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For over fifteen years, the Garbutt Brothers – Scully, Oliver, Dennis and Eworth – have been guiding the waters from Punta Gorda, east to the Sapodilla Cayes, and north to Placencia. Now, after working for years for several lodges throughout the region, they have a fishing lodge of their own – a centrally-located, fishing-focused operation with the best location in all of Southern Belize
Since there are daily flights to and from Belize City to Punta Gorda, packages of any length can be arranged, and trips can start and end on any day of the week. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details.
The main lodge building overlooks Joe Taylor Creek on the back-side, and the Caribbean Sea to the front. Guests will stay in one of three separate and private cabanas – each built on stilts overlooking both the creek and the open ocean. The location is ideal, as air-conditioning and the steady ocean breezes keep the rooms cool and the sleeping arrangements comfortable.
Being fairly new, the accommodations are clean and fresh. Each cabin features A/C, two beds, a private bath, shower, and plenty of space for your gear and equipment. Each morning and evening, guests will load and unload the boats off the main deck of the lodge – a walk of only a few feet from the nearest cabin. Every aspect and amenity of the lodge – from the location of the dock area to the rooms and the bar – are a testament to the fact that this operation was built BY anglers, FOR anglers. Wireless internet is available simply by walking across the street to a nearby bar and restaurant.
Upstairs in the main lodge building is the Garbutt’s “Grand Slam Bar” – a new eating and drinking establishment with great character, decor, and photos from the brothers’ years of guiding. Meals – home-cooked food prepared by the Garbutt family – are served in the dining area or on the expansive upper deck. The menu is a combination of fresh seafood dishes and traditional Creole cuisine that includes stewed chicken, pork, rice and beans, and fresh vegetables.
One of the neatest things about this operation is that it is a “family” run program in every sense of the word. The three brothers – Scully, Oliver and Eworth – all guide. Eworth works out of Placencia mostly, but will be available if requested in advance. The oldest brother – Dennis – serves as lodge manager, and a sister and the mom do much of the cooking! When you fishing out of the Garbutt’s Lodge, you are not just another guest. Rather, you become a part of the family for the time that you spend in Punta Gorda.
For those seeking permit on the fly, then the waters of Southern Belize are arguably the finest in the entire world of saltwater fishing. While other species are found throughout the area, it should be understood that the fishing in Punta Gorda is focused almost completely on permit. This means that as a stand-alone trip, this trip may not be for everyone – unless of course, you’re someone who really wants to focus on catching permit on a fly! There are hundreds of prime permit flats in the area, many less than thirty minutes from the lodge. Aside from being a fantastic permit fishery, Punta Gorda offers a number of other opportunities for those seeking diversity. The outer reef islands (the Sapodilla Cayes) offer opportunities for bonefish and can be well worth the hour-long run from the lodge. Relatively untouched and numerous, the bonefish on the outer Cayes average two to three pounds, with four to five pound bonefish occasionally found. The rivers of the Punta Gorda region offer seasonal fishing for snook, large jacks, and tarpon that can run anywhere from 10 to over 50 pounds. Over the years, the Garbutt brothers have also located numerous flats where tarpon can be found throughout the year.
The Garbutt brothers fish from 23 foot super-pangas, boats that are ideal for both polling the flats and running over open water. All of their boats have polling platforms and are designed for fly fishing, with spacious casting decks and clean interiors. While a limited number of loaner rods are available if necessary, it is advised that anglers bring their own tackle, equipment and flies.
For non-anglers visiting the lodge, the Punta Gorda area and this region of Southern Belize does offer a host of non-angling activities such as biking, canoeing, bird watching, kayaking, jungle tours, snorkeling on the outer islands, visiting numerous Mayan ruins throughout the area, reef trips, and manatee watching.
Try a river trip on the Rio Grande and Moho Rivers, visit a local Indian village, or try a tour of the Nim Li Punit or Lubaantun Mayan ruins. Cave tubing in the area is also an option, as Tiger and Hokeb Ha Caves offer trips through huge caverns.
International flights to Belize go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize are American Airlines, Delta, Continental/United, US Air, and Taca.
It is best to arrive into the Belize City International Airport (Phillip Goldson International) before 2:30 PM in order to make your necessary in-country connections and allow ample in-country travel time to Punta Gorda. Yellow Dog will be happy to handle all of your in-country Belizean flights and transfers.
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|3 Nights / 2 Days||$1,305||$1,695|
|4 Nights / 3 Days||$1,650||$2,295|
|5 Nights / 4 Days||$2,035||$2,795|
|6 Nights / 5 Days||$2,450||$3,395|
|7 Nights / 6 Days||$2,865||$3,995|
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Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or email@example.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
Visitors who utilize the Port Honduras Marine Park for fishing, snorkeling, sight seeing, etc. are required to pay a $10.00 US per day usage fee. (This fee is INCLUDED in your Garbutt Brothers Lodge package). The great news is that 60% of this fee goes directly to park management and park ranger budgets. The remaining 40% goes to the Belizean Department of Fisheries. Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and the lodges that we work with in Belize support this effort to fund protection and enforcement in the marine preserves, and applaud the Belizean government for taking a stand on important fisheries resources.