Bonefishing is the mainstay of the fishing on Turneffe, and the atoll has miles of crystal-clear, wadable flats. The atoll’s ocean-side flats, only five to fifteen minutes from the lodge, are some of the most picturesque flats found anywhere in this part of Central America. Anglers can sight-fish to large schools of tailing bonefish at all hours of the day. There are also smaller schools of medium-sized bones, and occasional large “cruisers” in the six to ten-pound range. The bonefishing is consistently good throughout the year and offers something for anglers of all experience levels. Novice saltwater anglers can expect to see hundreds of bonefish over the course of a week, a scenario that provides a great opportunity to learn the intricacies and nuances of flats fishing. Experienced saltwater anglers will find plenty of challenging fishing and opportunities to cast to large bonefish. Aside from the large ocean-side flats, bonefish also inhabit the mangrove-lined lagoons and flats in the interior of the atoll. While these fish are generally larger and at times take a fly more readily, the fact that they are constantly on the move makes casting accuracy important. The fishing in the interior of the atoll is mostly done from the bow of the lodge’s 16' Dolphin Superskiffs.
As far as permit fishing goes, the atoll is home to an exceptional population of these elusive and difficult fish. Turneffe is one of a select group of saltwater destinations where you can experience the excitement of flats fishing for tailing permit throughout the year, either from a skiff or while wading the ocean-side flats. Anglers serious about chasing these fish can expect numerous shots at 10 to 20-pound permit and occasional shots at fish in the 30 to 40-pound class. Anglers wishing to fish for the “Silver King” can catch small, resident tarpon that inhabit the creeks, channels and lagoons of the atoll throughout the year. The fishing for the larger, migratory tarpon begins in April and continues through mid-October. June, July, and August are generally the best months for tarpon fishing, as this is the season when most of the migratory fish in the 70 to 150-pound range are passing through. Each season, the lodge sees a few monsters in the 150 to 200-pound range!
Individual, air-conditioned guest rooms are located on the beach, and all offer panoramic views of Turneffes nearby coral reef. All of the rooms are furnished with one queen-size bed and one extra-long single bed. Each room has a large private bath with two sinks and a shower. The social center for Turneffe Flats is the spacious, air-conditioned main lodge. A pre-dinner gathering in the lodge for hors d'oeuvres and refreshments is customary, and the screened verandah is a wonderful place to enjoy the tropical evening with new and old friends. Meals at the lodge are a tasty combination of Belizean and American dishes served family-style. Fresh seafood, local produce, and home-baked pastries are standard fare. Three delicious meals per day are part of the lodge package, and each morning you will awaken to fresh coffee or tea served on your private verandah. The bar is well-stocked with premium liquor and offers a variety of wines as well as local Belikin beer.
Guides fish from 16-foot Dolphin super skiffs. The lodge offers top of the line rental gear and equipment from Sage, Abel and Patagonia, and sells small items such as flies, leaders, tippet and fly lines.
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"The experience completely exceeded our expectations. The lodge, the staff and the fishery were all world-class!”
- Jim H.
"The entire Turneffe experience was excellent. I look forward to returning next year - if I can wait that long! I've fished throughout the Bahamas, the Florida Keys, and in Mexico. This was by far the best trip I've taken."
- Frank P.
"This is truly a top notch fishing and diving venue. One I would highly recommend. The staff and management could not have been more accommodating.”
- Ann and Garth J.
Citrus Heights, CA
"Turneffe was everything you told us it would be - great fishing, awesome environment, fantastic food, and solid accommodations. In fact, there were many more intangibles that made it even more special. For example, the lodge staff is first rate and the owners are great at tailoring the right experience for everyone. My wife was able to spend three days on the boat with me and then spend the rest of the week exploring with the most amazing nature guide I have ever seen (Abel). I think the non-fishing aspect of the lodge is not publicized the way it should be... What a great asset they have there! The lodge also arranged a short Mayan site visit while we were waiting for the flight out on Saturday. In all, awesome time. Not sure when the next trip will fit, but we'll be coming back to work with you again."
- Lance F.
Port Hueneme, CA