We understand that a top notch guide is essential to a good flats fishing vacation. At Turneffe Flats you will be guided by experienced, knowledgeable, English-speaking guides. With an average of nearly 20 years experience guiding on the flats, our guides are some of the most experienced and dedicated flats guides in the Caribbean.
| Winston "Pops" Cabral
Pops has been guiding for Turneffe Flats since 1987, and prior to that he guided elsewhere in Belize. Pops began working with his family as a commercial fisherman at Turneffe Atoll at age 14, and remembers spending holidays on a small caye at the south tip of Turneffe. Pops is passionate about his bonefishing and has helped develop a number of well-known bonefish flies including the "Pops Bonefish Bitters." Guiding is special for Pops and he takes his fishing seriously. He enjoys the wide variety of fishing at Turneffe including permit fishing and tarpon fishing. An accomplished fly caster, Pops was born and raised in Belize City where he resides with his wife and three children.
| Carlton "Capt" Westby
Carlton comes from a well-known fly fishing family in Belize and he has guided at Turneffe Flats since 1994. Carlton is an accomplished fly caster and one of the best boat Captains in Belize - thus his nickname, "Capt." He has been a harbor Captain, a charter Captain and a live-aboard dive boat Captain. Carlton likes the "hunting" involved in tarpon and permit fishing. He lives with his wife and daughter in Ladyville, just outside of Belize City.
| Robert "Dubs" Young
Dubs comes from a family of fisherman and his first guiding opportunity came in 1983 when a local lodge manager came to Dubs' father, a commercial fisherman at Turneffe, looking for a fill-in guide. The older Mr. Young was too busy but offered his 16 year old son for the day. Dubs did so well that the fishing lodge asked him to come back the following day and he has been working as a guide on the Turneffe Atoll ever since. Dubs hopes that his son follows in his footsteps. He loves hunting for feeding permit and his easy going, friendly personality make him a pleasure to spend the day with. Dubs lives in Belize City with his wife and children.
| Dion Young
Dion was raised in Belize City and on the Turneffe Atoll where his father and older brother, Dubs, worked as commercial fisherman. Dion has been guiding fly anglers at Turneffe for many years and says that his favorite part about fishing is being with the guests. Dion loves to fish for tarpon and says he is always impressed by their strength and size. Besides fishing, Dion loves basketball and spending time with his wife and two beautiful daughters in Roaring Creek Village.
Michael comes from a long line of fishing guides including his grandfather, Eddie Hyde, who has guided at Turneffe Flats for many years. After working in our maintenance department for a couple of years, Michael began learning all that he could about fly fishing from our veteran guides. His easy going personality makes him a natural and Michael is one of our “go to” guides when it comes teaching new fly anglers the intricacies of casting and details of flats fishing. A superb caster himself, Michael is also good communicator allowing his anglers to learn quickly. Michael’s wife, son and daughter live in Sittee River Village.
Eddie has been guiding anglers at Turneffe Flats since 1990 and guided elsewhere in Belize for many years prior to that. Eddie has probably forgotten more about flats fishing than most people will ever know. An accomplished fly caster, he particularly enjoys wading the extensive flats around Turneffe Atoll. His quiet, pleasant manner makes Eddie a joy to fish with and with his 30 years of flats fishing experience, there isn’t much he hasn’t seen. When he’s not fishing, Eddie enjoys working on his farm near Cotton Tree Village. Eddie grandson, Michael works as guide for Turneffe Flats and his daughter, Martha, is one of our servers. Eddie's wife, Eleanor worked as our Head Cook until her retirement. Eddie and Eleanor have seven children and a host of grandchildren throughout Belize.
One of the first guides on the atoll, Willie Dyer has been working for Turneffe Flats since 1987. Prior to his guiding career, Willie worked as a commercial fisherman based out of his hometown, Belize City. His calm demeanor and teaching abilities, as well as his vast expanse of Turneffe knowledge, have proven helpful for anglers of all skill levels. In his free time, Willie likes to spend time with his family in Placencia, where he currently resides with his wife, and enjoys fishing with his son, daughter, and three grandchildren.
Daniel grew up in Belize City, where he learned how to run boats at a young age. Daniel has been guiding on-and-off for Turneffe Flats since the age of 17. During his time away from Turneffe, he was a boat Captain, working on various-sized vessels. An excellent boatman and teacher, Daniel takes guiding very seriously. His patience is a great asset when helping beginner anglers. When not guiding, Daniel loves to fish for tarpon. He currently lives in Corozal Town with his wife, son, and daughter.