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Would you charter a fishing trip in the Caribbean coast of Honduras?

Old 11-04-2019, 10:10 PM
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l'm thinking about starting a charter company to offer fishing trips for trolling and/or deep dropping in the Caribbean coast of Honduras, I wonder if people would be interested though.
we have great mahi, tuna, Wahoo, sailfish fishing and deep dropping for silky snapper, queen snapper, groupers and even tilefish.
we even have a decent sized lake to go bass fishing.
Anyone here would be interested? There are no charter companies on the main land, other than in the Bay Islands so I would like to hear your comments
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Old 11-04-2019, 11:52 PM
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Probably not if the security situation is as bad as I’ve been told it is there.
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Old 11-05-2019, 12:12 AM
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If the fishing is that good then there is probably a reason why there is not any charters in the area.
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Old 11-05-2019, 05:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Flying Bajan View Post
Probably not if the security situation is as bad as Iíve been told it is there.
it's really not, I've been fishing there for years,
most violence is drug cartels related, they kill each other, they won't do anything to a civilian that is not involved to that "business"
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Originally Posted by R Days View Post
If the fishing is that good then there is probably a reason why there is not any charters in the area.
there aren't many charter companies in all the country, except on the Bay islands, I guess they need to impulse tourism a little more
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Old 11-05-2019, 06:12 AM
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Honduras mainland has such a bad reputation for crime/violence (still) it may be challenging to attract people in a tourist capacity. I would return to Roatan for diving but no way in heck would I do mainland Honduras unless I had a gun to my noggin.
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Old 11-05-2019, 06:41 AM
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I did some work in San Pedro Sula, Puerto Barrios & some Pacific coast areas back in the late 90's. As a gringo I stuck out quite a bit. I never felt threaded but we were put up in Intercontinental hotels & when we ventured off campus we were with locals. I'd love to go back, I might have some offspring there...
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Old 11-05-2019, 07:34 AM
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I think it would be a good idea, if the business was based in Roatan.

You could also offer mixed diving/fishing trips with a short duration, i.e. about 4 hours, to appeal to the cruise ship crowd.
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I'd be interested. In fact, I'm planning a trip down in February or March to Guanaja.
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Old 11-05-2019, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by nfairbank View Post
I think it would be a good idea, if the business was based in Roatan.

You could also offer mixed diving/fishing trips with a short duration, i.e. about 4 hours, to appeal to the cruise ship crowd.
Roatan is actually an area I have brainstormed considered shifting my charter business to possibly. An old man told me about how good the fishing was and the cruise boats that come in there daily. I still have never visited Roatan and would certainly spend some significant time there before making a life move such as that. I'd be interested to hear more from anyone that has ever fished that area.
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Old 11-05-2019, 03:04 PM
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Problem is the fishing is only mediocre in my opinion. People could just as easily go to Guatemala and Costa Rica and almost be guaranteed to catch fish. Then there is the violence issue, whether or not it's blown out of proportion doesn't matter. People just aren't gonna risk it.
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Old 11-05-2019, 05:50 PM
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Fishing in Roatan was great when I was there. We fished a small tiller panga rigged with 2 old 50's & the capt had a hand line secured around his waist. We caught mare Wahoo than we wanted all within 1/2 mile from shore. Fun times!

I'd certainly fish there again.
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Old 11-06-2019, 02:08 PM
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As a DESTINATION FISHING SPOT it is not going to work, very few remote places can support a charter business as pretty much the sole reason people go there unless you have an Instagram account that you can show us with constant fish on a daily basis your not going to compete with Guatemala, Costa Rica, Tropic Star Lodge and others.

Yes it would be absolutely possible to build a profitable business in Roaton for fishing or combo, fish, dive / snorkel. You could pick up day-trippers off the cruise ships and get people that are staying on the island for the week and also have people like me with a family take the family there for a week and fish with you for 2 days.

Its' 2019 like everyone says on THT "Pictures or it did not happen" unless you have hard proof with pictures and video of multiple trips from multiple people having a great time slaying fish people are not going to fly to mainland Hodurous to go fish with you even still it's a huge investment where are these people going to stay, much better off on Roaton.
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Consider it a part time gig for awhile. I'll be your first customer. Build your business then consider going full time.

Advertise on the General Aviation and fishing forums.
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Old 11-06-2019, 08:12 PM
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I'd like to know where this is you're planning on doing this, or where this great fishing is because compared to Guatemala (I've been) fishing is barely mediocre in Honduras. While I'd probably try a charter if I was going there for a reason I wouldn't go there solely for fishing.

Edit: and did you get anymore mutton snapper?
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Old 11-06-2019, 09:11 PM
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​​​​​​No way would a mainland-based operation succeed. No gringo is going to risk a trip to the mainland. As for Roatan, there are no real professional charter operations on the island. We went with a very good fellow - I canít recall his name - and had some decent fishing for small yellowfin and great queen snapper deep dropping. But the fishing is not really world class. Itís a good add on to a diving trip but not a destination fishing location.
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post
​​​​​​No way would a mainland-based operation succeed. No gringo is going to risk a trip to the mainland. As for Roatan, there are no real professional charter operations on the island. We went with a very good fellow - I canít recall his name - and had some decent fishing for small yellowfin and great queen snapper deep dropping. But the fishing is not really world class. Itís a good add on to a diving trip but not a destination fishing location.
My experience finding a boat to go fishing in Roatan was similar and my results were a little less than yours but with the tourism there and especially the cruise ships I do think a knowledgeable guy doing both hard core fishing and "Day's on the Water" for cruise ship people could make it, because it's a nice vacation destination on it's own where these trips would be an add on also add to the fact that deep water is 1/4 mile away fuel is expensive but they would not need to run anywhere.

I did go the the mainland on an escorted trip to go white water rafting pretty amazing but not something I would do without a local guide with me 100% of the time.
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