, fishing is really, really good right now here at El Pescador! Wow. Award ceremonies every night are filled with stories about dreams coming true. Beaming faces, proud parents and a proud fishing director! The guides have been very committed to making each day special for their anglers. It’s truly rewarding witnessing relationships between the guides and their anglers grow. Send me your pictures you guys! fish@elpescador.com. We want to brag about you on our facebook page. As they say here in Belize, “Why not?” For those of you getting ready for your trip – practice your cast! The ones that show up practiced are making huge leaps forward in their casting once they get here. Isa and I have enjoyed this week as we tally up what has been going on out there in the day of fishing. My bonus this week was of course having my family here. It was so special for me to watch my fish-crazed sister and brother-in-law cast and learn on the flats. Now you know! Thank you to all of my El Pescador family for making my family feel so welcomed. From the EP fishing department we hope to see you again soon casting to your dreams. Fish On!

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 04/01/14 10:33 AM

FISHING REPORT

March 22 - March 30 2014

Weather Conditions: The week began with picture perfect conditions – the kind you read about. At the end of the week the skies stayed clear but the wind started to blow!

Winds: ESE 5 – 15 mph, then it went ESE, SE with gusts up to 33 mph.

Air Temperature: 80 – 84 0 F.

Water Temperature: 78-82 degrees

Moonphase: Last Quarter March 24th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Mike “Parker” was here from The Fly Shop. Of course everyone in his group showed up with their fly boxes totally equipped with the best flies for their saltwater flats experience at El Pescador. Everyone in the group landed bonefish and Parker was right there to help guide their experience. And his fabulous wife Kelly was a great addition. Tom and Ron landed bonefish but their story gets better! Laurelle’s face was beaming all week. She and her boyfriend Tim both landed bonefish with Captain Erlindo. They really appreciated Erlindo’s “fishy” style of guiding. So nice “bonyfish” on fly, you guys! Steve - nice going and your story gets better with Captain Cesar! The father and son duos also got into some nice bonefishing. Ryan and Nick with Captain Kechu, Bill and Patrick with Captain Emir – they were close to the slam and those bonefish soon become very important! Rob and Debbie had big fun with Captain Cinoeh. They landed their bonefish but their dream happens in the next section. Ed was here with his lovely wife Lisa and his dad Ed. They all landed bonefish and then look for their big action under “tarpon!” Lisa’s brother Mike was fishing with his wife Gaylynn and Captain Raton. They landed bonefish while Captain Raton cooked them an incredible shore lunch. Kevin and Erica, our “South African” friends both landed bonefish. Kevin became obsessed over tarpon so he is now a lost cause. Stuart landed bonefish with Captain Alex . The weather represented this tropical time of year with the fish in a “happy,” mode. Fish and anglers have their personalities. Somedays are better than others. I watch a lot of anglers go out and see what the day will bring them. But when good friend Bill W is in town you can’t help see that big smile from the time he puts his foot on the dock until the big hug goodbye. So Bill, I know you have received many “pins,’ from your El Pescador family, but it is my distinct pleasure to have honored you with your bonefish pin. Bonefish represent the “heart and soul” of the flats. Thank you for your big smile all week!

PERMIT (Palometta): Holy Smokes! On March 24th we had 9 permit landed on fly! It’s “spring break” time. Father and son Bill and Patrick practiced their cast before their trip. They showed up ready and eager. Patrick was so appreciative of every step of learning and growing. It all paid off. They both landed permit on fly with Captain Emir. Duane and Jake were fishing with Captain Cesar. And on March 25th Jake landed his beautiful permit and on March 28th, his dad Duane landed his permit! Nick was wade fishing with his dad Ryan. Ryan was with Captain Kechu when he heard his son’s, “yahoo…..” Yes, Nick landed his first permit wading the flats by himself! I think Mike’s comment was, “that was better than sex…” He landed his first permit on fly with Captain Raton and was floating around from that point on. Steve went out with Captain Cesar one day and landed his permit on fly. Kevin and Erica have been fishing a couple of weeks now and looks like they might be neighbors soon! We hope so. Kevin landed a permit on fly with Captain Vince. We have to remind him of this because he is now tarpon obsessed and needs to remember that this was pretty incredible! A permit on fly is incredible! Just sayin. I’m convinced it was Debbie’s “not taking no for an answer attitude,” that made it happen for her husband Rob. Rob wanted a permit on fly really bad! Captain Cinoeh made it happen for him his last day out there! Tim was also one happy guy! He landed his permit on fly with Captain Erlindo. There were so many wonderful stories this week but his one stole my heart. Tom is 85 and loves his fly fishing. He was fishing with Ron and Captain Gilberto. Ron is very accomplished angler and really appreciated being out there each day. But when they came back from the dock and they had both landed permit on fly, we all rejoiced. How cool is that? Big smiles all around. And yes, there was some celebrating.

TARPON (Sabalo): My job share partner Ed Blank is tarpon crazed. His El Pescador family could not have been happier for him this week! Ed’s wife, the lovely and fabulous Lisa, arranged a surprise birthday party for Ed. His birthday was March 26th. Ed and Lisa were fishing with Ed’s dad, Ed and Captain Tomas. I don’t know, Ed and Tomas just have this crazy luck when they go tarpon fishing. We are starting to call Ed, “Tarpon Ed,” and this is why. Ed landed 4 tarpon on fly in one day, and jumped others. His dad landed tarpon on spin and he is in his mid 80’s! He is also in great shape. And then Lisa jumped 4 one day, and the next day went out and landed one! Captain Tomas was beaming. I’m pretty sure that was all the landed tarpon for the week. We had a lot of anglers jump tarpon, but these three were the only ones that landed them! What an incredible birthday tarpon week for you Ed! Your El Pescador family loves you and so do the tarpon!

SNOOK: Still around!

OTHER SPECIES: Stuart landed two beauties on fly with Captain Alex. And yes, they made it to the dinner plate. Lots of barracuda, jacks and snappers.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie, Gotcha, CI Special

FOR PERMIT - Turneffe Crab, Avalon, Big Squimps!

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Chartreuse toad, 3/0 on 50 or 60 lb test for our resident tarpon – a nice selection of color.

Guide of the week: Captain Tomas for making it happen with Ed, Ed and Lisa! I lost track of how many tarpon were jumped, but 5 landed on fly and one on spin!

This Week’s Summary:

The weather brought in big tides and incredible fishing. Like I said, we had a lot of wonderful stories go on this week. Stories and memories that will last lifetimes. Rob asked me, “What makes this work? What makes El Pescador work?” There are a lot of things that could be said to answer that question. But the one thing we do know is that witnessing dreams come true is a good thing to be around. We give out pins to honor the angler’s achievements, but this pin represents so much more. It was great to see several of our fishing friends this week. Greg was able to come up from Roatan and fish with Biill. They were chasing tarpon between telling tales with a few Belikins thrown in. Bill you’re family at EP. As I head out to chase fish in cold waters, my job share partner Ed is starting his week with a few tarpon under his belt. Everyone is thrilled to see you back Ed. Have a great six weeks sharing your passion for fly fishing with the staff and guests of El Pescador. And Happy Birthday!!!

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador’s Ed and one of his Birthday Tarpon!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 04/07/14 08:41 PM

FISHING REPORT

March 30th– April 6th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Generally fair, windy weather mostly sunny.

Winds: 15-20 from the East on Sunday, calming to a perfect 5-10 East breeze Monday then building back to 15-20 for the last 4 days of the week.

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

Water Temperature: 75 degrees

Moonphase: The new moon was on on March 30th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Cynthia and Daniel brought their kids Kate and Patrick for a getaway and a little fishing with Capt. Kechu and Capt. Cinoeh. All earned their bonefish pins early on. What fun!! Bonefish were happy to eat flies with very little prejudice, brothers Will and Ben nailed them, Mary, Brandi, JB, Bill, Neil, Kevin, Larry, Eric, Ryan, Kevin, Larry all landed bonefish in decent quantities. Our friends from the U.K. Mark & Trudy, Nigel and his 2 sons Simon and Nick and buddy Ivor got their first taste of Belize bonefish to start their trips. John and Jennifer busted through the tarpon. Raford and Pam got in some bonefish in between some tries at tarpon fishing. Maureen landed her first ever bonefish and first ever fish on a fly rod! There was lots of wading going on because of the windy conditions making it difficult to pole a boat effectively.

PERMIT (Palometta): Lots of shots, but only “Her Highness the Queen of all permit in the land”, came through. Jean was the hero of the week hooking and landing a permit while wading with Captain Kechu. Neil was closing in on his goal of a permit everyday and finally got 2 to eat the last day, so close! Brandi became obsessed with permit and will be back to even the score very soon.

TARPON (Sabalo): Scott from Cody teamed up with Capt. Emir for a perfect fly rod tarpon around 40 pounds on Tuesday. John (Scott’s son) had a tarpon eat maybe a foot off his rod tip. They were eyeball to eyeball, a staring contest… tarpon 1 John 0. JB became addicted to tarpon in the first hour of his trip. The saga started with his first cast ever to a tarpon.. a jaw- dropping jump throwing the hook back at him. He made up for it the next day with a fish to the boat thanks to Capt. Tomas. The Fly Shop’s fearless leader Kara wrestled with her first poon but came up short with Capt. Alex. After a spectacular eat and jumping exhibition, the hook came back slightly bent which indicates a shallow penetration into some bone! This fish was originally reported at 40 pounds but estimates have been growing daily to world record proportions. Ryan’s last day was special when a very large fish ate and raced directly under the boat and out the other side almost breaking the rod, the jump on the other side of the boat dislodged the fly to gain his freedom. This all took place in 3 seconds… everyone was shaking their head, holy cow! Joe and Maureen landed tarpon on the last day – 3 to be exact with Captain Vince in control.

Grand Slam: Alas…. None this week. I blame the wind.

OTHER SPECIES: A big Jack for 10 year old Kate, Cudas for Patrick ( Kate’s older brother) Spanish Mackerel, Skipjacks, and Snappers.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlies in white, tan, pink, Christmas Island Specials, Gotcha, Bonefish Bitters in amber, Bunny Gotcha

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island special.

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse bunny fly, White toad, White Deceiver

Guide of the week: Vince for 3 tarpon on a windy day for John and Maureen.

This Week’s Summary:

The Fly Shop of Redding brought a great group of anglers down this week that made our lodge an even better place to live and work. My heartfelt thanks to Kara (of The Fly Shop in Redding CA) for her undying enthusiasm for our sport that made all of us here at El Pescador a little happier each day..

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guests JB and Scott and their Tarpon
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 04/16/14 12:16 PM

FISHING REPORT

April 6th - April 12th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Generally fair weather partly sunny. Just a couple showers.

Winds: 15-20 from the East on Sunday, finally settled down on Tuesday with a front coming through – so we traded wind for some clouds. A north wind took over on Wednesday giving us eternal low tide at the lodge, while other places were eternally high tides for the same reason. Winds switched to a kinder 5-10 mph out of the east later in the week.

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

Water Temperature: 76 degrees

Moonphase: The first quarter moon was on April 7.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Marie and Mike got 5 their first afternoon after the seminar so something must have worked! Everyone hooked bonefish daily. The entire Orvis seminar of Ken, Scott, Mike, Jim, Brian, John, Marie and Bill had no issues with our bones. Glen the Orvis host was awesome! Roland and Jeff took every other day of to do some DIY fishing and ended up with some bonefish everyday with and without a guide! Josh picked up a 5 pounder while fishing his own in the back lagoons with his newlywed Helen taking the winning picture of a chunky 5 pounder. Alan and Andrew got into some bonefish on their first day. The second Orvis seminar got off to a great start with Reid, Dick, Dick, Michael, and Gary getting into swing the first day with some bonefish action.

PERMIT (Palometta): Scott was on his honeymoon with his lovely bride Alison and got to head out for some bonefishing. They teamed up with Capt. Jr. for a permit on windy Sunday to produce the first permit of the week!! Roland hooked a permit while wading on his own up the beach but it did not stick long. Knox had a half dozen shots at her first permit ever, ending up with a few follows but the line never went tight for Capt. Alex. Honeymoon Helen was teased by both Captain Cinoeh and her husband Josh for making a great cast to the wrong fish. Apparently she spotted a fish at 9 o’clock at the same time Cinoeh called 12 o’clock for the permit. Convinced she saw the permit Cinoeh was talking about she threw directly at her 9 o’clock fish while Cinoeh’s permit swam safely away at 12!! Her fish turned out to be a barracuda! Alan got spooled by a big permit even though Capt. Kechu tried to chase but there just wasn’t time, the fish was too fast. Our repeat friend John hooked his first 2 permit but none made it to the boat. Both John and Captain Luis were so close to John’s dream permit.

TARPON (Sabalo): Joe and Maureen continued their tarpon ways into this week with at least one tarpon a day with Capt. Vince. Roland had the usual tarpon fever stories and once he hooked up everything went wrong, line was stepped on wrapped around the reel, found some sandals in the back, and a pair of pliers to get tangled on. Mayhem, but what a hoot! Repeat guest Jim was able to land his biggest Belize fish at 60 pounds thanks to his wife Lindsey giving up the bow for the day and for Capt. Tomas’ tarpon savvy! Reid tangled with a tarpon out on a bonefish flat on his first full day with Capt. Raton. Some Migratory fish should be starting to show in the next few weeks!

Grand Slam: Nada – Scott gave it a go but was only able to nick a tarpon. Several people got shots at all 3 species but to no avail.

OTHER SPECIES: Snappers, Jacks ( Jim’s was 30 pounds!), Cudas, Ladyfish, Houndfish, Leather fish

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Gotcha, small crab in tan, Christmas Islands, Crazy Charlies

FOR PERMIT - Pearl Christmas Island Special size 4. Peterson Shrimp

FOR TARPON - White toad, Black Death

Guide of the week: Capt. Tomas for the big tarpon for Jim, which was Jim’s biggest Belize fish to date!

This Week’s Summary:

The Orvis Seminar began on Sunday with some classroom knot tying and on to the casting platform and then to strip setting and playing a bonefish, as well as guide lingo and tactics. The second Orvis Seminar arriving late in the week will overlap into next week.

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 04/28/14 07:17 PM

FISHING REPORT

April 20th– April 26th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Generally fair weather partly sunny with just a couple of scattered showers.

Winds: Sunday 5-8 mph from the East, blowing harder Monday – easing up Tuesday and continued moderate for the rest of the week.

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

Water Temperature: 80 degrees

Moonphase: The last quarter moon was on on April 22nd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Our friends from Orvis were able to rack up bonefish at will, Joe, John, John #2, along with the returning cast of Bret, Byron, Bragg, David, Rich, Bob, Mike, Jim and Kevin. Lots of father and son teams Jim and Luke, John and sons Brett & Todd, Dad Gerard with son Gerry, Peter with son Jonathan Our Rio Fly Line group Simon, Marlin, Tim, Wayne, Zach, Jonathan, Leslie and Curt all got a taste of the prolific bonefishing here at El Pescador. Later in the week, Carnet, Patrick, Alex, and Bob came to El Pescador and started out with some solid bonefish tallies.

PERMIT (Palometta): Steve got the first permit of the week when he and his wife rented a golf cart and off he went north of the lodge wading on his own. His tale is that a group of three were tailing and his first presentation of a shrimp got no results, he tied on a crab and cast 6 feet away and waited for them to move near the crab… one twitch and gam on! Brett had a bunch of shots at permit on Tuesday but they just wouldn’t eat. Tim with the Rio group was first to score a permit and credits his Captain, Emir, for the effort. Since the permit was caught fairly early in the day they looked for a likely tarpon to complete the slam but to no avail. Permit for Rio Fly Line’s Simon with Capt. Cesar Kevin who lives just down the beach fished with Capt. JR and landed a nice permit.

TARPON (Sabalo): Moon and Marlin jumped a couple tarpon to begin the week with Capt Emir. Simon got his first poon ever!! Yippeee! He thanks Capt. Cinoeh!! The next day he brought another to the boat while being guided by Capt. Cesar. Kevin jumped 2 today… one was 80 pounds and bent the hook. Tarpon Ho for Tim of the Rio Fly Line Group.. a beautiful 50 pounder with Capt. Emir. A huge tarpon for Kevin thank in part to Capt. Jr. It was the biggest I have seen this year as it looks more like a migratory fish even though it was caught on our resident tarpon flats surrounding Savannah Caye. Smith Optics filmed a tarpon day led by Capt. Alex with Olympic snowboarder Scotty getting some tarpon fever!

Grand Slam: Week slams go to Simon and Tim from Rio for landing all three species over their 5 day trip. Not quite a grand slam but still noteworthy.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Cudas, ladyfish, snappers, cudas

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - The usual suspects, CI Special’s

FOR PERMIT - Hand tied shrimp by Tim, Avalon, small mantis shrimp

FOR TARPON - double white bunny, Grizzly tan bunny, Green toads, and Black Deaths

Guide of the week: JR for a huge tarpon, and beautiful permit for his guests!!

This Week’s Summary:

Wow, the fishing was good, with tarpon eating often and permit available and biting daily. Pretty good weather all week helped the cause, as did a contingent of talented anglers here at the lodge. We had great fun with the Rio Fly Line and Smith Optics folks who were down testing gear and shooting some promotion photos and video.

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guests JB and Scott and their Tarpon
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/06/14 07:37 PM

FISHING REPORT

April 27 – May 3rd, 2014

Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy most of the week with some morning showers on Friday and Saturday

Winds: More wind than we wanted. 12- 15 most of the week out of the NE-E. Calming dramatically by the end of the week.

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

Water Temperature: 80 degrees

Moonphase: The new moon was on on April 29th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): The Crested Butte Group dominated the lodge this week and it was the girls that led the way!: Jody, Michele, Ellen, Nicole, Janis, Rhonda, Macee, Suzanne, Alice all landed bonefish this week. For almost all of them it was their first bonefish ever. Their husbands did well too with Ken L., Ken F., Sam, Bill, Bone, Craig, Tommy and Steve all stepping up to the challenge. Other guests like Jonathan, Bruce, Linda, Alex, Bob, Garnet, Patrick added to the bonefish total. One boat had 44 in one day, not bad for less than ideal weather and anglers new to the salt!

PERMIT (Palometta): Jody and Michelle both hooked permit the first day but were not able to land them for Capt. Tomas. Ken L. came through for the Crested Butte group with a nice permit with Capt. Hilberto early in the week.

TARPON (Sabalo): Clearly Janis and Alice were the tarpon queens in the able hands of Capt. Vince with Janis landing 2 and jumping a few more… Alice jumped a real big fish. Over the next few days, Alice was able to land her first tarpon and Janis landed 3 more. Mid week Will fished with Capt. Cesar and landed 2 poons on the fly as they found some in a dense mangrove area.

Grand Slam: None

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Cudas, ladyfish, snappers, cudas

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - It works ~ if it is a small bonefish pattern it will work… sometimes lead eyes like the CI Special’s, or a simple Gotcha, Cree Charlies in pink, Crazy Charlies, Rabbit Charlies etc.

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Special

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Deceivers in Green and white,

Guide of the week: Vince for his 6 tarpon week for Janis and Alice.

This Week’s Summary:

It was great having Jason and Dane from the Crested Butte Fly Shop hosting a great group from Texas, 20 in all, and all had a blast! The wind was just relentless until very late in the week so it kept the permit and tarpon number in check.

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

Fishing photo of the week:

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/13/14 08:39 PM

FISHING REPORT

May 4th – May 10th , 2014

Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy to begin the week with more sun mid week, cloudy late in the week

Winds: Winds calm to start the week with 2-8 mph ranging from many directions (as light winds here often do) with strong winds developing for most of the week. Wind at that time was 10-15 out of the East/Northeast

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

Water Temperature: 81 degrees

Moonphase: The first quarter moon was on May 6th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Dale, Chad, Deed, repeat guests Bill and Shay, Julie, Sandy, Lin, Bruce, Linda, Jim, Neil, Rick, Sm. Bruce, John, Father and son team Jay and Jim, Julie and Sandra, were all successful when they fished for the silver ghosts of the flats. Many of these were “first bonefish ever” and special kudos to Diana who on her own, decided to learn to the art of fly fishing. With 2 ½ hour lessons she was off catching bonefish the first day! How many people can say the first fish they caught on a fly rod was a bonefish! Who knows how far she will go as she and Capt. Alex got some quality fishing time in and her skills skyrocketed. Just as determined Brinton and Lin worked hard at developing their fly-fishing skills this week and were rewarded with more and more fish every day while working with one of our certified casting instructors ( Capt. Luis.)

PERMIT (Palometta): Our returning guest Bill landed a nice 25-pound fish with Capt. Tomas at the controls. During breakfast on Tuesday, Julie and Sandy decided that they would each catch permit that day. “Your wish is my command” according to their guide JR and sure enough a pair of 12 pounders were landed. Our good friend Mike came back for the umpteenth time to sharpen his permit skills and was blessed with a bunch of shots with Capt. Emir but couldn’t connect, despite a half dozen follows. Nothing is more frustrating to have 2 permit chasing the fly at once, only to refuse it at the last second!

TARPON (Sabalo): Dale got a dream tarpon on his last day with Capt. Alex, A nice 90 pound fish. As they were landing it several other groups of big fish came past! The ladies boat of Sandy and Julie used Capt. JR’s skills to get 2 tarpon for Julie. Jay was able to land a couple resident poons on his outings with his Dad, Jim, and his guide Luis. John had a thrilling fight with a tarpon on his last day of fishing with Capt. Luis as well. Capt. Tomas teamed up with returning guest Vaughn to fight for some tarpon that just wouldn’t stay buttoned up.

Grand Slam: None

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Cudas, ladyfish, snappers

FLIES THAT WORKED

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

FOR PERMIT - Avalon

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Green toad. White toad

Guide of the week: A tie goes Captain Alex for his huge tarpon and hard work with several beginning fly fishermen and Capt. JR’s double permit day for Julie and Sandy.

This Week’s Summary:

The tough winds put the brakes on the tarpon and permit fishing success rate. We still hooked a few but none came to the boat once the winds kicked up mid week.

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

Fishing photo of the week:



El Pescador guests Julie and Sandy and their permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/21/14 12:08 PM

FISHING REPORT

May 11th - May 17th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Some big wind with sunny skies turned to low clouds and rain.

Winds: ESE 10 – 20, E 10-20, ENE 5- 15 (choppy seas), N 5 – 15, NNE 10-20, NE 10-20.

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

Water Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: Full moon on the 14th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Mr. Bonefish was really appreciated this week! We had tough wind and clouds so Barry and Mark made the most of it and found some really fun bonefishing. Big tails (for us) and skinny water = pure fun. They landed some dandies and it was very satisfying! Bonefishing with fly is really the heart and soul of flats fishing. Permit and tarpon are always nice – but it’s a different experience. While bonefishing – it is a great time to listen to your guide, stay relaxed and aim. A nice presentation to the fish with fly or spin will always make a difference with success. Julie was here with her husband Bill. They have been here before so they know the game. Julie was working on her fly casting and was thrilled with her bonefish and a variety of snappers, including Mutton Snapper! Howard brought his son Jake on a fun fishing vacation as a graduation present. They love to fish and thought that they would use their fly rods as a back up to spin. However, they braved it and landed several fish on fly! They also left here today as better anglers ~ Just sayin. Eric and Lonnie organized a fantastic fishing vacation for their company contractors. They went out in some tough conditions with a few hangovers and had a great time with a fly and spin. I think we converted a few to fly and they plan on returning with their families. It’s not that one way of fishing is better than another – but it is fun to try new things. I will say, a bonefish ripping out flyline after a nice cast and presentation is nothing short of thrilling.

PERMIT (Palometta): Julian and Chris are here from the UK. They have been chasing permit, but it has been really tough. For permit on the fly – you really need the sun. Looking for pushes of fish and tails is possible but desperate. They pulled the plug and went bonefishing. Greg had a few really nice shots with Captain Hilberto, but the permit missed the fly. Yes, when a 30 lb permit does a 180 to find the fly – he missed it. That’s a fish we all would have loved to see. Captain Luis founds some nice permit – Howard made the shot, but a bonefish took it! No permit landed this week.

TARPON (Sabalo): The migratory tarpon are here! Captain Vince and Captain Cesar have been telling me about 100 pound fish down by Long Caye and Hicks Caye. Doug had two big bites, but nothing landed. Danny had a few great eats with Captain Cesar guiding. Cesar said some shots were 40 feet! Ken also had some nice shots, but the fish were not on the bite that day. We did not have any tarpon landed this week, but there were some great eats on both fly and spin. I have a feeling this next week it’s going to crack open!

SNOOK: Still around! Some tight shots up close to the mangroves.

Grand Slam: None

OTHER SPECIES: Barracuda on fly and spin: jacks, jacks and more jacks: ladyfish; snapper – all on fly and spin. And yes, Mutton Snapper on fly. If this is something you are interested in doing – we’ve got em!

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 Vince. Vince has had all his anglers into migratory tarpon this week despite some really tough conditions. He also was very encouraging to his anglers and they all reported experiencing a big fun time. Congratulations Vince!

This Week’s Summary:

Coming home to familiar faces we’ve seen here at El Pescador is a special treat. Really fun to see Barry and Mark, Bill and Julie and all the incredible staff here at El Pescador. Steve and Chris had an amazing time in Holland and shared pictures of them surrounded in tulips! I returned from weeks of chasing steelhead in the Pacific Northwest and felt pretty lucky as I felt the warm saltwater on my bare feet walking to work. No wool here! Our anglers had a tough week of weather. It’s very rare that we would get a cold front from the north this time of year, but it happened. The fish didn’t like it and became scarce. Everyone gets the “good sport” award for heading out on dark days trying to make something happen. And as I write this, it’s a picture perfect morning. Flat seas and sun. While I wish everyone could experience perfect days all the time, it’s not going to happen. Fishing required showing up prepared. It’s what you do with the conditions that makes the memories. It’s great to back home in Belize.

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/28/14 11:56 AM

FISHING REPORT

May 18th - May 24th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Sunny with cloudy spells. A few showers occurred. Wind stayed up with mostly high pressure.

Winds: ENE 10 – 20 mph

Air Temperature: 78-92 degrees F.

Water Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: Last Quarter was on the 21st

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Huge clouds of mudding bonefish seen up in the Park and in the lagoon…. maybe coming back from spawn? We are talking about thousands of bonefish. This was really fun for Barbara who was visiting Ali from Toronto. She landed her first bonefish on fly with Captain Raton. And the Scurlock family was here for a family reunion. Ray – the patriarch at 90 was the first up in the morning ready to go! The family landed lots of bonefish on fly and spin. This family is very serious about their fishing! Henry kept us laughing and fully informed on his catch for the day. Robbi was here with Ken and this was her first time fly fishing for bonefish. And she landed a few! It was really fun to watch her determination daily out on the casting platform. I know a few trout that are going to go flying through Colorado waters now that she has her strip set! Chris was here from World Cast Anglers in Jackson Hole. He said he had never seen so many fish! Carl and Betty were a real treat. They both landed bonefish on fly. Congratulations anglers. It was windy but you made it happen!

PERMIT (Palometta): Well, the only two permit landed on fly just so happened to go toward the two SLAMS this week! Ferdy landed his beautiful 18lb permit on a crab fly. He was with Captain Cesar. Then, George went out with Captain Cesar three days later and he landed his permit on fly first thing. Of course, Cesar mentioned the slam, and away they went. Two beautiful 15 – 18 lb permit of fly landed this week.

TARPON (Sabalo): OK then. Ferdy was down by Long Caye with Captain Cesar and landed what Cesar said was at least a 120 lb tarpon on a 10 wt! The rod broke at the very end by the boat as it took one last surge. What a fish! This was part of Ferdy’s slam. Then, after George landed his permit, Cesar said, “let’s go for the slam!” George said, “Well, of course my huge ego said YES!” and then he did one roll cast to a nice 30 lb tarpon in a tight lagoon, and the tarpon without hesitation ate his fly! Kevin really deserves the “Tarpon” award for the week. He went out everyday with Captain Tomas and had action. He had shots, misses, takes….and then on the last day, he landed his tarpon! See picture. Savannah was slightly off color – making it perfect for white flies to pulse through the water finding tarpon who chased and ate with reckless abandon. Thank you Kevin for getting our fly tying bench motivated! And congratulations to the three of you for your success. David and Lindsay will be back. Now that they have seen what fishing for big tarpon over skinny shallow water flats is all about – I’m afraid we created a new addiction.

Grand Slam: Captain Cesar guided his anglers into TWO Slams this week! Congratulations to Ferdy and George who will now be honored with a plaque on our Grand Slam board!

OTHER SPECIES: Barracuda on fly and spin: jacks, jacks and more jacks: ladyfish; snapper – all on fly and spin. And yes, Mutton Snapper on fly. If this is something you are interested in doing – we’ve got em!

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 Cesar for TWO slams in three days with two different anglers! Way to go Captain Cesar. You have created great memories for Ferdy and George.

This Week’s Summary:

Ferdy is the only German at the lodge this week. He is a riot. His passion for fly fishing can be described only as bubbling enthusiasm. He said he will let all of Germany know about all the fun here at El Pescador. Walking down the dock, Ferdy told me, “I wear my most lucky shirt today! It is from New Zealand. I always have good luck with this shirt!” When he came back, he had slammed on fly! 500 pictures later and a ton of stories about each day out on the water. We’ll get some of those pictures out soon for everyone to see. For me, I just love it when our anglers come back to fish here. Kevin, George and Bobbi, Dave and Donna, Mark just brought his family and he was here last month… Rob and Donn showed up yesterday well armed… Anyway, our EP family loves it when you return. We like to see you take ownership with your familiar EP life. It makes us feel good!

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 06/03/14 11:53 AM

FISHING REPORT

May 25th - May 31st, 2014

Weather Conditions: The week started with sunny skies, a few thundershowers and big 20 mph wind. The tropical wave showed up on Saturday creating overcast skies, with less wind and rain.

Winds: ESE 10 – 20, choppy seas.

Air Temperature: 78-86 degrees F.

Water Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: New Moon on the 28th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): We had some terrific family fishing this week here at EP. Joe brought his son Harrison, and his friend Chris brought his son Trip for two days of some fun bonefishing! They got out there on the casting platform in 20 mph wind to make sure they were warmed up and ready to go. The practice paid off as they were all awarded their bonefish on fly pins! Les was here with his son Luke and they too landed bonefish on fly! Marc was here a month ago and brought back his beautiful family. Chase and Hunter were up first thing in the morning ready to go out with their dad and Captain Jr. They practiced their double haul and all three of them landed bonefish on fly. The Caplinger Family had a fun sampler this week and they plan on returning. Next time Rebel will fish! Jeep and Kat have been having a great time with Captain Sinoe and have landed some really nice bones on fly. Roy has been here several times, and this time he has his sons Wade and Lawrence with him. Wade knows the drill – he has been here fishing with Captain Kechu. This is Lawrence’s first bonefishing trip. At first Lawrence was wide eyed and wondering how it was all going to come down, but now he has bonefishing on the flyrod wired. They have been watching “Buccaneers and Bones” and feel that Captain Kechu is portrayed as too aggressive. They want the world to know that they love him and that he really is a gentle soul! (Kechu is having a mellow week!!). Dominic and Hillary are here with their friends Danny and Shawna. They too have been watching B&B and are thrilled to be here in person. Hillary and Shawna have been practicing their casts and Dominic and Danny are packing each day with as much fishing as possible! And we were thrilled to Dave and Donna back. They went out with Captain Alex for three days and Donna landed the biggest bonefish! (I think she was more excited about the barracuda, but she did land a big bone!). Dave continued on with Captain Kechu chasing large fish in the sea. Rosie and Joe also landed bonefish and we hope to see you two back here soon! Congratulations to all of you. This was a tough week for wind, but you showed outstanding sportsmanship and went out there and made things happen!

