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Caye Caulker was a fishing village before it was a visitor destination. From Caulker, you can fly-fish for bonefish or permit in the grass flats behind the island, troll for barracuda or grouper inside the reef, or charter a boat to take you to blue water outside the reef for deep-sea fishing. Blue marlin weighing more than 400 pounds have been caught off Caye Caulker, along with big sailfish, pompano, and kingfish. For blue-water deep-sea fishing, you'll pay BZ$500-BZ$1,200 and up for a full-day's fishing for up to four people.
For a guide and boat for flats and reef fishing, you'll pay around BZ$400-BZ$600 a day for one or two people. Bring all the fishing gear and tackle you think you'll need to Caye Caulker, as little is available on the island. If you're a do-it-yourself type, you can fish off the piers.
Charters, Lessons, and Equipment
Porfelio "Piggy" Guzman. Porfelio "Piggy" Guzman is one of the best-known fishing guides on the island, and he may charge a little more than others. Calle Almendro, Caye Caulker. 226/0152.
Tsunami Adventures. Tsunami Adventures offers reef and flats fishing trips starting at BZ$500 for a half day for two persons, including boat and guide, or BZ$700 for a full day, both inclusive of tax. Your guide will be a local fisherman, Rolly Rosado. Front St., Caye Caulker. 226/0462. www.tsunamiadventures.com.
Anglers Abroad. Haywood Curry, a transplanted Texan, and his crew run all types of fishing trips, starting with half-day trips at around BZ$500 for two persons and, "for the adventurous" two- or three-day camping and fishing expeditions, with camping on a remote caye. Anglers Abroad, associated with Seadreams Hotel, also has a fly-fishing and tackle shop. At Seadreams Hotel near the Split, Hattie St., Caye Caulker. 226/0303. www.anglersabroad.com.
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