This past week saw good fishing on the flats around Roatan and Guanaja, Honduras. Weather was good with light winds and for the most part sunny skies and temperature in the eighties. There were a few cloudy afternoons and the occasional light shower.
There were a few bonefish to be found on the home flat Monday afternoon. This flat holds a solid population of bonefish but not too many permit. The occasional triggerfish can be found cruising and tailing on top of the reef. Cloudy conditions combined with chop from a northeast wind and the high tide made it tough to spot fish unless they were deliberately tailing. More fish were spooked than caught.
Tuesday morning the wind continued and this helped push more water on to the flat near Helene. The deeper water meant prime conditions for permit! Before we even landed the boat on the flat, we saw black tails glistening in the morning sun. There were permit everywhere! Larger schools of smaller fish (8-10 lbs), schools of 2-3 fish, and larger singles covered the flat. We had many shots but only managed to hook one fish that promptly screamed off the flat, wrapped the leader around a coral head and shredded it. Best flies were Turneffe crabs in cream and olive, size #6
and lightly weighted.
Tarpon fishing was also good around the docks of Helene. Angler Don Wilkerson jumped three, landing one of about 20-25 lbs on an orange grizzly Cockroach. Capt. Ted Lund also landed one tarpon of 6-8 lbs on the flats of Barbaret. We also found agreeable mudding bones in the same area. We had shots at some smaller snook on one of the beaches of Barbaret as well.
Wednesday we were off to Guanaja. The winds had calmed which made for a smooth ride over to the island. As we approached the first flat at the eastern side of the island, we were greeted by hundreds of waving bonefish tails! Bonefish populations on the flats of Guanaja are outstanding! The day’s fishing produced a number of bones from 2-4 lbs. Best flies were Bonefish Bitters of any size or color. Our best shot at permit came mid morning, two 10-12lb fish were following the Turneffe crab before a Yellow Jack sped in front of them and mowed it down.
Thursday found us back on the flats near Helene looking for permit. We found a good school cruising the smaller flat east of Helene. A good cast in front of them sent them scrambling to find the fly but upon stripping the fly so the fish could see it, it hooked on some turtlegrass and the fish quickly lost interest. There were also some tailing bones in the same area. We moved to the larger flat, where we had good shots at schooling perms but no takers. There were a host of triggerfish, 3 foot lemon sharks, barracuda of all sizes and also 3 fully grown(3-4 ft) Rainbow Parrotfish on the flat as well. Look for permit working behind the triggerfish. The largest fish we saw that day (20 lbs) was following one of the larger triggers.
Friday was the day after the full moon. Winds were calm and the tide was not as high as it had been. We saw one school of fast cruising permit on the flats that wasn’t very interested in eating. There were some larger bones tailing but the calm conditions made them tough to approach and cast to. The triggerfish and parrotfish had moved from the flat to on top of the reef in the fly line snagging coral. We also saw a few lemon sharks and a four foot cuda crashing bait. This day proved best for a few Port Royals and rum cocktails and stories about sea monsters and the elusive