Posts Tagged With: capt Sean abbey

Belize!

Well surprise, surprise, my wife surprised me with a dream trip for my 40th birthday……BELIZE! Not only is she an incredible mother, wife, and friend, but she apparently is also great at keeping stuff hidden from me.

We left Jacksonville at 4 am and headed to Belize city after a short layover in Atlanta. From Belize City we had to take a puddle hopper over to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. This flight was almost the deal breaker when Sally booked this trip, as she hates little planes. She was good though because the view was incredible on the short fifteen minute flight with nothing but blue water everywhere.

When we disembarked the plane in San Pedro a representative from El Pescador was waiting on us to shuttle us by boat to the resort. El Pescador is incredible, the staff is on point. We boarded the boat, which had ice cold Belizean beers waiting on us and took off on the 20 minute ride to the dock of the resort. There really are no roads on Ambergris Caye so all shuttling is by boat or you can rent golf carts and ride in the power line right of ways. You can also ride bikes on the beach into town or various dive bars.

When we arrived at the docks of El Pescador the fishing director and staff were there to great us and get us settled in. The resort is older but beautifully nestled into its little beach front home, and is as cozy as it gets. They have a small building that has hotel style rooms which are very comfortable for two, and then they have villas which are perfect for larger parties and families.

The food here is incredible with breakfast served from 5am till 10 am everyday with lots of stuff to choose from and the best breakfast burrito ever. It is a handmade fresh to order flour tortilla stuffed with eggs, full fat real cheddar cheese, and some of the best thick cut bacon even this old southern boy has ever had. Lunch is served from noon till 1:30 and is chock full of great fare. Get the fried chicken! Dinner is one of my favorite parts of this resort. It is family style with everyone eating around large tables outside under the stars right on the beach. Dinner is different every evening and is to die for and always includes an incredible dessert. It is fun to meet people from all over and talk fishing and shop.

We fished with a guide, Raton, for two days and ventured on our own one day in a tandem kayak in the back lagoons. We went out on the kayak first and it was an incredible adventure. It looks like you are enclosed in a mangrove Forrest from the little dock on the backside of the property until you paddle through this 36 inch wide canal for a few minutes and come out in paradise.

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We saw a ton of bonefish on our paddle as well as lots of other marine life. Didn’t catch any as I was just happy to be here in this incredible place and never really gave catching the fish much effort. Had an incredible time just paddling around and taking it all in with Sally.

El Pescador has the best guides in Belize hands down. They have been doing this their whole lives and some are second and third generation. The resort does a great job putting you with a guide that fits what you want to do, but you can’t go wrong with any of them. Our guide, Raton, was no exception. Raton had us on fish right away and kept us on fish regardless of the conditions.

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Literally lost count on this trip of the bonefish seen, caught and just missed shots. Sally even got a bonefish and she doesn’t care much to fish. She did read three books though on this trip, and the adirondack chairs on the panga made for an extremely comfy reading station. Highlight of her trip was not only seeing but walking around on Leonardo Dicaprio’s island, Blackador.

We didn’t get to chase tarpon as the conditions weren’t really great for sight fishing the deeper flats and I can blind cast flies at tarpon here at home. I can’t however sight cast bonefish here in Jacksonville, Florida so I was more than happy bolstering my all time bonefish on fly count.

I could go on and on about this trip from beginning to end but with my typing wpm, it would take forever. I would just like to finish by saying if you even think you want to go, GO!

Thank you to the greatest wife and friend in the world. It is extremely cliche to say you make my life complete, but when you are my wife, mother of my children, best friend and you fulfill all my bucket list dreams you literally do make me complete.

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Get off that Video Game

It starts with those of us that are parents, and grandparents, and aunts, uncles and just true stewards to the outdoors. We all fight for ours and the next generations right to fish and hunt and the like, but we need to start in our own homes. The fight starts with that text happy gamer on the couch with some sort of non fish catching device in their hands.

We need to get our kids out of in front of the brainwash box, and on the water or in the woods. A lot of you have it right. Your fighting the fight. Some of us though need to slow down and grab the kids for that quick fish with you instead of sneaking it in by yourself. Even if they are young it’s never too early. My love of fishing runs very deep. I learned to swim, fish, surf and walk at the same time. I spent countless hours outdoors with my dad and other family members and now I try to pay it forward to my girls and the other children in my life.

It is imperative to grow our sportsman base with the next generation and our very own. Always encourage people to get involved and become members of great sportsman organizations. We need the numbers to keep our sports around and fight the politics that are invading our ways of life.

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Offshore from a kayak?

Yep it can be done and it can be done quite successfully. Overboard pro staffers Eric Kaiser and Barrett Fine are proof that it can be an incredibly productive way to fish. They regularly catch tons of offshore species, snapper, grouper, kingfish, Bonita, sharks and Barrett has even caught a sailfish from his Hobie pro angler.

