Bonefishing Belize


For decades, bonefishing has been the core of Turneffe Atoll's varied flats fishing.  Our ocean side flats offer miles of firm, wadeable flats filled with large schools of bonefish. 

During a day of bonefishing at Turneffe it is not unusual to see hundreds of bonefish with schools often in excess of 100 fish.  Our bonefish average 3 - 4 pounds but it isn't at all unusual to hook 6 to 8 pound  fish and 10+ pound bonefish are certainly  not unheard of.

Golden Bonefish are occasionally seen on the flats at Turneffe and, as far as we know, they aren't seen anywhere else.  These fish have a distinctive golden color making them clearly stand out from the rest of the school.  Generally, they are in the middle of a school and difficult to hook; but, on occasion, one is landed and released.

Particularly in the lagoons, bonfishing is often done from the bow of a skiff.  Bonefish in the lagoon take on a beautiful brownish coloration allowing them to blend better with the bottom.  This fishing is primarily to cruising singles or small schools.  Accuracy is required for this challenging and fun fishiing.

For bonefish, we recommend a 7 or 8 weight rod with a reel capable of holding around 200 yards of backing.  Floating lines are imperative, particularly when wading, and our flies tend to be smaller than those used elsewhere - generally 6's and 8's but also some 10's.  A couple of well-known flies have been developed at Turneffe Flats including the Pops Bonefish Bitters created by Craig Mathews with the help of our guide Winston "Pops" Cabral.