Written by: Frank Conlon
Some casting lessons and practice enabled Frank to catch his first permit in Belize.
Photo courtesy Frank Conlon
[Editor’s note: Frank Conlon, of Saxaphaw, North Carolina, attended our Belize Bonefish Bonanza at El Pescador last month and sent in this photo and report.]
My final day at El Pescador started with some dramatic winds and an overcast sky. Donning our rain gear, my guide, Hilberto, headed up north to Chico National Park. After entering the park, I landed a bonefish on my second cast, so we quickly changed over to hunting permit on the flats. The slow stalking was rewarded when we spotted a school a few hundred feet out. With some expert poling by Hilberto, we were soon in range.
>>Read also: 7 Reasons Why Belize Should Be Your Next Fishing Destination and How Belize is tipping the scales for sustainable fishing worldwide
Here, the casting instructions earlier in the week with Truel Myers (Orvis’ head fly-fishing instructor) and subsequent days of practice paid off big-time, as I dropped a 75-foot cast on target. I was casting the same Ghost Shrimp pattern I’d used to catch the bonefish, and after three strips, the permit was on. It was a great fight, with the permit making three runs that took me into the backing. Those plus some impressive short runs and the permit slowly wore itself down. Hilberto went into the water and safely secured it. Absolutely addicting!
BTW, there are still two more Bonefish Bonanzas scheduled for this year, in October and November.
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