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Directors of Fishing and Guest Services

We are proud to have a wonderful fishing professional, Ed Blank, as our General Manager and head of the fishing program here at El Pescador.

Ed Blank

Born and Raised on a fly fishing river in northern New Hampshire, all I ever knew was skiing and fly fishing. I was very lucky and the skiing took me around the world into my thirties; racing professionally for 12 years.

Ed Block preparing anglers for their next day of fishing at an El Pescador villaIn 1990 I stepped away from skiing altogether and rekindled my love for fishing. I outfitted and guided fly fishermen on week long adventures in Alaska. For 20 years I organized and guided our float trips, camping, fishing and rafting down the best rainbow rivers in southwest Alaska. Our favorite rivers were the Alagnak River, Moraine Creek, American Creek, the Arolik, and Goodnews rivers. My winters were filled with traveling with my Alaska clientele to winter destinations like Florida, Argentina, Chile and the Caribbean with frequent visits to El Pescador over the years.

During one of these trips to El Pescador I was seduced by tarpon and now hunt for them wherever I go. In the Spring of 2008 I started working as a tarpon guide in the Florida Keys concentrating on the months of May and June.

In 2010 I retired the Alaska portion of my life and began my work with the El Pescador family as Director of Fishing.

In 2014 My wife Lisa and I became the new General Managers of the Lodge.

We look forward to hosting you on your next trip to El Pescador!

Isa Rodriquez

Isa Rodriguez is from the village of Valley of Peace in central Belize. Isa began his training at El Pescador in 2008 and has been the Associate Fishing Director since 2014.

Isa Rodriquez lending a helping hand of instruction  to an  El Pescador guest on the casting platform in front of the lodge

Isa obtained his Casting Instructor Certification from the Federation of Fly Fishers in February of 2013. Isa joins three other El Pescador guides as the only Belizean certified casting instructors currently teaching in Belize.

Isa has a remarkable ability to teach both novice and experienced fly casters due to his easy going, no pressure sessions but at the same time drawing on the skills and techniques from any source that crosses his path. Isa is the quintessential student and loves to learn; he will be a lifelong student and teacher of fly casting.

His knowledge of the local culture, his ability to explain casting techniques and styles, and his knowledge of knots as well as our home waters make him an invaluable member of our El Pescador family.

If you have any questions, or want help planning a trip, email Ed at [email protected].

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