Belize Trip

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  1. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

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    Just returned from El Pescadore on Ambergris Caye. The nearest town was San Pedro. I had 14 people with me from our shop. I didn't go into town, scuba dive, zipline over the jungle, cave tube, kayak, bike ride, shoot photos or any of that touristy shit. I just fished my brains out every day and drank Belikan Beer and rum punch at night. But I did catch big fish. Here's one of the smaller ones that didn't get away.

    Leland.
     
  2. alpinetrout

    alpinetrout Banned or Parked

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    Damn Leland, that fish is so small I can't even see it.
     
  3. miyawaki

    miyawaki Active Member

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    Geez, you're right. It was a lot bigger before I tried to attach it. Maybe Preston could post it for me.

    Leland.
     
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  5. Steve Rohrbach

    Steve Rohrbach Puget Sound Fly Fisher

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    Leland, you da man. That is an awesome fish. When are we going?

    Steve
     
  6. miyawaki

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    July, 2008. Mark your calendar, da beeg boys will be waiting for us! I'm setting up the trip now.

    Leland.
     
  7. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Good on ya' bud! Doesn't get much better than that.

    K
     
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    Teeg Stouffer Fish Recycler

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    WOW! What a fish!

    Sounds like an amazing trip, hope to be able to do that some day...
     
  9. Tony Kraft

    Tony Kraft der Fliegenfischer

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    Nice Fish! All that sun, fishing, and Rum...sounds like a great trip to me! :beer1:
     
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    I want in on that '08 trip!
     
  11. Mingo

    Mingo the Menehune stole my beer

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    that's awesome Leland, did you fish any of your poppers down there?
     
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    Mingo,

    I kinda half-heartedly threw one around in the mornings off the dock in front of the lodge with no takers. Interesting, because there was always a sunrise real-life drama of the weak and slow meeting the strong and swift. After seeing the needlefish get up on plane, I coined the phrase for the flats; "fly or die."

    I never went into the mangroves to throw the popper where it would have been deadly. A bunch of guys are fishing for stripers back east with them and I'm waiting for reports.

    Leland.
     
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    Leland,

    I'm going to fish the beach around Kona in mid July. Fish in the morning. Longboard Lager in the afternoon. Anyway, have you ever used your popper on beaches like Hawaii?

    Ken
     
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    Big Fish Fever

    When I saw Leland upon his return from Belize I recognized an all to familiar look in his eyes; big fish fever! It is a hellish affliction and one I know well. I spent twenty years pursuing dorado, sailfish, marlin, roosterfish, skipjacks, yellowtail and the like; all critters of warm tropic waters that find no greater joy than ripping the cartlidge loose in one's rotator cuffs, elbows and wrists. There is a rush when seeing one's first truly monstrous fish (80 to 300 pounds, or so) leap through the surface with a fly in its jaw that can only be matched by being deflowered by a high school senior taking pity on a sophomore, or purchasing one's first brand new 1955 Chevy Bel Air hardtop.
    So, our man Leland is destined to live with big fish fever for many years to come, or until his sockets wear out.
    I hung up my 12-weights at age 72 completely happy with the experiecne and have never looked back. In this regard Leland mentioned that there are three phases of fly-fishing:
    1. Catching lots of fish
    2. Catching big fish
    3. Relaxing and simply enjoying one's fishing
    Leland has graduated to phase 2. I am pleased for him as nobody will enjoy phase 2 more than Leland.
    Cheers,
    Les "Phase 3" Johnson
     
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    Leland,

    Very nice fish!! I agree with you, that touristy shit doesn't appeal to me as much as a tarpon on the end of my fly rod. The touristy stuff is what the Travel channel is good for, the fishing, is what I live for. With my new Zero Gravity in hand, I will pursue SRC and Coho this afternoon and pretend any fish I catch is a Tarpon, ripping through the water.:thumb:
     
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    Leland- I fished a fly similar to your popper for the past two years in Rhode Island for stripers. It can be very very fun. I have fished it in a chartruese color when the peanut bunker are think and the schoolies are feeding. I havent got anything huge on it yet, my best fish was about ten pounds. When the bass are thick it almost looks like schools of trout sipping emergers. The blue fish like the poppers too, although they are tough on flies and leaders.
    -david
     
  17. Mingo

    Mingo the Menehune stole my beer

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    that sounds like a hell of a lot of fun David.............next time I'm in Hawaii I'm going to fish Leland's pattern and light up a big fat blunt if I catch a trevally on one......:cool: ............
     

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