PERMIT (Palometta): We were really, really hoping Dominic would get a permit on fly with Captain Vince. It could still happen? No permit landed this week. Some great shots, but that was it.

TARPON (Sabalo): Tarpon fever at the lodge this week. Rob and Donn left at 4:30 for several mornings with Captain Emir and they were rewarded! Donn landed his tarpon on spin and the next day Rob got his on fly! John surprised his brother David with a fishing trip to EP for his big 50. Well, Dave landed his tarpon on spin with Captain Cesar, and then John landed his tarpon on spin the next day with Captain Cesar! (see El Pescador’s facebook page). Congratulations to all of you.

BARRACUDA: Stories….barracuda takes the bonefish for a ride. Happened twice this week!

Grand Slam: Captain Cesar guided his anglers into TWO Slams this week! Congratulations to Ferdy and George who will now be honored with a plaque on our Grand Slam board!

OTHER SPECIES: Some really nice jacks landed on fly. Big fun.

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’s a tie. Captain Cesar and Captain Emir both got their anglers into tarpon this week! They left early in big wind and came back with a boat of big smiles.

This Week’s Summary:

Wow. I can speak for all of the people who work here at El Pescador and say a big Thank You! We were so happy to see Dr. Marc bring his family to El Pescador after just being here last month! Dave and Donna – we love you guys. Rob is family and Donn we hope you become a neighbor! Roy and Wade – thanks for showing Lawrence what goes on here. Mike and Sue, I know Erlindo is thrilled to see you two! Cindy and Roy were here and it was hard to say goodbye. So until next time! And thanks for all the volleyball game support. And here we are, the first of June! Looks like an action packed month for us as we are sold out for several weeks! If you are reading this and looking forward to your trip, practice that cast! Even 5 minutes here and there really makes a difference. I’m saying this because when you look at that giant tarpon chasing your fly, you won’t be calm. And a big heartfelt thank you to the guides we work with. This guide team has grown so much over the past few years. They show up every morning knowing their anglers are so excited to make their dreams happen. And the El Pescador guide team does just that – make it happen! And as we say here in Belize, “Why not?”

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 06/09/14 07:46 PM

FISHING REPORT

May 31st – June 7th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Overcast skies with big wind in the beginning of the week. Later, the wind died down as the occasional thunderstorm came through.

Winds: E 10 – 20, choppy seas.

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

Water Temperature: 75-80 degrees

Moonphase: First Quarter on the 5th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Captain Erlindo lit up when he was describing Sue’s big bonefish: “It was a big one man…it ate that fly and ran with the reel…” Sue was awarded a nice bone and also caught a decent mutton snapper on fly. Her husband Mike landed several fish and also did a nice job piecing his ear! The guides call them, “red snapper.” I told Sue that landing a mutton snapper on fly is a big deal! One time my fishing buddy Diana Rudolph said to a Bahamian guide, “I’ll give you $200 US right now if I get a mutton on fly.” Ricardo showed her the fish, and of course she caught it. Everyone was happy. Matt caught two bonefish on fly with Captain Emir. Matt is eleven and owns a solid 50 ft cast. His buddy Kyle was a bit intimidated by the whole fishing scene here – that was the case until he landed his first bonefish off the dock with a jig! By himself! You just don’t know when that fishing rod is going to lure you in! Congratulations to Kouri who had also never fished before. She caught her first bonefish on fly with Captain Kechu. Laura arranged this trip for her family so they could hang out together in a beautiful place and also allow her fish crazed son, Mike, to fish the flats. Mike is confident with a flyrod and caught several bonefish on fly. His father David caught some nice bones on spin. Cathy, Roger, Kim and Mac all had big fun and landed several bonefish on fly. Brad and Blake started out wondering how it was all going to play out, but they kept a positive attitude and found big adventure and fun fishing everyday they went out with Captain Gilberto. They too landed some nice big bones on fly. Paul and David have been fishing buddies for a long time. As we all know, fishing friendships are very special. It was great to hear them tell stories of trips their flyrods have taken them. This was David’s first saltwater adventure and he was able to land several bonefish on fly. Tim and Kevin have also been long time fishing buddies. They both landed several bonefish on fly with Captain Tomas and had a great time. Father and son duo Mark and Mark Anthony went through the diving course and had a great time fishing for Mr. Bonefish. Sean and Ali – it was a pleasure, and nice work on the bonefish on fly. Rob brought his fishing family and they got it done! Rob, Marion, Molly and Brian all landed bonefish on fly. Another father son combo – Dana and Andrew. They both landed several bonefish on fly with Captain Sinoe. Father and son duo David and Sam also landed their first bonefish on fly! Stephanie and Andrew were quite happy with their bonefish on fly! Congratulations everyone. You had some tough wind and little sun, but you made it happen!

PERMIT (Palometta): There were some shots, but it was really tough due to the lack of sun to see the fish. No permit landed this week.

TARPON (Sabalo): Captain Cesar said, “Let’s go for it!” Phillip and Jim ventured out down south and they turned what look like a slow day into epic tarpon fishing. They jumped ten on spin and Phillip landed a beauty. Check it out on our facebook page! That was really great ~ but it got better when they went out the next day and Jim landed his first tarpon on spin. Happy guys. Jon and his son Jon David had two tarpon takes on fly with Captain Raton. The fish ate, ran, threw the fly….Jon kept stripping and bam! The fish hit again! Missed the set but a ton of action. Jon David was fishing spin when his reel started singing. Fish wasn’t landed, but it sure got his attention. Savannah is a bit off color – so it makes it tough to see the fish, especially with the lack of sun this week. Sean – next time!

BARRACUDA: Mike and Sue landed some really nice Barracuda with Captain Erlindo. (see photo!) Barracuda fishing has been really fun. When the bonefishing gets tough, try cuda! Big air and big fun or fly or spin.

OTHER SPECIES: Sue’s mutton snapper on fly. Some snook seen close the mangroves, but no real shots.

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 Cesar for getting Phillip and Jim into tarpon this week. And Happy 27th Birthday Cesar!

This Week’s Summary:

Wade was here with his father and brother last week. They took off after some fun fishing and then his wife, two sons and daughter showed up! It’s really fun to see eleven year old Matt talk fly fishing with the other guests. He has the wrap down! So yes, old home week once again as we have had many of our guests return for their El Pescador fix! The Grassedonio family, Mike and Sue and Cutthroat Angler’s own, Jim Buckler. We had big wind which made it tough on our anglers and guides! I was really proud of everyone for making each day a new episode. Big smiles came back to the dock at the end of the day with a ton of support for family members and friends. I know that these vacations you take with your family, or long time fishing buddy, or brand new fishing buddy – all made for good fun life memories. Thank you for sharing your passion for fishing. And thank you for coming to see us at El Pescador!

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Jim’s first tarpon

El Pescador guest's Mike and Sue with a couple of big barracuda’s!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 06/17/14 12:31 AM

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!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 06/24/14 11:54 AM

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
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 07/01/14 07:13 PM

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!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 07/11/14 09:44 PM

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
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 07/19/14 10:36 AM

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.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 07/25/14 09:59 AM

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.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 07/30/14 09:51 PM

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
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 08/08/14 11:20 AM

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.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 08/13/14 11:40 AM

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.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 08/20/14 10:50 AM

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
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 08/25/14 10:53 AM

FISHING REPORT

Week of August 17th - August 23rd 2014

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny. Occasional and very needed rain showers.

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: Last Quarter moon was on August 17th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): We had some great bonefish stories this week! Les landed a bone close to 4 lbs with Captain Luis! This is a big bonefish for us. His fishing partner, John, was a happy guy with all the bonefish he landed as well. Deb and Louann were here for their first saltwater flats experience with Captain Tomas. They had a blast. These gals from Colorado are now seasoned flats fly fishers! They landed several bones on fly. Barry and Tony had their sons Alex and Ben here fishing with them. Alex and Ben landed their first bonefish on the fly! Barry and Tony landed bonefish as well, but spent their time looking for other species. Chris and Andrew landed their first bonefish on the fly with Captain Alex. And right now as I write…it’s flat calm and we have a sea of tailing and finning bonefish reflecting light right in front of the lodge.

PERMIT (Palometta): So Stan walks into the shop upon arrival and says, “I’m scared!” He said he was worried about guides yelling at him because he had little experience fishing the flats. Well, Captain Emir did yell when he landed his 30lb permit on live crab. Wow! You can really tell a big permit because they get so long they start to look like a tarpon. Stan, we are proud of you! And then his fishing buddy, Tom, landed a nice 16 pounder on fly that went toward his slam. He landed another permit with Captain Emir and they thought they were going to slam the second day, but that would have been greedy. So, two permit on fly for Tom. Adam was winding down from the Tarpon Tagging Expedition with Captain Kechu. They found a giant group of permit – threw 16 flies – were ready to call it quits, when Adam said, “NO!” “We are going to use this big ol ugly deer hair thing and they are going to eat it.” And a twenty five pounder inhaled the fly. Nice. Tom was fishing with Captain Cesar and he landed a beautiful permit on fly. Woody came to the dock with a zipped-lock grin on his face after fishing with Captain Emir and Gordy. After a little prodding, I learned they saw close to a thousand permit that day. They tried everything but couldn’t connect. Well naturally I got myself invited on their boat the next day to see for myself. We did find some big schools – but they were moving fast, and not that group love thing that we were hoping to find. Every day is different, that is why we go – to see what’s going to happen. No guarantees in this game. Congratulations to our permit winners this week.

TARPON (Sabalo): For our anglers who love tarpon…it’s like you read about. Andrew returned to fish with Captain Tomas. They jumped seven in three days. Sean shows up with his beautiful wife Laura. Laura doesn’t fish but this is a time where they left their 2 y/o and 4 y/o at home to enjoy some down time and hopefully, get Sean a tarpon. Well, day one they head out with Captain Cinoeh and made it happen. And then day two, they made it happen again! Sean and Laura have smiles that are stuck on their face. Tony was out with Captain Erlindo and he landed a nice 30 pounder on fly.

Shaun was here with his father, Michael. They were so excited that on the last day, Shaun landed a nice 20 lb tarpon on fly with Captain Alex. Shaun was working on his casting daily, and felt really happy with his refined skills as he was able to pepper the mangroves with his fly and find that connection with Mr. Tarpon. Troy was here with his dad Dilbert. They were happy with bonefish on the fly, but thrilled when Troy landed his tarpon on fly with Captain Raton. Tim loves fishing with Captain Cesar. They had shots, jumps and good times knowing that when it’s yours, it’s yours. Next time Tim. And Tom, yes, of course! Tom landed a nice 60lb tarpon on fly with Captain Emir that was included in his slam. Captain Cesar showed Tom and his son Thomas the tarpon fishing they were hoping to find as a return anglers to El Pescador. Tom landed a beautiful 60 lb tarpon on fly, and they had several eats. Thomas’s energy is so positive and explosive that I think the fish showed up just to meet his joy. Actually this was Thomas’s first time here – his brother had been on previous trips but kept the secrets of fishing with Captain Cesar quiet until his brother was able to make the trip. A big “shout out” and thank you to Woody. Like I said, I got myself invited to fish with him and Emir to check out the action. Wow. We had 80 pound plus tarpon coming to us that looked like black submarines over the white limestone bottom. Nothing like seeing a tarpon approaching from - what seems like forever - as you wait for the perfect shot. We threw on a black death after a couple of refusals. Woody gave me the next shot. As the two giants approached, I tried a sexy dance with my fly hoping they would notice. “Strip, bump, bump, strip, bump, bump (breathe) SET! The fish exploded out of the water and grabbed the line so fast I didn’t see the knot in my line until it flew threw the guides. The reel emptied line – the fish jumped, emptied more line and on the second jump as I noticed my arbor looking rather exposed - sliced the 80lb shock clean. It was a take that will stay in my mind and heart for a long time. That is what tarpon fishing with a fly does – it leaves you dreaming about the next shot.

Grand Slam: Congratulations to Tom Gorrell who will be honored on our Slam Wall of Fame! Tom slammed with Captain Emir and Gordy. And they almost did it again the second day! This was a big fish slam – which feels even better, I’m sure. See photos and smiles. Yay Tom!

OTHER SPECIES: Kechu and Adam had ridiculous fishing for jacks on fly. I’m pretty sure I saw about 10 nice jacks in Kechu’s live well. Captain Alex has been on some 20 lb snook. Shawn and Michael had some great shots, but the fish won.

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 Emir for getting Tom Gorrell the slam of his dreams. And the bonus was getting Tom’s buddy Stan to land a 30lb permit – a fish of a lifetime.

This Week’s Summary:

It’s summer time in the tropics everybody! And the fish are here and happy. We have migratory tarpon moving all around the banks – we have permit showing up so big they look like tarpon. We have flat calm conditions where you can see a tailing bonefish from a long way away. People ask us: “When is the best time to be here?” Well, we can plan and hope – but for the angler’s this week, they got to experience one of these “best times.” Thank you to all of angers this week for your positive approach to each day. Sure, there were defeats, but each day you returned to check in and see - as they say here in Belize, “What’s happening?”

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 09/02/14 11:25 PM

FISHING REPORT

Week of August 23 – 30th 2014

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny skies with the occasional thunderstorm turned into a much-needed rainy Sunday!

Winds: Moderate 5-10 mph Easterly winds most of the week then moved ESE 10 – 20 as the tropical wave moved through.

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

Water Temperature: Temps 81-83 degrees

Moonphase: New moon on the 25th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): The entire Caribbean coast is lined with sargrasso! And, we have had some bonefish die because the shallow water mixed with sargassum has reduced the oxygen content in their normal feeding waters. Site fishing for bones was not a “gimmie” this week. Clouds made for poor visibility and the fish were not as happy with all the changing conditions. Below is some information on Sargrasso/Sarrgassum.

A major topic around here – there is fishing and there is catching! Well, Keelan was able to land her first bonefish on fly! Her husband Will was thrilled – this was his vision, get Keelan hooked on fly fishing! When you start in the salt, you are way ahead of the game Keelan! Josh and Gary were here fishing with Captain Cinoeh. They really wanted tarpon, but had a great time with some quality bonefishing on fly. Our “Doc’s” group all landed bonefish! Congratulations to Scott, Jason, Billy, Ding, Michael, Van, Craig, Drew, Chris Adam and Max, for landing bonefish.

Sargassum is a genus of brown (class Phaeophyceae) macroalgae (seaweed) in the order Fucales. Numerous species are distributed throughout the temperate and tropical oceans of the world, where they generally inhabit shallow water and coral reefs. However, the genus may be best known for its planktonic (free-floating) species. While most species within the class Phaeophyceae are predominantly cold water organisms that benefit from nutrients upwelling, genus Sargassum appears to be an exception to this general rule.[1] Any number of the normally benthic species may take on a planktonic, often pelagic existence after being removed from reefs during rough weather. The Atlantic Ocean's Sargasso Sea was named after the algae, as it hosts a large amount of Sargassum.[2

PERMIT (Palometta): Give it up for Jason and Michael – they both landed beautiful big permit on spin – and, both of these permit went toward their slam! Both with Captain Emir and Gordy. There were shots, but as the weather changed later in the week, the fish were harder to find.

TARPON (Sabalo): OK, so Jason and Michael both landed beautiful tarpon on spin with Captain Emir and Gordy. And yes, they both slammed. Alex ripped it up with Captain Cesar in the beginning of the week. He landed three or was it four? Tarpon on fly – and jumped a bunch of others. I lost track because he had huge action everyday with Captain Cesar. His sweetie Andrea was a first rate coach – and also perfected her double haul. So next time these two go fishing, I’m thinking Andrea is going to get a tarpon too! Chris landed a nice tarpon on spin with Captain Vince. Scott landed a nice tarpon with Captain Tomas. Van also landed a nice tarpon with Captain Hilberto. And the two happiest guys were father and son Heinz and John. Heinz was literally beaming. He had four on and landed two. His son John had four on and landed one. Captain Luis was really happy for them as well. Each day the three of them came back laughing. Jim jumped 3 on lures between Captain Alex and Captain Luis. Rob also had some grabs – but the fish didn’t stick. Next time!

Grand Slam: Dr. Jason with Captain Emir and Gordy. Next day, Dr. Michael with Captain Emir and Gordy. Nice work guys!

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Cudas, Needlefish

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 Emir and Gordy for getting Jason and Michael their slams this week!

This Week’s Summary:

We have had nothing short of a stellar month of tarpon fishing here at El Pescador. We are thrilled for our anglers who have landed fish of their dreams. And for the newly initiated, now you know! It’s a hunting game – a state of mind – a time to put it all together. It’s a time to establish a team with your guide – so you are talking the same language, reaching your goals together. I have seen the guides grow throughout the years and they have learned skills to help with all the steps that go from “seeing the fish,” to “landing the fish.” There are a lot of steps – and they all count. Remember to practice your cast, even if it is 5 minutes. When you are staring at a giant tarpon approaching you, when you are waiting for the timing of your shot, when that thin black line from a distance turns into a creature that has been around for 100 million years, you want to be ready. From your family at El Pescador we thank you for sharing your time and dreams with us!

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Doc and his big Permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 09/10/14 12:33 PM

FISHING REPORT

August 30th – September 6th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny skies with the occasional thunderstorm turned into major thunderstorms on Saturday.

Winds: Moderate 5-10 mph Easterly winds most of the week then moved ESE 10 – 20 as the tropical wave moved through.

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 September 2nd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Ricky and Barbara were here celebrating their anniversary. They both landed bonefish on fly – congratulations! And a special prize from “the dock witch” to you Randy for that huge bone you landed on your own in front of the lodge! Extra points. Derick and Katie also had some spectacular bonefishing with Captain Luis. Katie landed 3 bones on fly – her first time fishing the salt. Captain Luis and Derick told me today that after the storm went through, it became flat calm and tailing bones were everywhere! It was such a pleasure to meet Scott and Jill from Salt Lake City – and also a special place for me, Teton Valley, Idaho. Scott is a guide in Idaho, and shared many fun stories of friends from our fishing world. They both had big fun bonefishing on fly. Marty and Jennifer landed bonefish on fly with Captain Jr. They also worked on their casting and left stronger anglers. Congratulations you two on your bonefish on fly. Chris showed up for a couple of days away from home in Dallas. The children were scheduled for time away, so he said, “why not?’ Chris had some really nice bonefishing on fly. He also left relaxed and ready his next adventure back home. Kelly showed up and said, “I’m not a fly fishermen.” Well, he went out and landed 3 nice bones the next day on fly! He now has it wired.

Sometimes, when the big fish are around, it takes away from bonefishing. It’s true, we have bonefish, permit and tarpon here on Ambergris Caye all year. And this time of year, we have a lot of big tarpon around. However, bonefishing on the fly requires the same skills – paying attention to the water and the fish, a good cast and a strong set. The “Ghost of the Flats,” is an amazing fish. And as I have said before, I believe them to be the “heart and soul” of fly fishing the saltwater flats of the world.

PERMIT (Palometta): Will was here two years ago with his beautiful wife. This time she couldn’t make it so he showed up with his long time buddy, Carl. Carl is a guide in Key Biscayne. They had a big fun time with Captain Hilberto. Will landed a beautiful permit on fly, and Carl landed two on fly, and one on spin. So, three permit on fly. I had to ask, “What fly?” Well, I was shown Carl’s invention – “Whatever.” The fly kinda has it all going on. A sparsly tied tan crab pattern. Long and lean. This is the fly that landed 3 permit. Wow, congratulations you two! Monroe is here with an arsenal or rods and reels for one person. I think he showed up with 11 outfits. His mission is permit – we’ll see what he and Captain Cinoeh come up with.

TARPON (Sabalo): And when the skies cleared…there they were! Will landed his tarpon on fly with Captain Hilberto on the first day! Nice going Will. (see photo) Captain Erlindo reported jumping 7 and landing two with his anglers, Ken landed an 80 pounder today on fly with Captain Cesar, David landed a nice 20 pounder with Captain Emir on fly. We have had a lot of follows, cranial’s ( thrown to the fish’s head), standing on the line, and the most common – the “short” shot. But hey, when you get it right, you get to feel one of the greatest grab’s in fly fishing. Hold on, tighten the drag and give it the “down and dirty.” Cesar just yells, “D&D!”

Grand Slam: Soooooooooooo close Will and Carl! Next time.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Cudas, Needlefish

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 Hilberto for getting Will and Carl into 4 permit, 3 on fly, and one tarpon on fly. Yay!

This Week’s Summary:

It’s “slow season” around San Pedro. Restaurants and hotels usually take about a month off to rest and prepare for another year. Here at El Pescador we don’t have as many guests around as usual, but the ones that are here are fish crazed. And the fish don’t know its slow season, they only know about the wind and the tides. So anglers are out there some days without another boat in sight. It’s a time for these anglers to hone their fly fishing skills and find solace in their hearts. We were so pleased that Randy and Barbara decided to spend their anniversary with us. And we are delighted that newbies like Katie and Jennifer reached beyond their comfort level and found a ton of fun. As I write it’s quiet around the lodge. We had some rain and weather this morning – and yes, all 8 boats went out. But now, our angler’s have attacked the chicken wings and Beliken beer and there is a sleepy feeling as the sea is very quiet – and that precious warm salty air lays a blanket of peace over us. Thanks for a fun week everyone!

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Will with his tarpon on fly

El Pescador guests Carl and Will with double bonefish on fly.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 09/15/14 06:57 PM

FISHING REPORT

September 6th – 13th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Cloudy with sunny breaks – which is a polite way of saying we had some stormy weather this week and prayed for sun. Seas were choppy and visibility was challenging – but good things still happened!

Winds: Moderate 5-10 mph Easterly winds most of the week then moved ESE 10 – 20 as the tropical wave moved through.

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

Water Temperature: Temps 81-83 degrees

Moonphase: Full moon was the 8th. (Which we call our “permit” moon).

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Randy and Sandra were here and had amazing things happen. Randy landed some nice bonefish with Captain Tomas on fly. He practiced his saltwater casting and was rewarded with bonefish and much more. His wife Sandra was here to do nothing – something that takes a plan for most hard working people. During their stay, they found out they have a new grandchild on the way, and their house sold at their asking price! All this while bonefishing here at El Pescador. Congratulations you two! Jeff and his wife Danielle were also here with different agendas. They both enjoyed the saltwater flats of Ambergris Caye. Jeff is a maniac fly fisher, and Danielle loved her diving with our “Under da Sea! Captain Alonzo” Jeff landed some beautiful bonefish on fly with Captain Cinoeh. Both left here with beaming smiles! Geoff was here with his wife Cindy. Cindy said right off the bat, “I’m not going to fly fish, but I’m going out to check it out on spin.” Well, I can’t wait to show you her picture when she sends it to us. Her face is beaming as she held her first bonefish on spin! And Geoff was thrilled with all the instruction and guidance from Captain Cesar. They were trying to call him a saint, but I think that’s pushing it. Nothing makes a guide feel better than when their anglers meet their goals. Derrick had some beautiful bonefishing with Captain Luis as they were hunting permit. Monroe was here with a quiver of rods and reels – I think he brought 9 outfits. Well, he is not addicted. Bonefish on fly and other opportunities will get Monroe back here as soon as he can get more time off from work. Chris, David, Jim and Kelly all landed bonefish on fly! First time for many fishing the saltwater flats of Belize. Congratulations for mastering a connection with “the Ghost of the Flats!”

PERMIT (Palometta): Well, Captain Carl from Florida landed three beautiful permit on his fly with Captain Hilberto, aka, Star. His fly, which is starring at me from my desk, is called the “Whatever” fly. It’s a crab pattern tied like a toad – narrow body, craft fur tail barred, lead eyes and chartreuse thread. Oh, and an orange butt and some crystal flash thrown in as well. How nice that the permit desired something besides a Christmas Island Special! Jimmy and Phelps are cousins and fishing buddies. They both went out with Captain Emir and Gordy and both slammed! Yes, they both landed permit that took them to their slam. Wow. So the permit score this week: 5 landed on fly, one on spin. And for you permit lovers out there – stories were told where they had multiple shots to the same school before they ate! And then they ate. We love the full moon for permit fishing. Because they eat! Congratulations to our permit winners this week.

TARPON (Sabalo): OK, so Will landed his tarpon the first day with Captain Hilberto. Awesome. And Ken landed an 80 pounder on fly with Captain Cesar! He kept asking questions about how many 80 plus fish are actually landed. The truth is, not many. There are lots of attempts, as Jeff, Randy, Jim, Kelly and Randy will tell you. Matt was so excited to land his tarpon on fly with Captain Kechu. Wes landed a beautiful tarpon on spin with Captain Cesar. Yep, they all received their tarpon pins before leaving. Wear them proudly!

Grand Slam: Get READY! Jimmy and Phelps both slammed with Captain Emir and Gordy on the same day! Double SLAM. Then Jeff and Mike showed up to fish with Captain Emir and Jeff slammed! So, that is THREE slams on fly with Captain Emir this week. What could be better for Captain Emir? His son Gordy went out fishing with his friends and Gordy got his first slam on fly. WOW!

OTHER SPECIES: Nice schools of jacks sharing the same water with Mr. Permit.

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 Emir. Why? Three slams on fly this week for his anglers. Whoa! We are so proud of Captain Emir and his son in training, Gordy. Thank you.

This Week’s Summary:

Well, we have had some weather, and we have had some amazing things happen this week! The renovation is almost finished and the lodge is looking beautiful. We are super excited about our Ribbon Cutting party coming up to celebrate the new room additions on the 19th. To our guests this week – thank you from all of us at El Pescador for sharing your time and dreams with us. Your job is to go infect others with your passion for fly fishing. Yes, it’s a blast when the fish are put to your hands, but it is also very rewarding to see others go out and feel that same excitement!

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 09/24/14 11:32 AM

FISHING REPORT

September 14th – 20th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Mainly sunny with scattered thunderstorms.

Winds: We had some wind earlier in the week, but then it calmed down to E @ 5.

Air Temperature: Mid 80’s to 90, for the High. High 70’s, for the lows. Winds: Moderate 5-10 mph Easterly winds most of the week then moved ESE 10 – 20 as the tropical wave moved through.

Water Temperature: Temps 81-83 degrees

Moonphase: Last Quarter September 15th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): We love it when guests come here to El Pescador and turn into anglers! Todd is getting married! And all his buddies were here for his bachelor party. Party they did, but they also fished! Some learned their double haul, some learned to cast for the first time. And…they all caught bonefish on the fly. Bragging rights go out to: Todd, Charlie, Jordan, Tyler, John Garrett, John, Paxton, Riley, George, Clark, Ed, Ryan, Kacey, Avery and Cheever! Amy and her husband Jay were here to celebrate “their” time after their daughter’s wedding! Jay is fanatical about his fly fishing, and Amy showed up as a “good sport.” Congratulation to Amy for her first bonefish on fly! Mike was here for Bonefish Tarpon Trust. We had a guide meeting to look at areas we want to protect in the future. His wife Barbara has caught bonefish on fly before, but this time she just wanted to throw a jig with shrimp and call it good. She was thrilled with her fun fishing and spending time out on the flats with her husband. Albert was here with his fabulous wife Dorothy – and their son Jason. Albert and Jason were the fishing team and they both landed bonefish on light spin. They came back smiling everyday! And let’s not forget long time fishing buddies Jeff and Mike. They both caught bonefish. Mike was a very good sport as he had to listen to Jeff’s bragging…because his bonefish went toward his slam!

PERMIT (Palometta): Wow. It’s been really tough to listen to all the permit stories and not go out. That will change this week. But for you permit lovers, the guides are reporting things like….”They just sat there,” “A big slow moving school,” “We changed flies and then they attacked the mantas shrimp,” “the fish ate twice,” “do they know it’s not usually this easy?” For the initiated, of course we know it’s about permit personality problems. One guide told me while I was permit fishing, “You desire the fish too much!” That’s what happened with Mike. He melted. Cesar said he wanted to jump start him with his boat battery! Mike did recover with two big tarpon, but that’s the next paragraph. Cheever landed two permit on fly with Captain Cinoeh! And that’s the final score for the week. Nice going Cheever!

TARPON (Sabalo): Oscar has been accepted to Oxford. His grandfather Marrku told him if he got in – he would take him on the fly fishing trip of his dreams. Oscar has a few more days to fish, but so far – he has several bones to the fly in addition to his tarpon on fly with Captain Luis. Yay! I hope your luck continues Oscar. Avery landed his tarpon on fly with Captain Cinoeh. Awesome. And Edward is clearly addicted. He landed a really nice tarpon with Captain Vince on fly. And yes, he is talking about his next trip here and he would love to bring his wife! Mike was able to recover his personality when Captain Cesar told him to cast to the sighted 60 lb tarpon. Done. But then the party continued. Mike landed two tarpon, 50 and 60 lbs – on fly, with Captain Cesar. Nice. And then let’s not forget Albert! Albert showed up and said he wanted “big fish.” Well, a nice 80 lb tarpon on spin with Captain Hilberto did the trick! So, 5 tarpon on fly this week, and one on spin. Congratulations!

Grand Slam: Not this week. Darn close.

OTHER SPECIES: Nice schools of jacks. Some shots at snook, but the ignored the fly.

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 Cinoeh. 2 permit on fly for Cheever and one tarpon on fly for his fishing buddy Avery! And this was during a bachelor party! Thank you Cinoeh.

This Week’s Summary:

It’s Independence Day here in Belize on September 21st! Another fantastic reason to party - which San Pedro does well. Celebration is in the air. And El Pescador is celebrating! On September 19th, Ali lead the ribbon cutting ceremony thanking the staff and crew that all assisted in the timely lodge renovation. The rooms are flat out gorgeous. As I write this, our first guest will stay in a newly remodeled room tonight! The bachelor party is floating around in the pool telling lies about their fishing and everything else. The staff is all planning on watching the fireworks at midnight, and I’m sure there will be some sleepy eyes in the morning. Luckily, it’s not a busy day tomorrow. We do look forward to some big fun times coming up. In the meantime, share in our celebration. Check out our El Pescador facebook page. Thank you to everyone for a great week. Plan your fishing and practice your cast!

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 10/02/14 11:28 AM

FISHING REPORT

September 21st – 27th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Mostly cloudy and rainy all week, with Saturday being the only nice weather day of the week. It did not stop our anglers from getting out, adapting and catching some fish.

Winds: Calm - 5 mph winds out of every direction imaginable. Several squall could push winds to 20 mph for short periods of time.

