“Belize offers the fly fisherman an exciting variety of opportunities for flats species and El Pescador has been a great host/lodge for decades. They know how to serve fly fishermen. Belize is easy to get to and best of all everyone speaks English.” Lefty Kreh October 29, 2009
At El Pescador you can achieve the anglers' ultimate dream - a Grand Slam of bonefish, tarpon and permit. Belize's shallow water contains the only classic tarpon flats outside South Florida. Our flats are world renowned for offering the opportunity to site cast to tarpon 12 months a year.
You can cast the lagoons for lady fish or snook, go outside the reef into the deep water for tuna and wahoo. Troll the reef for king fish or barracuda. Jig the bottom for snapper and grouper. The choice is yours.
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The bonefish grounds are only minutes from the lodge. Most of the fly fishing for bonefish is done from the bow of the boat, but there are flats that can be waded as well. The bonefish run from 2 - 5 lbs and are plentiful.
Tarpon in Belize
The El Pescador fishery has year round resident tarpon over 100 lbs. The fish are spread out over our 250 square mile fishery. In the late summer (July, August, September), we have the added bonus of a large migratory population, which doubles our tarpon numbers. Moon phases tend to effect tarpon more than other species. The guideline is to fish around the new moon. Remember, this is only a guideline, not a hard and fast rule. We land fish during full moon weeks all the time!
Permit are found on the bonefish flats, and on many of the tarpon flats as well. Our permit are found in large schools and range from 4 - 30 lbs, with the majority running about 8 - 10 lbs. Jack crevalle, barracuda, cobia and snook are also found on the flats and in the surrounding mangrove lagoons.
El Pescador maintains kayaks and canoes which provide access to an extensive system of lagoons behind our property, where you can fish for bones for a couple of hours in spectacular solitude. These boats are available at no charge to El Pescador guests. We will give you some basic guidance and directions, and then you are off for your own bonefish and nature adventure!
Catch and Release Fly Fishing
Permit, bonefish and tarpon are always released; some snook, snapper, barracuda, & grouper are kept for the table.
Approaching four decades of serving avid anglers, El Pescador offers world class diving, snorkeling, majestic Maya ruins, cave tubing, zip lines, and eco-adventures galore. So bring the whole family or group and explore the mystic beauty of the Caribbean and Central America.
2015 Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition
This coming August at El Pescador in Belize there are a few spots still open for the Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition. Year 4 of a multi-year partnership between tarpon anglers and the scientists of the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
There are 3 parts to the expedition, world class tarpon fishing, advancing science and learning. The scientific goal is to place very sophisticated satellite tags on large adult tarpon that migrate through Belize waters each summer. Doing this should put us one step closer to learning how to ensure the success of the tarpon we hope to see in Belize for years to come.
We have the science, now we need more anglers. This expedition will be led by Adam Marton and famed tarpon angler (and the man who wrote the book on tarpon fishing with a fly rod), Andy Mill. Andy’s son Nicky Mill will also be joining us and together we intend to lead this small group of passionate tarpon anglers on an experience of a lifetime.
The Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition will be hosted at El Pescador on August 15-22, 2015.