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FISHING

  World-class sport fishing activities are offered to all Machaca Hill guests on a supplemental basis and require advance reservations.

Machaca Hill’s prime location on the Rio Grande, just minutes by boat to the Caribbean Sea, provides limitless options for anglers.  Machaca’s highly trained guides specialize in the “Big Three” – bonefish, tarpon and permit.  For those with an interest in learning to fly-fish, Machaca offers lessons for new anglers about gear, casting technique, sighting fish and the art of picking the right fly. Read More...

Pre-Fishing Check List

Most anglers visit for the world-class permit fishing; however the area around Machaca Hill is one of the few destinations on earth with large numbers of the “Big Three.” Visiting anglers have the chance at a “Grand Slam,” catching all three species – bonefish, tarpon and permit – on a single trip.  Belize is working to protect and grow these fish stocks; in 2008 a law was passed making all three species available for catch-and-release fishing only.

Our fishing activities are usually fully inclusive of a qualified and extremely competent specialist guide, skiff, fishing equipment and all fuel for the entire day.  Fishermen are encouraged to bring their own equipment if they choose; some equipment is available at the Lodge. Adequate rod holders and equipment stowage is available on board the skiff.

Machaca’s most frequently sought-after species:

  • Permit: The flats, lagoons and river channels around Machaca are among the best permit fisheries in the world. The migration begins in February and ends in November; the largest fish are found between March and May.  
  • Tarpon:  Large tarpon are migratory, and found in the waters around Machaca from May through September.  Smaller tarpon, under twenty pounds, can be found in the mangroves and brackish estuaries, creeks and lagoons year-round.
  • Bonefish: The local flats, lagoons and river mouths attract shrimp and, in turn, hungry bonefish from April to November. The largest migratory fish are generally found in October.
  • Snook:  Coastal marine and brackish mangroves offer the best fishing from November through March when snook move into shallower water in search of warmer temperatures.
  • Jack Crevalle: Thriving in the area since the 1995 commercial net ban, large schools of jacks are found in the shallow flats and lagoons around Machaca from February through November.
  • Mutton Snapper: This coveted species is found year-round in the sandy areas around mangroves, lagoons and river basins.

A tailor-made picnic lunch is included in this activity; please discuss your preferences with your server or directly with the management or executive chef.