The end of April ushered in fine weather with winds continuing to blow from the East Northeast and clouds drifting in but not causing too many concerns. The week before cooperated on several occasions with minimal winds and although the weather did not get to the points of tranquility as the week before it did provide many opportunities to sight cast all the species that we hunt on the Yucatan. Casa Blanca hosted an entire gang from the Northwest last week. The two different groups that coincided at Casa consisted of David, Carter, Tom, and Nolan from Portland, Oregon and The Woodwards , Victor, Zack, David and Chris from Seattle.
The week began with with the continuing prescience of larger Tarpon being the story in both bays. The crew at Casa Blanca started things off putting a bend in the rod and concentrating on all the Poons that were being seen. Early in the week found Carter, David and Tom from Portland putting several Tarpon in the air. Zack from Sea town ventured to Casa Blanca looking for several firsts and managed to post many on his Saltwater Fly Fishing board. Zack began the week chasing the grey ghost while releasing his first ever Bonefish, then steadily moved on to his first Tarpon and then completing the quest with a 4 Permit day in the middle of the week. Zack also landed one of the many Poons swimming around last week from the 40 to 50 pound range. Carter posted a big Snook and Chris and Dave also released their first Permit as well.
Playa Blanca played host to our good friend Jackson Streit from Mountain Angler in Breckenridge, CO. Jackson was back for his 22nd trip to Playa Blanca and brought in tow Phil, Rell, Donny, Rob, Mike, Craig, Rich, Chuck, Dave, Doug B. And Doug T. The gang ranged from New Orleans to Kansas City to Lubbock, Texas. Day one spelled out victory and disaster. Mike Flores boated a nice permit and Jackson stuck a beautiful Palometa (20 plus pounds) that was tailing in shallow water in the Third River but Dave and Chuck both broke hooks off in Permit that were deep into their backing. Breaking a hook should never happen and for it to take place twice in one day is absolutely unheard of but the duo shook it off and returned to the big blue. Donny Rushing had the chance to celebrate his 70th Bday while on the rock at Punta Pajaros and he did so in style. Don took Ebay with good friend Jackson and they both tallied a Grand Slam in fine birthday fashion. The bay also managed to provide Craig and Mike F. With their first Permit as well. All in all it was a good week on Punta Pajaros while the emergence and presence of big Poons stole the show. Many Silver Kings in the 40 to 60lb range have continued to be fed and jumped and it seems as if they are here to stay if Mother Nature cooperates.