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 and Turneffe Atoll is the one destination where casting to double-digit bonefish is a good possibility. 

During a day of bonefishing at Turneffe it is commonl 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 regularly seen.

In Turneffe's Central and Northern lagoons, bonfishing is most often done from the bow of a skiff.  Bonefish in the lagoon take on a beautiful brownish-green 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, fun fishiing.

Golden Bonefish inhabit the flats at Turneffe, and as far as we can determine these distinct golden-colored bonefish are only seen at Turneffe Atoll. The stand out clearly from the rest of the school and are often in the middle of a school making them difficult to hook. On occasion, a Golden is landed and released.

For bonefishing, we recommend a 7 or 8 weight rod with a reel capable of holding at least 150 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; as well as  the ToDyFor named after long-time guide, Will Dyer.