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Saltwater Fishing Featuring Flats and Bluewater Destinations Worldwide

We Share Your Passion


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We Share Your Passion

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LAST YEAR WE SPENT A LITTLE TIME TALKING about how Frontiers pioneered some of the world’s most renowned saltwater destinations. We mentioned a few of the more well-known regions: Christmas Island, the Bahamas, and of course, the Seychelles. For fear of running out of room we left out a couple, like Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and the spectacular flats surrounding the island of Los Roques off the coast of Venezuela. The point we were trying to make was that Frontiers has been around a long time, nearly 50 years. That’s much longer than the majority of our competition, and we feel as though it’s that experience that sets us apart from the myriad of booking agents and travel consultants out there these days. That wealth of experience is yours to tap into, free of charge. It’s pretty simple actually: more experience on your side equals better odds on making the most of your free time and money. Frontiers takes a pretty straightforward approach when it comes to finding the best destinations for our clients, and we think that we truly put our money where our mouth is. Aside from the usual costs associated with running any normal business, like wages and health care, staff travel is the number one expense for Frontiers. We feel that it’s important for our staff to be able to impart passion, knowledge and excitement for the places they love to travel to. We also feel that it’s the key to gaining your trust, and that trust helps foster quality long-term relationships with you. You’ll be happy to know that we haven’t slowed down in our quest to bring new great places to our clients. As a point of reference, from April 2016 to April 2017, twenty-seven different members of our staff traveled on familiarization trips. Many of those same people traveled to multiple destinations throughout the year. Numerous new destinations, outfitters and ground operators were vetted along the way. Not all made the grade. That said, we feel that one noticeable trend has definitely been emerging over the last decade. Outfitters and lodges both new and old are providing a better overall product for their guests to experience. The bar continues to be raised.

It’s All About the Experience

Nearly Fifty Years of Sporting Travel Experience

So when it comes to booking a trip to a faraway land, a place you’ve only read about, there’s no substitute for the peace of mind that comes with traveling with a company that’s pretty much seen it all for nearly 50 years . . . 50 years of sending clients to the ends of the earth, and back again. n

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Table of Contents Bahamas...........................6 U.S. Florida Keys.............22 Seychelles........................24 Mauritius..........................31 Mexico..............................32 Christmas Island.............44 Belize...............................46 Australia...........................54 Costa Rica.......................56 Guatemala.......................62 Panama...........................64 Hosted Trips.....................66

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Meet the Team Nearly 200 years of combined saltwater fishing expertise. Our team shares your passion for the outdoors. Frontiers does more exploratory travel and on-site evaluation than any other travel company. Our experts visit the places they love every year to stay up-to-date on the best accommodations and activities and to keep in touch with our partner organizations on the ground. Our unparalleled destination knowledge spans the globe. We are uniquely able to help our clients compare options within the context of their preferences, objectives, budgets and past travel experiences. n


Joe Linscott Bahamas, Christmas Island and United States wingshooting

Our Team

Denise Schreiber Belize, Cabo San Lucas and American West

Joe Codd Saltwater Department Manager and North America Big Game Hunting

Derek Hathazy Central America and Los Roques

Mike Fitzgerald Co-Owner and President

Tarquin Millington-Drake Managing Director for the Frontiers U.K. office

Bob Artzberger Seychelles and Mexico’s Yucatan

Richard Scrope Alphonse, Argentina, Iceland, Russia, and U.K. shooting and stalking for U.K. clients

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Bahamas

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The Bahamas offers something for everyone; seemingly endless white sand beaches for the beachcomber, infinite bonefish flats unrivaled in scope anywhere else on Earth, incredible diving and snorkeling, and cuisine and accommodations that range from Spartan to lavish.

Photo: David Rees


An Oasis of Laid-Back Hospitality and Extraordinary Bonefishing This gracefully designed destination emphasizes flats fishing, recreation and utter relaxation. The lodge is an exquisite retreat featuring tennis courts, indoor-outdoor dining, a freshwater pool and more—all accessible to only 60 guests. It offers everything from world-class bonefishing flats and the world’s third-largest barrier reef to peerless sunsets, miles of private beach, fresh and imaginative cuisine and the only overwater spa in the Bahamas. This private island hideaway is a favorite among beachcombers, barefoot wanderers and many a happy bonefisher.

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Kamalame Cay

Fishing: Andros is known for bonefishing, and fish near Kamalame average a solid 3–4 pounds; larger fish are abundant too. Fish the nearby flats solo or with a staff guide. Trips to one of Andros’ best fisheries, the Joulter Cays, can be arranged, as can a float plane excursion to remote flats. Accommodation: Kamalame Cay’s barefoot chic Atlantic retreat features several luxurious seaside accommodations tucked in bougainvillea-draped cottages, bungalows and peak-roofed Balinese beach houses. This 96-acre private island features rooms, suites, cottages and one–fourbedroom villas to suit most any size party. Rates: Kamalame has many different types of accommodations and seldom are two packages alike. Customize a perfect fishing or nonfishing vacation to meet your desires. A minimum stay of 3 nights is suggested. Please inquire about options and current rates. n

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Delphi Club Perfect Destination on Abaco Island, Bahamas, for Anglers, Couples, Families Delphi Club entered the bonefishing scene around 2010 and has become a preeminent destination for anglers seeking a private setting with luxury amenities paired with one of the finest bonefish resources in the Bahamas. The Marls is an expansive flats region located only 10 minutes from the club, which sits atop a bluff overlooking a sprawling whitesand beach and offers nonfishing activities such as guided or DIY birding, snorkeling, diving, golf, beaches, shelling, shopping in town, or simply lounging poolside. If you’re looking to introduce someone to bonefishing, Delphi is the place. Fishing: With more than 40 square miles to choose from, Delphi’s guides rarely encounter another skiff during a day of fishing in the Marls. This is a target-rich environment with fish averaging 2–3 pounds and plenty of bigger fish around. The Marls flats are a great place to get started as an angler. Accommodation: Delphi offers eight queen-bed guest rooms, each with a veranda overlooking the Atlantic. Meals are a highlight of the stay, particularly dinners, which are chef-prepared five-course delights. There is an infinity pool, a spacious sitting room and a library to enjoy after a day on the water. Rates: October–July rates: 5 nights / 4 days $4,100 per person for double occupancy / shared guide. Single rates are available upon request. n

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Delphi’s white sand beach provides hours of beachcombing and exercise options for the non-fisher.

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A chunker from the waters of Andros Island

Bairs Lodge Beachfront Comfort on South Andros Between Deep and Little Creek Suitable for up to 12 anglers, this plantation-style lodge is situated fronting the Atlantic and complete with all paradise essentials: white-sand beach, palm trees, beach fire pit, plus guests have access to their flats skiff just steps from their room. Tidal creeks abound on this section of Andros, providing water pathways to access the famous west side of the island; they also offer protection from winds and create fertile, bait-rich environments that bonefish love. Some of Andros’ longest-tenured guides work here, making a day on the water productive and an enjoyable learning experience. Fishing: The bulk of fishing here is done from the bow of 17’ Maverick HPX-V flats skiffs, with occasional opportunities to wade hard white-sand bottoms. Fish average close to 4 pounds, and many fish over 10 pounds are landed every month of the season. Andros is Andros after all, so expect to find big bonefish. Accommodation: Nicely appointed waterfront rooms feature air-conditioning, ceiling fans, en suite bathrooms and plenty of room to store fishing gear and clothes. Cuisine is decidedly gourmet; lobster, fresh conch, locally caught fish, and fresh fruits and vegetables are the norm. Rates: High season (October–March 15): 5 nights / 4 days $4,750 per person based on shared accommodation / shared boat. VAT is not included. Single-boat surcharge is available at a 60% upcharge. Single accommodation is available at an upcharge. The nonangling rate is $395 per night for shared room. n

