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Tarpon Caye Lodge, Belize

Reader offer trip with Editor, Mark Bowler, March 10-18, 2018

Tarpon Caye Lodge has fast growing reputation as one of the top saltwater lodges in Belize. Tarpon Caye is home to hundreds of square miles of wadeable flats which have firm and solid bottoms, making them a prime wading area, and they come with a pretty solid Grand Slam opportunity at that. You can either cast from the boat as your guide poles the flats, or simply hop out of the skiff to get into get an optimum casting position.

Always popular with FF&FT residents, there' sfishing on the doorstep, just two minutes from the lodge is a lagoon with prime opportunities for big tarpon.

Your typical day could involve an early wake-up to target tarpon before breakfast, then following breakfast heading out onto the flats for permit and bonefish in Belize’s famous ‘permit alley’. 

The permit fishing in this part of Belize has a reputation for being some of the best in the world. Several of the most promising flats are less than five minutes from the lodge, with casting to tailing permit – from the boat or when wading – being common.

Run by Charles Leslie Snr, a Belizian guide of 30 years standing, Tarpon Caye focuses on fishing the tides, rather than the clock, so the guides will alter their hours to suit the best fishing. The lodge is situated right on the flats, so there is no time wasted in travelling to the fishing grounds, and also lodge residents can access flats continue fishing when they return to the lodge.

Accommodation is in beachside cabanas, overlooking the Caribbean, and tarpon are regularly spotted cruising past.

Mark Bowler, editor of FF&FT, has been saltwater flats fishing for the past 20 years and has fished many of the Bahamian islands, plus Cuba, Mexico, Florida and Honduras. He will be on hand to offer tips, advice and guidance, and he will also take his fly-tying gear, just in case that vital pattern is required.


March 10: Depart London Heathrow for Charlotte, NC leaving at 0945 arriving 1410. Overnight stay at Hyatt Place, Charlotte Airport in a twin-room.

March 11: Depart Charlotte for Belize City at 0955 arriving at 1125 to connect to Placencia at 1445 arriving 1520, where you will be transferred from the airstrip to the dock for a short boat ride to Tarpon Caye lodge for 7 nights with 6 days fishing on full board.

March 12-17: 6 days fishing guided fishing for tarpon, permit, bonefish and many other species.

March 18: After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip from the lodge. Your flight will depart from Placencia to Belize City at 0940 arriving at 1010. Your flight to London will depart at 1309 connecting at Houston at 1715 departing at 2200.

March 19: Arrive into London Heathrow at 1025.

Price per person: £3,975
Includes return international flights, return domestic flights, one night in Charlotte on room only, ground transfers from Placencia airstrip to Tarpon Caye Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (packed lunch upon request), soda, bottled water, fresh juice, local rum, accommodation in private cabin, 6 days’ guided fishing, Wi-Fi internet, use of snorkel gear and kayaks.
(Not included: gratuities, any meals not listed and items of a personal nature).

To book and more information: info@gofishingworldwide.co.uk

Tel: 020 8742 1556

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