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

Water Temperature: Temps 81-83 degrees

Moonphase: New Moon September 24th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): All the guests had the usual luck with bonefish although there were some slow days when the flats received too much rain, bonefish are not happy with too much fresh water so they were a bit finicky in spots. Oscar and his grandfather Markku came all the way from Finland for this trip as celebration for Oscar’s acceptance into Oxford where he will be headed next month! Tom, Gregg, Kevin, Elizabeth, Matt, Mike, Cory bagged their bonefish early on and started concentrating on permit and tarpon. Bert and David landed their first bonefish on a fly the first day out with Capt. Hilberto. Despite bad weather they stuck to it and came out on top. Charlene (a special non fishing guest) got into the bonefish action while fishing off the dock with some of our spin gear. She was proud to wear her new El Pescador bonefish pin back to New Mexico. Herb caught his first bonefish 29 years after his son Barry caught his first bonefish! They are having a blast with Captain Kechu.

PERMIT (Palometta): 3 permit for Matt on Monday! That may be his lifetime quota! After Captain Emir and Matt landed the first one Matt got out of the boat and waded while Emir and Mike went after the big school of permit. Mike had one about to eat when a pesky bonefish zoomed in front and grabbed it. In the mean time Matt had landed 2 more on his own on the same flat he landed the first one, a single for Henry with the help of his guide Kechu pretty much made his week!

TARPON (Sabalo): Oscar landed a good tarpon with the help of Captain Luis on the platform. Matt got into several tarpon early in the week but the first he landed was on Tuesday with his now trusted guide Emir. Matt landed a nice 30-pound tarpon in the dismal weather on Wednesday, with Mike joining in with an epic battle with a 70-pound “teenager” that jumped 7 times! David (first time on the salt with a fly rod) got his 50-pound fish near the boat and just as the guide reached for the leader the rod broke!! The fish surged off but David was not going to lose, he gently hand lined the fish back to the boat while his guide Hilberto was holding his breath! The best fly casting student on the planet (Elizabeth) wanted to see a tarpon this trip, didn’t need to catch one, just see it. Well she saw one, she cast to one, she saw it eat her fly (after a nice 60 foot cast by the way), and she saw it jump but sadly saw the fly come loose at the same time! Wow, she was stoked, another tarpon addict is born! Her husband Tom landed his tarpon on the next cast and both were grateful to guide Cesar who was calling the shots from the poling platform. Our long time friend Mike from the UK had a good first day with Capt. Cesar with a 100-pound tarpon to the boat and jumped another one using light tackle. There are some migratory fish still around through October so it is a great time of year for tarpon.

Grand Slam: Almost for Matt, and Henry, they both had chances at tarpon on the day they got their permit, but alas, no takers!

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Cudas, triggerfish, snappers

FLIES THAT WORKED

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

FOR PERMIT - Spawning shrimp, Merkin

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse bunny, Black Death, Chartreuse/yellow Toad

Guide of the week: Captain Emir for the prolific results for Matt and Mike, 3 permit, 3 tarpon and bunches of bones of course! Captain Emir is on fire! I could easily make a argument for Capt. Cesar who showed off his tarpon prowess all week.

This Week’s Summary:

A pretty dismal weather week turned in some good fishing. With only 2-5 boats a day going out the results were very good. The sight fishing as tough as guides had to rely on reading the water surface to find fish. This could be tarpon rolling, permit making wakes, or bonefish tailing. Both anglers and fish were pretty wet!

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 10/10/14 11:33 AM

FISHING REPORT

Sept 28th - Oct 4th, 2014

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny.

Winds: Calm - 15 mph winds out of East most days were around 10 mph

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

Water Temperature: Temps 81-83 degrees

Moonphase: First Quarter October 1st

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Ron and Ellen joined us for their first saltwater fishing trip. Ellen was the cheerleader and chief photographer while Ron did the fishing. There was lots of bonefish to the boat for Ron with Capt. Cinoeh at the helm. Cesar led Jim to his first bonefish, while Jim’s sweetheart Jennifer went diving almost every day. Perry and Claudia visited us from Texas and landed some bonefish with their guide Cinoeh. Father and son, Dean and Dave were a delight and had some great success with bonefish both guided an unguided during their stay. Scott and Monette got some great bonefishing in during their 2 days of fishing here at El Pescador. John, Rob, Ed and Ron came together to enjoy all species of fish here in Belize. Bonefish were fooled every day.

PERMIT (Palometta): ); Dave and his father Dean saw several large schools of permit their first day out. When I say large, the guide estimated it at 500 fish easily as it covered a 30-40 yard circle. Lots of permit cast to with just a couple brief hookups. John landed his first permit of his career with Captain Emir while Captain Kechu managed to guide Ed to his first permit of his career. Congratulations to both of them.

TARPON (Sabalo): Mike from the UK jumped and then landed one. Dave and Dean stuck one in a tight little mangrove opening, with Dave putting the fly tight into the hole, 2 strips and game on! He was successful in getting the tarpon out of the main area on mangroves but the fish swam underneath 2 arched mangrove roots and then headed directly under the boat. There was a valiant effort to pass the rod through the roots, which actually happened! The middle rod section separated, Dean ( Dad) was hand lining while they rejoined the rod, and after all that they as soon as they put some good pressure on the fish, the fly popped loose! Elizabeth (the tarpon queen) jumped another one on their last day and her husband Tom was able to land a nice one with Captain Luis calling the shots for them. Since there flight did not leave until almost 4 pm they were able to get some great fishing in on their departure day. Jim got a nice tarpon while out with Captain Cesar. Rob’s group did well with tarpon with Ron and John with a couple of nice ones. Perry was tarpon king of the week with 3 landed and a few more jumped with his guide, Captain Cinoeh.

Grand Slam: Both Jon and Ed jumped tarpon the same day they landed their permit but it just wasn’t meant to be as the hook just popped out as it so often does with the acrobatic tarpon.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Cudas, triggerfish, snappers

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Gotchas, Christmas Island Specials, micro crabs, ( many others)

FOR PERMIT - Large Christmas Island special, Avalon

FOR TARPON - Cockroach, tan Toad, Green and white Deceiver

Guide of the week: Captain Cinoeh for his multiple tarpon with Perry and Claudia.

This Week’s Summary:

A great week even though it was lightly attended with just 3-4 boats going out daily, weather was great, permit, tarpon and bonefish were available each and every day.

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 10/14/14 11:12 AM

FISHING REPORT

Oct 5th - Oct 11th, 2014

Weather Conditions: The week started Ok but turned bad midweek – to their credit our anglers persevered and were rewarded.

Winds: Crazy winds that were Calm - 15 mph out of the west, east, and everything in between! Some moments of calm were interrupted by 20 mph winds as a squall approached from the east!

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

Water Temperature: Temps 81 degrees

Moonphase: The full moon is on October 8th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Christina caught her first bonefish ever while wading on her own near the lodge – wow! Congratulations to our friends Dave, Chip (Aka Tito), Doug (AKA Dookie Spinner), Jay, Andy, and their fearless leader Gary as they had a great “business” trip with lots of fishing. Bonefish were no enemy by the end of the week, despite some sour weather. Bob had his first ever bonefish on his first day out and was pretty impressed with a 3 pound fish that took him to his backing twice! His second day was about 10 bonefish! Roberta and Jim, Roger and Craig, Scott and Jim all had the bonefish’s number. Belated honeymooners Chris and Breanna fit in 3 days of fishing in their busy week. Gene and Kate (first bonefish), Joe and Mark (first bonefish), Mark and Karen, Harold and BJ, all arrived late in the week to match “wits” with the silver ghost of the flats.

PERMIT (Palometta): Doug caught 2 permit his first day and his boat mate Dave got 1 permit - they think Captain Emir walks on water. Jason landed his first permit that same day thanks in part to his good casting as well as great guiding by Captain Cesar and his father, Ed, who acquiesced the bow for most of the day while the grand slam was pursued. A few bites fro permit midweek for a few folks but none stayed tight. We were back in the permit game on Thursday when Rob landed his permit to start the wedding anniversary slam with Capt. Emir.

TARPON (Sabalo): Our friend Andy from Hatch Reels landed 2 and jumped another on Monday. Scott and Christina got their first guided day out with Captain Vince, and Scott was rewarded with 2 tarpon as well. Andy got in to a couple big ones today with Hilberto, but none were landed. Chad, and his father Brian, had a banner day with Captain Tomas out on Savannah flats. Even though the weather was stacked up against them, the tarpon were not! Scott and Capt Kechu teamed up for his first fly-caught tarpon and jumped 2 more. Jenny was not left out of the anniversary rewards as she grappled with a tarpon that made her sore for a few days (no one felt sorry for her) and got some tarpon strip setting practice on another fish that didn’t stick.

Grand Slam: Rob and Jenny were married here at EL Pescador a year ago and they returned in glory as Rob slammed on his first day out with Captain Emir…. Amazing! Jason was sooooo close when that tarpon ate hard and ripped off 30 feet of line when the heartbreak of a slack line became a reality. He is going for it again tomorrow!

OTHER SPECIES: Roberta and Jim tried their hand at some reef fishing with some cudas, jacks and snappers coming to the plate! Other anglers happened to catch both Horse Eye Jacks, Jack Crevale more Cudas for some tight lines on the cloudy days.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Gotchas, Christmas Island Specials, micro crabs, ( many others)

FOR PERMIT - Large Christmas Island special, Avalon

FOR TARPON - Cockroach, tan Toad, Green and white Deceiver

Guide of the week: Captain Emir for a 3 permit day and a grand slam, Wow!

This Week’s Summary:

A decent week despite rather average to poor weather. Permit, tarpon and bonefish were available each and every day.

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 10/22/14 05:12 PM

FISHING REPORT

October 12th – October 18th, 2014

Weather Conditions: The week started perfectly with a great day on Sunday, then clouds moved in with some scattered thunderstorms the rest of the week.

Winds: Calm-10 mph Sunday, 10-15 on Monday, Tuesday- Saturday was a lot of 0-5 mph with occasional 20 mph gusts when a squall line approached.

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

Water Temperature: Temps 80 degrees

Moonphase: The last quarter moon is on October 15th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): More bonefish for Gene and Kate, BJ and Harold. The woodlands Orvis store brought guests and everyone caught some bonefish. Noble and Joe hosted a group of 8 anglers treating some to their first ever bonefish on a fly; Simon, Joe B., Lou, Frank, Sam, Gwen, Joan, Honeymooners Kristen and Val, honeymooners Brandon and Crystal. Returning for the 10th time over 20 years, our good friend Pete put some flies into some decent size bonefish (3-4 pounds) while he was hunting permit with Captain Kechu. Father/daughter team Larry and Chelsea arrived late in the week and started out with their first bonefish of their fishing careers.

PERMIT (Palometta): Joe and Mark had some good shots, Jenny and Rob had some decent shots, Jim and his brother Kevin put the fly in front of a few, but apparently their permit karma was not topped off. Maybe next time! My answer to catching a permit? Keep doing it. I would say an average of 25 good presentations to a permit will result in a bite, it may be the first cast it may be the 50th or even the 200th, but it will happen if you persever. Joe hooked a nice permit that broke off much too easily, maybe it was cut by the tail, who knows, then it happened again! We tested the leader back at the lodge and his 16 pound leader was breaking at 3 pounds, I have never seen such a discrepancy… they were recently purchased, kept out of the sun, perhaps the packaging got mixed up, but boy that was painful.

TARPON (Sabalo): Dr. Neil jumped a couple more fish on Sunday with Capt. Cesar but none were brought to the boat. Jenny hooked another tarpon on Monday. Chris got a tarpon to the boat with Captain Cinoeh. Kevin, who has been here 3 times in the last 6 months, jumped one on a cloudy day out at Savannah Flats with his long time guide Tomas. Brandon was able to get a tarpon to the boat after having hooked several others; he was out with his new wife Crystal, Capt. Emir and his son Gordy who is apprenticing. Pete from Rhode Island was able to land some tarpon with the advice of Capt. Kechu

Grand Slam: None.

OTHER SPECIES: BJ and Harold got into some jacks (Horse eye Jack and Jack Crevalle) Chris had a boat load of barracudas, a huge tripletail on the flats was landed by Joe??? Yep, on the flats, go figure! Snappers, grunts, grouper. Boxfish – check!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island special, Spawning Gotcha, Crazy Charlie tan

FOR PERMIT - Mantis shrimp

FOR TARPON - Black Death blue/White deceiver

Guide of the week: Hilberto for the hard work he put in for Joan and Gwen that resulted in permit.

This Week’s Summary:

Although the week was fairly cloudy the site fishermen did surprisingly well searching for nervous water, tails or rolling fish.

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Gwen and her permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 10/28/14 07:31 PM

FISHING REPORT

October 18th – October 26th, 2014

Weather Conditions: The week started perfectly with a great day on Sunday, then got cloudy, some scattered thunderstorms the rest of the week. Nothing to write home about weather wise, but the report below indicates fish are still biting for those who persevere.

Winds: Very calm but cloudy in the beginning of the week, with a really windy (15-20 mph gusts) day at the end of the week.

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

Water Temperature: Temps 81 degrees

Moonphase: The last quarter moon is on October 15th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Tricia, Chelsea, Chelsea’s Dad Larry, Larry B, Doc Larry, Chuck, Bryan, Norm, Stan, Chuck, all received their bonefish pins, awarded for you first El Pescador bonefish you land. (we of course do the same with permit, tarpon and grand slam pins as well!) Sharon, Joyce, Bill & Betty, Jack & Mara, Tom & Pam all arrived late in the week and got right to some good bonefishing. Cliff as hunting mostly tarpon all week but managed a few bonefish,

PERMIT (Palometta): Eric landed a gorgeous permit with the help of his guide Captain Hilberto, a truly beautiful fish. Earlier in the week he also landed a rare variation of a permit that has long exaggerated fins. Stan also landed a permit as part of his weeklong slam here at El Pescador.

TARPON (Sabalo): A big time tarpon week! Chelsea hooked up a nice one while out with Captain Vince. Sanny and Dan both got their first fly rod tarpon with Capt. Emir on their first day out. One boat midweek hooked up a few times, got a few jumps out of one before it took off to Mexico, never to be seen again! Chuck had one on for a while during his outing with Captain Alex. Bryan got a tarpon thanks to Capt. Tomas. On their last day together it was Stan’s turn, after all, it was his birthday! It took until 2 pm but they got it done. A beautiful birthday tarpon for Stan, he will remember his 48th for a long time! Bruce has 2 tarpon so far with Captain Cesar. Check that... Bruce added another 2 tarpon today along with a broken rod. Ryan came through on Saturday with a nice tarpon with Capt., Hilberto assisting on the poling platform. It was the worse weather day of the week but the best fishing day for Ryan.

Eric got into the tarpon action making his week long slam a reality with Captain Hilberto at his side. Eric has only been fly fishing for a year and his hard work and determination has put him at the top of the class.

Yippeee! for Chelsea who had a goal, stuck to it and made it happen on her last day with a great tarpon to the boat with Capt. Vince while her dad Larry watched beaming with pride.

Grand Slam: Master angler Bruce got a snook one day but couldn’t complete the super slam mostly because permit are really crafty little devils.

OTHER SPECIES: Cudas, Snook, Pompano, Jacks, that rare permit thing, snappers, shad, Tripletail

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island special, Spawning Gotcha, Crazy Charlie tan

FOR PERMIT - Gotcha, Merkin

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Blue/White deceiver, tan bunny, White cockroach.

Guide of the week: Hilberto for the permit and tarpon he worked to find for his Angler Eric.

This Week’s Summary:

It was a special week at the lodge but it was even more special for 2 guests. Daniel and Maria were engaged to be married during their stay at El Pescador! He proposed while they were diving, it made the whole lodge happy!

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 11/05/14 11:21 AM

FISHING REPORT

October 26th – November 1st, 2014

Weather Conditions: Cloudy with sunny breaks – which is a polite way of saying we had some stormy weather this week and prayed for sun. Seas were choppy and visibility was challenging – but good things still happened!

Winds: Moderate 5-10 mph Easterly winds most of the week then moved ESE 10 – 20 as the tropical wave moved through.

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

Water Temperature: 81-83 degrees

Moonphase: The first quarter moon was October 30th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Jeremy and Joe were here from Orvis Travel leading their “Bonefish Bonanza!” A good time was had by all. We had some pretty tough conditions this week with rain, clouds and wind. The good sportsman attitude prevailed and Mr. Bonefish was a leader in making this happen. George has been fishing here at El Pescador almost 30 years. He goes out with the guides to chase tarpon, but what really gets him going is when he connects with the bonefish on the front side of the lodge. One afternoon after fishing, both George and his son Tim landed bonefish on their own. George’s granddaughter Jesse was here celebrating her birthday. She was so excited when her husband Eli went out and landed his first bonefish on fly. And he just started fly fishing, so he was really stoked. Special times! Jim is here with his lovely wife Carol. Jim’s persistence paid off as he attacked the beach everyday in his spare time. Just as Carol was wandering down to check in on her husband, Jim got tight with a dandy bonefish. John actually won his trip here with Orvis. He volunteers his time teaching an Orvis 101 class and entered in contest to come to El Pescador. He was thrilled was his first bonefish – a dream he thought would never be realized in this life. His smile got bigger when he returned from fishing with Captain Erlindo. He walked down the dock and would throw out numbers like, “15 today!” Cade and Andrea also landed bonefish on the fly. Robert, Mike, Bruce, Blaine, Bob, Tim, Ed – all part of the Orvis group – congratulations! It was so much fun to see you advance through the week. And welcome back Phil and John – hope to see you again next year! It was tan – small stuff, like a size 10 with weed guards that made it happen in the front. Just a slight retrieve not to spook them. With the guides – they love Christmas Island Specials in orange, pink and pearl. Size 8 and 10.

PERMIT (Palometta): There were shots and eats but no home runs this week.

TARPON (Sabalo): Keith and Andre were the only guys that landed tarpon this week. I still am holding my breath for Tim, he wants one soooo badly! There were follows, eats and jumps but these guys got it done. Keith was with Captain Alex and they had a blast with baby tarpon. Baby tarpon can be challenging because they love to jump, flip and do whatever show they can to lose the hook. Nice work! Andre was winding down when Captain Luis said, “Let’s try this spot before heading in.” Well, they connected and landed a nice poon! Yay!

Grand Slam: No slams this week.

OTHER SPECIES: Nice schools of jacks sharing the same water with Mr. Permit. Captain Luis got into the ladyfish with Andre and they had a great time.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island special, Spawning Gotcha, Crazy Charlie tan

FOR PERMIT - Gotcha, Merkin

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Blue/White deceiver, tan bunny, White cockroach.

Guide of the week: Captain Luis for showing Andre a wonderful selection of our Belizean fly fishing. So far they have landed bonefish, tarpon, ladyfish and jacks. We’ll see, they still have more fishing days together.

This Week’s Summary:

Well, we have had some weather, and that certainly made it tough to see the fish on the flats. However, everyone went out no matter what – and made things happen. Some days were really wet. It’s these times that anglers realize Mother Nature will prevail – it’s what you do with it that makes it your experience. Thank you to all of our return guests this week! Matt and Diane, Phil and John, George, Judy and Tim, Keith and Susan. Jeremy thank you for being a great trip leader, and we look forward to working with you in a few weeks, Joe, when you return. We are moving into our “winter” season. The air is brisk in the morning and the fish are moving around a bit. Our migratory tarpon have moved out and will return next May. It’s so much fun to watch the seasons change. Snook are out on the flats and on the beachside. The “snapper run” is also happening on the beach side. Traditionally November can be a big “slam” month. We’ll see. We will be celebrating El Pescador’s 40th anniversary this month. I have a feeling we are in for some fun surprises. Fish on!

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 11/13/14 06:50 PM

FISHING REPORT

November 1st – November 8th, 2014

Weather Conditions: A mix of clouds and sun with a few showers. Mostly sunny by the end of the week with beautiful flat calm days.

Winds: The wind really moved around. NW, then N for a few days, then went S, landing NNE by the end of the week. Some days 5 – 15. Some days flat calm.

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

Water Temperature: 81-83 degrees

Moonphase: Full moon on the 6th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Frank came back to see us and brought his friend Paul. Paul landed his first bonefish on fly and several more. Bob, aka, Guapo, landed some beautiful bonefish alongside his bride Carolyn. And Richard and Monolisa were back and as usual, we’ve lost track of numbers. Thank you for returning to El Pescador – we love to see you here. Allen and Brianna were here celebrating their honeymoon. They came here prepared with a ton of spin gear. They fished on their own in the back lagoon and had a blast. They also landed bonefish on the flyrod for the first time all by themselves! Don was here with his family and he had a great time landing bonefish on the fly for the first time. One day he brought his daughter Alysson – and she landed 5 bonefish on spin. Way to go! Another angler in the making. Brian and Stephanie were here from McCall, Idaho. Brian was thrilled with all of his first bonefish on fly. Jason, thank you for bringing such a great group. Noah, John, Mark, Chris, Mike, Matt, Greg and John. We congratulate you on your bonefish on fly and spin. The bonefish were a little spooky a few days when the wind was switching around. It was persistence that made it happen!

PERMIT (Palometta): Phyllis watched her husband Stanley land a tarpon one of their first days here….we guess that was the motivation to get out there and give it her best with Captain Hilberto. Yes, Phyllis landed a beautiful permit on spin! Richard also landed a beautiful permit on spin. And then his wife Monalisa went out and landed her permit on spin! A permit is an amazing fish. They are speedy, it’s true, but it’s those big rubber lips that make it happen. Watching a permit take a live crab on spin is truly fun. Congratulations!

TARPON (Sabalo): Leo brought his step son Brett to check out the action. Brett was able to land his first tarpon on fly with Captain Kechu! And Stanley – of course we loved that you landed your tarpon on fly. Way to go. Ted also landed a beautiful tarpon with Captain Jr.

Grand Slam: No slams this week.

OTHER SPECIES: It was quite the show. Jason showed up on the dock after fishing with Captain Emir and Gordy. They saw a school of jacks passing. He threw his fly and it was inhaled. Jack on! After a running up and down the dock and finally jumping in the water, the 15 plus pound jack was landed. Pretty sure we will see some Go Pro footage soon!

FLIES THAT WORKED

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

FOR PERMIT - Spawning shrimp, Merkin

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse bunny, Black Death, Tan bunny

Guide of the week: Captain Kechu with his son, Kristian. They received so many compliments about the teaching that went on their boat this week. Brett landed his first tarpon and other guests had many shots. The score is one thing, but Captain Kechu is dedicated to his teaching, and for this, we thank him.

This Week’s Summary:

Thank you to our wonderful returning guests! Stanley and Phyllis, Leo, Richard and Monalisa, Frank, Bob and Carolyn – you make it special for us when we see your smiles returning to the dock. A big shout out to Jason from Break Water – we really enjoyed your group and look forward to seeing you next year. It was a mixed up week, and the change of season is noted. Crisp mornings as a mild cold front moved through, and then some days opened up with weather “like you read about. “ Flat calm. Fish were rolling, jumping and hiding. Sometimes flat calm days can be really tough – it makes the angler up their game to make that beautiful presentation to the fish. Mornings around here start off with the shrill from our grackles – a long call, followed by some high pitched punctuation. The sun comes up about six am and with it, beautiful red, pink and orange sun rises. Quiet time quickly turns to anglers and guides moving about making sure all is ready for the day. We are looking forward to celebrating El Pescador’s 40th anniversary next week. So stay tuned!

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Stanley and his tarpon
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 11/18/14 10:13 AM

FISHING REPORT

November 8th – 16th, 2014

Our 40th Anniversary Celebration!

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny at the beginning of the week. Then the wind switched and we had a couple flat calm days with clouds, ending with sun and the occasional thunderstorms.

Winds: The wind really moved around. NW, then N for a few days, then went S, landing NNE by the end of the week. Some days 5 – 15. Some days flat calm.

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

Water Temperature: 78 – 82 F.

Moonphase: Last Quarter on the 14th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Ralph and Chuck ripped it up with Captain Tomas. They had days where they would break away to chase permit, but they really dedicated their fly fishing trip to bonefish. They were rewarded with casts that landed in front of shimmering tails. They practiced their casts so on the flat calm days the fly landed with a splash. I had the opportunity to fish with Steve from Southern Culture on the Fly. We had a blast checking out the armies of bonefish passing us by as we were hunting for tarpon. Finally Steve says to Captain Jr.,” I really, really do like bonefishing….” So off we went and ended the day with doubles. Captain Cinoeh loves it when Hatch reel owners Danny and John show up. Danny was fishing with his wife Carolyn, and John fished with his wife Tawnya. They had some fun technical fly fishing to some big 4 – 5 pound bones that were landed! All the boys from Traveling Adventure’s landed bonefish. Jean, Rick, Max, Steve, Jim and Ed – way to go! Grant and Julia were here from St. Pete’s Fly Shop – they both landed bones on fly. Maggie and Hunter just got married and had a fun fly fishing for bonefish on their honeymoon. If the fish only knew the love that they stir up! David and Katie, Patrick and Jessica – how wonderful to get to know you. Jessica and Katie showed up for casting practice and landed their first bonefish on fly. And to our apple growers – Nick, Mike, Jeff, Sean, Ryan and Travis, thank you for your enthusiasm for fishing for bonefish. Chris thank you for all the wonderful comments about your El Pescador fishing experience in your newsletter. You and Brad are a ton of fun.

PERMIT (Palometta): Captain Kechu put Grant on a big school of permit. They changed flies and finally one worked! Nice fish Grant. Nick also landed a nice or should we say, “cute,” permit on fly with Captain Erlindo. Not a huge fish, but when it comes to permit, it’s all great!

TARPON (Sabalo): Captain Kechu wanted the slam for Grant. Grant may not have slammed, but he landed a nice tarpon as well as his permit. (see photos) Steve from Traveling Adventures also landed a nice tarpon with Captian Luis. Way to go! And then our dear friend, Jim Klug, was fishing with Captain Kechu. His 9 wt snapped with the set, and from there…they hand lined the tarpon in for a landed fish!

Grand Slam: This is sooooo exciting! We had TWO SLAMS this week and on the same day, November 15th. Kirk Deeter was out with Captain Alex and they made it happen. It was Captain Alex’s first slam in his guiding career, so he is beyond thrilled. You might know Kirk Deeter from Field & Stream or Trout Unlimited. He is a very prolific writer and all around great guy. And then….our friend Dr. Aaron Adams from Bonefish Tarpon Trust went and landed his slam with Captain Emir and Gordy. Wow. Congratulations!

OTHER SPECIES: Larry and Mike showed up with a tackle shop. They spent their time spin fishing with Captain Hilberto and Captain Raton and we all lost count. I know they landed some huge, like 4 ft long, barracuda. You fed the village. And let’s not forget Scott’s snook on fly with Captain Jr. Yay!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island specials in orange, pearl and pink – size 8. Gotchas and Crazie Charlies in size 8 with weed guards, small tan crabs in size 8.

FOR PERMIT - Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp in size 4, Avalon’s size 2, Floating tan crabs size 4, Christmas Island Specials in size 4, Gotcha’s in size 4. (We use a lot of shrimp patterns, stripped, for our permit).

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse bunny, Black Death, Tan bunny, White toads. Size 2/0 and 3/0.

Guide of the week: While a lot of spectacular performances were noted this week, we simply must honor Captain Alex for his first grand slam with noted author and fisherman, Kirk Deeter. Way to go. Look for him splashed all over a copy of “Field & Stream,” soon! Congratulations Alex from your family at El Pescador.

This Week’s Summary:

El Pescador celebrated our 40th Anniversary this week! A great big thank you to all of our guests who helped us to honor this great event. Jim Klug celebrated the release of his book, “Fly Fishing Belize.” It’s a beautiful book and signed copies are available in our fly shop! Jim Klug is considered family here, so we are thrilled to his book release along with our 40th celebration. To our return guests – you make it all happen. John and Danny from Hatch reels, thank you. All of our demo reels are Hatch and now we will feature their new fly lines as well! Phil Monahan from Orvis and American Angler, Kirk Deeter from Field & Stream, Scott Morrison, and Adam Marton – we look forward to seeing you on your next return. Thank you for all you do for El Pescador. Mike, thank you for bringing Jenny – she is a treasure. And we are so happy you are back to your health and better yet, standing on the bow looking for your beloved tarpon. We are humbled and appreciate all that our guests add to your El Pescador experience. Keep sharing your ideas – we learn from you. Photos from this week will be coming in, and for this, we thank you. Cheers!

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Grant and his Permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 11/25/14 10:06 AM

FISHING REPORT

November 15th – 22nd, 2014

Weather Conditions: The week started with scattered thunderstorms then went to four days of pouring rain ending in a postcard perfect sunny day!

Winds: ESE 5 – 10, then N 5-15, NNE 5 – 10, E5 – 10.

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

Water Temperature: 78 – 82 F.

Moonphase: New Moon the 22nd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): We welcomed back our “Orvis Bonanza” anglers this week. Jack,Charles, Mark, Sean, Matt, Mark, Will and Jack – nice going. It was pouring rain and you made it happen. We welcomed back Will. Will landed 30 bonefish on fly in a little over an hour with Captain Emir. Maggie from Orivs Travel, we salute you on your first bonefish on fly! Peter, “primo” fly casting instructor, we were thrilled to see you here bonefishing with your group. Amazing leadership from Joseph and Peter with the group, thank you. Krista, thank you for your positive attitude and I’m glad you landed some of our Belizean bonefish. I know they are not as big as your Florida bones, but ya gotta say, we do have a lot of them, right? A special treat for me, I fished with Jessica McGlothin who works as a writer at Orvis. Jessica is a young strong fly angler and was thrilled to land her first bonefish on fly this week. We fished with Captain Jr. who showed Jessica what is needed in a saltwater cast. I know we will see Jessica back here fly fishing Belizean waters.

PERMIT (Palometta): Jim from “Catcher and the Fly,” landed 2 permit on fly before 7:30 am with Captain Emir and Gordy. See our El Pescador facebook page for some of these beauties. These fish were included in his “week slam!” Captain Scott Owens was fishing with Krista – both avid fly anglers from the Florida Keys. The luck exploded when they partnered up with Captain Alex. Day number one, Mr. Permit was landed – a nice 15 lb beauty. This is where the luck started…

TARPON (Sabalo): And then, Captain Alex put Scott on a few tarpon. This lead to his slam! Two days after the slam, in the pouring rain, Captain Alex saw a tarpon roll as they took shelter a lobster shack. Alex yelled, “tarpon!” Scott was on it. They jumped 26 tarpon on fly and landed 6! It was nothing short of epic. The fly, a black one. Dark day, dark fly? And we are thrilled Joseph Pinkard landed his two tarpon with Captain Emir. Jumped 4, landed 2. And then Jim from “Catcher and the Fly,” landed 2 from the 4 he jumped with Captain Emir and Gordy. On Saturday, Justin went out with Captain Luis. They said, “one more pass…” and landed a beautiful tarpon. And special note! Mike was here last week. We were so excited to see him and get to know his lovely wife Jenny, that I forgot to mention his tarpon. Mike jumped 9 tarpon with Captain Jr, and landed one. Congratulations to all of our tarpon anglers.