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Abaco Lodge A True Fisherman’s Lodge–Waterfront Digs with All the Comforts of Home Since its opening in 2009, Abaco Lodge has become a favorite of fishermen looking for great comfort, but in a “no frills” package. Excellent cuisine, spacious single-occupancy rooms with waterfront porches, open bar, satellite TV, a fire pit and a dipping pool all welcome anglers back from a hard day of fishing. A fleet of Maverick skiffs captained by some of the island’s top guides rounds out the Abaco Lodge experience. You’ll fish the famed Marls: 40 square miles of bonefish nirvana, a true target-rich environment that will keep both novices and advanced anglers happy. Fishing: The Marls is best known for its prolific numbers of bonefish, but don’t be fooled. There are plenty of opportunities to cast to fish exceeding 5 pounds during the course of a day’s fishing. Most fishing is done from the bow of a skiff due to the soft bottom that gives the area its name. Accommodation: The lodge can accommodate 14 anglers in 11 rooms. All rooms have queen beds and air-conditioning, and feature en suite bathrooms and waterfront sunset patio views. Rates: High season (October–March 15 and July): 5 nights/4 days $4,750 plus VAT. n

A bird’s eye view of Abaco Lodge’s waterfront accommodations

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Mangrove Cay Club An Angling Industry Benchmark on Eastern Andros Island’s Middle Bight Today’s best fishing locations are often arduous to access yet typically worth the effort. Mangrove Cay Club, however, offers traveling fishermen an alternative scenario—ease of access with a fishing resource that has withstood the test of time. Owner / operators Liz and Alton Bain run this premier saltwater lodge within an hour of south Florida, featuring comfortable accommodations, attentive staff and worldclass dining smack dab in the middle of one of the Bahamas’ best bonefishing resources. Added for the 2017 season are a swimming pool and Wi-Fi. Fishing: The club has immediate access to the bountiful fisheries of the north, middle and south bights and the prosperous west side of Andros. No other Bahamas lodge can boast these attributes. These fisheries have a welldeserved reputation as some of the very best bonefish resources in the world. Accommodation: Four spacious, air-conditioned duplex waterfront cottages accommodate up to 16 anglers. Each queen-bed room features vaulted ceilings, a ceiling fan, en suite bathroom and a separate seating area for relaxation and gear prep, as well as a waterfront veranda overlooking the middle bight. Rates: October–June: 5 nights / 4 days $4,200 per person for double occupancy / shared boat. VAT rate is not included. Please call for single rates. n

Andros’ west side offers the chance for anglers to fish for trophy bones

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Andros South Legendary Fishing Lodge and Home to Some of the Finest Bonefishing in the World Andros South is a friendly, laid-back bonefishing lodge that concentrates on providing a fishing experience that is second to none. All rooms are single occupancy, clean, comfortable and airconditioned. The lodge is located in Kemp’s Bay on the southeastern shore of Andros Island, the largest and least-inhabited island in the Bahamas. South Andros Island itself is riddled with innumerable tidal creeks and inland flats, all home to hundreds of thousands of hungry bonefish. The diversity and size of the fishery mean a completely different fishing experience every day of the trip. Fishing: South Andros flats teem with life. In addition to an incredible population of bonefish, there is sight fishing for barracuda, jacks and even sharks. Some anglers enjoy looking for permit when conditions are right, and a lucky angler in the right place / right time might even see a tarpon swim by. Accommodation: Anglers looking for white linen tablecloths should look elsewhere, but those looking for a comfortable place to spend the week fishing and enjoy a quiet island in the Bahamas have come to the right place. Guests have their own air-conditioned room and a bathroom complete with shower. Rates: Fishing package: Prime dates (Oct – Feb. 10, 2018) $3,250. Peak dates (Feb. 11 – May 2018) $3,850. VAT not included. Alcoholic beverages are included. The nonangling rate is $350 per person per day based on double occupancy. n Call Frontiers 1-800-245-1950 | +44 (0) 1285 700 940 in the UK | www.frontierstravel.com


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Stella Maris Resort

Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge

A Relaxing Venue for Anglers, Leisure Travelers and Family Vacationers

South Andros Island, Bahamas. Bonefishing at its Best with no Pretense!

Stella Maris Resort is located on the northern end of Long Island, Bahamas. It is an intimate, plantation-style resort that offers a wide range of tropical vacation rentals from single hotel rooms to fourbedroom oceanfront homes. Comfortable accommodations and inclusive island activities make Stella Maris a popular destination for anglers and nonanglers alike. Long Island bonefish average 2–3 pounds while trophysize fish of 10 pounds or more are not uncommon. We recommend spending a day on the water with one of the Bahamas’ best guides, Docky Smith. n

Mars Bay Bonefish Lodge, the southernmost fishing operation on Andros Island, is located in the small settlement of Mars Bay between Little Creek and Grassy Creek. The lodge sits on the east side of Andros overlooking a pristine flat often teeming with bonefish. It is ideal for small, intact parties of up to 8 anglers; however, it also works well for mixed groups. The overall vibe at the lodge is similar to a casual gathering with good friends. You will find the accommodations clean and modern; the food great, the equipment reliable, the guides excellent, and the beer ice-cold. 5-night / 4-day rate for Double / Shared is $3,250 per person. Includes 7.5% VAT. n

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Sand and surf fronts North Riding Point Club’s accommodations

North Riding Point Club Located just 25 minutes from Freeport, North Riding Point Club accommodates 14 anglers in five cottage rooms and a two-bedroom house. The club’s location is a stunningly beautiful and remote 3-mile-long beach known as Burnside Cove. From here, it is an easy commute to miles of pristine flats with bonefish above average in numbers and size. Hells Bay Boatworks™ flats boats are trailered each day from the club to one of five launching points on the island. Each landing affords access to either the prolific Little Bahama Bank to the north or the white-sand flats on the south. Fishing: The productive north-side flats extend 50 miles and at least that far southeast to Abaco Island. There are hundreds of square miles of fishable flats in this wilderness ideal for bonefish. Bones in the 4–6-pound range are common, 7–8-pounders quite common, and double-digit bones not uncommon. Accommodation: Situated on 6 acres with 400 feet of spectacular beach frontage, club accommodations include five guest rooms and the two-bedroom Founder’s Cottage, all with Wi-Fi. Rooms are spacious and bright with two comfortable queen beds. Each cottage room has a full bathroom, large closets and a wall safe. Rates: 2017 Double occupancy / shared boat (single occupancy / solo boat) packages: 5 nights / 4 days $4,550 ($6,750). Rates include room, meals, fishing, and alcohol. Does not include VAT. n Call Frontiers 1-800-245-1950 | +44 (0) 1285 700 940 in the UK | www.frontierstravel.com


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The Club’s main dining room social area along the blue Atlantic

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Cathy Beck with a DWC Home Flat bruiser

Deep Water Cay One of the Best Fishing and Diving Destinations in All of the Bahamas Grand Bahama’s East End has long been known for its fantastic bonefishing; it is especially renowned for bigger fish, and all of the legends in the bonefish world have fished here. However, a great selling point for Deep Water Cay is that it’s one of the best bonefish lodges with other great activities in all of the Bahamas. Taking friends along to enjoy diving, snorkeling and more is the norm rather than the exception. Fantastic guides in a great resource, top-end food and accommodations, and a friendly atmosphere coalesce to make Deep Water Cay a perennial favorite. Fishing: Flats fishing at Deep Water Cay is from the bow of a skiff or by wading the hard white-sand bottoms. Both size and numbers of fish are impressive, and the guide pool is second to none. Anglers will sometimes get permit and often some big barracuda. There’s also a great offshore fishing program. Accommodation: Nicely appointed waterfront cottages with queen beds, air-conditioning and en suite bathrooms provide comfortable privacy. For larger groups or families, the cay has gorgeous waterfront homes featuring access to the lodge and its amenities, the water sports center, the tennis courts and the gym. Rates: Peak season (March–June and October–November 15): 5 nights / 4 days $4,953.65 per person for shared room / shared boat. Rates include the resort service fee and 7.5% Bahamas VAT. n

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Aerial perspective of Deep Water Cay

Deep Water Cay’s newly remodeled dining area

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Trophy Bones and Easy Access Make H2O Popular With Anglers of All Levels Located in Freeport, Grand Bahama, H2O is an easy program to reach from the U.S.; guests fly to FPO and can often fish by noon. H2O’s reputation is for big bones and a budding permit fishery along with seasonal shots at tarpon. Terrific offshore fly fishing for dorado and tuna are other seasonal options, and beginners enjoy the larger schools of more forgiving, smaller bonefish. H2O also appeals to the nonangler with access to scuba diving, snorkeling, beaches, a pool, casinos and shopping. The new Bones Bar, with reserved seating for H2O guests, is the go-to venue for off-water camaraderie.

