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Vince
01-18-2009, 11:18 AM
the weather was not exactly great during our three full days of fishing. It was warm, but clouds and even some rain were the norm, though we did have a few breaks where the sun shone thru. Nevertheless, the fishing was pretty darn good. As luck would have it, we got to fish with guide "Pops," probably best know for developing the pops bonefish bitter with Craig Matthews from Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana. Pops is a great guide, and just a fun guy to spend the day with fishing.
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Bonefish are everywhere. We saw them at each flat we visited, and never went more than 15 minutes without seeing bones and having shots at them. Granted, they are not pushovers, mainly because we're fishing skinny water, with tails and dorsal fins visible, but they can be fooled. They average a good 2-3 lbs, and we caught some up to 5 lbs, and saw several larger ones too.
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Permit--we hooked two, and landed one, and had some other good shots during our three days. My partner Dr. Steve Pericak lost a big permit after it was on for a few minutes, well into his backing. We would have done better too, I believe, if the weather had been more cooperative. On the last day, we found a large school of permit that we worked for close to 10 minutes, but a storm blew thru and the water went from glass smooth to a 2' chop, and that was the end of our permit fishing for the morning. We decided to chase bones at that point in some more protected areas.
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There are lots of 'cudas for those who like to chase them, and starting in May the big tarpon begin showing up, so the chance for a grand slam is very good then. We did not see any tarpon.

The atoll environment has lots to offer the eyes. Besides the myriad shades of blue that make up the water, there are ospreys, egrets, heron and many other birds, saltwater crocs, dolphins, manatees & sea turtles. They used to have a 16' croc living under the dock, and one of their dogs mysteriously went missing one night, never to be heard from again. The croc was relocated I believe.

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petevicar
01-20-2009, 08:32 AM
THanks for the report Vince.
Great underwater photos.

The weather at the start of this year seems to be just as bad as the past few years.

Pete

yimmj
02-05-2009, 06:27 PM
Great photos, I am headed for Caye Caulker the first of May. Do you have any guide recommendations or do you know if Pops fishes CC. I have been to Blue Ribbon Fly Shop some 20 years ago...still have the hat and t-shirt! Any contact help or info would be appreciated tnaks

Vince
02-05-2009, 08:12 PM
I believe Pops only works for Turneffe Flats Lodge.