Both Barrett and Eric have put great numbers of snapper and grouper in the boat this year with their Overboard, Soul Pole Series, spiral wrapped bottom rods. These rods make cranking up big bottom fish a dream by minimizing the torque you get from your typical conventional set up bottom rod. Eric, being a bit on the crazy side, will also put his Overboard Bobber Series floating rods through there paces by using his light weight inshore models!

They have setups that you will see in much bigger boats from electronics on. The big boats though are green with envy at the ease in which the Hobie pro angler can just hover over bottom structure without the need of getting on the hook.

Kayaks evolve more and more every year with the passion of the anglers in this sport. So get out there and try something new, but try it responsibly.

Capt Sean Abbey

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Fishing report wk of 4/29

Wow could you get an overall week of worse weather? RAIN, WIND, GREY SKIES, INSANELY HIGH TIDES, and then some. Still caught fish though 🙂 and still put clients on fish.

Thursday trip on the boat with Ben Cleghorn. Never, ever, ever ,ever, have I contemplated Dramamine in my life and especially not inshore but it was two foot and rolling in the river! At one point we were doing 2.8 miles per hour just being pushed by the wind. Very tough and way to short of a trip. But when your with good company it can make misery easier to deal with.

Friday night had the captains meeting and our booth for sponsoring the Jacksonville Kayak Classic. Great to get everyone in one place. Hell of a show and well supported. Probably 5- 600 people in a room supporting Jacksonville Downs Syndrome and 400 plus of them going to fish in utter slop on Saturday.

Saturday, tournament day. Ever have one of those mornings when you probably should have just stayed in bed. Welcome to my Saturday. I’m never not prepared when it comes to fishing. As anyone can attest I generally have way to much stuff. My first aid kit, while chartering, is bigger than most people’s tackle bags and my tackle bag…. Well lets just say my wife couldn’t fill it with all her stuff for a weeks vacation.

Now When in the yak I don’t take it all with me but I look at the situation and grab the selection I need and leave the rest in the truck. But not today I left it all at the house in a hurry to get there and be ready to make my first stroke at safe light, not still be packing. Luckily the launch is 2 miles from the house so I went back and got it. Crisis averted until I get back to the launch and realize the gate is locked still and a gentlemen, police officer, informs me I won’t be getting in there for another half hour. This has never been an issue before but I’m to old to argue with the law any more :).

So there goes my go to spot for the morning. There have been very large trout and upper slot to barely over slot reds less than a half mile from that launch for weeks. Oh well got plenty more spots but now I’m running behind. I Don’t even get unloaded till after safe light and have a twenty minute paddle just to get to start fishing. The trout are on fire despite the wind, rain and two foot chop on the water, they are fish the don’t care or notice any of it. Caught 20 trout, all 18 inches though, none of them are close to what I’m looking for by 830 and realize the docks I need to pitch for my reds are unfishable because they are all underwater due to a flood tide, coupled with a east wind and on top of that 6″ of rain in three days.

Knowing that I need to get to another spot and starting to contemplate calling it a day realizing I’d rather go home and get some work done than get rained on and blown around for one more second I start working my way back. Nothing like rounding a corner for your homestretch and realizing you have to paddle 1/2 a mile directly into a 30 mph steady wind with higher gusts. Yeah! This turns to be the deciding factor for me. While I’m extremely competitive I’m also not a glutton for punishment anymore and call it a day.

Sunday is large multi family charter day. Guiding two moms, three dads, two teenage kids and Sydney, my 7 year old coxswain for the day, with Bart of Action Kayak Adventures on Guana Lake. Weather was iffy and the wind was of course howling so this was gonna be an adventure all right. Luckily the family was running a little late because unloading and preparing eight kayaks to fish for the day is work in itself.

After a 30 minute debriefing of the day we headed off. Found out real quick Sydney, who was riding with me, was quite competitive. She wanted to be first kayak to each spot and since I like that idea too I am willing to oblige. I will say though we were lucky everyone was novice because paddling a Jackson big tuna loaded down with gear, a 7 year old and 20 knot winds will kill you.

Then I made by biggest and only mistake of the day. I explained to Sydney what a coxswain was and what their job entailed on the skull. Lets just say over the next five hours I heard the words row, row, row more than McDonald’s has customers served. I will say she was a pleasant paddle partner and I couldn’t have gotten a better boat mate for the day.

Sydney caught a few fish including a nice trout and was happy to try anything including paddling. Pretty much the whole crew caught fish including Syd’s mom who got a nice redfish. The fishing was tough though coupled with getting a large group on the same page but all had fun.

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