...A few nicer Bone fish this month and generally a good spring despite the recent down turn of fish population on the East End..
A request to those who fish here on your own..enjoy yourself but please respect the resource and fish barbless. I keep hearing stories about so and so hooked and broke off this many fish...If you are breaking that many off you are making some basic mistakes, not my problem but something you need advice about obviously..regardless , with a barbless hook a Bone fish can rid himself of the hook far more easily when he rubs his jaw on the bottom to get rid of the hook. Just stay tight during the fight and you will never drop the fish.
While fishing here and you witness a gill netting incident on the flats report it just for the record. Nobody will do anything about it but the more complaints the more likelyhood of something being done down the road. Don't interfere yourself there are some bad dudes out there.
Enjoy the resources that this wonderful Island has to offer. If you need assistance to make your fishing experience more enjoyable during your visit feel free to email me. Don't call or text thank you...
....Always my favorite month as fish start to move around on to flats they avoid during cold January Water and short days...Nothing really big being caught but some solid 4 and 5 lb fish with some cast to double digits but no takes. Chris Jensen, MIchael Wightman, Dorian Crouch all had either first or second Bonefish. Veteran Eric Asnis caught multiples.
Luis Galarza came to Culebra with Tarpon guide Pochy Rosario and Luis scored his first release on a really big Bonefish that looked to be about 8lbs that he caught on his own. Had the pleasure of fishing the second day with both gentlemen and we all had a nice non stressful day of fishing and great company. No open days left this season as we ride it out towards Samana Santa
....March is always the first of the good Bone fishing and they are back like clock work. Most of the bigger fish this Island was famous for for so many years are scarce now but being replaced by decent schools of 2 lb fish. One Bay I used to fish 20 years ago but not much since is home to several big schools of these smaller fish. My client today went 2 for 5 hook ups for the morning and had never Bone fished before. Weather has become an issue and a lot of the places I would like to fish now I can't always get to or at least work.
Haven't been offshore in at least 10 days and will have to cancel offshore bookings this week. Barracuda and Yellowtail have been providing the inshore light tackle anglers with some bondage. Wind lets up it will be lights out! Saludos
...I have had a lot of anglers and wanted to thank and congratulate them on their mostly successes and some failures ..regardless it has been rewarding and interesting as always and at least I had fun!
Darren Laughlin had two thirds of a slam missing out by a hook spit Tarpon to almost complete it. Bob Hirche was back with me again to catch a Bone fish as well as Jack Erler, my client for 20 years, releasing his fly caught Bone..the list goes on..Block Island Jamie with some giant Kings and edible Black fins...and the best fly fishers in PR, the Ponce Posse, released good numbers on the flats as usual..Congrats to all. No body has enjoyed it more than me!
...Looking back at old logs...10 years ago today one of my better fly anglers released 7 bone fish on a morning tide. Fish ranged from 3 lbs to about 8 lbs (27" fork length). We were poling in 2 to 3 foot of water on the flats of Las Pelas on the East end of Culebra. This was not all that uncommon 10 to 15 years ago although 2 releases was considered a good morning.
Those days are gone forever on the East End where there are now just a scattering of Bone fish left. Chinchorros and habitat degradation have contributed to the demise of what was at one time considered to be one of the great fisheries of the Caribbean basin.
We enjoyed a good January of catching Bones on the Western end of the island both on fly and conventional gear. Light tackle anglers are having great days when tide and weather cooperate. Good offshore fishing continues with some Blackfin Tuna finally making a good showing. Weather is the key as always....
...The offshore fishing around our Island continues to be some of the best we have witnessed in years. Poor showings of Tuna but world class Sierra(king Mackerel) catching with most fish averaging 10 to 20lbs and plenty bigger up to 35lbs. Mixed in is the occasional Wahoo, sailfish and Mahi. Both fish and humans are eating well this season.
Continue to see a poor showing of Bonefish except on the popular well publicized flat where individual fish have names and behave like trick dogs with no manners. Regardless my anglers have with a lot of work been able to score on a regular basis in the lesser popular areas when conditions are right. Granted I have had some excellent anglers this season which always makes my job easier.
Inshore light tackle fishing has been steady. Lots of Jacks, Cero Mackerel . March is pretty well booked up with only a few open days but I still have some time in February to fish when you are ready..Call or email DON'T TEXT...