The second week in November brought a whirlwind of fishing conditions to Ascension Bay. We saw everything from torrential rain downpours to near slick conditions. Our anglers, a mixed group from Sun Valley and Quebec, took advantage of the weather windows with numerous tarpon, permit, snook, and bonefish brought to the boat. We are seeing large schools of small permit in Ascension Bay right now, meaning our population of permit should be good for the next few years!
While fighting a strong north wind (“Norte”) system all week, anglers and guides fished on the north side of Ascension Bay and deep in the Santa Rosa Lagoon system for calmer water. There were several nice fish caught this week, including 2 first-time permits caught by Ed and Stuart. Bill found a big 50-lb resident tarpon in Santa Rosa while Annie boated 2 permit in a day. There were a few near-misses on grand slams and one monster rainstorm that dropped nearly 3 inches of rain during dinner one night. Overall, our group made the best of conditions this week and sealed the deal on fish in variable weather conditions.
Down at Playa we welcomed back the Watson group from Chattanooga, TN. The focus of the group was permit. Two anglers Cody and William landed their first permit this week. Wednesday was overcast and some rain but Peter and Vance managed to land 7 permit despite the conditions. Austin capped off the week by landed a 20+ lb permit on Friday.