Destination Spotlight - Questions & Answers
Lodge Name: El Pescador
Where is the Lodge?
2.6 miles north of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Where do they fish?
We fish 400 square miles of in-shore, shallow water sight casting flats from the Mexican border in the north, to Belize City in the south, to the barrier reef in the east, and to the Belizean mainland in the west.
How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?
The bonefish flats start literally at our dock and permit and tarpon flats extend out as far as a 1.5 hour ride by boat.
What fish will I catch?
Bonefish, permit and tarpon are our 3 primary species. Although these 3 species are our primary targets at El Pescador, there are countless other species that are worth targeting on the fly or with conventional tackle. There are seemingly endless supplies of snappers and grunts, barracuda, snook, ladyfish, groupers, 6 different species of jacks, cobia, triggerfish, and on and on.
How many fish will I catch?
That depends on your strength as an angler and what you are targeting. We can guarantee that you will SEE fish! Although there are exceptions to every rule in saltwater, flats fishing is typically not a numbers game. This is the most difficult fishing there is and for that same reason it can also be the most rewarding.
How do they fish?
We host both fly and spin anglers.
Do the guides speak English?
Who is best suited to this destination?
El Pescador is perfect for anglers – from beginner to expert, divers, adventure travelers and their families.
What skill level is required?
We have a teaching environment here – with complimentary casting lessons offered each afternoon. So we welcome beginner to expert anglers.
How physically demanding is this trip?
The standard fishing day is 8 hours.
When to go?
We have year round resident populations of bonefish, tarpon and permit. Our weather is generally lovely all year – the average temperatures are in the 80s during the day and 70s at night, year round. If you are specifically targeting tarpon, our migratory tarpon are also in our waters mid-June to mid-Sept.
How to get there?
All major US airlines fly into BZE airport daily year round.
What is the accommodation like?
We have both spacious standard rooms in our main lodge (newly renovated) plus= 1,2, and 3 bedroom villa accommodations.
What is the food like?
Our goal is to create the best menus using products from our local fisheries and farms. Our chef uses fresh, seasonal local fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood. All of our breads and desserts are homemade.
Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?
Does the lodge provide fishing tackle? We are proud to offer a fully stocked fly shop featuring a complete selection of saltwater flies, lines, leaders, tippet, etc. Demo fly and spin fishing equipment is available free of charge on a first come first serve basis; please coordinate with your Fishing Director and guide regarding your needs. Please bring the gear that you own and allow us to supplement with our demo gear. But, do not feel compelled to purchase new rods and reels for the trip.
Is Internet and cell phone signal available?
Are there other activities available?
Yes, many! Please click on the link below for an explanation of some of our most popular day trips and eco-adventures.
What should we pack?
Belize is a tropical country where the average temperature is 84F degrees during the day and 75F at night year round. Dress is informal at the lodge so bring light comfortable clothing. We created a list you can review on what to consider packing for your trip: What to Bring to El Pescador List
How much and who should we tip?
Tipping is a personal decision based on service. Please don’t reward us if you are not fully satisfied. Also, please let us know as soon as possible if you are not pleased with something so we have an opportunity to correct it for you.
Our lodge staff includes front desk, housekeepers, bartenders, boat drivers, maintenance & security, servers & kitchen staff. It is customary to leave a tip of US$40 per guest, per day upon check out to be pooled and divided equally for all lodge staff to encourage teamwork. It is not necessary to tip management. There are gratuity envelopes included in your check out paperwork, as well as in the office.
Fishing - We recommend US$125-150 per boat, per day given directly to your guide in cash at the end of each fishing day. We have a fishing guide apprentice program at the lodge and sometimes you will be fortunate enough to have an apprentice aboard for an extra pairs of eyes or a helpful hand. It is not necessary to tip the apprentice. (S)he is there to learn and is not part of your guiding service. If you do not wish to have the apprentice on your boat for any reason, please let the Fishing Director know.
All tour guides appreciate a 15–20% tip on the cost of the excursion.