Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bill Kiene's group is back from the Amazon...

Steve Cotta with a massive 19 pound Peacock Bass

Bill Kiene and his group of anglers recently returned from the Amazon with reports of good fishing. They fished with River Plate Outfitters and their fly-in mobile camps. I am still receiving photos and reports from the group members and will post more details later.

Bill Kiene and guide with a nice Peacock Bass of 17 pounds

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mid-Week Report: Amazon Peacock Bass (Kiene group)

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We just received the mid-week fishing report from River Plate Outfitters and it looks as though Bill Kiene (Kiene's Fly Shop) and his group are having a great week of fishing in the Amazon. This report only accounts for 2 1/2 days of fishing, so it will be quite amazing to see the final count at the end of 6+ days of fishing! I will post their final trip-fishing report next week. Fish On!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Trip Report: Stellar Fishing at Lake El Salto!

George with one of many topwater bass landed last week at Lake El Salto

Well, it is always exciting to receive a "photo report" about a great fishing trip... last week, father-son team George and Jon Honore, with friends Ron and Fred, fished Lake El Salto on the fly. They had a stellar week of fishing topwater. They reported that their best fishing was along steep walls/cliffs and the rip-rap along the dam face.

The top producing flies were Bisharat's Airhead (brown/white size 1/0), Crease Fly (blue or black back - size 4), Bubble Head (silver size 2), and Chewy Pop (yellow or white size 2). They had a very unseasonal cloud cover for most of their trip, and this made for some prime topwater fishing throughout the day. I almost hesitate mentioning this, but,... they reported that they were hooking about 100 fish per day!!! The Honores said this was, by far, the best fishing they have had in six trips to Lake El Salto. The largest bass was Jon's behemoth 9 pounder on top.

The cooler months of November through January are prime for topwater fishing at Lake El Salto and Lake Mateos. The bass are entering prime spawn season now and will be hugging tight to their beds. In April, they will be coming off their beds with a ravenous appetite and be ready to eat on top again!

Jon with a jumbo topwater Bass...

George getting bent on big bass...

All smiles from Ron for his trophy bass!

Ron working prime topwater structure at Lake El Salto...

Jon lands a jumbo bass around deep water structure...

Fred with one of many topwater bass landed...

"Jumbo Jon"

George with a nice bass around submerged trees...

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Fly Fishing in Saltwater Magazine: Tarpon Cay Lodge by Gary Kramer

I am excited to announce that Tarpon Cay Lodge and Angling On The Fly are featured in this month's issue of Fly Fishing in Saltwater magazine (Jan/Feb 2010 issue). The article is titled "Yucatan Yearnings" (page 44 - 49). Last summer, outdoor writer and photographer, Gary Kramer and friends fished with us in San Felipe. Gary wrote a very informative article that describes the many highlights of Tarpon Cay Lodge. Check it out!

The cover of this month's issue - "Baby Tarpon of the Yucatan - pg. 44"

Gary displaying one of many baby Tarpon on the flats at San Felipe...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Yucatan Tarpon School by Chico Fernandez

Chico and guide Cresp displaying a nice Yucatan Tarpon

We are excited to announce that renowned fly fishing instructor, author, and speaker Chico Fernandez will be hosting and instructing another week at Tarpon Cay Lodge this summer. This is a fishing focused trip, with Chico supplementing your experience with evening discussions and presentations about various aspects of Tarpon fishing. In addition, he will be available to rotate throughout the group and spend time on the water with each angler. Whether it be help with your casting technique, knots, presentation, fly selection, etc... this is an incredible value for the aspiring Tarpon fly angler. Here are the trip details:

Tarpon Cay Lodge - Chico Fernandez Tarpon School
Dates: June 25 - July 1, 2010
Package Includes: 6 night lodging, 5 days guided fishing, Chico Fernandez's onsite instruction, meals, beverages (non-alcoholic), MX fishing license, and ground transportation between Cancun and the lodge
Rate: $2,995 per angler (double occupancy room / boat)

This will be Chico's 3rd season with us and we are excited to have him back again... the Tarpon think otherwise! To read Chico's latest article (titled Yucatan Babies) in Fly Rod & Reel magazine - CLICK HERE

Migratory Tarpon release at Tarpon Cay Lodge