Grand Slam: November is a slam month around here at El Pescador. Congratulations to Captain Scott Owens for his slam with Captain Alex on November 15th. We are thrilled for both of you. The weather was challenging but you made it happen!

OTHER SPECIES: The barracuda fishing right now is off the charts. With the mix up of weather, they hang right in there. Barracuda on fly or spin is really fun. Cuda, jacks, snapper – all landed on fly and spin this week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island specials in orange, pearl and pink – size 8. Gotchas and Crazie Charlies in size 8 with weed guards, small tan crabs in size 8.

FOR PERMIT - Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp in size 4, Avalon’s size 2, Floating tan crabs size 4, Christmas Island Specials in size 4, Gotcha’s in size 4. (We use a lot of shrimp patterns, stripped, for our permit).

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse bunny, Black Death, Tan bunny, White toads. Size 2/0 and 3/0.

Guide of the week: It’s a tie. We have to award Captain Alex again this week for the amazing fly fishing experience provided for Captain Scott and Krista. Off the charts! And Captain Emir and Gordy – a team that leaves anglers dreaming for more - provided Jim and Joseph with great tarpon and permit fishing. For this, we thank you.

This Week’s Summary:

We know that weather does as it wishes. We had some serious rain this week, but this did not dampen the spirit of our anglers. I mean it poured, and the guides said, “let’s go!” They went out with a prayer and their anglers came back drenched and smiling. A big shout out to Jim, “Catcher on the Fly,” – he landed his slam over the week. He was beyond excited. See photos. And Scott, all we can say is, “wow!” Congratulations on your first slam and the epic tarpon fishing. Nice work Krista on video and stills! And to all who participated in the Orvis Bonanza week, thank you. As I said when you were awarded your bonefish pins – you made lemonade out of lemons. This is the spirit that shares our sport. Thank you.

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Jim and his permit

El Pescador guests Scott and Krista with permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 12/03/14 11:32 AM

FISHING REPORT

November 22nd – 29th, 2014

Weather Conditions: The week started with mostly sun and a few cloudy spells. Then the cold front came in and we had rain for three days. The week ended with sunny skies a few clouds.

Winds: ESE 5 – 10, NNW 10 – 20, NNE 5 – 15.

Air Temperature: 76 - 80’s for the High. Low was 60! (and for us, that’s cold).

Water Temperature: 78 – 82 F.

Moonphase: First Quarter on the 29th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): The Lewis family showed up and they take their fishing very seriously! Matt took his three boys out with Captain Hilberto and they all landed fish. Matt and Jake landed bonefish, so they were awarded their pins. Don’t worry, I know we will see William and Hunter back here with bonefish on their minds. Liza was here celebrating her friend Sally’s big 50. She used this time to learn to fly cast and caught her first bonefish on the fly! Jack was also a part of the party, and he landed bonefish with Captain Vince. Nick and Neal were here to explore Belizean waters. They both learned from Captain Jr. the way we like to present a fly to the fish on the flats. They were both rewarded with some really nice bonefish on the fly as the rest of their family hung out by the pool and enjoyed vacationing. David has been here before – he came armed with his spin gear and enjoys trying new poppers, lures and the like in our Caribbean waters. He landed a ton of bonefish – and also learned to cast a flyrod well while he was here. Dave is a perfect example of how an angler can take his or her past fishing experiences and apply them to new waters. Deluane and Melissa showed up ready for action. They had been practicing their cast with Chris from the Orvis store in Houston every Saturday. With just a few tune ups, they had their double haul down and they were both thrilled with bonefish on the fly. Yay! Roy fished with Captain Vince and everyday he had this giant smile on his face. The guy was just stoked with his bonefishing on fly. The Heathcott family was here! Gary and Max did the representing for the fishing department and both landed bonefish. Gary was here with his son Nick. Gary gets to fish a lot – has a place in Key West – so he gave most of the shots to Nick. Gary did get to land some bonefish on fly between Nick’s catch! And Ann, you were a good sport! It’s always wonderful to see you guys here, and we are thrilled you had fun fly fishing for bonefish. Lastly,our honeymooners Allen and Britney. They were blessed with bonefish on the fly and as Allen said, “we have a whole bunch of new friends now as well!” Congratulations to all who landed bonefish this week.

PERMIT (Palometta): Jim from “Catcher and the Fly,” landed 2 permit on fly before 7:30 am with Captain Emir and Gordy. See our El Pescador facebook page for some of these beauties. These fish were included in his “week slam!” I lost track of Nick’s permit with Captain Alex – but I think it was four on fly? In any case, he was thrilled because one of these permit counted big time for his slam! Matt’s patience with all his boys paid off and he landed a permit on fly with Captain Hilberto. Aki was back with his son Mak – the dynamic duo. Aki landed a small permit on a 5 wt with Captain Cesar. Big fun. And Jack tore it up with Captain Emir and Gordy. Nice permit on fly Jack. See photo.

TARPON (Sabalo): So Nick went out and landed a few tarpon on fly with Captain Alex – and yes, one of these lead to his slam. See photo of Nick with one of his tarpon! Jack also landed a nice tarpon on fly with Captain Emir and Gordy. Jack slammed for the week! Gary jumped one with Captain Vince – almost leadered! ( a new word for spell check).

Grand Slam: And as November winds down, Captain Alex and Nick were able to get the slam done before the month ended. Congratulations to Nick who will be honored on our “Slam wall of fame.” Congratulations to Captain Alex for his third slam on fly this month!

OTHER SPECIES: Dami returned to El Pescador from Holland. Kinda a big trip. He loves to fish with Captain Cinoeh and chase barracuda! One day he landed 17 on fly. He uses poppers and loves the attach from Mr. Cuda. As the weather changed throughout the week, he noted the behavior change in the cuda fishing. One day they attached, the other day, nothing. It was Thanksgiving week, so had a lot of children fishing from the dock and catching snapper, needle fish and who knows what. Snapper on the fly is really fun too and many of our anglers landed snapper during the changing weather for fun. The Heathcott family had big fun out on our reef fishing trip with Captain Jerry. Gary landed a big cuda and loved the whole experience.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island specials in orange, pearl and pink – size 8. Gotchas and Crazie Charlies in size 8 with weed guards, small tan crabs in size 8.

FOR PERMIT - Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp in size 4, Avalon’s size 2, Floating tan crabs size 4, Christmas Island Specials in size 4, Gotcha’s in size 4. (We use a lot of shrimp patterns, stripped, for our permit).

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse bunny, Black Death, Tan bunny, White toads. Size 2/0 and 3/0.

Guide of the week: Captain Alex ripped it up with Nick this week! Thank you Alex. And with three slams this month – may you stay humble!

This Week’s Summary:

It was a bustling Thanksgiving week here at El Pescador. Turkey dinner for 85 – and it was amazing. Thank you to Bella our head chef and the talented kitchen crew for pulling it off under the direction and wise guidance of Miss Chris. We are thankful for our return “family” that make El Pescador their home in Belize. Cary and Kristen have been diving with Alonzo for ten years – and because they are teachers, we see them on Thanksgiving vacation. Aki, Chris and Mak – we always love to see you here and it was especially wonderful to share Thanksgiving with you. Jack and Ann – thank you for telling your family you had to change things up this year and go fishing. It’s a good reason! Sally, I know this is going to be a wonderful year for you! With all the generations of family and friends that showed up to wish you the most special 50th birthday – it has to be great! And to our El Pescador family, thank you. We are a team of 45 and everyone’s job here is very important. We are thankful to Ali, Chris and Steve for running a tight ship and at the same time “being there” for your employees when needed. And Max our EP dog is thankful that Jacob is back working as one of our night guards. Jake was out for a month due to a bike accident, and Max was in a deep dark depression. Now his tail is wagging. So we leave you this week with wagging tails and gratitude. May the wind stay at your back and offer you good tides!

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

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Gary and his ‘cuda

El Pescador guest Jack and his Permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 12/11/14 10:09 AM

FISHING REPORT

Nov 30, 2014 - Dec 5, 2014

Weather Conditions: A mix of clouds and sun in the morning and then thunderstorms developed throughout the day. And it would rain hard! Scattered showers prevailed until the end of the week and then, the sun came out and stayed!

Winds: ESE 5 – 10, NNW 10 – 20, NNE 5 – 15.

Air Temperature: 76-80s for the High. Low was 60 (and for us that's cold!)

Water Temperature: 78 – 82 F.

Moonphase: Full Moon on the 6th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): We have had some big bonefish landed this week! In spite of some pretty tough rainy days, bonefish were found tailing in the lee. Angler’s came back dripping wet but said, “ Funny, you don’t notice the rain when you are catching bonefish!” Bud was here again to fish with Captain Luis. They had some incredible bonefishing. Fred and Paul were here from the UK. They both landed bonefish on the fly. Paul’s double haul was perfected by the time he left, once he stopped the mind chatter. Scott and Tai loved their bonefishing. Tai said she was used to trout fishing and was wondering how it was going to be, but she adjusted just fine. Yeah, that’s why we have strong drags on our saltwater fly reels – it’s needed. No stripping fish in here. Bill and Kathy were here for their fourth year and both landed bonefish on the fly with Captain Kechu. Roy brought back his boys – grown up big boys, Wade and Lawrence. They were chasing tarpon most of the time but took out time for Mr. Bonefish. Nice bones landed on fly for all of them. Larry showed up to check out our Belizean waters. He’ll be back. He landed some really nice bonefish on fly with Captain Vince. Sally and Phil showed up from Idaho. A pre-winter trip. Phil landed bonefish and his adventures will continue over on Caye Caulker. Peter had a big birthday this year so he celebrated by bringing his big boys here as well. Peter, Matt and John had a blast landing 40 – 50 bonefish on spin a day! Keith, Matt, Matt and David also landed bonefish on fly and spin. And let’s not forget Matt and Kristen. Matt was chasing tarpon with Captain Tomas, but managed to get some fun bonefishing time with his lovely bride. Way to go anglers!

PERMIT (Palometta): Fred was thrilled with his permit on fly with Captain Alex. Permit have been seen in the 5 to 25 lb range. Our leaders are longer, about 12 ft down to 20 lb. If they get picky, we add a couple feet of 15 or 16 lb test. Avalon’s, size 4 Christmas Island Specials and Gotcha’s are the favorite these days. A good mantas shrimp pattern is always a good thing to have in your box as well.

TARPON (Sabalo): Fred, way to go! Fred landed a nice tarpon with Captain Alex on fly. He slammed for the week, so he was a happy camper. See photo!

OTHER SPECIES: The barracuda fishing on fly and spin has been off the charts! And Captain Emir and Gordy had Phil out for some amazing snook fishing on spin. Bud reported that he and Captain Luis saw so many snook they though they were bonefish! One actually took the bonefish fly. And yes, the ladies in the kitchen have been making up some incredible fish fingers with the fillets.

Grand Slam: Sooo close! But none were completed this week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island specials in orange, pearl and pink – size 8. Gotchas and Crazie Charlies in size 8 with weed guards, small tan crabs in size 8.

FOR PERMIT - Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp in size 4, Avalon’s size 2, Floating tan crabs size 4, Christmas Island Specials in size 4, Gotcha’s in size 4. (We use a lot of shrimp patterns, stripped, for our permit).

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse bunny, Black Death, Tan bunny, White toads. Size 2/0 and 3/0.

Guide of the week: Captain Alex for getting Fred his tarpon on fly! And thanks to all the guides for the great work with your anglers this week. I heard so many nice comments about all of you.

This Week’s Summary:

Here we are, the first week of December! Thanks again to our returning El Pescador guests: Kathy and Bill, Bud and Ruth, Roy, Wade and Lawrence, and always our “honeymooners,” Matt and Kristen. It’s so wonderful to see you again. Our anglers were all good sports this week. They went out in the rain and found some fun on the flats. And when the sun came out, we had rainbows! We all worked on casting out on the dock and tied up some fun toads for tarpon. (Lately, tan toads are the ones getting the bite!). All the fish are here, we just need to keep pursuing and trying new ideas for getting that bite. This is fishing. It’s always nice to go out and have everything be perfect – the weather, our casts, corporative fish, but that’s not fishing. Those are good days fishing! Fishing – the act of angling, is all about going out and seeing what is going to happen. It’s the mystery that become memories filled with stories about the day, as well as the accomplishments. So keep practicing your casts, and be ready. The day will come when it all comes together. You just need to show up for the game.

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

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 12/22/14 09:21 PM

FISHING REPORT

December 13th – 20th, 2014

Weather Conditions: The week started with variably cloudy and cool weather. There was the occasional rain storm, some sun breaks and then the end of the week was flat out beautiful.

Winds: NNE 5 – 10, NE 5, then light and variable.

Air Temperature: 77 – 83 F.

Water Temperature: 76 – 80 F.

Moonphase: Last quarter on the 14th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Leo and Joy just wanted to make sure they got out of Montana before the big winter sets in. They had not caught bonefish before, but they left El Pescador pros with bonefish on fly! Steve brought his girlfriend Nancy from New York so she could check out what goes on behind the scenes on these fly fishing trips. Steve - who used to own The Urban Angler in downtown New York, is a smart man. He scheduled a shore lunch with Captain Cesar on the day he brought Nancy out in the boat. They loved it! Nancy is now initiated to bonefish action, and Steve landed some beauties. All the guides have said they are seeing “bigger” bonefish these days. John and Winnie brought their daughters – all from Seattle, for a fun fly fishing vacation. John and Winnie love their fishing but don’t want to pressure their daughters to love it as much as they do. Hayley and Eliza both came out to the casting dock and started casting with ease. Fifteen minutes here and there, and then, you can start to breathe. Hayley also tied up some nice flies at the vice in the bar. John and Winnie both landed some nice bonefish on fly. John was tarpon crazed most of the week, so the bonefishing allowed a little sanity to the situation. Tiffany and Collin came from Fort Collins, Colorado. They both landed bonefish on the fly with Captain Cesar, yay! Wes and Leslie took time out from saving animal lives as veterinarians and landed some big beautiful bonefish with Captain Kechu. Her husband started out with a bang getting a slam the first day out, but Veronica made sure she got her bonefish on fly with Captain Emir and Gordy! Robert is a new villa owner here at EP. It was so much fun to see him introduce his family to fly fishing this week. Cobert, I think you have some fun fly fishing in your future! Nice going on landing multiple bonefish in front of the lodge! Wow!

PERMIT (Palometta): Whoa! Jay went out the first day with his lovely wife and Captain Emir and Gordy. Well, they slammed! And it was the permit that got the whole deal going. Jay went out on day number two, and landed his second permit on fly – a nice 16 pounder. We are seeing a lot of permit, but mostly they are not in the mood to commit to the fly. As the moon changes, so will their attitude.

TARPON (Sabalo): Jay landed his tarpon on fly with Captain Emir and Gordy – and yes, this went toward his slam! John fished with Captain Vince all week. They were in them thick – had a couple bites, but mostly the fish had “lock jaw.” Robert and Colbert chased tarpon most of the week as well. They had some great shots, long follows and refusals. I think Colbert did have a bit in there. As a beginner fly fisher, he is going for the big silver right off the bat. Anyway, we have a lot of good tarpon fishing out on Savannah, but they are picky. It was the green toad that closed the deal for Jay.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks! Jacks are big fun and they are around. Mutton snapper on fly? Yes!

Grand Slam: Congratulations to Jay Stringer who was honored on our “Grand Slam” board this week. The big three – bonefish, permit and tarpon – in one day on fly with Captain Emir and Gordy.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island specials in orange, pearl and pink – size 8. Gotchas and Crazie Charlies in size 8 with weed guards, small tan crabs in size 8.

FOR PERMIT - Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp in size 4, Avalon’s size 2, Floating tan crabs size 4, Christmas Island Specials in size 4, Gotcha’s in size 4. (We use a lot of shrimp patterns, stripped, for our permit).

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse bunny, Black Death, Tan bunny, White toads. Size 2/0 and 3/0.

Guide of the week: His name is very well represented on our Grand Slam board….drum roll please….Captain Emir is our guide of the week for getting Jay his slam the first day out. Wow. And especially since Emir is going through some growing pains as Captain Gordy, his son, is starting to guide on his own for EP. They are truly a dynamic duo and have been responsible for a crazy number of slams in 2014! Congratulations Emir and thank you.

This Week’s Summary:

Our December fishing has been remarkable in spite of some weather days. We always warn people to have fun with the bonefishing before burning up deck time chasing tarpon…but we also know how addictive chasing tarpon can be. That was the case this week. Robert and John – you are due! Our tradewinds are back and the sea is settling. We had a great time meeting new friends this week and look forward to your return. Our fly fishing community is a close nit one, and that’s a good thing. We get to know some really fun and interesting people here and for this, we thank you. Thanks for sharing your stories and extending your cast here at El Pescador. We hope this holiday time is special for all of our angling friends. Keep tying flies, casting your lines and living your dreams. From all the staff here at EP – we look forward to seeing you on the dock!

Fish On!
Lori-Ann fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Jay and his big permit – part of his Grand Slam!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 01/04/15 09:59 AM

FISHING REPORT

Dec 20, 2014 - Jan 3, 2015

Weather Conditions: The last two holiday weeks have been mostly sunny, some big wind on occasion, a few thundershowers and overall, pretty darn nice.

Winds: Winds: NNE 5 – 10, NE 5, then light and variable.

Air Temperature: 77-83 F

Water Temperature: 76 – 80 F.

Moonphase: Full Moon on Jan 5th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): It’s always fun to see our friends Dean and Tracy. They have been coming to El Pescador for years and they always add to everyone’s experience. This time the bonefishing became really important to Dean – as it cinched his slam! However, the biggest smile was on Tracy, who landed a big beautiful bonefish on fly the day she joined Dean and Captain Emir on the flats. Mark and Lori had beautiful bonefishing with Captain Luis on fly. Steve was here from Orvis. He brought his new bride Molly to show her what fly fishing the flats is all about. We are excited to report they both had nice bonefishing on the fly. What a great honeymoon! Trish was here with her son Kai and boyfriend Sterling. They all landed bonefish on the fly. Kai is in eighth grade and will have lots to tell his classmates back in Denver. Peter enjoyed sharing deck time with his enthusiastic son Max. Max, also in the eighth grade, landed his first bonefish on the fly. And the family fishing continued. The Grinstein’s and Sharp’s take their fly fishing very seriously. It was so much fun to see Graeme get up with such enthusiasm for the fishing day. Not an easy thing for a teenager. A very special treat was having our friend Tom Brokaw return with his extended family. Tom and Charles both landed some nice bonefish with Captain Alex. There was special holiday magic in the air with many of our anglers. Sandra showed up by herself. At 73, she decided to get to know about fly fishing the flats. She had never fished before - any kind of fishing. However, her late husband loved to fly fish, so it’s Sandy’s mission to explore and learn. She landed some beautiful bonefish with Captain Luis on the fly. Roger and Rusty showed up with all their spin equipment. They experimented and found success on many of their lures in addition to live bait. The weather was mixed up – and the bonefishing wasn’t always easy. However, the anglers that pursued tailing bones with patience found success. Congratulations!

PERMIT (Palometta): Sometimes when you go fishing you just get lucky. Sandy not only learned to fly fish this week and landed bonefish, she also landed her first permit on the fly! And yes, we did explain to her that this in not an everyday occurrence. Dean went out with Captain Emir on day one and nailed a nice 15lb permit. And this was the permit that was part of his slam! Jeremy was fishing with Captain Cinoeh and had great permit fishing last year. This year it was a little tougher. This is when you see the good and the bad with permit fishing. It can destroy a person! Why aren’t they there all the time? How come they didn’t eat any of my flies? This was going on with Julian – also fishing with Captain Cinoeh. Then, the last day Julian was out, they landed a big 18 lb permit that went to his first grand slam! Amazing.

TARPON (Sabalo): We had some spectacular tarpon on fly this week. Give it up to Trish who landed three tarpon with Captain Luis! Dean landed a baby tarpon with Captain Emir that went towards his slam. And Julian landed a nice one with Captain Cinoeh that also went to his slam! Mark landed a 50 pounder with Captain Vince. Black death in muddy water. Then he went out with Captain Jr. and landed another nice tarpon. Cosmo had 5 bites with Captain Tomas. The angler’s that stuck it out were rewarded. And the code is: slooooooooooooooooooow retrieve.

OTHER SPECIES: Barracuda, jacks, snapper and snook. Some really nice shots at big 20 plus pound snook that were too smart to bite. Roger and Rusty landed 6 Mahi Mahi the day they went off shore.

Grand Slam: Congratulations to Dean Mcnaught and Julian Humm. They both slammed this week on fly! Dean with Captain Emir and Julian with Captain Cinoeh. They will be honored on our Grand Slam wall of fame.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island specials in orange, pearl and pink – size 8. Gotchas and Crazie Charlies in size 8 with weed guards, small tan crabs in size 8.

FOR PERMIT - Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp in size 4, Avalon’s size 2, Floating tan crabs size 4, Christmas Island Specials in size 4, Gotcha’s in size 4. (We use a lot of shrimp patterns, stripped, for our permit).

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse bunny, Black Death, Tan bunny, White toads. Size 2/0 and 3/0.

Guide of the week: We had spectacular performances from several of our guides this week. And for this, we thank you. But Captain Luis took a first timer on the flats, Sandra, and made her a fisherman. She landed her first bonefish and permit on fly this week! Luis was instrumental because he took Sandra and started her out building her confidence each day. By the end of the week Sandy’s smile was as big as the waters she fished. Congratulations and thank you Captain Luis!

This Week’s Summary:

Holiday time at El Pescador is a big time. We have extended families enjoying all the fun the sea has to offer as well as just hanging out and enjoying some fun down time with loved ones. It makes it extra special when we see our return guests. The Love family is here playing world class volleyball with the EP staff and guests. Edwina and Julian came from the UK. Edwina gets so excited about the small and grand gifts of each day. It was thrilling to see her ask her husband Julian how his day went with Captain Cinoeh. He looked up, a tear in his eye, and told her the news of his first slam on fly. Time was frozen for a few seconds on the dock. A big shout out to the Grinstein family. They brought special treats for the guests and staff each day in addition to being a ton of fun. We are pretty sure Lefty’s honorary godson, Archur, is going to be the next Dali Lama. Tom Brokaw’s two year old grandson is a treasure. His mom Sarah hears it all the time. Tom and Lefty got to know each other as they filmed Buccaneers and Bones. Tom immediately fell in love with Lefty – and made him Archur’s godfather. Sarah says Lefty takes this very seriously. It was so much fun to get to know the extended Brokaw family as they spent Christmas here at El Pescador. My, how our fly fishing family grows and extends and enriches so many of our lives. Yes, we had holiday magic here. Thank you to all of our guests from your El Pescador family. We look forward to many good times in 2015 and wish you all the very best.

Fish On!
Lori-Ann fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Mark and his Tarpon!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 01/16/15 10:35 AM

FISHING REPORT

Jan 4 - Jan 11, 2015

Weather Conditions: The week started with abundant sunshine with a few cloudy spells. Then a cold front from the north came in and mixed up the weather with periods of hard rain, clouds and sun breaks.

Winds: E 10 – 20, NE 10 – 20.

Air Temperature: 70-83 F

Water Temperature: 74 – 76 F.

Moonphase: Full Moon on Jan 5th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Captain Cinoeh, Captain Luis and Captain Jr. have all remarked that they have seen some big bonefish this week. A 5 pound bonefish for us here on Ambergris Caye is giant! We are hoping it is because of the “catch and release” practice, which is law, here in Belize. Tan seems to be the magic color, and a slow…retrieve. Fast stripping just spooks them and off they go! It was wonderful to see Alison and Reeves here again! They brought their family and they all landed bonefish on the fly. Bragging rights, just saying. Norman, Norman, Makenzie, Katie and Maury…way to go! We look forward to seeing you in the future chasing our bonefish with your fly rods. Luke and Jen had some excellent bonefishing and they were awarded their pins. If you catch a bonefish here on fly or spin, you are awarded a pin the night before you leave. Andy and Kim both received pins, as did Ryan and Adrianna! Of course we are partial to our father daughter teams – it was a pleasure to see Jay teach his daughters about casting on the dock. We took over – always a good thing, and they really enjoyed themselves! Katie went out with her dad the next day and landed her first bonefish on the fly. Wow! Wenke and Mike also landed their first bonefish on the fly. They wore their pins proudly back to the freezing Chicago weather. And I know Russell was planning on fishing on his own, but when his daughter Brita said she wanted to go fishing – he was thrilled. Brita was so excited to land her first bonefish!

PERMIT (Palometta): It was more of a tarpon week. Let the East wind bring back our permit to the flats! Wait, news flash! Captain Alex just walked in the door to announce that Dale landed a nice 15lb permit on live crab. Yay!

TARPON (Sabalo): The tarpon fishing this week was, “like you read about.” Flat out beautiful conditions on Savannah for a few days. The water color was slightly off, but the bite was on! Most everyone was using 40 and 50 lb shock with small, 3/0 light colored flies. Tan sparkle was working, so was white. Jake said, “My goal is to have my wife land a tarpon.” Jake Grove and his lovely wife Katie went out with Captain Emir at 5 am and “got er done!” Katie landed her first tarpon on fly! Jake had several eats from the great shots he was able to make to the fish. Like 80 ft shots that landed in the bucket. He had action all day long. Mark was super excited fishing with Captain Jr. They went out the first day, landed a nice tarpon on fly, then went out and did it again! Then, Luke went out with Captain Jr. and he landed a nice tarpon on fly. And a big yahoo to Jay – who landed his first tarpon on fly this week with Captain Alex. Way to go.

OTHER SPECIES: Barracuda, jacks, snapper and snook. The tides kept the fish out from the mangroves, so angler’s had good shots at snook on fly and spin.

Grand Slam: No slams this week. I guess it wouldn’t be so special if it happened all the time, right?

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island specials in orange, pearl and pink – size 8. Gotchas and Crazie Charlies in size 8 with weed guards, small tan crabs in size 8.

FOR PERMIT - Peterson’s Spawning Shrimp in size 4, Avalon’s size 2, Floating tan crabs size 4, Christmas Island Specials in size 4, Gotcha’s in size 4. (We use a lot of shrimp patterns, stripped, for our permit).

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse bunny, Black Death, Tan bunny, White toads. Size 2/0 and 3/0.

Guide of the week: Drum roll……..The guide of the week goes to Captain Jr! Jr. is responsible for Mark’s two tarpon on fly and Luke’s tarpon on fly this week. That’s a hand shake that will keep your anglers grinning this 2015. Gracias!

This Week’s Summary:

Alison and Reeves, congratulations on your marriage! And thank you for bringing your family to El Pescador for your fishing vacation. May your marriage bring you many fabulous fish! Jay and Amy – thank you for bringing your beautiful daughters, Katie and Abby. I know the guys around here are going to miss their beautiful smiles and fun laughter. Jay – I know you are a doc, but tarpon fever never goes away! And of course we love our friends from Cutthroat Anglers in Colorado. Jim and Kouri it is always a pleasure to see you here. Visit more often! Cutthroat Anglers will be hosting a trip in October – give them a buzz and join in the fun! Fish On!

Fish On!
Lori-Ann fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 02/04/15 11:07 AM

FISHING REPORT

Jan 25 - Jan 31, 2015

Weather Conditions: A bit of a cold front came through early in the week producing some cooler temperatures and a north wind. Generally sunny conditions for the first half of the week

Winds: 10-15 from the northwest shifting to northeast early in the week

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

Water Temperature: 79 F.

Moonphase: The first quarter moon is on January 27th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Brad and Mike came from Alaska with their wives Rosalie and Jennifer. The first day out the guys got some well-earned bonefish in the face of some fairly stiff wind. Nigel, Simon, Nic and Ivor returned for their second visit in less than a year all the way from the UK! Larry got his first day out with Captain Alex on Tuesday but he is officially here to celebrate his wife Shayla’s birthday and is limiting his days on the water to 2 with the rest devoted to the birthday girl. Returning guest Kim warmed up with a few bonefish his first day out, but plans to focus on his nemesis – tarpon! Nigel picked up the pace on Thursday with some bigger 3-4 pound bonefish with Capt. Cesar.

PERMIT (Palometta): Well if seeing were catching, Mike, Nigel, Brad would be celebrating on Monday as they encountered loads of permit but unfortunately, these particular permit had particularly poor attitudes towards fly fishermen. The guys were skunked.. not even a look. However, the next day, they turned the tables by landing three permit between the three of them! Steve landed a 20 pounder on his first day out with Captain Emir. Nice fish.

TARPON (Sabalo): A few shots on Monday with Nigel and Capt. Cesar at the helm, but no bites. Nigel’s son Simon landed his long sought after tarpon on his second day out with veteran guide Hilberto. Simon jumped an aggressive tarpon towards the end of his last day out on the flats. “Tarpon” Ted is his new nickname.

OTHER SPECIES: Saw a big snook from the dock here at EP, the reef fishing trips ended up with lots of snapper, triggers, jacks, cuda and grouper. The fly rodders got some cudas as well. Young Eli (age 3 and a half) caught a needlefish longer than himself during the family’s half day reef adventure!

Grand Slam: No slams this week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island special, Spawning Gotcha, Crazy Charlie tan

FOR PERMIT - Mantis shrimp, Christmas Island Special

FOR TARPON - Black Death, all white Deceiver

Guide of the week: Captain Luis for the 3 permit day with Alaskan’s Brad and Mike

This Week’s Summary:

It is hard to believe we are fishing into 2015 – Happy New Year to all of you! It was a pretty quiet week here at the lodge with only a couple boats going out each day. Congratulations to Jennifer our most improved caster this week, she went from never holding a fly rod to double hauling in 3 days!

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 02/10/15 05:55 PM

FISHING REPORT

February 1st – February 7th, 2015

Weather Conditions: The weather was a little mixed with a few days of showers, a few days of sun and a few days of wind, generally cool for this time of year.

Winds: The winds started from the north and gradually switched back to the normal east winds but reverted to north at the end of the week. The wind was moderate most days in the 1 mph range with 2 days of gusty winds hitting 15 with an occasional gust to 20 late in the week.

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

Water Temperature: 78 F.

Moonphase: The full moon is on February 3rd

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Everyone caught bonefish with a couple up close to 5 pounds. Many of the guests were first timers to flats fishing so it made their trips, Marty (she was an excellent casting student), her husband Rico, and Brent alternated fishing with Capt. Kechu and had a blast earning their bonefish pins. Our old friend Kim was hunting tarpon most days but landed some bonefish to get the skunk off. Maine resident Kevin had some luck with bonefish on his expeditions to the lagoon using a canoe to get to the wading that is available out behind the lodge. Jimmy and Penney from New Mexico teamed up with Capt. Hilberto for some fishing variety but both got their bonefish in the first day out. Pat and Mike had great fun fly and spin fishing with Capt. Junior, father and sons Paul and Brad, Bill and Chris, Hal and Kevin were back on the water together, just enjoying each other's company in between the takes, the runs and the good casts, the bad casts and memories of fishing together years ago. John “Lefty”, and his buddy Phil did some damage in the bonefish department despite the bad shoulder injury that John suffered just before the trip. With a little practice he learned to pin the elbow at his side using his body a bit more to the line speed he needed.

