Tarpon Caye - South Belize
Year round - Different species targeted depending on time of year
Wake up with world-class fishing at your doorstep
Tarpon Caye is a small island about 8 acres in size. It is located 15 miles off the coast of Placencia in south-central Belize. It can be reached in about 35 minutes via a comfortable 35′ Tarpon Caye Lodge transport boat.Tarpon Caye Lodge is literally ground zero to miles and miles of pristine flats fishing and Tarpon habitat. There is virtually no commute to and from the fishing. You can grab a coffee and be fishing in minutes.
The island is also named “Tarpon” Caye for a good reason.
The lagoon side of the island hosts a resident population of 10-40 pound baby Tarpon with larger specimens coming through during the annual Tarpon migrations.
BEST TIME TO VISIT BELIZE FOR TARPON
March to August: The tarpon begin migrating North in March. The migration goes on thru to August. They slow down in September and October and start their migration back south around the first week in November. They naturally migrate thru the Victoria Channel and Tarpon Caye is located in the center of the Victoria Channel; this is a major stopping point for them migrating north and migrating back south; due to the fact that they feed on the minnows that live in the lagoon. The minnows feed on the marine algae that line the bottom of the lagoon; therefore they are here almost all year round.
January and February: Migratory tarpon continue migrating south, however, there are resident tarpon around. These are smaller tarpon than migratory ones and are good for fishermen looking to target smaller tarpon.
BEST TIME TO VISIT BELIZE FOR PERMIT
March to August: these are the best months to fishing for Permit in Southern Belize. The tides are more or less stable during these months. The first and last quarter moons are the best periods. These two moon phases give you two rising tides in a day and increase your chances of catching permit.
September to November: The Island experiences much higher tides; therefore first quarter and last quarter moons are still the most favorable period. Your fishing tactics change from fishing on a half-full to full tide to a low to half-full tide to compensate for the extra high tide we get in these months. Flats that are out of water during the rest of the year are now below water, making it quite a unique fishing experience.
December to February: The new moon or full moon is the best time during these months. These three months normally have extra low tides, and you will want to fish the Spring tides so you could get the highest tides.
BEST TIME TO VISIT BELIZE FOR BONEFISH
March to August: these are the best months to target bonefish in southern Belize. In this area, there are approximately 15 + spots for your fishing pleasure.
September to February: During these months you will target bonefish in deeper waters. There is plenty to keep you happy all day long.
BEST TIME TO VISIT BELIZE FOR OTHER TYPES OF FISHING:
Southern Belize is excellent for bait casters, spin casters, conventional fishing in general.
Throughout the year you can target species such as: Barracuda, Jacks, Yellowtail snapper, mutton snapper, King and Spanish Mackerel
Outside the reef you can target: Black Fin Tuna, Yellow Jacks, Wahoo and many more
Tarpon Caye is a small, intimate Lodge experience with accommodations for only ten guests.
The guest cabins are Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon and Tiburon. Permit, Tarpon, and Bonefish are cabins located over the water with two full beds and a private bath. Tiburon is a more spacious cabin featuring two bedrooms with four total beds, a large common area, and two private bathrooms.
All cabins have been decorated with local art purchased from galleries right in Placencia.
All cabins have on-demand hot water heaters for nice hot showers, WIFI, private decks with hammocks, and a constant refreshing ten-knot breeze off the ocean.
Three of the private cabins sit right over the Caribbean Sea. The two-bedroom cabin sits on a setback just off the beach on the southeast corner of the property. All cabins offer breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Just wait until you see the sunrise! Wake up in the morning, grab a cup of coffee and you just may witness rays, permit, and tarpon frolicking right off the beach.