Always Beautiful in Paradise

Cabana & bridge This last week we had a beautiful rain storm with a little wind and dark cloudy skies. Somehow Mango Creek Lodge still had sunshine and stood out as our perfect little slice of paradise . As the rains eased up and the dark skies blew by it was amazing to see just how bright and colourful our little world is after a little rinse. Come down and see us, maybe your day will be just as amazing.

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How do you smile Underwater?

Diving  Good question, how do you smile underwater? We had a great group of 10 fisherman come down for a week at Mango Creek, and a few of them decided to spend some time seeing the fish from under the water as well. Kevin did his first ever “discover dive” with our instructor Leif, and as we can see they are all smiles. The bigger question is how do you say “cheese” down there?  Many fish were caught, many more were chased, and a great group of family and friends had some great time together. Fishing, diving ,snorkelling, sailing…. They did it all and they even had time for a few cold beers. Big thanks to Chris for gathering together your family and friends and bringing them to Mango Creek Lodge, can’t wait for your next trip down.

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More Great Flats Fishing

Happy Fisherman 2 Wonderful memories of Mango Creek Lodge. We really had a great time and were treated like royalty.

We were able to fish as much as we wanted (which was generally sunup until sundown!) and came back to the lodge for delicious food and an open bar with lots of cold beer. Especially memorable were a couple of nights on top of the boat house under the stars enjoying a cigar and rum concoction. The resort is very comfortable and is being revitalized at a rapid pace. The staff are extremely friendly and hardworking, check out the woodshop and their carver while you’re there, beautiful work.

Happy Fisherman

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Wedding Bliss in Paradise

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Mango Creek Lodge is a beautiful setting for saying “I Do”,  and we love helping make that happen. On June 26th we had the pleasure of  hosting  the wedding of Sterling and Cy.  Joined by about a dozen friends and loved ones, they had a small romantic sunset wedding  at the waters edge, followed by a reception dinner in our restaurant. With 6 over the water cabanas, we had plenty of room for everyone to stay for a few days and fully enjoy the whole experience.

Our weddings here are small and simple, a little more casual , and much more romantic. It is with great love and respect that we host  the greatest day in a couples life.

Cy and Sterling, thank you for letting Mango Creek be part of YOUR greatest day together. All of us here wish you the happiest of lives together, full of love for one another.

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Another Great Fishing Trip

Norma FishMy birthday trip to Mango Creek was like an episode of Fantasy Island. I was picked up from the airport by my gracious host Doc, taken for a scenic drive of the island by car then by boat to this beautiful remote location where I met my second great host DD, they couldn’t have made the trip any easier. My fishing guide and fly fish teacher was Joevy, a sweet respectable young man, a native of Roatan who really knows these waters. First day out I caught two bone fish, not bad for never having fly fished. Our trips out to fish were awesome, the water around the island with so many shades of clear blue hue, passing coastal towns, reefs, sunken ships and various sea life. The stars from my cabana unspoiled by city lights, listening to the sound of the ocean and feeling the breeze as you sleep, then waking to the view from your room is something you should experience yourself. The grounds are beautiful, good view from top the hill. The staff are great, the meals splendid, catered to my diet, they even cooked a red snapper I caught. The drinking water is the best around. The cabana was sweet, clean. It was a memorable experience. Thanks to Doc, DD and staff especially Joevy for a wonderful week.

Norma , we loved having you here at Mango Creek Lodge, and thank you for sharing your birthday with us, it was good fun. Lots of fish out there waiting for your next trip to paradise, look forward to your return.  Doc and DD

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Hooray for Coconut Drinks!

Coconut DrinksOh what great week this was. So many wonderful people, all from somewhere different. Lots of stories to be shared, many adventures to be had, and as usual new friendships made.  No trip to the Caribbean can be complete without a coconut drink, and we aim to please. Not every coconut is full of Doc’s famous Mai-Tai, one young man stayed true to his Coca-Cola, and a certain healthy individual preferred the wonderful coconut water itself. However a few of those funsters went for the real deal. It made for a great afternoon, full of picture taking and lively discussions, lots of smiles and laughter. Smiling right now it makes me realize just what a magical place Mango Creek Lodge really is, and just how wonderful our guests are, it is their story sharing, their adventure sharing, and the evenings of laughter that fill our home and our hearts. Thank you,all of you for helping us make paradise a reality.

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Hard Fighting Jacks

DCIM100GOPROWe had a fun visit with Scott from Arkansas , here to fly fish the flats for Bonefish and Permit.

