Tag: Bonefish

Feb
18

Deep Water Cay

I first stepped foot on the sand at Deep Water Cay when I was 4 years old thanks to my Grandfather building a little cabin there in 1959.  Even before our son was born I was thinking how important it would be to make sure that his feet touched the same sand, fourth generation.  So Jenn, Cooke and I packed up and made it a reality this winter

Cooke checking it out

Cooke checking it out

While the sand seemed familiar the upgrades to the facilities were quite impressive!!

The new docks and shop

The new docks and shop

While the facilities have changed and  improved immensely, I ran into plenty of familiar faces

Jenn and Meko Glinton

Jenn and Meko Glinton

My Grandfather, Father and myself have all fished with Meko’s father Stanley over the years, it was great to spend time with Meko talking about our younger years.  Then I ran into William Pinder and even got David Pinder Sr. to join Meko and I on the boat on the last day!!

William Pinder with a nice bone

William Pinder with a nice bone

David Pinder Sr. and Meko

David Pinder Sr. and Meko

It was quite a walk down memory lane and I look forward to returning to Deep Water Cay sooner than later

Nice Mutton that was wagging his orange tail in the air before the storm came in!!

Nice Mutton that was wagging his orange tail in the air before the storm came in!!

Nice Deep Water Bone !!

Nice Deep Water Bone !!

 


Dec
06

The Scorpion Expedition

I remember reminiscing with my father when we were able to catch up after I had been on some recent fishing adventures, it always involved him chewing on a swisher sweet, relaxing in a chair with a diet coke and looking at me in that fatherly way, “So where have you been”  “how big where the fish” “would you go back”  I wish I had the opportunity to sit down with the old man another time and tell him about this one……………The Scorpion Expedition was one of the best adventures I have ever been a part of.  First there was the crew, RA Beattie, Sandflea, Jose “Careto” from Punta Allen, Bear Holeman, Perk Perkins, and Ryan Buccola from Bend.   I was honored to be a part of this crew and can honestly say I have never been a part of a crew that went on an exploration and got along the way we did, it was special

The Scorpion Expedition will be released on the Fly Fishing Film Tour in 2013

Then there was the place, the natural beauty of the Scorpion Reef cannot be expressed in words, it is as if someone dropped the Seychelles in the Gulf of Mexico, here are a couple of scenes from the reef……….  (all Pictures were taken by RA Beattie)

Paradise found

This was my camping spot, not sure I will find a better place to hang a hammock in my lifetime!!

Then there was the fishing which was just a bonus to an extraordinary exploration, plenty of more to come on this one………………………………

Sandflea hooking up at first light!!

A special thank you to ORVIS for making this expedition happen, they were instrumental, along with our other sponsors: Yeti Coolers, Pescadowear, WorldCast Anglers, Breedlove Guitars, Chums, Maya Solar, Nu CastMontana Fly Company, Howler Bros………………THANK YOU

More to come…………………………..

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dec
08

Playa Blanca = Playa Permit

Just got back from another successful trip to Playa Blanca.  The last four trips  have been very good and the Permit fishing seems to be getting better and better.  We had an excellent group of 14 anglers and as always the lodge and staff were excellent.

17 Permit were caught for the week which was impressive as not everyone was fishing for permit.  There was some great Tarpon and Snook fishing and the Bonefish were plentiful and tailing.

I loved hearing the stories during the week of several people holding the Tarpon Fly in hand on 50lb shock, while in search of baby tarpon, seeing a Bonefish, throwing the Tarpon Fly at the Bone and watching him eat it on 50 lb shock!!

Says a lot about the area in which we were fishing.

Heading back at the end of March.  Some Permits shots from the group!!

Early morning, new fly!!

 

 

 

 

Grant Wood with 1 of 2, his first congrats Santiago!!!!

Austin Watson's first permit that ended with a Grand Slam!!!!

Jon Fenn, with 1 of 4, his first as well Congrats Jon!!

Don Watson with a great fish!!!!

Chuck Moos with a fine Permit

Jim Hickey with a nice sickle fin!!

The Fall Classic Crew!!!! (In order left to right) Jim Finley, Bill Egan, Mike Dawes, Alex Maher, Don Watson, Sara Cart, Austin Watson, Ben Cart, Jon Fenn, Dale Endris, Grant Wood (Santiago), Jim Hickey, Chuck Moos, Susie McDowell