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H2O Bonefishing

Fishing: Bones average 4–5 pounds, and regular shots at 7–8-pound fish are the main attraction. Permit are seen spring–early fall, tarpon and mutton snapper May– September. The 17-foot flats skiffs are equipped with 85-HP outboards, VHF radio, cell phone, safety kits and leaning bar. Accommodation: The Pelican Bay Hotel offers two room types: 640-square-foot waterside rooms, and 750-squarefoot suites, known as state rooms, with a separate living area. Each room boasts spectacular views from private balconies, complimentary coffee and espresso machines, Wi-Fi, cable TV and refrigerators. Rates: Waterside room and boat: 5 nights / 4 days $2,845 for 2017 based on double occupancy / shared boat. VAT is included. Single supplement is offered upon request. Contact Frontiers for more details on suite prices. n

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Bahia Honda Sight Fish for Tarpon in the Florida Keys: All-Inclusive Lodge-Based Experience Based out of a luxurious private villa, Bahia Honda is located 25 minutes from Key West. The lodge specializes in sight fishing for migratory tarpon (with the possibility of permit and bonefish) during the prime months of April, May and June only. Guides stay on site, which allows for a customized fishing day based on the preferred tides, and the lodge features large, comfortable bedrooms, indoor and outdoor sitting areas, a pool and open bar, and cuisine celebrating the best of Florida with an emphasis on fresh, locally caught seafood. Fishing: The flexible daily schedule allows guides to fish when tides are best. With easy access to the bright, sandy flats of the Atlantic Ocean or to secluded backcountry waters, anglers can take advantage of two distinctly different tide cycles and the opportunities offered by each. Accommodation: The lodge is spectacular! The interior features Italian marble floors and a vaulted ceiling over the large living room, which opens to a pool and courtyard and features a flat-screen television, open bar and computer area. With five bedrooms, the lodge can host as many as 10 anglers sharing. Rates: Standard rates for the tarpon migration period mid-April to June (special rates mid-May–early June): 5 nights / 4 days $4,500 ($4,950); 6 nights / 5 days $5,500 ($6,060); and 7 nights / 6 days $6,500 ($7,150) per person for shared room / shared boat (palolo worm hatch). n Call Frontiers 1-800-245-1950 | +44 (0) 1285 700 940 in the UK | www.frontierstravel.com


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IN THE WORLD OF FLY FISHING THERE IS NO OTHER DESTINATION THAT INSPIRES SUCH AWE.

Mere mention of the name draws glances and interrupts the train of thought of those nearby. The Seychelles offers fantastic access to bonefish. Those who have fished there had never thought so many could be caught in a day or over the course of a week. Most people now consider bonefish in the Seychelles a secondary quarry when compared to the tackle-destroying giant trevally, milkfish, triggerfish and the myriad of other fly rod targets. It’s a seemingly endless menu of what to turn your attention to next.

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Doubling up on a pair of milkfish; an incredible feat

Alphonse Island If You Check One Destination Off Your Bucket List, it Should Be Alphonse Alphonse Island Resort and the expansive hard white-sand flats surrounding the atolls of Alphonse and St. François provide the background for the fly fishing experience of a lifetime. The atolls are home to incredibly large population of bonefish, three different types of triggerfish, barracuda, snapper, grouper, permit, three species of trevally (including the giant trevally) and the incomparable milkfish—just to name the most popular. The accommodations and facilities at Alphonse are among the most comfortable at any fly fishing destination in the world. Fishing: With multiple species caught on a fly, diversity gives anglers the opportunity to target a myriad of species during their stay. To ensure guests the ultimate fishing experience, only 12 anglers fish per week. Top-notch guides are on hand to share their passion for this unique fishery. Accommodation: Beachside bungalows feature queen beds, sitting area, private bathroom and private outdoor shower. The Le Lys central dining and bar area allows guests to socialize while enjoying their favorite drink and dining on the very best of traditional Creole creations. Rates: Operates October–April. A 7-night / 6-day fishing package is from $8,500 based on single accommodation and shared boat / guide. A 7-night / 6-day leisure package is from $5,250. A round trip charter from Mahé is $750 per person. Park fees are $175 per angler and $70 for leisure. n

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Do You Need Gear for Your Upcoming Trip?

Frontiers would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Pat Ehlers, owner of The Fly Fishers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We are fortunate to work with some of the best fly shops throughout the country. What makes our connection with Pat and The Fly Fishers different is that we’ve known each other for almost thirty years starting with Pat hosting trips to Frontiers destinations for his customers. As our exclusive gear supplier, Pat and his staff at The Fly Fishers have extensive experience with many of the Frontiers’ fishing destinations. He works closely with us on gear recommendations and can create a customized gear list for your upcoming trip. We encourage you to contact Pat at pat@theflyfishers.com to discuss your gear needs further. 26

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A G.T. triple makes for 3 happy fishermen

Cosmoledo Atoll Perfect, Once-in-a-Lifetime Adventure; Remote, Legendary Fishery Located 560 nautical miles southwest of the main island of Mahé, Cosmoledo Atoll is a liveaboard operation on the SY Lone Star—an 85-foot sailing catamaran. The program runs Thursday– Thursday, providing the perfect opportunity for those wanting to extend their trip and enjoy the famed Alphonse Island fishing program. Cosmoledo may be the ultimate saltwater destination. The sheer numbers and variety of fish have amazed anglers from across the globe; it is the ultimate playground for the traveling angler. Fishing: Cosmoledo’s large white-sand flats, lagoon edges and channels are ruled by the notorious giant trevally. A plethora of other species makes Cosmoledo a truly special fishing destination. Bonefish, milkfish, Indo-Pacific permit, triggerfish, bluefin trevally and others call this amazing atoll home. Accommodation: The Lone Star catamaran offers five guest cabins with en suite bathroom. The boat offers comfortable, fully air-conditioned relaxation and dining areas for time not spent on the flats, and the spacious foredeck is the perfect place to enjoy the views of this incredible fishery. Rates: The 7-night / 6-day package is $13,950 for shared accommodation / shared guide, and $14,950 for single room / shared guide, based on availability. Rate includes round-trip charter flights. Guests must arrive one day early in Mahé, as the charter departs early Friday morning. n

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Astove Island Lodge Wild, Remote, Fabulous Fly Fishing Perfect for Adventure-Seeking Anglers This small, uninhabited coral island is located 570 nautical miles southwest of the main island of Mahé. Its shallow lagoon has one small entrance leading to the ocean that is surrounded by sheer drop-offs teeming with fish. Big GTs rule the island, but bonefish, permit, barracuda, milkfish, bluefin trevally and triggerfish are always ready to attack a fly. Bluewater fly fishing is measured in yards, not miles from the inlet. Yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna, wahoo and sailfish will test the sturdiest of tackle. Astove Island is without doubt a remarkable fly fishing experience! Fishing: The island is renowned as one of the premier GT fisheries in the world, and guests can wade the lagoon’s white-sand flats, fish the channel leading to the ocean or give bluewater fly fishing a try. Access the various fishing spots by boat or by land via ATV. High-quality wading boots are mandatory. Accommodation: Located in the completely renovated Coral House, the lodge has six singleoccupancy bedrooms with en suite bathroom providing standard amenities. The coral house lodge also features the dining room, bar and sitting area. Rates: Open late in the November to mid-December time period and eight weeks during the February–April period. The 7-night / 6.5-day fishing package is $12,950 for spring tide and $10,950 for neap tide. Based on per person for single occupancy / shared guide. Round-trip charter flight from Mahé is included. n

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One of the Most Exotic Saltwater Fly Fishing Destinations in the World Located 400 miles southwest of Mahé, Farquhar Atoll is the southernmost atoll in the Seychelles and is accessed via a one-hour-and-45-minute charter flight. Known for their species variety, the flats consist of hard white sand, turtle grass and broken coral, which make for perfect wading conditions for the variety of species that roam the flats. Bluewater fly fishing is also available.

