The Turks and Caicos Fishing has been solid the past few days. Bonefish are staying warm on the flats and those higher up on the food chain are not to far behind. The tarpon are starting to make a push as well. We have seen four in the past two days. The silver king’s appearance has unfortunately coincided with the engine being on and us putting into the shallows for bones. Bad timing. Outside of the bonefishing,today we decided to spend some time on barracudas and sharks with some light 8 lb tippet. Got to love light tackle! We boated one lemon shark and lost a few more with tiny mangrove roots breaking the tippet like butter. Highlight of the day was a bruiser of a barracuda that took two magnificent leaps. Fortunately for us the fish did not land on the light leader allowing us to coerce her closer and closer to the boat.
Bad to the bone!
TCI barracuda on the 8 lb tippet
Snuck out for a quick fish today. Saw some very big bones. Stood 50 yards from a draining canal and waited for the fish to come out of the mangroves. These fish operate on time every time. It is literally a 10 minute window on an outgoing tide. Look at the camouflage the fish is sporting once I land her. Stunning. On a different note I polled off the flat and into a battleship barracuda. Absolute monster waiting in a deep hole for the bones to leave the flat. Seeing the fish from way out I was not able to set up a wire leader on my 9 wt in time. Drifting closer and closer the cuda spotted me 15 yards out. I threw anchor and the fish did laps around the skiff. I threw the fly at her many times in hopes of a territorial response. Just a bunch of mock chases but no grab. Big fish are no dummies. Good news is I’ve seen this same fish for the past 2 years now and I know she is a resident. Might have another go tomorrow after a 1/2 day guided trip.
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A relative of todays’ cuda.
A crab pattern for the up and coming full moon spawn.
The Turks and Caicos Bank never ceases to amaze me. The bonefishing has been off the charts lately. Fish are tailing on the reg. To add to the excitement I saw three tarpon in the 30 lb range while driving out of a canal yesterday. Only a matter of time to bow to the silver king! Those of you looking to stalk some bones or jump some sharks, please give us a call! Tight Lines. -Capt. Will
Mom and Dad with their pup safe and sound below.
An overlooked species on the fly. Meet Mr. Bully.
Flamingoes have been coloring up nicely lately.