PERMIT (Palometta): Our hero of the week was Steve from Colorado, returning for his second trip. He had a 4 permit week with one gorgeous 20 pound permit with 2 smaller ones midweek and his grand slam fish late in the week. The next story is very unusual as Chris managed to land a permit on his first ever flats experience with Captain Tomas.

TARPON (Sabalo): Paul got a beautiful 50-Pound fish fishing with Captain Cesar out on the far edges of Savanah flats near the mainland. Steve got an early morning 15-pounder with Captain Emir on his fort step towards his slam day. Capt. Junior and his angler Mike landed a beautiful 50 pounder out on Savannah late in the week when the winds tapered off. What a last cast that Bill made with the urging of Capt. Tomas... a beautiful big fish came next to the boat before the hook broke near the barb!!

OTHER SPECIES: Kurt was able to get a huge red snapper on his day out reef fishing with his brother Dick. Barracudas, snappers & jacks were also fair game along with some trigger fish, and the occasional shad.

Grand Slam: Steve teamed up with Captain Emir and Gordy for the only slam of the week. It was Steve’s last day and after landing 3 permit earlier in his trip he and his guide decided to get up early and get it done. It paid of big time. Leaving the dock at 5:30 they ventured through the dark arriving at a calm channel hoping to see some rolling tarpon. Sure enough a few fish did roll but still no bites.. Towards 6:30 or so a fished roll and Steve deliver a quick cast 15 feet in front of the roll, the flash of the take was visible in the low light and the 15 pound tarpon came to hand a few minutes later. The solid 3 pound bonefish was a short 5 minute boat ride and was done by 7 am. Now off in search of the real problem – permit. They ventured back to a lagoon that held a nice school early in the week. Gordy and Steve waded this muddy flat trying to find them again. 300 yards across the lagoon, then back again, slogging through mud up to their knees at times, determined to find them. Sure enough Steve spotted a fish out of the corner of his eye and threw a single shot and it was game on, with the slam in hand by 8:30. How often does a plan like this come together? Once or twice in a fisherman’s lifetime. Congratulations to the Guide team of Emir and his son Gordy for getting Steve to the right spots at the right time.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island special, micro crabs, gotcha

FOR PERMIT - Bauer Crab, Christmas Island Special

FOR TARPON - white toad, Green and white EP baitfish, Deceiver (white and blue) and Orvis’ brown headed green toad.

Guide of the week: Capt. Emir for his grand Slam efforts with Steve!

This Week’s Summary:

It was a pretty quiet week here at the lodge with only a couple boats going out each day. Congratulations to Marty our most improved caster this week, she came out to the casting clinic 3 days in a row, determined to cast well enough to get her bonefish pin. Sure enough first day she got it!

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Steve and his bonefish – part of his Grand Slam.

El Pescador guest Paul and his Tarpon.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 02/18/15 12:28 PM

FISHING REPORT

February 7th – February 13th, 2015

Weather Conditions: The weather was cool and mostly sunny.

Winds: Winds from the northwest ranging to Northeast. The north winds tend to draw all the water out of the area so tides were low. Our astronomical tides are so small that the wind directions and speed often override the tides.

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

Water Temperature: 78 F.

Moonphase: The last quarter moon is on February 11th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): First bonefish ever kudos go to husband/wife teams: Marilyn and Gordon, Jeff and Beth, Pat and Sibyl, Mike and Dana. Returning guests Nick, Carl, Mike, and Bill all had their way with the bonefish surrounding Ambergris. Todd and friend Steve arrived late in the week and were greeted by some friendly bonefish on their first day out. Sharon was visiting from NYC for a few days to learn this saltwater fly-fishing and started on a tough day with North winds that seemed to give our bonefish a bit of lockjaw. Captain Erlindo and Sharon had a school of a thousand fish that just wouldn't bite despite changing flies, lengthening leaders and the like. Some 6-7 pound bonefish were caught while reef fishing!!! There are some big ones on the ocean side.

PERMIT (Palometta): John landed a nice permit on his time out with captain Emir using a spin rod and live crab. (Permit love live crab!) Rob had a heartbreaking day as he was able to hook up 2 nice permit only to lose them part way through the battle... the hook just came out! His Captain (Emir) was more disappointed than Rob! Rob didn’t let that deter him and went on to land a permit on his last day with Captain Emir. Bill got his first permit with Captain Tomas up at Bacalar Chico National Park. Dan came all the way from Canada to get his first permit with Captain Emir. Stay tuned to next weeks report to see if he can add a tarpon toFirst bonefish ever kudos go to husband/wife teams: Marilyn and Gordon, Jeff and Beth, Pat and Sibyl, Mike and Dana. Returning guests Nick, Carl, Mike, and Bill all had their way with the bonefish surrounding Ambergris. Todd and friend Steve arrived late in the week and were greeted by some friendly bonefish on their first day out. Sharon was visiting from NYC for a few days to learn this saltwater fly-fishing and started on a tough day with North winds that seemed to give our bonefish a bit of lockjaw. Captain Erlindo and Sharon had a school of a thousand fish that just wouldn't bite despite changing flies, lengthening leaders and the like. Some 6-7 pound bonefish were caught while reef fishing!!! There are some big ones on the ocean side. his species list.

TARPON (Sabalo): Our new dynamic duo guide team of Gordy and Kristian jumped 2 nice fish with their anglers Steve and Brad. Rob Jumped an 80 pounder (unusual for this time of year) but his guide, Emir, won't tell me where it was! Marilyn got her first tarpon on a fly rod early in the week! Veteran guide Capt. Vince coached Marilyn through the fight to the end. John landed a real nice fish just north of Savannah in Cesar's secret spot. It looks to be about 60 pounds! Mike was able to jump a tarpon on his last day out with Captain Hilberto, but it shook loose on the first magnificent jump. He is now "hooked" on tarpon!

OTHER SPECIES: Snook, Barracuda, Snappers, Jacks, Triggerfish, shad

Grand Slam: Hurray for Rob!! Returning for his 5th visit to El Pescador with his family Kyra and little Tegan, Rob pulled out the stops on the last day landing a tarpon in the early light and finishing with a permit and bone later in the day. Captain Emir was determined to get his friend on the grand slam leaderboard at the Grand Slam Bar.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island special, Gotcha, Micro Crab in tan

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Special

FOR TARPON - tan toad, chartreuse Tarpon Bunny, Black Death, Rob's custom fly

Guide of the week: Captain Vince for the special tarpon for Marilyn and Emir for the Grand Slam!

This Week’s Summary:

A solid week for the lodge despite the low tides. All three species were found and hooked daily

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 02/23/15 08:06 PM

FISHING REPORT

February 15th – February 21st, 2015

Weather Conditions: The weather was cool and mostly sunny early on with winds from the northwest ranging to Northeast. The north winds tend to draw all the water out of the area so tides were low. Our astronomical tides are so small that the wind directions and speed often override the tides. The winds finally turned to the east late in the week for some better conditions

Air Temperature: High 70’s for the High. low 70’s, for the lows.

Water Temperature: 78 F.

Moonphase: The new moon is on February 18th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Orvis' big bonefish trip included 24 guests from all over the US. Many thanks to Sharon, Susan, John, Dan, Kerry, Bill, Ron Joanne, Brian, Pat, Kasey, Mike, Brian, Harry, Spence, Mike II, Victor Austin, Joe, Miles, Tommy, Jim, Joyce, James, Hollis, Leslie, Tana, Michael, Brian and Holly for sharing their vacation with us and for the many stories of the hundreds of bonefish caught this week. Victor and Austin had a 40 bonefish day on their boat!! Many of theses guests were first timers to the salt and our bonefish (although a little shy in the north wind) came through for all.

PERMIT (Palometta): Our permit master this week is Dan from Ontario Canada. Brian from the UK and Captain Kechu teamed up to land a permit on their first day out in the windy weather.

TARPON (Sabalo): Or tarpon Master this week is Dan from Canada who teamed up with Captain Emir for a tarpon, Joe jumped one, Tommy landed one thanks to the guiding of Capt. Vince. 2 tarpon were landed with Capitano Junior with a day trip for Don. Martin hooked up 6 one day but all came loose shortly after hookup. Lots of near misses with numerous other tarpon jumped all in the 10-30 pound range. Captain Cesar guided Mike to a beautiful fish on his last hour of his last day - way to go Mike!

OTHER SPECIES: Snook, Barracuda, Snappers, Jacks, Triggerfish, shad

Grand Slam: Although he did not slam, our friend from the north landed a permit and tarpon on his last day with Captain Emir, but they could not land a bonefish! We all had Dan out on the dock that evening equipped with shrimp and a spinning rod hoping to break the bonefish curse and award the slam, but nothing doing. I have never seen this happen before, but Dan in his good spirits every day shrugged it off with ease... "I did the hard part."

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, Gotcha, Crazy Charlie pink.

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Special, live crab.

FOR TARPON - white deceiver with blue back, Chartreuse bunny, Tan bunny, Black Death.

Guide of the week: Captain Vince for the special tarpon with a tarpon for Tommy!

This Week’s Summary:

Half way through the week the wind kicked up and put a damper on the fishing as boats had to hide in the sheltered areas on the south end of the island. Despite the wind some anglers did well, but others found even the bonefish tough to hookup mid week. Later in the week fish started to get back to normal as the wind switched back to the easy.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Dan and his Tarpon.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 03/04/15 01:27 PM

FISHING REPORT

February 21st – February 27th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Generally fair weather all week - mostly sunny, with winds from the east at 8-15 mph all week with some calmer mornings. Just a couple of quick squalls. Just a note for those of you looking at weather forecasts before you visit El Pescador, do not give much weight to the percentage of rain in the forecast, a 50% chance of rain usually means there is a 50% chance you will hit a shower but it does not mean it is a rainy day! In the summer you will see a forecast of Thunder storms daily - this is a usually a great forecast ! You will see a storm over the mainland but rarely is it over the island.

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

Water Temperature: 78 F.

Moonphase: The first quarter moon is on February 25th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): The bonefish were super cooperative this week and everyone got their fill of these silver bullets. A couple of 20-40 fish days for some guests who were new to the flats.

PERMIT (Palometta): No permit this week! Our guests were not chasing them and seemed to prefer to catch numbers of bones more than a chance at the finicky permit.

TARPON (Sabalo): Chris was the big winner for tarpon hooking up 6 tarpon in a single day, several of those fish were leadered and counted as landed fish, but alas no pictures. We count "leadered" fish (touching the leader, or the leader in the rod tip) as a way to promote the best catch and release practices. We want our anglers to be aggressive when playing these fish so they can be released without any danger of lactic acid building in the muscles. This means many fish are lost right at the boat as the guide is trying to get the fish under control as early as possible. It is standard practice in all catch and release tarpon tournaments. Chris's guide was Capt. Junior. Two days later Chris went back to the same spot and landed 3 tarpon and jumped a couple more. I need to find this spot!! Steve B. had a nice fish along side the boat thanks to the guiding of Captain Cesar late in the week and landed it in about 10 minutes - Steve was able to get a picture of this one!

OTHER SPECIES: Snook, Barracuda, Snappers, Jacks, Triggerfish, shad

Grand Slam: Not this week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island special, Gotcha, Crazy Charlie in pink

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Special, live crab.

FOR TARPON - white deceiver with blue back, Chartreuse bunny, Tan bunny, Black Death.

Guide of the week: Junior for his multiple tarpon with his new friend/guest Chris.

This Week’s Summary:

Many thanks to the Orvis store in Bellevue, WA for bringing a great bunch from the Seattle area and to Chuck Hawkins a great guide and outfitter in Michigan who brought a great group of couples to the lodge.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 03/10/15 05:44 PM

FISHING REPORT

March 1– March 7th

Weather Conditions: Generally fair weather all week - mostly sunny, with winds from the east at 8-15 mph all week with a couple windier days midweek - a rain shower each day towards the end of the week.

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

Water Temperature: 78 F.

Moonphase: The full moon was on March 5th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): George and Jean returning for their 3rd visit and rounded up some bonefish while mixing it up for tarpon and permit with their favorite guide, Kechu. Capt. Erlindo rounded up more than 20 fish on his day out with Wayne and Judi. Our returning friend Neil landed about 30-40 bonefish today... Holy Cow! John, Don Rick, Lon, Paula, Bob, Robert, Lon, Janice, Joe, Brian, John and Melissa, AND MANY OTHERS all got the bonefish bug satisfied on their daily trips out with the guides. You have to love this fishery when first time saltwater anglers can just about be guaranteed bonefish action.

PERMIT (Palometta): Andy and Jesse hunted some permit hard and came up with the shots, delivered the cast, got some follows, hard looks, soft looks, out and out rejections, spooked a few, but didn't get hooked up. Captain Emir was working hard to get them hooked up but couldn't work his permit magic this time. Neil got into 2 juvenile permit today - Yippee for Neil and his guide Raton.. Update for Neil - 9... yes 9 small permit on the fly on Thursday (the windiest day) His guide, Raton, was quite proud of his 76 year young angler! Steve landed a pretty Permit thanks to some very hard work on Capt. Kechu's part. They waded and waded (sometimes up to their necks, chasing this school. After Kechu went back to get the boat they had just about given up when they found them again and the 12th cast, and the 12th fly was the charm! Another great example of stellar guiding and angler perseverance.

TARPON (Sabalo): Junior was back to his spots and had more tarpon hookups with returning guest Rob who stopped by for a few days while visiting his son who is on the island. Philip is learning how to resist a trout set on tarpon, the excitement of the take and the 20 years of trout fishing is keeping Philip from realizing his full potential! Captain Vince is sure he will get one tomorrow! Sure enough Philip and Vice got it done the next day! The hard work paid off! Andy and Captain Cesar teamed up for a tarpon on his 3-day outing. Lon and Janice each got a tarpon to the boat while fishing with Captain Junior up near Bacalar Chico National Park. Benji got a beauty on hos last day and 16 year olds Calyton and JT got tarpon on ifirst days! The guides call setting the hook by raising the rod a "trout set". We are always looking for a strip set here on the flats with every species. The strip set is just that, the rod remains pointed at the fish with the tip in the water and as you strip and feel the bite you simply strip a little firmer and longer to get a good hook set (tarpon however require a more violent strip set). A strip set will deliver a little more power than a trout set but the big advantage is that if the fish misses the fly, a strip set puts that fly 12-18 inches in front of the fish and many fish (especially bonefish) will eat it as soon as you start stripping again. Keeping the fly in play like this is critical for success

OTHER SPECIES: Barracuda, Snappers, Jacks

Grand Slam: Not this week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - You name it, it worked!

FOR PERMIT - Bauer Crab tan, Christmas Island special, Mantis shrimp tan.

FOR TARPON - Black Death, white and green Deceiver, Tan Toad.

Guide of the week: Captain Raton for a huge (9 fish) permit day and huge (30 fish) bonefish day for returning guest Neil.

This Week’s Summary:

A great week despite some midweek wind, with good numbers of all 3 species brought to the boat.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Clayton and his Tarpon.
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 03/24/15 11:30 AM

FISHING REPORT

March 15 - March 21

Weather Conditions: Mostly fair weather all week with moderate winds out of the east from 4-20 mph, a few days the winds started out of the north but quickly switched back to East ( Our favorite wind condition)

Air Temperature: Low to mid 80's for the high. low to mid 70’s for the lows.

Water Temperature: 80 F.

Moonphase: The new moon is on Friday, March 20th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Another huge bonefish week with everyone getting in on the action – of special note were Bruce and Robert landing over 75 bonefish while out on the flats on the west side of the island. Anyone else who asked for bonefish, got bonefish! Congratulations to all those who earned the coveted “El Pescador First Bonefish” pin award. As we discuss in our new guest fishing orientation, you can sometimes find schools of bonefish that can number in the thousands. Often these fish are 6 or 7 feet deep, feeding with abandon. If you and your guide are lucky enough to find such a school it can be a very productive day with 20 or more bonefish not uncommon. That said, some anglers prefer to hunt for bones in shallow water, which we refer to as sight fishing. Fish found in the shallows are much more spooky, and more skill is needed to cast quickly and to the right spot at the right time, with the boat rocking, the wind blowing etc. This kind of stalking and hunting is where the real addiction to bonefishing starts. It does cut down on the numbers of bonefish with about 7 fish being a solid day of sight fishing.

PERMIT (Palometta): Permit are biting! What is happening? Has the world turned upside down? Congrats to Anita and Bill for landing a permit on one of their 2 days out on the water. They traveled to Bacalor Chico National Park on the north end of the island. Gregg and Sean had the upper hand on 4 permit in just a few days, John and Peter teamed up for their first permit. Thomas did the same, Riley and Andrew had 5 permit in 3 days, and John had a permit, Dave too… Wow! Over a dozen permit this week!

TARPON (Sabalo): Returning guest Jim had a nice tarpon as the final word on the last day of his latest trip to EP. Robert and John were able to get 3 tarpon to the boat, Brian and Benjamin got into some great tarpon action, Gregg got a good fish to the boat ( but he and his boat mate John lost 3 permit) , Matt and Mike crushed tarpon and everything else that swims!

OTHER SPECIES: Snook, Barracuda, Snappers, Jacks, Ladyfish

Grand Slam: Not this week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - You name it and it worked! Christmas Island Specials (lead eyes)in size 6 pink seems to be the favorite.

FOR PERMIT - Raghead Crab tan, Christmas Island special, Mantis shrimp tan, Mantis shrimp orange/tan.

FOR TARPON - Tan bunny, Green toad, White Deceiver

Guide of the week: Captain Raton for a huge (9 fish) permit day and huge (30 fish) bonefish day for returning guest Neil.

This Week’s Summary:

Thanks to our friends at Orvis for hosting another successful bonefish bonanza trip here at the lodge; as usual, the Orvis host was a big help. Orvis offers a nice rod incentive on these trips… check it out! Lots and lots of bonefish were caught. The great weather produced everything it should with multiple permit days and multiple tarpon days – only thing missing was a Grand Slam.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 04/10/15 11:56 AM

FISHING REPORT

March 22 - March 28, 2015

Weather Conditions: Generally fair weather with a few quick showers with winds 5-12 mph out of the east most of the week. Mid week was the calmest with 4-8 mph winds. Barometric pressure ranging fro 29.50 -30.10 all week

Air Temperature: mid 80's for the high. low to mid 70’s for the lows.

Water Temperature: 80 F.

Moonphase: The new moon is on Friday, March 20th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Jack, Jeff, Elizabeth, Charlie, William Travis, Munroe, Alec, Sled Bruce, Jim ,David and everyoone else that fished all had their fill of bonefish - the silver ghost of the flats. We have more bonefish per square mile here than anywhere else in the world! Seeing bonefish is both an art and just plain practice. A good pair of polarized amber colored sunglasses helps most people key in to the different looks a bonefish has. On a nice white sandy bottom a fish that is coming right towards you is pretty visible to most anglers. The top of their back is slightly darker as you look down along the length of their body. Once that same fish turns sideways to you it disappears! The sides of a bonefish are mirrors that reflect the bottom creating the perfect camouflage.

PERMIT (Palometta): Charlie was fishing with his buddy Casey and they both landed permit early in the week. Casey's went on to be part of his grand slam while Charlie's was just plain huge - 25 pounds huge! That is a big permit. Bo landed 2 permit in one day this week and Munroe succeeded with one permit to the boat thanks to the continued fair weather and east winds.

TARPON (Sabalo): William and Elizabeth landed a tarpon on William’s birthday ~ what a way to celebrate! Casey's tarpon was enough to assure the grand slam for his day early in the week. Travis from our friends Sage/Rio landed his first tarpon ever. Bruce Jim and David had lots of shots but were snubbed by some stubborn fish while Alec and Sled, Mike and Jessie turned a couple bites into landed fish during their first trip to El Pescador.

OTHER SPECIES: Jack and Jeff found some snook (10 in one day), Jacks, Barracuda

Grand Slam: Casey added another Grand Slam to the Grand Slam Bar's award wall!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Specials in pink, Orange, pearl , Gotchas, Crazy Charlies in tan, pink, white

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Specials, Mantis Shrimp in tan, Merkin Crab

FOR TARPON - Tan bunny, Black Death, Peanut Butter in Black.

This Week’s Summary:

Another good weather week with moderate winds, fair amounts of sun with general success with all species.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 04/12/15 11:26 AM

FISHING REPORT

March 29, 2015 - April 4, 2015

Weather Conditions: Pretty good weather again this week, a little cool and showers here and there to start the week as a weak cold front came through. This causes the winds to fluctuate out of the north. The rest of the week was mquite sunny and relatively moderate winds out of the east at 5-12 mph

Air Temperature: mid 80's for the high. low to mid 70’s for the lows.

Water Temperature: 80 F.

Moonphase: The full moon is on April 4th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): The usual cooperative bonefish were in hand for this and (seemingly) every week. Steve and Lynn had great success with bonefish; John got all 3 species this week starting with some beautiful Macabi. Andrea, Rick, Peter, Bill, Dan, Dennis and reed and lots more all had their fill of our happy bonefish. Norm and Norman learned to double haul and catch loads of bonefish on their first journey to the flats as they took advantage of the daily casting lessons. This takes some dedication as most anglers are very tired after 8 hours on the water and the lure of Mariano’s Mojito is often greater than the desire of improving your casting technique. Tisk…Tisk!

PERMIT (Palometta): John got his permit! A lifetime achievement! Dan followed suit with a nice permit of his own! Folks had lots more shots but the permit seemed to be back to their old tricks, making you feel like you can catch them only to snub you in the rudest ways.

TARPON (Sabalo): Jenn and Hackney have come to visit us at least twice a year for many years and although they have caught all species all sizes, in all weather, tarpon were the jewel of this trip with several fish to the boat. Somehow Jenn believes she is not competitive, but let’s just say she is determined! She gets the job done. John finished up his grand slam (over the week) with his biggest tarpon of his career (Are the migratory tarpon arriving early this year?) Rick and Peter had some success, Bob hooked up a bunch but was suffering from the odds – it is usually 1 tarpon landed for every 10 hooked syndrome) Andy Mill has a great scene in the film Chasing Silver when he was in a 0 out of 19 dry spell! Andy and his son will be at El Pescador this summer for the annual tarpon-tagging tournament. Kelly did not suffer from the odds and landed 3 tarpon!! Reed got tarpon on their first attempt and his buddy Denny lost one real close to the boat – what heartbreak!!

OTHER SPECIES: Jack and Jeff found some snook (10 in one day), Jacks, Barracuda

Grand Slam: John was the only guest who landed all three species this week – even though it is spread out over a few days it is still a big deal – Congratulations!!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Beck silly legs, tan, Crazy Charlie, tan and pink Micro crabs, Christmas Island specials

FOR PERMIT - Avalon,Mantis shrimp

FOR TARPON - Black Death, green toad, white cockroach, EP Peanut butter, tan Bunny

This Week’s Summary:

Huge tarpon week with decent weather and some good anglers in house!

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 04/15/15 07:12 PM

FISHING REPORT

April 5, 2015 - April 11, 2015

Weather Conditions: Scattered Clouds most of the week offering off and on visibility. Winds were moderate out of the East all week.

Air Temperature: Mid 80s for the highs and upper 70’s for the low.

Water Temperature: 80 F.

Barometric Pressure: 29.92 - 30.00

Moonphase: The last quarter moon is on April 11th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Everyone who went out landed bonefish daily. The max number I heard was 25 in a day – we often get comments like “if I had known you had so many bonefish here I would come here first instead of the Bahamas!” or “I thought bonefishing was hard!” It is true that our bonefish are not world-record size, but there are more fish per square mile than anywhere I know. Congratulations to all our guests who got to experience great weather and lot of Caribbean bonefish this week. What is your favorite bonefish fly?

PERMIT (Palometta): Returning guest John V. finally landed a permit after 6 years of effort that included every permit story heard – finicky, refusal after refusal, hookups followed by break-offs… but finally the odds caught up with him. He did it this week. No one deserves it more. Way to go John! Camyrn (the new permit princess) caught 2 permit, and Dick as part of his slam landed a permit as well. Brett caught the permit while his wife Sue seemed to have more luck with tarpon, landing her first silver king. Boat mates Zack and Nick both got permit in the same day! Not to be left out there was Reagan and Curtis who ended up with 2 permit each this week, thanks to their permit Karma.

TARPON (Sabalo): Camryn’s tarpon was part of her Grand Slam day, Richard’s tarpon was also part of his Grand Slam day and Sue was a tarpon magnet!

OTHER SPECIES: Barracuda, Jacks, Ladyfish, snappers

Grand Slam: 2 Grand slams this week! Dick pulled of his hat trick early in the week and young Camryn got the job done as the youngest female angler at 15 to accomplish the feat. Her day ended up with 2 permit! Our youngest grand slammer ever is William at 13 – he was here just last month!! Husband and wife Brett and Sue landed all 3 species between them… over the week though!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Bonefish: Christmas Island Special, Gotcha, Micro-crabs, Crazy Charlie (tan, white)

FOR PERMIT - Mantis shrimp, CI Specials size 4 or 6, Merkin crab, Avalon

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse bunny fly, Black death

This Week’s Summary:

Permit fishing was on fire this week (I don’t often get to say “on fire” and “permit fishing” in the same sentence!) Tarpon seemed a little more difficult than normal, and the fair weather meant lots of bonefish. We are getting ready for the influx of big tarpon over the next few weeks.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 04/23/15 10:45 AM

FISHING REPORT

April 12, 2015 - April 18, 2015

Weather Conditions: Pretty good weather again in the beginning of the week but then the winds came, with 10-20 mph out of the east. No rain although each morning was a little cloudy, but it usually cleared by mid morning.

Air Temperature: Mid to high 80s for the highs and mid 70’s for the low.

Water Temperature: 80 F.

Barometric Pressure: 29.22 - 30.00

Moonphase: The new moon is on April 18th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Jim and Sparky lit up the bonefish board with a couple of good size fish coming in around 5 pounds. Lots of bonefish were found by Ted, Frank, Steve, Dennis, Rick, Thomas, Keegan, Nick, Zach, Philip, Penny, James and Kathleen, Bob, Dave, Larry, Janet, Michael and many more had turns with our ever so cooperative bonefish. There are few places on earth where one can warm up with plentiful bonefish, and then any day of any year head out to world-class permit and tarpon flats. Dennis and Bob proved it is possible for massive numbers of bonefish with 45 to the boat today! Of course they had paid the price earlier in the week with a couple of tough days, so they deserved it.

PERMIT (Palometta): Not only did Steve land his first permit ever, he did it 3 times. As everyone knows who reads these reports, catching 1 permit is hard enough. My good friend Lindsay landed a permit mostly because of her enthusiasm and hard work! She has visited El Pescador 6 times and was finally given the permit crown (and she wears it so well)! Timothy was able to get the permit box checked off on his bucket list! What chance do you have of catching a permit that is the same age as you? I know I am way past that dream, but if you are 7 years old it is possible! Young Jake became the youngest ever to add permit to his list of accomplishments - at 7 years old! I have a feeling his luck will continue to match his enthusiasm! Holy cow - did one boat land 17 permit in a single day? Can this be?? Did the permit overlords take the day off? I have it straight from the source that Rhonda and Suzanne landed 17 permit in one day by lunchtime. They had a hungry school of fish that could not resist their allure. Want to know the total for their trip? 22 permit in 5 days

TARPON (Sabalo): Tom was able to land his first tarpon of his fishing career during his short trip here to Ambergris Caye (Grand Slam capitol of the world). Ted's heart was broken when he lost the tarpon of his dreams, but he will be back for more to even the score. Norm managed to get a tarpon to cooperate on his last day. Steve added another tarpon to his trip, Rhonda got a 50-pound beauty to her hand, but Leah one upped her with a 60 pound tarpon that refused to give up.

OTHER SPECIES: a 20 pound Snook, Snapper, Cuda, Jacks to name a few of the thousands of species in our waters.

Grand Slam: I can only report soft grand slams this week, a term to describe anglers who managed to catch a bonefish permit and tarpon in the course of their visit to El Pescador. Rhonda accomplished hers in style, and Norm capped off a perfect week with his family and all three species.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Gotcha, Crazy Charlie, Christmas Islands, Variations of this, that and the other thing!

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Specials, Mantis Shrimp, small Avalon

FOR TARPON - Blue and white deceiver, cockroach, Black Death

This Week’s Summary:

Record permit catches, good solid tarpon fishing.... life is good! Despite some windy days the anglers that persevered were rewarded.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador 7 year old guest Jake and his Permit!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 04/30/15 11:45 AM

FISHING REPORT

April 19 - April 25, 2015

Weather Conditions: The wind is our enemy this week. Morning clouds giving way to clear skies all week. Winds: E 10 – 20, occasional gusts to 24 mph

Air Temperature: Mid to high 80s for the highs and mid 70’s for the low.

Water Temperature: 78 - 80 F degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.69 - 29.95

Moonphase: The first quarter moon is on April 25th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Lots of bonefish! John, Marty, Mark, Todd, Sally Kathy, Dan, Robert 1,2,3, Craig 1, Craig 2, Greg, John 1, John 2, Aldon, Susan, Bart, Stephen, Elizabeth, Dru, Jason, Jonathan, Christian and many more landed bonefish all week. A few boats exceeded 30 fish in a day! There was no shortage of bonefish during this windy week.

PERMIT (Palometta): All Hail - Permit Queen Elizabeth from the UK, our lovely guest Elizabeth caught her permit on the proper queen’s birthday! Hover, this put some pressure on her husband Stephen who has hooked 2 but has not landed any yet. Rob 1 and Rob 2 both got a good permit, then it happened again – Women and permit, and I mean lots of permit… 19 in one day, yes 19, half of them on a fly, half on bait, a tremendous day for Sally and Kathy. They showed great patience and focus during their stay at El Pescador and it paid off big time. There was a school of hundreds of small but hungry permit that just stayed in one area and kept on eating! Congratulations to both of them. Friday - Stephen landed his coveted permit in the 11th hour. This is also fantastic news for Stephen and Elizabeth’s relationship! After several days of celebrating Elizabeth's beautiful permit, it was clear Stephen was on a mission to even the score. It took some hard wading and perseverance to track down, hook and land this pretty fish. Saturday - Jim and son Jay got a couple permit each, Jonathan and Dru got 8 between them, Kerry and his son Ritchie had 3 between them! That is a lot of permit in one week!

TARPON (Sabalo): The all women boat of Sally and Kathy landed a couple of 25 pounders midweek, which inspired Dan to get one of his own the following day. It was his first ever tarpon! A great achievement for a great guy. Overall the tarpon fishing was not up to par because of the wind. Our normal tarpon flats west of the island were just too windy to fish. Once that wind starts to churn up the bottom the flats get off color and tough to fish. I can't wait for the migratory tarpon to start flooding our southern tarpon waters.

OTHER SPECIES: Barracuda, jacks, snapper and snook.

Grand Slam: Just soft slams (Bonefish tarpon, permit in one week) were recorded this week, If the winds had cooperated I bet there would have been several slams this week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Beck Silly legs Chartreuse size 8, Gotcha, CI Specials, lots more!!

