Hopkins and Placencia
Wary, elusive and ultra-selective, permit may be the most highly prized shallow-water gamefish in the world. For anglers looking to fish permit in classic skinny-water, tails-in-the-air, hard-sand-and-turtle-grass-flats situations, then this is the area to focus on. The offshore flats and waters from Hopkins south to Placencia have for years been synonymous with world-class permit fishing. This is also home to some of the most experienced flats guides in Central America. The names of famous saltwater guides such as Cabral, Godfrey, Westby and Leslie have long made Placencia a favored destination for serious saltwater anglers. While bonefish, tarpon and snook inhabit these waters, permit is the reason you come here. If you're impatient, quick to anger, or suffer from ADD, you may want to stick to more-diverse waters farther north. If you're serious about permit, however, this is the place to be.