El Pescador

El Pescador, Belize

El Pescador is on the southernmost tip of the Yucatan Peninsula and offers some of the finest flats fishing in the world. This is a friendly, beachfront resort catering for fishermen and those wanting to explore the history and ecology of the area.

Type of fishing

At El Pescador you can achieve the anglers’ ultimate dream – a ‘Grand Slam’ of bonefish, tarpon and permit and Belize’s shallow water contains the only classic tarpon flats outside southern Florida which are world renowned for offering the opportunity to sight cast to tarpon 12 months a year.

You can also fish the lagoons for ladyfish or snook, or go outside the reef into the deeper water for tuna and wahoo. The bonefish grounds are only minutes from the lodge with most of the fishing done from the bow of a boat, but there are flats that can be waded too. The bonefish run from 2 to 5lb and are plentiful.

The El Pescador fishery has year-round resident tarpon over 100lb and during the late summer (July, August, September), there is the added bonus of a large migratory population, which doubles the tarpon numbers. Moon phases tend to affect tarpon more than other species and the guideline is to fish around the new moon.

Permit are found in large schools on the bonefish flats, and on many of the tarpon flats too,  and range from 4 to 30lb, with the majority averaging 8 to10lb.