I know this pictures isn’t either one, but sometimes when a big jack takes the fly you just gotta play him in. Even if he breaks your rod. It put up a huge fight and Scott eventually had to bring him in by hand after the rod snapped.  That’s  a hardcore fisherman right there, made for a great story and a great picture. Scott we look forward to your next trip down, thanks for spending your week here with us at Mango Creek

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Whats for Dinner?

Well  thanks to Bob and Diane, it was wahoo for dinner.  Nice catch Bob, 85 pounds of Wahoo, and we can tell by those smiles you loved every minute of it. Thanks for coming and spending your day fishing with us, we look forward to your next big catch.

Wahoo 2

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“Wonderful Spot”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy family (20,22 and 50s) had a fabulous time at Mango Creek Lodge. The cabanas are lovely and they really do look like the photos. We stayed in the double and it was private from kids but also right together. Perfect!
We sailed, snorkelled, kayaked, swam and fished. We also did a ton of reading and relaxing. We learned some new card games and increased our darts skills! The other guests and Doc/DD were heaps of fun to hang around with and we spent many hours talking about experiences we each had had around the world. The food was fantastic and they accommodated our special diet restrictions without any problems.
Doc and DD have made this place very special. Everything is spotless and in good order. The atmosphere is totally relaxed and guest focused. They were willing to help us do anything we desired.
The weather wasn’t great with only one day of sunshine but it really didn’t matter. We did everything anyway and we didn’t get skin cancer!
I would recommend this to anyone who wanted to do something a little different and who wanted to get away from it all. Be as active as you want or read and sleep all day. They are there to make whatever happen.

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First Tarpon on the Fly

TarponFirst Tarpon on the Fly….Awesome!!!!

Patrick and his first Tarpon on the fly, are you sure you haven’t done this before? Great guests, Patrick and his wife Jenny spent a beautiful week at Mango Creek Lodge. Yes we had a little rain…. and Pat dared the fish to come out and play on the flats anyway. Off the dock , from the kayak, on the flats or standing in the boat, he was the happiest fisherman I’ve met yet, and apparently the fish thought so too. They were great guests who brought an abundance of life to the lodge, great conversations and some serious cribbage competition, and perhaps more than a couple rounds of serious darts.  Pat and Jenny have travelled many parts of Central America, and fished and surfed most of the best spots, good travellers, great company and we look forward to your return

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Truly Amazing

My boyfriend and I stayed for two days and one night ….would have stayed longer if we could have. A great place you cant find any where else. Doc and DD have done a great job with the property, the land, ocean, and the staff…..true eco-lodging at its best. Absolutely most amazing food too. Mike, our fishing guide was fantastic….patient with my low level skills…he had me reeling in some big fish (they were big to me at least). He was great taking us to all his good spots sure get us hooked up with some big fish! Thank you Doc and DD!!

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The Best Day Trip Ever!

I was more than just a little pleased to have such a great day, complete with fast boat transportation, a very competent and patient guide and spectacular surroundings. Then to top it off with a delicious lunch of fresh Wahoo and delicately fried Shrimp … that’s knocking it out of the park!
Just four weeks from a complete Hip-Replacement Surgery, my guide, Michael, assisted me in and out of the boat, over the rockier areas and was a fantastic teacher as we chased schools of Bonefish.
I’ve sent the photo below to all my fishing pals and couldn’t be happier with the accommodations and the entire day… Looking forward to our stay in the Spring.
Cheers! Tim Thompson

 Tim, you and your wife were great fun, full of energy and excitement. I’m so happy Mango Creek could provide your first Bonefish on the fly, that’s awesome. Can’t wait to have you stay this spring, maybe we can pull a Grand Slam? Maybe A Super Slam?

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More Honeymoon Guests

 We recently had another  wonderful couple spend their Honeymoon with us. Christine and Andrew, got married in Canada and headed for warmer Roatan.  Upon arrival they found their bed sprinkled with flower petals. Chilled champagne, and Chocolates on the dresser.

It’s amazing just how much relaxing is possible here at Mango Creek Lodge, and these two set the bar pretty high for knowing how to slow down and just enjoy the quiet beauty of the island. They had their first snorkelling experience at Pigeon Cays, and lounged peacefully on the sands in their hand dug beach seats. A great kayaking trip was made out to Cow and Calf Cays close by , and they both took turns trying to get fish in the boat on their Day fishing trip with our guide Michael.   Thank you for spending your Honeymoon with us here at Mango Creek, we love positive, happy people, who know how to be in love and love life island style.

