Fishing Reports

August 23 - 30, 2014

Weather: Beautiful conditions with bright skies and light winds
Air Temp: Highs of mid-80s to low-90s
Water Temp: 82-84 degrees
Wind: E to ESE wind of 5-10mph
Tides: High Tide of 0.87-feet at 9:42 a.m. on Aug. 25
Moon Phase: New Moon on Aug. 25

An experienced group was at Turneffe Flats for the week with five of our six anglers past guests. This made for a nice arrangement as there was already a relationship between our guests and guides. Tarpon and permit were on the menu for many of our anglers. It was remarked to be a “fishy” week as the presence of bait and birds was evident. Here is a boat–by-boat breakdown of the action:

Many-time guest Earl M., of Spring Island, NC renewed his relationship with guide Dubs. After having many shots at permit on Sun., Earl connected with his first permit of the week on Mon. afternoon, a nice fish in the 15-pound range bringing his life total to 38. With a permit “in the bag,” the switch was made to tarpon for Tues., jumping three and landing one of about 45-pounds. As bonefish were caught as well, there was a lot of discussion whether the catch of bonefish, tarpon, and permit within a 24 hour window constituted a Grand Slam. With a great first half of the week past, Wed.’s action prompted Dubs to say that it was the “best sight-fishing for tarpon that he has ever seen” as the angling pair found a school of tarpon numbering in the hundreds feeding on a bait ball. Earl jumped four large, migratory Silver Kings in a short time, but did not bring any of the fish to the boat. Thurs. and Fri. were quiet by catching standards, but Earl did report additional shots at permit as well as well as hooking a large bonefish that broke him off after a foray into the mangroves.

Bill and Shauna S., of Okatie, SC fished with guide Mark. Bill is a return guest, who had fished with Mark once before; this was Shauna’s first visit to Turneffe Flats. This angling couple has fished many times together with saltwater trips to the Bahamas under their belts. Highlight of the week happened Tues. as Shauna was introduced to the Silver King as she jumped her first tarpon while sight casting to a pod of 6 or 7 fish. The resulting strip strike resulted in a burned finger as the line raced tight to the reel as the tarpon left the water … and threw the hook. The angling group made sure that Shauna taped her fingers the remainder of the week.

Another return guest, Mike P., of Mooresville, NC arrived to fish with requested guide Daniel. Fishing with both spin and fly gear, this skiff often left in the early light of morning. The early morning departure rewarded Mike twice with tarpon being jumped both Tues. and Wed. prior to breakfast. On Thurs., Mike landed a double-digit class bonefish – the largest of his angling career – after multiple runs into his backing on an ocean side flat just south of the lodge. Fri. saw a large permit eat Mike’s fly within 30-feet while wading a flat to the north. Unfortunately, the fly didn’t stick after the strike, but both angler and guide reported seeing many permit on Fri. morning.

Guide Michael was requested by and fished with prior guest Charles K., of Okatie. Charles spent the majority of his week spreading his fishing time between bonefish and permit. He and Michael reported the bonefishing to be solid especially on the rising tide of the morning. They also reported many shots at permit most days although they never got the eat they so wanted.

Fishing with guide Dion was David H., another returnee from Okatie. David was highly focused on permit fishing and this boat reported seeing many each day and getting numerous shots, but having a hard time getting the eat. However, Thurs. saw David get the tug he so highly desired as he came tight to a large permit. With the fish on the reel and the initial run past, David thought his chances of landing the fish were increasing. The permit changed tactics and directions as the fish sped for the mangroves on its second run into the backing. With Dion begging, “Aw man, don’t go dat way” and David turning the pressure up, the permit still managed to reach the mangrove edge and part the leader. It was David’s only solid connection to a permit this week.

TFlats owner Craig H. got in much appreciated a day of fishing with Charles C. of The Blue Marine Foundation and guide John on Tues. Their discussions regarding Turneffe Atoll as Belize’s newest and largest marine reserve were interrupted but the sound of the drag as the pair focused on bonefish. Honestly, it sounds as though there was more talking than fishing. Charles fished solo with John on Wed. and spent another day poling and wading in search of bonefish. They reported good numbers of fish seen with a decent number brought to hand. Fri. saw John, switch gears to fish with Will M. of Placencia, Belize for the day. With the breeze picking up mid-day, Fri. was easily the most challenging day of the week. Will’s search for permit left him empty handed, but craving a second, longer visit.

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July 27 - August 2, 2014

Beautiful conditions with bright skies and light winds
Air Temp: Highs of mid-80s to low-90s
Water Temp: 82-84 degrees
Wind: E to ESE wind of 5-10mph
Tides: High of 0.81 feet at 11:10 a.m. on July 29
Moon Phase: New Moon on July 26

Gorgeous weather ushered in a new, but slightly unusual week at Turneffe Flats. Most of the week we had four skiffs fishing, but a large group of anglers arrived on Thurs. to fish through the weekend. We’ll bring their report in next week’s edition.

John P. and Mary Kay H. returned to Turneffe Flats for their 6th annual visit to celebrate John’s birthday week. While John fished each day with requested guide, Michael, Mary Kay took part in our Atoll Adventure program with naturalist Abel. John P. started the week with visions of tarpon jumping, but after fishing the first two days with minimal success, he switched focus towards the bonefish and permit and proclaimed to have the “best fishing day of his life” on Thurs. as he landed over a dozen bonefish, with several in the 6-to-9-pound class. Fri. wasn’t too shabby either as he was one bonefish shy of double-digits for the day. We surprised John by singing “Happy Birthday” as he was served a piece of key lime pie on Fri. night.

Many-time return guest, Rick M. of Northridge, Calif. came on his annual journey and requested to fish with guide Dubs. Preferring to focus on bonefish and permit, Rick and Dubs fished both within the lagoon as well as the ocean-side outer flat. Rick prefers to stay close to the lodge and reported good fishing on the rising tide each morning through midday.

Ed and Eric A. was another father-son angling pair staying with us for the first time. Guide Daniel spent the first couple of days focusing on bonefish as the anglers got up to speed with their saltwater fishing. Midweek, Ed proclaimed the week “permit or bust,” and had multiple chances with cooperative permit over the latter half of the week. Ed hooked a 25+ pound permit within the lagoon on Thurs. morning that came unpinned after a 10 minute battle. On Fri., he got two “eats” while fishing the flats just north of our facility, but neither hook was driven home and both fish disappeared in a blur. Unfortunately, Ed did not get the grip ‘n’ grin photo he sought, but we are sure to see these two anglers again.

Greg and Margo N. of Pearl River, Louisiana arrived with Greg intending to fish and Margo as part of our Atoll Adventure program. Greg fished most of the week with guide Kimbral showing him the ropes as he became initiated to bonefishing with both fly and spin gear. Greg progressed with his angling each day as he often would return with a mixed bag: barracuda, various snapper, as well as bonefish were had by this angler. On Mon., Greg shared his boat with Matt M., of Wimanma, Fla. for one fishing day. With both fly and spin gear in tow, Matt gave it his best effort and returned saying he had “learned a great deal of respect for the saltwater flyfisher” during the course of the day. He spent his morning fly-fishing before switching over to the spin gear and landed several nice bonefish.

We can arrange mixed days of fishing, Scuba, and an Atoll Adventure, our personalized ecology tour. Make your fall and early winter vacation plans by calling toll-free (888) 512-8812. Or visit us at www.tflats.com.
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July 19 - 26, 2014

Air Temp: Highs of mid-80s to low-90s
Water Temp: 82-84 degrees
Wind: E to ESE wind of 5-15mph
Tides: High of 0.48-feet at 4:06 p.m. on July 19
Moon Phase: New Moon on July 26

We had many previous guests back with us this. Tarpon fishing continued to be good with multiple fish jumped most days and fish to about 150-pounds landed. It was a beautiful week to be on the water with warm temperatures, little rain, and pleasant on-shore breezes. You can see our pics of a few of these guests at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Turneffe-Flats/174002965953110?ref=hl Feel free to share as we try to get to 1000 “likes”!

Staying over from the previous week was oft-time return guest Bob V. of Richland, NY who requested and fished with our ever-popular guide Dubs. On Fri. of the previous week, Bob decided to change his flights to stay another half week along with wife Lisa and daughter Diane. Although both Lisa and Diane were part of the Atoll Adventure package, they both took time to fish a few days with Dubs and Dion as well. On Tues., Lisa was aboard the skiff to watch dad jump and subsequently land a tarpon of about 115-pounds. While the tarpon battle was underway, Dion was showing Diane the way to catching bonefish and Diane did well, landing three and hooking many more during her morning’s angling.

Yearly return guests Mark I. and Fran B. made their annual pilgrimage from Capistrano Beach, Calif., requesting to fish with guide Michael. This pair reported many shots at numerous large tarpon in sight-fishing circumstances as well as casting to rolling tarpon within the cuts and channels. Mike and Mark reported seeing good numbers of permit on both the flats and within the lagoon system.

Return guests father-son pair John and Michael H. arrived for their first visit in about six years. The pair from Matawan, NJ fished with guide Mark for the week as they mainly sought tarpon across Turneffe Atoll. On Tues., they had a phenomenal day, jumping seven tarpon and landing two of the Silver Kings. One of the fish topped 140-pounds and cartwheeled many, many times upon the hook being driven home. They also caught numerous snapper, snook, and barracuda during their tarpon adventures as they focused their time within the various creeks, bogues, and “secret spots” around the atoll.

Dave R. from Lincoln, Neb. was our lone combination program this week and he was here on a short stay arriving Sat. and departing Tflats on Wed. Dave began the week fishing before diving and heading to Belize’s famous Blue Hole as part of the dive program with wife, Vicki. Fishing with guide Daniel, Dave jumped a large tarpon on Mon. morning before heading out for a single dive. He then returned to fishing when the skiff picked him up late morning. Dave continued fishing, connecting with many bonefish prior to giving the tarpon another “go” in the late afternoon. We expect to see this couple again as they remarked that their stay “was too short.” They were headed elsewhere within Belize for the remainder of the week.

Angler Michael G. from Brooklyn, NY traveled with his family to Tflats for their 9th stay in the past 10 years. Michael was a single fisherman while Carrie, Cullen, and Lauren all took part in our Atoll Adventure program with guide Abel. Fishing with old-hand guide Capt., Michael prefers to go with the flow and take what Turneffe offers; he spent time targeting bonefish, permit, and tarpon as well as barracuda, snapper, and snook.

This report is a week late due in part to some computer and Internet issues.

In the meantime, consider a week with us around Thanksgiving. It’s normally a good time of year and our Belizean turkey dinner is memorable.
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June 28 - July 5, 2014
 
Air Temp:  Highs 78-86 degrees
Water Temp: 81-83 degrees          
Wind:  5-10 mph ESE Sun. through Wed., becoming 10-20mph ESE Thurs. and Fri.
Tides:  High tide of .75-feet July 1
Moon Phase: 1st quarter moon on July 5
 
Light winds and bright skies welcomed this fishing week and we in turn welcomed a great group of anglers.  With perfect tides, this week had all the “ducks in a row” and it didn’t disappoint.  Fifteen anglers joined us.   We welcomed Angler’s All of Denver and owner Doug Garvey to Tflats for one of their yearly visits.  Some of this week’s anglers shared photos of their fishing and diving. They can be seen on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Turneffe-Flats/174002965953110
 
Knocking it out of the park was guide Daniel and anglers Dave N. and Laura D. of Buena Vista, Colo.  Early in the week, the pair focused on bonefish, before switching gears towards tarpon and permit.  After jumping his first tarpon on Wed., Dave knew he was hooked and his focus leaned more and more towards the Silver King.  On Thurs. and Fri., Dave jumped nearly two dozen migratory tarpon before exploding his 11-weight rod as he brought a fish of 80-pounds to the skiff.  Post-rod disintegration, the pair found to the time to chase permit and reported seeing many permit on the flats as well as on the edge of the reef break. 
 
Return guests Arnie and Nancy S. of Casper, Wyo., who arrived for their annual stay joined by friends Bill and Judy S. of Evanston, Wyo. Fishing with Turneffe Flats brother-guides Dubs and Dion, all anglers were in good hands.  Dubs, Arnie and Nancy set out each day with permit and bonefish in their focus.  On Thurs. morning, Arnie described a surreal experience as he and Nancy had almost continuous action with shots at permit for over 3 hours.  It was during this melee that Arnie hooked two.  Although neither permit chose to have its photo taken, he was satisfied in knowing that he had gotten the eats he was looking for.
 
Fishing with guide Dion, Bill and Judy set out with bonefish on the agenda and the goal to learn and progress each day in their saltwater fishing prowess.   Bill had caught one bonefish previously and this was Judy’s initial saltwater fly-fishing trip.  Progressing each day, they caught many bonefish during the week.  On Wed., Judy took most of the shots as she landed 23 bonefish by herself as the pair split the day between poling from the boat and wading the flats.  The pair decided to switch focus the last couple of days and hunt for permit.  They reported getting shots at multiple permit each day, but couldn’t coerce the connection that they were seeking. 
 
Skip H. of Green Valley, Ariz. was joined at Turneffe Flats by family members in a variety of programs.  Wife Kris was an Atoll Adventurer while Sean and Danielle H. were scuba diving.  Most of the week, Skip fished solo with guide Kimbral.  Skip was new to saltwater fly-fishing, but it didn’t take long for Kimbral to get Skip schooled in catching bonefish both on the flats and from the boat.  This angling pair focused on bonefishing most of the week, before trying for permit at the higher tide cycles the last two days.  Skip was joined by Sean on Fri. for his final day of fishing.  With never a dull moment from this crew, the family even managed to take in a Belizean cooking class with our kitchen staff on Thurs. morning prior to an afternoon guided snorkel.
 
Return guest, Doug G. of Denver and John A. from Littleton paired with guide Mark.  Their exceptional fishing started with Doug landing a permit in the 20-pound range on Tues. morning.  This angling pair took turns focusing on whatever fishing opportunity arose and were always ready with an arsenal of rods and reels.  Bonefish, permit, tarpon, barracuda, triggerfish, snook, and snapper all felt the sting of their strip-strike.  Doug jumped large migratory tarpon on three consecutive days to end the week.  Doug landed a pig of a bonefish as well.
 
Andy and Conner B., a father-son team from Centennial, Colo., fished with old-hand guide Pops.  They knew they were in good hands as Conner was highly focused on finding and landing his first permit.  Conner was fast right out of the gate as Mon. found him tied to two permit.  The first came unpinned shortly after the eat, but the second was a fish in the 30+ pound range that tore him deep into the backing before the backing separated!  He shook off both these disappointments as he landed his first permit on Wed. afternoon.  With the monkey off his back, Conner and Andy settled into a rotation of targeting permit during the high tide cycles and focusing on barracuda and bonefish during the lower water.  They enjoyed giving the larger “cudas” an attitude adjustment from time to time as the pair landed multiple over 4-feet.
 
Fishing with guide Michael were Jay B. and Joyce T. of Greenwood Village, Colo.  These anglers primarily focused on bonefish and split time fishing from the boat as well as wading our east-side flats.  They caught numerous bonefish with several fish brought to hand in the 6- to 9-pound range.  They gave chase to permit towards the end of the week, reporting limited opportunities and didn’t get the eat they sought. 
 
Hugh D. of Raleigh, NC was our lone “combination program” participant.  The Combo allows the angler to fish and dive each day and Hugh split his days with the exception of Tues. when he dove Belize’s famous Blue Hole.   Guide John would pack his cooler and boat each day and rendezvous with the dive boat.  Hugh, after his two morning dives, would switch gears … leaving his dive gear behind and picking up his flyrod.  On Mon., Hugh landed a bonefish in the 8- or 9-pound range, his largest to date.  The pair also saw numerous permit on the flats north of the lodge while wading, but no eats.  Highlight of Hugh’s week was sight-casting to tarpon that were feeding on sardines.  Hugh jumped a fish of about 50-pounds and brought it to hand in brilliant crystal clear fishing conditions.  Hugh jumped out of the boat to revive the fish and prop it up for a quick photo.  Thanks, Hugh, for sharing your diving and fishing pictures.
 
We can arrange mixed days of fishing, Scuba, and an Atoll Adventure, our personalized ecology tour.  Make your fall vacation plans by calling toll-free (888) 512-8812.  Or visit us at www.tflats.com.  
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June 21-28, 2014


Air Temp: Highs from 79-86 degrees
Water Temp: 81-83 degrees
Wind: 5-20 mph from the ESE, often gusty conditions
Tides: High tide of .80-feet at 6:48 a.m. on June 23
Moon Phase: New moon on June 27

Turneffe Flats welcomed 10 new anglers fishing from seven skiffs; and one guest who finished his 2nd week of a two week stay. Weather conditions, although gusty at times, allowed a myriad of species to challenge our anglers and catches included bonefish, permit, barracuda, various snapper, triggerfish, amongst others. Tarpon were part of the daily equation as well; a few were jumped although none came to hand.

Return guest Michael C. made his way from Hong Kong in what has become his yearly visit. With him was wife Rachel, who was a member of our Atoll Adventure program. Michael is a very accomplished saltwater angler with many world-wide fly fishing trips under his belt. Fishing with oft-requested guide Dubs, Michael sought permit most days before and after the low tide, when they switched to bonefish. Michael reported numerous shots at permit with bonefish up to the 9-pound mark. On Fri. afternoon, Dubs pulled a rabbit from his hat as the pair found a group of permit digging along the mangroves. One more cast led to Michael getting the eat he was looking for; he hooked, fought and landed a nice permit in the 16-pound range.

Linda and Tony H. of Redding, Calif. arrived as experienced anglers, but never had been to Belize. With numerous Bahamas trips in their fishing past, they remarked at the uniqueness of our fishery and the numbers of bonefish seen each day. They enjoyed battling their bonefish in and around the coral and thought it was a fun challenge to the fight. After many bonefish trips, they were eager to give the wily permit a try and twice Tony succeeded in connecting. Unfortunately, both fish were a bit photo-shy as neither wanted to come in. The first severed the line shortly after the eat; the other pulled loose a few minutes into the tussle. Linda fished each day, but did take one day off to snorkel with the Atoll Adventure program and Belizean naturalist Abel.

The father-son combination of Darren and Alexander S., Ann Arbor, Mich., brought their high energy approach to Tflats and fished with guide John. John showed the anglers around the atoll leaving very little untouched. Darren and John would often search for bonefish, leaving Alexander to chase alternative species such as jacks, snapper, and barracuda. Alex would pretty much fish non-stop whether it was on the home flat or under the dock lights at night. His high energy was always in gear as he often returned from a day of fishing to kayak or take a swim/snorkel near the lodge.

Scott W, of Cutchogue, NY, brought an arsenal of tackle as he and guide Dion went out daily in search of a “slam.” Scott’s week started out hot as he and Dion jumped a tarpon on Sun., but couldn’t get the fish to the boat. On Wed., Scott came ever-so-close as he landed a nice permit in the morning within the lagoon. The pair raced to the flats for a few bonefish before heading into the mangroves in search of the final piece of the puzzle. Scott’s glory came within inches when a large tarpon blew up just behind his offering, but didn’t come tight. Oh so close! Scott travelled with his mother, Carol, who was a member of our Atoll Adventure program.

Ted H. of Katonah, NY, stayed over from the previous week. This week, Ted fished with guide Daniel. This pairing burned the morning light as they often left the lodge early, preferring to return for a late breakfast and take a break, before heading back out to the flats. Although Ted didn’t get the eat that he sought, he reported good bonefishing as well as seeing many permit during his stay. Fri. morning was a highlight as he and Daniel ended up chasing numerous permit around the edge of a flat that emptied into the reef break. Small groups of permit were riding the incoming waves providing challenging fishing as the fish moved very quickly. They reported that these fish would often hover over the fly with just inches separating the two. In his 16 weeks of previous visits to Turneffe Flats, Ted didn’t remember having this situation present itself. Ted also reflected upon his son Jake hooking and losing a large fish the week prior.

Another family outing this week was father Rick B. with sons Jerry and Colin, who arrived with friend Aziz M. With Colin living in Milan, Italy, this was the first time the three U.S.-based anglers had seen gotten together in three years. These four anglers rotated fishing each day as they fished from two skiffs with guides, Michael and Willy. This was their initial saltwater fishing trip, so learning was a focus for this group. They preferred to spend the majority of their efforts on bonefish, but quickly shifted focus towards additional species as well. Jerry proved in his words “that it is better to be lucky, than good” as he caught his first permit with Willy on Mon. morning. His first permit came following two hours of trying! The group also spent some time chasing barracuda and other alternative species.

The calendar may read July, but a few months will bring us into the fall, a great time of year to visit Turneffe Flats. Plan your fall or winter get-away now before prime dates (and prime tides) are but a memory. Call us toll-free at (888) 512-8812(888) 512-8812. Or visit us at www.tflats.com.
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June 15 - 21, 2014

Air Temp: Highs 81-84 F
Water Temrp: 81 - 83
Wind: 5 - 25 for the E, light and variable on Friday
Moon: Last Qtr 19th

Turneffe Flats welcomed a mixed group of anglers, divers, and atoll adventurers this week with a handful of return guests in the mix and with several different families here. With the weather clearing as Tropical Storm Christina disbanded in the Pacific, we saw the strong winds and cloudy conditions diminish with each passing day. In total we had 15 angler’s fish from 7 skiffs this week. Despite the sometimes challenging conditions, there were some remarkable catches and solid fishing this week.

Holger S. Frank S. flew from Germany to become acquainted with Turneffe’s fishery. Fishing with guide, Michael the pair set out each day in search of their desired targets. After fishing elsewhere in Belize the week prior, they were very interested in wading and the 30-mile long flat on Turneffe’s east side became their home for much of their stay. They were amazed at how much bigger the bonefish were compared to the mainland of Belize as well as the challenge of landing them amongst their coral environment. Upon returning from fishing, our staff filled them in dock-side on the happenings of the various Word Cup games.

Oft-return guest , Earl M. of Spring Island, S.C. was back to hunt permit with guide, Dubs. They started the week strong as they hooked 2 of the first 3 permit that they cast to, landing a nice fish of about 18#’s and losing a much larger fish to the coral. Earl and Dubs also had a great time searching the mangroves in search of large 10# plus snook. Earl became addicted to the aggressiveness that the snook would show to his popper fly. We’ll see Earl again in November.

Scott H. of Lake Tapps, WA and Jack T. of Seattle, WA requested guide Dion to be their connection to Mr. Permit. After a couple of hard fought days and uncooperative fish, both guides hooked their first permit on Tuesday. Scott landed a nice fish in the 15-20# range and Jack had on a larger fish that rubbed him off in the coral after quite the tussle. Both anglers kept the search up the remainder of the week with no additional permit to hand.

With Scott and Jack fishing together all week, Stephanie H. of Lake Tapps, WA had old-hand guide, Pops all to herself. The pair had a blast wading the flats as she learned the subtle nuances of Turneffe’s bonefish. She progressed each day and had multiple days with over 20 fish hooked each day. That’s great bonefishing! To add icing to the cake, she landed one of the Atoll’s famed “golden bonefish.” You can see the pics of this catch on our facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Turneffe-Flats/174002965953110?ref=hl

Allan A. of Sonoma, CA and Sean H. of Healdsburg, CA fished together for the first three days of the week. Sean and wife, Liz departed on Wednesday after a short 4N/3D stay, leaving Allan to fish solo the remainder of the week. Fishing with requested guide, Daniel, the angling pair struck quickly with Sean landing a nice permit on Monday. With Sean out of the picture, Allan enjoyed having the boat by himself as he hunted for permit as well as bonefish and tarpon. Although he reported dozens of shots at permit, he was not able to get the ‘eat’ that he so wanted. This was a family affair as Allan’s wife, Diana, daughter’s Amy and Julie, and son, Sam, all took part in our diving program as well as fishing a bit.

Julie A., Sam A., Amy A., and Tyler C. of Sonoma, CA all took part in our Diving and Atoll Adventure programs as well as fishing over the course of the week with guide, John. These family members would often dive or snorkel in the morning before fishing the afternoon. Fishing primarily for alternative species such as barracuda and snapper, the family thoroughly enjoyed their boat time.

Another return guest, Ted H. of Bedford, NY arrived at Turneffe Flats with a family member in tow.. Ted wanted to share Turneffe Flats with his son, Jake, who partnered with him for the first time here. With guide Mark leading the way, this father-son team, cycled through targeting bonefish and permit. The highlight of the week was when Jake hooked his first permit, a fish estimated at close to 25# while wading a flat just north of our lodge location. Although the fish never came to hand, Jake did have the fish on for close to ten minutes before the permit rubbed the fly on the coral, separating fish and angler. They reported numerous bonefish each day and hunted for tarpon as well. Ted stayed on for a second week, so there will be an additional report for him next week.

Walter and Gage H. of San Antonio, TX were another father-son angling pair at Turneffe Flats this week although they only were able to stay for part of the week. Twelve year old Gage, started his fishing week armed with a spin rod while his father fly fished. Under the watching eye of guide, Kimbral, Gage’s interest in handling the fly rod grew each day. During his stay, he learned to not only cast the fly rod, but managed to land several bonefish including a fish of 6# on the flats Tuesday afternoon. Not bad for his first bonefish!
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May 31 - June 6, 2014

Weather Conditions: Warm, cloudy and often humid, but with very little rain.
Air Temp: Temperatures ranged from a low of 77 to a high of 84 deg. F
Water Temp: 80-83 degrees
Wind: 10 -20 mph, with gusts to 28 peaking on Tuesday, wind and gusts
diminished as the week passed
Tides: High tide of 0.80 ft at 11:46am on June 1st

Week Overview:
Weather was the big talk of the Belize and Turneffe Flats as an abnormal front pushed east after beginning on the Pacific side of Mexico. This tropical front brought with it almost continuous cloud cover and constant gusty conditions. A little rain fell as well, early in the week, but there was very little precipitation during daylight hours. Eight anglers fished from 5 skiffs over the course of this week and we had 2 guests here for partial week stays. Pictures of this week’s fishing and catches as well as from our diving and Atoll Adventure program canbe found via facebookat:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Turneffe-Flats/174002965953110?ref=hl. Please “LIKE” TURNEFFE FLATS on Facebook as we close in on our goal of 1000 likes!

Jamison P. of Boulder, CO continued with the 2ndWednesday stay, fishing with guide, Michael. Although Jamie did not get the grand slam he was seeking, he did take solace in the “trip slam” that he recorded. He jumped and leadered a large tarpon last Thursday, landed a permit on Sunday, and
caught numerous bonefish during his stay. He is in the process of rebooking for next September and ‘bringing a few friends with him.’

