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Walker’s Cay Chronicles’ Flip Pallot will host a Saltwater Fly Fishing clinic at El Pescador Lodge, Ambergris Caye, Belize on May 1 & 2, 2005. This clinic will be limited to 20 anglers who seek the ultimate learning experience. Flip is internationaly known for both his fly-fishing techniques and his one on one style of teaching.
- Topics the clinic will cover:
- Saltwater Fly Fishing knots and leader make up
- Saltwater Flat techniques
- Salt-water fly presentation
Techniques for dealing with the ever changing winds, tides and much more.
In addition to the topics above, the small size of the group allows Flip to focus on your individual questions and issues.Do you want to improve your casting ability? This is the clinic. Flip will hold casting classes for groups of five at a time. After picking up some critical pointers, jump in a boat and go try them out. Have an issue on the water, talk to Flip that evening over drinks at the bar
While we call this a clinic in the formal sense, it is designed to be very flexible and attentive to the needs of the 20 anglers. If you have ever wanted to try saltwater flats fishing for the first time this is the perfect opportunity to gain years of experience in a matter of hours in one of the most diverse and expansive saltwater fishing grounds in the world.
If you have been saltwater flats fishing before, this experience will take your angling abilities to a higher level. What better place to fish than Abergris Caye. What better place to stay than El Pescador. Who better to learn from than Flip Pallot? It all comes together May 1 & 2, 2005 in Belize.
Belize is extremely easy to get to and English is widely spoken. You will fly into Belize City International Airport, clear customs walk over to the domestic ticket counter where your prepaid reservation will await you for the 15-minute flight out to Ambergris Caye. There you will be met at the San Pedro airport put in a boat and 10 minutes later you are at the lodge with a room over looking the Atlantic Ocean.
2 fishing days, 3 lodge nights, $1490
3 fishing days, 4 lodge nights, $1,880
4 fishing days, 5 lodge nights, $2.270
5 fishing days, 6 lodge nights, $2,660
6 fishing days, 7 lodge nights, $3,050
7 fishing days, 8 lodge nights, $3,440
The cost of the clinic itself, the number of nights lodging and days fishing specified in your package, land and air transfers between Belize City, EP Ambergris, and back to Belize City, 7% hotel tax, sales tax where applicable, 3 meals per day and a welcome drink. Fly tackle can be provided at an additional price if requested in advance.
EL PESCADOR LODGE, AMBERGRIS CAYE, BELIZE
For over 25 years, El Pescador Lodge has been the choice of the world’s top anglers. The Spanish name “El Pescador” means “the fisherman” and they cater to all types of angler. Belize’s shallow water contains the only classic tarpon flats outside South Florida and their flats are world renowned for offering the opportunity to site cast to Tarpon 12 months a year. At El Pescador, you too can achieve the angler’s ultimate dream- a Grand Slam, Bonefish, Tarpon and a Permit all in one day! You can cast the lagoons for ladyfish or snook, go outside the reef into the deep water for billfish and Wahoo. Troll the reef for king fish or barracuda. Jig the bottom for snapper and grouper. The choice is yours.
El Pescador also offers you a choice of accommodations. But whether you opt for rooms in their gracious, mahogany colonial lodge, or the privacy and comfort of the El Pescador luxury Villas, you’ll be right on the beach, facing the sea, surrounded by the fragrance of tropical flowering plants and the whisper of shady palms. Not only will find the serenity and seclusion you are looking for, you’ll have the convenience of being within walking distance of San Pedro Town and its gift shops, restaurants, bars and night spots.
The Belizean staff will help you make the most of your vacation and select from a wide range of adventures available in the area, from scuba diving and snorkeling our world famous Barrier reef to exploring caves and Maya archaeological sites inland, to visiting a natural habitat zoo or ecological park.
Your hosts live on the premises to ensure warm, personal service around the clock. El Pescador’s courteous, English-speaking guides are trained to assist every type of angler at every skill level. They are proud to introduce El Pescador’s Fly Shop, the only Scientific Anglers, Mastery Series Fly Shop in Belize.
FISHING AT EL PESCADOR
The name, El Pescador, means “The fisherman” and their specialty is light tackle, salt water angling. The guides are English speaking and experienced in guiding both fly and spin anglers alike. The majority of the guides have been working with El Pescador for over 15 years. The guides stalk the fish in clear water using shallow draft skiffs for getting onto the bonefish flats and they know how to position the boat to give the angler the best possible casting opportunities. The guides themselves are skilled fly anglers and therefore can help novice fly angling guests with their casting and technique.
