Overview of Belize Fishing Lodge
Simply put, this is the finest all around Belize fishing lodge. The grand slam of flats fishing including Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit are available here on Ambergris Caye in Belize near the city of San Pedro. Some experience anglers even score the slam in a single day. For discerning fly fishermen, this fishing lodge has a storied history drawing anglers from all over the globe. It is not unusual for your guide here to have been guiding for this lodge for decades and to have been trained by a father or uncle.
For those that want to focus on fishing but also want to bring those that do not, this is a perfect location for you. You and your family will love this fishing lodge and eco resort paradise in Belize. Since the late 1990’s this lodge has been owned and operated by families for families and discerning anglers. Because of the relationships entwined with those that work on site, their staff T-shirts say in bold letters, FAMILY.
During your stay, you’ll meet the other resort guests at the common tables where dinner is shared family style. Over the years, this camaraderie has helped guests, family and staff create enduring relationships with people from all over the world.
One of the many beautiful aspects of choosing this fishing resort for your next vacation is that everyone in the group, whether angler or not, may take advantage of the numerous activities on offer! Belize and great fishing go hand in hand. The dedicated angler will be impressed with the fishing environment, equipment and longtime experienced guides who know the waters like the back of their hand.
For those that do not wish to fish, you might choose from the following activities and more; Explore the Mayan sites, jungle cruise, go cave tubing, take a golf cart to the secret beach or exploring in town, reef fishing/shore excursion, sleep in, get a massage or just gaze at the reef. It’s up to you. With a variety of all-inclusive vacation packages, activities, accommodations, and amenities, you’re in for an unforgettable holiday.
Unique Location and the Fishing:
Don’t be fooled into thinking that because you are an excellent trout or bass fisherman that bone fishing will come naturally. Bone fishing has humbled many an experienced fisherman. For those interested anglers, these guides will quickly have you catching bones and always hopeful for permit!
Every afternoon from 3-5 PM experience fly fishing teaching guides are available complimentary for instruction.
ALL PERMIT, TARPON AND BONEFISH ARE CATCH AND RELEASE
What are you fishing for? They have a very diverse fishery; the more direction you give your guide and fishing director regarding your goals, the better able they will be to fulfill them.
They 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. The good news is that they have 400 square miles of water to fish; the bad news is that they have 400 square miles of water to be fished which can mean long boat runs to the further flats should you choose.
Bonefish and permit flats begin at their front door, while tarpon flats begin 30 minutes away. Fish seem to be a bit easier to catch in more remote areas. Guides have unlimited gas budgets so they may take you wherever they think your best fishing opportunities will present themselves.
BONEFISH: Average bonefish are in the 1-3 lbs range with a large bonefish around 5lbs and a trophy being 7-8 lbs.
PERMIT: Average permit are in the 5-8 lbs range. However, some larger permit (15-30+ lbs) are found as singles and in pairs as well.
TARPON: They have two types of Tarpon; resident, that live there all year round an migratory tarpon that arrive in May/June and depart in September/October annually. 20-75 lb resident Tarpon and migratory are the “BIG GIRLS” and can reach 100-150 lbs.
OTHER SPECIES: Snapper and grunts, barracuda, snook, ladyfish, grouper, 6 different species of jacks, cobia, triggerfish and on and on.
Flats fishing: This lodge specializes in light tackle, shallow water flats fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon.
Reef fishing and island shore lunch combo is always a favorite for a fun outing of catching, catching, and catching! You would be amazed at how many dedicated fly fishermen choose this outing year after year in lieu of a day of flats fishing. Your guide will BBQ your freshly caught fish on a secluded beach. You may enjoy wading, shelling or simply relaxing in the sun while your picnic is prepared. Spend the afternoon snorkeling or try more fishing!
Guides: Guides are English speaking and experienced in guiding both fly and spin fishermen. One or two anglers per boat. All guides are native San Pedranos born and raised on the island. These are the most experienced guides in Belize! Many have been guides here for over 30 years and now second and third generation guides are following them. Most of them have been trained by their fathers and uncles with whom they typically spend a decade learning the craft before becoming a Captain of their own flats boat. Guides have encyclopedic knowledge of this fishery coming from a lifetime dedicated to learning where the fish are and how they behave.
All guides have Belize Port Authority Boat Master’s license and are licensed Belize Tourism Board tour guides and are first aid certified.
Weather/seasons: The windiest months tend to be March and April but they are also some of the driest months. November can be a bit rainy but typically at night and clear during the day.
