PLANNING TO FISH ROATAN
Roatan is a steep, junglecovered island nearly 50 miles in length and 5 miles at its widest. Coxen Hole, the main city, is often busy (there’s also a cruise-ship terminal there). But as one heads out of the city, the island’s beauty is evident, including spectacular white-sand beaches. English is the first language, though a modified form used by many traditional islanders can be tough to understand. The crystal-clear Caribbean surrounding Roatan and its reefs makes it a mecca for divers in particular. Its fishing opportunities remain far less well-known.
Mango Creek Lodge is located about a half-hour by lodge vehicle from the international airport (served by several major U.S. domestic airlines) in Coxen Hole, plus a 15-minute boat ride.
In six overwater cabanas and three rooms in a lodge on the hill behind, Mango Creek can accommodate as many as 26 guests, but there are usually fewer on hand. The cabanas, finished in rich tropical hardwoods, offer 360-degree windows (and a double screened door that opens directly onto the Caribbean) with ceiling fans. Mango Creek bills itself as an eco-resort, noting that solar energy generates about 80 percent of its power needs. The grounds are well-tended, with walking paths winding among many flowering and tropical-fruit trees and shrubs. Dinners at the lodge, prepared by Tita (spouse of lodge manager Manny Quiroz) struck us as innovative and genuinely fabulous.
While the majority of flats-fishing effort here comes from fly-rodders, spinfishermen are welcome. Either way, anglers should bring their favorite flats-fishing tackle with them. Specific suggestions for each of the primary species (bonefish, permit and tarpon) can be found on the lodge website under “Activities/Fishing.” You’ll want a good pair of wading shoes, of course.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
■ Mango Creek Lodge mangocreeklodge.com
■ Roatan Tourism honduras.travel