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Specials, Mantis Shrimp, small AvalonPeterson’s Spawning Shrimp in size 4, Beck Silly legs Chartreuse size 4, Christmas Island Specials in size 4, 6, Mantis shrimp size 4, and a Bauer Crab

FOR TARPON - Black Death, White toads, size 2/0 and 3/0.

This Week’s Summary:

Despite the wind the permit fishing was on fire! More permit this week than I have seen in a long time. Saltwater anglers have a love - hate relationship with wind. They hate casting in it, but they love the way it camouflages their presence. With lots of wave action and wave noise it is easier to get closer to a permit than the calm day we all hope for. An ideal wind here is 8-10 mph out of the east, it is a perfect compromise of having enough wind to hide your approach and not so much wind that you can't cast or the guide can't handle the boat

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/05/15 12:00 PM

FISHING REPORT

April 26 - May 2, 2015

Weather Conditions: Hot and hazy to start the week with unsettled weather late in the week, some rain on Thursday.

Air Temperature: Highs in upper 80s and lows in the mid 70’s. Barometric Pressure: 29.67 - 29.95 Winds: All over the place from calm to 20 mph, the wind direction was all over the place as well shifting from West to East sometimes on the same day.

Water Temperature: 78 - 80 F degrees

Moonphase: The full moon is on May 3rd Sunrise: 5:25 AM Sunset: 6:23 PM

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Ben, Jenn, Julien, Victoria, Zumi, Bob, Jana, Dave, John, Bob1, Cinda, Bob 2, Peter, Sonia, Ken, Kerry, Ritchie, Mark, Tim, Ross, Ron, Tom and many more guests had their rods bent with numerous bonefish over the week. Ambergris Caye is blessed with more bonefish per square mile than anywhere I have been. Maybe not the biggest in the world but they are among the most cooperative! A few 3-4 pound fish were the biggest of the week. The bonefish are returning to our home flats after months of being absent when some not often seen Sargasso seaweed, which has plagued the entire Caribbean this year, flooded our shallow high tide flats and smothered our local grass.

PERMIT (Palometta): Returning guest Jim from Texas hit it big with 8 permit in one day… big state, a good friend and lots of permit! Young Victoria from Switzerland is enjoying a 10 day holiday with her parents Julien and Kim. While spin fishing on her 3rd day she also landed 8 permit in one day! Wow! Gip teamed up with our most veteran guide Erlindo for a couple of permit to the hand on Tuesday (Erlindo went on to land the 8 with Jim) , Tom landed a huge permit, Ben just missed a grand slam after landing his permit, Scott got his first permit, Kim got 2, Victoria got 2 more, Ross used his skills to get into some permit successfully landing one, and Robert wrapped up his long trip with another permit. And guess what? Victoria got another one – a bigger one -18 pounds? Tim landed his first permit of his career much to the delight of his friend Mark ( well delight with a slight tinge of jealousy)

TARPON (Sabalo): Tarpon fishing is looking better and better when the weather and wind have calmed down, Silas hooked some, landed one and his father Robert followed suit with a 25 pound fish to the boat and brother Silas got a beauty and hooked several other tarpon during his weeks adventure here at El Pescador

OTHER SPECIES: Barracuda, jacks, snapper, triggerfish, snook.

Grand Slam: Ross worked hard and it paid off the last day for him big time heading out early and getting the tarpon to hand by 7 am, the permit was tougher but a nice dinner plate size permit struck a 70 foot shot across the wind while wading. The bonefish got a little scary as they spent an hour without seeing one, but it happened! All 3 species in one day! A soft grand slam was achieved for Ben, catching a tarpon, permit and bonefish during his week here at El Pescador

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island specials in orange, pearl and pink – size 4-8.

FOR PERMIT - SimRam, Mantis Shrimp, Merkin crab, Puglisi crab (Olive)

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Peanut Butter, Orange Cockroach.

This Week’s Summary:

yes, love... 3 years ago Jana met Dave here at El Pescador when they were on separate trips. They both thought the “fishing” was great and they fell in love. They returned to El Pescador this week and were married on the dock with bonefish tailing in the background! Killer permit fishing continued into this week, with a grand slam, a wedding, and some happy anglers! Tarpon weather seems to be coming so let's see what happens next week!

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/14/15 12:05 PM

FISHING REPORT

May 3rd – May 9th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Hot and hazy to start the week with unsettled weather late in the week, some rain on Thursday

Air Temperature: Highs are in the upper 80’s, lows in the mid 70’s. Winds: 5-10 mph from the east early in the week increasing to 10-15 later in the week maybe up to 20 mph for Friday and Saturday.

Water Temperature: 79-81 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.87 - 29.96

Moonphase: The full moon was on May 3rd, Sunrise: 5:21 am Sunset: 6:16 pm

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Sam, Volanni, Kate, Jack racked up some bonefish on their first day, Kate went from zero to double hauling in 2 days between the casting lessons and her 2 days on the water! A special student indeed! Brendon and his fish prolific wife Kristen, Ron, RJ, David from the UK, Jon and Amy, Julien, Kim, Victoria, Peter, Ron, Chuck, Wade, Jeff, Norm, Colonel, Mike, Thomas and his lovely wife Lori got Belize bonefish fever on their first day out. Roger & his son Dave charmed their way to bonefish despite the winds, John from the UK got a few days out and chased everything that swims (including bonefish) and was spooled by something unknown to this day! The big bonefish of the week went to Kristen who landed a 6 pounder while wading in the back lagoon! Husband Brendon was both thrilled and a little jealous at the same time.

PERMIT (Palometta): Sam got into a permit on his first of 2 days on the water. Peter got a really nice permit, Jeff had first ever permit as did Colonel, Chuck & Kim, Congratulations to all that tangled with these elusive flats dwellers! Jim landed his first permit on the fly late in the week despite the heavy winds.

TARPON (Sabalo): Tarpon fishing is heating up – jumping fish is now daily - landing fish is daily. Hungarian/Canadian Beatrix (Trixie) trixed a tarpon into eating and after 5 solid jumps the guide had to start the boat to chase the fish down as it was half way to Mexico within seconds, After some frantic reeling she was able to tire the fish and bring it to hand, A solid 30 pound hunk of tarpon. The Colonel and his second in command Chuck both got a tarpon with a nice olive toad (and added a couple more later in the week) Sam landed a tarpon, Volanni is the reining queen of the Sliver King, Lori got right to work with a tarpon on her first day on the flats! Kim landed a 70 pound sliver beauty while trolling on the reef! That’s a new one on my watch. John who is visiting from the UK Jumped two big fish (like 80 pounds) but lost one near the boat after 5 spectacular jumps. Julien landed a tarpon in 5.5 seconds!!! How is this possible? The third jump landed in the boat!! Luckily it was small and didn’t hurt anyone or itself. The rule is if a big tarpon jumps in your boat you are best to jump out!

OTHER SPECIES: Ladyfish, Snapper, Jacks, Barracudas.

Grand Slam: Although no one slammed in a single day we had an incredible run of “soft” grand slams (a bonefish, tarpon and permit during your stay here at El Pescador. This week we had 6 people do it this week! Congratulations to Kim , Norm, Jeff, Peter, Colonel, and Chuck for completing a very difficult hat trick! A soft grand slam was achieved for Ben, catching a tarpon, permit and bonefish during his week here at El Pescador.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, Crazy Charlies, Beck’s Sili Legs (chartreuse).

FOR PERMIT - Bauer crab, Raghead crab in olive/brown, Peterson spawning shrimp, CI Special

FOR TARPON - White toad,, Olive Toad, Black death, White deceiver, Puglisi’s pinfish.

This Week’s Summary:

Tarpon are back in the mix this week with some spectacular results, Permit slowed down a little but this could be due to the fact more people were fishing for tarpon since the weather was so good.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 05/19/15 09:03 PM

FISHING REPORT

May 10th – May 16th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy to clear weather all week

Winds: Winds: Most of the week winds were 18-25 mph out of the east – Yikes! Where are our normal 10 mph trade winds?

Air Temperature: Highs are in the upper 80’s, lows in the mid 70’s .

Water Temperature: 79-81 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.92 – 30.00

Sunrise: 5:19 am Sunset: 6:18 pm

Moonphase: The 3rd quarter moon is May 11th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Geoff, Dan, Eric, Lee. Tom, Bernie, Bob, Lloyd, Jane, Bill, Sheryl, Mike, Dick, Alex, the 2 Johns, Ted, Margaret, and Alex # 2 had good luck in the wind with bonefish on their first day out with the Orvis Bonefish Bonanza! Mike, Gregg, Christie, Tim, Reed, Deed, Chad and Kevin had tight lines with some decent bonefish pulling hard. Biggest fish of the week was about 4 pounds!

PERMIT (Palometta): 3 on Monday and he was trying for a little sympathy that he lost a fourth, no one was feeling bad for him! Alex was able to get a permit to the boat on Monday as well! Never say it is too windy! It may cut down our available terrain but there is usually fish to be had somewhere in our 400 square mile fishery! Geoff’s first day on his Orvis Bonanza trip was really successful – a nice 7-8 pound permit, his first ever!! John didn’t know what a permit was until after he booked the trip with Orvis and started reading about it… well second day he caught one! Lloyd had a secret desire for a permit and low and behold he did it!! Mike had some good shots and hooked one up but it just came unbuttoned! Jay squeezed out his first ever permit late in the week and is extremely proud!

TARPON (Sabalo): Returning guest Dick (along with his wife Jean) played with some tarpon but no hookups that day. Alex was able to get the tarpon catch going with the first tarpon of the week. Dan got a beauty to the boat. John got his next to the boat and leadered the fish but the fish had different plans and took off breaking off on the motor. Several more fish were jumped, even more ate the fly but didn’t hook-up, even more followed and even more ignored our anglers offerings altogether. Returning guest Dick got more than he expected this trip with the second tarpon of his storied lifetime. The first was a big one on bait in the Florida keys, many years ago and the second was today, on a fly, just the right size. Well done Senor Dick! Here is our perfect leader formula for our resident tarpon: 6 feet of 60 pound butt section, 18” of 30 pound class tippet and 18” of 60 pound bite tippet. We use the slim beauty knots to join the 30 to the 60! This leader is super strong but stay under the breaking strength of most fly lines.

OTHER SPECIES: Snapper, Jacks, Barracudas, tripletail, snook

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, Crazy Charlies,

FOR PERMIT - Peterson spawning shrimp, CI Special, Large Gotcha, various crabs

FOR TARPON - Black Death, tan bunny, white bunny

This Week’s Summary:

A great group from Orvis visited the lodge this week with lots of first time anglers earned their bonefish pins awards with ease. Even with the windy weather a few intrepid anglers went on to permit and tarpon.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador Geoff and his permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 06/02/15 06:03 PM

FISHING REPORT

May 17th – May 25th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Marginal weather to start the week clearing midweek for a beautiful finish!

Winds: Winds were 10-15 mph out of the east with some calmer days late in the week.

Air Temperature: Highs are in the upper 80’s, lows in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: 79-81 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.89 – 29.99

Sunrise: 5:17 am Sunset: 6:20 pm

Moonphase: The first quarter moon was on May 25th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): “Bony fish” is the local slang with the older folks here on the island signifying how unpleasant they are to eat. Fortunately they are not so hard to catch (except for the one day for the one angler who needed it the most: our grand slam contender this week – Levi) Samuel and Richard’s boat landed a huge bonefish that measured 30” and looked to be 7 pounds. Everyone else here at the lodge all landed bonefish. Michael and Mick got some big numbers on the board.

PERMIT (Palometta): Robert traveled a long way to El Pescador and was rewarded with a permit early on this week. Lucas was unaware that permit fishing was difficult and landed 4 on his first permit day. Mick and Michael’s boat were pretty lucky (they claim it was all skill) as they landed a solid permit at the end of the last day of their vacation here at El Pescador. Levi got a permit as part 2 of his grand slam effort (the first was a tarpon) Lucas proved it was not a fluke and landed 4 more later in the week! Tucker got into his first permit midweek adding 3 more fish by the end of his stay for a total of 4 permit. Steve was thrilled with his first ever permit on a fly and was able to get 3 over his 5 days of fishing here at El Pescador.

TARPON (Sabalo): ):. Levi and Alina went fishing for tarpon one morning and after making short work of that by 8 am and then it was off to bone fish for a while, then permit fishing. Now landing 2 out of 3 is not bad but which 2?

OTHER SPECIES: Snapper, Jacks, Barracudas, Shad, ladyfish, snook (including a 15 pounder).

Grand Slam: The good news is that Levi landed a tarpon and a permit fairly easily to start the day, the bad news is that he hooked several bonefish but did not land one – I know it is hard to believe but true. Soooooo Close! How to you reconcile that the normally easy to catch bonefish was the hardest to catch on this particular day on this particular boat?

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, Gotcha

FOR PERMIT - Small Avalon, CI Special, Large Gotcha, various crabs.

FOR TARPON - White bunny, Black Death

This Week’s Summary:

A nice quiet week at the lodge with some great guests, good weather and awesome fishing. Permit fishing was off the charts perfect this week far exceeding the normal rates. Perhaps this is the year of the permit in some obscure Mayan calendar?

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 06/09/15 12:15 PM

FISHING REPORT

May 31st – June 6th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Most of the week was perfect with a few days of unsettled weather thrown in to make us appreciate the good days.

Winds: Winds were 0-10 mph out of the east early in the week with ever-shifting winds (staying light) later in the week.

Air Temperature: Highs are in the upper 80’s, lows in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80-81 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.85 – 29.95

Sunrise: 5:17 am Sunset: 6:24 pm

Moonphase: The full moon was on June 2nd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Michael was the bonefish king to start the week with 25 bones right off the bat! Oksana thought this would be a great time to learn to fly fish, and with some help of the daily casting clinics and her trusty guide, she was able to cast, set the hook and land 4 bonefish on her own! Brandon put some big bonefish numbers on the board as well. These were the highlights but everyone at the lodge caught some of the tourist- friendly bonefish surrounding Ambergris Caye.

PERMIT (Palometta): Brandon will never use a rusty fly on a permit again! He got a great eat from a permit early in the week,but the hook broke (how painful is that?). Nabel landed a beautiful permit (actually, I haven’t seen an ugly one yet). Howard (as part of his slam) & Jason landed a 25 pounder – what a solid fish! Max, John & Seth got one as part of their slams as well.

TARPON (Sabalo): Michael showed us early n that he has a way with both bonefish and tarpon as he landed the first tarpon of the week. David and John landed 4 poons in a single day! Marcus and Paul’s boat had a couple big migratory tarpon on, but they were not able to get them close to the boat for a leader touch. The process of counting a fish as landed when the leader is touched came about when we discontinued the use of lip gaffs for tarpon. To help land a fish aggressively, the guide grabs the leader to bring the fish along side the boat and then goes for grab on the tarpons lower jaw. If the leader happens to break or pull out after this initial touch it is an official catch. Many of the famous tarpon tournaments in Florida use the leader touch as their definition of a caught fish. Max , John and David all got tarpon! Jason hooked 3, landed zero near the end of the week. Don got a nice fish, Max, Howard and Zeth got fish as part of their grand slam efforts. This should debunk the full moon is bad for tarpon myth?

OTHER SPECIES: Snapper, Jacks, Barracudas, Shad, ladyfish, a couple big snook.

Grand Slam: 4 slams this week! Kudos go to all! Howard, Max had a grand slam… Seth and John got the job done as well! Hip, Hip Hooray! Bruce hooked up all three one day but didn’t land them all!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, crazy Charlie, Gotcha, bunny gotcha

FOR PERMIT - CI Special, Large Gotcha, Bauer crabs.

FOR TARPON - Orange cockroach, Cockroach, Deceivers

This Week’s Summary:

4 grand slams in one week – I believe it is a lodge record. Greta weather, great anglers and fantastic luck!

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 06/19/15 06:45 PM

FISHING REPORT

May 31st – June 6th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Overcast and windy was the reality most of the week with a few well-deserved breaks here and there.

Winds: Winds were gusty and too high most of the week in the 15-20mpjhh range mostly out of the east but a few days out of the north. We tend not to like those north winds as it draws all the water out of the bay and flats between the reef and the island and gives us less leeward shores to fish.

Air Temperature: Highs are in the mid to upper 80’s, lows in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80-81 F. degrees

Sunrise: 5:17 am Sunset: 6:24 pm

Moonphase: The last quarter moon was on June 9th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Bonefishing always seems to be good here at El Pescador. Brian, Truel, Jimmy , Ray, Dan, Jim. Jeff, Ken, Lew, Jerry, Steve Pat, proved this to be true. These were but a few of the successful bonefishers who visited the lodge this week. Coleen was most improved of the week and tried out her newly learned skills on the bonefish. (Successfully I might add!)

PERMIT (Palometta): Glenn (landed 2) and Truel (landed 1) were the permit masters this week, Steve hooked one but alas it wasn’t to be.

TARPON (Sabalo): Michael showed us early n that he has a way with both bonefish and tarpon as he landed the first tarpon of the week. David and John landed 4 poons in a single day! Marcus and Paul’s boat had a couple big migratory tarpon on, but they were not able to get them close to the boat for a leader touch. Kea was the first in the week to crack the tarpon’s secret code and landed a nice tarpon, Jack got a beauty on his first day of fishing. Kelli got in on the action with another tarpon added to the list, William hooked the biggest of the week but lost her after 30 minutes. Boddy, Jay. Dan, Jeff hooked a few poons that also escaped at the last second. Kea and Jack ended up with 3 tarpon between them, all in the migratory classes of 70-100 pounds.

OTHER SPECIES: Snapper, Jacks, Barracudas, Shad, ladyfish, some snook for Lew and Pat

Grand Slam: 4 slams this week! Kudos go to all! Howard, Max had a grand slam… Seth and John got the job done as well! Hip, Hip Hooray! Bruce hooked up all three one day but didn’t land them all!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, spawning gotcha, simram.

FOR PERMIT - CI Special

FOR TARPON - Black Death, Olive toad, black bunny, Whistler

This Week’s Summary:

Another great Orvis group trip led by Joe from Orvis Travel with everyone getting some good fishing time in despite some windy and overcast conditions. Tarpon fishing was pretty darn good for those who didn’t mind doing some blind casting.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 06/30/15 11:34 AM

FISHING REPORT

June 14th – June 20th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Mostly cloudy most of the week with some passing showers, especially in the afternoon.

Winds: Winds were too high most of the week between 15-25 mph from the East most of the week (Sunday had some changing wind directions.)

Air Temperature: Highs are in the mid to upper 80’s, lows in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80-81 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.82 – 30.05

Sunrise: 5:18 am Sunset: 6:28 pm

Moonphase: The new moon was on June 16th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Paul and MIchelle joined forces this week to give some of our Belizean bonefish some good exercise! Dubber and Don were able to wade for many of their bonefish. Wading can be a fun alternative on a cloudy day when visibility is poor. Going shallow can expose some fish as they tail or make some surface disturbances (nervous water). It does slow the day down a bit as you can not cover as much water as you can from the boat, but I find it a very enjoyable way to bonefish. Sandra learned how to fly fish while here at the lodge and her hard work was rewarded with a total of 8 bonefish! Chris got some bonefish, Karen and Jeff got some bonefish and Mike and Cindy enjoyed all that Ambergris has to offer (as well as some bonefish)

PERMIT (Palometta): No permit this week – this is the first no permit week in a long time!

TARPON (Sabalo): Chris landed the lone tarpon of the week. (Our favorite tarpon areas were weathered out this week)

OTHER SPECIES: Snappers, Cudas, Jacks

Grand Slam: No Grand Slams (very sad).

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, bonecrusher, gotcha.

FOR PERMIT -

FOR TARPON - Green Toad

This Week’s Summary:

This week was fairly quiet here on the island with just a few anglers heading out each day into less than perfect conditions. Even on the worst days bonefish were found and caught even though the permit and tarpon fishing was a bit tough.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 07/13/15 04:12 PM

FISHING REPORT

June 28th – July 4th, 2015

Weather Conditions: You name it we had it! Full sun, full rain, calm winds, big winds and everything in between.

Winds: Winds were too high most of the week between 15-25 mph from the east most of the week with a slightly calmer day on Saturday. By calmer I mean a more normal 12-18 which seemed great after all casting in 22 mph !

Air Temperature: Highs are in the mid to upper 80’s- 90 with lows in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80-82 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.47 – 30.01

Sunrise: 5:20 am Sunset: 6:30 pm

Moonphase: The full moon was on July 1st.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): A big thanks to everyone at the lodge this week, it was very busy and hundreds of bonefish were landed... here are a few highlights: Bonefish were the main target for many people and a backup for others. Gerard, John, Katy, Robert, Richard, Paul, Garrison, Dave, Tom, Greg, Josh, Calvin, Brent, just to name a few of our successful bonefish anglers. Couples like Brett and Joni, Davis and Allison, Ethan and Stephanie, Erin and Travis, MIcah and Kelly, Laura and Will (although Laura did not fish), Scott and Jenny, Carl and Ashley all had fun with the bonefish as well. Father son and Father daughter teams did well Steve and daughter Ashley, Carl and sons Garrrison and Richard, Dave and daughter Melissa got to enjoy our bonefish fishery!

PERMIT (Palometta): WOW! Another fantastic, unbelievable permit week! Allison started it out with the biggest smile when she reported her permit – her beau Davis did even better with 7 permit on his week. Ethan got 7, yes 7, on Sunday! Greg and Mark and David combined with 8 to the boat. Their buddies in another boat were really depressed that they were so out fished! My advice was not to doubt your guide, not to doubt your skills, just keep doing it. The next day Tom and Gregg landed over 15 permit – most in the dinner plate size but one beauty was 10 pounds. Jenny out-fished her husband Scott and finished up her day with a permit much to the enjoyment of all on board!

TARPON (Sabalo): Yippee for Stephanie with an 80 pound tarpon to the boat... while her favorite fellow (Ethan) was not left out and landed an even bigger tarpon ( although there is still some debate over which one was really bigger!) Erin hooked one up that jumped with the bait flying overhead... Travis was a little luckier and landed a nice 50 pound fish that same day.

OTHER SPECIES: Calvin ( 11 years old) got a big old snook, lots of Snappers, Cudas, Jacks

Grand Slam: Almost! Mark had a tarpon on after landing several permit!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, gotcha with lead eyes, crazy charlie

FOR PERMIT - Mantis shrimp, Bauer Crab Olive/Tan, Merkin Crab, SImram, Peterson Spawning shrimp.

FOR TARPON - Olive Green toad, Black death, Cockroach, Chartreuse bunny

This Week’s Summary:

Lots of people enjoying Belize during of first week of summer 2 for 1 pricing. Even though he fishing peaks in the summer with the addition of Migratory tarpon to the mix, our attendance levels tend to be lower. Come enjoy the summer and fall with us. Even though it was windy we continue to light up the permit boards.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Erin’s Tarpon

El Pescador guest Steve and his Permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 07/16/15 05:29 PM

FISHING REPORT

July 6th – July 12th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Mostly fair weather all week with partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skys some days, 1 day with scattered but heavy squalls.

Winds: 15-25 from the east all week, with the calmer time being early afternoon.

Air Temperature: Highs are in the mid to upper 80’s to low 90’s lows in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80-82 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.6 – 30.01

Sunrise: 5:23 am Sunset: 6:30 pm

Moonphase: The last quarter moon was on July 8th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Our 87 year old friend Tom was hunting for permit and tarpon but was cruelly denied. He did land a few bonefish. Justin and Shawn had a blast hooking up the bones, Shelly, Clay, Kim, Dale, Jody, Michelle, Chris, Ed, Connie, Tom, Calvin, Lucinda, Seth, Brittny, Bob, Jim, Carter, Jeff, Graham, John, Tom, with Jon and Pat rounding out the bonefish field!

PERMIT (Palometta): Permit for father son team Mike and Michael, Jody got a beautiful 18 pounder, Cory got three permit , the beautiful Shelly landed a nice one on her second cast on first and only day on the water, Clay landed a few, The crew from Missisippi tore up some permit ( Jeff, Graham, Tom, John) I know there are a few more winners for permit this week so email me and I will fix the report, I just can’t think at the moment.

TARPON (Sabalo): Mark started off the tarpon week with a solid 40 pounder and Dave jumped one just as big. Ed got 2 big tarpon early on with a great one late in the week. Seth got a nice tarpon, hooked a few more. Josh and Ricki returned for their 6th trip and normally Josh is a tarpon whisperer, but not so this week. The wind was the biggest factor in keeping Josh from his beloved Savannah flats that were just too windy to fish. He jumped a few but did not get one to the boat.

OTHER SPECIES: Ladyfish were a favorite, Jacks were very cooperative, several species of snappers, Young Calvin landed a few snook. Some Spanish Mackerel and many other species were landed on the reef trips that went out... Triple tail, trigger fish, groupers, barracudas all came to the boat.

Grand Slam: Almost but no winners this week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Pretty much if it was in front of a bonefish it worked, but our guides seem to like the simple lead eye CI special

FOR PERMIT - Mantis shrimp, Christmas Island Special, Peterson Shrimp, small avalons

FOR TARPON - Olive Green toad, Black death, Chartreuse Toad, Purple/Black bunny

This Week’s Summary:

Although it was windy it was very productive with lots of tarpon hooked but just a few landed. Permit continued to be the surprise of the year with exceptional results

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Ed and his Tarpon
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 07/24/15 10:15 AM

FISHING REPORT

July 12th – July 18th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Mostly fair weather all week for partly cloudy to mostly cloudy, a few squalls here and there.

Winds: 0-20 mph from the east all week, with the calmer weather n the beginning of the week.

Air Temperature: Highs are in the mid to upper 80’s to low 90’s lows in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80-82 F. degrees

Sunrise: 5:23 am Sunset: 6:30 pm

Moonphase: The last quarter moon was on July 8th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Bob & Jeanna, Brad & Brenna, Tonya & Bruce, Ferdy & Michaela ( From Germany), Paul & Kathy, Jody and Keith, Brent & Jen, Bill & Megan, Randall & Kathy, Nick & John, Ron & Jim, Stanley, Cole, Carl, Earl and many many more enjoyed the bonefishing here on the flats near El Pescador. In fact some folks were trying to fool the educated fish tailing in front of the lodge as the tide was coming in. Biggest of the week was around 5 pounds!

PERMIT (Palometta): The permit magic continues… The best permit stories of the week are from our returning guests and great friends Bob and Jeanna. They both got multiple permit this week and it was Jeanna’s first ever! I can’t tell you how happy I am for both of them (especially Jeanna since it is her first) Brad’s was part of his slam. I know more permit were caught and released so let me know if I left your name out!

TARPON (Sabalo): Omar was casting at tarpon every day he went out. Fly-fishing for only 2 years it was a pleasure to have his happy Italian laughter around this week, Paul got a beauty. I don’t mean Kathy (although she is a beauty) I mean Paul caught a tarpon! One of Brad’s many hookups ended up fulfilling the tarpon slot in his grand slam, Brenna had her first ever cast at a tarpon and the fish obliged her casting prowess with a nice bite! The story ends there though, as it just didn’t stick, She says she set the hook too late, I say it is random… sometimes early is good, sometimes late is better, it is pretty random when it sticks!! Ferdy was a tarpon Magnet from Germany! Omar was our tarpon whisperer from Italy!

OTHER SPECIES: Ladyfish, Jacks were very cooperative, several species of snappers, a few snook, some Spanish Mackerel and many other species especially if you count the reef trips that went out... Tripletail, groupers, barracudas all came to the boat.

Grand Slam: Hip Hip Hooray for Brad as he picked up a grand slam on his last day of fishing. Brenna (Brad’s sweetheart enthusiastically agreed to an extra day of fishing and it paid off with a nice tarpon, a decent permit and bonefish!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Pretty much if it was in front of a bonefish it worked, but our guides seem to like the simple lead eye CI special

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Special, Bauer Crab, Foxy clouser.

FOR TARPON - White bunny, Black Death, White toads!

This Week’s Summary:

Some great fishing this week with a real international crowd from the US, Canada, Italy, Germany. Weather was pretty good and the fishing was great.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guests Brad and Brenna and their Tarpon
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 07/30/15 07:21 PM

FISHING REPORT

July 19th – July 25th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Mostly fair weather all week with a few squalls here and there.

Winds: Winds were moderate most of the week with morning winds 10-15 and afternoon breezes of 5-10 mph, mostly out of the east. (the good direction)

Air Temperature: Highs are in the mid to upper 80’s to low 90’s lows in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80-82 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.6 – 31.22

Sunrise: 5:28 am Sunset: 6:28 pm

Moonphase: The first quarter moon was on July 24th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Brian, John, Susan, Joe, David, Sharon, David, Linda, Nicole, Clinton, Connie, Mark, Hunter, Brent, Jeanna, and many more were able to land their share of the silver ghost. A large group of women from the International Women’s Fishing Association gathered at El Pescador for the IWFA bonefish tournament. Here is a teaser - 63 bonefish on a single boat in an 8-hour day!! The tournament finishes up next week so I will post the results then.

PERMIT (Palometta): Susan landed a couple permit on her trip, Sharon bested her beau David with a lovely permit to the boat! Returning guest Joe got a beautiful permit this week while his wife Melissa and baby Nathan played at the beach and pool. (Nathan was quickly adopted by our waitstaff!) John & Nick had a permit next to the boat and almost touched the leader before it popped off. Susan and Jeff had each had some permit during their adventure.

TARPON (Sabalo): Brian and Jon got tarpon to eat out on Savanah late in the week but nothing to the boat. Robert and Joe had the most tarpon hooked up this week with 9 but alas, Zero came to the boat! Susan and Jeff got some great tarpon action this week. Ben and Rex got in to some good tarpon fishing this week landing a few between them with several more hooked up. David got a great looking tarpon after throwing at fish that wouldn’t say yes – his advice: “just keep throwing it at them.”

OTHER SPECIES: Jack, Ladyfish, Snappers, barracudas, lots of shad, a look down, some triggers… lots of extras!

Grand Slam: Susan and Jeff had a boat slam! Between the 2 of them they landed a bonefish, permit and tarpon in a single day (it just wasn’t a single angler so it is not quite as precious as the grand slam.)

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - What do you have in your box? It will probably work! Make sure the are some lead eye versions of your favorite flies as they will kick up a little silt on that first strip and the bonefish love that!

FOR PERMIT - Peterson shrimp, Mantis ghost shrimp, Merkin crab, Christmas Island Special

FOR TARPON - Black bunny, black deceiver, chartreuse toad

This Week’s Summary:

Some nice weather and great folks from all over the world. The great fishing is certainly a bonus!

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest David and his Tarpon
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 08/03/15 10:27 AM

FISHING REPORT

July 26th – August 1st, 2015

Weather Conditions: Mostly fair weather all week for partly cloudy to mostly cloudy, a few squalls here and there.

Winds: Winds were moderate most of the week with morning winds 10-15 and afternoon breezes of 5-10 mph, mostly out of the east.

