September 24, 2008

Fishing Report: August-September 2008

August and September were typically lazy summer months here on Roatan. As the temperatures warmed up, the breezes died down. August started with typical winds in the 13-15 mile-per-hour range, but by early September, they had diminished to less than 8 miles per hour most days. These conditions were great for casting and spotting fish! However, September also brought the challenge of high tides, which is the norm for this month on Roatan.

Chuck and Rod Hornor came to Mango Creek Lodge for a week but ended up staying two because of Hurricane Ike’s march through Houston. With their flights cancelled, the brothers decided to tough it out another week on the Roatan flats. And it was a good thing they did. Both brothers enjoyed consistent catches of bonefish their first week—-even with Rod taking two afternoons off to see the fish from the other side while scuba diving. They also took advantage of the flat seas to take a day trip to test Guanaja’s waters. They reliably reported several bonefish each day. They also saw good numbers of permit. In fact, both said they had their best chances ever that week, but neither could get one to take. The second week, the fishing cooled off some as the temperatures rose. However, Chuck finally hit gold and got his elusive permit.

Chuck was just here in March and is already planning another trip for the spring.