Two Grand Slams and counting!

Can you believe it? Friday a new record three Permit in one day on the way to Bob Singelyn’s Grand Slam! Saturday with new to salt water fly fishing Adam Buna on his second day out a Grand Slam. The conditions are super just now but anyone can tell you this isn’t easy at any time, so for a beginner it is “over the top”. Here are the photos.

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So there you have it. Come on down and lets get a Grand Slam!

 

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Singelyn family at Mango Creek

What a fishing week we had with the Singelyn’s. Bob on Friday set a new record at Mango Creek catching three Permit on a fly rod,  on his way to his first Grand Slam. This after sooooo many close calls all week long, he also landed a permit on a crab on Thursday. Here are some pictures of Bob’s Grand Slam. I will have a further report on the rest of the family to follow shortly.

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Here are a few more pictures of the Grand Slam!

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This Grand Slam was’t easy after catching some nice baby Tarpon all week Bob had to get this little one to complete the Slam while the sun was going down. We at Mango Creek salute you Bob and your smile makes it all worthwhile. Come on down and let us put a smile on your face, that is what it’s all about!

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May 6 2011

Great week of fishing, lots of Tarpon, two Permit, bunches of Bonefish and a few really big Baracudas. Will have full report with photos next week. Terry

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Haines at Mango Creek Lodge

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This is David and Elizabeth’s second visit here with their boys Kyle and Clayton. This year they certified the boys to dive, caught eighty billion fish, sailed Kayaked, snorkeled and ate every cookie that could be baked. They especially love the peanut butter chocolate chip. David did some flyfishing and had some great bones, and even Clayton got his first bonefish. Patrice and I just want to say that we hope you and the boys come again, it is just so great to have this place enjoyed to this extent. Here are some more pictures:

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Leif and Cathy taking Kyle for open water certification.

 

 

 

 

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Leif and Clayton day 2.

 

 

 

 

Dad gets a nice bonefish on the fly.

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2011 News

Hello everyone, hope you are enjoying the new website. It is not finished but it is coming along. We have had a good season, not a great season but good in terms of people coming in this economy. Basically it is the same group here, Dalia, Manuel, Perry, Kessel, Michael etc. and they continue to please. We have had great reviews on Trip Adviser and we continue to improve in rankings. Thank you all for thinking about us down here in Paradise. Wish you were here. We have a great off season price so come on down this summer.
We have done a lot of cleanup and painting around here, the new metal roofs are shining in the sun. All beautiful clean and white. Gone are the bug infested thatch, we loved the look but the clean up was terrible and they would not last. We have a new deck and garden area up by the lodge. and the docks are all freshly waterproofed.
We have had a great season for fishing, our numbers of fishermen are down a bit but the ones who came have had a great time. We will soon have lots more pictures on the website. I continue to hope that the Mango Express will someday be up and running. High Rocks is working well so that is about all I can say about Mango Creek Lodge just now. This new website is exciting, for you out there who love Dalia’s cooking we will soon have an attachment to our site that will allow you to view one of her great recipes on line and if you want her complete cook book you will be able to download the whole thing and help Dalia at the same time. This BLOG is also for you so ask questions tell your tales etc. right here, and send pictures too.
Patrice and I wish you all a great summer and hope you will come see us soon. Terry

 

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Permit

Good day to you all in coldville and elsewhere around the world. As you might notice we are doing things over and this is the first thing done. We are reworking the website so watch for that.

Smile says it all!

In February this year we had a glimpse of what our Permit season will be like here. Most know that late March and onward is the time for Permit, on the flats at Mango Creek lodge. But Peter and his wife were here fishing and in that week conditions were exceptional and we saw and had many shots at Permit. I will let this photo tell the tale. Now just before you go wild on me Peter was spin fishing, not fly fishing, there was another Permit caught that week on a fly also. The facts remain that If you want to catch Permit either on a fly or by spinning you have to know they are there. This is just a little proof they are here at Mango Creek, they are big and if you can catch them spinning then they can be caught on a fly IF you are up to the challenge.

Peter also posted his catch here, I hope they don’t mind me posting this link.

http://www.thebassbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?

p=2533251#post2533251

One of a few!