Air Temperature: Highs are in the mid to upper 80’s to low 90’s lows in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80-83 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.5 – 30.00

Sunrise: 5:29 am Sunset: 6:26 pm

Moonphase: The full moon was on July 31st.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Our IWFA (International women’s Fishing Association) group were here and caught 450 bonefish over 3 days and 8 boats out on the water each of the 3 days! The high fish day was 63 bonefish in one boat in one 8 hour day! Congratulations to Connie for first place, with Pam, Denise and Susan in second through fourth. Donna, Molly, Abby (the Orvis group leader), Darla, Joan, Ellen, Janice, and Susan #2 really demonstrated their skills. I would encourage all women anglers to check out their site at http://www.iwfa.org/ . The rest of the El Pescador guest list also did well with the bonefish. The Elder family of 12 that tore up some bonefish flats, Nic, Patrick, David, Joe, Ben, Dan, Nic1, Nic2 all did well with the bones. Honeymooners, Lance & Sara, and Andrew and Kate all succeeded in their bonefish quest. Our Orvis group did great with Dan leading the way for Chris, Scott, Cameron, Emily and little Jack. Jack, at just one-year-old he demonstrated his charm with the staff and was voted most likely to Slam by age ten!

PERMIT (Palometta): The Elder family also got a few permit, with Patrick, Joe and Ben leading the way for a great permit week. Dan from Orvis led a great group this week and both he and his friend Will figured out how to make a few permit eat. Max ended up with a permit that was part of his grand slam day. Kassie and Joe fished with us just one day and BOTH of them ended with permit, and our friend Hackney arrive late in the week as a warm up for next week’s Tres Pescados tournament and started off strong with a permit that was the building black for his first slam,

TARPON (Sabalo): Cameron started off the week by jumping 3 in one day and wondering what he did wrong ( a constant question from new tarponites), and he followed it up with a nice one to the boat a couple days later feeling vindicated. Dan landed a beauty, Dave got one after a great fight, Max, Kassie, Joe, Joe 2, Hackney all landed tarpon. Adam, a regular guest and great friend to both us and the fishery got 2 tarpon his first day out. Adam will be leading our tarpon tagging expedition next week and we applaud him for his efforts to help our fishery. Heath ended up the week with 4 to the boat on his last day of fishing for the high tarpon number of the week.

OTHER SPECIES: Snook, Cudas, Cameron was our snapper supplier for dinner, ladyfish, jacks and much more!

Grand Slam: Oh Baby there was some action going on this week. First and foremost was a DOUBLE grand slam by Kassie and Joe, 2 anglers, one boat, 2 slams. My hats off to them and their guide. I am not done… Max achieved the coveted prize, Joe did it and Hackney got into the groove right away on his first day! FIVE grand slams in a week! You should have been here last week!!!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Crazy Charlie tan, Gotcha, CI Special, tiny micro crabs,

FOR PERMIT - Gummy minnow, SimRam, Ci special, Raghead Crab ( tan), Avalon

FOR TARPON - White Toad, Chartreuse bunny, Black death bunny, blue and white deceiver, purple/black bunny, Tan bunny

This Week’s Summary:

Another epic permit week with the tarpon coming on strong around the full moon! Again, debunking some of the myth about tarpon eating all night on a full moon.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 08/26/15 09:15 AM

FISHING REPORT

August 16th – August 22nd, 2015

Weather Conditions: Partly cloudy skies through the week with a couple of clear days. 2 -3 brief, isolated thunderstorms had no impact on our guests.

Winds: Winds were moderate to start the week 10-15 from the east building to 10-20 mph for 5 days and back down to 10 mph on Saturday. As the winds built there was some shifting from east to South east going on that really affected the tides dramatically!

Air Temperature: Highs were in low 90’s with lows in the mid to upper 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 81-83 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.78– 29.93

Sunrise: 5:30 am Sunset: 6:25 pm

Moonphase: The first quarter moon was on August 22nd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Sandy was the lone non-tarpon angler staying at the lodge this week and this is her second time at El Pescador. Not only did her casting improve greatly but her bonefish total skyrocketed. Bravo Miss Sandy! Jeff and Lisa visited us for a day and went out on a bonefish adventure. Sara gets kudos for the most consistent student out on the casting platform. Practice is the key. The more hours you have on the water or even visualizing the cast the better you get. The right instruction helps for sure!

PERMIT (Palometta): Glen was the only tarpon guy who wanted to see what this permit fishing was about, and although he didn’t land one, he had enough interactions to get hooked!

TARPON (Sabalo): Tarpon was the focus of the week as Adam Marton’s annual Tarpon Tagging Expedition was in full force. Tarpon guru Andy Mill headlined the event which included 16 anglers from all over the US. The event included daily seminars featuring Mr. Mill’s expertise along with scientific updates about the movement of previously tagged fish and what the University of Miami is learning about these prehistoric fish. Overall it is a great success with 44 interactions between anglers and tarpon of all sizes, this includes, bites, jumps, and landing of fish from 10 pounds to 130 pounds. To get a tag a fish must be at least 80 pounds as this assures that it is an adult migratory fish. The first tagged fish transmitted data showing it moved over 50 miles south along the Belize coast. The group tagged 3 more big fish to deploy 3 out of the 4 tags that were donated. These satellite tags record lots of information and then transmit each time it reaches the surface. Adam should be applauded for getting this work done and we hope Andy, Nick, Seth, John, Bill,, Mike, Tommy, Dustin, Eric, Frank, David, Jeff, Reese, Sara, Glen and Adam return for round 4 in 2016.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Snook, Cuda, Sharks, Sting Rays, a couple birds, Snapper!

Grand Slam: Not this week!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, Gotcha with legs, micro crabs

FOR PERMIT - They bumped an Avalalon and Mantis shrimp.

FOR TARPON - Black death, White toad, white deceiver, green toad, cockroach

This Week’s Summary:

The tarpon fishing improved as the week went on! it is fairly certain that during their migration the tarpon do this to spawn and get a larger gene pool going for reproduction. Even though tarpon mature at 14 or 15 years, our younger resident tarpon on Savannah flats were exhibiting odd pre-spawn behavior out on the flats and proved tough to engage with a fly.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:




Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 09/02/15 06:45 PM

FISHING REPORT

August 23rd – August 29th, 2015

Weather Conditions: HOT!! and partly cloudy most of the week with a short shower every other day or so.

Winds: Winds were very calm this week ranging from dead calm to 5, maybe 8 mph by the end of the week.

Air Temperature: Highs were in low 90’s with lows in the mid to upper 70’s but the lack of our sea breeze made it feel a lot hotter than normal.

Water Temperature: Temp: 81-83 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.85– 29.99

Sunrise: 5:36 am Sunset: 6:10 pm

Moonphase: The first quarter moon was on August 29th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): The bonefishing was good in the morning but the flats got just a little too hot by the early afternoon so 80% of the bonefish were caught before noon. In the afternoon we had to find some deeper water to catch them. Catch them we did with everyone getting into the action. Brenda’s first fish on a fly rod was a bonefish! Our South Carolina group consisting of Sandy, Alex, Andrew, Catherine, George and their South Carolina guide Mike all had an easy time with bonefish. This was true for Nick, Jason, honeymooners Dillon and Katie, Mom and daughter team Suzanne and Katie, father-son team Van and Matt, and returning couples, Elizabeth and Tom, Dan and Jeree, John and Amanda, Greg and Brenda, Tom and Vanessa, Jeremiah and Christina, Jason and Julia, Trevit and Jodi, Nick, Jason, Kerri, Warren, the family Wallace … I think that is most everybody who fished this week! A lot of people for August!

PERMIT (Palometta): Andrew got 2 permit this week, one of which was a very nice fish! Trevit got a beauty, Jason as part part of his grand slam got one, as did Dan and Jeremiah fulfilling their double slam.

TARPON (Sabalo): Tarpon was the name o f the game this week as Kerri got right to work with a dream come true – a tarpon on the fly! Her work with Casting for Recovery and other women’s organizations was rewarded as she must have built up the Karma needed to get it done! Tom and Vanessa got 2 in on their first day on the water and Tom finished with 8 landed tarpon for the week – all hail tarpon King Tom! Sayer caught her first tarpon while husband Dustin proudly coached her through the process. George jumped 4, Warren got one, Brenda got one, Jason (as part of his slam), Sandy, his twin grandsons Alex and Andrew proved they were not really as identical as they appeared. Andrew watched his brother catch tarpon while Alex seemed to be better at permit! Jodi landed a big one as part of her family slam, and father son team Van and Matt finished the week with some nice tarpon to the boat. Dan and Jeremiah also landed side by side tarpon on the way to their double slam!

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, snook, cuda, sharks, sting rays, and snappers galore.

Grand Slam: We had a family slam with Trevit and Jodi, Trevit got the permit and bonefish on Saturday and Jodi caught the tarpon the same day. A double grand slam for Dan and Jeremiah on their last day of fishing with each getting their slam later in the day (usually it is early in the day). Mid-week Jason went out with hopes of catching a tarpon, he came back with a grand slam!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, Crazy Charlie variations, becks sili-legs.

FOR PERMIT - tan mantis shrimp, CI Special, Custom single strip avalon.

FOR TARPON - Black death, White toad, white deceiver live bait.

This Week’s Summary:

Tarpon were back on the bite this week and the nice weather made it possible to fish anywhere we wanted. The grand slams tell it all – the weather was good and the fish were hungry.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 09/14/15 05:37 PM

FISHING REPORT

September 6th – September 12th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Partly to mostly cloudy this week with clearing near the end of the week

Winds: Moderate winds for 8-15 mph out of the East, Southeast

Air Temperature: Highs were in low 90’s with lows in the mid to upper 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 81-82 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.85– 29.99

Sunrise: 5:36 am Sunset: 6:10 pm

Moonphase: The new moon will be on the 13th

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Again there were no losers when it came to the bonefish – all those who attempted to catch bonefish ~ caught bonefish. Many were their first bonefish, and many were the first fish on a fly rod! Here is to all who participated!! The 2 Matts, Jeremy, Brian, Julie, Travis, Ashleigh, Matt, Nathan, David, Chris, the 3 Stephens, Larry, Vince, Jim, Scott, Will, Keelan, Nick, Vince, Brandon, Tyler, Chrissy, Jason, Joshua and more. Our heart felt thanks for visiting the lodge and I hope you wear your bonefish pins proudly!

PERMIT (Palometta): Permit fever – is defined 2 ways; as the inability to cast 20 feet when face to face with a large school of tailing permit, or as the addiction that occurs after you succeed! Congratulations to Brian who was the first of the week to land one, Chris had a gorgeous fish late in the week. Derek, a Florida Keys guide by trade, got his second permit of the trip while enjoying being on the front of the boat for a change. Chris #2 out fished his brother Scott and Dad Jim in the permit department!

TARPON (Sabalo): The big fish are still available even though September is the shoulder month for migratory tarpon. Aj’s and Natalie’s last day fell into this week, and it is only right that we acknowledge her big fish that completed her trip slam! Our good friend and returning guest Elizabeth made huge headway in casting her 10 weight tarpon rod and was rewarded with a nice take and first run only to be heartbroken when the leader broke way up at the loop knot connecting it to the fly line. She took it well, counting it as one more step to the holy grail – a big tarpon. Honeymooner Julie landed a 60-pound fish well south of the island, Keelan landed 2 separate 50 pound plus fish (with husband Will cheering her on). Nick and Steve got 3 tarpon between them one morning, and William and Larry coming in with tarpon to the boat as well. Several of these fish were light tackle and several were on the fly rod.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Barracudas, Snappers, Ladyfish, Snook

Grand Slam: 2 grand Slams!! Will came back with a Grand Slam on his 4th of 4 days fishing! His wife Keelan had been dominating the trip until today!! Another member of his group Chris slammed on the third day out with a solid permit. He was counting our grand slam hall of fame and calculated it is about 20 people a year who slam here at El Pescador. Another honeymoon slam goes to Brian and Julie from Cincinnati as they teamed up over the week to land all three species – not in one day, or by one person but it is a great prize for a special time for them. A trip slam for Natalie that is added to her and AJ’s honeymoon slam of last week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, Gotcha, Mini Clouser (chartreuse)

FOR PERMIT - Mantis shrimp, Bauer Crab, Simram

FOR TARPON - Black death, Chartreuse bunny, Tan Toad

This Week’s Summary:

A great group from Oldfield Outfitters in South Carolina graced the shores of our island this week. The group was a combination of light tackle fishermen and women, flyrodders and many who drifted between the two taking advantage of the daily fly casting clinics.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Asher and his double permit!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 09/27/15 11:20 AM

FISHING REPORT

September 6th – September 12th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Mostly fair weather all week for partly cloudy to mostly cloudy, a few squalls here and there

Winds: 5-15 mph mostly from the east all week, with a few mornings showing some winds from the West

Air Temperature: Highs are in the upper 80’s to low 90’s lows in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80-82 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.8 – 30.23

Moonphase: The last quarter moon was on July 8th. Sunrise: 5:40 am Sunset: 5:55 pm

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Our lovely bonefish came to the hooks of all who sought them out. Martin, Natasha, Andy, Rich, Edward, Maddy, Rich, Deborah, Ari, Nyugen, Gary, Debbie, Sheila, and David rounded out the bone fishers at the lodge this week.

PERMIT (Palometta): Ari, Andy, and Martin found their permit days as part of their grand slam day efforts! These were dinner plate size permit which are just a couple years old. These are beautiful fish born with the same annoying instincts when it comes to flies as their 20 pound parents! They just don’t eat flies on a daily basis! Size does not matter when we are talking “I got a permit!”

TARPON (Sabalo): Ari, Andy, and Martin had their tarpon fall on their grand slam day efforts! The biggest tarpon of the week goes to the lovely Natasha who was visiting from the UK. She also had a smaller one earlier in the week (60 pounds). George and George Jr. teamed up for 2 tarpon on their outing and Richard landed 2 tarpon this week as well.

OTHER SPECIES: Ladyfish, Jacks were very cooperative, several species of snappers, a few snook, some Spanish Mackerel and many other species especially if you count the reef trips that went out... Tripletail, groupers, barracudas all came to the boat.

Grand Slam: Wow, three international travelers brought their A-Game this week! We get to award a rare Super Grand Slam today (9/18/15) to Ari, Martin (from the UK) got a Grand Slam on Monday and Andy (from the UK) got s Grand Slam on Thursday.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Pretty much if it was in front of a bonefish it worked, but our guides seem to like the simple lead eye CI special

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Special, Bauer Crab, Foxy clouser.

FOR TARPON -

This Week’s Summary:

Some of the best fishing of the year is in the summer nd fall here at El Pescador. It is just more likely that a person from the northern half of the US is going to visit us during the winter rather than now. So even though the fishing is at its peak we only had a few boats going out daily.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 09/30/15 03:43 PM

FISHING REPORT

September 20th – September 26th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Mostly Cloudy, some days with drizzle some days with rain all day.

Winds: Moderate winds for 0-10 mph out of the East but shifting as light winds do.

Air Temperature: Highs were in high 780’s to low 90’s with lows in the mid to upper 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 81-82 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.75– 29.91

Sunrise: 5:40 am Sunset: 5:50 pm

Moonphase: The first quarter moon will be on the 21st.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Isaac, Mark, Ari, Scott, John, John, Jefferson, Eric, Rich. Harvey, Ken, Branon, Josh, Ken, Richard Deborah, George, Stu, Ken, Coleman, all got the bonefish to do what they wanted. Some catches numbered in the 20’s while other caught just a couple in a day. There were many first bonefish ever on a fly, which is a big step in anyone’s saltwater flats career. We are blessed with a huge number of bonefish which we tend to take for granted.

PERMIT (Palometta): Our returning friend Robert had the only permit scored this week. Two of them to be exact as he took his time, waiting for the guide to say Ok, lets go; a perfect cast later, a fish was on. Repeat again! It sounds so easy to be cool in front of a permit; but the reality is that it makes grown men and women so nervous that we rush it, which never seems to work.

TARPON (Sabalo): The family Dozier were tarpon machines as they all produced at least one tarpon each. John Sr., John Jr., Jefferson and Uncle Scott seemed to have the tarpon’s number despite the nasty rainy weather. Robert ( of permit fame above, landed 2 tarpon on his last day out on the water. Ari added three more tarpon this week, but his real claim to fame was the super grand slam of last week. One of our day fishing guests Kent landed 4 tarpon in 2 days of fishing. Branon & Josh landed a tarpon apiece after working it for several days getting more and more determined, then the next day they got 3 tarpon to the boat. Isaac made the best of his only day on the water with a sweet tarpon ( every tarpon is pretty sweet, right?) Harvey capped his week with a ninth inning tarpon to make it all worth while! Coleman has been working the tarpon on a fly thing for years and I am so happy that his quest became reality

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Barracudas, Snappers, Ladyfish, Snook

Grand Slam: No slams this week… I am betting on next week!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special

FOR PERMIT - Bauer Crab, Avalon with bead eyes

FOR TARPON - Black death, Chartreuse bunny, Tan Toad, white toad

This Week’s Summary:



Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Coleman and his Tarpon!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 10/19/15 06:11 PM

FISHING REPORT

October 11th – October 17th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Mostly clear to partly cloudy early in week. Lots of rain and clouds later in the week.

Winds: Very calm winds for 0-5 mph out of the west but building to 20-30 as rain arrived

Air Temperature: Highs were in high 80’s to low 90’s with lows in the mid to upper 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80-81 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.78 – 29.92

Sunrise: 5:32 am Sunset: 5:35 pm

Moonphase: The new moon is on the 12th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Kathy and Karen worked each day to improve their skills and landed their first ever bonefish! Truman did the same as he was out every afternoon on the casting dock honing his casts. Return guest Jenny hit 100 feet on the dock and credits Isa’s casting instruction! Al, Eric, Greg, Glen, Mic, along with some father/son teams Dad Al with Eric and Greg, Dave and Truman all prevailed with the bones landing a bunch. Couples like Brian and Carin, Jeff and Kimberly, Chip and Kathy, Nic and Cynthia, Jim and Angele, with group leaders Rob and Jenny, Dawn, Evan, Tim and more scored bonefish before the weather went south. (Actually it is moving north!)

PERMIT (Palometta): No permit were landed this week but Jenny had some great interest with a bunch of follows but no hookups. We heard other stories of typical permit behavior as well, brief moments of fish chasing a fly just to be snubbed with ruthless rejection.

TARPON (Sabalo): Tarpon were prevalent and relatively cooperative this week. Jenny landed a couple, Jill got a beauty, and Dawn also landed 3 tarpon to top it off. By far the biggest tarpon of the week went to Brian with a 90-100 pound fish sighted on a 4 foot white sand flat. Carin got some great photos of this magnificent fish.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Barracudas, Snappers, Snook, Ladyfish, Cobia

Grand Slam: No grand Slams.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, Crazy Charlie tan , Crazy Charlie, pink

FOR PERMIT -

FOR TARPON - white toad, purple bunny, chartreuse bunny

This Week’s Summary:

Congrats to Southwest Airlines on their inaugural flight from Houston to Belize. It was great to host Evan from Southwest here at the lodge. Unfortunately, stormy weather dominated much of the week. It was not an organized storm; but there was enough instability to give us lots of rain, and wind late in the week. In fact Saturday’s fishing had to be canceled as the winds were above our safety threshold. Despite not so great weather, the hearty prevailed with bonefish and tarpon!

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Brian and his Tarpon!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 11/03/15 06:28 PM

FISHING REPORT

October 16th – October 25th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Really pretty rainy to start the week with some dark and gray days. Partly cloudy for the rest of the week.

Winds: Moderate winds 0-12 mph from many directions.

Air Temperature: Highs were in high 80’s to low 90’s with lows in the mid to upper 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80-81 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.75 – 29.99

Sunrise: 5:43 am Sunset: 5:25 pm

Moonphase: The first quarter moon was on the 20th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): First bonefish ever kudos go to Erin, Michelle and Diane! Everyone was successful to a small or large degree with a one day total as high as 20 and as low as zero. Steve caught a mammoth fish that looks like it was 7-8 pounds which is as big as we see. The guide thought the school was a group of baby tarpon at first, that is how big the bonefish were. Many thanks to those who visited us this week, especially the women, Tricia, Michelle, Molly, Jennifer, Janet, Pam, Julie, Kathy, Linda, Bev, Diane, Rita, Martha and Mathanja (all the way from Germany), these female anglers/divers/snorkelers brightened the days for everyone, especially their husbands and partners who also love to fish, dive, and snorkel Belize. The men held their own (unless you count the permit totals below) Father and sons, Tom and Austin, Sy and Darren, Leif and Tom, Bill and Hunter, had their bonefish thirst quenched. Kent, Allen. Keith, Joe, Jed. Steve, Craig, Tony, John, Tom, Martin (with his sons Elias and Liam) Mike, Hugh, Russell all enjoyed the bonefish waters once the weather settled down.

A 40th Birthday bonefish went to Nathan and his family & friends who celebrated with him all week, Martha, Blair, His wife Kimberly, friends Betsy, Mimi all joined in the fun … Nathan is still stewing about the half dozen tarpon he hooked but lost during his week here.

PERMIT (Palometta): The only permit hunters that were successful this week were returning guest Bev’s first ever permit and Tricia duplicated the feat a day later. The permit princesses reigned!

TARPON (Sabalo): A whole bunch of tarpon were jumped this week but only a few came to the boat! Rusty was first up with a dancing silver king followed his beau Janet! Tony got into the tarpon club, And Keith was 4 for 6 one day – a lot better than the normal ration of landing 1 tarpon for every 10 hooked! Chase landed 2 tarpon on his last day of fishing and a weight was lifted off his shoulders, he did it!

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Barracudas, Snappers, Snook, Ladyfish, triggerfish.. many more if you count the reef trips some guests enjoyed.

Grand Slam: Bev earned a trip slam or soft slam during her visit this year. A bonefish, permit and tarpon were landed much to the delight of her husband Dave.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, Crazy Charlie tan , Crazy Charlie, pink

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Special, Funny looking brown crab!

FOR TARPON - White toad, Chartreuse deceiver, Orange Cockroach.

This Week’s Summary:

A family from Germany was here documenting Martins quest for a bonefish, tarpon and permit. What makes this remarkable is that Martin is in a wheelchair with very limited hand movement and no finger movement. With the help of some ingenious glove like devices he is able to grip the rod and strip line El Pescador is the starting point for a documentary with a working title of “30 Reasons” which makes me think Martin is looking at 27 other species after he masters a bonefish, permit and tarpon!

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 11/08/15 11:16 AM

FISHING REPORT

October 26th – November 4th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Mostly fair weather all week with some partly cloudy to mostly cloudy days, a few squalls here and there.

Winds: 0-15 mph mostly from the east all week, with a few mornings showing some winds from the North and West.

Air Temperature: Highs are in the upper 80’s to low 90’s with lows in the low to mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80-81 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.80 – 29.96

Sunrise: 5:55 am Sunset: 5:22 pm

Moonphase: The full moon was on October 27th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): The only guests who didn’t catch a bonefish were the ones that didn’t fish for bonefish! What a group, Keith and Susan, Paul, Frank, Jake, Ben, Jim, Troy and Nancigail, Shannon and Ty, Nathan, Alex, Jose, newlyweds Laura and Lars, newlyweds Cullen and Grant, Newlyweds Thomas and Witney, John and Joni, Matt, Jim, Kirk, Max, Rick, Jean, our young German friends Elias and Liam with their parents Martin and Mathanya all received the coveted El Pescador bonefish awards this week.

PERMIT (Palometta): The permit honors go to Mike, Troy and Paul who all outfoxed the wily permit this week. Lots of shots at these beautiful fish, but only a few takes. Frank was heartbroken when his permit broke as the knot from the backing to fly line ticked through... Arghhh! Almost a grand slam!

TARPON (Sabalo): Congratulations to our good friend and returning guest Tom for landing his biggest tarpon to date - a solid 50 pounder out on the flats! Orvis’ fearless leader Dan put one on the board his first day out, Paul and Frank were thrilled with their tarpon - what a blast! Troy got really busy with a total of three (3 that I know of anyway) And Ben got a nice “roadie” tarpon while golf cart fishing on his own with the help of our handy DIY maps. There are a couple holes just off the road that very few people fish! Returning guest Keith was getting tarpon to eat daily but they were just not sticking. The bites were straight on feeds where the tarpon does not turn away with the fly. Many of these bites end up with the fly pulling straight out of the mouth.

OTHER SPECIES: Ladyfish, Jacks were very cooperative, several species of snappers, a few snook and lots of barracuda.

Grand Slam: A soft slam goes to Troy for his bonefish, permit and tarpon over his trip to El Pescador.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Pretty much if it was in front of a bonefish it worked, but our guides seem to like the simple lead eye CI special more than any other fly we have!

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Special, Bauer Crab

FOR TARPON - A striper fly similar to a sand eel, White toads, Chartreuse Deceiver

This Week’s Summary:

Orvis’ fall Bonefish bonanza was a great success with many guests fishing outside the bonefish box for permit and tarpon! Many thanks to Sarah and Dan from Orvis travel for putting this trip together and hosting a great bunch of folks. There were lots of brand new Helios 2 rods on hand for all to use.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 11/23/15 07:55 PM

FISHING REPORT

November 1st – November 14th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Weather over these 2 weeks was good to start with lots of rain towards the end.

Winds: Moderate winds 0-12 mph from many directions.

Air Temperature: Highs were in mid 80’s with lows in the mid to upper 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.82 – 29.95

Sunrise: 5:55 am Sunset: 5:15 pm

Moonphase: The first new moon was on the 11th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Hardly a fishing day goes by without every guest catching a bonefish, usually if it happens it is because the angler decides to fish for tarpon or permit all day. This was true these 2 weeks despite some poor weather late in the last week. There were several large bonefish caught in the 4-pound range and a single report of a fish over 6 pounds. Orvis’ Bonefish School and Orvis’ Bonefish Bonanza dominated the activity. The school’s student took the first morning for some classroom work with knots, techniques, strip strike practice to get a little ahead of the game before they fished that afternoon. Sara & Sean, Rich and Lee, Victor and Mary, Tracy and David, gary and Debbie, Jerry and Gloria, David and Linda, Ron and Sissy, William, Steve, Robert, Julian, Cameron, Lance, Robert, Leo and Sue, Peter and Jackie, Jim and Lindsay, John and Emily, Vance and Ian, Robert and Marie, Justin and Sara, Howard and Janet, Rick, Bill, Jeff, Chris, Scott, Navid, Mickey And Becky, Randy and Brenda Daniel, Rob, Frank, Mike, Jim and Gail, Meredith and Charles, Brian and Leanna, Ron, Fred all enjoyed some great bonefishing here in Northern Belize.

PERMIT (Palometta): Return guest Jean landed 2 permit mid way through his trip… I believe these were his first Belizean permit. Brian, Troy and David each landed a permit during their stay at El Pescador. Oops, I almost forgot Cameron and Lance for their permit! Lots more shots, follows and a few hookups were also reported. Overall a significanrt number of permit were fooled by the fly this week.

TARPON (Sabalo): Bill started it off with a nice tarpon, Julian and Kyle were tarpon masters, Cameron, Lance, Jeff, and Justin got their tickets to tarpon stardom as well. Congratulations to all.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Barracudas, Snappers, Snook, Ladyfish, triggerfish.. many more if you count the reef trips some guests enjoyed.

Grand Slam: Not this week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, Bauer Crab

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Special, Bauer Crab

FOR TARPON - White toad, Chartreuse deceiver, Orange Cockroach

This Week’s Summary:

Many thanks to Pete for his leadership as the Orvis host for the 2 events, A mixed bag of weather didn’t help the results but overall it was very successful.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 11/29/15 11:43 AM

FISHING REPORT

November 15th – November 21st, 2015

Weather Conditions: First half of the week was cloudy, rainy and windy - the last half cleared up but remained windy!

Winds: Moderate winds 0-12 mph from many directions

Air Temperature: Highs were in mid 80’s with lows in the mid to upper 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.76 – 29.92

Sunrise: 5:59 am Sunset: 5:15 pm

Moonphase: The first quarter moon is on the 19th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Bonefish is our middle name and we are proud to wear it! It would be much easier to just list the folks that didn’t catch a bonefish, but the truth is the fishing was pretty tough due to a pretty gusty northeast wind. None the less bonefish were caught every day on every boat that tried. Congratulations to new members of the bonefish club and the veterans that have landed hundreds. Daniel, Craig, Carol, Michael (from the UK) John and Kelly, Alan and Nancy, Rich and Marye, Robin and Buzz, Leo, Dennis, Barry, Miles, Gary, Sulu, Mary Kay all enjoyed the diving, snorkeling and bonefishing.

PERMIT (Palometta): Our sole permit master this week was Josh who was fishing with his lovely bride of 5 years, Kelly. A great feat considering the weather was so poor.

TARPON (Sabalo): Gary started out the week strong with a nice tarpon on his second day out. Leo landed his first real tarpon. I say real only because that is what Leo said – his only other tarpon was about 12 inches long and after he landed this 35 pounder he realized the first one really didn’t count! It impressed his new bride of just a few days , Amy, with a tarpon on their last of 3 days

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Barracudas, Snappers

Grand Slam: Not this week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, Crazy Charlie tan , Crazy Charlie pink

FOR PERMIT - Peterson shrimp

FOR TARPON - Black death, Purple bunny, Peanut butter

This Week’s Summary:

A fairly quiet week with just a few boats going out daily. Lots of great couples this week including some honeymooners – Tim and Amy and John and Megan celebrated some great times here at EL Pescador. We are so happy to have been a part of their celebrations.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Tim and his Tarpon!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 12/10/15 11:51 AM

FISHING REPORT

November 22nd – December 5th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Mostly cloudy days, windy early in the week but a little more clear late in the week with less wind.

Winds: 5-15 mph North, Northeast, Northwest, a sign of cooler weather to come.

Air Temperature: Highs were in mid 80’s with lows in the mid to upper 70’s

Water Temperature: Temp: 80 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 30.03 – 29.81

Sunrise: 6:06 am Sunset: 5:14 pm

Moonphase: The last quarter moon was on the 3rd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Some long-time friends fished with us this week, Dean, Scott, Dave, Wayne, Dennis and Charles have been to El Pescador a combined 30 plus times and it is always a pleasure to host our extended El Pescador family. Jim and Sharon fooled some bonefish, Jerry and Mandy, Dave and Erica ( first bonefish ever) Jill and Guy (Jill’s first ever), Nathan and Diana (her first), Wade with his first bonefish, Adam, Tyler sand Emily added bonefish to their species list.. Gary and Elaine, Pete and Richard, Ray and Jay, Wade and Adam, all enjoyed some great bonefishing. The biggest fish of the week was right off the dock here at the lodge as Nathan landed “Bob” a nice 4-5 pounder that hangs out here at the lodge

PERMIT (Palometta): Joe was the first to land a permit this week, as the first angler to land this devilish fish. Rich and Adam joined the club later in the week with a couple of nice fish. There were several boats who made some good shots, got some good follows, even a bite or two but no dice. They just didn’t eat.

