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BVI Bonefish: Poppy Mac Bringing The Pain

I got a text from my mom last night “we are back in SW FlA.” Good to know since they had been romping around the Caribbean sipping rum for the past 10 days. And if you have ever been to the Caribbean or any tropical place for that matter the thought does cross your mind. “I might just stay right here and open a jet ski rental.” Of course that never happens, but if I don’t see the sun soon our baby boy might be learning how to speak creole on some remote island instead of English in some under funded school district. OUCH.

So this morning I woke up to 2 emails one was labeled BONEFISH and the other was Help!! My Websites are Down. I have to admit I went to the BONEFISH title first being that I know nothing about a crashed website. And there it was the great one holding a giant Bonefish on some remote flat in the BVI’s.

Giant Bonefish

No matter where the great one goes he is always able to find a fish to shake hands with. I think it is something about fathers that gives them the edge on us young punks. Maybe its patience, Maybe its wisdom, Maybe its experience, the list could go on for a while. But, regardless of what it is I always enjoy fishing with my dad and look forward to being able to do it with my son. By then I will have the father ju ju that all dads seem to possess.

Bonefish BVI

Well Done Sir.

Belize: Fishing Report

My phone rang at 6:45 a.m. I had my hands full with baby Maco so I let it go thru to voice mail. “Joe can you travel Sunday thru Thursday?” was the message. It was Thursday Morning. They slow played me until about 11 am when I finally found out that the traveling would take place to Belize…. I am in.

Conch Shell Outside The Lodge

The Belikin tasted delicious as we hopped on the Panga in San Pedro. The sun was setting over Ambergris Caye when we docked at El Pescador fishing lodge.  We had 3 days of fishing planned and it was my job to make it look pretty on the camera.  Of course my luck brought in cloudy and windy conditions for the first two days but we still, or I should say the, still got shots at numerous tarpon, permit and crushed bonefish. The biggest problem were the clouds and anyone who has done saltwater flats fishing certainly understands the importance of the sun. If you do not let me say this, the sun helps you see into the water, and the fish live in the water.

Locked & Loaded – Don’t Ever Take A Wimpston Off A Trout Stream

Our first Belikin was generally around 9am in the morning, which may sound bad to some of you but, it was purely to change our luck. That and I am always skeptical of drinking the water on an island. In fact I am confident that I brought home a little stomach bacteria that I did not declare at customs. Happens every time.

Savanna Flats – The Dance Floor

Our last day was the nicest day of the trip, calm and bright. Of course it was the last day. Cody was on the bow and I was on my perch giving him shit about his casting. But, I could not blame him. He was casting a Winston 9wt, which I felt like breaking over my knee a few times. The tarpon were cruising the flat everywhere. It would happen in waves, you would see one, then a group of six, then a few more. Naturally they were on different hands of the clock and it made it chaotic for the guy on the bow. ” cast 40 feet at 9 o’clock” “oh shit look there are a group of them at 2 o’clock moving left to right” line would be flying everywhere and the fish were totally safe. Finally we got our shit together and got the rod bent. Cody made a long shot and started to move the fly. BOOM. After about 6 jumps we had scales to the boat.

Belize Tarpon – Picky Picky Resident Fish

Belize Tarpon – Resident About 30 Lbs

Stay tuned I am currently in the fine tuning stage of a video that I will post here when ready. Thanks for reading.