Past guest Doug C. was back for another week as he combined with another past guest, Fred and requested guide, Dubs. Fred spent the first half of the week fishing prior to joining his wife, Meril and Doug’s wife Janet on the dive boat.. Both Fred and Doug spent considerable time looking for permit, but the breezy conditions made their preferred “hunting on the outer flats” a tougher game. For those of you that didn’t read last week’s report, Doug had landed a large permit in the 25# range and relinquished a few of the weeks’ shots to Fred. On Thursday, Doug and Dubs searched the Atoll for other places to get out of the wind and in doing so found numerous snook and some large bonefish on the Atoll’s West side. It was an area of the Atoll that Doug had spent minimal time fishing during his previous 6 weeks of stays with us. We’ll see him and wife Janet back for their 7thFebruary 2015.

Richard F. of Williamsburg, VA joined us for a short 2-day stay with plans to fish with guide, Kimbral. Having fished for bonefish in the Florida Keys many times with minimal success, Richard had run into one of our past guests who recommended the first quarter moon on June 5thhalf of his Wednesday to annual stay in that he try the prolific bonefishing at Turneffe Flats. Even with the low light and breezy conditions, Richard and Kimbral hooked numerous fish on Thursday, easily more success than Richard had before in his prior trips. Richard took a break from the fishing and joined our Atoll Adventure program for Friday as they toured the lagoon and channels for crocodiles and manatees and had a short snorkel in the morning with guide, Abel.

Turneffe Flats hosted 2 travelling fishermen, Fernando B. and Alejandro I. from Santiago, Chile. Although they travelled to Turneffe Flats together, they fished individually with requested guides, Dion and Daniel respectively. Both anglers were pretty focused on tarpon and permit upon their arrival with little interest in wading the flats for bonefish. The angling duo reported numerous shots at permit within the lagoon system each and every day during the fishing week. Alejandro landed a nice permit on Tuesday , but was a bit unlucky as he received an ‘eat’ while wading the outer flats on Thursday and then got another ‘eat’ on Friday morning as well. Unfortunately, both of these fish managed to break off during the fight. Fernando’s luck was also a factor as he had 2 permit ‘eat’ on Thursday morning, but was unable to bring either to hand. Both of these fisherman said they enjoyed their week
and would like to come back in 2015. We are sending them tide and moon phase information this week to help them narrow their choices down.

The father/son duo of Robert & Ari R. were easily the most energetic anglers this week. Hailing from Riverview, FL, these experienced anglers came with Ari having the goal of a tarpon in his sights. Although he didn’t manage to get the picture he so sought, he did manage to ‘jump’ migratory fish in the 80-90# range three different days during the week. In between tarpon, the angling pair were hot in pursuit of other mangrove species with snapper, jacks, and snook all finding the way on the end of their line. Both anglers were often late to dinner as they fished the home flat until the wane of daylight each afternoon. Ari also had some great fishing for jacks and snapper under the lights of the dock after dinner. Robert ended his trip by catching a bonefish on the morning before the boats departure on the flat in front of his cabana.

Other News:
Turneffe Flats was recently awarded a Trip Advisor “Certificate of Excellence for 2014.” This is the fourth year in a row for this prestigious award.
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May 24 - 30, 2014
 
Weather Conditions
Air Temp: High’s from 79-84 degrees
Water Temp: 81-84 degrees 
Wind:  5-15mph from the ESE switching to light and variable Friday          
Tides: High of 0.86 ft at 9:16am on Wednesday 5/28
Moon Phase:   New moon on the 28th
 
Turneffe Flats welcomed an eager group of anglers this week with many having different goals for their stay. This combination of goals along with a mix of scuba divers and guests in our Atoll Adventure program made for plenty of conversation at the end of the day. Nightly fly tying was prevalent as anglers shared their ideas for the latest and greatest bonefish fly and permit grab. Overall, 11 guests fished from 7 skiffs this past week with breezy conditions prevailing at the beginning of the week, but diminishing by week’s end. 

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Turneffe Flats welcomed Joe B., of Warwickshire, UK after a transatlantic flight. Joe was paired with guide Dion and they took “a stab” at Joe’s goals focusing on permit and tarpon. The first three days heard Dion grumble with “Aw Man” and “C’mon” as the permit were happy to eat Joe’s flies, but were reluctant to pose for a picture. As of Wednesday night, Joe had at least 7 ‘eats’ and multiple permit on solidly only to lose them at different stages during the fight. Joe and Dion decided to broaden their horizon a bit and fish for bones, tarpon as well as permit for his final two days and they saved the best for last as they jumped 2 tarpon on Friday in the 80# range as well as landed several large bonefish within the lagoon. Joe,  send us the pics you promised! Joe expressed interest in coming back with a couple of fellow anglers about this time next year.
 
Chris L. from Victor, ID joined Turneffe Flats for a short Saturday to Wednesday stay as part of a whirlwind tour around Belize, where he was sampling the fishing in many different areas. Paired with guide, Michael, Chris wanted to see as much as Turneffe Atoll as he could in his 3 fishing days. Michael obliged by fishing close to the lodge on Sunday, heading South and West on Monday, and then to the picturesque North on Tuesday. Chris was amazed at the variety of landscapes as he fished for the trifecta of bonefish, permit, and tarpon. He saw numerous permit over his three days and had very successful bonefishing on the afternoon’s incoming tide. I’m sure we’ll see him again!
 
Guide Michael then split the week as Jamison P. arrived from Boulder, CO for a Wednesday to Wednesday stay. With a ton of Belize experience under his belt, we were surprised to hear that he had never been to Turneffe Flats. The angling pair became acquainted quickly and they had almost instant success with Jamie jumping and playing a tarpon in the 90 # range to the skiff on Thursday. Michael shot video of the entire fight and they got everything but the still shot as the tarpon surged one last time as the pair positioned it for a quick photo and to remove the fly.  Jamie is fishing through the weekend so there will be more to report from this angler next week.
 
This week made for a potential new set of angling buddies as return guest Doug C. from Alamosa, CO was paired with Leon V, of Montgomery, TX. Doug and wife, Janet joined us for their 5th visit with Janet as well as Leon’s son, Terry, taking part in our dive program. With requested guide Daniel at the helm, the anglers headed out each day focused on permit, but were willing to adjust as the conditions dictated. Doug’s trip was made on Wednesday as he landed his 1st permit, a large fish in the 25-30# range that put up quite a lengthy battle.  Way to go Doug! When wading for bonefish, Doug focused on improving his sighting as well as trying out the fly patterns he created the previous night. This gave Daniel the chance to work with Leon as they improved Leon’s bonefishing skills together. Both anglers were astonished at the variety of fishing and landscapes that Turneffe offers and they thought Daniel did an amazing job at finding nooks and crannies out of the wind when the conditions were breezy. Doug also noted the high-prevalence of the “golden bonefish” and did not remember seeing as many in his previous stays with us. Doug and Janet are here for another week and we’ll have more to hear from them as well.
 
World travelers Peter and Jacqueline R. made their way to Turneffe for an initial visit with the couple hailing from Nottingham, UK. Peter fished solo with requested veteran guide Pops and Jacqui joined naturalist Abel in our Atoll Adventure program. Arriving via private transfer on Monday, Peter jumped into the fray with Pops and they focused on permit for the first two days, but were not able to get the ‘eat’ they were seeking. They did report seeing large numbers of permit while fishing within the lagoon system. The pair also reported great bonefishing on the incoming tide as the tide exchange moved later into the fishing day with each passing day. 
 
Sam and Cynthia D. are return guests from Larkspur, CO that made their second trip back to Turneffe Flats.  Sam requested to fish with guide, Dubs, and Cynthia joined Abel in the Atoll Adventure program. Sam and Dubs focused on permit from the get-go although they would take a look for other species as the tide levels and weather conditions dictated.  Sam got the ‘eat’ he was looking for and made it count mid-week, landing a nice permit in the 15# range. In between poling the flats and cayes within our mangrove lagoon, the pair reported solid bonefishing all week. At the end of the week, Sam and Cynthia rebooked for the same week next year. We will look forward to seeing them again!
 
Allen C & David K. from Rocky Hill & Middletown, CT had different goals then many of the anglers visiting to Turneffe Flats. Requested guide Mark was given the task of ‘keeping the rods bent’ as these experienced anglers didn’t prefer to focus on one primary species. This pairing went out each morning and were happy to go with the flow. Over the course of their stay they landed multiple species of jacks and snappers as well as barracuda. Although not interested in large Tarpon, the anglers took turns jumping tarpon in a “secret spot” on Friday afternoon. The anglers found a pod of tarpon in the 40-60# range and jumped seven over the course of a couple hours.  They also brought a large mutton snapper in to share with other guests at dinner after our kitchen staff prepared it. What a way to end the week!
 
Return guests, Jim and Brice D of Atlanta, GA split their week between fishing and snorkeling in our Atoll Adventure program. They spent the first 3 days with old-hand guide, Eddie before fishing Friday with up-and-coming guide, Kimbral.   The pair preferred to focus on bonefish and split their time wade fishing as well as from the boat. Both guides reported wary fish during the low tide towards mid-day, but good catching on the turn of the tide in the afternoon. We plan to see Jim and Brice back next year.
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April 12 - 19, 2014

Weather Conditions
Air Temp: 83-87
Water Temp: 82
Wind: ENE at an average speed of 8 MPH throughout the week with gusts up to 14 MPH
Tides: The week started with high tide at 8:12 a.m. and progressed to 12:26 p.m. by week’s end.
Moon Phase: Full Moon on Tues., April 15

It was a week of more stories than anglers … here are some.

Herb B. and Lee Ann R. from Bend, Ore. had a phenomenal week of fishing with guide Dion. Lee Ann and Herb started by targeting bonefish, but by Mon. the game was on. Lee Ann managed to hook and land a permit for each day of the week from Mon. through Fri. We believe it is a TF record. We can’t remember anyone ever going five days in a row … we can remember someone having five permit in one day, but never five permit in five days. Lee Ann had the hot rod for the week, but Herb managed to get a permit as well and multiple bonefish throughout the week. Herb’s permit also happened to be in the 25-30 pound range.

Mark L., Lakewood, Colo. joined us for a mixed bag of fishing and Atoll Adventure. Mark spent a couple days on the flats targeting bonefish and looking to take advantage of an opportunity for a permit; then our Atoll Adventure eco-tourism program for a couple of days.

Longtime fishing partners Jim S. from Sylvania, Ohio and Kathy H. from Castaic, Calif. spent a week with veteran guide Daniel. Daniel took them all over the atoll in pursuit of bonefish, permit, tarpon, and alternate species. Jim and Kathy managed to land plenty of bonefish. But it was Kathy who had a banner day during the week with 20 bonefish landed. However, it was the permit that had both Kathy’s and Jim’s attention. Kathy managed to hook and land a beautiful permit earlier in the week, but Jim and Daniel were struggling to get one. However, on the last day Jim and Daniel made it happen. Like a well-oiled machine, this guide and angler were in perfect sink, the cast, the eat, the hook set, everything came together and 35 minutes later Jim had his permit.

Michael G. from Fort Collins, Colo. joined us through St. Pete’s Fly Shop for a week of fly-fishing with guide Kimbral. Michael has had some health issues in recent years and showed amazing determination and drive to continue pursuing the flats species that roam the Turneffe Atoll. Michael and Kimbral focused on bonefish and managed to hook and land some beautiful fish. As well as bonefish, they would spend the most ideal window of time throughout each day chasing permit. Unfortunately, the elusive permit proved to be just that.

Lloyd G. from Alberta, and Scott D. from Yellowknife, single Canadian anglers who didn’t know each other, came to Turneffe Flats to be paired with a stranger. What are the odds of the two Canadians connecting on an island in Belize? Lloyd and Scott joined forces and fished with Pops, thoroughly enjoying his never-ending stories, teaching, and of course his amazing ability to find bonefish regardless of conditions. Scott and Lloyd both landed multiple bonefish with a couple chunky examples to show for it. As you could predict, the hot fly for these two was their guide’s namesake fly – Pop’s Bonefish Bitters.

Damien N. and Kristen K., also from Bend, own and operate Deep Canyon Outfitters an upland bird hunting and fishing service in Central Oregon. These two experienced anglers spent the week fishing with guide Mark Hyde. Permit shots came daily with multiple eats throughout the week. However, Damien and Kristin were not able to connect and come tight to the fish. As the saying goes, these permit were being permit. One of the highlights for the week for Damien, Kristen and the lodge was Kristen’s massive bonefish that she landed on Thurs. Mark found a group of huge bonefish that were all on the feed. A well placed cast by Kristen put her in a heated battle with what turned out to be an 8 or 8-½ pounder.

Matson R. and Tom R. from Bozeman, Mont. were a father son team that spent the week with guide Dubs. It is always great to see fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and families sharing in the great sport of fly-fishing. Matson and Tom spent equal parts of their week chasing bonefish and hunting permit. The bonefish were on a pretty steady grab, but it still took some work and the right presentation. As for the permit, the opportunities came and that is all a permit angler can ask for. Matson did get multiple eats throughout the week with Fri. being the pinnacle of activity; the opportunities came quickly as they often do, but Matson and Dubs were prepared. Matson had two eats and two fish on; the first fish came straight at the boat and didn’t allow Matson to come tight to the fish. The second fish ate a perfectly presented fly and came tight; Matson got this fish to the reel as quickly as possible. Within 30 minutes, the fish was landed … then a couple quick photos and off it went back onto the flats.

We can arrange mixed days of fishing, Scuba, and some Atoll Adventure. Make your fishing, diving, adventure plans by calling toll-free (888) 512-8812(888) 512-8812(888) 512-8812(888) 512-8812 and speak directly to someone on the island. Or visit us at www.tflats.com.
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April  5 - 12, 2014


Weather Conditions: The week arrived with warm, sunny and breezy conditions through Tues. Cooler temps were in order as a week front passed Wed. through Fri., bringing calm conditions with a few passing squalls.
Air Temp: Highs in the low-70s to mid-80s
Water Temp: 80-83 degrees
Wind: 5-20 mph from the SE, becoming northerly on Wed. and Thurs., winds light and from the East on Fri.
Tides: High of 0.70-feet at 1:24 p.m. on April 5
Moon Phase: First quarter moon April 7


With 13 full-week anglers and 8 partial week stays, the joint was indeed jumping. Most days nine skiffs roamed our 260-plus square miles of fishable waters as TF was the destination for Ian D. and Yellow Dog Fly Fishing’s hosted trip. Travelling with Ian were 13 guests from all over the U.S. Many had met on a fly-fishing trip to Cuba last year. With a group of experienced anglers on hand, hopes were high and permit were a focus for everyone.

The group chose to switch guides and angling partners most days. Sun.-Tues. provided the anglers with good light amid breezy conditions. On the lower tide cycles, all the anglers reported solid bonefishing and numerous opportunities. We had a slight, fast moving cold front arrive Tues. night bringing cooler temps and wind from the North that altered tidal patterns and seemed to take the fish “off the bite” a bit. Thurs. saw the weather and winds shift back towards normal with a calm, pleasant day on Fri.

Although permit were the focus for many of the anglers, the bonefishing was quite good. More than several large bonefish were had over the week, but with a group of permit-centric anglers here, those catches tended to be over-shadowed a bit.

Blair E., of Bozeman, Mont., struck first with guide Michael on Mon. landing a nice permit on an EP crab pattern. Brennan D. also of Bozeman, landed his first permit on Tues. with guide Dubs. Dubs and several time return guest Toby S., kept the streak alive on Wed. After staying with us just three weeks ago, Toby was “warmed up” so to speak and he put that to good use on Wed. as he and Dubs teamed up to land Toby’s first permit! It was a large fish documented extensively through Ian’s camera lens.

Ian capped off the week with a large permit on Fri. afternoon while fishing with guide Mark.

Brad M. and Amber M. from Detroit came to fish and snorkel the Atoll. This was to be Amber’s initial experience with saltwater fishing and guides Kimbral, John, and Willie were in the rotation chosen to make this happen. Brad experienced good fishing for bonefish his first few days, landing numerous fish from the boat as well as wading the flats. The pair also took a couple of days out of their fishing to snorkel in our Atoll Adventure program. Amber enjoyed seeing the porpoise, as well as visiting the crocodile nesting area.

North Carolina-based anglers John and Sam H. joined with Lee D. and Bob W. for a partial week of Sat. to Wed. With guides Pops and Daniel showing them the ropes, these anglers chose to mainly focus on bonefish for their 3 days of fishing. They reported good fishing and catching of bonefish all three days and they preferred to wade the flats whenever possible.

On Wed., Dean M., Robb G., Tom L., and Scott N. arrived for two days of fishing and diving on our combination package. On Thurs., three of the four chose to dive twice in the morning before meeting their guides/skiffs for lunch and an afternoon of fly-fishing. Scott chose to fish the morning on Thurs. before meeting up with the divers. All anglers reported casting was much different than with the trout rods that they were used to. On Fri., Tom and Dean got the hang of the strip strike in the afternoon, landing a dozen or so bonefish after their two morning dives.

As the above report so perfectly illustrates, we can arrange mixed days of fishing, Scuba, and some Atoll Adventure. Make your fishing, diving, adventure plans by calling toll-free (888) 512-8812(888) 512-8812(888) 512-8812(888) 512-8812 and speak directly to someone on the island. Or visit us at www.tflats.com.
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Jan 1 - 8, 2014

Weather Conditions: Passing fronts brought a mix of sun and clouds along with rain and breezy conditions at week’s end.
Air Temp: Highs in the low- to mid-70s
Water Temp: 80-82 degrees
Wind: Northerly winds of 5-15 mph with gusts to 25 mph on Tues. and Wed.
Tides: A high tide of .44 ft at 9:55 am on Tues.
Moon Phase: Full moon Jan. 15

Turneffe Flats welcomed a large group of fishermen, divers, and Atoll Adventurers this week. All of that was made more interesting by the comings and goings of guests for partial week stays; in all, 13 guests spent time angling. We began with mixed conditions of sun and clouds and ended with passing squalls, flat light, and low tides hampering angling efforts. Successful angling was had by all groups despite the often tough conditions.

Coming as a group were Timo and Ashley H., Alex M. & Caroline C., Lawrence and Sara W. all from San Antonio. These-new-to-saltwater fly-fishing anglers were handed to some of Tflats most veteran guides: Daniel, Pops, and Dubs. The three couples made the most of a partial week stay as part of our “combination” package which allowed them to both Scuba dive and fish during the afternoons after transferring to the skiffs after morning dives. Alex was the most experienced angler and he brought along his new pride and joy, a built-from-scratch bamboo flyrod target bonefish. All anglers involved landed their first bonefish this week. Group members also crossed a “bucket list dive” off their list with a voyage to the Blue Hole on Tues.

Return guests Dick S., Chuck D., Robert B, and Doug B. came for a full week stay and to fish the flats with guides, Dion and Michael. From NY and Fla., these well-traveled international anglers preferred to target bonefish both from the bow of the skiff as well as wading. Dick and Chuck have been fishing partners for over 50 years and their wealth of stories as well as playful banter between them made for pleasant dinner conversation each night. Between bonefish, Dion taught them a phrase or two of Creole each day which made for puzzled looks and a few giggles from time to time. Travelling partners, Linda H. and Jill L. were part of our Atoll Adventure program, but jumped into a skiff for a morning or two of bonefishing as well. Upon departing, Dick mentioned that he was impressed with the upgrades in the facilities since his last visit.

Part of our Atoll Adventure program, Lou G. of Wadsworth, Ohio took the time away from snorkeling and wildlife viewing to fish several half-days with guides Willie and John. Primarily fishing with spinning gear, Lou caught jacks, snapper, and barracuda as he mixed trolling and casting.

Brothers Ted and Terry C. arrived on Wed. for a short stay, coming here from Caye Caulker. They fished with our guide Willie. Although hampered by cloudy and wet conditions for their two days with us, these anglers came prepared and fished hard both days. On Thurs. afternoon, Ted took a shot at a nice permit following a ray. The fish turned on the fly and tipped down on it before refusing to eat at the last second. Unfortunately, he did not land the permit that he sought. Ted said that fish will “haunt him all winter.” With ties to Mont. and Idaho respectively, these two anglers recently purchased a fly-fishing lodge near Glacier, Mont. We wish them well for their fishing and their business venture.

When making reservations, future guests often ask, “Can I do this; can I do that?” Our answer is yes. We can arrange mixed days of fishing, Scuba, and some Atoll Adventure. Make your fishing, diving, adventure plans by calling toll-free (888) 512-8812(888) 512-8812 and speak directly to someone on the island.
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Dec 29, 2013 – Jan 4, 2014


Weather Conditions: Passing rain squalls interrupted what was otherwise a pleasant week of sun and clouds. Low clouds in the morning were often gone by morning’s end and light winds were present most days. A low front brought clouds and rain on Thursday night and carried through Saturday morning’s departure
Air Temp: Highs of upper 70’s through low 80’s
Water Temp:
Wind:  5-15 mph from the S/SE becoming 5-15 from the N on Friday morning
Tides:  High tide of 0.52 ft at 10:27am on Jan 1st
Moon Phase:   Dark Moon on Jan 1
 
Wading the flats in search of bonefish and permit was a perfect way to ring in the New Year and we had a full complement of guests this week. About half of our guests ‘wet a line’ with many gaining their first saltwater flyfishing experience. A looming cold front didn’t appear until weeks end and many jokes were made regarding the extreme cold weather gripping the majority of the continental US. A wonderful lobster dinner on New Year’s Eve was completed by a champagne toast by both staff and guests.
 
A family of 6 made Turneffe Flats their New Years destination for a multitude of activities. Hailing from Bozeman, MT, patriarch Tim O. celebrated his 60th birthday upon arrival.   Most days, the group would alternate spending the day with fishing while other family members participated in our Scuba Diving and Atoll Adventure programs. As it was the majority of the group’s initial saltwater experience, they mainly focused on bonefish, but also took time out to fish for some of our alternate species such as snapper and barracuda. Guides Dion and John were up to the task of teaching Anne, Cole, Margaret, Morgan, and Robin to successfully cast and present their flies to the fish and they spent the beginning of the week honing these skills.   On Wednesday afternoon, Dion deemed Morgan and Tim ready to pursue permit and the Morgan brought a nice permit to hand. It was not only Morgan’s 1st permit, but also the first permit of 2014! Way to go guys!
On Thursday morning, Margaret, Morgan, Cole, and Anne reported great fishing for bonefish landing many fish from skiff’s forward deck. Congrats to Tim, Morgan, and Cole also as the trio completed their Open Water Scuba Certification.
 
Josh & Jennifer E, of Mill Valley, CA arrived to fish with Tflats oft-requested guide, Dubs. The angling pair also participated in our diving program as well as they often combined a morning diving with an afternoon of wading the flats. Enjoying their first saltwater angling experience, the pair enjoyed fishing from both the skiff and by week’s end were wading the flats like pros. 
Stretching their legs at Turneffe Flats after an around the world voyage were Oleg V., Alena K., and Anna V. coming all the way from Novosibirsk, Russia. Alena and Anna fished each day with Pops, while Oleg fished with guide, Mike. While it was Oleg who came in search of permit, it was Alena’s ‘lady luck’ that produced not one, but two eats from permit; one each on Monday and Tuesday respectively. Unfortunately, the hook didn’t stick and neither permit came to hand. Anna and Alena enjoyed wading our picturesque outer flats and spent the majority of time targeting bonefish. On Friday, with rain and low light prevailing, Alena caught her largest bonefish of the trip…a fish that was estimated at 6-8 #’s. Unfortunately, Oleg’s permit quest was unfulfilled although he reported catching numerous bonefish. 
 
From Bellaire, TX, Ronnie & Deborah H. also chose Turneffe Flats for their first saltwater fly fishing foray. Long-time conventional anglers with extensive fishing history, the couple has recently made the switch ‘from the dark side. ’ Excited by the challenges of fly fishing, Ronnie and Deborah were teamed up with guide, Daniel and starting at ground zero, Daniel spent time each day teaching fly casting and trying to cut down their learning curve. Day by day the pair advanced and by weeks’ end, they were presenting the fly it needed to be. Friday saw Deborah return from fishing very excited as she caught the largest bonefish of her week during the morning’s incoming tide.
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December  14 - 21, 2013

Weather Conditions: A low pressure system brought calm, but cloudy conditions to the beginning of the week, changing to breezy w/ passing squalls at week’s end. Rain and less than optimum sight-fishing conditions were prominent this week.
Air Temp: Highs of upper 70s through mid-80s
Water Temp: 80 degrees
Wind: Winds varied from light and variable to gusty with passing squalls
Tides: High tide at 9:46 a.m. on Dec. 15
Moon Phase: Full Moon on Dec. 17

The weather system that wreaked havoc across the U.S. with frigid temperatures finally caught up with us here in Belize. The system arrived Mon. and brought cooler temps into the high 70s and low 80s, and, at times, copious amounts of rain. Our angling group this week was primarily first-time or novice saltwater anglers and despite less than optimal conditions, they made the most of it and had successful fishing.

Many time return guest Jerry U. of Penn. visited with his son, Ben U.. This was to be Ben’s initial fly-fishing trip and Jerry requested veteran guide, Pops. The pair set out to revisit old times, initiate Ben to the intricacies of fly-fishing, and pursue bonefish. Jerry fished for bonefish each day while Ben would spend time one-on-one with Pops learning to cast and target the schools of bonefish that they would spot while wading. Their week culminated on Fri., when Ben was able to put the week’s education into play, connecting with numerous bonefish on the falling tide in the afternoon. Ben, Jerry, and Pops were ecstatic over the progress made by this new angler over the week!

Molly P. and Agnes W. of Austin, Tex., brought their redfish skills to test on our Turneffe Flats bonefish. Fishing with oft-requested guide Dion, they progressed each day and each day reported that the fish were getting “bigger.” The angling pair caught numerous bonefish and tested their luck with a pod of permit on Fri., but could not get the permit to take their fly. Their smiles and optimistic attitude made the gray afternoons bright and we look forward to seeing them back again.

Glenn K., of southern Ore., chose Turneffe Flats for his initial saltwater fishing trip. His wife, Rhoda, also joined him as part of our Atoll Adventure program. Glenn fished solo all week having guide Dubs entirely at his disposal. The two set out each day in search of bonefish and Glenn enjoyed the solitude of Turneffe’s outer reefs and the numerous bonefish.

