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Location: Turneffe Flats, Belize
|Posted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 6:59 pm Post subject: Lots of Fish and a Bit of Rain
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The week of November 15-22, 2014
Weather: A mid-week cold front brought low-light, damp conditions
Air Temp: Highs of mid-70s to low-80s
Water Temp: 82-84 degrees
Wind: E winds of 5-15 mph, with 10-25 from the north on Wed. and Thurs.
Tides: High tide of 0.65 feet at 4:41 p.m. on the 15th
Moon Phase: Last quarter moon on Nov. 14
With the first “polar vortex” hitting the Continental U.S., our guests arrived at Turneffe Flats with temps in the high-70s and low-80s for much of the week, a far cry from the upper Midwest and Northeast U.S. Sun., Mon., and Tues. provided calm and gorgeous fishing conditions although slightly cloudy at times. The mid-week cold front arrived bringing with it ample rain and blustery winds, but our small fishing group made the best of these conditions as fishing and catching continued each and every day.
Fishing buddies and past guests Jim S. and Kathy H. arrived from California for their second stay at Turneffe Flats. Reuniting with requested guide Daniel, Kathy and Jim settled in and fished each day optimistically and in a positive manner. On the calm days, effort was placed on fishing the outer reef as well as the blue-water of the Caribbean side. When windy, the anglers would target bonefish and permit as well as snook and snapper within the shelter of the reef and mangroves. On Mon., the anglers spent time outside the reef and reported great fishing, taking turns hooking numerous sierra mackerel as well as the occasional wahoo. Kathy caught a large cubera snapper in the 9-pound range as well. All in all, Kathy reported catching 14 different species of fish during this week’s stay with horse-eyed jacks, blue runners, various snappers as well as bonefish.
Past guests Tom M. and Bryan G. arrived from Montana to fish with guide Mark for a half week as part of a longer trip around Belize. These two anglers reported excellent fishing during their Sat. to Wed. stay, departing Turneffe Flats just as the cold front arrived. Although permit-focused, the pair caught bonefish, snook, various jacks and snapper as well as jumping a tarpon or two. On Mon. and Tues., they had numerous shots at permit, but were unable to get the eat that they sought.
Visiting Belize for the first time from Colorado, Dan and Elsa Z. were first-time guests to Turneffe Flats who also enjoyed the great fishing conditions of the early half of the week. Dan had a couple of days of bonefishing under his belt from a previous trip to the Bahamas, but this was Elsa’s initial experience. Guide Michael was given the task to introduce and teach this couple the nuances of our bonefish as well as permit. The anglers and guides reported excellent bonefishing during their stay and culminated with catching over 20 bonefish each on Tues. The pair also spent time looking for their first connection with a permit on both Mon. and Tues. and reported numerous shots although no eats.
Also from Colorado was accomplished angler Tom S. This globe-trotter had many trips both to fresh and saltwater locations under his belt and he arrived requesting to fish with guide Dion. Permit-focused, Tom reported many shots at permit the first half of the week and although the conditions deteriorated after that, Tom and Dion changed gears, focusing on bonefish under low light or rainy conditions. Although Tom didn’t get the eat that he was looking for, he reported having a marvelous time and inquired about rebooking and bringing his family with him.
Past guests Dave and Paige H. arrived from Minnesota for their second stay with us, having been here in 2013. As part of our Combination Package, Dave and Paige both dove and fished during their stay. Very focused on fishing, they chose to scuba dive during the wet, blustery days and fish the remainder. With guide John, the highlight of their week was Fri. when Dave jumped two tarpon in the afternoon pretty much back to back. Although neither fish stayed buttoned, both anglers were amazed by the strength and speed that the tarpon displayed. Dave was talking 12-weights upon his departure and we wouldn’t be surprised to see them back with John next summer.
Kris K. made his way from Cambodia to reach Turneffe Flats on his way back to visit work, friends, and family in the U.S. Fishing with old-hand guide Pops, the pair talked fly design and Kris brought one of the most complete travelling fly tying kits in recent memory. Each morning, he would show up with a couple of well designed flies based on conversations and observations of his prior fishing day. The pair chased and caught bonefish daily and focused more on permit as the week went on. The low light and rain during the latter half of the week hampered their permit efforts however.
Bill and Amy G. of Maryland, were also first time guests who partook in numerous activities. Bill chose to fish twice during his week and scuba dive the other four days while Amy was a member of our Atoll Adventure program. Bill joined Kris and guide Pops on Sun. for his initiation into saltwater fly-fishing, hooking and landing a few bonefish before diving Belize’s famous Blue Hole on Tues. On Fri., he fished the reef and outside with guide Kimbral targeting snapper and grouper as well as taking a look off-shore. He was amazed at the strength of the larger grouper and the battle would often take him into the coral where the grouper wins every time. Although he did not land one of the beasts from the deep, he had a great time and vowed that we would “see him again.”
We can arrange mixed days of fishing, Scuba, and even an Atoll Adventure ecology tour as we move into winter. Make your holiday vacation plans by calling toll-free (888) 512-8812. Or visit us at www.tflats.com.
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