This is a neo-tropical climate, with temperature varying less than 10 degrees F year-round. So rather than seasons, they have micro climate changes. Because of this the island is subject to the occasional cold front in the winter months. Wind is part of the tropical environment; some days are windy, some are not. This is a semi-arid climate and get less than 25 inches of rain annually
When is the best time to fish here?
Our fish reside here 12 months of the year, plus the addition of a major tarpon migration in late summer. Any day of the year you can be assured that the fishery is diverse and abundant.
Months tend to blend into one another. If our “best” month is a 10, then our “worst” month is an 8 1/2 or a 9. Again, it’s the vagary of a passing front that has more impact than the time of year. These fronts possess two common characteristics: they are unpredictable and they tend to be short-lived.
So practice your casting and come visit us and one of the world’s premier saltwater destinations.
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 on calm days.
Fish are plentiful on the flats if the wind isn’t too strong. Tarpon in the 20-90 pound range. Bones, Permit, and tarpon fishing are good, but weather-dependent. Reef fishing is excellent.
Plenty of 20-90 pound tarpon on the calmer days. Plenty of bonefish. Tarpon in lagoons. Reef fishing good to excellent. Permit schooled up in good numbers.
Lots of tarpon, 40-100 pounds, and they are more aggressive. Migrating tarpon start coming onto the reefs. It’s a good month for permit too. Usually large schools of small permit, and plenty of bones. Reef fishing excellent.
Generally our hottest month, with calm-to-light breezes. It’s not uncommon to see huge schools of 200-300 bones. Tarpon on both flats and the reef. Reef fishing is good to excellent.
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, and September
Usually calm and warm. Great fishing. Lots of bones, lots of tarpon to well over 100 pounds. We consider this the best tarpon season of the year. The most and the largest tarpon have been caught in August and September. We also find some of the largest permit of the year during tarpon migration.
Lots of tarpon, large and aggressive. Bones are larger and more aggressive too. Big schools of jack crevelle are also on the flats now and it is a good month for the larger permit. Reef fishing fair to good. If there is a lot of rainfall on the mainland, snook arrive on the flats in large numbers. The lodge record for the most tarpon landed in a single day was had in October by Dick Smith with 7 tarpon landed and another 5 jumped.
There are plenty of 60-100 pound tarpon on the flats. Jack crevalle and bone fishing are also good. Reef fishing good to excellent.
If the sun stays out there are plenty of barracuda, bones, and tarpon (40-80 pounds) on the flats. Jacks and ladyfish too. The full moon brings grouper and snappers to the reef to spawn. Reef fishing good to excellent.
Lodge Rooms: There are 14 lodge rooms each with private baths and two double beds. Just completed a total expansion and renovation of each of the fourteen guest rooms in the main lodge! they are now able to offer guests larger, modernized and well-appointed accommodations, while still retaining the authentic Belizean colonial feel of the exterior of the lodge.
Each room has all new furniture with either 2 queen beds or one king bed plus a small sitting area; each bathroom features a double granite vanity, a private toilet area, a walk in shower, and a Belizean hardwood closet and drawers with a small refrigerator and coffee maker. All rooms in the main lodge remain beachfront, next to a pool and offer air-conditioning as well.
Private Villas: There are five villas available each with 3 bedrooms that can be sectioned off if needed. A common area in each with a full kitchen, den and dining area. Lovely villas surrounding a pool have stunning views of the beach and the Belize Barrier Reef across an open expanse of turquoise Caribbean Sea. Villas are two story, 3-bedroom, 3-bath homes, designed in a lock-off configuration, which enables you to rent a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom villa to perfectly match your individual and family needs, while ensuring your complete privacy.
Bar: The bar offers a full selection of top shelf liquors, wine and beer. It is open from 2 pm until the last guest leaves or until midnight, whichever occurs first. Only alcohol purchased from the lodge bar may be consumed in any public area of the property including the restaurant. IF YOU HAVE SPECIFIC REQUESTS PLEASE LETUS KNOW! During happy hour from 2-5pm a variety of drinks are available complimentary.
Meals: The menu is inspired by the changing seasons and always features a diverse selection of dishes made with delicious, locally sourced ingredients. They strive to provide a menu that meets a wide variety of dietary needs including vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options.
Length of Stay / Itinerary
Most guests stay 3 – 7 nights.