BONEFISH: The bonefish grounds are 10 to 20 minutes from the lodge and the tarpon flats begin 20 minutes from there. Most of the bone fishing is done from the bow of a boat but there are 4 or 5 flats that can be waded. The bones run from 2-5 lbs. and are plentiful. The tarpon flats are 3-8 feet deep and are quite extensive, approximately 35 miles long by 15 miles wide.
TARPON: Not all the tarpon flats are fishable everyday due to changing weather conditions and currents, but generally speaking, they have good tarpon fishing all year round. The tarpon run from 10 to100+ lbs.; the average winter fish is about 50-60 lbs. with the average summer fish being 90 – 150 lbs.
PERMIT: are found on the bonefish flats, some of the shallow tarpon flats as well as in waves coming over the reef. Our permit range from 4-30 lbs. with the majority being about 8-10 lbs. and found in large schools. Jack crevalle, barracuda, cobia and snook are also found on the flats and in the surrounding mangrove lagoons.
Jack crevalle, barracuda, cobia and snook are also found on the flats and in the surrounding mangrove lagoons. Reef fishing is another activity our clients enjoy. The reef sports snappers, grouper, wahoo, mackerel, jacks, cobia, barracuda, kingfish, rainbow runners, trigger fish and during mid May to mid August, tarpon. A great day on the reef might include catching snappers, grouper, etc., going to shore and having the guide prepare a freshly caught shore lunch while you relax or wade for bonefish. After lunch you can go for a snorkel and/or trip into San Pedro town for a little sight seeing, bar hopping, whatever.
El Pescador Monthly Fishing Guide*
Month Tarpon Bonefish Permit Reef
JAN F/G G F G/E
FEB G G F/G E
MAR F/G G G G/E
APR G/E G/E E E
MAY E E E G/E
JUN E E E G/E
JUL E+ E G/E E
AUG E+ E G G/E
SEP G E G G
OCT G E G F/G
NOV G G/E G F/G
DEC F/G G F E+
*As weather and seasonal variations can occur, please refer to the above ratings as a guide, factored over many years of fishing.
ACCOMMODATIONS AT EL PESCADOR
The El Pescador Lodge is an intimate, 12-room, one suite hotel set in a colonial style mahogany building with a long verandah overlooking the beach and barrier reef. All rooms have private baths, overhead fans and air-conditioning and are just steps away from the swimming pool adjacent the beach. All rooms face the sea.
El Pescador Villas are a collection of four luxury multi-bedroom Villas, set in tropical gardens, surrounding a private pool. You may enjoy the entire Villa as a home-away-from-home, or request only a portion since each suite can locked-off into a private unit. Reserve one master suite, or a master suite and the Great Room-just tell Worldwide Angling what configuration works best for you! El Pescador lodge and villas are on the Bahia del Punta Arena, 2.6 miles north of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The spot is remote and private, yet close enough to reach town on foot, bicycle, shuttle, water taxi or golf cart.
DINING AT EL PESCADOR
The El Pescador restaurant is intimate and the meals are served family-style. They serve an American breakfast, offer a lunch buffet of seafood and local Belizean cuisine along with a dinner buffet. You can join the other guest for hors d’ouvres at 5:30 pm in the bar, the perfect place for swapping stories after a day’s activities. The house specialty is tropical rum punch but they also offer a full selection of top shelf liquors, wine and beer. Many international cigars are available in San Pedro and are sold upon request.
Expect pleasant nights with temperatures in the 70’s. The day will heat up into the 90’s. July to September is the rainy season but then rain is possible year round so bring sunscreen as well as a rain suite. Because Ambergris Caye is located on an island off shore, it tends to have more of a desert climate and thus escapes much of the rain. For this reason Worldwide Angling uses El Pescador Ambergris Caye on a year round basis.
MAJOR US GATEWAY CITIES
Newark, Houston, Los Angles, and Miami: Anglers depart their home cities and travel to Belize City, Belize.(You will need to arrive at the airport by 15:00 local time.) From Belize City, you will then take a 17 minute charter flight to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye typically via a Cessna Caravan turboprop aircraft. A water taxi ride completes your travel to the lodge.
ACTIVITIES FOR THE NON-ANGLER AT EL PESCADOR LODGE
For the non-angler, Belize is host to diverse activities and abundant natural beauty. Under the pristine azure sea lies the world’s largest living coral reef, acclaimed by the best divers. Speckled with 200 cayes their barrier reef is home to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark and Sting Ray Alley. On the mainland, a short flight away, the magic of Belize stretches back for centuries. Explore mighty Mayan ruins, the lush rainforest, exotic wildlife and beautiful orchids. Optional guided trips to these exceptional destinations are available on a daily basis through the lodge. Activities including the rainforest, Maya ruins, snorkeling, visitation to various zoos, sailing, diving and exploring the underwater world of El Pescador.