 

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Big Fish and A Broken Rod

The Tarpon that Brok the Rod

This tarpon was the best fish of my 11 day Honduras fishing trip, by far! In fact, it was probably the best fish and fight of my life.

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The fish took going away on a pretty fast troll – I let him rip off 20 yards of line to swallow the minnow as I lightly thumbed the baitcaster spool for what seemed like the longest 5 seconds of my life – when I engaged the reel and set the hook he ripped off 40 yards more line and then did the wickedest magazine cover twisting towering tarpon leap you have ever seen – I will never forget it – the memory is seared in for life – when he made that first jump the golden rays of the sunset reflected off his silveriness in the most beautiful way.

Thirty minutes later, after some awesome huge jumps and runs, we were getting ready to land him at boat side when my rod ( my favorite steelhead stick) broke……no problem, take your time, we still had him on line….it did make it tougher, but about 5 minutes later we got him in – you can see my buddy Michael (young guide in training) and the broken rod framing the fish….we got some pics, revived him, and he swam away fine.

Isn’t it beautiful?

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August 29th-September 5th 2009

We had two anglers and their spouses join us last week. Glenn and his wife Velma were visiting from Atlanta, and David and his wife Kim were down from New York City. This was Glenn and Velma’s first trip to Mango Creek Lodge as well as Glenn’s first time fly fishing in the salt. David and Kim had returned for their third visit to MCL.

The tides during late August and September are high on the flats which makes seeing bonefish challenging. But even with tough conditions, Glenn scored several bonefish on the flats to 3 lbs with guide Perry. Both Glenn and David reported having shots at permit with David and guide, Miguel, feeling he had surely hooked his first permit to realize a small mutton snapper had charged the crab fly right from under the permit’s nose. When the flats were not producing, mudding bonefish were cooperative throughout the week with both anglers landing several fish most days. David managed to jump one tarpon and finally land another, much smaller tarpon, later in the week. Both were firsts for him.

Glenn with a Roatan flats bonefish.


An octopus Velma, Glenn, and Perry saw while walking a flat near Helene.

David enjoying the success of catching his first Tarpon on the fly.




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Dorey

Another Blog, what is the world coming too? I guess I have learnt to do this and hate to say it but I do like writing and publishing these things. Now for you out there seeing my bad use of grammar and spelling, remember you can comment here too.

We had a busy week last week with four guests, two fishing, I won’t comment because David Sheridan will be posting a report soon. They had a great week. The weather was fantastic just enough wind to make it wonderful but not enough to effect the fishing or boating. We slept under a sheet every night so that is ideal. The September high tides are here and the full moon stunning. Leif our new dive instructor and dive manager reported that 16 tanks are in stock and eight regs with six bcd’s ( Bouancy control vests for you non divers) We are planning on giving a lot of fishermen the chance to dive and see the bottom this year, with our try diving deal. The Dorey is back and has her engine installed now we are doing all the finnishing work, new seats, engine box and painting. I can’t wait till we get her back in service. It was enormously popular when last we had her working, leisure trips with ladies carrying umbrellas of different color as we cruise the shore in Port Royal and the mangrove shores further down. We plan on many trips this next season, perhaps some moonlight drifts sipping chilled wine.

The white ginger are in bloom all along the creek and the evening wafts of their fragrance is wonderful. So life goes on here at Mango Creek Lodge, watch for the new web pages anouncing our destination weddings and of course the new Dive operation here. More blogs to come, love to all, Terry and Patrice.

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New at MCL

Well a long quiet summer. we have had some great fishing. Both spin and fly have been great, Chuck Horner was back and got a super slam. Some great baracuda fishing on spin tackle was had and the summer boasted some really big bonefish. On the lodge front we are proceeding in adding our very own Padi dive center. Eight sets of BCs and regulators have arrived and we are expecting the delivery of our 9cfm dive compressor soon. now we need to get the word out. David and Kim Sheridan are here for the week and will be doing some work on the web site. Please watch for exciting news and stuff on that. We are offering a get aquainted dive package! You should book now because this will end Jan 1st 2010. Seven nights six days three dives per day including all food for just $750. per person double occupancy. For those that know Mango Creek that is the lowest price ever and includes the diving!