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Fishing: Farquhar offers sight fishing for giant trevally, bonefish, Indo-Pacific permit, triggerfish and bumphead parrotfish, to name a few—or, with bluewater close by, anglers can try their luck at some of the monsters of the deep: sailfish, tuna and wahoo. High-quality wading boots are required. Accommodation: Accommodations: the new lodge and guest houses will be ready for upcoming season. The three separate duplex style chalets will feature two beds in each room, air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. The lodge will have a communal social area, dining room, bar and the popular open air dining area has been rebuilt. Rates: The 7-night / 6-day package is $9,000 per person for shared room / shared guide. The season will run October-December and March–early May. Package includes Mahé round-trip charter flight. Medical-evacuation insurance is mandatory due to the remote location. n

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Providence Atoll Species Lover’s Nirvana + Rested Waters for Five Years = Fish On! Providence Atoll is back! Run by the experienced guides from Fly Castaway, it is truly a fly fishing utopia with giant and bluefin trevally, triggerfish, bumphead parrotfish, bonefish and other species caught on the flats. With 46 kilometers of pristine white and turtle-grass flats, the enormous lagoon system has numerous channels linking the Indian Ocean. This is a liveaboard operation, and the 130-foot MV Maya’s Dugong, an ex–research vessel that was modified into a mother ship for long-range fly fishing expeditions, will be home for the week. Fishing: Providence has it all: GTs, triggerfish, bonefish, milkfish, permit and bumphead parrotfish. With deep water nearby, fish for yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna, wahoo and sailfish—all on a fly. Watching a pack of GTs ravage a school of bonefish on the flats is a sight no angler will ever forget. Accommodation: Accommodations are on the liveaboard vessel MV Maya’s Dugong, which has been upgraded and modified for long-range fly fishing trips. Guestrooms have en suite bathroom, and the sleeping quarters, dining room and lounge are air-conditioned for maximum comfort. Rates: Open 4 weeks in the October–December time period and 6 weeks during the March–April period. The 7-night / 6-day package is $12,300 per person for shared room / shared guide. Round-trip charter flight from Mahé to Farquhar Atoll is included. n

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Mauritius St. Brandon’s Atoll Look No Further: Double-Digit Bonefish, Trevally, Permit on This Exotic Atoll If wading and sight casting trevally, permit and bonefish on white-sand flats of an extremely remote atoll sound appealing, then St. Brandon’s should be next on the list! Located in the Indian Ocean due east of Madagascar in the Cargados Carajos Shoals, the St. Brandon’s program is now a land-based operation with the new guesthouse located on Raphael Island. Enjoy seven days of exploring the fishfilled waters—and as a bonus there is a highly productive flat with easy wading just steps from the front porch of the guesthouse for those who would like to extend their fishing day. Fishing: A wade fisherman’s paradise, the atoll boasts world-class sight casting for bonefish, IndoPacific permit and several species of trevally. Bonefish up to 15 pounds have been landed on the hard white-sand flats. Accommodation: Guests will be accommodated on Raphael Island in a new, comfortable, airconditioned, four-bedroom guesthouse suitable for eight anglers on a shared-room basis. It has two fully renovated bathrooms for guests, each containing a shower, basin and toilet, along with two outside showers. Rates: For the 2016–2017 season, the program runs September–December and April–June. Limited to eight anglers per week, the 10-night / 7-day fishing package is $8,000 per person for shared room / shared boat. n

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Mexico

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Few places can match the species diversity and beauty offered along Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula


World-Class Baby Tarpon Fishing Located on the Western Side of the Yucatan Campeche and the Los Petenes Biosphere Reserve have quietly earned a reputation as a world-class baby tarpon fishery. The reserve is an ecologically diverse mix of grass-covered flats, mangrove-lined rivers and open-water bays. Located on the western shore of the Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 due to the large number of historic landmarks. A great place for fishing and nonfishing activities alike, it is home to wonderful architecture, excellent restaurants and a friendly local atmosphere.

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Campeche Tarpon Bay

Fishing: Baby tarpon, like larger adults, put on a spectacular aerial show when hooked. Miguel Encalada and his guide team fish from traditional flats skiffs. They seek tarpon that lazily roll on the surface of open waters and bays or ambush bait in the mangrove-lined rivers and shoreline pockets. Bob Artzberger & Capt. Miguel with a local tourist attraction

Accommodation: Anglers are accommodated at the Ocean View Hotel, a 15-minute drive from the airport, five minutes from the Historical Center with its restaurants and shops, and just across the street from the popular oceanfront boardwalk. The hotel has free Wi-Fi, pool and exercise room. Rates: Double (single) rates: 4 nights / 3 days $2,025 ($2,937); 5 nights / 4 days $2,405 ($3,488); 6 nights / 5 days $2,750 ($3,988); and 7 nights / 6 days $3,350 ($4,858) per person based on shared room / shared boat. n

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Grand Slam Fishing Lodge A Premier Property on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Three Hours South of Cancun Both experts and beginners will enjoy fishing the famed Ascension Bay waters based out of this lodge near the village of Punta Allen. Located within the protected Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, with luxurious modern accommodations, experienced guides, eclectic fusion of Mexican and American food, and warm Mexican hospitality, Grand Slam Fishing Lodge is fast becoming a favorite for anglers and nonanglers alike. Fishing: With easy access to Ascension Bay and the inside lagoon system that runs north toward Boca Paila, anglers have plenty of fishing options during the day. Bonefish are most plentiful; however, permit rule for many visiting anglers. Tarpon, snook, jacks, snapper and barracuda are also available. Accommodation: Six beachfront villas, each featuring two rooms with modern contemporary interiors, king beds, air-conditioning, 24-hour electricity and satellite television, provide all the comforts of home. The main lodge features the Kai Restaurant with a covered beachfront deck, bar and lounge area.

Barry Beck ready to release a nice Yucatan permit

Rates: The lodge is open year-round. Rates for February–June: 4 nights / 3 days $2,385; 5 nights / 4 days $2,940; 6 nights / 5 days $3,495; and 7 nights / 6 days $4,050 per person for shared room / shared boat. Please inquire for off-season, single and nonangler rates. n

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Grand Slam’s beachfront villas are spacious, air-conditioned, and extremely comfortable

Ask us about the 4th Annual Punta Allen Permit Tournament: April 20-22, 2018

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Why Choose Frontiers? Nearly five decades of travel experience. Operating globally since 1969, our international contacts care as much about the success of your trip as we (and you) do! We make dreams come true and call it “The Frontiers Way,” an unwavering commitment to personalized service, unmatched destination knowledge and a passion to share. We are aware of the lost art of listening and carefully consider your preferences for the trip. We ask a lot of questions and have a unique ability to compare and contrast options to ensure that you have an unforgettable experience based on your budget, accommodation preferences and travel objectives founded on our unbiased advice. As a full service travel company based in the U.S. and U.K. with 65 employees, we handle all aspects of your trip, not just the destination arrangements. We coordinate your flights and all en route hotel accommodations and we offer trip cancellation insurance and evacuation protection. Pre-trip preparation is essential and we ensure that you have the right gear and equipment to maximize your enjoyment. We also clearly outline “the fine print” so that all of your questions are answered before departure. In almost every case, there is no extra cost for our sporting services. In fact, we can save you a tremendous amount of time and often beat prices (even online) and we have access and clout that you simply cannot get by booking direct. n

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Our company is broadly based and diversified with a varied product mix representing the best available for sophisticated travelers throughout the world. Our success rests with the quality of our employees, their destination knowledge and their understanding of our responsibilities to our customers. We bring an incomparable level of fishing expertise, much capability and broad perspective… well-seasoned in experience.