Also from Ore., first time guest and NW fly-fishing guide, Travis “TJ” D. arrived at Turneffe with visions of tailing bonefish and permit in his head. Paired with guide Daniel, TJ started the week hot as they claimed seven, yes seven eats from permit on the first day! Unfortunately, the angler was still honing his strip-striking skills and was unable to solidly connect with any of the permit. After taking a day off to get a pedicure in Belize City, TJ and Daniel resumed fishing Thurs. and twice had shots at tailing permit while wading on the outer flats near the lodge. The guide and angler did report hooking numerous bonefish feeding especially on the falling tides in the afternoon.


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November 2 - 9, 2013

 
Weather Conditions
Air Temp: 78-82
Water Temp: 81-83
Wind:  The week started with winds out of the E-NE at 10 MPH with gusts into the low teens. Most of the week was affected by a cold front which brought winds out of the NNW in the low teens with gusts into the 20s. We had some squalls almost every day. 
Tides: The week started with high tide at 9:17 a.m. and progressed to 3:17 p.m. by week’s end.
Moon Phase: New Moon on Sun., Nov. 3
 
This was one of those “everything-going-on-at-once weeks.”
 
We had a large group of anglers join us for a week of flats fishing with host Jay M. from Fresno. Included in the group of passionate, die-hard anglers were Bill L. from Seattle; Christopher M., Riverbank, Calif.; Edwin L., San Francisco; Darian C. and Renee S. from Sacramento; Ron J., San Francisco; Joan and Steve R., Placerville and Tom M. from Spring Creek, Nev. They pursued the bonefish and permit of the Turneffe Atoll between rain drops and wind gusts. Everyone caught bonefish on the back reef flats while both wading and poling from their skiffs. There were quite a few shots at permit as well, however, the permit proved to be picky eaters and didn’t cooperate by selecting anything off the menu from Column A or Column B.
 
Charlie M., Wally M., and Earl M. from Spring Island, SC joined us for another week with their favorite guides, Mike and Dubs. These three anglers have made it a tradition to join us for at least one week a year with most years being able to squeeze in a couple of trips. Charlie and his father Wally enjoyed fishing with Michael and catching bonefish as well as getting some really good shots permit throughout the week. Even though Wally and Charlie did everything they could and made the presentation, the permit – picky devils that they are – turned their noses up. Earl, on the other hand, had great success with the permit this last week. Earl had multiple shots at permit each day and managed to come tight on three different fish and boated two beautiful permit for the trip. We look forward to the next annual visit of our friends from South Carolina.
 
When you phone toll-free (888) 512-8812(888) 512-8812, you’ll be speaking directly to the island. If you want to know the weather, we don’t need to Google it; somebody just sticks their head out the window.  
 
If, for whatever reason you prefer not to call, visit www.tflats.com for fishing, diving and Atoll Adventure brochures or just to see what’s happening. 
 
For upcoming tides and moon phases, go to http://destinationsbelize.com/belize-ti ... t-year.htm. They are for Belize City, but pretty close to what we get on the atoll.
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October 26-November 2, 2013


Weather Conditions
Air Temp: 81
Water Temp: 81 - 83
Wind:  The week started with winds out of the N-NW at 12-15 MPH with gusts into the 20s. By Mon., the winds had started to return to normal and begun shifting E and S before returning to our normal ESE winds at 7-12 MPH on Thursday.
Tides: The week started with high tide at 3:40 p.m. and progressed to 8:49 p.m. by week’s end.
Moon Phase: Last Quarter on Oct. 26
 
The week started with our first official cold front of the year. It is not often we celebrate a cold front, but we sure did this last week. Cold fronts generally mark the end of the hurricane season and we were happy to see the arrival of this one. It was an absolutely beautiful “storm season” here on Turneffe, we had spectacular weather throughout Sept. and Oct., which provided great fishing and diving conditions.
 
We had the pleasure of hosting Katie, Tucker, and Tim G. from Pittsburgh, Penn. along with their longtime friend John H. from Bend, Ore. the past week. These anglers pursued bonefish and permit throughout the week and were met with success by week’s end. Katie and Tucker had one of their best days on record bonefishing with multiple fish landed, plenty more hooked and lost, and quite a few healthy sized bonefish as well. Tim and John, who spent their week fishing with guide Dion, targeted bonefish to start the week and then turned their focus towards permit. Even after a full day of fishing Tim could be seen wading the flats in the afternoon and/or snorkeling before dinner; after dinner you could find him trying his luck off the dock. By week’s end these two anglers had racked up some decent number of bonefish, but the highlight came on Thurs. Both Tim and John were successful in landing permit. As these two anglers would say, “It’s all in the presentation.”
 
Just in case you wondered, we will have a great  turkey dinner for our guests on Thanksgiving. 
 
Nov. traditionally provides great tides, light breezes and excellent fishing. Consider a week of wading the tropical flats while the leaves at home are falling. Very limited availability during the holidays.
 
Phone toll-free (888) 512-8812(888) 512-8812 or visit www.tflats.com for fishing, diving and Atoll Adventure brochures or just to see what’s happening. 
 
For upcoming tides and moon phases, go to http://destinationsbelize.com/belize-ti ... t-year.htm. They are for Belize City, but pretty close to what we get on the atoll.
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October 19-26, 2013


Weather Conditions
Air Temp: 84
Water Temp: 81-83
Wind:  E with occasional shifts towards the end of the week to ENE, Average Wind Speed 10 MPH with gusts into the high teens at the end of the week.
Tides: The week started with high tide at 10:23 a.m. and progressed to 3:40 p.m. by week’s end.
Moon Phase: Last Quarter on Oct. 26.
 
We had a light couple of weeks of anglers; but even though they were light in numbers they weren’t light in fish counts. 
 
Dave and Toby D., a father-son team from Norfolk, England, spent their week fishing with veteran guide Dubs, or, as they referred to him, “Mr. D.” By the end of the week they had become severely infected with “permit fever,” a malady with no known cure. Dave and Toby planned on this being a bonefish trip which is how it started out. Then came the introduction to permit fishing with shot after shot on Day One of their hunt. Day Two started with Toby hooking and landing a nice permit. Dave, Toby’s father, had multiple shots as well and had an eat, but didn’t connect. When these two returned to the lodge with Dubs, everyone knew that the following day and remainder of the week would be spent hunting permit. Dave, Toby and Dubs didn’t completely shift over to permit, they did pursue bonefish for a limited amount of time each day with great success. In fact they could be found each morning before breakfast fishing the lodge home flats for bonefish. On their last day, Toby and Dave had another successful permit day with Toby landing another beautiful fish and Dave having two eats. 
 
Nov. traditionally provides great tides, light breezes and excellent fishing. Consider a week of wading the tropical flats while the leaves at home are falling. Very limited availability during the holidays.
 
Phone toll-free (888) 512-8812(888) 512-8812 or visit www.tflats.com for fishing, diving and Atoll Adventure brochures or just to see what’s happening. 
 
For upcoming tides and moon phases, go to http://destinationsbelize.com/belize-ti ... t-year.htm. They are for Belize City, but pretty close to what we get on the atoll.

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Fishing Report: August 24 - 31, 2013


Weather Conditions: A weak tropical wave passed through this week producing somewhat unsettled weather with some nice sunny periods and a few squalls.
Air Temp: Mean temperature in the low to mid-eighties.
Water Temp: 81-83
Wind: Mostly ESE at 5-15mph, with some stronger gusty winds with squalls
Tides: A rising tide in the AM early in the week and in the afternoon later in the week.
Moon Phase: Last Quarter August 28th

We had a small, fun group this week with several return clients. Even though we had some unsettled weather, fishing was stellar with one Grand Slam and 2 near misses.

Brad K., from Toronto was the hot rod this week fishing with Dion. On Wednesday Brad started his morning with a permit before 9:30. He then landed two big tarpon each well over 100 pounds and finally decided to head for the flats to finish his Grand Slam. After breaking off two big bonefish, a squall blew in and the lightning signaled the end of their day with only a bonefish missing for a Slam.
On Thursday, Brad decided to do it all again landing his permit and another big tarpon before noon. He didn’t waste any time finding and landing his bone for his Grand Slam. His action, however, wasn’t over yet and Dion feels that they could have had yet another Slam day on Friday. Brad jumped and lost another tarpon and also hooked and lost a permit.

Rob P., from GA, joined us on Wednesday for a Wed – Wed trip. He and Pops landed a nice permit on their first day and had some excellent bonefishing as well. On day three he jumped a tarpon which he lost right before it was leadered.

Mike P., from NC, was back for a second trip and concentrated mostly on bonefish. He had some of the best bonefishing he has ever had with Daniel landing several large bones and also casting to a Golden Bonefish. Mike also had some great shots at permit while wading the flats. He did hook two permit while fishing from the skiff but wasn’t able to land one. Karla M, a Scuba Diver from Alberta joined Mike for an afternoon of fishing. Karla had never cast a fly rod but Daniel’s instruction allowed her to land 2 bones on the flats. She promises to take some lessons and come back next year.

Father and son team James & Charlie N., from NJ returned to fish with Dubs after visiting us last summer. Charlie really put on a clinic for his father landing 3 permit, many bonefish and several large barracuda.
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August 3 - 17, 2013

Weather Conditions: Weather was somewhat unsettled with a low pressure system passing through causing intermittent thunder storms.
Air Temp: 80 - 88 degrees
Water Temp: 81 – 83 degrees
Wind: Mostly from the E and NE
Tides: Rising tide through the afternoon most of the week.
Moon Phase: First Quarter on the 14th.
 
We had a mixed group these two with some experienced anglers, some new anglers and several combination fishing and diving guests. The first half included several families celebrating a major birthday with more children than we typically see. It was a very fun week which included plenty of tarpon hookups.
 
Larry & Linda A., from LA, had a great week fishing with Daniel. Having landed plenty of big tarpon in the Gulf they concentrated primarily on bonefishing. They had some stellar bonefishing days and Linda’s fly casted improved substantially with Daniel’s help.
 
Bob L. & Chiara B., from UK and Italy,enjoyed the best of both worlds spending most mornings diving and then having Michael pick them up from the dive boat to fish the remainder of the day. The highlight of Bob’s week was landing his first big tarpon, a monster estimated at 150 pounds.
 
Hector & Max B, from TX, a father and son team fished with Willie and had some good tarpon fishing with both landing tarpon and also experiencing great wade fishing for bonefish. They had a couple of permit opportunities but no hookups.
David, Cody and Luke B. from TX, another father and two sons also enjoyed both fishing and scuba diving. The boys did a variety of fishing for barracudas, snappers and jacks as well as spending time fishing the flats with Pops and John. Cody also landed a nice tarpon and all had good bonefishing.
 
Guy M, from VA, fished solo with Dubs and landed a tarpon and a couple of bonefish the first day. He then had some tough weather and had some tough fishing. Guy mostly concentrated on hunting for permit and looking for big tarpon. He had several excellent permit opportunities during the week but no hookups.
 
Aaron R., from VA was a first time saltwater angler who teamed up with Guy for one day and them fished single with Mike the remainder of his time. Aaron landed several bonefish after spending time working on his casting with Michael.  
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July 27 - Aug. 3, 2013


Air Temp: 84-89
Water Temp: 82-84
Wind: ESE at an average wind speed of 8 mph with gusts into the low teens
Tides: The week started with high tide cresting at 1:22 p.m. and progressed to 8:48 p.m. by week’s end.
Moon Phase: Last Quarter on July 29

We had a light week of anglers, but even though they were light in numbers they made up for it with fish counts.

Luke C. from Nashville, Tenn. spent the week fishing with veteran guide Pops. This was Luke’s second trip to Turneffe Flats fishing with Pops; these two get along magically and didn’t miss a beat on the first day. It was as if they have been fishing together every day for the last year. Luke and Pops focused on bonefish throughout the week while occasionally venturing out to look for tarpon and pole for permit. They did see and get some good shots at permit, but were not successful convincing any to eat. Luke and Pops managed to land multiple bonefish each day with more than one “big boy,” as Pops likes to call the 4- to 6-pounders, each day.

Vittorio J. from Italy joined us for his annual TF trip to fish with guide Dion. Vittorio and Dion had their minds set on permit for this trip. Vittorio has had numerous shots and eats in the past, but has never had the satisfaction of actually holding a permit he landed. After the first night at the dinner table, everyone had a feeling that this was Vittorio’s week and the feeling was true! Vittorio came back from his second day of fishing having landed his first-ever permit … not only his first-ever, but also the biggest he had ever hooked. This permit would have topped the scales at around 22 pounds. It was a truly memorable and priceless experience, and everyone at the lodge felt privileged to share in the story and enjoy Vittorio’s success. Vittorio also managed to jump multiple migratory tarpon. Even though the highlight of Vittorio’s week was his permit, he also thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to fish outside of the reef. On a beautifully calm day beyond the reef, Vittorio and Dion pursued snapper, jacks, tuna, and anything else they could find. It was truly a mixed bag with every cast being cause for excitement for what might eat next.

Oct. and Nov. traditionally provide great tides, light breezes and excellent fishing. If you’ve never visited us in the fall – or if you’ve never visited at all – consider a week of fishing the tropical flats while the leaves at home are falling. Very limited availability during the holidays.

Phone toll-free (888) 512-8812(888) 512-8812 or visit www.tflats.com for fishing, diving and Atoll Adventure brochures or just to see what’s happening.
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July 20 - 27, 2013


Weather Conditions
Air Temp: 84
Water Temp: 82-84
Wind: Above average throughout the week 12 MPH from the ENE with gusts up to the high teens
Tides: High tides starting at 7:15 a.m. and progressed to 1:22 p.m. by the end of the week.
Moon Phase: Full Moon on Mon., July 22

We had a difficult week of weather with higher than normal winds as well as some low light conditions. However, our anglers made the most of it and had success landing all three target species, bonefish, permit and tarpon.

Dexter S. from the Florida Keys joined us with a group of anglers for a week of flats fishing with the target being permit. Dexter came out of the gates hot on the first day by landing two permit right off the bat. He and guide Willie pursued them for most of the week, only taking breaks to catch some bonefish and search for migratory tarpon. Even though they were not successful with finding any migratory tarpon, they did manage to land another permit mid-week.

Joe B. from Bend, Ore., returned to Turneffe Flats after many years to fish with veteran guide Pops again. These two were meant to fish together – Pops and Joe always had a smile on their faces and enjoyed every minute of it. One day in particular stands out as everyone on the dock knew they had a great day. Both Joe and Pops returned looking exhausted, but elated at the same time. They had just finished a bare knuckle street fight with a 100-pound tarpon. After successfully landing and releasing the Silver King, Joe and Pops shared the pictures with everyone while enjoying a celebration beverage at the bar. It truly was a beautiful fish and one that will always be remembered by both Joe and Pops.

Bob V. from Upstate New York and Mike P. from Texas along with Dexter had a memorable week. Bob’s main goal was to become a much better flats angler. We can say without a doubt, Mission Accomplished. Bob had one day with four bonefish exceeding five pounds while wading. Not only did he become a better flats angler, he did it while only fishing with flies he tied. Mike had a similar goal; however, he and guide Kimbral also spent a good portion of each day looking for permit. They had shots at permit throughout the week, but permit being permit, they were picky and didn’t want Mike’s offerings. Mike topped off his fishing trip with guide Kimbral by focusing on bonefish the last day and landing 14 before returning to the lodge for a cold beverage in celebration of a successful trip.

Curtis M. and his son Jack from Atlanta came for a father son fishing trip, Jack’s first-ever saltwater fly-fishing experience. What an amazing trip it was. Jack landed his first permit and his first tarpon. Not only did Jack land his first permit, it was a 20-plus pounder. Without question it will be a fish that he remembers for the rest of his life. Curtis and Jack also spent a couple afternoons with our Atoll Adventure group enjoying the amazing sea life and coral formations on Turneffe while snorkeling.

Rob W. and friend Henry S. from Dallas fished with Dubs. These two anglers spent the week targeting all three prime flats dwellers. They had numerous shots at permit, but were not successful convincing any to bite However, these two anglers caught their fare share of bonefish during the week with the highlight being Rob hooking and landing a golden bonefish … not just any golden bonefish, but an exceptionally large one. As often happens with our golden bonefish, when they get larger, they start to lose a little of the golden color from the head to their shoulders. This fish, even though it was not golden from tip to tail, had a beautiful color and left the anglers and guide with an even more memorable experience.

We also had a large group of friends who choose a destination every year for their annual fishing adventure. We were fortunate enough to have been picked for this year. Within the group was Stan S. from Tenn., Mike M. from Tex., Andy M. from Mich., Matt M. from Wash., Brian O. from Ore., Tracey D. from Tex., Shaun D. from Tex., and Dan A. from Wash. They targeted every species and enjoyed being together and back on the water. The whole group caught their share of bonefish and tried for permit, but had difficulty getting any eats. One of the many highlights was on one morning Brian O. and Shaun D. jumped five tarpon that all would have broken the 80 pound mark. If only …

We’re seeing some of the largest pods of permit we’ve ever encountered. How long will it last? Wish we could say, but all indications are that our permit infestation will continue well into fall. We have plenty of crab patterns on hand including Enrico Puglisi’s EP version. All that’s missing is you.

Phone toll-free (888) 512-8812(888) 512-8812 or visit www.tflats.com for up-to-day space availability.

For upcoming tides and moon phases, go to http://destinationsbelize.com/belize-ti ... t-year.htm. They are for Belize City, but pretty close to what we get on the atoll.
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July 6 - 13, 2013
 
Weather Conditions
Air Temp: 81
Water Temp: 82-84
Wind:  12 MPH from the ENE with gusts into the high teens
Tides:  The week started with High Tide at 8:24 a.m. and progressed to 12:53 p.m. by week’s end.
Moon Phase:   New Moon on Mon., July 8
 
Fishing this week saw a variety of species hooked and landed. However, we did have some inclement weather with squalls and higher winds during the second half of the week making fishing conditions difficult. Our anglers stayed positive and persevered, hooking and landing all three of the target flats species.
 
Ron F. and Rick H. from Irvine, Calif. joined us for a week of flats fishing with their main goal being to land a 100+ pound tarpon. They gave it their best shot jumping more than 10 tarpon throughout the week that would have tipped the scales north of 100 pounds. However, as any tarpon angler knows, jumping them is one thing and landing them is another. Even though they didn’t land their 100+ pound tarpon they did manage to land a nice 45-50 pounder. Ron and Rick spent their last day chasing tarpon and exploring the southernmost tip of Turneffe at an area called The Elbow in search of blue water permit. Even though they didn’t hook any of the monsters that lurk in the depths at The Elbow, they enjoyed seeing them from the boat.
 
Cary P. and his son Chad P. fished with Dubs and Michael during their partial week stay and managed to make the most of their short stay with us. Chad had a rare run-in with an African pompano that ended with a beautiful picture of him and his trophy that he caught on a top water popper. Both of these anglers had multiple shots at permit and each managed to hold one in celebration, Chad actually did it twice while hooking and losing another.
 
Ken R. and his wife Melina R. joined us from Chico, Calif. for a week of diving and fishing the flats around Turneffe. They enjoyed our Combo Package which allowed them to dive and fish in the same day and gain a perspective of Turneffe few get the opportunity to experience – both above water and from below. Fishing was difficult, but these two anglers managed to land bonefish and had some great shots while wading the flats at tailing permit. On one occasion, they had multiple shots at different groups or pairs of permit as they moved from one end of the flat to the other with guide Daniel. However, the shots were quick and difficult as they most often are with tailing permit on the flats.
 
Tim H. and his son Brent H. joined us from the State of Florida for a week of chasing all three of the main flats species. One of the highlights for the week was when Brent and Tim found a group of permit and managed to hook three of them. Tim was able to land one, marking a significant moment in his saltwater fly-fishing career with his first permit brought to hand. Brent also had a significant angling moment by jumping his first large migratory tarpon.
 
Nigel and his wife V W. from across the pond in London joined us just two weeks after Nigel’s brother had visited. Excited from the news of his brother Steve’s great trip, Nigel and V were ready to head out on day one with veteran guide Pops. These two anglers enjoyed exploring the large bonefish flats on the Eastern side of Turneffe before turning their attention to tarpon and permit later in the week. Before taking on tarpon and permit, however, Nigel managed to land a beautiful 6+ pound bonefish while wading. With their focus shifting to permit and tarpon, Pops put them on a group of feeding permit and Nigel promptly hooked three and landed one to cap off his Turneffe experience. The tarpon fishing proved to be difficult for these anglers, even though they saw good numbers of fish they were not able to hook-up.
 
We’re seeing some of the largest pods of permit we’ve ever encountered. How long will it last? Wish we could say, but all indications are that our permit infestation will continue well into fall. We have plenty of Enrico Puglisi’s EP Crabs on hand. All that’s missing is you.
 
Phone toll-free (888) 512-8812(888) 512-8812 or visit www.tflats.com for up-to-day space availability. 
 
For upcoming tides and moon phases, go to http://destinationsbelize.com/belize-ti ... t-year.htm. They are for Belize City, but pretty close to what we get on the atoll.
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June  22 - 29, 2013
 
Air Temp: 80 to 88 degrees
Water Temp: 80-82 degrees
Wind: Mild, pleasant weather with easterly breeze 5-10 MPH
Tides: Rising tide in the a.m. to just after midday as the week progressed.
Moon Phase: Full Moon and June 23.
 
We had a great permit week with nearly every angler landing at least one of the elusive fish!  Several tarpon were landed and the bonefishing was good.
 
Chip B., from Utah, had a remarkable first saltwater flyfishing trip. He started with his first permit on Mon. and landed another a day later. On Fri., fishing with TF guide John, he landed his third permit followed by a big tarpon. The only thing left for his Grand Slam was a bonefish. By 4 p.m. he had broken off three bonefish, but hadn’t landed one. He persisted until after dark on the home flat in front of the lodge with no luck. Feeling that he could still land all three in a 24 hour period, he was back at it again at sunrise. He hooked and lost another nice bonefish, but didn’t get his Slam. It probably just wasn’t meant to be.
 
Chuck W., a return visitor from Wyo., had some great permit fishing as well as good bonefishing with Pops. Chuck landed one permit on Mon. followed by a two-fish day on Wed. He had some chances at rolling tarpon, but no hookups. 
 
Steve J., from Calif., landed his first permit on a fly on Sun. with guide Daniel. He followed up with a very nice permit for a birthday present on Wed. On Thurs., he jumped a large tarpon but it came unbuttoned.
 
Jamon P., from Alaska, returned to Turneffe Flats with fishing and diving companion Sheri C., also from AK.   Jamon finished his Open Water Diver Certification with our Dive Instructor Emi early in the week and also found plenty of time to fish. Sheri landed her first bonefish on a fly and Jamon hooked a couple of permit as well as many bones with TF guide Dion.
 
Steve and Jennifer W., from England, had a nice week fishing with Dubs. Steve landed a huge tarpon mid-week and had several good shots at permit throughout their stay. Jennifer concentrated on bones with good success.
 
Allan A., from Calif., landed three permit during his week with us and also had casts to rolling tarpon. Allan fished with Willie and Daniel and they had some stellar bonefishing.
 
Sean H., a former Fishing Director at Turneffe Flats, hosted his uncle Allan and several others. Sean landed at least three permit and lost a couple more during his week. In the interim, he landed a couple of huge barracudas and several bones.
 
Jim and Cindy C., residing in S. Korea, joined us for a combination fishing and diving vacation. They dove the Blue Hole, the Elbow and several other great Turneffe dive sites, but also found time for plenty of good fishing. Jim landed his first permit on a fly on Tues. and they had good bonefishing throughout the week.
 
 
Al, Ken, Jon, Jacob, Elliot G. as well as Troy and Owen L., a close knit family from Ill., stayed with us for the first half of the week enjoying both Scuba diving and fishing. Part of the group fly-fished and some enjoyed spin fishing. They missed out on the permit action, but had some good bonefishing and also caught snapper, jacks and barracuda.
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June 8-15, 2013

Weather Conditions: A strong trade wind from the East early in the week transitioning to very nice weather the last two days.
Air Temp: Highs of 85-88
Water Temp: 79-81 degrees
Wind: 15-25 MPH from the East early in the week and 5-10 from the ESE later in the week
Tides: A rising tide through midday all week
Moon Phase: New Moon June 8

We had a fun week with angler from Colorado, North Carolina and Italy. The week started with windy conditions and pretty tough fishing, but then we settled into a nice summer weather pattern and the fishing improved. The highlight was a nice Grand Slam landed by Orazio. Permit fishing, in particular, really turned on the second half of the week. We didn’t see as many tarpon, possible due to the rougher weather early in the week.

Orazio G., from Italy, has an epic day with Dubs as well as a couple of other great days. On Thurs. he landed a permit on his fifth cast, made another five casts and landed a 100 + pound tarpon and thenfive more casts to land his bonefish. It’s really not that easy, but Orazio made it seem that way. In addition, Orazio landed another permit and hooked, but lost two others.

Jack and Nick S., from NC, visited Belize for the first time and dedicated a good share of their fishing week to hunting permit with Dion. Jack hooked and lost a nice permit early in the week and finally landed his prize 10 minutes before the end of the last day. Nick enjoyed some good bonefishing and joined his mother and sister on our Atoll Adventure program on Fri. for some great snorkeling with Abel.

Tom S., part of a nice group from Colo., put an exclamation point on his fishing week by also landing a nice permit on Fri. Tom’s bonefishing had been tough early in the week so this was a nice end for his trip.

Chris K., from Colo., sent most of his week hunting permit with Michael and although they had good shots almost every day, unfortunately, no photos were obtained. Hopefully, next time, Chris.

Giuseppe B., from Italy, had a trying start to his week with his fishing gear not arriving on his flight. We were able to outfit him with Sage rods and Abel reels, but he was still glad when his own gear arrived on Wed. from Europe. Giuseppe’s highlight was also a landed permit on Thurs.

Bill B. and Ryan W., from Colo., had a couple of great bonefishing days. We hope to see Bill him back at Christmas as planned and Ryan as soon as possible.

Mauizio C. and Giulio P., also from Italy, took shots at all the target species while fishing single with Willie and Daniel. Marizio came close to landing his permit, but rumor has it that he lost it while trying to get his camera out – always a jinx.

Be forewarned: It’s barely summer, but our Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years weeks are starting to fill.

