Last week I traveled to Southern Belize with all good intentions of fishing for permit and shooting photos in a place I’ve never been. I was able to check both goals off the list, but soon you’ll notice a conspicuous absence of a key component of this trip report. Note that I said, “fishing for permit.”
Here’s what you need to know:
- Dennis Garbutt and his three brothers Scully, Oliver and Eworth, run a great operation out of Punta Gorda. They treat their anglers like family and their guiding skills are unmatched.
- Southern Belize offers an amazing variety of habitat: pancake flats, deep creeks, mangrove lagoons, and jungle rivers.
- Permit aren’t always abundant on bright sunny days with great visibility.
- Permit are sometimes incredibly abundant when it’s cloudy, raining buckets, or so calm that you can’t get near them.
- Permit don’t give a squat how many you’ve caught in your life. That slate gets wiped clean daily.
- When a permit eats your fly and runs right at you: keep stripping and curse/pray loudly.
So here’s a smattering of images from a place that I’m already planning to re-visit.
Yes, honey, I’m doubling down.
Primo permit grounds
Dennis Garbutt: the nicest man in Punta Gorda
Red sky at morning
The ready (for sunlight) position
These were about
Scully Garbutt: this man can fish
And our rods were clean!
Have you seen my papers?
Manfred, may I pluck you a bah-nah-nah?
This taxidermy spoke to me in the night