Mike & Susie Fitzgerald Our Founders

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Holbox offers tarpon fishermen the chance to try their hand at large migratory tarpon early in the morning followed by a few hours of chasing acrobatic baby silver kings in the nearby lagoon.

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Adventure Awaits: World-Class Tarpon Fishing on the Island Time Forgot Visiting Isla Holbox is like taking a step back in time. There are no mega resorts, no cars or paved roads; walking or taking a golf cart is the main method of transportation. In addition to this oldfashioned charm, excellent restaurants, a wonderful beach and a variety of activities make Isla Holbox a great destination for any traveler. However, it’s the tarpon fishing that entices anglers to Isla Holbox with both large migratory fish that begin to show up in late May and the smaller resident baby tarpon available year-round.

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Holbox Fly Fishing Lodge

Fishing: Giant tarpon fishing is done offshore. After spotting the fish, guides put anglers in position to present their fly in hopes of enticing a tarpon feeding on migrating sardines. Baby tarpon up to 30 pounds are accessible year-round in the shallow, mangrove-lined lagoons and open-water bays. Accommodation: The five-bedroom air-conditioned villa is located steps away from the beach and the Gulf of Mexico. The second-story veranda overlooks the beach and is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy a cold beverage while rehashing the day’s events or watching another perfect sunset. Rates: Open year-round. April–September high-season (October–March low-season): 4 nights / 3 days $2,195 ($1,795); 5 nights / 4 days $2,695 ($1,995); 6 nights / 5 days $3,095 ($2,345); and 7 nights / 6 days $3,495 ($2,695) per person based on a shared room / shared boat. Single and nonfishing packages are available. n

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Casa Blanca Fishing Lodge

Playa Blanca Lodge

The Casa Blanca Experience: Top-Notch Fishing, Accommodations, Cuisine, Service

One of the Last Remote Fisheries in the Caribbean, on Punta Pajaros, Mexico

Casa Blanca Lodge has received rave reviews from anglers since it opened more than 20 years ago. It is located on the island of Punta Pájaros within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, and guides have access to both Ascension Bay and the Santa Rosa Lagoon. The biosphere’s stringent regulations and Casa Blanca’s strict catch-and-release policy ensure great fishing for years to come. Casa Blanca and its sister lodge, Playa Blanca, are the only lodges in the Yucatan fishing from traditional flats skiffs. Fish from the boat or wade the hard white-sand flats. n

Thirty minutes south of its sister lodge, Casa Blanca, Playa Blanca Lodge provides supreme access to Espiritu Santo Bay. With the stringent regulations of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve enforced, the bay went from an overnetted body of water 20 years ago to one that is teeming with bonefish, permit and other species today. Playa Blanca was originally opened as an ecolodge, but anglers quickly discovered its excellent fishing, so the lodge is now almost completely booked by anglers. Picture blue sky, white sand and turquoise-blue water—all awaiting your arrival. n

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Lance Peterson with a nice beach roosterfish

Enhance Your Fly Fishing Experience on the East Cape

Rancho Leonero Resort East Cape Baja Peninsula – Featuring a Variety of Bluewater Species and More For those seeking a remote and reasonably priced destination to fish for a variety of bluewater species, Rancho Leonero Resort is the perfect place. The lodge is approximately an hour south of La Paz and an hour north of Los Cabos Airport. This lush, old-world Baja resort is a fishing, snorkeling and kayaking paradise. It features more than two miles of private unspoiled beach, a swimming pool and views overlooking the calm, azure Sea of Cortez. The meals at the lodge are plentiful and delicious with both American and Mexican cuisine offered. Fishing: Experienced local captains take anglers to the most productive fishing the East Cape has to offer. Most fishing is within a half-hour boat ride from the lodge. Dorado, yellowfin tuna, wahoo, sailfish, striped marlin and the magnificent roosterfish provide fantastic mixed-bag opportunities. Accommodation: Rancho Leonero offers guests various options, from main lodge rooms to spacious ocean-view bungalows, all equipped with air-conditioning for maximum comfort. The lodge is a relaxing, all-inclusive resort that is ideal for both families and serious anglers alike. Rates: Please contact Frontiers for rates as they vary based season, accommodations and boat choice. n Call Frontiers 1-800-245-1950 | +44 (0) 1285 700 940 in the UK | www.frontierstravel.com

Lance Peterson began exploring the Baja Peninsula in 1995. By 2000 he was guiding fly fishermen on the East Cape and his specialty became readily apparent: roosterfish. In subsequent years he developed flies and techniques that have resulted in four IGFA world records including three record roosterfish taken sight casting from the beach. A Federation of Fly Fishers–certified instructor since 2003, Lance is a patient instructor and a passionate angler, and his enthusiasm for Baja is contagious. Jeff deBrown, owner of The Reel Baja, has dedicated his life and career to fly fishing as an outfitter and guide. Having guided all over the world – Jeff finally found home on the East Cape of Mexico. An FFF-certified Casting Instructor, Jeff knows the importance of excellent customer service and support, whether introducing newcomers to the sport or helping veterans improve their cast. Nothing makes Jeff happier than guiding anglers on the unspoiled resource of the East Cape of Mexico.


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Los Cabos Southern Baja Peninsula Mexico’s Most Sought After Travel Destination Los Cabos, situated at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, is Mexico’s fastest growing resort area offering miles of pristine beaches, laid-back nightlife, world-class golfing, off-shore fishing, diving, whale watching and beachcombing. Baja is known internationally for its exceptional striped marlin resource. In addition, many other gamefish flourish were the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, including sailfish, roosterfish, yellowfin tuna, dorado, snapper, wahoo, yellowtail, jacks and sierra mackerel. Fishing: In Cabo, there are two excellent options for both light-tackle conventional gear and fly fishing enthusiasts. Baja Anglers runs well-equipped 26-foot ocean catamarans, ideal for fly fishers. Ideal for the conventional angler, Pisces Sportfishing Fleet features 28-foot Uniflights or 31-foot Bertrams. Accommodation: The Los Cabos area offers a wide variety of first-rate accommodations from allinclusive resorts to condominiums and small boutique hotels. Many offer sweeping ocean views of the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. Rates: Please contact Frontiers for rates as they vary based on accommodations and boat choice. n

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Christmas Island

With strong protections in place, bonefishing on Christmas Island is as good as it has ever been. Endless flats loaded with bonefish make for a wade fishing paradise unmatched anywhere Call Frontiers 1-800-245-1950 | +44 (0) 1285 700 940 in the UK | www.frontierstravel.com


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Ikari House Excellent Service and a Diversified Fishing Program Close to the Lodge Ikari House is a privately owned fishing lodge managed by Jacob and Lavinia Teem with the help of local staff and some of the finest fishing guides in Kiribati. Located in Ronton, the property lies at the edge of the lagoon entrance with its own private beach and view of Cook Island. Fly fishers hunt bonefish, giant bluefin and golden trevally along with triggerfish and milkfish. Customized offshore trips for wahoo, sailfish and a variety of tuna are also encouraged. A thatched maneaba serves as both restaurant and bar where guests enjoy communal dining and cold beverages at day’s end. Fishing: Ikari House offers one of the most aggressive, convenient and thorough fishing programs on Christmas Island, located just 500 yards from the put-in dock and minutes from superb bonefish and giant trevally angling. Anglers will waste no time in accessing the prolific lagoon flats. Accommodation: The lodge has 14 comfortable guest rooms, each with two twin beds or one king bed, en suite bathroom with on-demand hot and cold water, and air conditioning. A large in-room table and storage rack keeps gear organized and maximizes space. An outdoor rod rack and rinsing station is convenient too. Rates: $3,592 for single room / private guide; $3,292 for double room / private guide; $2,792 for double room / shared guide; and $3,092 for single room / shared guide. Rates are per person. Honolulu–Christmas round-trip air is estimated to be $1,000. n

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Turneffe Flats Lodge is the best place in the world to catch permit and it’s operated by two first class owners, Craig and Karen Hayes.