Phone toll-free (888) 512-8812(888) 512-8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports. Or e-mail us at www.T-Flats.com with questions.
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 June 2 - 8, 2013


Weather : Flat light and minimal wind dominated the beginning of the week. We had a couple of thunderstorms at night but only a bit of  ight drizzle during the daylight.
Air Temp: 80-85 degrees
Water Temp: 81-83
Wind:  Calm to very light winds
Moon Phase: New moon June 8
 
We ushered in the month of June with a very nice group of anglers from Argentina as well as from California and Florida. Although tarpon have been jumped over the past few weeks, this was the first week where tarpon were seen daily and seemed as though there are some larger numbers present. With overcast skies, low light and ever-changing weather, the sight fishing was somewhat limited. That being said, the place was always hopping with fish stories as skiffs came and went. 
 
Hernan P. of ARG provided what was one of the most compelling stories of the week if not the year! Fishing with Daniel, he focused primarily on permit. On Tues. morning, Hernan got his permit … after the fish broke off at his backing knot. Distraught that the connection had failed, Daniel told him not to worry and after a short search found the line with the permit still attached. Daniel then swam down to the line, surfaced, reattached the knot and then re-started fighting the fish. This was the 2nd permit of his life and an angling moment that he will never forget. 
 
Gabriel G., fishing with Michael, had the most single magnificent catch of the week as he landed a tarpon estimated at 140-pounds on Wed. afternoon. Prior to that fish, he had jumped six tarpon. You can see the picture of this tremendous catch on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Turneffe-Flats/174002965953110?ref=hl
 
Past guest Bruce D. of Calif. returned with his wife, Sharon, for their 4th visit. Bruce fished with guide John as his wife took part in the scuba diving program. Preferring to focus his efforts on bonefish, Bruce loves to walk the larger flats on the atoll’s east side. He did take a little time to look for tarpon and jumped a nice fish of estimated at 80-pounds on Mon. afternoon. We hope to see them both again.
 
Daniel L. and Roberto G. spent their week angling under the direction of Pops. Experienced trout and two-handed anglers from the Patagonia region, they were very interested in gaining additional saltwater experience. They spent the vast majority of their time chasing bonefish, but did take the opportunity to connect with tarpon and permit as well.
 
Hernan P. and Facundo F. fished their entire week with oft-requested guide, Dubs. This Argentinean duo looked for permit in the morning and bonefish in the afternoon when the tide was lower. They saw permit each day, but no firm connections to be had.
 
Permit were the sole target on Carlos’ agenda as he arrived to fish for the first time. From Fla.,
Carlos has the Keys in his backyard and is an experienced saltwater angler. Fishing with Dion, they plied every inch of the atoll in their search. On Thurs., Carlos landed his 30th career permit and third of the week with us. His group of anglers promptly responded to the news by allowing Carlos to pick up the bar tab for the night … Felicitations Carlos!
 
Pablo C. and Pablo G. of ARG arrived with a Grand Slam in their sights. Unfortunately, it was not to be. Fishing with Kimbral, the week started bright when on Sun. afternoon they jumped their first tarpon, estimated at 100-pounds. The anglers kept tarpon in their sights all week and preferred to search for the “silver king” whenever they were present and bonefish in the brighter periods when the sun came out. They caught numerous bonefish during their stay as well and landed two large bonefish on Fri. afternoon.
 
Argentinean guests, Sebastian M. and Gustavo P. fished hard with Tflats veteran Capt.   Paying close attention to the tides, they left the dock at dawn to target tarpon. They gave it their all during the week.    On Mon. morning before breakfast, Sebastian jumped his first-ever tarpon and was hooked after the initial jump. Focus for the week quickly switched to tarpon, but unfortunately, no additional tarpon were brought to hand.
 
Last but not least, Horacio C. and Edgard B. fished with Willie. Also from ARG, the pair tried their hand with the tarpon and permit, but focused mainly on bonefish as they preferred to wade. They saw and hooked plenty of bonefish, although they struggled to see them with the low light and overcast skies this week. 
 
U.S. West Coast anglers note: Delta is reportedly beginning direct non-stop service from Los Angeles to Belize City in Dec.   No word yet on departure/arrival times or frequency. 
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May 18 - 25, 2013


Weather Conditions: Breezy much of the week with a mix of sun and clouds
Air Temp: 80-85 degrees
Water Temp: 81-83
Wind:  10-20 mph from the East and ESE through most of the week
Tides: A low at 11:31 a.m. on the 19th put the low tide in the afternoon for most of the week
Moon Phase: Full moon on the 25th

Breezy conditions met our guests upon their arrival to Turneffe Flats and prevailed through the week. Our fishing guests hailed from Canada, the U.S., and Germany. A camera crew from CBS News 60 Minutes Sports was also onsite to film a story about April Vokey, owner of Fly Gal Adventures. The episode chronicles April on her guiding and fishing endeavors across Belize, British Columbia and Idaho and is tentatively scheduled to air on cable network Showtime this fall. Even through the tough casting and spotting conditions, it was a very successful week. Our anglers caught bonefish and permit as well as tarpon.

Return guest April V., of BC, finished off a month-long stay in the Caribbean with a much needed vacation at Turneffe Flats. Splitting her time between fishing with Pops, Dubs, and Michael, April started by tuning up on the flats with our bonefish before spending the end of the week focusing on permit. With camera crew in tow, April highlighted her abilities by managing her guests’ fishing and the responsibilities of the film crew to a T. With the film crew anticipating each move, April and her rotating fishing partners tried to provide the magical permit shot that the camera crew sought. On Fri. afternoon, under deteriorating light, a nice permit followed the fly for what seemed like eternity before shunning it within inches. Unfortunately, it was not to be this time. Turneffe Flats would like to thank April and CBS’s crew, Marc L., Bill W., Don L., Jack W., Eric K., and Ron D. for visiting Turneffe Flats and allowing us to be part of this special story. We hope to see all of you again and wish you all safe travels.

Diana and Alex S. were joined by friends, Uwe B., Marcus A., and Frank S., all from Germany. The group fished with guides Daniel, Dubs, and Willy and did a little swapping of fishing partners and guides. The week started off strong for both Frank and Diana. On their first and second days they both hooked into their first permit, although both fish failed to come to hand. By mid-week, Frank and Marcus had migrated to fishing together as they really wanted to connect with a tarpon. They became obsessed with their tarpon quest as Daniel would take them out each morning prior to breakfast, often seeing small groups of tarpon rolling at dawn. This opened the door for Uwe, who took the chance to have the boat by himself and he made the most of it by claiming two permit before lunchtime on Wed. After seeing tarpon most mornings, Frank and Marcus snatched victory by landing our first tarpon of the season, estimated at 45-pounds on Fri. morning. The entire group also spent time on our home flat and caught snapper, jacks, blue runners, and barracuda as well as bonefish during their week. We look forward to seeing them again.

Alberta, Canada-based angler, Paul S. visited with his partner Lynne S., who was enjoyed our Atoll Adventure program. Rotating his week between Pops, Daniel, and Willie, Paul enjoyed visiting new areas each day and seeing as much of the Atoll as possible. He reported hooking double digit quantities of bonefish daily although his landing percentage wasn’t quite at 100%, blaming the coral for not being able to bring fish to hand. He also took a day off of fishing during the week to join Lynne as they went searching for manatees as well as for an afternoon snorkel.

Rob C. and Bob A., both from Mont., chose Turneffe Flats for their initial saltwater fishing experience. Dion took these two anglers under his wing they were very focused on learning the nuances of bonefishing. They spent most of the week fishing the outer flats and reported that their fishing and abilities were improving over the course of their stay. They enjoyed splitting their time between wading and getting the hang of fishing from the poled skiff. They caught numerous bonefish up to about 6-pounds and connected with larger fish on that managed to “get away.” The two anglers expect to return and promised to search for the “golden bonefish.”

Larry S. of NY and Charles T. of Va. brought a wealth of bonefishing experience with them. Estimating that they had a combined 60 years of bonefishing under their belts, but never on Turneffe Atoll, they primarily fished with Tflats veteran, Pops. These two anglers enjoyed trying their personal fly patterns and often tied or altered flies the morning of their fishing day. They enjoyed seeing our numerous large schools of bonefish, but often patrolled the edges of the schools trying to pick out the larger or solo fish feeding off to the side. On Fri., Larry joined April (and Michael) on her quest for a permit as the anglers took turns taking shots at the tailing fish on the flats within the lagoon. On a side note, we would like to congratulate Larry on his recent induction into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame.
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May 11-18, 2013


Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny conditions with bit of haze and passing front on May 14 and 15.
Air Temp: 80-85 degrees
Water Temp: 81-83
Wind: 10-20mph from the East and then 5-15mph from the ENE on the 14th and 15th
Tides: A high tide of 10:48 am on Mon. kept high tides during mid-day
Moon Phase: First quarter moon on the 18th

Wind met the guests upon arrival with a highly unusual “cold front” passing through Tues. and Wed. It is the first time that anyone could remember a cold front after May 1 and it brought haze, some clouds and fast moving rain showers. Our 9 anglers made the best of it and fishing was strong for bonefish, but the combination of low light and breeze made it tougher for permit. Our angling contingent had an international feel as the U.S.-based anglers were joined by folks from Hong Kong and Brazil.

John K. of Calif. had permit on his mind when he arrived. Fishing with Dion, this return guest started the week off strong, landing two permit in the lagoon on Sun., his first day of fishing. An amazing feat, that he repeated it on Tues.! He primarily targeted permit and was amazed at the number of fish he saw consistently and the number of shots that he received day to day. He ended his week by landing four permit after hooking five.

AL C. travelled to Tflats with his wife Janyce from Calif. After being paired with veteran guide Pops, Al and Pops put on their bonefish radar and spent the week targeting bonefish on our oceanside flats. A new-to-saltwater angler, Al reported seeing “many, many, many” bonefish and thought that his skills improved daily. Janyce was a member of our Atoll Adventure program and loved seeing the dolphins, manatees, and turtles as well as other marine life.

Travelling from Hong Kong, return guest Michael C. fished with oft-requested guide Dubs. Having fished together in the past, these two switched on the A-game and set out to target permit. The breezy conditions hindered their ability to pole and hunt permit in Michael’s preferred method, but they did see numerous permit and had a fair amounts of shots to tailing fish. They also did report strong bonefishing both north and south of our location. Michael’s wife Rachel was a member of our Atoll Adventure Program.

Ray D. of Calif. arrived as a first time saltwater angler and guide Daniel proved up to the task as he took the newbie under his wing for the week. Ray quickly got the hang of it and landed his first bonefish shortly after leaving the dock on the first morning. With Ray and Daniel’s communication improving as fast as could be, Ray focused his efforts on wading the outer flats. They reported good bonefishing, especially in the mornings with the rising tide.

Trig I. and Glenn D., both from Conn., visited as a reunion of old friends. Glenn was our only partial week guest as he arrived on Sat. While Trig fished full days every day, Glenn took advantage of scuba diving in the morning and then transferred to the fishing boat for the afternoon to target bonefish. Both anglers had trying moments between the gusty conditions and low clouds the beginning of the week. As the week progressed, Trig became enamored with catching his first permit. On Tues., he and guide Willie hooked a large permit. After fighting the fish through the first couple of runs, the fish headed to the mangroves and Trig tried to stop it. Unfortunately, the line snapped, leaving the angler shaking. Losing the permit consumed him for two days. However, on Thurs. he was graced with a second chance and this time made his mark by landing his first permit. On Fri., Trig’s son Jason joined him for a one day fishing outing.

Michael fished with our Brazilian guests, Luis A. and Jacqueline O. These two anglers had fished in Florida the previous week for tarpon and now were heading here for bonefish, permit, and just about anything else worth catching. They had successful fishing each day and over the course of the week landed bonefish, barracuda, snapper, mackerel, and jacks. Post-Tflats, they were heading to the Turks and Caicos. We wish them both safe travels.

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May 4 - 11, 2013

Weather Conditions: Very nice early in the week but windy towards the end
Air Temp: mean temps hovered between 80 and 85 degrees
Water Temp: 81-83
Wind: 5-20 mph from the East and Southeast
Tides: High tide at 7:30 AM on the 6th kept high tide during the morning hours
Moon Phase: New moon on the 9th

Fishing this week was a tale of two weather patterns as we had 4 days of almost dead calm conditions to start the week with a gusty end for our anglers’ last two days of fishing. A total of 15 anglers chose Turneffe Flats for their angling vacation this past week; Seven of which were returning guests. We had four anglers land their first permit this week!

Proving that the family that fishes together, stays together, Gene and Michael R. of CO, met at Turneffe Flats by family members, Suzy and Jonathan S., of WA. This family of return guests, excited to be coming back for what was their 4th stay with us at Turneffe Flats. Fishing with guides Daniel and Michael, the anglers often changed angler pairings throughout the week and worked a bit of good natured competitiveness into their fishing day. Although the entire group reported seeing permit each day, Jonathan came out the victor as he landed the groups only and his personal first permit on Thursday with Michael. Turneffe Flats has become their annual angling pilgrimage and I’m sure we’ll see them again next year.

Pictures of Jon’s first permit and others from the week can be seen on our facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Turneffe-Flats/174002965953110

Tom and Mary M., of TX, visited Turneffe Flats for the first time. These two anglers arrived ready to tackle the bonefish and had dreams of permit in their future. Mary would usually fish the morning for bonefish, returning to the lodge for an afternoon of rest and relaxation while Tom would head back out for an afternoon of fishing. Mary was amazed at the number of eager bonefish and on Thursday morning had landed 8 before lunchtime. With guide, John’s, patient instructions this angling pair skills progressed as the week went on and skills culminated with Tom landing his first permit on Friday morning! Congrats Tom! On Friday morning, Mary also spent some time with our cooking staff learning to make empanadas, a dish she had struggled to make in the past.

First time flats anglers Nick F. and Jon G., of IL, had one heck of a trip here at Turneffe Flats. Over the first few days, fishing with Dion, these anglers honed their bonefish radar under near perfect conditions. Both anglers hooked two permit during the remaining days with each landing one. Both permit were their first! Their partners, Stephanie and Amy, enjoyed searching for Manatee’s with guide Abel and the Atoll Adventurers as well as lounging poolside.

Carrying over from the previous week, Jon and Estelle B. spent a total of ten days angling with us after travelling from Australia. Jon spent most every waking sunlit hour fishing the flat in front of the lodge before getting in the skiff. Although he had spent the previous week with guide, Willie, this week he fished with “Dubs,” and joined another return guest, Doug C. of CO. for part of the week. These two anglers fished for several days together, and split their day between bonefish and permit. Doug carried on with his stay after Jon left by focusing his efforts on permit. He spent much his days “on the hunt” for permit by poling the outer and interior flats. He reported that he “had his shots,” but did not get a permit to cooperate.

Angling legends, . Steve & Gina Abel of CA, joined us for another week at Turneffe Flats. They are many time return guests’ and have been visiting Tflats for over 20 years. They also brought angling friends, Greg & Tina S., with them to fish the flats for the first time as well as Diane and Bill C., who joined our Atoll Adventure program. The four anglers often mixed daily pairings and fished under the watchful eye of veteran guides, Pops and Willie. The anglers enjoyed walking the flats for bonefish and both Greg and Tina landed their first bonefish here during the week. Steve reported hooking several large bonefish on Tuesday afternoon and lost a huge fish as the hook straightened out after the fish ran around a coral mound while fishing with Pops’ We enjoyed hearing the tales of past fishing at Turneffe as well as the excited chatter of the stories from the present day from this group. We look forward to their return.

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April 28-May 4, 2013


Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny and warm with some hazy skies
Air Temp: Warm with highs in the mid-80s to low-90s
Water Temp: 80-82
Wind: ESE wind 5-15mph changed to ENE on Mon. and back to ESE on Wed., winds changed to North on Fri.
Tides: High tide of 2:07 pm on May 1 had high tide during mid-day.
Moon Phase: Last quarter moon on May 2

This was a busy and somewhat international week with guests from Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

Father and son Gary and Eric T. of Colo. have fished, but both anglers had little in the way of flats fishing experience. They spent the first couple of days honing their skills on bonefish. With guide Dion, they switched to permit and mid-week and both anglers had landed their first. They then split their remaining days between chasing bonefish and fishing for permit. Pics of Eric’s first permit and others from the week can be seen on our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Turneffe-Flats/174002965953110

Junichiro A. visited from Japan after spending a week tarpon fishing in Costa Rica. On Mon., he hooked a big migratory tarpon with longtime TF guide Capt. They played the tarpon, estimated at 90-pounds, for nearly half an hour before it surged under the boat and broke the line. Jun also landed a permit earlier that same day and they came very close to a slam. On Fri., Junichiro landed two more permit in the afternoon and ended his week by playing a large barracuda on Fri. afternoon.

Pat T. from Ariz. and Dan C. from NZ arrived via Cancun on Sat. to fish with veteran guide, Pops. They had great bonefishing, primarily using his Bitters pattern in amber and olive. They had a great time and were looking forward to using the skills they learned under, Pops in the future.

Jon B. and his wife Estelle traveled to Turneffe Flats from Australia to celebrate Jon’s recent birthday. His birthday wishes were answered on his first day when he hooked three permit and landing one. What a day! On Thurs., John landed his second permit, a larger fish in the 25-30 # class. He also enjoyed wading the “home flat” in the morning and evening, and landed several bonefish before getting in the skiff for his fishing day. Estelle enjoyed our Atoll Adventure program.

Return guest Adam T. requested TF guide Dubs on his permit mission. Adam arrived on Sat. and departed on Wed., spending nearly all of his time hunting for permit. He had many good shots and several “follows,” but no permit in hand. Three days was not enough on this permit quest.

Dubs then switched gears for the rest of the week to fish with Doug of Colo. and Steve B. of Me., both return guests who arrived on Wed. afternoon. They spent most of their time looking for permit and reported seeing a goodly number; all, unfortunately, with lockjaw. There were plenty of bonefish for both, however

Kirk and Jim H. from Ga. also fished Sat. to Wed. Fishing with our guide John, this father-son pair concentrated mainly on bonefish. Under the tough sight-fishing conditions during the end of the week, the pair made the best of the situation by fishing the flats north of the lodge and focusing on bonefish. They had their best fishing on the second day of the stay, finding a pod of cooperative fish.

Our four friends and return guests Ira I., Stacey G., Jeff M., and Howard G., brought “gifts from the East” each night at dinner to share with the entire lodge, in the form of babka, pignoli cookies, and halava. Hailing from the NYC area, the group rotated their pairings and requested guides Daniel and Michael. Howard and Ira had a “magnificent day” bonefishing with Michael on Mon. They even broke out a 5-weight rod to land a few bonefish. The group mostly fished for bones and permit and enjoyed looking for barracuda and jacks on the way back to the lodge each afternoon. On Thurs. afternoon, Stacy and Howard both hooked permit with Stacy landing his. It was good times for all with this group and we all are looking forward to their next visit.

Rod, Alice, and Clay M., all of NY, joined us here for a Wed. to Sat. stay. Clay is a fly-fishing guide based in Jackson Hole, Wyo. and he fished with guide John. Mainly focusing on permit, they had only marginal sight-fishing conditions with the haze and clouds. Rod and Alice used their time to wade the outer flats in search of bonefish and Alice landed her first bonefish with long-time guide Eddie. They reported seeing large schools of bonefish and enjoyed targeting them.

The only way fishing could be better is if you were here.

Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports. Or e-mail us at www.T-Flats.com with questions or our DVD.

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April 6 - 12, 2013


Weather Conditions: Sun dominated throughout the week with a few clouds on Friday
Air Temp: Mean temperature in the low to mid eighties each day
Water Temp: 80 - 82
Wind: Wind from the ESE of 5-15mph
Tides: A high tide 8am on the 7th amde for high tides in the morning all week
Moon Phase: New Moon April 10th

Turneffe Flats had a slightly European feel as a world-traveled group of anglers based in London, England visited to sample our fishing. Coupled with anglers from the US, Turneffe Flats sent out 8 boats each day this week for a total of 16 anglers.

Bruce M. and Lefty W. of MI, wasted no time getting down to business fishing with Dubs. They have fished together for nearly 15 years and have stayed with us at least 5 previous times. Bruce’s landed his first permit on his on 3rd cast and the hot permit action continued throughout the week. They hooked permit nearly every day with Bruce landed a big fish on Friday afternoon to put the icing on a great week.

Doug P. and Malcolm H. of the U.K. fished with Daniel for the week. Malcom landed permit on consecutive days with his 1st permit on Monday and a second, a larger fish, on Tuesday. Doug and Malcolm split their time casting to bonefish on the flats and poling for permit. Malcolm landed his third permit on Friday!

Our European group of anglers also included Yves M., of France, and Duncan W., Gerry S., Alexander K., Andrew W., & Ronnie B., from the U.K. This energetic group of anglers rotated guides and fishing partners each day and were fishing with oft-requested guides, Michael, John, Capt., & Willie.

Yves, hooked his 1st permit on Tuesday fishing with guide, Michael. With the fly line sizzling through guides, they noticed a loop at the back end of the fly line which resulted in an “early release”. They poling after the school of permit and found the fly line… with fish still attached. While they were trying re-attach the line to the backing , the fly pulled out, leaving angler and guide with nothing but a good story to tell. On Thursday, Yves and Duncan had some good permit fishing with Yves landing his first permit! They spent the afternoon searching for tarpon, but to no avail. Yves’ picture of his permit (as well as other pics of the week’s fishing) are posted on our facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Turneffe-Flats/174002965953110

Ronnie had some tough luck in that he hooked several permit during the week but failing to get one to the boat. In addition to bonefish and permit, the group caught a variety of other species including snapper, barracuda, jacks and even a kingfish. The group relaxed post-dinner each evening with a sip of rum on the veranda.

John B. and Lenny B., of MI, enjoyed their first flats fishing trip fishing with Dion. They made progress each day and after beginning the week targeting bonefish, they spent the latter half of the week fishing for permit. Although they did not land the permit, they did report seeing and casting to fish, especially on Wednesday and Thursday. We hope to see them back next May.

Todd and Gary E., of WY, split their week fishing with Capt. This father-son duo had no prior flats fishing experience and they were anxious to spend time on the flats.. After bonefishing the first couple of days, they focused on permit for the rest of the week and reported seeing large schools of permit in the lagoon. Under the tutelage of Capt., Todd landed a very nice permit on Friday afternoon - his 1st on a fly. Congrats Todd!

Return guest Mark S. of TX paired with Geoff A. of MA, for the week. Led by veteran guide Pops, these anglers mainly focused on bonefish. They reported consistent fishing action throughout the week and also mixed in a bit of snorkeling and diving. Geoff spent part of his week working on his Open Water Diver Certification with Emi which he completed on Friday. Mark’s wife, Cherie, was part of Atoll Adventure program and also joined him on the fishing skiffs for an afternoon.
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March 16 - 23, 2013


Weather Conditions:
Mostly sunny
Air Temp: low- to mid-80s
Water Temp: 78-80
Wind: Winds 5-15 mph from the ESE
Tides: High tide around noon on the 16th, with an afternoon high throughout the week
Moon Phase: 1st quarter moon on the 19th

We had a nice mix of Turneffe Flats veterans and some first-time guests. Fishing was consistent with cooperative tides and weather.

Texas native Jerry B. landed his first Grand Slam with guide Daniel. He landed a total of three permit during his week and also targeted barracuda in addition bonefish, permit, and tarpon. Way to go Jerry! See and “like” Jerry’s fish here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Turneffe-Flats/174002965953110?ref=hl

Jim P. of NY, who has fished with us many times over the years, stayed with us for two weeks to fish with Dubs and Dion. Jim spent the vast majority of his time hunting permit and had multiple opportunities, but no “eaters.” He landed many bonefish and shot some awesome point-of-view video of his fishing with his new GoPRo camera. He also saw a rare golden bonefish.

Scott D. from the Northwest Territories learned the basics of bonefishing with TFlats veteran guides, Willie and Pops. His skills quickly progressed and he landed several bonefish each day. His wife Yvonne was part of our Atoll Adventures program.

John and Marcia S. of NH and John and Emily S. of Mass. returned for their second visit. Fishing with Capt. and Michael, the family fished hard for bonefish and mostly waded the flats in search bones. John and Emily often broke up their afternoon with a quick snorkel during their fishing day.

Ed B. from NY landed several nice bonefish including a 6-pounder on his first day. During his first few days, he focused his efforts on bonefishing. On Wed., he was joined by Scott D. Scott proclaimed that he had no interest in chasing permit, but he would be happy to watch Ed land one. Ed joked that he was content with that arrangement and rose to the challenge, landing his first permit that afternoon. Scott and Ed finished off their week with a nice bonefish double on Fri. Ed’s permit can be seen on our Facebook page and was shared on the Drake Magazine page as well.

April D. and Tom B. of Colo. spent half the week here with us fishing for permit and bonefish. April landed her first bonefish with guide Michael and Tom primarily fished for permit. April also enjoyed spending some time on the Atoll Adventure boat.

Many-time return guests Florence and Rick M. of Calif. were back for their annual stay with us. Fishing with Dubs, they had consistent bonefishing and spotted permit daily.

If you haven’t already seen them, there are two very special magazine articles out about Turneffe Flats, the Turneffe Atoll Trust and our conservation work. Be sure to look at the April/May Fly Fisherman Magazine article by Ross Purnell and the Fly Fishing in Salt Waters Magazine piece by John Frazier. If either of those stories doesn’t get you prepped to come fish with us, you need to check your pulse.

Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports.

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March 2 - 9, 2013


Weather Conditions
: A cold front passed through on Mon., then turned sunny for the rest of week
Air Temp: Low 70s early in the week gradually increasing to high 70s
Water Temp: 72-76 degrees
Wind: Winds 10-20 mph from the North on Sun./Mon., with variable directions 5-15 mph during the rest of the week
Tides: High tides in the afternoon, shifting to morning
Moon Phase:   Last quarter Moon on March 4
 
An eager group of anglers spent their week at Turneffe Flats this past week. Fishing was solid, with bonefish on the prowl and permit seen daily. A cold front passed early in the week and we received some clouds on the last afternoon. For pictures related to this report, please follow and “like us” on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Turneffe-Flats/174002965953110
 
Returning guest Bill V. of S. Carolina fished with veteran guide Dubs. Bill’s wife Sandy enjoyed snorkeling and a variety of other activities with ourAtoll Adventure program. Bill caught numerous bonefish during the week and the highlight was landing an estimated 8 pound bonefish on Tues. afternoon - the largest bonefish of Bill’s angling career. Permit eluded Bill on this trip, but he has vowed to continue the pursuit.
 
Don and Kim H. of Calif. returned to Turneffe Flats for their 4th visit e to fish with lMichael. They caught numerous bonefish; and although the large permit that Don sought eluded him, he did manage to land a smaller one.
 
