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We encounter many anglers that give us a call looking to take their first saltwater trip. Often it’s a small group, two fishing buddies, a couple or even a solo angler looking for a new adventure on the flats. Many times these anglers have years of experience chasing trout or steelhead but have yet to explore a tropical saltwater destination. Whatever the case, it’s a good idea to talk with us about the nuances of the skinny water saltwater game and taking care to look at destinations that may be a good fit for a first time flats trip.

First time saltwater anglers often express some trepidation about investing in a trip without possessing the necessary skills to target many of our super charged saltwater species like bonefish, permit or tarpon. Picking the right destination, planning to go at the right time of year and getting paired up with a skilled guide that speaks good English will go a long way to making sure your trip is a success. Fortunately, we help new saltwater anglers do exactly this on a daily basis here at Fly Water!

Here are a few of our favorite first time saltwater destinations. Give us a call to discuss getting your first time saltwater trip on the books. Email or call 800-552-2729.


Christmas Island Outfitters
Christmas Island is one of the few destinations in the world that will keep the attention of even the most ardent saltwater angler and may also be a perfect fit for a first timer. Shots at bonefish, triggerfish, bluefin trevally and a host of other species are generally made at very close ranges, usually from 40 feet and in. Almost all of the fishing is accomplished while wading, which makes dealing with the wind easier than standing in a boat. Christmas Island guides are second to none and speak fantastic English. Anglers must be game for a simple, rustic and incredibly remote adventure, but the fishery is fantastic and opportunities abound for the novice salt angler. Ask us about our many hosted trips to this destination!

Turneffe Flats Lodge, Belize
The magnificent Turneffe Atoll is located about a 90 minute boat ride away from the mainland coast of Belize and offers new saltwater anglers beautiful surroundings, lots of opportunities for feisty bonefish and fantastic guides that are adept at working with beginners. The lodge also features a fully stocked fly shop and a large fleet of rental equipment. Turneffe is a great choice for families and spouses as well with lots of diving and eco-adventure opportunities.

Andros South Lodge, Bahamas
There is nothing better for the first time saltwater angler than hordes of unpressured bonefish, vast expanses of untouched flats and skilled guides that speak great English. Andros South lodge is one such place. Andros Island also features numerous creeks and small cays that allow the guides to hide from the wind and give you better chances to present the fly accurately. They also have a solid fleet of rental equipment if buying that new $800 saltwater rod is not in the budget. Andros South offers one of the best values in the Bahamas for a first time salt trip.

Pesca Mahahual, Mexico
This small operation on the southern coast of the Yucatan may be one of the most diverse programs in the whole Fly Water catalog. On any given day guests can choose to fish between a myriad of brackish cenotes (coastal lakes that connect to the ocean) for baby tarpon. Chetumal or Espiritu Santo bays also possible to explore for permit and bonefish. You may choose to head off shore or also fish the northern flats of Belize and Ambergis Caye. Anglers can probe deep in to an expansive mangrove labyrinth for juvenile tarpon or snook. The possibilities are just about unlimited and this destination is home to one of our most favorite Mexican guides named Carlos Castillo. Carlos has duel citizenship for both Mexico and Belize, speaks perfect English and is one of the most highly experienced guides on this part of the Yucatan. A trip to Pesca Mahahual also remains one of our most affordable options in the entire catalog.

Casa Blanca Lodge, Mexico
Casa Blanca Lodge is one of the most venerable, well managed and beautiful lodges in the saltwater angling world. Their guide staff is one of the most long tenured, experienced and skilled crews on the Yucatan. Accommodations are very comfortable and beautifully simple. One of the key benefits of a trip to Casa Blanca as a new saltwater angler is their proximity to some of the most remote portions of Ascension Bay. With only a 10 minute run from the lodge, anglers can access some of the least pressured flats in the entire bay. This means great opportunities for aggressive fish for first time flats anglers!

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