Turneffe Flats

Turneffe Flats, Belize

Turneffe Flats is one of Belize's premier saltwater fly fishing destinations, known for its variety of saltwater fishing so a 'Grand Slam' is always a possibility.The lodge is ideally located to enjoy 250 square miles of pristine flats, coral reefs and marine life.

Type of fishing

Belize’s Turneffe Flats has been one of the world’s finest saltwater destinations for over three decades and offer the rare opportunity to land bonefish, permit and tarpon on any given day.

Turneffe’s crystal clear, wadeable flats make bonefishing a consistent mainstay of the fishing and it is also one of a select group of saltwater destinations offering anglers the opportunity to experience the excitement of casting to tailing permit every month of the year.  

Permit are the prime objective of many anglers at Turneffe Atoll. Most are found as singles, or in small groups, on the flats and bars throughout the atoll, although anglers also frequently see larger schools of permit tailing in shallow water. Most permit fishing is done from a poled skiff but there is also excellent wading for permit on the ocean-side flats.  

Tarpon are one of the ultimate challenges for saltwater fly fishers and although there are always some resident tarpon to be found, the migratory tarpon season extends from mid-April to October.  Tarpon inhabit the creeks, channels and lagoons of the atoll and most tarpon jumped are 60-90lb, with some fish in the 100 to150lb with occasional monsters approaching 200lb.

Snook, snapper, jacks and variety of other species complete an exceptionally diverse fishery.