PLAN­NING TO FISH ROATAN

Sport Fishing - - NEW PRODUCTS -

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

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