BELIZE - WATER CAYE

Location

Water Caye is located off the coast of South/Central Belize, roughly 16 miles off the coastal town of Dangriga. Water Caye is one of the most visually stunning locations in all the Caribbean.

The Fishing

Water Caye is situated right in the middle of what we estimate to be the best skinny water permit fishery in the world. The flats extend both north and south of the island and we've never been anywhere that consistently produces more permit than this location. There are several good permit grounds to the north of South Water Caye, starting in the Sand Fly Range, as well as in the Blue Ground Range of cayes, which is located directly to the west of Water Caye. To the south, the countless saltwater permit flats are the finest in the world. These pristine flats hold incredible numbers of permit, and can be counted on for numerous quality shots while wading. We even have a couple of secret lagoons back on the mainland which hold good numbers of this enigmatic fish.

Some of the flats are as close as a 10 minute boat ride from the island. The permit fishing in this area takes place on tidal flats in about 1-3 feet of water and guests will be casting to tailing permit in much the same way they have for tailing bonefish in other locations. Guests can expect to see 25-40 tailing fish per day and we've had 100+ fish days every year for the past decade. The majority of the fishing for permit is done while wading, making this one of anglings ultimate challenges!

Tarpon are also available at Water Caye, with the best time to target the silver kings being late spring and early summer. There are several schools of resident tarpon that can be fished year round. By mid April, both the Tobacco Caye and Water Caye channels become active feeding zones for the migratory tarpon that run the reef. Because the island is located right on the reef, there are an abundance of reef species to target. Large barracudas prowl the reef and if the weather allows, its always a great deal of fun to slip outside the reef to look for schools of tuna and the occasional dorado. Fly and spin welcome!


Trip Information

Documents Required

For American, Canadian, and E.U. citizens, all that is required for entrance to Belize is a valid passport. If you plan to spend more than a month in Belize, you will have to request an extension from the Immigration Office. Guests from China, Columbia, Cuba, India, South Africa, and Taiwan require a visa for entrance to Belize. Visa information can be obtained from the Belize Immigration and Nationality Department, Belmopan, Cayo District, Belize, Central America. (telephone 011-501-8-22423 or fax 011-501-8-22662)

Boats and Equipment

23 foot Mexican skiffs powered by 50-70 h.p. 4-stroke engines with rod holders and a generous casting area at the front of the skiff.

Species

barracuda, bonefish, jack crevelle, permit, snapper, tarpon

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Season

November to August

Capacity

10 anglers

Accommodations

The Blue Marlin is located on the north end of the island. The lodge bar is well stocked, there is a pool table and guides do not eat with the guests. Each room comes equipped with air-conditioning, 2 double beds and a private washroom with hot and cold running water. Guests will frequently see bonefish tailing from the porch of their cabana, or maybe even a ray that has come into the shallows looking for a crab or two. The grounds of the resort are beautiful and guests are free to walk about the island at their leisure. The island is only 12 acres in size, but there is plenty to see and the island is very safe.

Getting There

International flights to Belize travel through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Charlotte. American, Delta, Continental, US Air, and Taca all serve Belize.

Guests will fly into Belize City, where they will be met by a Flytreks representative. Guests are then escorted to a domestic air carrier for a 20 minute flight to Dangriga. An assistant will ensure that luggage is properly tagged to the correct destination and will help with lost luggage should assistance be necessary. Upon arrival in Dangriga, you'll be met by our taxi driver, who will drive you down to the Dangriga boat docks. The water taxi will be waiting for you and it's just a quick 35 minute ride out to the island from town.

What's included

  • Being met as soon as you clear customs at Belize International Airport
  • Round trip airfare from Belize International to Dangriga Town
  • Round trip water taxi service from Dangriga to Water Caye
  • Number of nights accommodations as specified in booking
  • Number of days guided fishing as specified in booking
  • All meals

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to Belize International Airport
  • Fly fishing equipment
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Departure tax is typically included in international airfare – please check with airline

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