First time saltwater angler Leroy N. of Spokane joined us with wife Brenda for the week. While Brenda enjoyed the Atoll Adventure program, Leroy began learning the art of flats fishing under the tutelage of veteran guide, Dion. He managed his first bonefish during his initial afternoon of fishing and his goal was to progress each day. He soon added the quest for a permit to his daily bonefishing. This culminated with him landing not just one, but two permit, on the final afternoon! Way to go, Leroy!
 
If you haven’t already seen them, there are two very special magazine articles out about Turneffe Flats, the Turneffe Atoll Trust and our conservation work. Be sure to look at the April/May Fly Fisherman Magazine article by Ross Purnell and the Fly Fishing in Salt Waters Magazine piece by John Frazier. If either of those stories doesn’t get you prepped to come fish with us, you need to check your pulse. 
 
Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports. Or e-mail us at www.tflats.com with questions or our DVD.

For upcoming tides and moon phases, go to http://destinationsbelize.com/belize-ti ... t-year.htm. They are for Belize City, but pretty close to what we get on the atoll.
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February 23 - March 1, 2013

Weather Conditions: Sunny and pleasant most of the week, with a cold front arriving on Fri.
Air Temp: Highs in the mid-80s during the week; cooler on Fri.
Water Temp: 77-82 degrees
Wind: 5-10 MPH from the ESE, switching to 5-15 MPH from the NW on Fri.
Tides: High tide in morning with low becoming later in afternoon throughout the week
Moon Phase: Full moon on Tue., Feb. 26.

We had a nice group here this week, with some very experienced fishermen and a few new saltwater anglers mixed in. Fishing was steady, but the bonefish were reported to be a bit fickle at lower tides. We did, however, experience a Double Grand Slam! A cold front brought clouds early on Fri. morning and provided limited sight fishing opportunity during the anglers’ last day.

Return guest Matt T. of Oregon fished solo all week with guide Dubs. He exclusively targeted permit and landed four during the week. He also hooked and lost a couple of other fish over the course of the week and reported seeing numerous schools of permit daily.

First-timer Matt M. of Fla. and returning guest, Paul B. from Tex., combined diving and fishing during their trip while their partners, Jill and Jeanine, enjoyed our Atoll Adventure. Matt is an experience trout angler and caught his first bonefish with guide John on his initial day of saltwater fishing. The majority of Paul’s fishing was spent pursuing bonefish, but he also spent some time hunting for a willing permit.

Friends Dave S. from Tex. and Roger F. from Fla. primarily targeted bonefish. They fish together annually and have made multiple trips together. Fishing with guide Daniel, they landed a good number of bonefish and Dave had a brief encounter with a permit, but the fly failed to find a home.

Carl, Don, Doug L., Al L., Steve C., and Rodgers D. from Colo., the State of Wash., Md., and far-off Australia are experienced anglers who have travelled the world over. They take an annual trip and chose Turneffe Flats this year. They had mixed fishing over the course of the week primarily targeting bonefish and permit. On Thur. Steve had the highlight of the week, with a Double Grand Slam (bonefish, permit and tarpon twice!) fishing with Michael. The group also landed several other species including multiple barracuda and a king mackerel. Rodgers took one afternoon off from fishing to refresh his dive skills in our Discover Scuba course.

Rock and Whitney O., from Tex. and Hawaii respectively, came looking for bonefish. The father and daughter team started the week slowly, but progressed each day with regards to hooking and landing fish. Rock fished hard each day, while Whitney took in some of the other Turneffe activities including Atoll Adventuring and diving. Rock had a great shot at two tailing permit, feeding side-by-side, on Thur. afternoon while wading one of the ocean-side flats.

Fran and John E., of Alaska enjoyed fishing with veteran guide Pops. John is an experienced angler and former Alaskan fishing lodge owner. They had some very good bonefishing and John also hooked and fought a large permit one afternoon until the hook pulled loose. He was amazed at the strength of the permit. John iced his week with a nice pre-breakfast bonefish off the beach in front of his cabin. He hopes to bring a group of friends next fall.

Tom T. and return guest, Brian F. from Seattle, partnered to fish with Dion while Tom’s wife, Lynn, went on an Atoll Adventure. Tom and Brian spent the vast majority of the time bonefishing and split their time between fishing from the skiff and wading. Brian landed a large barracuda towards the end of the week.

There are two very special magazine articles out about Turneffe Flats, the Turneffe Atoll Trust and our conservation work. Be sure to look at the April/May Fly Fisherman Magazine article by Ross Purnell and the Fly Fishing in Salt Waters Magazine piece by John Frazier. If either of those stories doesn’t get you prepped to come fish with us, you need to check your pulse.

Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports. Or e-mail us at www.tflats.com with questions.

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February 16 - 23, 2013

 
Weather Conditions: Sunny and pleasant all week
Air Temp: High’s in the low mid 80’s all week
Water Temp: 77-82 degrees
Wind: 5-20 MPH from the ESE
Tides: High tide in afternoon switching to early morning over the course of the week
Moon Phase: First quarter moon on February 17th
 
We had a small but very pleasant group of anglers this week. Aside from an occasional strong tradewinds, the weather was very nice and the bonefishing, in particular, was stellar.
 
Jim & John B., from Texas, celebrated Jim’s retirement with a bonefishing trip. Both had limited experience flats fishing but the enjoyed wading the flats with Dubs. Jim and John both land plenty of bonefishing including a couple of particularly large fish. The also had shots at permit but no hookups.
 
Bruce H, from NC, returned to fish with us and his son Aaron joined him for a diving vacation. Bruce landed several bonefish every day and also spent a good deal of time in search of permit. He hooked and lost a couple of permit and didn’t manage to get one to the boat. 
 
Dennis and Nancy O. from MI, spent the first half of their week fishing with Dion and then enjoyed a couple of days Atoll Adventuring with Abel. They primarily concentrated on sight fishing for bonefish and did well. Dennis was pleased to spot, hook and land his first bonefish without the assistance of a guide.
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February  9 -16, 2013

Weather Conditions:  Sunny and nice most of the week.
Air Temp: Highs in the low-80s all week
Water Temp: 77-80 degrees
Wind: 5-15 MPH from the ESE
Tides: High tide early morning to early afternoon
Moon Phase: Last Quarter Feb. 3

 We had a very pleasant week of weather, aside from some strong trade winds, with some very good fishing this week.  A highlight was a double grand slam.

Mark C. from Ill. mostly fished alone this week as his wife Kris elected to enjoy the snorkeling and diving along with her fishing.  Fishing with Michael, Mark landed two grand slams which he finished with smaller tarpon from one of Turneffe’s many lagoon systems.  Mark also had some excellent bonefishing this week.

Al G. and Stewart P. from Texas spent a good bit of their week chasing permit with Dion.  Al hooked three permit and landed one. Stewart wasn’t as lucky with the permit, but had some good bonefishing.

Wolf C. from Cabo San Lucas, Mex. and Mark T. from Conn. had a good time hunting permit with Dubs. They both had excellent bonefishing with Wolf landing one 6-7-pound bonefish and many smaller fish.

Tony F. and Gerry M. from Calif. finished their 10 day visit fishing hard for bonefish and permit with Daniel.  No 30 fish days this week like last week, but they both had great bonefishing. 

Ed L., Cherie L., and Pat S. from Wash. were visiting primarily to dive, but upgraded to a Combination Fishing and Diving Package at the last minute.  Fishing with old pros Willie and Pops, all three landed their first ever bonefish and hopefully will be back for more.

                                   TURNEFFE FLATS honored with  TRIP ADVISOR AWARD

 Turneffe Flats Resort has been named a top honoree in the Small Hotel Category by TripAdvisor in its 2013 Travelers’ Choice® awards.   The fishing, diving and eco-adventure resort was selected as the 6th best Small Hotel in Central America.

Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports. Or e-mail us at reservations@tflats.com  with questions.

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February 2 - 9, 2013

Weather Conditions: A couple days of passing fronts on Feb. 2 and 3 intermittently produced squalls and passing clouds throughout week’s early days. The weather broke on Feb. 4 and the week ended with stable conditions: Consistent sun and variable winds.
Air Temp: 70-82 degrees
Water Temp: 72-77 degrees
Wind: From the E and SE ranged from light and variable to 15 mph.
Tides: Tides at the beginning of week showed a high tide most afternoons with the high exchanging into the mornings by week’s end. A minus tide showed at noon on Feb. 4, and the tide exchange was roughly 0.5 foot per day.
Moon Phase: New Moon on Feb 10.

After a front passed on Sunday, the weather broke with sunny days throughout the rest of the week.

Our anglers mainly concentrated on bonefish, although everyone had some daily shots at permit. Guests spent the night of Feb. 3 watching Super Bowl via satellite. Conch fritters were served with dinner at half-time.

Tony F. and Gerry M. from California had a great time fishing with Dubs. They have been guests of ours many times over many years. Tony and Gerry had good fishing every day, but Tony had one exceptional day with more than 30 bonefish one afternoon on the flats on the incoming tide. Lightly weighted Bitters in Amber and Olive were the flavors of choice that day.

Joe M., another return guest from Nevada, had plenty of good bonefishing with concentrating on some mudding fish in deeper water, primarily on an incoming tide. He also fished hard for permit, but didn’t manage to land any. He vowed to return for another visit to pursue the chase.
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January 26 - February 2, 2013

Weather Conditions:
Overcast skies and a north wind Sun. morning and then sunshine.
Air Temp: 75-82 degrees
Water Temp: 77-79 degrees
Wind: 5 -10 MPH from the N early in the week and then 5-15 from the ESE
Tides: Rising tide in the A.M. all week.
Moon Phase: Full Moon on the 26th
TheJan. 25-Feb. 2, 2013

Jeff G. and Allen L. from Calif. spent the week with us on a Combination Fishing and Diving Package. Both fished and dove hard, then went home pleasantly tired. They had good bonefishing and plenty of shots and permit fishing with Willy. One highlight was their trip to Lighthouse Reef to dive the Blue Hole.

Ralph, Jamie and Cooper B. as well as North G. from Mont. and Ga. also spent the first half of the week fishing and diving with us. Cooper landed his first permit and squeezed in a Discover Scuba Diving Course as well. Ralph concentrated on bonefishing and Jamie tried hard to land a permit. He had one brief hookup, but didn’t manage to land it.


Barry H., Chip. B., Bill S., David T., David O., and Phil S., friends from Fla., Mich. and NY enjoyed three days of fun and fishing from Sat. to Wed. The spent most of their time either wading the flats for bones or poling for permit. David O. landed a nice 15 pound permit – his first on a fly. Everyone else had good opportunities, but no eaters.

Return guests Rick N. and Philip W., childhood buddies now from Mass. and Va., fished hard for bonefish and permit. On Fri., they decided to look for a tarpon. Their guide Dion located a small pod of fish and Phil hooked, but lost, a tarpon. Phil split his time between diving and fishing.

                                                  TURNEFFE FLATS HONORED

Turneffe Flats Resort has been named a top honoree in the hotel category by TripAdvisor in its 2013 Travelers’ Choice® awards. The fishing, diving and eco-adventure resort was selected in the Top Ten of all resort hotels, lodges and vacation destinations in Central America, said owner/operator Craig Hayes.
The TripAdvisor recognition is based on reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.
Turneffe Flats was cited for its outstanding service, value and quality.

Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports. Or e-mail us at www.tflats.com with questions or our DVD.

For upcoming tides and moon phases, go to http://destinationsbelize.com/belize-ti ... t-year.htm. They are for Belize City, but pretty close to what we get on the atoll.
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January 1 9 -25, 2013

Weather Conditions: Rainy, cold and sometimes windy
Air Temp: 67 - 78degrees
Water Temp: 75 – 78 degrees
Wind: 5 -15 MPH from the N
Tides: High tide mid-morning to early afternoon
Moon Phase: Coming to a Full Moon on the 26th

After a beautiful week of weather last week, it turned cold and rainy this week. Both of our anglers this week were somewhat new to saltwater but in spite of the weather they did very well.

Dennis B. from Colorado and Jack M. from Nebraska had a great time fishing in the rain with Dubs. In spite of difficulties seeing fish, they had some very nice bonefishing and both landed multiple bones on the flats each day. Bitters and Gotchas were the preferred patterns this week. Both Dennis and Jack hoped to do more permit fishing but conditions just didn’t cooperate.
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January 12-18, 2013


Weather Conditions: Beautiful weather most of the week
Air Temp: 67-85 degrees
Water Temp: 75-78 degrees
Wind: 5-10 MPH from the E/SE until Thurs., then from the NNW 10-20 MPH
Tides: High tide mid-morning to early afternoon
Moon Phase: First Quarter Moon on Jan.18

We had beautiful weather and excellent fishing most of the week with several return anglers. A cold front entered the area on Thurs. with a NNW wind Thurs. afternoon and Fri. with less-than-ideal conditions. A crew from Cabela’s was with us filming a television show for the Outdoor Channel.

Charlie and Donna G., Maryland, returned to fish with Mike and had some excellent bonefishing. Charlie also landed the only permit of the week on Wed.

Earl M., South Carolina, returned for his 3rd or 4th trip over the past year. As usual, Earl fished hard for permit with Dubs. Although he had several good shots each day he was only able to hook one permit which resulted in a premature “long distance release.” Earl mentioned several times that he saw a number of bonefish that looked to be larger than 10 pounds and he landed a couple of bones near that size.

Greg and Linda M., Arizona, also returned for another fishing trip with Daniel. They maintained a leisurely fishing pace throughout the week, but managed to land their share of bones wading on the flats.

Brent C., Jason M. and Rick W., from Colorado, Mississippi and Arizona, filmed bonefish, permit and a variety of interesting aspects of the Turneffe Atoll for an upcoming Cabela’s television show. A couple of highlights were the time spent learning about the lobster fishing from a couple of local fishermen and the close-up underwater permit footage. We very much look forward to the show.
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December 29 - January 5, 2013


Weather Conditions: Several short rainy squalls passed through making certain times better for fishing than others.
Wind: from the E. at 7-12 mph most of the week. Some calm periods as well as brief squalls during the week.
Air Temp: From the upper-70s to the mid-80s.
Water Temp: 80-82
Tides: High tide from early afternoon to late afternoon during the week.
Moon Phase: Last quarter on Jan. 4

Everyone enjoyed a happy New Years with us this week. Highlights of the week were the first Grand Slam of the year, two nice permit and several large bones – a couple of 10-pounders. We don’t normally keep such records, but we think the Slam was the earliest in the year we’ve ever experienced one, which hopefully portends a great tarpon season.

Randy and Will L., from Colorado, spent New Year’s fishing while the rest of their family enjoyed our Atoll Adventure Package. Will spent nearly every waking hour during the week fishing and landed multiple species including a 15-pound Horse Eye Jack from the dock! On Fri., Randy landed a very nice 22-pound permit and then a bonefish and finally a tarpon to complete his Grand Slam.

Preston and Sam D., from Colorado, joined us for a Wed.- Sat. fishing trip. Pops put both anglers on large schools of bonefish everyday while wading the flats and they landed some large ones.

Andy P., from Wyoming, enjoyed fishing all week and his son, Trevor took advantage of our Combination Package enjoying both fishing and diving. Andy welcomed in 2013 by landing his first permit with Dubs; and Trevor landed several nice bonefish. Mostly they enjoyed spending the New Year Holiday with their extended families.

Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports. Or e-mail us at www.tflats.com with questions or our DVD.

For 2013 tides and moon phases, go to http://destinationsbelize.com/belize-tides-next-year.htm. They are for Belize City, but pretty close to what we get on the atoll.
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December 22-28th, 2012

Weather Conditions: Calm and sunny most of the week with a mild “Norther” on Thursday
Wind: From the E at 5-10 mph most of the week briefly changing to the N Thursday, then back to the E Friday.
Air Temp: Upper 70's to the mid 80's
Water Temp: 80-82
Tides: High tide ranged from early evening to late morning throughout the week.
Moon Phase: Full moon December 28th.

We had a very nice Christmas week with a full lodge and a mixture of fly fishermen and spin fishers. In addition to bones and permit, a diversity of fish were landed including grouper, snapper, cuda and even a rare Christmas tarpon tried to eat a fly. Several anglers landed their first bonefish with us this week, and several permit were landed as well.

Christian M., from New York, an experienced permit fisherman, spent a good share of his time poling for permit with Willie. He had good shots at permit nearly every day and landed two, both on #2 Merkins. Midweek, Willie and Christian located a school of feeding tarpon and two tarpon tried to eat his fly but the line didn’t come tight. Christian’s also assisted his young daughter Aisha in accomplishing a “dock snapper slam landing a grey, yellow, and red snapper from our dock.

Donald K. from an experience fly angler from Ottawa, came to enjoy some great weather and fish for permit. On his first morning with Pops Donald land a dozen bones as well as a nice permit on a #4 Merkin. Donald had some exciting casts to a large feeding school of jack crevale and landed his second permit on day three.

Tom, Laurie Steve and Mike A., from South Carolina, took the lead of son Steve’s recommendation to fish Turneffe Flats for Christmas. While fishing with Daniel, Steve landed his first bonefish, a cuda, and a permit. Mike added a large black grouper and a big red snapper which were a nice dinner treat. Laurie and Tom both landed their first few bonefish as well as barracuda with Capt. Tom also hook, but lost, a very large black grouper

Jeff B. from Colorado, discovered the beauty of salt water angling this Christmas week while his wife enjoyed our Atoll Adventure package. Jeff caught his first bone on day one, and didn't stop there. Dubs also put him on a number of permit during the week, but didn’t manage to land one.

George B. from North Carolina and George B., Nate B., and Ben B. from Louisiana joined us for a family fishing and snorkeling trip. Though George and George spent a good bit of his angling time watching his grandchildren/children enjoy fishing, they both managed to land his share of bonefish.
Neville, Hilton, and David B. from North Carolina, all landed their first bonefish during their short Holiday visit.
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December 15 - 22, 2013


Weather:
The weather was very nice most of the week with sunny skies and a mild breeze making for good fishing. A cold front developed on Friday bringing North winds and more difficult fishing. 
Wind: From the East at 5-10 mph most of the week switching to the North on Friday.
Air Temp: Highs were in the low-80s thru Thursday, and dropping to the mid-70s on Fri.
Water Temp: 80-82
Tides: High tide ranged from early afternoon at the start of the week to late afternoon at the week.
Moon Phase: First quarter on Dec. 20.
 
For most of the week, we had beautiful weather with comfortable temperatures and a nice Easterly breeze. We had a mixed group of anglers with several new saltwater fly fishers and a couple of seasoned veterans. The new saltwater anglers took advantage of the teaching abilities of our guides and everyone managed to land their first bonefish on a fly, as well as plenty more.
 
Mike and Barb W., from Utah, enjoyed bonefishing on the flats with Willie; Mike also celebrated a birthday. Both Mike and Barb caught their first bonefish and although Mike managed to land more bones throughout the week, Barb caught the largest fish.
 
Eric T., from New Mexico, visited with his wife who enjoyed snorkeling and a variety of other activities on our Atoll Adventure Package. Eric focused most of his efforts on hunting permit with Dubs. He briefly hooked a couple permit, but unfortunately didn't manage to land one. He did manage to land plenty of bonefish.
 
Sam E., from New York, enjoyed his first-ever salt water fishing trip this week. Sam was eager to learn the essence of flats fishing and Mike's suggestions helped him improve both his casting and his angling tactics. Sam caught bonefish and cuda on the flats and near the end of his trip landed a beautiful permit and a hefty eight pound bonefish. His go-to flies for the week included the #4 Raghead Crab, and the #6 Squimp.
 
Sharon and Steve W., from Arizona, enjoyed a mixed week of fishing and diving through our Combination Package. Both were new to saltwater fly fishing, but learned quickly landing several bonefish with Daniel. They also enjoyed trolling and landing barracuda with conventional gear.
 
Mike and Sam B., from Boston, fished with Dion. Both anglers caught their first few bonefish on day one and near the end of the week, Sam managed to land a large bonefish on the flats with a #8 Green Flash Charlie. Both anglers also had shots at schools of large permit. 
 
                                                JANUARY LAST MINUTE SPECIAL
 
Last Minute January Specials are available for the weeks of Jan 5-12, 12-19 and 19-26.
                                         Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, 
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December 8 - 14, 2012
Weather Conditions: The weather was nice most of the week with the wind shifting to the N and NE later in the week and bringing scattered showers.
Air Temp: 74-84 degrees
Water Temp: 78-80 degrees
Wind: 5 to 15 MPH from the E early in the week and the NNE late in the week
Tides: Tides were unusually low late in the week due to a high pressure system. We had a high tide early in the AM with the best tides being in the first half of most mornings.
Moon Phase: New Moon Dec. 13.
 
This was a particularly enjoyable week with a full lodge and more than half of our guests being return visitors. Permit were the primary target of several of our anglers and three of them landed their first permit on a fly. Bonefishing was difficult the last part of the week due to lower than usual tides.
 
Bill M. and Marlene G. were back with us to fish with their guide and confidant, Eddie. After many trips to Turneffe Flats, they have absolutely have the drill down and spent most of their time on the flats casting to, and landing, bones. Bill always says that Marlene out-fishes him, but we think he does pretty well too.
 
John R. from Colo. returned to TF with his wife Glennie, who enjoyed our Atoll Adventure activities. In addition to celebrating a birthday, John fished hard for permit all week with Daniel. He hooked and lost a couple before landing his first permit on a fly on Tues. – a beautiful 20 pound fish. John also had some good bonefishing, landing a couple of large bones.
 
John P. from Mass. returned to fish with Michael and target a variety of species. John landed some nice bonefish and spent a good deal of time trying to entice some big barracuda to eat his fly. He landed a couple of smaller ’cuda, but not the big one. John had some good shots at permit as well.
 
Jim A. from Alaska enjoyed a trip back to TF to fish with Dubs. They spent a good bit of their time hunting for permit, but also had some great bonefishing and landed up to 20 per day, including a couple of 5 pound bones.
 
Peter G. from Minn. was bitten by the permit bug last year and returned in search of his first permit on a fly. After losing a couple due to various reasons, he finally landed his first permit on Wed. 
 
Jan C. and Jim L. from Colo. fished with Capt. Although Jan first visited Turneffe nearly 20 years ago, catching her first permit was a highlight this week. Jan and Jim had some good bonefishing when the tides weren’t too low; and Jan commented on what we have been seeing for several years – that the bonefish are steadily getting larger at Turneffe.
Neil A. from Hampshire, England took advantage of our Combination Fishing and Diving Package enjoying some good bonefishing as well as the wonderful Scuba diving around the atoll. A highlight was the day he spent with his wife at Lighthouse Reef and the Blue Hole
 
Beatle A. from Colo. hunted permit all week with Dion and although he had several shots at cruising fish each day, the conditions weren’t ideal and he didn’t land one. Late in the week, Beatle landed a large bonefish on a crab pattern and subsequently lost an even larger fish.
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December,1 - 8, 2012


Weather Conditions: We had unsettled weather with N - NE winds most of the week. The weather improved for the last two days with the wind switching to the east. Temperatures were mild and generally very comfortable.
Air Temp: 78-84 degrees
Water Temp: 78-80 degrees
Wind: 5 to 15 MPH mainly from the NNE
Tides: Rising tide throughout the morning all week
Moon Phase: Last Quarter Dec. 6

We had a fun group of anglers this week with plenty of laughs and some John Prine tunes courtesy of Clell G. In addition, we had an important birthday party for return angler Jon T. Fishing was mediocre at best, with a persistent N-NE wind throughout most of the week. However, there was some good bonefishing and two “first permit” were landed. On Fri., the skies cleared and, as is sometimes the case, it was beautiful on departure day.

Dove G. from Ore. fished hard for permit most of the week and was assisted by her husband Clell, who graciously passed on a few fishing turns. On Fri., Dove was successful in landing a very nice permit – her first of many we hope. Clell had a couple of great bonefishing days and some permit opportunities.

We were privileged to be part of Jon T.’s birthday celebration. Jon had a great time bonefishing with Pops, landing several fishing each day including a couple of 8 pounders on Bonefish Bitters patterns. Jon had some good permit opportunities as well.

Jeff and Tina P. from Ore. spent most of their time hunting permit on the flats with Dubs. They had several good shots each day, a few “follows” and at least one “eat,” but didn’t manage to land any. Although it wasn’t fully verified, the word was that Tina spotted a couple of permit even before Dubs did. Jeff and Tina also had some good bonefishing between permit opportunities.

Evan P., a fishing guide from Mont., fished with Dion and new TF guide, Kimbral. He also spent part of the week enjoying some atoll adventuring with friend, Julia and our adventure guide Abel. Evan landed his first permit – a very nice fish which took a Merkin Crab pattern. He also did well on the bonefish flats, including the Turneffe Flats home flat. Julia K., also from Mont., took a casting lesson on the home flat and then landed her first flats bonefish on a flyrod.

Win F. and Mike S., both from Ore., landed bonefish every day and also took a day off to join our Scuba divers at Lighthouse Reef for the Blue Hole and some wonderful diving. Win and Mike also had several permit opportunities, but didn’t manage to get one to the boat.
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November 10 - 17, 2012

 

Weather Conditions:  A mild cold front persisted throughout the week. Mostly sunny skies prevailed with winds from the North.
Air Temp: 78-83 degrees
Water Temp: 78-81 degrees
Wind: 5 to 12 MPH mainly from the NNE
Tides: Tides were unusually low with the persistent north winds. Low tide was in the early tomid-morning with a high mid-day
Moon Phase: New Moon Nov. 13

We had a great group of mostly return anglers this week.  Bonefish and permit were the main targets and some big bones were landed. The permit enthusiasts had plenty of opportunities. Three permit were hooked, but only one was landed. 

Earl M., from South Carolina, returned for his third trip this year and spent a good share of his week stalking permit with Turneffe Flats guide Dubs.  Earl had lots of good permit opportunities and also landed some big bonefish.

Walter M., from South Carolina, shared a part of his week with his son Charlie. Charlie was new to saltwater fly-fishing, but he caught several bones and also fought and lost a large permit when his leader broke at his butt section.  Wally landed his permit although it wasn’t as large as Charlie’s. Both caught their share of bonefish.

Matt H., from Alaska, and Chad M., from Idaho, fished hard all week targeting the home flat early in the early a.m. and in the evening where they caught some nice fish.  They then spent the rest of their days fishing the flats around the atoll with longtime guide Pops.  Both had good luck with bonefishing and also had some good shots at permit. 