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Turneffe Flats Lodge Be Pampered in Paradise: A Fly Fishing, Scuba Diving and Ecoadventure Resort For more than three decades, Turneffe Flats has been known as one of the world’s top flats fishing and diving resorts. Turneffe Flats is 25 miles east of the mainland of Belize, ideally located to enjoy 250 square miles of flats, coral reefs and rich marine life. In addition to the fishing program, guests can enjoy a myriad of other activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling and the popular Atoll Adventure Program. We recommend dovetailing a visit to the lodge with one of the premier inland ecotour resorts to enjoy a complete inland / island experience! Fishing: The diverse fishery, with chances to land bonefish, permit and tarpon on any given day, sets Turneffe Flats apart from other destinations. Turneffe’s crystal-clear, wadable flats make bonefishing the mainstay of the fishing program. Large migratory tarpon pass through April–October. Accommodation: The lodge has eight air-conditioned duplex beachfront cabanas and two villas, each with common living area and three bedrooms (perfect for intact groups). In addition, there is a large lounge and dining facility where guests can enjoy predinner cocktails, followed by excellent familystyle dining. Rates: High-season rates (December 23, 2017–June 23, 2018) for a 7-night / 6-day package are $4,736 per person based on shared room / shared boat. Low-season rates (June 23–December 22, 2018) are $4,085 per person. Diving, atoll and nonactivity packages provided upon request. Shorter packages are available. n

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Belcampo’s spectacular main lodge entrance

Client Joe S. with a dandy Belcampo permit

Belcampo Belize Agritourism Chic: The Essence and Spirit of Belcampo Lodge in Southern Belize If you’re looking for a jungle adventure with some of the best opportunities for permit fishing in the world, visit Belcampo Lodge. The property is conveniently located 5 miles from Punta Gorda, the southernmost town in Belize. Guests at Belcampo experience a jungle lodge setting, an organic farm and 12,000-acre nature reserve, the best of local food and culture, active adventures, and wildlife viewing with access to world-class accommodations and hospitality. Enjoy cooking classes with the lodge’s chef. A full selection of services is also available in this jungle spa. Fishing: Belcampo Lodge is a fly fisher’s paradise. Cast for tarpon and snook on the rivers and in the mangroves, fish the flats for permit, and when the weather allows, head to the Sapodilla Cayes for bonefish. The majority of the fishing takes place in protected marine reserves and national parks. Accommodation: Belcampo has 16 suites and a family villa offering the best in luxury and comfort. A testament to Belize’s natural beauty and craftsmanship, the lodge decor is sourced from local artisans. Whether relaxing on the canopy beds or lounging on a private veranda, guests will experience the magic of the jungle. Rates: High-season rates (January 5–April 30, 2018) for a 7-night / 6-day package are $4,362–$5,125 per person for shared / room / boat (three types of accommodations available). Low-season rates (May 1–December 17, 2018) are $3,679–$4,333 per person for shared / room / boat. Nonfishing packages and shorter stays provided upon request. n Call Frontiers 1-800-245-1950 | +44 (0) 1285 700 940 in the UK | www.frontierstravel.com


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The “Snorkeling with the Chef� tour is a great way to spend an off day from serious fishing

Spacious Jungle Suites offer total comfort after a day of activities at Belcampo

Alex Maher of Live Water Properties shows off a nice Belcampo permit

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Boats at the ready on the doorstep of Belize River Lodge

Belize River Lodge Accommodating Anglers on the Banks of Olde Belize River for over 55 Years! Belize River Lodge is a tried-and-proven, world-class fishing lodge set amid tropical greenery and colorful flowers—a perfect choice for a serious fishing expedition. Enjoy the tranquility of the hundreds of birds on the property, as well as being serenaded by the nearby howler monkeys. In addition to the outstanding fishing program, nonfishers or semi-anglers can enjoy many ecoadventure tours (both half and full days) throughout the mainland such as the Mayan Ruins, the Belize Zoo, canoeing, and zip-lining courses, to name a few. Snorkeling and leisurely boat tours are also available. Fishing: Local waters harbor a diversity of species: bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and many more. Fish with veteran guides, either on the nearby rivers or on a short boat ride to the miles of flats that offer all three grandslam species. Large migratory tarpon are available April–October. Accommodation: The lodge is constructed of native mahogany, providing a warm, relaxing atmosphere. With a maximum capacity of 16, it has eight double rooms each with private bathroom. Meals are prepared in the best Belizean tradition, and owners Mike Heusner and Marguerite Miles make you feel right at home. Day trips to the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha can be arranged for nonfishing partners

Rates: Rates for a 7-night / 6-day package are $4,375 per person for shared room / shared boat. Shorter package quotes are available upon request along with nonangling packages. n

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Long Caye Island Resort Enjoy Flats Fishing or Just Relaxing on Your Own Private Tropical Island! Long Caye Island Resort, sister property to Belize River Lodge, is approximately a 40-minute boat ride from the main lodge, and caters to anglers, those looking for relaxation and ecotour guests. Long Caye offers excellent service and tasty cuisine in beautiful, idyllic scenery. Long Caye Island Resort sits on the front of Long Caye overlooking Belize’s Barrier Reef, offering spectacular views of the sparking blue-green waters of the Caribbean Sea and its neighbors, Caye Chapel, St. George’s Caye, Miami Beach and Caye Caulker. This resort provides the perfect get-awayfrom-it-all vacation. n

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El Pescador Resort Forbes Traveler Voted El Pescador One of the Top 10 Eco-Resorts in the World! If your perfect vacation has you dreaming of a grand slam—diving to explore the world’s secondlargest barrier reef, snorkeling, visiting Mayan ruins, touring a natural-habitat zoo to see animals only indigenous to Belize, zip-lining, cave tubing, or just relaxing in a tropical paradise—El Pescador on Ambergris Caye has it all and more! The staff at El Pescador work as a total family unit with pure, dedicated enthusiasm that ensures all guests feel welcomed as a part of the family during their stay. This is truly an unforgettable experience! Fishing: Tarpon, bonefish and permit are the main targets. Anglers will also find snook, barracuda, jacks, ladyfish and other species on the flats, and a variety of reef species. Fishing is from traditional pangas or wading hard-sand flats. Migratory tarpon are typically available June–September. Accommodation: All 14 main lodge rooms have been renovated and expanded, with all-new furniture and large bathrooms. In addition, there are eight three-bedroom villas that work perfectly for intact groups. Guests enjoy three pools, complimentary Wi-Fi, kayaks, bicycles and fly casting lessons. Rates: Rates for a 7-night / 6-day fishing package are $4,310 per person for shared room / shared boat. Shorter package quotes are available upon request. Diving packages are $2,990. Nonfishing packages are $2,510. n Call Frontiers 1-800-245-1950 | +44 (0) 1285 700 940 in the UK | www.frontierstravel.com


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Belize et al…. Extend Your Belize Fishing Experience Under a Jungle Canopy or Turquoise Waterfall

Chaa Creek Rated one of the world’s best ecolodges and a pioneer in adventure travel since 1981. Located in the heart of Mayan civilization, along the banks of the Macal River, owners Mick and Lucy Fleming strove to coexist with nature and in doing so have created a true jungle experience, blending the natural beauty of the land with man-made comforts. Inclusive Chaa Creek packages offer guests a variety of accommodations levels. Guests enjoy the freedom to explore their 365-acre private reserve, home to over 300 species of birds, including parrots and toucans. In addition, enjoy horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, visits to nearby Mayan Ruins, and and the not-to-be-missed Butterfly Farm and Rainforest Medicine Trail.

Blancaneaux Lodge One of Francis Ford Coppola’s secluded mountain retreats and is every bit as dramatic and inspiring as one might hope. Guests choose from an array of luxurious accommodations, peaceful riverfront cabanas and spacious two-bedroom villas, each with decks overlooking the waterfalls of Privassion Creek. Active types enjoy riding horseback, hiking and mountain biking, exploring caves and “discovering” hidden Mayan cities. For those who enjoy farm-to-table cuisine, the chef has established a 3-acre, self-sustaining organic garden that produces all of the fruits and vegetables used to make traditional Coppola family recipes. Dine on fresh seafood, smoked meats and authentic Neapolitan pizzas cooked in a wood-burning Italian oven. Local rum punches wait at the Jaguar Bar.

