"Bliss in Belize....a rod, a reel and a tarpon." - Time Magazine
Most of the activities on the island are centered around the sea and include
both flats and reef fishing snorkeling and scuba diving. El Pescador,
means "The fisherman" and they specialize in light tackle and salt water
fishing. The guides are English speaking and experienced in guiding both
fly and spin fishermen. Most of the guides have been working with El
Pescador for over 15 years.
The guides have shallow draft skiffs for getting onto the bonefish flats and they know how to position the boat to give the angler the best possible cast. The guides are also fly fishermen themselves and therefore can help anglers with their casting and technique.
The Bonefish Grounds are 10 to 20 minutes from the lodge and the tarpon flats start 20 minutes from there. Most of the bonefishing is done from the bow of a boat but there are 4 or 5 flats that can be waded. The bones run from 2-5 pounds and are plentiful.
The tarpon flats are 3-8 feet deep and are quite extensive, approximately 35 miles long by 15 miles wide. Needless to say one hunts for tarpon. Not all the tarpon flats are fishable everyday due to changing weather conditions and currents, generally speaking there is good tarpon fishing year round.
The tarpon run from 10 to well over 100 pounds; the average winter fish is about 50-60 pounds with the average summer fish being 90 - 150 pounds. Permit are found on the bonefish flats, some of the shallow tarpon flats as well as in waves coming over the reef.
The permit range from 4-30 pounds with the majority being about 8-10 pounds and found in large schools. Jack Crevalle, Barracuda, Cobia and Snook are also found on the flats and in the surrounding mangrove lagoons. Reef fishing is another activity which clients enjoy.
The reef sports snappers, grouper, wahoo, mackerel, jacks, cobia, barracuda, king fish, rainbow runners, trigger fish and during mid May to mid August, tarpon. A great day on the reef might include catching snappers, grouper, etc., going to shore and having the guide prepare a freshly caught shore lunch while you relax or wade for bonefish.
After lunch you can go for a snorkel and/or trip into San Pedro town for a little sight seeing, bar hopping, whatever.
Abbreviations: E=Excellent G=Good F=Fair
January: On calm days you should see as many as 50-75 tarpon, 20-90 pound range. Generally bone and tarpon fishing are good; reef fishing good to excellent.
February: Fish are plentiful on the flats if the wind isn't too strong. Tarpon in the 20-90 pound range. Bone and tarpon fishing are good but weather dependent. Reef fishing is excellent.
March: Plenty of 20-90 pound tarpon on the calmer days. Plenty of bonefish. Tarpon in lagoons. Reef fishing good to excellent.
April: Lots of tarpon, 40-100 pounds, and they are more aggressive. Migrating tarpon start coming onto the reef. Its a good month for permit too. Usually large schools of small permit and plenty of bones. Reef fishing excellent
June: Bone fishing is excellent as it always is from April through October. Tarpon on both the flats and reef. Reef fishing good to excellent.
July & August: Usually calm and warm. Great fishing. Lots of bones, lots of tarpon to well over 100 pounds. We consider these the best two tarpon fishing months of the year The most and the largest tarpon have been caught in August. Reef fishing good to excellent.
September: Lots of big fish, the lodge record, 165 pound tarpon was boated during this month. Reef fishing good.
November: There are plenty of 60-100 pound tarpon on the flats. Jack crevelle and bone fishing are also good. Reef fishing good to excellent.
December: If the sun stays out there are plenty of barracuda, bones, and tarpon (40-80 pounds), on the flats. Jacks and ladyfish too. Full moon brings grouper and snappers to the reef to spawn. Reef fishing good to excellent.
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