David H., from South Carolina, was new to saltwater fly-fishing, but learned very quickly from Dion. David landed several nice bonefish each day and also had some good permit shots.  He hooked and lost one permit.   

Jacques T. and Art H., both from South Carolina, have fished a number of places around the world.  Art landed the only permit during the week and also caught a number of bones.  Jacque had enjoyed some good bonefishing and hooked a number of nice fish. Art and Jacque remained a constant source of information around the dinner table sharing many good stories involving a lifetime of angling.

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November 3 - 10, 2012

Weather Conditions:
  Windy and mostly cloudy
Air Temp: 81-83 degrees
Water Temp: 78-81 degrees
Wind: 8 to 18 MPH mainly from the NNW
Tides: Low tide mid-day
Moon Phase: Full Moon Oct. 29
 
Issues related to Hurricane Sandy forced most of our anglers to cancel their fishing vacation with us this week. We wish them the best in their continued efforts to get their affairs back in order. Fishing this week was difficult due to a significant cold front with overcast, windy conditions and extremely low tides.
 
George B. from Colo. fished with Dubs and primarily targeted bonefish. He caught one large bone of around 8 pounds that exceeded his expectations. He also had several chances at permit on the flats. 
Winds, water and tides look good for the late fall and winter months ahead. If snow shovels and defrosters aren’t your idea of a great way to spend leisure time, remember our Summer/Fall Special Prices are still available until Dec. 22.
 
Double Occupancy Fishing Package - $2,656 + $203.72 (tax) = $2,859.72 per person
 
Single Supplement Fishing Package (single room and private boat/guide) - $3,808 + $284.48 (tax) = $4,092.48 per person
 
Combination Fish/Dive Package - $2,856 + $220.71 (tax) = $3,076.71 per person
 
Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports.
 
For 2013 tides and moon phases, go to http://destinationsbelize.com/belize-tides-next-year.htm. They are for Belize City, but pretty close to what we get on the atoll.

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October 20 - 27, 2012


Weather Conditions:  Beautiful weather all week
Air Temp: 83-88 degrees
Water Temp: 81-83 degrees
Wind: 4 to 12 MPH mainly from the E and NE
Tides: Low tide mid-day through the week
Moon Phase: First quarter moon Oct. 22
 
We had a combination of experienced and new saltwater anglers this week and all did pretty well. Most spent the majority of the time wading the flats for bonefish and most everyone enjoyed some permit fishing as well – with some success. 
 
Al and Helen T., from New Mexico,have been fishing with us since the early ’90s and it was great to see them again.   Both Al and Helen enjoyed several good bonefishing days and also had good shots at permit. We all enjoyed watching Al and our guide Dubs stalk a large permit late their last afternoon (10/26) right in front of the lodge.
 
Gary and Allison M., also from New Mexico, visited for their first saltwater fly-fishing trip with their good friends Al and Helen. They had a fun week fishing with Mike and quickly learned their new sport. Both landed plenty of bonefish. Late in the week, Gary returned with a big smile after landing his first permit.
 
Jim P., from Texas, has fished several saltwater destinations and was surprised at the number of bonefish he saw at Turneffe Flats fishing with Daniel. He hooked, landed and lost many bonefish, got a few shots and permit and also managed to hook a large trunkfish. [Note: Go to http://search.aol.com/aol/image?q=trunkfish&v_t=tb50-ff-aimright-tbsbox-en-us if you have never seen or heard of a trunkfish.] 
 
Jim B. and Chuck K., from Kentucky, are both experienced trout anglers, but this was a first flats experience for Jim.   Both anglers enjoyed good bonefishing with longtime guide Dion, but Jim’s highlight was catching two permit. Chuck has his own fishing skiff in the Keys and he particularly enjoyed the wade fishing at Turneffe.
 
Brad M., from Kansas,enjoyed his weekwith TF’s legendary guide Pops. Brad has extensive bone-fishing experience in the Bahamas and he was amazed at the number of bonefish at Turneffe as well as the size of the fish. Brad also had opportunities to cast to some large permit on the flats.
 
ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT
Just about two months more of our Summer/Fall Special. These Special prices are in effect from now until Dec. 22; then it’s That’s All, Folks!   
Double Occupancy Fishing Package - $2,656 + $203.72 (tax) = $2,859.72 per person
 
Single Supplement Fishing Package (single room and private boat/guide) - $3,808 + $284.48 (tax) = $4,092.48 per person
 
Combination Fish/Dive Package - $2,856 + $220.71 (tax) = $3,076.71 per person
 
Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports.
 
For 2012 and 2013 tides and moon phases, go to http://destinationsbelize.com/belize-tides-next-year.htm. They are for Belize City, but pretty close to what we get on the atoll.
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October 13 – October 20, 2012

 


Weather Conditions:  Nice weather all week with an occasional rain strorm.
Air Temp: 82 – 90 degrees
Water Temp: 81 – 83 degrees
Wind: 2 to 8 MPH mainly from the E and NE
Tides: Rising tide through the afternoon most of the week.
Moon Phase: New Moon October 15th
 
We had a great  group of anglers from North Carolina this week with varied levels of experience  including some with no salt water experience. Bonefishing was consistent and most anglers had some permit opportunities.
 
George B. Sr., from North Carolina, had a good week fly-fishing with an old buddy from school. He found multiple large schools of bonefish to target and landed big numbers early in the week.   George also landed his first permit with us this week.

Harry B.,  from North Carolina, enjoyed his first experience saltwater fly-fishing and appreciated Dion’s patient instruction. He  learned quickly and was targeting bigger fish by week’s end.
Jim F., from North Carolina, was also new to saltwater fly-fishing but caught bonefish every day. Jim learned some new  casting techniques while wade fishing for bonefish with Pops.
 
George B. Jr., from North Carolina returned to Turneffe Flats with one thing on his mind, catching a permit on the flat. He fished with Daniel and had some excellent permit opportunities. hooking three permit during his week. He didn’t manage to land one due to a variety of mishaps including a hook failure but he surely enjoyed the excitement of the take. George also landed several nice bonefish. 
 
Anna B., split her time between diving, snorkeling and fishing with her husband George using both conventional and fly gear. Anna caught some nice bonefish early in the week as well as several nice snapper.
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October 6 - 13, 2012

Weather Conditions: Mostly nice with a few scattered showers. We had some N and NE wind related to an early cold front.
Air Temp: 82-88 degrees
Water Temp: 81-83 degrees
Wind: 2 to 10 MPH mainly from the E and NE
Tides: Rising tide mid-morning through the early afternoon
Moon Phase: Last quarter moon on Oct. 8

The lodge had several experienced anglers this week. Bonefishing was good throughout the week and most anglers had plenty of permit opportunities.

David H. from Arizona finished his second week with us fishing with Mike. David spent time in the mornings fishing the home flat (right in front of the cabanas) before heading out with Mike for most of the day. He often hit the home flat again in the late afternoon where he caught several large bonefish and had daily shots at a couple of large permit that terrorized him all week.

Pat G. from South Carolina had a productive week of bonefishing with his Daniel. Pat fished by himself and had several very nice days on the flats. Pat has been bonefishing for several years, but declared this his “most productive bonefish fishing ever.” Wade fishing was his preferred tactic which he did for most of the week. In addition to bonefish, Pat got had some permit opportunities while wading.

Pablo N. from Chile visited us once again with his friend Veronica S. from Ecuador. Pablo is a well-known photographer and spent a good part of his trip taking photographs. He did, however, manage some bonefishing with Dubs and also had several good shots at permit on the flats. Veronica’s goal was learning to fly fish, which she did and caught her first bonefish with Dubs. We are anxious to see the photos.

Just about two months more of our Summer/Fall Special. These Special prices are in effect from now until Dec. 22; then it’s That’s All, Folks!

    Double Occupancy Fishing Package - $2,656 + $203.72 (tax) = $2,859.72 per person

    Single Supplement Fishing Package (single room and private boat/guide) - $3,808 + $284.48 (tax)
       = $4,092.48 per person

    Combination Fish/Dive Package - $2,856 + $220.71 (tax) = $3,076.71 per person

Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports.
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September 29 - October 6, 2012

 

Weather Conditions: Mostly nice weather with a few scattered showers
Air Temp: 82-90 degrees
Water Temp: 81-83 degrees
Wind: 2 to 10 MPH mainly from the E and NE
Tides: Rising tide from mid morning to mid afternoon
Moon Phase: Last Quarter Oct. 8
 
The lodge had a nice group of anglers in last week. The weather was calm with a few scattered showers. Wading for bonefish was good as was the permit fishing. Included in our guests was a great group of people from Montana who were all visiting Turneffe Flats for the first time.
 
Montanan Dan C. organized a group of friends for his first trip to Flats. Most of the group members were experienced fishermen, but not many had a lot of saltwater experience. Dan is a very experienced trout fisherman and is well known in the fishing community around Montana, but this was his first experience with the flats. It took him a bit to learn the “strip set” and some other flats fishing techniques, but by week’s end he had landed many bonefish and also hooked a permit.   
 
Tom and Terri F., part of the Montana contingent, have fished in Belize many times and have landed plenty of bonefish, but this was their first trip with us. They had great fishing with Dion and enjoyed the excellent wade fishing. They landed their largest bones in Belize and also both caught permit. We hope to see them back soon. 
 
Michael and James G, from South Carolina, arrived hoping to catch their first bonefish on the fly, which they both accomplished. James was a little uncertain about casting an 8-weight at the start of the week, but did just fine landing bones on his flyrod as well as his spin rod. He turned out to be one of the most dedicated anglers of the week – up early and fishing off the pier until well after dark. In addition to bonefish, he landed several nice barracuda, snappers and a variety of other fish. Dad fulfilled his goal of catching bonefish on the fly and also landed a nice permit.
David H. from Ariz. enjoyed the first week of his two-week stay with us. In addition to fishing on the flats with Mike, David spent several early mornings and evenings covering the “home flat” in front of the lodge where he caught a couple of very nice bonefish and also had several great shots at tailing permit.  
  
Curtis K. and Matt A., both from Montana, spent their week with Dubs poling the flats for tailing permit and wading for bonefish. Permit were their top priority and they had lots of good shots, but no takers. However, they did land plenty of bonefish including several big fish. One thing that kept Curt smiling is the undefeated Montana State Bobcats!
 
Mike G., from Nebraska, and Kevin H., from Montana, fished with Pops. Mike was new to fly-fishing, but learned quickly from his guide. Armed with an 8-weight, Mike landed several bones, as did Kevin. They also had opportunities for permit.
 
Jim H. from Kansas fit in very well with all of the Montanans.  Jim is an experienced saltwater angler, but this was his first visit to Turneffe. He enjoyed the bonefishing and his shots at permit; he also fished early for tarpon without much luck.
 
Summer/Fall Special is about to end. With that in mind, remember our Special prices are in effect from now until Dec. 22.  Double Occupancy Fishing Package - $2,656 + $203.72 (tax) = $2,859.72 per person
 
Single Supplement Fishing Package (single room and private boat/guide) - $3,808 + $284.48 (tax) = $4,092.48 per person
 
Combination Fish/Dive Package - $2,856 + $220.71 (tax) = $3,076.71 per person
 
Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports.

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September 8 - 15, 2012

Weather Conditions: Sunny to partly cloudy all week
Air Temp: 80 – 91 degrees
Water Temp: 80 – 82 degrees
Wind: Variable winds 5 to 10 MPH mainly from the E and SE
Tides: Rising tides from late afternoon and early morning throughout the week
Moon Phase: Last quarter moon on Saturday, September 8, New moon September 15
 
We had two anglers new to saltwater fishing this week and one that specifically came to Turneffe Flats to learn the sport of fly fishing. After some instruction and coaching, both caught bonefish from their first day. It was a superior experience for both as multiple fish were caught per day and each landed bonefish of significant size.
 
David C, from North Dakota, had an “absolutely great experience” fly fishing the flats for bonefish. He caught several bonefish every day including some big bones that werre hooked and lost. He did land a nice 7 – 8  pound bonefish on his last day and also had chances at a couple of rare golden bonefish.
 
Rebecca R., from California, decided that she wanted to learn to fly fish visited us with that in mind. Her guide, Michael, started with casting instruction and progressed from there. She was a natural and caught fish wading on the flats from day one. By weeks end she was landing sevarl fishing each day including a couple of bigger bones. Mike is a great instructor but Rebecca picked things up very quickly we hope she continues with her new sport.
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September 1 - 8, 2012

 

 
Weather Conditions: Sunny to partly cloudy all week
Air Temp: 82-93 degrees
Water Temp: 80-82 degrees
Wind: Variable winds 5 to 10 MPH mainly from the east, southeast, increasing to 15 MPH late in the week
Tides: Rising tides from noon to late afternoon throughout the week
Moon Phase: Last Quarter Moon on Sat., Sept. 8 
 
Bonefishing continues to be excellent with large numbers caught by all anglers and with one fish over 10 pounds. We also had a great week of permit fishing with all but one angler landing permit and two anglers catching their first permit on fly. Seven tarpon were jumped with two landed. All in all, it was an excellent week of fishing.
Chris and Kelle L. from Texas had a super week of fishing. Several bonefish were landed daily and they boated five permit between them. Chris also jumped five tarpon during the week landing two. One was well over 100 pounds. On day one, Chris barely missed his “Grand Slam” when his tarpon broke off well into the battle.
Todd and Camille S., also from Texas, caught permit on the very first day and the fishing just got better from there. The duo landed seven permit with each catching their first on fly. Several bonefish were also landed daily and Todd also jumped and fought two tarpon. Their last words were, “We’ll be back!”
Mike P. and Josh B., from North Carolina and Virginia, were new to saltwater flats fishing and fairly new to fly fishing. They started the week using their spinning gear and with our guide Daniel’s instruction they quickly switched to fly fishing for bonefish. Both caught their first bonefish on a fly and went on to catch several each day. Each also landed three permit with their spinning gear and spent some time fishing alternate species, including barracuda and snapper. 
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August 25-September 1, 2012

Weather Conditions: Sunny to partly cloudy for the week, occasional evening rain.
Air Temp: 80-92 degrees
Water Temp: 80-82 degrees
Wind: Variable winds 5 to 15 MPH mainly from the E and SE
Tides: Rising tides from late morning to mid-afternoon throughout the week
Moon Phase: Full Moon on Fri., Aug. 31

We had another good week of bonefishing with large numbers of fish caught including some big bones. Rolling tarpon were sighted, but none jumped. Two anglers landed permit, including John’s first on a fly, and one boat took time to target some big barracuda.

John and Nikki P. from Pennsylvania really enjoyed their week fishing with guide Daniel. They landed several bonefish each day including some of our bigger specimens. They also cast to permit every day and although they hooked a couple of fish, they weren’t fortunate enough to land one. John and Nikki also occasionally targeted barracuda and landed one fish close to 40-inches.

John F. from Florida and Scott S. from Texas had a great week fishing and photographing with guide Dion. John, the editor of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters magazine, and Scott, a renowned photographer, did a little bit of everything, catching the true essence of the atoll. They landed plenty of bonefish, but spent a good share of their time targeting permit. Both landed permit; John’s was his first permit on fly. They took super underwater photographs of schools of bonefish and permit and also photographed some “texture” – plant life, marine life and some reptiles. They captured the true beauty and spirit of Turneffe.

Fall Specials
Double Occupancy Fishing Package - $2,656 + $203.72 (tax) = $2,859.72 per person

Single Supplement Fishing Package (single room and private boat/guide) - $3,808 + $284.48 (tax) = $4,092.48 per person

Combination Fish/Dive Package - $2,856 + $220.71 (tax) = $3,076.71 per person

Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports.
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August  18 - 25, 2012

Weather Conditions: Sunny to partly cloudy, no rain for the week.
Air Temp: 82-92 degrees
Water Temp: 81-83 degrees
Wind: Variable winds 5 to 15 MPH, mainly from the east, southeast.
Tides: Rising tides from early morning to late morning throughout the week
Moon Phase: First Quarter Moon on Fri., Aug. 24

Bonefish were still eating very favorably all week. Again, large numbers were caught by a small group of dedicated anglers. Very few tarpon sighted, none were jumped, but large schools of permit were found along the mangrove edges in the lagoon. The barracuda were also in abundance with several hooked and landed.

Jamie and Charles N. from Virginia, had a fantastic week fishing with guide Dubs. Jamie caught several bonefish every day and landed his first permit. His son Charles was the Permit King, landing three plus hooking a number of barracuda and landing three. He also had days of double-digit catches of bonefish. Snapper were also in his catch column.

Mario V. from Italy, had a fun week fishing with guide Dion. Permit were his target species and he looked for them every day. He managed to get into some schools and one large fish on the flat, but the ones he found did not cooperate. On breaks from permit hunting, Mario cast to large schools of bonefish, landing several for the week.

Please keep in mind that our Summer/Fall Special prices are in effect from now until Dec. 22.
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August 11 - 18, 2012

Weather Conditions: Sunny and mild weather with some cloudiness late in the afternoon with a few late evening showers.
Air Temp: 80 – 89 degrees
Water Temp: 80 – 82 degrees
Wind: Light winds 5 to 10 MPH throughout the week, mainly from the east, southeast.
Tides: Rising tides from noon to late afternoon throughout the week
Moon Phase: New Moon on Friday 17, 2012

We had a small group of fishermen who had a great bonefishing weeks. Also, several permit were landed. Only one tarpon was jumped and we had a good week for alternate species. Some large trigger fish were caught in the surf and several snapper and barracuda were landed in the mangroves.

Alex and Steven G., from Virginia, had a fantastic week fishing with Dubs. Alex had double digit bonefish days with fish up to 8 pounds. Steven jumped a 100 pound plus tarpon and caught four permit.. His new species on the fly was a trigger fish and he caught several along with barracuda and snapper.

Greg and Linda M., from Arizona had a nice week fishing with Daniel. Greg focused on bonefishing catching several nice sized fish every day. Linda, who was new to flyfishing, greatly improved her casting through working with Daniel. She was able to catch bonefish every day including one 7 pounder. She also lost one larger bonefish and also hooked a large barracuda which she broke off.
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August 4 - 11, 2012


Weather Conditions:
The week’s weather was dominated by the threat of Hurricane Ernesto, which went ashore slightly north of Belize. We tracked the storm closely and did not evacuate due to the prediction of it being only a Tropical Storm or a Category 1 Hurricane. This turned out to be a good call as we really only missed fishing part of Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

Prior to Ernesto, we had sunny and mild weather on Monday and Tuesday and fairly good weather on Thursday and Friday We did have a fairly high surge with the storm causing some beach erosion. Maximum winds with the storm were 15-20 MPH aside from a few gusts during squalls after the storm.

Air Temp: 79-87 degrees
Water Temp: 80-82 degrees
Wind: Light winds Sun. and Mon. at 8-10 mph from the East and Southeast. Ernesto brought variable winds, but nothing very strong. We had some wind gusts after the storm passed on Wed. and then fairly strong trade winds on Thursday and Friday
Tides: Rising tides from early morning to late morning throughout the week
Moon Phase: Last Quarter Moon on Thurs., Aug. 9.

Our group this week was primarily interested in permit and tarpon. Three anglers accomplished their main goal by landing their first permit. Probably due to Ernesto, only a few tarpon were sighted and only one was jumped. Bonefishing was very good with a couple of 8 pound fish landed. The mangrove action was also good for snapper and barracuda.

Joe I. and Ron G., returning guests from Colorado, fished with Dion. Joe and Ron caught several bonefish to around 5 pounds and they had plenty of casts to permit, but unfortunately didn’t land one.

Jordan F., from California had a good week with Daniel. On Jordan’s first day he had a great shot at a Grand Slam. After catching a bonefish, he hooked and lost both a permit and a tarpon. During his week, he nailed several bonefish including two very nice ones estimated to be about 8 pounds each. He also hooked and lost a couple more permit and threw to several rolling tarpon. He was able to get some nice under water video of the releases of his two large bonefish.

Motoharu T. from Japan had a good week fishing with Dubs. Moto, looking only for permit, landed his first on a fly on Sun. Although he only fished a short week with us, he hooked and lost a couple more permit.

Rob W. from Texas also came primarily to fish permit. He and Dubs had a successful week with Rob also landing his first permit on a fly. He also hooked a couple more during the week.
Mike M. from Ohio fished the week with guide John. Early in the week, Mike hooked many bonefish, but had a hard time landing them. By the end of the week he had the strip-set down and caught several bonefish ranging from 3-5 pounds. He also fished the mangrove and had a good time catching other species.
                     
                                              Summer/Fall Angler’s Special:

Great prices are in effect from now until Dec. 22.

Double Occupancy Fishing Package - $2,656 + $203.72 (tax) = $2,859.72 per person

Single Supplement Fishing Package (single room and private boat/guide) - $3,808 + $284.48 (tax) = $4,092.48 per person

Combination Fish/Dive Package - $2,856 + $220.71 (tax) = $3,076.71 per person

Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports.

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July 28 - Aug. 4, 2012


Weather Conditions: Sunny to partly cloudy with mild winds
Air Temp: 83-92 degrees
Water Temp: 81-83 degrees
Wind: Light winds most of the week at 8-10 mph from the East and Southeast.
Tides: Rising tide in the early a.m. throughout the week
Moon Phase: Full Moon on Wed., Aug. 1.

We had a small group of anglers this week who were primarily interested in permit and tarpon. Several tarpon were jumped and one large tarpon was landed. Another angler accomplished his main goal of landing his first permit. The mangrove action was also very good with several snapper and barracuda landed. Bonefish action, as always, was pretty good.

Tim and Valarie L.
from Virginia had a great week fishing with guide Dion. Valarie caught several bonefish and also landed barracuda and some very nice snapper along the mangroves. Tim had several permit eat and landed his first – a nice 15-pound specimen. He also caught several nice-sized bonefish and had good fishing for barracuda and snapper.

Return guest Frank R. from Tennessee came primarily to fish for tarpon. He and longtime guide Dubs had a successful week, with Frank landing his first large tarpon on fly – a 130-pound fish that took him two hours to land. He also jumped several other tarpon during the week. When he wasn’t concentrating on tarpon, Frank landed several nice bonefish between 3- and 5-pounds. He had shots at permit, but couldn’t get any to eat.
If a shot at tarpon on the fly is on your bucket list of things to do before you can no longer do them, this has been a great season at Turneffe Flats. In addition to the ones jumped or landed, we’re seeing lots of fish rolling in the channels just a short run from the lodge


The Summer and Fall Angler’s Special

Double Occupancy Fishing Package - $2,656 + $203.72 (tax) = $2,859.72 per person

Single Supplement Fishing Package (single room and private boat/guide) - $3,808 + $284.48 (tax) = $4,092.48 per person

Combination Fish/Dive Package - $2,856 + $220.71 (tax) = $3,076.71 per person

Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports.
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July 21 - 28, 2012


Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny with some rain, mostly at night.
Air Temp: 75– 85 degrees
Water Temp: 80 – 85 degrees
Wind: mild ESE breeze most of the week with one windy day.
Tides: Late morning to early afternoon rising tide all week
Moon Phase: First Quarter, July 26th

 

We had a small group of anglers this week with a couple of new saltwater anglers.  Most anglers spent a good share of their time fishing for bonefish while learning about saltwater casting, seeing the nervous water and developed their fish-spotting skills. Everyone had multiple bonefishing opportunities with all anglers also landing their first permit.

Josh R and Andrea M., from Mexico, had a good time fishing with Dion.  They started the week wading for bonefish and landed several, including one 10 pounder. Josh also had multiple opportunities for permit and caught a nice 25 pound fish.

Return guest Paul H., from Florida and son Jeffrey H., from Pennsylvania, had an excellent week fishing with Dubs.  They spent quite a bit of time fishing for bonefish and landed several. They were, however, more interested in permit and tarpon.  Both landed a permit but they didn’t have any luck with the tarpon, although the saw several. Jeff also had some fun fishing for barracuda.

Successful flies this week for bonefish were the “Pops Bitters” Crazy Charlie’s, Micro crabs in tan. Permit flies getting action were the Del Brown Merkin, Rag Head Crabs and EP Descendant Crabs.
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July 14 -21, 2012

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny with a couple early morning rains.
Air Temp: ranged between 76 – 84 degrees
Water Temp: Between 75 – 83 degrees
Wind: Moderate breezed from the E and SE for most of the week with one windy day.
Tides: Early morning rising tide all week.
Moon Phase: New Moon, July 19th

It was an exceptional week with four guests landing their first bonefish and bonefishing by the other anglers being pretty good. Throughout the week, the anglers had good opportunities at permit with total of eight permit landed. The tarpon fishing continued to be good with several big fish jumped and three landed - one more than 125 pounds.

Capt. Dexter S., from Florida, had an exceptional week fishing with Dion. One of the better known guides in the Florida Keys, Dexter again brought and great group of his clients to fish with us.. He dedicated his fishing week primarily to stalking permit and hooked seven. Dexter enjoyed fishing with several different anglers in his group during the week.

Father and son Bob and Dave V., from New York, had an excellent week fishing with Dubs. This was Bob and Dave’s their first salt water fly fishing trip together with Dave landing his first bonefish, permit and tarpon on a fly. Bob had a great time watching Dave land the big three and also landed a nice permit and a tarpon weighing a little more than 125 pounds.

Gerhard V., from South Africa, had a super time fishing with Mike. Gerhard landed his first bonefish as well as several others and had several good shots at tarpon and permit. He spent most evenings fishing off the dock landing jacks, snappers and barracuda.

Mario C., from British Columbia, fished only two days with us but managed to hook and land a large tarpon. He also had a good time fishing the creeks, channels and flats on the Turneffe Atoll.

Pete P. and Kelly K., from Colorado, visited us for a second time to fish with Daniel and John. Kelly landed her first bonefish on a fly followed by several others. Pete landed several bonefish including a large fish that was weighed close to 10 pounds. He also had multiple permit opportunities permit and caught a large fish weighing around 25 pounds.

Bill W. Sr., Bill W. Jr. and Katherine W., from Florida, fished the week with Eddie. The bonefish were plentiful and they took advantage of it by investing most of their time hunting larger bonefish. They also had some good shots at permit but could not get any eats. This was Billy Jrs. first salt water fly fishing trip and he landed his first bonefish and several other bonefish on a fly. Bill Sr. and Katherine had a good week and concentrated on bonefishing.
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July 1– 6, 2012

Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy, some windy days with a couple evening and early morning rains.
Air Temp: ranged between 75 – 86 degrees
Water Temp: Between 81 – 83 degrees
Wind: Light to moderate wind gusting between 10 – 20 mph blowing mainly from the East and South East.
Tides: A high tide started on Sunday at 7:14 am and changed 40 minutes progressively to 11:33 am on Friday.
Moon Phase: Full Moon was on Tuesday July 3, 2012

It was a great bonefish week with everyone catching several fish, a few permit caught and tarpon were sighted rolling. The anglers were able to get a few tarpon takes and jumps, and one caught a tarpon close to 130 pounds. It was also an exceptional fun week with five father and son teams.

