Fishing Season: Year-Around

Belize - BZ

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El Pescador's Tip of the Week

Whether heading for El Pescador or any other bonefish/permit/tarpon destination, practice casting for a week or 10 days prior to your trip. Work out any winter-induced kinks and be ready when your guide says, "50-feet mon, 11 o'clock."

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Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 9/26/23

generally clear

Techniques & Tips as of 9/26/23

Efficient casting. Everything in the salt happens fast, so it's about being ready! Teamwork with your guide - be sure to clearly communicate expectations.

Current Conditions as of 9/26/23

FISHING REPORT WEEK ENDING: September 24, 2023 We had a great group that came down with Mossy Creek Flyfishing in Harrisburg, VA. Nick, we are glad you broke your tarpon curse and we look forward to next year! We also had some father/son pairings come down to try some Grand Slam fishing. The younger fishermen had lots of “firsts” and are excited about their next trip. We especially enjoy seeing the younger generation catch the addiction! I know one young man that has become a little obsessed with tarpon, and another that can recite the long list of fish species that he caught on this trip. Overall, it was a very good week of fishing. Calmer mornings let us take a few runs to the mainland for a change of pace. We got after the permit when the sun was shining, and a lot of good tarpon were encountered, and some landed! We are seeing more schools of large Jack Crevalle these days, too. We just have a few boats going out this coming week and they are all diehard permit fishermen. Wishing them all good luck! Winds: 3-13 Mph. Some very calm mornings with a steady breeze in the afternoon. Some west winds for a change Air Temps: Hi: mid 80s Low: low 80s Water Temperature: 83.5 F Moon phase: Full Moon September 29 Sunrise 5:42 am Sunset: 5:49 pm WHAT GUESTS WERE CATCHING Bonefish (Macabi) More than 186 Bonefish were landed averaging 2 to 3 lbs, several ranging 3 to 5 lbs Permit (Palometa): 9 Tarpon (Sabalo): 10 Snook (Robalo): 1 Grand Slam: 0 Other Species: Mangrove Snapper, Barracuda, Mutton Snapper, Jack Crevalle Flies that worked: Bonefish – Christmas Island Specials in gold, pearl, root beer and pink sizes 4 & 6. Permit – Mantis shrimp, Rag Head crabs, Casa Blanca crabs and Alflexo crabs in sizes 4 & 6. Tarpon- White Chartreuse Bunnies, Chartreuse and Black-purple toads in sizes 1/0 to 3/0.

Local Species Available Year-Around

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    Primary: Permit

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    Bonefish; Secondary: Barracuda

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El Pescador's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Popper for barracuda chartreuse, green 1 or 1/0
Streamer for barracuda chartreuse, green 1 or 1/0
Deceiver-style for jacks fish imitation 1 or 2
Baitfish imitation for jacks dark green, olive 1 or 2

Popper for barracuda

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El Pescador's Recommended Gear

Description: About Belize

At El Pescador, located on Ambergris Caye, you can achieve the anglers' ultimate dream - a Grand Slam of bonefish, tarpon and permit. Belize's shallow water contains the only classic tarpon flats outside South Florida. Our flats are world renowned for offering the opportunity to site cast to tarpon 12 months a year. You can cast the lagoons for lady fish or snook, go outside the reef into the deep water for tuna and wahoo. Troll the reef for king fish or barracuda. Jig the bottom for snapper and grouper. The choice is yours. Belize Bonefish The bonefish grounds are only minutes from the lodge. Most of the bone fishing is done from the bow of the boat, but there are flats that can be waded as well. The bones run from 2 - 5 lbs and are plentiful. Tarpon in Belize The El Pescador fishery has year round resident tarpon over 100 lbs. The fish are spread out over our 250 square mile fishery. In the late summer (July, August, September), we have the added bonus of a large migratory population, which doubles our tarpon numbers. Moon phases tend to effect tarpon more than other species. The guideline is to fish around the new moon. Remember, this is only a guideline, not a hard and fast rule. We land fish during full moon weeks all the time! Belize Permit Permit are found on the bonefish flats, and on many of the tarpon flats as well. Our permit are found in large schools and range from 4 - 30 lbs, with the majority running about 8 - 10 lbs. Jack crevalle, barracuda, cobia and snook are also found on the flats and in the surrounding mangrove lagoons. Permit, bonefish and tarpon are always released; some snook, snapper, barracuda, & grouper are kept for the table. Approaching four decades of serving avid anglers, El Pescador offers world class diving, snorkeling, majestic Maya ruins, cave tubing, zip lines, and eco-adventures galore. So bring the whole family or group and explore the mystic beauty of the Caribbean and Central America.

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Belize City