September 19, 2013 Leave a comment
The Tres Pescados Slam Tournament, (TPST) that was held this past Aug. was another success, as anglers from around the world participated in the three-day tournament.
As the original and only current Central American fly fishing slam tournament, the end goal in this yearly event is to help raise funds to preserve local fisheries.
Courtney fished with Capt Lacey Kelly as part of team BelizeFly.com. Competing as the only all female team, Courtney and Lacey fished mostly 15-foot leaders with 16-pound tippet. Hot flies during the event were mainly shrimp and crab patterns
Here is the report from Courtney:
“The people of Belize and Honduras are some of the most impressive fly casters I’ve ever met, I was so consumed with their culture they are amazing,” Courtney said.
“Our guide, Rojo Lara, put us on fish everyday wading and casting off the bow. All fish were sight casted in tailing schools. Tarpon were skittish because of the wind and didn’t want to come out from the mangrove hammocks they schooled up under.
I hooked one monster permit on the second day just playing around in a deep canal that ran threw a flat full of bones, I was stripping my line back in to recast and it just stopped, I paused for a second because it almost felt like I was and bottom but I knew there was no way. I strip set the hell out of him, he hauled tail straight at the boat and I stripped my line as fast as I could, as soon as he saw the boat he took a hard right on the surface and you could see his dorsal and tail plain as day. He took off, all the stripping flew out pretty, I brought my left hand up to double hand the rod and my finger caught the line on the way up and gave enough pop to bust the leader in half. I will literally have nightmares for the rest of my life… I’ve been invited back next year to fish the tournament.”
Below are some awesome photos of Courtney during the event.
For more information on the TPST and their work in conservation, tail on over to http://belizefly.com/tpst-tournament/