Are there restrictions on fishing from shore on Utila. Are there certain areas that fishing isnt allowed from shore. My kids want to fish from the dock, shore etc...
technically there's no fishing allowed on the reef. so if you can find shore or docks without reef in front you're ok. another option is to fish the shallow sandy bays, there you'll have a chance to catch bonefish, tarpon etc. just be ready for an incredible fight.
Any suggestions on specific locales to find some bones and/or tarpon?!
My husband catches bonefish on flies in the flats off the old airport area. If you can time it right with the morning tides, I think there would be some good opportunities on the north side (would require a boat).
there are guys on pigeon cay who will guide you to bone fishing areas on the north shore such as turtle and/or rock harbor.
All the other responses are accurate but you might consider fishing Paradise Cove for bone fish as it is very popular with fishermen who travel here. You can also hire a local guy in town for flats/fly fishing. His name is "Tony" and any local will know him.
Turtle Harbor is a Restricted Environment. Rock Harbor is NOT and you can reach there via the south lagoon by Kayak or special boat.
I agree, please note that catching the reef fish is not sustainable here. Surveys being taken out on Utila's reefs are showing that the reef fish in Utila's waters are at critically low levels, including the reef snapper, grouper and parrotfish.
Also, it's good to be aware that the sea grass beds are vital nurseries for juevenille fish, if these are fished out then fish populations collapse.
Responsible fishing practices are appreciated, the best way to fish on Utila is to put it back afterwards! :)
I'll agree with ramehrer, Tony is an excellent guide! No bells, no whistles,low keyed,low life, My kinda' guy !
Does anyone know how to contact Tony? I am looking for a guide to go bone fishing with on the flats or kayak fishing in the mangroves. I will probably bring my own rod and reel but would prefer to find a decent local guide.
Go to Gunter's Dive shop and ask for the Tony the fishing guide. Tony will take you through the lagoon to the north side of the island. Excellent flats fishing with no development, no people...its amazing. Bring your own equipment though, you will be happy you did. Tony is the MAN. But be ready for him to be buzzed the entire time. Or just get buzzed with him, that is what I did...even though it was 8:00am
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