Sep 12, 2012

Turneffe Flats - Fly Angler's Paradise

Turneffe Flats Lodge

Sight fishing in paradise...Turneffe makes for the perfect, fall, winter and spring getaway.

Turneffe Flats has long been recognized as one of Belize's premier saltwater fly fishing, SCUBA diving and marine ecotourism destinations. Located on the Turneffe Atoll, the largest and most biologically diverse coral atoll in the Caribbean. Set on the Northeastern side of the atoll, on a private point with white sand beach, great vistas and a bonefish flat right outside the door. Awaken to the sun rising out of the ocean, a cup of coffee in hand and contemplating the day.

You are surrounded by an incredible tropical seascape of white sand beach, expansive bonefish flats, lush mangroves and the surf breaking over the reef for miles in either direction. They are ideally located to enjoy all of Turneffe's 250 square miles of expansive flats, healthy coral reef and remarkably rich marine habitat.

For nearly three decades Turneffe Flats has been known as one of the Caribbean's premier saltwater fly fishing destinations. Relax in your air-conditioned beachfront cabana. The diversity of the saltwater flats fishing sets them apart from other destinations and the opportunity to catch bonefish, permit and tarpon on a given day, for a "Flats Grand Slam".

Bonefishing is a mainstay of the fishing, with miles of crystal clear, wadeable flats. While wading Turneffe's extensive turtle grass flats, you will sight-fish to large schools of bonefish as well as smaller groups and singles. Bonefishing remains consistently good throughout the year.

Turneffe Flats is one of the special saltwater destinations where you can experience the excitement of flats fishing for tailing permit and have reasonable opportunity to catch one. Good permit fishing is available throughout the year, with the best beginning with the warmer weather of spring.

Because tarpon are migratory, they are by nature seasonal. Although some tarpon are around throughout the year, the prime season generally begins in mid-to-late April and continues to mid-October with June, July and August generally being the best months. Most of the migratory tarpon are in the 70-90 pound range, but a few 100-200 pound monsters are seen each year.

Give me a shout for more details. I would love to help you plan a trip to this really special retreat.

Jerry Swanson


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