Spent a week at Turneffe Flats Lodge the week of Nov 2-9, 2013. This was my first trip to the Turneffe Atoll so I had no idea what to expect. We arrived at the airport in Belize City and was driven to the dock where we would catch the boat for a 90 minute ride to TFL. We were greeted at the dock by the staff, Cameron (manager), Karen Hayes (co-owner). Craig Hayes was back in South Dakota hunting pheasants. He arrived on Friday.
We were directed to the lodges dining room/ relaxation area and given our room assignments and had some dinner. You would think being on a remote island the food would be kinda OK but not so.
The staff served the whole group in a short amount of time and were there whenever you needed something. While we were doing our orientation and having dinner, our luggage was taken to our assigned rooms. A group of us stayed in the Reef Villa. Pretty spacious with three bedrooms, we each had our own bathrooms and a large sitting area, with TV and DVD player. The coffee was prepared daily by the house keepers. The rooms were cleaned daily and not a spec of sand was left of the floor.
The next morning we had a short orientation on what the fishing days was going to be like. Cameron did an excellent job going over every thing and then we went to meet our guide. They looked at our equipment, flies and then it was off to the boat and a full day of fishing.
Unfortunately we had a cold front come through while we were there. It rained a couple times, the clouds where heavy at times and the winds, well all I can say is that every place in the tropics I've to the wind always blows. On the bright side of the cold front is that it's a sign of the hurricane season ending.
Ahhh, off to the fishing grounds… Amazing no other boats or fishermen in the area. The only boats you see zooming by are the boats from the lodge and a few local sail boats which are the commercial lobster fishermen. Jumping out of the boat I was surprised to find the waters were quite warm for wading. PERFECT. We were soon into a school of tailing bone fish. First cast, SPOOKED the whole school. Soon found out that you don't want to cast to the ones tailing. There is a perimeter of bones on the outside of the tailers. Had four shots at permit, hooked two and farmed both of them.
Well, long story short, I'm in the process of losing the 5 pounds that I gained while staying at Turneffe Flats Lodge, tying smaller flies and have already booked the group trip for 2014.