Turtle Inn Resort If you would like to extend your Belize trip, it is easy to add a few days in Placencia at Turtle Inn Resort. Francis Ford Coppola has lovingly overseen every detail of Turtle Inn’s creation, using materials available in Belize’s tropical region. The seafront villas are prized features, with their screened porches, spacious living rooms and private walled gardens. When you’re not “on siesta,” consider becoming a certified diver, swimming in either of the two infinity pools, snorkeling, kayaking or indulging in your choice of three outstanding on-site restaurants. Excursions are available to the world’s only jaguar preserve, or cruise up the Monkey River and observe tropical birds, iguanas, manatees, crocodiles and howler monkeys. n

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Saltwater Fishing Down Under! The Diversity of Australia’s Fishing Experience is as Vast as the Country Itself From oceans and bays to broad estuaries and coastal lakes, Australia offers fishing adventures and unforgettable experiences for all tastes such as reef fishing, fly fishing, luxurious getaways and adrenaline-charged game fishing grounds acknowledged as the finest in the world. Australia offers incredible fishing experiences all year round. Whether you’re after Australia’s most iconic fish, the barramundi in the Northern Territory, chasing marlin in NSW or journey hunting trout in Tasmania, Australia provides fishing opportunities for every angler. Australia’s Hero Experiences: • Explore NT’s unrivaled scenic rivers and incredible coastline chasing barramundi. • Strike and land a 1000-pound black marlin off North Queensland. • Catch striped, black and blue marlin at Port Stephens. • Travel by helicopter from Canberra to the Alpine Range and stalk trout. • Experience a personalized remote wilderness journey hunting trout in Tasmania. • Enjoy Port Phillip Bay in Victoria fishing for pinky snapper. • Drop baits for the famous Australian snapper, kingfish and King George whiting in SA. • Chase giant trevally with poppers or the illusive permit on fly in the diverse waters of WA. n Call Frontiers 1-800-245-1950 | +44 (0) 1285 700 940 in the UK | www.frontierstravel.com


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Flat Top Banks Cobourg Peninsula

Wetlands

Arnhem Land

Tropical North Queensland Gulf of Carpentaria

Lake Kununurra Ord River

Whitsundays Mackay Southern Great Barrier Reef

Coral Bay

Sunshine Coast Coral Coast Tweed Heads

Esperance

Eyre Peninsula

Port Stephens

Yorke Peninsula Murray River

Lake Illawarra Jervis Bay

Kangaroo Island Limestone coast

Mornington Peninsula Phillip Island Flinders Island South Esk River

Huon River

Tasman Peninsula

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Costa Rica Zancudo’s fleet of offshore boats are equipped to tackle tuna, marlin, sailfish, roosterfish, dorado and all the Pacific has to offer. Call Frontiers 1-800-245-1950 | +44 (0) 1285 700 940 in the UK | www.frontierstravel.com


Great Fishing Combined with High-End Accommodations and Ecotouring Rarely do we see a lodge that can put anglers into great inshore and offshore fishing and provide superior accommodations, excellent cuisine and a level of hospitality that makes guests feel right at home. Zancudo Lodge is “the whole enchilada”—the perfect place to take the entire family to enjoy all this magnificent country has to offer. Ecotours, wide sandy beaches, incredible sunsets and a fleet of boats and captains that are unmatched combine to make Zancudo the ultimate Pacific coast getaway.

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Zancudo Lodge

Fishing: Marlin, sailfish, roosterfish, dorado, yellowfin tuna, amberjack, jack crevalle, giant snapper…did we miss anything? The Golfo Dulce and nearby bluewater have it all! Fully equipped offshore Pangas and 32-foot Contenders are all available to suit any fishing needs. Accommodation: There are 16 air-conditioned guest suites including two master suites and two junior suites, all with satellite TV, daily maid service, minibar and en suite bathroom. There are also a swimming pool, bocce ball court, gorgeous beach, covered open dining area, and fruit and vegetable gardens. Rates: Packages vary depending on number of people per boat, type of boat, and level of accommodation. For example, a 4-night / 3-day fishing package is $3,695 per person for double occupancy / standard boat or $3,295 per person for triple occupancy / standard boat. n

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Crocodile Bay Lodge Year-Round Offshore and Inshore Fishing off the Osa Peninsula in Golfo Dulce This resort, set on 44 acres of tropical gardens, not only offers a great mix-and-match menu of fishing but also 25+ ecotours such as birdwatching, biking, snorkeling, surfing, zip-lining, horseback riding, a butterfly farm and even a chocolate farm. For a more laid-back vacation, the 5,000-squarefoot spa offers over 30 customizable treatments, from massages and facials to full-body healing therapies, wraps and polishes, incorporating locally grown organic fruits and herbs. It is a perfect jungle spot for the family who fishes, is adventurous and loves to pamper themselves. Fishing: Fish offshore for sailfish, marlin, tuna and dorado. Then try some inshore fishing for roosterfish, snapper and trevally. For something new, try guided kayak and shore fishing excursions. The lodge’s fleet of Boston Whalers and Strike yachts are crewed by experienced bilingual captains and mates. Accommodation: Two-story buildings hold 28 air-conditioned, spacious rooms including deluxe rooms with Jacuzzi and balcony to enjoy the birdlife. After fishing, enjoy the pool with swim-up bar or have a drink and share a fish tale at the bar prior to a meal of international and local cuisine. Wi-Fi is available. n

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Costa Rica

Flamingo Bay Top-Notch Bluewater Fishing and Unique Ecotour Frontiers has been working with Flamingo Bay Pacific Charters since 1985, and the managers have helped us develop a wonderful repeat clientele who love this country as much as we do. Through word of mouth, this destination has become increasingly popular for fishermen seeking top-notch bluewater fishing along with unique and varied ecotours. Many of our clients enjoy family vacations, honeymoons, father / son trips or special occasions along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Please note that Christmas space sells out very early, sometimes a year in advance, particularly at the Four Seasons in Papagayo and many of the Quepos hotels. Please give us advance notice if you want to plan a holiday trip. n

Arenas del Mar is the perfect base for your fishing adventure in Costa Rica!

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Rio Parismina Lodge One of the Best Tarpon Fishing Areas Just Off the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica Continuing to set the standard for Costa Rica’s east coast angling programs, Rio Parismina Lodge combines luxury accommodations with quick access to the river / estuary and ocean. Most anglers target the large tarpon, but the lodge also offers offshore fishing along with freshwater fishing within the boundary of the untouched rainforest of Tortuguero National Park. Built on 50 acres of lush jungle on the Parismina River banks, the lodge and grounds abound with wildlife and an amazing array of birdlife. Besides fishing, enjoy turtle excursions, river cruises and even night crocodile tours. Fishing: The local ecosystem creates a diversity of fish with tarpon in the 75–110-pound range caught mostly blind casting near rolling fish; offshore are snapper, wahoo, jacks, king mackerel and tuna. The lagoons hold guapote and machaca. Experienced bilingual guides lead anglers to the hottest action. Accommodation: Twelve spacious double rooms boast oversized showers, ceiling fans and large walk-in closet. The lodge also has a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, a fully stocked tackle shop, and an open-air central lodge with bar, recreation and dining area known for serving memorable gourmet and native dishes. Rates: Per person, 2 per room/boat*: 7 days-$5,000, 4 days-$3,200, 3 days-$2,600 Inquire for single rates. Fishing license, payable onsite ($15 pp). The lodge will make hotel arrangements for your arrival night, payable directly upon checkout. *Custom 21-ft modified V-hull boat, 125-hp outboard. n

