Flat & Fly Fishing - Full & Half Days
Flat & Fly Fishing is a unique sports hobby enjoyed by many. The backside of the island (lagoon side), makes for the perfect place to do this fishing. Here you will find snook, tarpon, bonefish, permit, and pompano.
Duration: Full Day
Departure Time: 8:30 a.m.
Return Time: 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Fishing Gear: Rod, reel, line, tackle, bait included
Included: Cold bottled water, fresh fruit, transportation to & from site, licensed guide.
What to Bring: Camera, cell phone, personal medications (for the day), light jacket or windbreaker, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, beach towel, swimsuit, cash for tipping your guide.
Flat & Fly Fishing
Description: Ambergris Caye offers many flats and lagoons where tourists can fish. Flat fishing (or fly fishing) is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable adventures one can experience in Belize. Flat fishing has attracted thousands of tourist, from all over the world. Because of this, the Belize Government has passed a “Catch & Release” law to be applied to Permits, Tarpons, and Bonefish.
Because of this, there is an abundance of bonefish and tarpon which can be found in the waters, all year round. The waters are crystal clear, making sighting casting for your fish the way to go. Most of the fly fishing is done from the bow of the boat, occasionally this can be done by wading in some areas. The many mangrove estuaries and shallow reefs, make for a perfect habitat for these gamefish. You may also encounter such fish as: Snook, Cobia and Jacks.
Deep Sea and Reef Fishing are mostly done on the east (or Barrier Reef), side of the island. Flat fishing is typically done on the west (or lagoon) side of the island. If you are new to fly fishing or simply want to give it a try, the many lagoons on the back side of the island, make this an enjoyable adventure. Ambergris Caye lagoons are full of mangrove trees, their root system provides the natural habitat, for many of these fish.
For this kind of fly fishing, most people bring their own gear. If this is something you are interested in doing, you will need specific gear for this type of fishing. We recommend a (7-8 weight) rod for Bonefish, a (8 weight) rod for Permit and a good saltwater reel for Tarpon. You’ll want (6 pound) line for bonefish, (25 pound) line for tarpon, to Include about 200 yards of line. If you do not have this specific gear, no worries, the guide can provide it for you.
Because of the geology and location of the island, bordering the Caribbean Sea on the east and the lagoon and mangrove swamps on the south and west, Ambergris Caye boasts some of the most spectacular flats in the world! A place where world records have been set! Here you will be able to try your luck and skill at catching our famous fighting Bonefish, Permit or Tarpon! It's a fly fisherman's dream come true!
Ambergris Caye, Belize offers many flats and lagoons where tourists can sport fish, whether new to the game or an experienced fishing enthusiast. Rich on flora and fauna and abundant marine life, fishing is the most enjoyable adventure one can ever experience in Belize. Bonefish, Permit, Snook or Tarpon fishing has attracted thousands of tourists from all over the world. Because of this, the Belize Government has passed a law for Permits, Tarpons and Bonefish to only be "Catch & Release". The flats have been playing grounds for our professional local San Pedrano fishing guides.
As Deep Sea Fishing and Reef Fishing is done by the barrier reef East of Ambergris Caye, Flat Fishing is mostly done on the West side of Ambergris Caye. Ambergris Caye has many lagoons, mangrove canals and neighborhood mangrove islands that are natural habitats for fish like the tarpon and bonefish.
One of our specialties has been Permit Fishing. This Silver looking fish is the most difficult fish to catch when it comes to Belize Flats Sports Fishing. Yet, our experience guides have the knowledge to guide and facilitate you to catch a permit.
New to Fly Fishing, No Problem! Our guides are masters and have initiated many anglers into the art of Fly Fishing. Don’t want to learn how to fly fish? Not a problem! Our guides can take spinning gear for you. The boat will take 1 or 2 passengers only.
BONEFISH - This species has a typical “fish-like” appearance. It has an elongated, torpedo-shaped body with silvery scales. The rostrum, or snout, is rather pointed in appearance. The top, or dorsal, fin has a triangular shape similar to that of a shark.
Adults typically measure about 1.5 ft. long, but larger individuals reach lengths of 3.25 ft. or more. Most weigh about 6 lbs. on average, but some reach weights up to 19 lbs. As adults, females grow larger than males.