This week brought strong winds out of the North switching to ENE mid week. Wind ranged from 18-25mph and made for difficult conditions. At Playa we welcomed back a group of familiar faces from WorldCast Anglers. Throughout the week they managed to find all four species. Dave and Peter had a banner day and landed 5 permit as well as bonefish and snook. Neil put in his time chasing permit and on Thursday landed two nice sized permit. We look forward to a reprieve from the heavy winter winters.
With the changes in winds came turbid water and difficult fishing conditions in Ascension Bay. Most anglers chose to take advantage of the Santa Rosa lagoon system on the west side of Punta Pajaros to take refuge from the strong winds and to find clear water. This proved overall successful, with quality bonefish being caught each day. While Ascension Bay is historically known for its permit fishing, conservation efforts over the past several years has vastly improved the quality of the bonefishing, with bones being caught up 4 or 5 pounds nearly daily. When conditions are difficult, bonefishing is often the best option and can make for some super fun days.
There were several tarpon sightings while the crew was bonefishing back in Santa Rosa this week, but no one was able to seal the deal on any of the tarpon. Alex caught his first permit this week and got to participate in the Casa Blanca tradition that night after dinner. If you know, then you know…
The dock at the lodge has been a great asset this year at night and most crews have enjoyed watching the variety of fish swimming around the dock at night. Jim even managed to catch a tarpon from the dock before breakfast one day! We had a very fun crew this week at Casa Blanca that made the best of tough conditions.