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Guatemala Pacific Fins Resort Sailfish Capital of the World: Calm Waters and Huge Numbers of Sails Guatemala’s Pacific coast has a high concentration of sailfish ranging 60–120 pounds. Boats typically average 15–20 billfish daily during the high season of November–May. Pacific Fins Resort can fish up to five per boat with their fleet of 31–40-foot boats, and can comfortably accommodate 20 anglers in its double rooms. The centrally located, open-air dining area offers an à la carte menu and two bars framing a refreshing pool where anglers gather after a day of fishing. Nonanglers can enjoy a half- or full-day tour of the colonial city of Antigua or a side trip to the Mayan ruins of Tikal. Fishing: Skilled crew guidance and prolific waters offer both novice and experienced anglers multiple chances to release a sailfish on either conventional equipment or fly gear provided by the lodge. Marlins in the 300–600-pound class have been released, along with dorado and yellowfin tuna. Accommodation: Pacific Fins features two double suites for single anglers and four air-conditioned villas with two double rooms and two bathrooms separated by a lounge area. Breakfast and dinner are prepared by local chefs and served poolside. Enjoy grilled steak, fresh seafood and pasta specials at dinner. Rates: October 1–May 31, 3-day fishing package: economy (35-foot boat) $3,550; performance (31– 33-foot boat) $4,375; and luxury (35–40-foot boat) $5,050 per person for shared suite / shared boat. Rates are 10% off August–September if not on Marlin Guarantee. Inquire about rates for shorter / longer packages and one to five anglers per boat. n

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Enjoy Amazing Sailfishing with Friends While Staying in a Private Villa Great Sailfishing Company, operated by American and Guatemalan partners, is known for customerfocused service willing to meet and exceed expectations. They own and have access to offshore Bertrams ranging 28–38 feet and can fish up to six anglers per boat. The boats operate out of the new Marina Pez Vela and are staffed with crews experienced in the art of teasing, catching and releasing Pacific sailfish on both fly and conventional gear. This area is reputed as the most prolific fishing in the world for numbers, and November–May can offer shots at 20+ sailfish per day.

Guatemala

The Great Sailfishing Company

Fishing: Along with sailfish, blue marlin show up during the fall and spring while dorado and tuna appear more in the summer. The runs offshore, pending conditions and finding the productive bite, can be 6–60 miles. Boats are equipped with fly and conventional gear, bait, lunch and drinks. Accommodation: Guests can choose a three- or four-bedroom villa or a hotel room located in a beach community minutes from the marina. Villas have a pool, personal chef, maid and waitress, and hotel rooms include meals, open bar in their restaurants and bars, swimming pool, and sports facilities. Rates: 3 days fishing per person: 28–31-foot boat $3850 or $2600 (2 or 4 per boat); 35–38-foot boat $4055 or $2675 (2 or 4 per boat). 4 days fishing per person: 28–31-foot boat $4875 or $3250 (2 or 4 per boat); 35–38-foot boat $5200 or $3375 (2 or 4 per boat). Rates are available for shorter / longer packages. n

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Panama

Tropic Star Lodge is the premier high end lodge in Panama, specializing in getting their clients into black marlin and a host of other pelagic and inshore species

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Panama

Tropic Star Lodge Renowned Lodge on Piñas Bay, Panama, with Fabulous Offshore and Inshore Fishing A remote paradise built into the jungle hillside, Tropic Star is one of the world’s most comfortable and truly great fishing lodges. Reached by plane or boat, just 150 miles south of Panama City, the lodge opened in 1963 and has set more than 300 world records. Anglers from all over the world target marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado, roosterfish and inshore species. Superb fishing, staff and crew have guests returning yearly with eagerness. Optional activities include visiting an indigenous tribe, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling or touring the amazing backstage and operation of this lodge. Fishing: Crewed by experienced captains and mates, the 31-foot fully equipped Bertrams, now with bait wells, hold up to four anglers. All species of billfish and nonbillfish are caught year-round just 6–15 miles offshore in the pristine waters of Piñas Bay. Contact us for seasonal species guidelines. Accommodation: The lodge holds 38 guests in 19 air-conditioned rooms and six guests in the luxurious Palace, all with a porch and stunning bay view. On-site are a dining room serving breakfasts and fine gourmet dinners, two bars, and a freshwater pool with grill area. The dining experience is exceptional. Rates: January–February rates for a 7-night / 6-day package: 2 per boat $7,995; 3 per boat $6,715; and 4 per boat $5,880 per person, plus $660 per person for a Tropic Express transfer package. Call for rates for other months, single rates, nonfishing rates, partial weeks, or Palace upgrade. Rates are subject to change; fuel surcharges may apply. Lodge closes October– November. n

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Join Frontiers on Two Incredible Blue Water Trips Hosted by Mike Fitzgerald and Joe Codd! Billfish are prevalent in Costa Rica and Panama

Pesca Panama Sportfishing

Zancudo Lodge, Costa Rica

April 7 - 14, 2018

April 14 - 19, 2018

We are returning to Panama in 2018! Our inaugural trip in 2017 with eight anglers brought 33 different species to hand on fly rods, light- and medium-weight conventional tackle. Hard-working and experienced captains and mates run five fully-equipped 27’ Ocean Masters. There’s also a 17’ panga and four kayaks available. All gear is provided except for fly outfits. Guests stay aboard the floating lodge “Hannibal,” which provides super quick and convenient access to the fishing grounds. Newly renovated, the lodge can accommodate up to 16 guests, though we believe 8-12 is the magic number. With four beds each, the four airconditioned cabins share two clean bathrooms with hot-water showers and plenty of fresh water. We’ll see a great variety of species and it should be “Tuna Time!” Rates are $4,795 per person based on two per room and two fishers sharing a boat. n

Rarely do you find a lodge that can put you into great inshore and offshore fishing, provide superior accommodations, excellent cuisine and hospitality that makes you feel right at home. Zancudo Lodge is “the whole enchilada.” It is also the perfect place to take a nonfishing companion to enjoy all that this magnificent country has to offer. Eco tours, wide sandy beaches, incredible sunsets, and a fleet of boats and captains that are unmatched. We’ll be focusing on a variety of species inshore and offshore, including marlin, sailfish, roosterfish, dorado nd tuna. Of course, there are a number of other species as well. Our 5-night / 4-day stay will have us fishing two days on their 32’ Contenders and two days on their custom built 28’ center consoles – all with first class gear. Rates are $4,950 per person based on two guests per room and two fishers sharing a boat. n

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Estancia de Los Rios, Chile January 11 – 21 Riverview Lodge & Owen River Lodge, New Zealand February 5 – 21 Tecka, San Huberto & Limay River Lodge, Argentina March 1 – 29 Grand Slam Lodge, Mexico May 8 – 13

Campeche Tarpon Bay, Mexico May 14 – 18 Trout Fishing, Ireland June 20 – 29 Reel Action Alaska Lodge, Alaska August 4 – 11 Kingfisher Lodge, Montana August 18 – 25 & August 25 – September 1 Salvelinus Outfitters, Spain October Tres Valles, Argentina November – December

Fronteirs Hosted Trips

2018 Hosted Trips with Barry and Cathy Beck

Luxury accommodations at Zancudo!

Barry and Cathy Beck are writers, photographers and consummate trip hosts. They lead a number of Frontiers groups each year, which gives our clients the perfect opportunity to meet new fishing friends. Barry and Cathy look after everything on their trips, from flies to casting instruction. There is no extra charge to travel with these fishing experts.

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The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 3315. Copyright © 2017. Frontiers International Travel. All rights reserved. Photo Credits: Barry and Cathy Beck, R. Valentine Atkinson, Brian Grossenbacher, Tosh Brown, Pablo Negri, Federico Cabello, Matt Jones, Shane Chalker, Dana Allen (Wilderness Safaris), Dave Hamman (Wilderness Safaris), Caroline Culbert (Wilderness Safaris), Singita Staff, Lance Peterson, Belize Tourism Board and Frontiers Staff

All rates listed in this brochure and on the Frontiers website are subject to change without notice.

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2018 Saltwater Guide  
2018 Saltwater Guide