One of the world’s most sought after fly fishing destinations. Cast to virgin bonefish, permit and tarpon on expansive flats.
Welcome to Grand Slam land. In Belize, you are almost guaranteed a daily shot at the three grand slam species; bonefish, permit, and tarpon (all in one day). Whether or not they eat your fly is an entirely different ballgame. The bonefishing is without a doubt some of the best in the world. Massive schools of up to 500 bones are a frequent sight here. There are also some trophy lone bonefish to stalk, up to 10 pounds in some cases. Notoriously skittish, permit are the holy grail for the saltwater fly fisherman. Permit are fast overtaking bonefish as the most pursued and esteemed fish in Belize. This makes sense though, because the waters around Belize hold more permit per capita than any other country. Finally, the tarpon fishing here is virtually unparalleled. Big tarpon hold in the creeks and estuaries around the mangroves, and are frequently jumped around the 100 pound range. We’ve heard that lodges in Belize are catching world record sized tarpon, but not reporting them in order to keep other lodges away from their waters. Somebody needs to investigate...
- 80° 70° Dec-Feb
- 85° 76° Mar-May
- 86° 78° Jun-Aug
- 84° 75° Sep-Nov
Top fish species to target in Belize
For more than three decades, Turneffe Flats has been known as one of the world's premier flats fishing destinations combining a remarkable fishery with excellent English-speaking guides, top-notch equipment and superior service. The ability to sight-fish for BONEFISH, PERMIT and TARPON on any given day makes Turneffe one of the few places where a Grand Slam is always a possibility. Turneffe Atoll is the largest of only four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere, and is best-known for its variety of saltwater fishing. Turneffe Flats is located on a remote, picturesque point with white sand beach and coconut palms. An expansive bonefish flat is right outside the front door and the coral reef is only a stone's throw away. Bonefishing Bonefish have been a primary target of Turneffe Flats' anglers for more than 30 years. While wading the expansive flats on the seaward side of Turneffe, you will regularly see large schools of bonefish providing an unequaled opportunity for new saltwater anglers to learn the basics of the sport. There is also plenty of challenging fishing for those who enjoy stalking larger fish (some in excess of 10 pounds) in skinny water. Permit Fishing Permit are the prime objective of many saltwater anglers these days and with Turneffe Flats leading the way, Belize has gained a reputation as the permit capital of the world. As much hunting as it is fishing, permit present a unique challenge and many guests have celebrated their first ever permit with us. At Turneffe Flats you may have a better chance to land a permit than anywhere else. Tarpon Fishing Tarpon are perhaps the ultimate challenge of saltwater fly-fishing. Although there are always some resident tarpon to be found, our migratory tarpon season extends from mid-April to October. Tarpon inhabit the creeks, channels and lagoons of the Atoll and most tarpon jumped are 60-90 pounds, with some fish in the 100-150 pound range and occasional monsters approaching 200 pounds.