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Awesome Father-Daughter Dive Team

 Ken and Annalyse, the father daughter adventure duo came to see us from upstate N.Y.  They quickly settled right into the Mango Creek way of life, Lobster for dinner, pineapple pancakes for breakfast, and days filled with fun. Diving almost every day of their week long stay, they still managed to find time to roam around the large property. Had a great trip out to Pigeon Cay for some beach lounging and snorkelling, and just to top it off they spent a day out fishing with one of our fantastic guides. They had many wonderful adventures to share and filled our evenings with great stories and good conversation. We’d love to show you a picture of both of them but somebody seemed to be behind the camera every time. We can’t wait to have them visit again, and I promise Annalyse …yes there will be as many mangos as you can eat.

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Jonathan and Marta Honeymoon at Mango Creek

 Fresh off  the airplane and celebrating their love, Jonathan and Marta came to spend their honeymoon at Mango Creek.  They had the whole place to themselves  for the entire week, a beautiful, romantic roof top dinner, and a fantastic trip to snorkel and play at Pigeon Cays. They also enjoyed a discover dive with our dive master and we are sure they will be back for more.   These two brought lots of love and joy to Mango Creek, young, happy, and full of life. We all wish you the very best for many years to come.

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Fly or Spin ?

Thanks mostly to Michael our guide we are experiencing something totally new! Spin fishing only with a twist that I cannot tell you about. The thing is that guests who would normally not fish while here are going wild with it. Picture if you can your wife and yourself maybe even one of the older kids all going fishing. At first nothing happens, but shortly fish start hitting minnows around the boat. Michael makes you wait a bit to be sure they are there, then he helps you send out a cast and for the next few hours the fishing goes crazy. Snapper, Grouper, Wahoo, Kings, Spanish Mackerel, even an 80 pound sailfish and some reef sharks, as well as big Barracuda. There are lots of fish the guests don’t even see, they just take the hook and leave, no amount of drag or pressure can stop whatever they are, they just take off. Have you ever caught the bumper on a Volkswagon . Well that is how it feels. The great news is that Michael has taught the other guides his methods and they are all having great days.

We have been doing our thing and we are still getting great fly fishing, but come try your hand at twenty pound Tuna hitting every cast for an afternoon. We have new fish recipes too so when you bring the fish home guess what we eat for dinner?

76 pound Wahoo caught a few years ago

Needle fish are fun to catch

 

Scotty and Blue Runner

 

If this looks fun to you come check us out. The fishing is great.

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A great Chemistry

For those of you that have been here, you will understand that my wife being from Missouri originally, will correct every exaggerated statement I say. Now before you say anything please understand that I never let the truth get in the way of a good story and perhaps having a wife like this could be a good thing. Now picture if you can another couple who are exactly the same only in their case she is like me and he is like Patrice in that he, being from Missouri, corrects her exaggerations. This made for an unusual chemistry and we want to tell everyone we had a great time as we saw the others faults quite quickly. That is what you do when you get our age. So our other guests this week were subjected to constant corrections and constant tall tales but we had a great time. Marty and Anne were great troupers, Marty learned to follow Patrice while snorkeling and Anne and I kept each other alive while in deep water. I hope Marty will send photos so we can show how great a dive week he and Anne had and here is a photo of our chemistry twins Joe and Elaine. Thank you all four for a great time. Terry

Joe and Elaine

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OH what a great fishing day! Another Super Grand Slam!

OK you fishermen out there Joe Boske was here yesterday and it was one of those great days we all live and pray for. 2 Permit, 7 Snook, 8 Bonefish, 1 Tarpon. All on a fly while fishing here as a day fisherman with Michael. I hope to have pictures later this week and will get them up ASAP.

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MCL a place to make memories.

A father a daughter and a son spent a week making memories. With Mango Creek being remote and very Eco minded it makes for a great place to bond and make memories, far from the crowd and modern day interruptions. Into our quiet came Richard, his daughter Melody and son Tristan. What a nice group from the staff point of view, always friendly well mannered and just nice to be around. They snorkeled, fished, played Farkle,ate great food and just generally enjoyed themselves. We love them here and hope they return soon. Here are some of their photos.

 

 

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Super Slam!

Steven Goossens caught a super slam on the Fly at Mango Creek yesterday. I will have pictures later this week I hope. Congrats Steven, well done.

Here is the Permit picture! hey Steven where is the 40 pound Tarpon picture?

Permit enroute to Super Slam!

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