Photos: A Bonefish Bonanaza to Remember

Written by: Dan Davala, Orvis Travel


Paul Mueller shows off a typical Belize bonefish.
Photo courtesy Paul Mueller

Here are some great shots from the October Bonefish Bonanza at El Pescador in Belize. Even though these events are centered on the namesake bonefish, I think these photos do a great job illustrating how much more there is to target on the flats surrounding Ambergris Caye.

Best of all, the flats are productive year-round for all of these species, so there’s never a bad time to go. This was my fifth time visiting El Pescador, and it certainly won’t be the last.

Dan Davala is the former the Fishing Manager at Orvis Arlington (VA) who is headed north to join the Orvis Travel  team here in Vermont. Surely, he’ll have plenty more chances to visit Belize.


Here’s Dan’s second tarpon of the trip. Click here to see his first.
Photo courtesy Dan Davala

Paul Mueller’s permit put him two-thirds of the way toward a Grand Slam.
Photo courtesy Paul Mueller

Troy Miller shows off a healthy bone caught on a mangrove flat.
Photo courtesy Troy Miller

Frank Ricchio landed this fine cobia on a fly.
Photo by Paul Mueller

Troy Miller hoists a hard-earned tarpon.
Photo courtesy Troy Miller

Orvis San Jose Fishing Manager Nathan Cook poses with a nice crevalle jack.
Photo by Dan Davala

Frank Ricchio is all smiles after landing this bone.
Photo by Paul Mueller

Matt Nothdurft took a good snook out of the mangroves.
Photo courtesy Matt Nothdurft

Cory Thies (husband of Orvis Travel’s Sarah Thies) with his first of many bonefish.
Photo by Dan Davala

Look at the bend that tarpon puts in Paul Mueller’s fly rod!
Photo courtesy Paul Mueller

Dan was surprised to find a rare African pompano at the end of his line.
Photo by Nathan Cook

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