Chad and Doyle H., from California, had a great week fishing with Capt. Doyle was on a terror for the first three days landing a bonefish, permit and a 130 pound tarpon. His son Chad shared his time diving, but loaded up on the bonefish while fishing during the week.

Robbie and Bruce C., from Arizonia, they had a very good week fishing with Mike. Robbie had his lucky hat with him and he got into bonefish, his first on fly. He managed many more before the week was over. He also caught barracuda and some jacks on the flat. His Dad, Bruce, also caught several bonefish, threw to several schooling permit, but none wanted his fly offering.

Ken and Christina C., from Colorado, had a super time with Dion. Christina thought she would have to use a spinning rod for bonefish, but got right into them on the fly. She had a successful week while fending off the barracuda chasing her fish. Ken, who wanted to do a little diving, had so much fun fishing that he had to wait to the last day to get a dive in. He caught several bonefish, caught two very nice permit, lost three others and had a take on a tarpon. Next time he’ll have to book a little more time to work in his diving.

Tony and Sam B., from Illinois, this father and son team fished with guide John. Their fishing experience had been mostly with freshwater trout, but found bonefishing on the flats to be a very exciting experience. They caught several bonefish and a few were in the 4-5 pound range. They learned a lot about saltwater fishing and casting to these gray ghosts on the flats.

David and Brenda F., from Texas, fished the week with Danial. They were into bonefish for the whole week catching multiple fish most every day. They threw flies to permit schools and David managed to entice and catch a very nice permit. Brenda, also managed to catch a permit on the flat just outside of their cabana. Well done Brenda, those fish are tough! David and Brenda had a very enjoyable week catching those permit and many larger bonefish.

Dennis and James P., brothers from California and Oregon, fished the week with Dubbs. They tried hard to find tarpon, but saw only a few rollers. Bonefish were their best catches and threw flies at some permit schools. The bonefish were plentiful and they took advantage of it.
Scott and Joseph S., from Texas, were another father and son team and fished with Willie. They were an experienced saltwater team of anglers and son Joseph caught his first permit on fly. They both landed many bonefish and had multiple fish days, catching some of the larger bonefish. Dad, Scott, broke into double digit catches of bonefish during the week. They were also into barracuda and managed to land a couple. Joseph had a very tough time getting back on Ms. Ellie for the week ending boat ride back to Belize City.

Dan and Sam A., from Texas, yes another father and son team, fished with Eddie. They found the bonefishing to be a great experience, but found the barracuda’s to be a real thrill. Dad caught a 4 foot plus fish that gave him quite a ride. The barracuda were in trouble when these guys left the dock. Sam, like his friend Joseph had to struggle to get back on the boat to Belize City on Saturday. You could find him fishing off the dock right up to the time to of departure.
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June 23-30, 2012

Weather Conditions: Mostly nice sunny days with moderate winds later in the week
Air Temp: Highs mid- to high-80s
Water Temp: 81-83 degrees
Wind: Moderate trade winds from the East and Southeast
Tides: Tides were less than optimal with a rising tide during the day with highs from mid-day
             to late afternoon
Moon Phase: First Quarter Tues., June 26

We had a fun week with two anglers catching their first permit, others landing tarpon and everyone enjoying the bonefishing. Some anglers spent part of their time targeting jacks, snapper and barracuda, landed a couple of huge snappers and several ’cuda. The tarpon jumped ranged from 40 to nearly 150 pounds.



Spenser and Sara P., from Georgia, had a nice week fishing with Dubs. They have fished for permit in a number of places around the world and Spencer landed his first one this week – a nice fish over 30 pounds. The cocktail hour toasts lasted quite a while. Spencer also landed a huge tarpon estimated by his guide to be around 150 pounds. Spencer and Sara saw an even bigger fish near the boat while one came over to their boat during the fight. Sara landed several bonefish, but didn’t have any luck with permit. They both caught barracuda and snapper to round out their week

Scott and Camille N., from Texas, had a super week fishing with Daniel. Scott landed a nice tarpon whose aerial feats were caught on camera by Camille. We are not sure who was more excited. Both caught plenty of bonefish, some over five pounds, and tossed to several permit. They also enjoyed fishing to big snappers along the mangroves.

Randy and Clara G., from the North Carolina, have fished many times for redfish and found the bonefish experience to be challenging. After the first day with Dion, they got the method down and caught several bonefish, a couple around seven pounds. Randy also was introduced to the language of the tarpon fishing with several looks, takes and jumps – “pure excitement!” Clara caught several bonefish, including one big fish, and lost one even larger. The couple caught many snapper including one nice cubera. The highlight, however, was Randy landing his first permit on fly on the last day.

The Summer and Fall Angler’s Special

It looks like the big tarpon and our summer/fall special arrived about the same time. Great prices are in effect from now until Dec. 22.

Double Occupancy Fishing Package - $2,656 + $203.72 (tax) = $2,859.72 per person

Single Supplement Fishing Package (single room and private boat/guide) - $3,808 + $284.48 (tax) = $4,092.48 per person

Combination Fish/Dive Package - $2,856 + $220.71 (tax) = $3,076.71 per person

Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports.

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June 16-23, 2012


Weather Conditions: Overcast skies for much of the week with rain off and on.
Air Temp: Highs from 81 – 85 degrees
Water Temp: 80-82 degrees
Wind: Mostly light at 4-5 MPH from the E with some gusty periods from the N and NW
Tides: A rising tide through the morning most of the week
Moon Phase: New Moon was on Tues., June 19

We had a good week in spite of mostly overcast skies and generally poor visibility, making the permit fishing tough. In spite of the conditions, four permit were landed and several others hooked. Multiple tarpon were jumped including one near 150 pounds. Everyone landed bonefish with some fish well over five pounds.

Adrian L., Kim L., Chuck H. and Ryan M. from Alberta, had a super week fishing with, Daniel and Capt. They were here to film a segment or two for The Real Canadian Joe’s television show which airs primarily in Canada. Adrian, a very accomplished angler, fished hard for bonefish, permit and tarpon. He landed several bonefish, with the largest being 6-7 pounds, had good shots at permit and had some exciting moments jumping tarpon. He jumped several and lost his largest tarpon when his backing broke.

Chuck was the permit master this week. He has fly-fished in saltwater only a few times, but landed three permit over the course of the week. Additionally, he caught several bonefish and jumped a very nice tarpon. Kim and Ryan spent most of their time behind the camera and hopefully they will put a nice show or two together. In addition to the fishing, they filmed dolphins, manatees and a variety of other fun things around the atoll.

Enrico P., from New York, fished with Dubs as usual. Enrico, a very accomplished and master fly tier, concentrated solely on permit. Light conditions made it very tough and although he had a few good shots, he didn’t land a permit. He took what the flats gave him landing a few bonefish and also tested some of his newly-designed flies, which worked well for bonefish. At Turneffe Flats we are a big fan of Enrico’s flies as most of our tarpon landed this season have been on his patterns.

David N., from Oregon, returned to Turneffe Flats with his wife, Jean. Jean dove all week and David split his time between diving and fishing. He mostly hunted bonefish and permit on the flats casting to several permit and plenty of bones. On Fri., he also jumped a nice tarpon. David and Jean first visited Turneffe Flats many years ago and were thrilled to see former lodge managers Kevin and Tina Hayden, along with their daughter Lilly, who arrived for a visit on Wed. They had not seen each other since the early ’90s; it was a nice reunion for everyone.

John J. and Peter H., from the UK, enjoyed their week of fishing with Dion. Using both conventional and fly tackle, they managed to catch several bonefish and one permit. They also fished hard for tarpon, but didn’t get any to the boat.

Milton V. from Montreal fished with Willie and he was joined briefly by his son Gary who was here diving. Gary brought his father on this trip for his 80th birthday. Fishing conventional tackle, Milt did an exceptional job with the bonefish and also caught snappers and jacks and cast to a few permit. Tarpon were also on his wish list but, he didn’t have much luck.

The Summer and Fall Angler’s Special

It’s barely summer, but we’re getting numerous fall and pre-Christmas reservations for our Angler’s Special, June 23-Dec. 22.

Double Occupancy Fishing Package - $2,656 + $203.72 (tax) = $2,859.72 per person

Single Supplement Fishing Package (single room and private boat/guide) - $3,808 + $284.48 (tax) = $4,092.48 per person

Combination Fish/Dive Package - $2,856 + $220.71 (tax) = $3,076.71 per person

Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports.

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June 9 - 16, 2012
 
Weather Conditions: Mostly sunny at the start of the week with rain towards the end.
Air Temp: Highs between 84-86 degrees
Water Temp: 80-82 degrees
Wind: Winds 10-13 MPH mainly from the East/Southeast with high winds on Friday
Tides: Rising tide from mid-morning at the beginning of the week to around suppertime at the end
Moon Phase: Last quarter on June 11. 
 
We had an OK week, landing two permit and jumping several tarpon including one more than 150 pounds. A couple of golden bonefish were seen and one was hooked, but not landed.
 
Mark I. and Fran B. from Calif. had an exceptional week with guide Michael. On his first day, Mark hooked and landed his first permit – a big fish estimated at 25-30 pounds. Mark continued his permit quest and landed a second on Tues. He also jumped three tarpon and landed several bonefish. Additionally, Mark missed a nice snook that tried to eat his fly.
 
Toby S. from Mont. had a great week with guide Dubs. Toby is an accomplished angler who dedicated his time to sight-fishing for permit, but also saved time for tarpon and bonefishing. He had multiple opportunities for permit, but couldn’t get one to eat his fly. Toby managed to hook and land a huge tarpon estimated at around 150 pounds and also landed a couple of big bonefish.
 
Ross and Anna P. from Penn. had good fishing with Dion. Ross dedicated most of his time to hunting permit and although he had some good shots, he didn’t get one to the boat. Ross landed one tarpon and several bonefish on the flats.
 
Mickey R. and Debbie M. from Calif. fished with our guide Capt. They spent their first couple days fishing for bonefish on the flats and were successful in landing several. Mickey also jumped several tarpon and landed one big fish. They also dedicated some time to permit fishing and had shots, but no hookups. Debbie landed several bonefish and enjoyed watching Mickey land his trophy tarpon.
 
Jim P. and Bill W. from New York and Iowa had a great week fishing with guide Daniel. Jim and Bill fished hard for tarpon and both jumped big fish. Jim lost a huge tarpon after several jumps due to equipment failure. Bill landed a nice tarpon weighing around 70 pounds and also hooked an elusive golden bonefish.
 
Chick G. and Howard K., cousins and life-long friends from Miss. and La., spent the first half of the week fishing the flats for bonefish and landed several nice ones.

Simon S., James F., James D. and Tom G., all from Atlanta, visited us for the last two days of the week to fish with Alex and Willie. Unfortunately, they ran into two days of marginal weather and had some tough fishing. Two of the group landed their first bonefish. They had some shots and rolling tarpon, but no eaters.

                 The Summer and Fall Angler’s Special is Officially Here!

June 23-Dec. 22, 2012

Fishing Package - $2,656 + $203.72 (tax) = $2,859.72 per person

Single Supplement Fishing Package (single room and private boat/guide) - $3,808 + $284.48 (tax) = $4,092.48 per person

Combination Fish/Dive Package - $2,856 + $220.71 (tax) = $3,076.71 per person

Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports.
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June 2 - 9, 2012

Weather Conditions: Our weather was mostly cloudy with periods of sunshine. We had unusually low tides related to the moon and a strong high-pressure system.

Air Temp: Averaged 78 degrees with a high of 85
Water Temp: 80 degrees
Wind: The wind was variable, but mostly from the East and Southeast.
Tides: Due to the weather conditions and a near-full moon, our tides were extremely low. We had a rising tide in the morning, but even the high tides weren’t very high.
Moon Phase: Full moon was on June 4.

Although the weather was less than ideal and the tides were exceptionally low, we had a pretty good week. Anglers had several good opportunities for permit, but they weren’t eating very well and we managed to land only one. Likewise, several tarpon were jumped, but none were landed. Bonefishing was often difficult with the unusually low tides. Some of the more productive flies included small and unweighted Pops’ Bitters, Crazy Charlies, Micro Shrimps and Micro Crabs.

Bob C. and Wendy O. from Kans. had a great week fishing with Dubs. Bob and Wendy dedicated most of their time to hunting for permit; they had several great shots and a couple of hook ups – but no landed permit. They spent the rest of their time fishing for bonefish, landing several nice bones.

John and Sarah H. from the UK fished with Daniel and spent most of their time site fishing for tarpon and permit. John landed his first permit and both John and Sarah landed several bonefish while wading the flats.

David H. from Ariz. fished with Mike and caught over a dozen bones to start the week. David also jumped three tarpon and then landed a Spanish mackerel, a nice mutton snapper and two barracuda. David also spent a sometime each day on the flats in front of the lodge where he had some good bonefishing.

Winner of the Costa Sunglasses trip to Turneffe Flats Deleigh H. from Tex. was accompanied by her friend and fellow Texan Hannah C. They spent a couple days learning about fly-fishing with guide Eddie and both Deleigh and Hannah landing their first bonefish on a fly. They then decided that they had enjoyed enough of the fishing and spent the rest of the week with our Atoll Adventurers experiencing the world-class snorkeling and eco-adventuring around the Turneffe Atoll.

Mark W. from Atlanta had a good week fishing with Dion. Mark, spent most of his time sight-fishing for permit. He had plenty of shots, but wasn’t able to land any.

Matthew and Lindsey K. from Denver fished with guide Alex E. Lindsey hooked her first bonefish on a fly while Matt had a good time watching Lindsey with her first bonefish and landing several himself.

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May 26-June 2, 2012


Weather Conditions: We had some rain showers early in the week and sunny skies mixed with overcast the last half.

 

Air Temp: 75-80 degrees
Water Temp: 78-80 degrees
Wind: Mostly mild wind from the Northeast early in the week and shifting to East and Southeast Tides: High tide at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday resulting in rising tides during the midday most of the week.
Moon Phase: First Quarter was on May 28

It was another great week of fishing. Nearly all of our anglers jumped tarpon and those looking for permit had plenty of chances with two of the elusive critters landed. Bone fishing, as usual, was steady with a couple of double-digit bonefish landed.

Long-time friends Terry C. and George R. from Colorado and Indiana had a Boat Grand Slam fishing with Dubs when George landed a tarpon, Terry landed a permit and they both landed several bonefish. They spent a good part of their week fishing for permit and had multiple opportunities, but only the one fish landed.  Both Terry and George landed large bonefish and both jumped tarpon.

Ulf, Mikael and Matthias L. from Sweden had a great week fishing with guides Capt and Daniel. They concentrated primarily on tarpon with Matt, Mikael and Ulf all jumping several fish.  Matt, however, was the only one in the family to land one. They all caught several bonefish and got some nice shots at permit with Matt hooking one that he wasn’t able to land. In addition to long days on the flats, they often fished until late in the evening for jacks and barracuda.  They will be staying over for a portion of the next week and, thus far, Matt is in the lead to receive the family jacket for the best fishing results.

Doug C. from Colorado fished with guide Eddie. Doug spent most of his time bonefishing and landed several between 6 and 8 pounds. Doug also hunted for permit and had some great opportunities, but no hookups. 

April V. and Ben from British Columbia and Colorado fished a few days with guide Mike. Ben landed his first bonefish weighing about 6 pounds; and April also landed several bones. They spent a good share of their time hunting permit, but the weather wasn’t ideal. Both April and Ben jumped tarpon and Ben had one a fish on for 15 minutes before losing it. 

Father and son Robert and Eddie O. from California fished with guide Dion.  They concentrated on bonefishing for the first part of the week and then spent some time looking for permit. They had several nice shots at permit and Ed managed land one on his second to last day.

Good friends Ed Z., Helmut A., James F., and Mike S. joined us for the second half of the week. They mainly targeted bonefish on the flats and ended up landing a couple of double digit bones.
 

Summer and Fall Angler’s Special.  

Double Occupancy Fishing Package
$2,656 + $203.72 (tax) = $2,859.72 per person

Single Supplement Fishing Package (single room and private boat/guide) -
$3,808 + $284.48 (tax) = $4,092.48 per person

Combination Fish/Dive Package 
$2,856 + $220.71 (tax) = $3,076.71 per person 

Phone toll-free 888.512.8812888.512.8812 for space availability, reservations and up-to-date fishing reports.

 For 2012 tides and moon phases, go to http://destinationsbelize.com/belize-tides-next-year.htm.  They are for Belize City, but pretty close to what we get on the atoll.

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May 19 - 26, 2012


Weather:
We had some rainy (but fishable) weather early in the week and intermittent sunny skies the last half.

Air Temp: 80 to 86 degrees
Water Temp: 80 – 82 degrees
Wind: Mostly mild breeze - Northeast early in the week shifting to East and Southeast later on

Tides: Rising tide in the AM to just after midday as the week progressed.

Moon Phase: New Moon May 20th

It was a very good week of fishing but not quite as spectacular as the past two weeks.  Several tarpon were jumped and two anglers landed permit. Bonefishing, as usual, was steady with a couple of double-digit bonefish landed.

Tom and Joyce G., from Oregon, had a great week with Dion.  Joyce concentrated primarily on learning about all of the small creatures on the flats and Tom had a good time bonefishing and casting to permit.  Tom jumped several tarpon early in the week, including three on day one, and also landed 3 permit during his week.

David K. and Allen C, from Connecticut, fished with Dubs and concentrated on variety. They landed 8 – 10 different fish including a large red snapper that made a great dinner. David also landed 3 permit during the week and both had good bonefishing.

Chuck W., from Wyoming, had good bonefishing with guide, Michael, and also jumped one big tarpon.  He hunted permit part of the week but didn’t manage to hook one.  At one point, he handed his rod to Michael for a few casts and Michael hooked and landed a huge tarpon of around 150 pounds.

Wade G. and Luke C., from Tennessee, both enjoyed their first saltwater fly fishing trip.  Both concentrated on bonefishing with Pops landing their first bonefish and many more. They spent some time looking for permit and tarpon.  They had shots but no tight lines.

 Mick and Scott D., from Michigan, switched between fly fishing and spin fishing during the week with Daniel.  On day one, they jumped 3 tarpon and managed to jump a couple of more during the week.  They also had some excellent bonefishing with both anglers landing large, double-digit bonefish during the week.

Chuck Y., from Alabama, visited the second half of the week  for his first saltwater fly fishing experience.  He caught on quickly fishing with Alex and landed his first bonefish as well as several others on day one. Day two was even better with a couple of nice fish on the flats.

All in all, another good week.
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May 12 - 19, 2012
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Weather Conditions:
The weather early in the week was beautiful with some cloudy weather and rain late in the week.
Air Temp: 78 to 85 degrees
Water Temp: 80 degrees
Wind: East South East for the first half and variable with some rain later in the week.
Tides: Rising tide in the AM to just after midday as the week progressed.
Moon Phase: Last quarter moon on the May 12th
 
We had another great week of fishing and the big tarpon are definitely here. Nearly all anglers jumped tarpon this week and two also landed permit. David H., of the UK, missed a slam when the tarpon came unhooked after a 15 minute battle.
 
The week started with a group of guys from South Carolina jumping into the swimming pool shortly after their arrival and then watched as one of their buddies fished to a tailing permit 20 yards in front of them. Julian made a couple of nice casts but in spite of encouragement and advice from the gallery, his line didn’t come tight.  
 
Father and son, Tim and John D., from Calgary, Alberta, had an exceptional week with Dubs. They dedicated most of their time site fishing for tarpon and permit and had multiple permit shots but no tight lines. Tim hooked a 100 + pound tarpon early in the week which he fought for 45 minutes before executing a “long-distance release”. He remained determined to land a big tarpon and boated a 150 pound fish on his last afternoon. John did well bonefishing, as did Tim.
 
Long time friends Kevin J., Julian L., Collin R., Drew R., from South Carolina along with Trey W., from North Carolina, and Mark M., from Virginia, had an outstanding week fishing with Michael, Pops and Capt. Trey and Mark started slowly as this was their introduction to saltwater fly fishing. Both landed their first bones and the rest from the group landed several bonefish, had multiple good shots at permit (including the swimming pool fish), jumped 8 tarpon and landed 4, all big fish.
 
David H., from London, had excellent week fishing with Dion. David started his week hunting bonefish and caught more than a dozen. David missed a grand slam when he landed a permit and bonefish early in the day and then hooked and fought a big tarpon for 15 minutes before losing it.
 
Karl K., from Texas, fished half a week with Daniel and dedicated his time mostly to sight fishing for permit and bonefish. He landed several bones including one nice fish of at least 5 pounds.  Karl got several good shots at permit but didn’t manage to hook one. 
 
All in all, an excellent week.
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May 5 - 12, 2012

Weather Conditions: Warm and sunny with a light breeze
Air Temp: Averaged 81 degrees  with a high of 89.5
Water Temp: 82 degrees
Wind: Mild breeze from the East most of the week with a 8-10 MPH breeze on Friday
Tides: A rising in the morning all week
Moon Phase: Last Quarter Moon on the 12th
 
We had a great fishing week with three Grand Slams plus several more close calls. The big tarpon are definitely here. Sunny skies and a light breeze from the East kept made for excellent weather.
John K., from California, had an exceptional week with guide, Dion. John, a very determined angler, was on the flats in front of the cabins at sunrise and back again in the evenings. During the rest of his fishing day, John managed two grand slams in two days and nearly had a third losing a big tarpon after several jumps. Both of his slams included 100+ pound tarpon.
 
Fred S. and Bill D., long-time friends from Texas, spent had their week fishing with Daniel. Bill and Fred dedicated most of their time hunting permit. Bill was excited to land his first permit ever as was Fred. However, Fred’s permit was part of a grand slam – also his first.
 
Earl M., from South Carolina, had a great week fishing with Dubs. Earl, a very accomplished angler, dedicated his time mostly to sight fishing for permit, tarpon or big bonefish. With up to 25 permit shots per day, he hooked several and landed one nice permit. Earl also several shots at cruising tarpon and landed several bones including one particularly large bonefish.
 
Wally M., from South Carolina, fished with guide Michael. At the start of the week Wally warned us that he was “not an early riser, but he was a strong finisher”. That turned out to be the case as his fishing week got progressively better.  He started with a couple bonefish and eventually caught several nice 4-5 pound bones. Wally also landed his first permit and also had several shots at rolling tarpon.
 
James W., from California, fished with guide, Alex. Jim has a lot of freshwater fishing experience but this was his first saltwater experience. He landed his first bonefish and then several more. Jim also cast to a few migratory tarpon but didn’t manage to jump one.
 
Michael G.,  from Utah, fished with Capt and had good bonefishing landing one particularly nice fish around 6 pounds. He also had several permit chances but no hookups.
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 April 28 – May 5, 2012
 
Weather Conditions: Sunny and warm with a mild breeze
Air Temp: Averaged 81 degrees with a high of 89.5 F
Water Temp: 82 degrees
Wind: from the East at 5 – 10 MPH
Tides: the high tides were in the early morning from 5:50 through 8:49 during the week
Moon Phase: The first quarter was on April 28th.
 
We had a comfortable trade-wind breeze from the East this week bringing warm, sunny days with comfortable temperatures. Clear skies and mad for good visibility good opportunities for permit fishing. The flats fishing for bonefish was exceptional with nice bonefish landed by all the anglers. Several anglers targeted barracuda with several nice fish landed on 10 weight fly-rods. 
 
Frank and Barbara S., from California, spent most of the week fishing with guide Dubs for permit. Frank hooked several permit but did not manage to land any of them. Both Frank and Barbara caught several bonefish including 4-5 pound fish.
 
Howard G. and Stacey G, from New York and Florida, primarily targeted bonefish, and permit with guide Mike. They did some permit fishing and got a few opportunities but no success. Both Howard and Stacey landed bonefish throughout the week. Howard, who has visited Turneffe Flats several times, introduced Stacey to fishing for barracuda with a 10 weight fly-rod. Stacey landed several barracudas, including one 14 pound fish while Howard landed barracuda, snapper and jacks during the week.
 
Jeff M. and Ira I.,  from New York, have fished with us several times before. They fished with veteran guide, Pops, and both started the week focusing on bonefish. They also had several good shots at permit and spent some time trolling for barracuda and other alternative target species. Jeff hooked one barracuda and had a large grouper come up twice to take the barracuda.
 
George M., from Oregon, enjoyed his week learning about saltwater fishing with guide, Eddie. On his first saltwater trip, George landed more than 20 bones on his own “secret fly” and also spent time hunting barracudas on a 10 weight fly-rod and landed a few.
 
Brothers, Kent M and Kerry M., from New Jersey, spent their fishing time hunting a variety of species with guide, Willie. They both landed several bonefish, had shots a permit caught nice mutton snapper, cubera snapper and several barracudas.
 
Miles M and Yun M., from Washington, spent their week fishing with guide Daniel. They spent a good share of their fishing time hunting for permit and landed two permit during the week. They also spent wading the flats and landed several bonefish.
 
Lisle P and Drew P., father and son fromCalifornia, fished for half week with guide Dion. They spent most days wading the flats in search of bonefish. They also spent time permit fishing and had several opportunities but no hookups. They both landed several bonefish.
 
Successful flies this week for bonefish were the “pops bitters” Crazy Charlie’s, Micro crabs in tan.
Permit flies getting action were the Del Brown Merkin, Rag Head Crabs and EP Descendant Crabs.

As a matter of policy to ensure privacy, Turneffe Flats does not use last names of guests in our reports.
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 April 21-28, 2012
 
Weather Conditions: An unusual North wind for this time of year brought cool, dry conditions
Air Temp: Mid to high 70’s
Water Temp: 80 degrees
Wind: Predominantly WNW 10-15 MPH
Tides: rising tide in the mid to late AM
Moon Phase: New moon on April 21st
 
This was a very unusual week of weather for April with cool temperatures and a WNW breeze. Although conditions were quite comfortable, the weather wasn’t ideal for fishing. We also had an atypical group of anglers in that all spots at the lodge were purchased by a group of friends, from the Portland, Oregon area, and there wasn’t minimal emphasis on serious fishing.
 