TARPON (Sabalo): Dave was bound and determined to land a tarpon he spied in our back lagoon. He was fishing on his own for a couple days and saw 2 fish in the same spot both days – Next armed with a tarpon fly and leader he was able to hookup and keep the fish out of the mangroves – a solid 10 pounder all on his own! Nathan got 2 to eat and jumped a third on his first day out, Ray was victorious in his tarpon quest, and Adam ( on his honeymoon) landed a nice tarpon towards the end of the week.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Barracudas, Snappers

Grand Slam: Joy was determined for us to acknowledge her bonefish, snapper and barracuda grand slam but unfortunately after careful review, the ruling on the water was upheld, it is not a grand slam in this or any country!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Peterson shrimp, CI special, micro crabs

FOR PERMIT - CI Special, Mantis shrimp

FOR TARPON - Purple bunny, black toad, black deceiver

This Week’s Summary:

Old friends fished with us this week, and it is always a pleasure to host our extended El Pescador family. Weather still not 100% but the fishing was still solid.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 12/17/15 04:43 PM

FISHING REPORT

December 6th – December 12th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Fairly cloudy but less rain this week, each afternoon clearing only to cloud up again the next morning.

Winds: 5-15 mph Northwest, a sign of cooler weather to come.

Air Temperature: Highs were in low to mid 80’s with lows in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 30.00 – 29.91

Sunrise: 6:11 am Sunset: 5:17 pm

Moonphase: Nnew moon is on the 11th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Welcome back thanks go to returning guests Charles and son Philip, Charlie and Casey, Dan, Archie, Wayne, Bob and Karen, Scott and John. Bonefish are a given for these folks but their presence here at the lodge is not! Dan got some nice size fish in the 3-5 pound range. Nathan and Diana, joined our bonefish club as did Fred and Judy, Heather and Todd, George and Cindy, Dan and Barb, Kevin And Christien, Stacy and Michael, Adam and Ashley, and Tyler and Emily. We hate to take our bonefish for granted here on Ambergris so each week we remind ourselves how lucky we are to be surrounded by so many fish.

PERMIT (Palometta): Newlyweds Ashley and Adam (married right here at El Pescador) took turns with the permit as Adam was on board first followed by Ashley’s slam permit later in the week.

TARPON (Sabalo): Casey and Charlie had a tarpon thing going with their guide, landing at least 4 during the week. Casey was too humble to admit exactly how many he caught. Ashley got a nice mangrove tarpon to complete her slam, Adam’s honeymoon slam was completed with his first tarpon on a fly!

OTHER SPECIES: Barracudas, Snappers, Snook

Grand Slam: Ashley did it all this week, got married, enjoyed her honeymoon and managed a grand slam in between! Adam her new husband almost slammed the same day but missed the tarpon. Adam is credited with a honeymoon slam with all three species caught on his honeymoon week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - CI-Special, Crazy Charlie, Gotcha

FOR PERMIT - Mantis shrimp

FOR TARPON - white deceiver, gummy minnow, black death

This Week’s Summary:

It was a pleasure to host the wedding of Adam and Ashley. A great couple from Colorado who lit up the fishing on their combination wedding and honeymoon trip. The more we got out of the North wind the better the fishing got.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - 12/27/15 11:26 AM

FISHING REPORT

December 13th – December 19th, 2015

Weather Conditions: Crazy weather! Some nice days, some poor days, some wind, some rain.

Winds: 5-15 mph rotating from North to east and everything in between.

Air Temperature: Highs were in low to mid 80’s with lows in the mid 70’s

Water Temperature: Temp: 80 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 30.00 – 29.74

Sunrise: 6:16 am Sunset: 5:20 pm

Moonphase: The first quarter moon on the 18th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Mike and Jane started off with bonefish and then got seduced by tarpon fishing later in the week, Larry, Brian, Fred and Judy, Craig and Spencer, Brandon and Robert, Brian, Eric, Trent, Kevin and Christine, James and Carol ~ all had some sweet success among the bonefish population here on Ambergris Caye. Returning friends Ted and Wing, Larry, Archie, Robert, Brain all knew about our cooperative bonefish at El Pescador and were not disappointed. A few nice fish were caught both in front of the lodge, and in the lagoon system behind the lodge this week, during some after hour fishing escapades.

PERMIT (Palometta): James landed the biggest of the week, with a nice thick 15 pound beauty, Brandon says his was not as big but he was till extremely pleased with his first permit. Father and son team Craig and Spencer landed permit on the same day late in their trip and was followed up by John who landed the last permit of the week.

TARPON (Sabalo): Fred was first on the list with his tarpon, James landed a baby tarpon as part of his slam day a nice 10 pounder. ( these smaller tarpon are the most fun as they jump like crazy and take just a few minutes to tire out) Jane hooked up big time a=on a nice tarpon and 2 other boats up to a mile a way heard her excitement as the fish bolted so fast she could not let go of the line fast enough, ending up with a slice in her stripping finger! Robert rounded out the week with his tarpon.

OTHER SPECIES: Barracudas, Snappers, Snook

Grand Slam: James is the big hero this week putting it together with a spectacular permit, a good tarpon and a solid bonefish all in a single day filled with multiple grins!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - CI-Special, Crazy Charlie, Gotcha

FOR PERMIT - Mantis shrimp

FOR TARPON - White deceiver, gummy minnow, black death

This Week’s Summary:

While the weather was all over the place with winds sometimes challenging the anglers, the fish were there and showed. Bonefish in good numbers, some nice permit and even a duo for a father and son team, and some smaller tarpon that put on airial acrobatic shows and challenge you to do everything right. With a nice slam to top it off. What fun!

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Noele McLain

Re: Fishing Report - - 12/27/15 12:40 PM

Keep in mInd Go-Yoga has a great classes designed for the sport of Fly fishing


www.go-yoga.org


Remember we travel to you and with you, so let us know if you would like to schedule a special class during your guests tip.

YOGA ON THE FLY
Ever experience lower back pain during or after fishing? At times on the water you will get locked into a productive hole for an extended bit of time. Shoulders getting tight from holding too long, waiting in anticipation. Sometimes you find yourself standing on an uneven bed of shallow water just a little off balance, or simply planted in one spot. Your lower back will tend to get stiff in those situations. Practicing just a couple of poses such as bridge, for example, or cat cow— will help you stretch out your lower back before going to the flats. Just a handful of positions can help improve your balance. You might not be ready for the dancer or crow but you definitely can do some poses that will help you keep your feet on the ground: the seemingly simple tree pose is common and a good place to start. If that doesn’t get you going we can move to a more challenging balance pose such as warrior III that you will find yourself naturally doing chasing a catch. You soon realise you’ve been doing yoga all along and you never even knew it. You came here to fish. Make the most of it by incorporating a little yoga every day into the experience and you will leave your vacation feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and very excited to return.

bendy@go-yoga.com
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - - 01/01/16 10:36 PM

FISHING REPORT

December 20th – December 26th, 2015

Weather Conditions: A solid week of crazy wind and mostly clear skies

Winds: 18-30 mph rotating from North to Southeast and everything in between.

Air Temperature: Highs were in low to mid 80’s with lows in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 30.05 – 29.81

Sunrise: 6:16 am Sunset: 5:20 pm

Moonphase: The first quarter moon is on the 18th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Our guests took comfort from the wind on some of the secluded flats on the west side of the island with bonefish days ranging from 1-25 fish. Winds like this limit our fishery to a fraction of its normal size. Flats that are normally clear are riled up, wide open flats were just too windy to try so it takes some patience , some blind casting and perseverance to make things happen, A great Christmas week with lots of families visiting; Husband and wife Jeff and Peggy, Jeff, John and Ali, Bryan, Molly, James, Robert, Davis and John, Michael, Naomi, and Seth Robert, Pam, and Kim, Matson, Sam, Sawyer and Susie, Charles, Elizabeth, and Josie, Steven, Wyatt and Jackson, Robert, Bobby, Natalie, William, and Tobias, Nancy and Gray, Hill, Cornelia, Cornelia 2 and William, Jonathan, Samantha (Sam), George and Thomas, Most of them took part is some good bonefishing despite the wind

PERMIT (Palometta): Two permit were landed this week one of which led to a Grand Slam! Gray visited the lodge with his lovely wife Nancy and was rewarded with a very big permit early on in his trip. Mike persevered through the heavy wind and off color water and managed an unlikely permit.

TARPON (Sabalo): Mike was the only success story for tarpon although there were many hookups that ended in the dreaded long distance release. Our famous tarpon flats were totally out of shape with the high winds we experienced this week so the only tarpon fishing that was available was searching around likely mangrove creeks and lagoons.

OTHER SPECIES: Barracudas, Snappers, ladyfish, tripletail, triggerfish, Jacks

Grand Slam: Mike’s Slam happened during the worst of the wind and his success kept all the other fishermen going this week. We wish Mike all the best as he rushed back to the states after falling ill with some heart related issues. His prognosis is good and we are hoping for a speedy recovery to celebrate his grand slam!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - CI-Special, Crazy Charlie

FOR PERMIT - Avalon (small one), Christmas Island Specials

FOR TARPON - White toad

This Week’s Summary:

The wind was tough but the anglers persevered and got some good fishing in. Christmas was celebrated with one of the largest group of guests El Pescador has hosted. The family atmosphere was wonderful.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - - 01/04/16 07:46 PM

FISHING REPORT

December 27th – January 2, 2016

Weather Conditions: A solid week of crazy wind and mostly clear skies

Winds: 18-30 mph rotating from North to Southeast and everything in between.

Air Temperature: Highs were in low to mid 80’s with lows in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 80 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 30.02 – 29.88

Sunrise: 6:16 am Sunset: 5:20 pm

Moonphase: The last quarter moon is on the 1st.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Wow , we had a lot of families this week and everyone who went after bonefish managed to land them. Bryan, Molly, James, Marsh,& John, Kathryn, Tom, Rob, Ryan ,Scott, Gabby & Maddy, Matthew & Steve, Chris & Jeff, John & Mark, Jeff, John & Ali, Charles, Kate, Elizabeth, Josie, Sam & Sawyer, Jeff, Yvete, Jack & Ryan, Len and Lisa, Poster, Patricia, Anna & Emma, Mike, Alicia, Victoria & Justin, Jonathan, Sam, Thomas & George, Tom & Ali were a few of the guests enjoying the holidays here at EL Pescador.

PERMIT (Palometta): It turned out to be a good permit week with lots of shots, a few bites and 7 fish landed. Congratulations to young Elizabeth who set out on the lofty goal of catching a permit. Although she had realistic expectations, her confidence was high. Success along side her father Charles as they each landed a fish early on, shared one and Charles caught the third! Jacob landed his first permit, Jonathan came all the way from England to land a permit (the slam was foiled by a tarpon who ate his fly but did not stay on) Brady got a beauty and Len almost slammed after he landed his permit, but the tarpon are the pesky ones this week! John got the biggest of the week with a great fish landed.

TARPON (Sabalo): I can’t remember when we have had a no tarpon week but here it is! The winds kept everyone off our favorite tarpon areas. A few were hooked but none made it to the boat.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Barracuda, Snappers, Snook

Grand Slam: None.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - CI-Special, Crazy Charlie

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Specials, Mantis Shrimp, Raghead crab

FOR TARPON - White toad had some bites

This Week’s Summary:

The wind was tough but the anglers persevered and got some good fishing in. New Year was celebrated with one of the largest group of guests El Pescador has hosted. The family atmosphere was wonderful.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest and his permit!
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - - 01/17/16 11:16 AM

FISHING REPORT

Jan. 3rd – Jan. 9th, 2016

Weather Conditions: A bit cloudy and windy to start and then clearing with calmer winds late in the week.

Winds: 10-15 early in the week down to calm midweek and then a 10 mph breeze on Saturday from North to southeast and everything in between.

Air Temperature: Highs were in low to mid 80’s with lows in the mid 70’s

Water Temperature: Temp: 79 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 30.08 – 29.80

Sunrise: 6:25 am Sunset: 5:33 pm

Moonphase: The new moon was on the 9th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Bonefish (Macabi); BTT tagged 748 fish in 4 days of tagging! This is part of an important study to learn more about the bonefish here in Belize. How fast do they grow, how far do they travel? Tagging will help.

Carson and the Kim enjoyed their first bonefishing here on the island. Kim and Carson learned just before they arrived that they have a baby that should arrive in July – just in time for tarpon season ( you can’t start too early).

Doug and Taryn, Sarah and Matt, Joe and Chris, Tim and Tommy, Eileen and Brian, Bill and will, Rusty and Ian, Frank, Simon and Jamie, Brad, Rick and Steven, Mark, Cameron, Rob and Susan all had some great fun at the lodge and most honed their bonefish skills.

PERMIT (Palometta): One angler actually landed one of the previously tagged permit the next day (boy, it is not this fish’s week!) Tim led the permit parade with 5 permit this week (one really big one), Will not far behind with 3,Tom got one, Steve landed 3 in 3 days, Taryn got her first ever, not to be outdone, her husband Doug also landed his first permit! Congrats to Cameron on a permit during his stay.

TARPON (Sabalo): A bunch of tarpon were hooked but only two made it to the boat. Mark was successful with a Silver King and Frank started at the top and chose not to fish for bonefish so was awarded the only tarpon pin of the week but no bonefish pins.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Barracuda, Snappers, Snook

Grand Slam: Mike’s Slam happened during the worst of the wind and his success kept all the other fishermen going this week. We wish Mike all the best as he rushed back to the states after falling ill with some heart related issues. His prognosis is good and we are hoping for a speedy recovery to celebrate his grand slam!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - CI-Special, Crazy Charlie

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Specials, EP Spawning Shrimp, Bauer crab

FOR TARPON - White Toad and Black Death patterns had some bites

This Week’s Summary:

Aaron Adams from Bonefish Tarpon Trust cam down with 3 assistants to help with some tagging, and tag they did. Our guides found the fish and then helped the BTT fellows rounded them up. They tagged 748 bonefish and 14 permit in the 4 days they worked. We already caught one of the tagged permit! We really appreciate the work they are doing and hope you will support them by buying a membership. Call or join online Bonefish and Tarpon Trust or 321-674-7758

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - - 01/20/16 08:45 PM

FISHING REPORT

January 10th – 16th, 2016

Weather Conditions: Mostly fair weather, a few rain showers here and there.

Winds: 5-15 mph a few mornings showing some winds from the West turning to every direction.

Air Temperature: Highs are in the mid 80’s, lows were in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 79 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.8 – 30.05

Sunrise: 6:26 am Sunset: 5:38 pm

Moonphase: The first quarter moon was on January 16th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Lots of bone fish for all of those who threw at them. Sarah and Matt, Greg, Marc and Jason, Terry and Cole, John, John 2, Jay, Tom, Ron, Todd, Stewart, Eric, Jim and Steve got some good fishing time in and were rewarded with out cooperative bonefish. Not to be left out… Shelly and Brandon, Brad, Matt and Mark, Joe, Russ, Rusty, and Ed, and Mike and Cindy rounds out the bonefishing crowd. We try not to take bonefish for granted here, but it seems everyone will catch a bonefish if they have the determination to work at it.

PERMIT (Palometta): Todd’s permit was a part of his grand slam this week as was Charlie’s… but Matt broke into the permit world with a lovely fish! Several more permit were landed this week thanks to the good permit weather.

TARPON (Sabalo): Ed was the tarpon master with 2 real good size tarpon he landed while blind casting down by Long Caye. Long Caye is known for its migratory tarpon fishing in the summer and early fall but many people don’t know there are some big fish down there year round. It took some blind casting to some rolling fish to get them hooked up. Todd’s tarpon was a part of his slam, Charlie was missing the tarpon for a while but pulled through.

OTHER SPECIES: Rocco got a nice snook, some barracudas were landed, jacks, snappers and others!

Grand Slam: Our grand slam heroes this week were Charlie and Todd. Charlie started the week on fire and Todd finished the week on a high note cranking in a bonefish, permit and tarpon in a single day. There is recognition by the IGFA for any grand slam caught so I hope you guys file an application for your certificate!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Pretty much if it was in front of a bonefish it worked, but our guides seem to like the simple lead eye CI special.

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Special, Bauer Crab.

FOR TARPON - Black Death, White toads!

This Week’s Summary:

Permit were hungry and the fishing pressure is light at the lodge.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - - 01/28/16 07:39 PM

FISHING REPORT

January 17th – 23rd, 2016

Weather Conditions: Mostly fair weather, a few rain showers mid week.

Winds: 5-15 mph from every direction from full west, swinging to the north and all the way east and everything in between

Air Temperature: Highs are in the mid 80’s, lows were in the mid 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 79 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.78 – 30.18

Sunrise: 6:26 am Sunset: 5:40 pm

Moonphase: The full moon was on January 23rd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): “More bonefish than you can imagine” was the report from one boat last week. Everyone who wanted to catch a bonefish did so!

PERMIT (Palometta): Staci Landed 2 permit this week – Rusty joined the permit club and Todd and Jay grabbed a permit by the tail! Permit fishing is not for sensitive anglers, you must get used to rejection.

TARPON (Sabalo): Good tarpon fishing this week with many guests encountering the sliver king. Anywhere from 10 to 60 pounds!! Congrats to John, Champ and Todd for getting theirs to the boat. If your tarpon happened to get off not so close to the boat – come back again, it will happen!

OTHER SPECIES: Snook, Jacks, Cudas, snapper!

Grand Slam: Todd’s grand Slam was reported on last weeks report, but in truth it was this week!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island special is all you really need!

FOR PERMIT - Avalon (light version), Mantis shrimp

FOR TARPON - Black death, White bunny, Sand eel

This Week’s Summary:

A very solid week of fishing for everyone at the lodge. A group of doctors from Wilderness Medical joined us for a retreat/business trip.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - - 02/07/16 11:20 AM

FISHING REPORT

January 24th – January 30th, 2016

Weather Conditions: Mostly fair weather all week with a mix of clouds and sun

Winds: Again this week, 5–15 mph moderate winds from full west, swinging to the north and all the way east and everything in between

Air Temperature: Highs are in the mid to low 80’s, lows were in the mid to low 70’s

Water Temperature: Temp: 78 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.85 – 30.18

Sunrise: 6:25 am Sunset: 5:45 pm

Moonphase: The full moon was on January 23rd and the last quarter moon was on the 31st.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): A nice quiet week at the lodge with just 5–6 boats going out on a daily basis. Our bonefish did not disappoint and their cooperation was greatly appreciated by all of those who went out this week. The Orvis Saltwater School dominated the fishing and the students and guests got bonefish daily. The theory is easy to understand, but not so easy to execute. Once you spot a school of bonefish, simply throw the fly just past the fish’s perceived path far enough in front of the fish that you don’t spook it, but not so far that he has too much time to change paths. When the fish is in visual range of the fly, a couple short strips and fish on!! Now here is the hard truth… seeing these bright silver fish is not easy, the wind is blowing, the fish are spooky and you have just a few seconds to deliver the fly on target to moving fish about 40 feet away! When it all goes as planed it is simple, right? Congratulations to all who succeeded this week!

PERMIT (Palometta): Tom G. had a trip of a lifetime as he was able to land 2 permit this week. For many people this is a lifetime total! Berth matched the feat with his matched set pf permit and John, Tom and Josh had a permit apiece during their stay here at El Pescador.

TARPON (Sabalo): Dick was the tarpon guru to start the week and in an unusual event, Junior landed a tarpon right in front of the lodge! A few other bites, a bunch of follows and who knows how many shots were made. Keeping your cool while face to face with a tarpon takes some practice!

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Cudas, and snapper!

Grand Slam: No slams this week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special – lead eyes

FOR PERMIT - custom crab patterns, CI Special size 4, Gotcha

FOR TARPON - cockroach in olive, black bunny, Olive toad.

This Week’s Summary:

A very solid week of fishing for everyone at the lodge. A group of doctors from Wilderness Medical joined us for a retreat/business trip.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - - 02/16/16 07:34 PM

FISHING REPORT

Feb. 1 – Feb. 13, 2016

Weather Conditions: The weather ranged the gamete from clear, cloudy, rainy, calm windy with only a day or two of clear skies and low winds. It got really cold last week with a low in the mid-sixtys!

Winds: 5-23 mph rotating from North to east and everything in between.

Air Temperature: Highs were in low 80’s with lows in the low 70’s, dipping to lows of 60 and highs of 70 late in the week.

Water Temperature: Temp: 77 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.88 – 30.22

Sunrise: 6:20 am Sunset: 5:22 pm

Moonphase: The full moon was on the 8th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): As the cooler days kept coming we could tell that the bonefish were a little less enthusiastic the colder it got. There were some slower days for those who continued to sightfish, but it remained quite productive for those who fished deeper where the water was a bit warmer. All guests were successful with bonefish each day; they pursued them even with the chilly weather. The high boat of the week was 20 fish.

PERMIT (Palometta): Tom G. got his hands on a permit to start the trip off right, Kate was able to get a permit, our friend Howard was thrilled with his permit. Louis was the last to add a permit to his fish totals this week.

TARPON (Sabalo): Jeff got a nice 70 pound fish out on a perfect day on the deeper flats of Savannah, Tom leadered his fish but was denied the picture, El Pescador’s returning guest Rob got a tarpon on his first day out, but as the weather cooled off, so did his luck with those persnickety tarpon! Amanda got the prize ~ landing 2 tarpon in one day next to her tarpon-less spouse Jason. Jason was happier about Amanda’s fish than he would have been if he caught them, so all was well. Louis, a French Canadian enjoyed landing a tarpon and playing a few other. Lots of follows, some bites and a few to the boat.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Cudas, and snapper!

Grand Slam: Louis ended up with a super slam for the week and to him it didn’t seem to matter to him that it was not all in one day – just landing each over the week was a thrill!

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - Christmas Island Special, Crazy Charlie

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Specials, Mantis Shrimp, Raghead crab

FOR TARPON - White Toad, Cockroach in olive, Purple Bunny, Cockroach in natural.

This Week’s Summary:

A big thanks to Teagan, my 8 year old assistant, who helped me with the pin ceremony each evening! Rarely does a cold front make it far enough south to impact our fishing, but this one lasted about a week and we could see signs of fish leaving the shallow water in favor of the deeper warm water. We had to look a little deeper to find the fish as the water cooled.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - - 02/24/16 02:27 PM

FISHING REPORT

Feb. 14 – Feb. 20, 2016

Weather Conditions: Nice warm week mostly fair skies.

Winds: A couple perfect days with a 10 mph easterly winds and some other days 12-16 mph, and a few too windy days at 15-20 from the north.

Air Temperature: Highs were in low 80’s with lows in the low 70’s.

Water Temperature: Temp: 79 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.9 – 30.22

Sunrise: 6:17 am Sunset: 5:53 pm

Moonphase: The first quarter moon is on the 15th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Celeste and Luke got out one day and lit up the bonefish flats with 12 bonefish each, not bad for first day, first time, bonefishers! Ron and Betsy were pretty competitive as well, Volker came all the way from Germany to catch a bonefish with us and, true to the advertising, he got many more than one on his first day. Not all the couples fished together, but all had a good time. Dwight, Tim and Jean, Pete and Lindsay, Ivan and Misty, Tom and Laura, Randy, Kerry and Debbie, Jon and Kathy, Curtis, Jay, Jeff, Mike, Jamie and Kevin, Mike, JD, Stephen and Jerry all brought joy to the flats of Ambergris Caye. Hundreds of bonefish were landed during Orvis’ bonefish Bonanza Susan and Ray from the UK met their friends Mike and Sandy and enjoyed the flats, the town, and the relaxation easily found here at El Pescador. Returning guests Bill and Evie, Kevin, Doug, Matt, Will and Samantha started another trip here this week, it is always great to see old friends.

PERMIT (Palometta): Samantha had a big grin when I saw her on Saturday and I knew something was up. It was a 30 pound permit! 45 minutes of battle ended with the fish in her capable hands. Betsy was also proud of her first permit much to the delight of Ron ( who may have been a tad jealous as well). The women of the lodge tamed the permit this week!

TARPON (Sabalo): Duber, our Orvis host, landed the only tarpon of the week that made it al the way to the boat. Ron had one on for a while only to part ways with a spectacular jump, a few more bites and a few more jumps from other guest rounded out a relatively slow week for the Silver King.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Barracuda, Snappers, Triggerfish and more

Grand Slam: No Slams this week

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - CI-Special, Crazy Charlie, Gotcha

FOR PERMIT - Christmas Island Specials, Peterson spawning Shrimp

FOR TARPON - Black death bunny, Chartreuse Deceiver

This Week’s Summary:

A good weather week with lots of great guests that had the lodge in a great mood. Orivi had the winter Bonefish Bonanza and had 10 guides reserved for a great group, lots of couples, lots of fun, Big thanks go out to Duber, Orvis’ host for the Bonefish Bonanza event, everything was smooth and successful.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Fishing photo of the week:


El Pescador guest Samantha and her Permit
Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - - 03/07/16 09:23 PM

FISHING REPORT

Feb. 21- 27, 2016

Weather Conditions: Some rainy days, some cloudy days, in general not much sun this week.

Winds: Mostly from the North, Northwest, North Northeast and a wide range of 5–20 mph.

Air Temperature: Highs were between 75 and 85 with lows in the low 70’s

Water Temperature: Temp: 79 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.9. – 30.22

Sunrise: 6:12 am Sunset: 5:56 pm

Moonphase: The full moon was on the 22nd.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Bonefish bonefish bonefish, the silver ghostclad with mirrors, perfectly camouflaged no matter what color bottom they are on. They are built for speed and eating things on or even under the bottom. Ever see a bonefish puff out a critter that is covered in sand? The can jet spray water out their mouth to uncover prey! Remarkable. Kevin and Jamie, got the hang of bonefishing right away, Tom, Glenn. Larry, Austin, Ross, Rick and his son Connor, Sue and Ray (from England), Jeremy and Liza, Gene Greg and Terri, returning guests (now part of the family) Evie and Bill, Mandy and Glen Chris, Steve, Matt Boomer, Jim. All had a great time enticing bonefish with fly rods, spin rods.. everything! Gene, Greg and Terri, Mandy and Glen Chris, Steve, Matt Boomer, Jim. All had a great time enticing our lovely bonefish !

PERMIT (Palometta): Kevin was the start permit player this week as he somehow got at least one permit 3 days in a row with his sweetheart Jamie cheering him on. Although Jamie did not land a permit she had some shots and out fished Kevin in the tarpon department!

TARPON (Sabalo): Go Jamie!! She landed the first tarpon of the week showing Kevin how it’s done (payback for the above permit lashing Kevin gave Jamie!). Glenn had the fun part: the eat and the first jump, this is where its at for a tarpon junkie, watching them eat a fly and then the unbelievable jump that usually follows. The jump can be a low greyhounding leap or a perfectly vertical gill shaking explosion. Miss Glenda “queen of the tarpon” decided to skip the old wisdom of starting with bonefish and went directly to tarpon. Awesome! Chris followed this up with a nice silver king, Austin brought 2 to the boat 1 day, and Bill celebrated his birthday in style with a beautiful; fish coming to hand.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Sharks, Barracuda, Snappers, and a crazy pelican! ) Oh I almost forgot Evies trophy box fish!

Grand Slam: A soft slam for Jamie and Kevin with a bonefish, permit and tarpon over the course of the week between the two of them.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - CI-Special, Crazy Charlie, Gotcha

FOR PERMIT - Peterson spawning Shrimp

FOR TARPON - Black death bunny, White toad, light natural cockroach, olive toad

This Week’s Summary:

A fairly poor weather week but some remarkable catches by some beginning and experienced anglers.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - - 03/11/16 08:56 PM

FISHING REPORT

Feb. 21- Mar. 5, 2016

Weather Conditions: Coolish weather, generally fair to partly cloudy.

Winds: Mostly from the North, switching to the east 5–15 mph

Air Temperature: Highs were between 75 and 80 with lows in the low 70’s

Water Temperature: Temp: 79 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.96 – 30.20

Sunrise: 6:09 am Sunset: 5:59 pm

Moonphase: The last quarter moon was on the 1st.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Keith got his fill of bonefish right out of the gate, Fred, Orv and Sue, Paul, Virgil, Bob, Ann and Mark, father/son Patrick and Patrick, Sue and Jim all enjoyed bonefishing this week. The largest fish was about 4 pounds and a few guests hit double digit numbers daily.

PERMIT (Palometta): A small percentage of anglers are successful when they first come face to face with a permit. Congratulations to Keith for his first permit ever and it was done with great humility by giving the credit to his guide. Father and son team Patrick and Patrick Jr. teamed up for a total of 4 permit for the week making it look easy. 4 permit is a lifetime achievement for many veteran anglers… not a week!

TARPON (Sabalo): No tarpon were landed this week, partly due to the fact that it was a lightly attended week and not many people were fishing for them. A few were fooled but none were on for more than a few seconds.

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks (3 species), snappers, cudas

Grand Slam: No Slams this week.

FLIES THAT WORKED

FOR BONEFISH - CI-Special, Crazy Charlie, Bitters

FOR PERMIT - Peterson Spawning Shrimp, Avalon.

FOR TARPON - Chartreuse Toad, black bunny

This Week’s Summary:

A quiet week at the lodge with some good weather.

Fish On!
Ed Blank fish@elpescador.com.

Posted By: Marty

Re: Fishing Report - - 03/16/16 06:17 PM

FISHING REPORT

March 6th - March 13th, 2016

Weather Conditions:

Winds: Winds were vicious for most of the week from 20 miles an hour with gusts to 29. Mostly out of the east, so at least there was shelter on some of the west side of the island.

Air Temperature: Highs were between 80 and 85 with lows in the mid 70’s

Water Temperature: Temp: 79 F. degrees

Barometric Pressure: 29.82 – 30.07

Sunrise: 6:03 am Sunset: 6:01 pm

Moonphase: The new moon was on the 8th.

WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING:

BONEFISH (Macabi): Our guests were able to lean on the bonefish to make great days out of the really strong winds we were struck with this week. John brought a great group of his Montana fly shop friends with him this week http://www.thetackleshop.com/. John,& Kayla, John#2, Rick, Bill, Tim, Tom, Wayne fished daily and most had some personal bonefish records this week. Check out the shop if you are ever heading to Montana. Lots of returning guests arrived for anywhere from their 2nd to their 10th visits. Jim and Lindsay and their friends John and Linda never seem to stay long enough as their week flew by. Emily and Chris brought future fishing pro Jack – Jack is less than 2 but will be fly casting soon. Emily didn’t get to fish last time ( because of little Jack being really little) but this time she made sure to get her very first bonefish under her belt. Ian and Robin were bone-fishing machines, Leslie, Grayson and Sophia spent a day on the flats with a nice shore lunch, CJ and Taylor fished hard, Toby and son Quintin got some bones, and Fred, Jeff, Jed, Mike, Davis, and Angus all had fun with our bonefish populations.

PERMIT (Palometta): Jeff landed a permit early in the week inspiring others to have faith even in the wind. Taylor brought a permit to leader, returning guest Jim was able to get another permit to add to his permit total and Chris got the most this week with 2 to the boat.

TARPON (Sabalo): Returning guest John had the only real encounter with a tarpon this week as he jumped one early on right out of the gate. With the heavy winds this was no easy feat!

OTHER SPECIES: Jacks, Shad, Snappers, Barracuda (someone hooked a ray), Ladyfish