Turneffe Flats is known as one of the world’s premier flats fishing destinations and another great destination where Grand Slam species can be caught all year round. Turneffe Flats has a great variety of accommodation catering perfectly for couples as well as groups.
Turneffe Atoll is the largest of only four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere and is best known for its variety of fishing. The resort built its first guest cabins in 1985, the first guests at the lodge had such a fantastic experience that one member of the group soon became a shareholder. The resort continued with extra cabins and upgrades taking place throughout the late 80s and 90s and even being the first Lodge to use the custom-built Dolphin flats skiff boats. In 1998 and 2000 respectively the Atoll was hit by two major Hurricanes resulting in major damage, in 2001 the major remodelling of the lodge was completed.
Bonefish have been a primary target of anglers here for over 20 years. While wading the expansive flats you will regularly see large schools of Bonefish providing a great opportunity for new saltwater anglers to learn the basics of the sport.
There is also plenty of challenging fishing for those who enjoy stalking larger fish in skinny water. Permit are the prime objective for many anglers and Belize has gained a reputation as the Permit capital of the world. As much hunting as it is fishing, Permit present a unique challenge and many guests have celebrated their first ever Permit here. Most Permits are found as singles or in small groups throughout the Turneffe Atoll, although you frequently see larger schools of Permit tailing in shallow water. With the help of your experienced guide, the correct fly can be picked and presented often resulting in hooked fish.
Turneffe Flats has a great pedigree in producing some first class Tarpon fishing and produces Tarpon all year round. Although there are always some resident Tarpon to be found, the migratory Tarpon season extends from May until October and this is generally when the larger fish turn up. Tarpon inhabit the creeks, channels and lagoons of the Atoll and most Tarpon jumped are 60-90 pounds, with some fish in the 100-150 pound range and occasional monsters approaching 200 pounds.
Other species that can be found around the atoll include Triggers, Snook, Jacks, Snapper and Barracuda. These can be great fun to catch in between targeting the main slam species of the Atoll.
During fishing days you will travel with your guide in teams of two via the flats boat spotting for tailing fish and then take it in turns to take shots at what presents itself.