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Roatan Honduras

Old 06-22-2019, 09:38 AM
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Gonna be in Roatan this September. Curious if anyone can recommend a billfish charter?

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Old 06-22-2019, 11:02 AM
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We didn’t have the time to charter when we were there, but the local guys fishing in 25’ skiff with handlines were catching a lot of wahoo. I’m talking 20-25 fish and they were off loading at noonish.

water gets deep quick and there’s tons of bait... billfish should be around.

i had a card for a guy,(lost now) “Wenchel James”. He was jack of all trades, but most importantly had a 26’ center console in French Harbor, Roatan and he told me all day for $400. He was our tour driver, but dabbled in everything.
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Old 06-22-2019, 02:06 PM
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Old 06-22-2019, 03:11 PM
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If it's around Sept 15th you'll likely not get a good charter because it's tournament time.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:54 AM
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Me and my girlfriend hopped off the cruise ship in Roatan and chatted with some locals outside the gated area who hooked us up with 2 kids with a little panga. They took us just outside the bay on the north end of the island and trolled for blackfin tuna. We had 2 nice size tuna in the boat in about 15 minutes of trolling. Came back in and had the restaurant next to the dock prepare the tuna ceviche style. The whole ordeal cost us less than 100 USD. Could we have been murdered? Sure, but its a day I'll never forget.
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Could we have been murdered? Sure,
​​​​​​Oh please.
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​​​​​​Oh please.
It was a joke in reference to all the warnings we were given about not leaving the gated area.
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by loudblack97z71 View Post
It was a joke in reference to all the warnings we were given about not leaving the gated area.
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I see. In that case, sorry. I'm just tired of a bunch of people portraying the Bay Islands as a dangerous place just because they're linked to Honduras.
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Old 06-27-2019, 07:16 PM
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I have been there 4 times. Just came from there. The mainland is tough. But the islands are amazing. Uilta, Roatan and Guanaja are hidden gems.

I will be going back in Sept.

The reef is like a 1/4 mile from land and then it drops off like a cliff. Very deep.
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Old 06-27-2019, 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by captain28570 View Post
I have been there 4 times. Just came from there. The mainland is tough. But the islands are amazing. Uilta, Roatan and Guanaja are hidden gems.

I will be going back in Sept.

The reef is like a 1/4 mile from land and then it drops off like a cliff. Very deep.
Try Utila Lodge
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Roatan is a terrific island. Most of the island is pretty safe. Completely unlike the mainland. Be careful in Coxen Hole. The kids in the pangas will take you out for a couple of hours for a hundred bucks. You can catch blackfin and maybe a wahoo. I caught a nice 35 pound wahoo. The deep dropping for queen snapper is actually psychotically good just a quarter mile offshore in 1000 feet of water. Bone fishing and permit are around on the flats on one side of the island. Blllfishing and yellowfin are not very good. Yellowfin are tiny and the stock has largely been depleted by the commercial fishermen. Mahi are available. Wahoo is a much better bet.

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Old 06-28-2019, 11:01 PM
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Billfishing is ok. Definitely not on the same level as Guatemala or Costa Rica and Panama but you can get one.
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:33 AM
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If you stay on the north side of the island there is a cool place to stay and eat owned by some folks from Argentina. Breakfast included. Its near the popular stretch of beach.
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Old 09-09-2019, 04:44 AM
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We lived there for 6 months 10 years ago and then went back for vacation last July. Met up with an old friend Ronny from Ronny’s Barefeet Tours and caught some tuna on his panga style boat. He has a lovely rustic restaurant near West End and will cook anything you catch island style. I'm not sure about billfish specifically, but it's good fun getting offshore! There are plenty of options, both on traditional and more modern craft. Check out Sundowners... great pub/restaurant and they also do charters.
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