Day 1: Arrive at San Pedro airport where you will be greeted by the lodge staff and transfer by taxi and short boat ride to the lodge. Settle in and enjoy the lodge
Day 2 – ?: Fishing, relax and activities
Departure day: The lodge will again transfer by boat and taxi back to the airport by the lodge staff.
Travel Details & Location
Guests fly to Belize International airport (BZE) and from there your local Tropic Air flights to San Pedro are coordinated around all on time international arrival and departures. The local flights take 15 minutes. When you arrive at San Pedro, you will be greeted by the lodge representative with a logo shirt and taken by taxi to the lodge boat. From the dock you will transfer by boat to the lodge dock.
Please let us know if there are specific activities that you know you will want to enjoy so we can let the lodge know ahead of time. Otherwise some activities require a day or two notice to coordinate on sight. If you want activities on arrival day, we will need to pre-book those for you.
We will gladly send you a detailed activity description with costs associated. We suggest that if you think you will want a golf cart often then rent one for the duration of your stay rather than each time you want to use one.
- Rent a golf cart and drive to the secret beach or explore San Pedro shopping
- Rent a golf cart and explore the other resorts in the area or local restaurants
- Rent a golf cart and have ice cream at the famous food trucks nearby
- Reef fishing & beach picnic 8:30 – 3:30 pm
- Free kayaks, paddle boards and bikes for use
- Scuba diving – local diving 1,2 and 3 tank dives plus night dives.
- Scuba diving – day trips to The blue hole (3 tanks), Turneffe North (2 tanks) and Turneffe Elbow (3 tanks)
- Scuba diving courses – resort refresher, e-learning, referral course, open water course, advanced open water, rescue, medic first aid and dive master
- Snorkeling -numerous destinations available
- Snorkel with the sharks in shark alley
- Snorkeling trip to Bacalar Chico
- Snorkeling trip to Caye Caulker (quaint sand town)
- Spear fishing for lobster (this will be prepared for your dinner!)
- Manatee watch & snorkeling
- Catarmaran snorkeling trip to Caye Caulkner
- Visit Caye Caulkner
- Catamaran sunrise or sunset sailing
- Mexico rocks sailing
- Kayak San Pedro Lagoon
- Golf cart rentals for touring the island
- Visit the “Truck Stop” food truck garden which is very close to the resort. Delicious homemade ice cream etc.
- Painting workdhop-
- Great restaurants on the island for a night out
- Canoes and paddle boards
- Very small work out room
- 3 Pools
- Free fly fishing lessons every day from 3-5 pm on the lodge deck with expert casting instructor
- Spa services by appointment
- ATM Cave (Air/land) Experience the cave of the stone sepulcher, a subterranean cathedral…
- Cave tubing & zipline or Belize Zoo or Zunantunich Mayan Ruins (boat/land)
- Lamanai & New River Jungle excursion (boat/land)
- Lamanai & River excursion (air/land)
- Cooking lessons with the chef
- Short fly fishing outing in the lagoon with an unlicensed guide
- Flats fishing for Bones, Tarpon, and Permit
This lodge is a wonderful location for children. But no dedicated children’s program is available.
Internet & Communications
Wifi is available but limited bandwidth is available. Cell phones have spotty service.
They are dedicated to improving their island. The most practical way to improve the quality of life on Ambergris Caye is to invest in the children’s education. To that end, the lodge organizes 3 sponsorships to local schools (2 at the Island Academy and one at the R.C. Primary School). They have GPS’s that make the very proud and have even won a few awards.
They also continue to support environmental and scientific organizations such as Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and Ambergris Caye Citizens For Sustainable Development. They help to protect bonefish, tarpon and permit as well as their habitats.
2020 Rates: Call for updated pricing
3 night/2 day fishing trips begin at $2,300 pp
3 night/2 day non-fishing trips begin at $1,700 pp
Trip Insurance & Cancellation Info
“Trip insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment on this trip. We will assist you with trip insurance upon booking. See links at the bottom of this page for the two providers we suggest for our clients.
Antlers & Anglers Worldwide, LLC confirmation and refund policy:
If your trip is more than 90 days out from date of departure, a 50% non-refundable deposit confirms your reservation and must be received within 10 days of booking to confirm your dates. All trips must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to the departure date. If your trip date is within 90 days, FULL payment for the trip is required. All payments to Antlers & Anglers Worldwide, LLC are non-refundable. Should you need to reschedule or cancel your trip, we will do everything in our power to assist you in finding a suitable substitute or transferring your dates per the lodge/providers/government requirements. Trip insurance protects your investment!”