Several anglers, including Eric J., from Portland, landed there first bonefish. Steve C., also from Portland, landed plenty of bones with his guide, Daniel, including one bonefish estimated at 10 pounds and another around 7 pounds. 
 
Group leader, John K. fished mostly for permit with Dubs but didn’t manage to get one to the boat. Rick A., from Lake Oswego, OR, fished hard for permit landing 4 fish during the week.
 
The migratory tarpon that we had seen the prior couple of weeks seemed to have disappeared with the change in weather. Hopefully, they will return sooon.
 
Reach us toll-free at 888-512-8812888-512-8812 or e-mailreservations@tflats.comfor information or reservations.
 
Summer and Fall Angler’s Special
 
June 23-Dec. 22, 2012

Double Occupancy Fishing Package - $2,656 + $203.72 (tax) = $2,859.72 per person
Single Supplement Fishing Package (single room and private boat/guide) - $3,808 + $284.48 (tax) = $4,092.48 per person
Combination Fish/Dive Package - $2,856 + $220.71 (tax) = $3,076.71 per person
 
 
For 2012 tides and moon phases, go to http://destinationsbelize.com/belize-tides-next-year.htm. They are for Belize City, but pretty close to what we get on the atoll.
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April 7 - April 14, 2012


Weather Conditions:
Warm and sunny with a light breeze

 

Air Temp: Averaged 81 degrees F with a high of 89.5 F
Water Temp: 82 degrees F
Wind: Dominating from the East

Tides: Rising tide throughout the week with a high tide around 3:30 p.m. by the end of the week

Moon Phase: Last quarter on Friday

 

The week was characterized by warm, sunny days.  The prevailing breeze from the East helped keep the temperatures comfortable and did not affect the fly-fishing. Clear skies and good visibility made it worthwhile targeting permit on the flats. The migratory tarpon are arriving and numerous poons in the 80-120-pound range were seen rolling. The flats fishing was exceptional for bonefish with some nice ones landed by all the anglers. 

Greg S. and John T. from California were teamed up with guide Daniel. Greg and John spent their week fishing for permit and had great success, landing five permit between them. This was the first time fishing permit for both. Greg and John also lost a few fish and this just made them hungry for more. Both guys also took some time during the day to snorkel and explore the surrounding area, enjoying all it has to offer. 

Adam T. from Chicago targeted permit on the flats with guide Dubs. He was successful in his pursuit and managed to land two great permit in the 15- to 25-pound range. Adam and Dubs had some shots at bonefish and landed a handful, but this was not their main target species for the week. This was Adam’s second trip to Turneffe. 

Bernie S. from Nova Scotia spent the second week of his trip with guide Michael, Bernie is a multiple time return guest and spends most of his days looking for tailing bonefish, reminiscing with the guides and spending time with his “adopted family” here on Turneffe. For Bernie, the fishing is always great and if you ask him he will tell you the same.

Long time friends and business partners Jeff C., Matt B., Allan P. from Toronto and Charlie P. from Chicago came on a saltwater fly-fishing exploration.  They spent most of their time hunting bonefish and permit with guides Pops and Willie. They all landed bonefish and Matt caught his first. They found some schools of permit and had multiple shots. Matt and Charlie also spent some time trolling outside the reef for barracuda and other alternative target species.

Ralph L. from Alberta primarily dedicated his week to landing a barracuda on the fly. Ralph fished with guide Alex E. Changing his strategy throughout the week, he finally managed to land one and is determined to come back and try to land a bigger one.  Ralph also waded the flats successfully for bonefish.

Californians Tony F. and Gerry M. fished with guide Capt. Tony and had a great week landing a handful of bonefish each day, plus hooking up with the first tarpon of the season – only to have it break off after jumping a few times. Gerry, not to be left behind, was on her A-game, showing that the bonefish can be tamed in her own way. Tony and Gerry also spend some time fishing outside the reef and managed to land a 21-pound black grouper.

Successful flies this week for bonefish were the “pops bitters” Crazy Charlie’s, Micro crabs in tan, and Christmas’s island specials.

Permit flies that were getting action was the Del brown Merkin, rag head crabs in size #2 and EP descendants in #1/0.

As a matter of policy to ensure privacy, Turneffe Flats does not use last names of guests in our reports.
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March 31 - April 7, 2012


Weather Conditions: Hot and Sunny

Air Temp: Averaged around 82 degrees F, with a high around 86
Water Temp: 82 degrees F
Wind: Dominated from ESE

Tides: Falling tide throughout the day, with high tide around 10 a.m. by week’s end

Moon Phase: Full Moon on Fri., April 6

This week was characterized by another blast of warm and sunny weather.  And, although tides were falling throughout the day, a lot of water remained on the flats.  Anglers found large schools of bonefish, as well as many permit on the flats – including our great flat in front of the lodge.  Bonefish were taken on Pops’ Bitters, Crazy Charlies, Micro Shrimp, and Micro Crabs, while anglers had success fishing for permit with Merkin and large crab patterns as well as large shrimp patterns. Our guests this week included multiple return visitors, as well as many Turneffe Flats first-timers.

Joel and Marla A. of North Carolina targeted bonefish and permit with guide Dion.  Between the two anglers, they had multiple shots at permit, and landed three throughout the week; including Marla’s first-ever permit!  Joel landed two permit, one of which weighed in around 20-pounds.  They also spent a lot of time wading the outer east hard-bottom flats for bonefish with Dion.

Tunc and Nancy T. had quite an interesting week with guide Michael.  When not chasing bonefish and permit with flyrods, Tunc and Nancy spent time hand-lining for barracuda and spin-fishing for large reef fish.  The highlight of the week was when Nancy landed a 20-pound grouper on the outside of the reef.

Tor Inge D. of Norway dedicated most of his time on the water poling for permit with guide Eddie.  An experienced angler, Tor was successful in landing his first permit.  He also spent quite a few hours chasing tailing bonefish, and introducing his son, Frederik, to the sport of saltwater fly-fishing

George and Michelle C. fished with guide Daniel for the week.  We celebrated George’s 83rd birthday on April 4, a day filled with bonefish for the avid and experienced angler.  George and Michelle had a couple of days when they landed bonefish after bonefish with Daniel.

Fishing buddies, Roman S. and Martin B., of Slovakia and the Czech Republic (respectively), targeted bonefish, barracuda, and permit with guide Capt.  They had many good days wading the flats for bonefish, and also caught a couple of barracuda, both trolling and sight-casting. 

Joining us from Sat. to Thurs. were Ed C., Alex B., and Bud H.  Experienced anglers, these three gentlemen fished with guides Pops, Willie, and Alex.  The highlight of their week was when Bud landed a permit with Willie on Wed. 

Mark S., and John and Kay S. were also on half-week packages.  Mark fished with guide Pops and dedicated most of his time wading our expansive flats for bonefish.  While he was here, he landed many bonefish, including a couple of large ones.  John and Kay fished with guide Alex and also spent most of their time wading the flats for bonefish.  Experienced freshwater anglers, John and Kay hooked into a couple of very nice bonefish while with Alex.

As a matter of policy to ensure privacy, Turneffe Flats does not use last names of guests in our reports.


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March 24 - March 31, 2012

 

Weather Conditions: Warm and Sunny

Air Temp: Averaged around 82 degrees F, with a high around 85
Water Temp: Around 82 degrees F
Wind: Dominated from E

Tides: Rising tide throughout the morning for the beginning of the week, with high tide around 4 p.m. by week’s end

Moon Phase: First Quarter Moon on Fri., March 30

Good weather and ideal tides led to a good week of fishing for both bonefish and permit.  We welcomed back a few familiar faces as well as some Turneffe Flats first-timers.  Bonefish were found feeding rather comfortably in large numbers on the flats; and permit were chased while poling the flats and in the Central Lagoon of the atoll.  Most anglers had success landing bonefish on Bonefish Bitters (#6, 8), Crazy Charlies (#6, 8), Micro Shrimp (#8), and Gotchas (#6, 8).  Hot flies for permit were Bauer’s Crab (#2), E.P.’s 3-Tone Crab (#1/0), and a variety of larger (#2-1/0) shrimp patterns.  Most of the permit landed this week weighed in between 15- and 25-pounds.

Jim B. of Silverthorne, Colo., spent most of the week chasing permit with guide Dubs.  After dedicating countless hours of tying new patterns and fishing various parts of the Caribbean over the years, Jim was successful in landing his first permit!  In fact, he landed two for the week and hooked into a handful of others.  On Wed., Jim was joined by his wife Dee for a half-week of fishing.  Dee was able to land some bonefish in the flats while wading and also had some shots at permit on Thurs. and Fri.  We would like to thank Jim and Dee’s fly shop, Cutthroat Anglers, for their business and hope to see them again in the near future.

Another fly shop owner and outfitter, Victor B., and friend, John S., fished a full week with guide Dion.  There was no doubt Victor and John showed up prepared every morning, toting 8 rods with them on the skiff (there’s a great photo of John on our Facebook page).  When they were not targeting bonefish or permit, Victor and John fished deeper water for snapper, barracuda and other alternative species.  While on the flats, both anglers landed multiple bonefish, and John landed his first permit.

Longtime fishing buddies, Gary P. and Kim O. fished with guide Michael for the entire week.  These two laid-back, fun-loving gentlemen enjoyed chasing bonefish on the flats as well as hunting for permit.  Throughout the week, they landed many bonefish, and Gary successfully landed a nice permit. 

Darrell and Linda W. also spent much of the week hunting permit, while with guide Daniel.  Darrell successfully landed a nice permit, and both he and Linda had multiple shots all week.  When not looking for permit, the two anglers waded the flats for bonefish.

Rob G. and John R. of California dedicated most of their time stalking bonefish on the flats with guide Pops.  Each angler had success in landing multiple bonefish throughout the week, and found that they had their best bonefishing days on the northeastern flats of the atoll. 

Greg J. and Bob M. spent the week targeting permit and bonefish with guide Willie.  Longtime freshwater anglers, Greg and Bob learned much in their first saltwater experience.  On Mon., Greg landed his first permit.  Both anglers also chased tailing bonefish on the flats.

Joining us for a half-week of fishing were Sean D. and Allyssa L. of Silverthorne, Colo.  They chased bonefish on the flats and permit in the Central Lagoon with guide Capt.  Sean, Allyssa, and Capt. even found some large, rolling tarpon at the beginning of the week, which is an exciting indication of the upcoming migratory tarpon run!

As a matter of policy to ensure privacy, Turneffe Flats does not use last names of guests in our reports.

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March 17 - March 24, 2012


Weather Conditions:
Sunny with variable winds

Air Temp: Averaged around 80 degrees F, with a high around 83
Water Temp: Upper 70s
Wind: Dominated from ESE

Tides: Falling tide throughout the day with high tide around 10 a.m. by week’s end
Moon Phase: New Moon on Thurs., March 22

This week, we welcomed back longtime friends as well some new faces.  The beginning of the week was a bit windy; however, it did not stop the bonefish from feeding on the flats.  As the wind lay down, fishing conditions were ideal by the end of the week.  Anglers had success with our go-to flats flies – Pops Bitters #6, 8 (Olive and Amber), Crazy Charlies #6,8, and Gotchas #6, 8, as well as E.P.’s Turneffe Micro Shrimp #8 (Pearl/ Light Olive and Pearl/ Tan). 

Tim and Joanne L., outfitters in Troy, Mont., have been fishing with us for eight years and it was a pleasure to have them back on the island.  They devoted most of their time to hunting permit with guide Dubs around the cayes in the Central Lagoon, as well as around the southern portion of the atoll.  Both Tim and Joanne were presented with multiple shots at permit, and also enjoyed chasing tailing bonefish throughout the week at Calabash.  And, even though they were not properly equipped for the occasion, Tim, Joanne, and Dubs were fortunate enough to find some rolling tarpon while poling for permit.  If these large tarpon were any indication of what’s to come in the next few weeks, we will be looking forward to an exciting and interesting summer season.

Another pair of TF veterans, Gerry B. and Tom U., spent the week on the flats with guide Pops.  They enjoyed chasing bonefish on Grassy Caye and the northeastern flats as well as at Calabash.  Although Tom took a day off to relax on Friday, Gerry had his most successful day of the week, in which he landed nine large bonefish.

Michael G., of Brooklyn, enjoyed his 8th trip to TFlats.  Michael, along with his guide and longtime friend, Capt., dedicated their days casting to tailing bones and hunting for permit.  Along with catching multiple bonefish, Michael and Capt. found themselves on a large school of permit for an entire morning during the middle of the week.

Saltwater newbie Mike M. fished with guide Michael for the entire week.  Despite being new to the sport of saltwater fly-fishing, Mike had much success fishing for bonefish on the flats, as well as in some deeper pools along the eastern side of the atoll. 

Keith S. and Dick S., of Seattle, Wash., spent the week with guide Daniel.  Both Keith and Dick were successful landing multiple bonefish, and also enjoyed fishing for barracuda.  We wish Keith (author) and Dick (editor) best of luck in the release of their new fly-fishing book.

Joining us from Denver, Colo., were Tom, Liz, and Matthew B.  The three spent the week fishing with guides Dion and Willy, but also enjoyed a day with guide Abel and the Atoll Adventure.  Tom, Liz, and Matthew were successful in landing multiple bonefish throughout the week.

It was a pleasure hosting many old friends, and also having the opportunity to get to know our first-time guests.  We wish the best of luck to everybody and hope to see all again in the near future.

As a matter of policy to ensure privacy, Turneffe Flats does not use last names of guests in our reports.

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March 10 - March 17, 2012

Weather Conditions: Warm and sunny with variable wind

Air Temp: Averaged around 79 degrees F
Water Temp: Mid-70s
Wind: Dominated from ENE

Tides: Rising tide throughout the day
Moon Phase: Last Quarter Moon on Wed., March 14

This was quite an unconventional week for us here on the island.  We hosted a group of six families from San Antonio and had anglers of all ages.  Anglers chose to both spin- and fly-fish, which led to a wide variety of fish landed.  Permit, bonefish, snapper, grouper, barracuda, and various other reef fish were caught on a daily basis. 

Not only did all 27 guests fish, but they also enjoyed snorkeling, SCUBA diving, and kayaking.  It was a great way for everybody to enjoy all aspects of Turneffe Flats.

We had a handful of notable angling moments throughout the week.  Ten-year old Henry T. courageously fought a permit for over two hours!  According to guide Dubs, the permit weighed in at around 25-pounds.  Henry’s tireless enthusiasm and willingness to learn led to a great week of fishing for the young man.  Henry’s brothers James and Tommy also enjoyed fishing for permit as well as barracuda, bonefish, and snapper.  Christine T., the boys’ mother, was successful in landing the largest barracuda of the week, weighing in around 30-pounds.

Harry M. also boasted a big permit day, landing three in one outing.  Jay R., Bracken B., and Stella M., also managed to land permit throughout the week.  Cecilia N. had an exciting day on Fri., landing 20 different species. 

Tom H. enjoyed fishing with guide Dion and landed two permit on the fly on Wed.  Tom, along with his wife, Elizabeth, son Thomas, and daughter Ceci, also chased bonefish on the flats.  They also enjoyed SCUBA diving during the week. 

As a matter of policy to ensure privacy, Turneffe Flats does not use last names of guests in our reports.

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March 3 - March 10, 2012

Weather Conditions: Variable, with some rain at the beginning of the week; sunshine and warm weather by week’s end

Air Temp: Averaged 75 degrees F for the first half of the week, with temperatures around 80 from Wed. to Sat.
Water Temp: Mid-70s
Wind: Dominated from N and E

Tides: Falling tide throughout the mornings for beginning of the week, with high tide around midday by week’s end
Moon Phase: Full Moon on Thurs., March 8

 

At the beginning of the week, an unusual cold front moved through Belize which brought rain, cloud cover and some cooler temperatures.  However, by the middle of the week, the front moved out and sunshine and warm weather prevailed.  And, even though conditions were not ideal for the first few days, bonefish were found feeding on the flats – an appealing sight for our anglers.

 

Chuck B. of California dedicated most of his time to chasing permit in the lagoon and on the flats with guide Dion.  The cool temperatures in the beginning of the week kept the permit in deeper water, but Chuck and Dion did not give up.  Once the sun began to shine and temperatures rose, schooling permit were found throughout the Atoll, and Chuck was successful in landing his first and then second permit. 

 

Return guests, Alan Y. and Cheryl F. of Calgary, Alberta, spent the week fishing with guide Dubs.  They were successful in landing bonefish and had a few shots at permit as well.  We would like to wish them the best on their month-long fishing tour of Belize!

 

Brian and Gloria C., who last visited us in 2000, spent the week chasing tailing bonefish with guide Daniel.  They were successful in landing bones throughout the week; however, Friday seemed to be their most notable day when Gloria landed an 8-pound bonefish.

 

Pete M. and Ken H. of British Columbia also joined us for a full week of fishing with guide Willy.  Masterful freshwater fisherman, Pete and Ken enjoyed chasing and landing bonefish on the flats and also had some shots at permit.

 

We also hosted a few half-week anglers this week.  Adam R. and Cara F. of NYC fished with guide Michael and concentrated on fishing for the “ghosts of the flats.”  Both were successful in landing numerous bonefish.  Rick V. spent the first half of the week fishing with guide Pops.  Rick had his mind set on landing a permit, but tough weather conditions kept him on the flats landing bonefish.  And although he never got his permit, Rick had multiple shots on Tuesday.

 

As a matter of policy to ensure privacy, Turneffe Flats does not use last names of guests in our reports.

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February 25 - March 3, 2012


Weather Conditions: Clear skies

Air Temp: Averaged around 81 degrees F, with a high around 85
Water Temp: Mid- to Upper-70s
Wind: Dominated from ESE

Tides: Rising tide throughout the mornings for beginning of the week, with high tide in the late afternoon by week’s end
Moon Phase: First Quarter Moon on Wed., Feb. 29

 

Ideal tides and clear skies led to some good fishing this week.  Permit were found feeding both on the flats and in the lagoons; bonefish were tailing on the outer hard-bottom flats all week.  Anglers landed bonefish on Micro Crabs, Micro Shrimp, and small Bitters, and had permit follow Merkin patterns as well as Micro Crabs.

Wes O. and Jerry R. of Colorado fished with guide Michael for the week.  The anglers devoted time on the flats seeking out bonefish and pursued permit both on the flats and in the Central Lagoon.  Wes and Jerry hooked six permit and also landed multiple bonefish.  Hot flies for Wes included Charlies and small Bitters, as well as San Pedro Worms. 

Mike B. of Chicago spent his week chasing bonefish and permit with guide Daniel.  Mike was successful in landing his first permit ever on a fly!  An experienced conventional fisherman, Mike learned a lot about fly-casting and presentation from Daniel, which allowed him to not only land the permit but multiple bonefish as well. 

Also joining us for a full week of fishing was Dave H. of Arizona.  Dave pursued bonefish and permit with guide Dion.  Plagued by an unfortunate pre-trip back injury, Dave made the best of his situation by spending a lot of time casting to tailing bones on the flat in front of the lodge – and loved every second of it.

Chris R. spent half of his week fishing with guide Dubs and half of his week diving with Dive Instructor Alex.  In his few days of fishing, Chris managed to land a permit as well as a handful of bonefish. 

As a matter of policy to ensure privacy, Turneffe Flats does not use last names of guests in our reports.

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February 18 - February 25, 2012


Weather Conditions: Sunny

Air Temp: Averaged around 80 degrees F, with a high around 84
Water Temp: Mid- to Upper-70s
Wind: Dominated from ESE

Tides: Falling tide throughout the day for beginning of the week, with high tide around noon by week’s end
Moon Phase: New Moon on Tues., Feb. 21

This week we spelled “Turneffe” – P-E-R-M-I-T!  Anglers and guides found singles and schools of permit nearly every day, both on the flats and in the Central Lagoon.  Not to mention, most of the permit caught were of substantial proportions, ranging anywhere from 12- to almost 25-pounds.  Bonefish were also feeding readily in the flats throughout the week.  Hot flies for permit were various shrimp patterns as well as the Turneffe Crab (tan #8).  Anglers were successful with bonefish using Crazy Charlies and small Bitters patterns.

Anne B. celebrated her birthday this week by landing bonefish and a permit (while wading!) with guide Daniel.  Anne was joined by family members David, Cindy M., and Marshall S., as well as David’s girlfriend, Lisa P.  Throughout the week, the anglers also fished with guide Capt.  David and Marshall landed numerous permit and bonefish as well as a snook.  Cindy was successful in landing her first of many bonefish with Daniel, and Lisa landed bonefish and hooked a couple of permit. 

Traveling all the way from Russia were Egor C. and Stas G.  Fishing with guides Willie and Dion, Egor and Stas landed four and five permit respectively. They had most of their success with shrimp patterns, but also had permit eat Merkin crabs.

Our “characters of the week,” Phil, Joel, and Dave C. spent the week fishing with guides Michael and Pops.  Joel was successful in landing a permit as well as multiple bonefish, and Phil and Dave landed bonefish as well as snapper and other alternative species.  Joel’s daughter, Hali, also fished for one day and managed to land her first bonefish. 

We also hosted a good number of half-week anglers. 

Friends John R., Pete D., Bob S., and Dick C., fished with guides Dubs and Eddie for the beginning of the week.  Each angler was successful in landing bonefish, and Pete landed a large permit on Mon.

Richard “Rick” E. of Vancouver, B.C., fished with guides Pops and Michael.  Rick landed a nice permit on Mon. along with a handful of bonefish over the course of three days.

During the second half of the week, Greg and Will H. fished with Dubs.  Both anglers were successful in effectively targeting bonefish on the flats.

Not only was this week filled with a lot of permit (21 to be exact), but also a lot of laughs and a lot of fun. 

For fear of running on too long with this report, I will end by quoting our honorable guest, Phil: “Constipation of the brain and diarrhea of the mouth can sometimes be fatal.”

As a matter of policy to ensure privacy, Turneffe Flats does not use last names of guests in our reports.

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February 11 - February 18, 2012


Weather Conditions: Warm and sunny with intermittent cloud cover

Air Temp: Averaged around 80 degrees F, with a high around 84
Water Temp: Upper 70s
Wind: Dominated from E

Tides: Rising tide throughout the day for most of the week
Moon Phase: Last Quarter Moon on Tues., Feb. 14

Another week of warm and sunny weather as well as good tides produced ideal fishing conditions.  Large schools of bonefish and were found on the flats throughout the week.  Permit were also spotted cruising the flats and schooling in the Central Lagoon.  Anglers had success with our “go-to” flies – Crazy Charlies (Brown, White and Pink sizes 6 and 8), Pearl Gotchas (sizes 6 and 8), and, of course, Bonefish Bitters (sizes 6 and 8).  We also had some anglers land bonefish on flies hand-tied by guide Michael.

Dave P., of Concord, NH, had a great week of fishing with Michael, landing many bonefish with a number of shots at tailing permit.  Dave, who had previously fished for bonefish in the Bahamas, made a point to tell us that he had never seen so many bonefish as he did on our flats!  Dave landed his largest bonefish ever.

Our other Dave of the week – Dave M., of Bend, Ore. – fished with guide Pops.  Dave and Pops spent the week chasing tailing bonefish with success on the northeast flats of the Atoll as well as the expansive flats at Calabash Caye.   

John D. joined us from Canada and had the pleasure of fishing with guide Capt. as well as one day with Pops.  His first time ever bonefishing, John was successful throughout the week.  He had the most success with Pops’ Bonefish Bitters patterns (Olive and Amber, sizes 6 and 8). 

Chip and Charlie G. spent the first half of their week working on their Advanced SCUBA certifications with Turneffe Flats Dive Instructor Alex and passed the test.  They fished with guide Daniel for the last two days of the week.  First-time saltwater anglers, both Chip and Charlie were successful in landing bonefish on Thurs. and a handful of large barracuda on Fri.

We also hosted a few anglers on half-week packages.  Robert G. and John L., of the Big Apple, fished with guide Daniel for the first half of the week.  This was also the first saltwater fly-fishing experience for both anglers.  After getting a feel for fighting a bonefish in deeper holes, each had success stalking tailing bones on the flats.   Robert and John made the best of their few days with us by also enjoying a couple of midday snorkels off of Daniel’s skiff!

Joe and Debbie C., of Rochester, Minn., spent a day fishing with guide Capt.  Equipped with a pair of 8-weight rods and a handful of flies, Joe and Debbie made the most of their fishing day and landed multiple bonefish on the flats.

As a matter of policy to ensure privacy, Turneffe Flats does not use last names of guests in our reports.

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February 4 - February 11, 2012


Weather Conditions:
Consistently warm and sunny throughout the week.

Air Temp: Averaged in the upper 70s
Water Temp: Upper 70s
Wind: Dominated from ENE

Tides: Falling tide throughout the day for most of the week, with a rising tide throughout the mornings by week’s end
Moon Phase: Full Moon on Tuesday, February 7

The warm and sunny weather that followed last week’s cold fronts had bonefish and permit chasing flies both on the flats and in some deeper pools.  As surface waters warmed with the sun, large schools of fish were found along the outer eastside flats of the Atoll.  Anglers fared well with old standbys Crazy Charlies, Gotchas, and Pops’ Bonefish Bitters.

This week, we hosted anglers of all skill levels, and all were successful in landing bonefish as well as various other species, including barracuda, snapper and jacks.   

Bill “The Kingpin” S., Bob S., Lynn M., and John L., of California joined us for a full week.  They mixed it up, fishing with guides Dubs and Michael and targeting various species.  John, who had previously fished with us, targeted bonefish, but also enjoyed fishing deeper water for snapper and jacks. 

Bob, an avid angler, ended the week with a bang by landing numerous bonefish.  He also had numerous legitimate shots at permit in the lagoon, but unfortunately, could not get them to chase a fly.  His wife, Lynn, had a great week bonefishing on the flats.  With keen eyesight, natural talent, and assistance from Dubs, Lynn was targeting tailing bones like a pro by mid-week.  

And then, of course, was Bill – also known as “The Kingpin.”  At 81, Bill did not skip a beat when it came down to fishing.  Using a 6-weight and fishing deeper water, Bill was successful in landing numerous bonefish, snapper, and a large barracuda.   

Hailing from the “Land Down Under,” Mike M. joined us for a half-week.  Mike landed many bonefish in his few days fishing and also had a couple of shots at a school of permit in the Central Lagoon.

As a matter of policy to ensure privacy, Turneffe Flats does not use last names of guests in our reports.

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