The world-renowned lodge was first thought of back in 1973 and after a great effort, it opened its doors to the very first guests in 1974. Ever since then the owners have been welcoming guests who are looking for peaceful surroundings while enjoying some the finest flats fishing available. This stunning lodge is not just about the fishing, they pride themselves on looking after families. This over the years has proved a winning combination and the list of tours available have grown from Catamaran sunset sailing cruises to scuba and snorkelling courses.
The family-run resort really knows how important it is to offer the whole family an adventure so if you are looking for some of the worlds best fly flats fishing where a grand slam is very possible while still keeping the family holiday aspect then El Pescador is the right combination for you.
El Pescador is located outside the town of San Pedro, Belize on Ambergris Caye. Belize is situated by the Caribbean sea and the country is known for having the lowest population density of any Central American country. English is the national language of Belize and this along with its fantastic fishing is another reason that makes it such a popular destination for English speaking anglers and with its beachfront location it provides families with the opportunity to take on some of the tours on offer directly in front of the resort.
When fishing the vast flats around El Pescador you will have the option of targeting different species on the different flats. There is an abundance of Bonefish, you will be spoilt for choice with some of the most superb Bonefish flats some of which are only two minutes from the hotel. These fish average 5-7lb and a 9ft 7# rod will be the perfect tool to cast a mix of classic flats fly patterns to tailing groups of fish. When scanning the Bonefish flats with your guide it is always worth having an 8# rod set up as you are likely to spot some of the massive shoals of Permit that live on these flats, with fish averaging 8 – 10lb these encounters always get the heart racing.
El Pescador is also an attractive prospect for Tarpon fishing because each year it has resident fish to over 100lb. When hunting Tarpon with your guide you will be able to cruise over 250 square miles of fishery in search of some very big fish. 10 & 12# rods with strong saltwater reels will give you the ability to go toe to toe with these silver torpedoes but remember to pick flies with super-strong hooks. The peak times for the Tarpon is July, August and September and some say that moon phases play a huge role in the Tarpons behaviour more so than other species.
Most of the fishing will be done from the bow of the boat but there are numerous flats that can be waded and small lagoons that all hold a good variety of fish. The smaller lagoons can be reached using the lodges Kayaks or canoes provided free of charge in your downtime. The staff will give you some guidance and directions then you are free to go off on your own little fishing adventure. You can learn more about the fishing in El Pescador over on our YouTube Channel.
With a guiding team who are fully trained casting instructors and most with many seasons under their belts, you cannot put yourself in better hands for a week on the flats. El Pescador has a good collection of demo rods and reels that it can lend free of charge to you if you don’t want to take your own gear and in the well-stocked shop, you can buy all the terminal gear and flies you will need for the week.
Each day the guides can assist with casting and fly presentation and you can even choose to join one of the fly casting workshops held in the evenings if you want a brush up on your skills. These are great little sessions to learn more about fly fishing on the flats casting, feel free to join in or just listen to our experienced guides talk about all things fishing related.
For non-angling partners or just days off from the fishing, there is just so much to do and explore including diving or snorkeling around the ore inspiring barrier reef, playing a round of golf on a private island, or a cave tubing adventure or a jungle river cruise. A full list of non-fishing activities can be given upon request from the Sportquest team. This destination comes highly recommended as a great family destination to cater to all involved.
If you have any questions about our El Pescador fishing holidays or any of our Saltwater fly fishing trips, contact us in the office today. Our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Make sure to explore all our Belize fishing destinations and additionally, you can request a free brochure.