When I figure out how to add photos I will post some new shots of the cabanas. We have changed the roofing on cabana one and two and will be doing three and four soon. The new white metal roof stands out, are insulated so not noisy or hot, and the unexpected bonus is that the cabanas stay cleaner and there are less bugs arround. We were against losing the thatch look for so long but it has turned out that the metal is a huge improvement.

Cabana five and six are getting slowly underway. We have started the hardwood phase for our new family style cabanas and the wood is here drying. Carlos has started cutting the 8 x 10 logs into boards. We will make the doors and windows first and then put up the walls onto our over the water foundation that is already there. With the economy still lagging this will be a slow process. If on the other hand this recession is over then the cabanas might come faster. I’m afraid the tree houses will have to wait. It is our dream to have four tree houses and that will put us at the point where we can house over twenty people and be able to do destination weddings. That is as big as we see this place getting.

Patrice and I will be in Durango in October and some of November. John and Cindy on the sailboat Tagmoo, will be minding things while we are away. There are a lot of people out there that will come back to MCL this year, with the improving economy we hope you will book soon, we miss you guys!

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Pigeon Cays

Hi everyone, yes two blogs in rapid order, well people have been asking so here comes another one. The Pigeon Cays are a small group of two sometimes three sand Islands that are out at the East end of the Island of Roatan just east and south of Barbarette. They are very tiny as island go something like the Garry Larson Island of his cartoon days. What we do at MCL is when we have guests with non fishing wives then we do a day and take a picnic out to the cays and have the fishermen meet their wives or husbands there at lunch time. We carry a nice fresh simple lunch of sandwiches fress fruit, sodas beer and of course chocolate and oatmeal raisin cookies. The snorkelling is great there so after a lunch we all settle into the cooling water ( water temp this time of year is well above 80 degrees) and paddle about for the next hour and sometimes more. The water is very clear and the whole scene is great for pictures. We have done this trip most weeks wether permitting and it is always a highlight, many years ago my dentist and his family went on one of these outings and I have often run into his family arround Durango and the first thing they say is that that was one of the best family remembered days of all time. So a day in the life here at Mango Creek, all that remains is for you to come down and do it yourself. By the way both fishermen got multiple bonefish this morning before the lunch, David went back out to do more and Glen called it a day to continue the romantic day with his wife.

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what is new Aug 09

Well a long quiet summer. we have had some great fishing. Both spin and fly have been great, Chuck Horner was back and got a super slam. Some great baracuda fishing on spin tackle was had and the summer boasted some really big bonefish. On the lodge front we are proceeding in adding our very own Padi dive center. Eight sets of BCs and regulators have arrived and we are expecting the delivery of our 9cfm dive compressor soon. now we need to get the word out. David and Kim Sheridan are here for the week and will be doing some work on the web site. Please watch for exciting news and stuff on that. We are offering a get aquainted dive package! You should book now because this will end Jan 1st 2010. Seven nights six days three dives per day including all food for just $750. per person double occupancy. For those that know Mango Creek that is the lowest price ever and includes the diving!

When I figure out how to add photos I will post some new shots of the cabanas. We have changed the roofing on cabana one and two and will be doing three and four soon. The new white metal roof stands out, are insulated so not noisy or hot, and the unexpected bonus is that the cabanas stay cleaner and there are less bugs arround. We were against losing the thatch look for so long but it has turned out that the metal is a huge improvement.

Cabana five and six are getting slowly underway. We have started the hardwood phase for our new family style cabanas and the wood is here drying. Carlos has started cutting the 8 x 10 logs into boards. We will make the doors and windows first and then put up the walls onto our over the water foundation that is already there. With the economy still lagging this will be a slow process. If on the other hand this recession is over then the cabanas might come faster. I’m afraid the tree houses will have to wait. It is our dream to have four tree houses and that will put us at the point where we can house over twenty people and be able to do destination weddings. That is as big as we see this place getting.

Patrice and I will be in Durango in October and some of November. John and Cindy on the sailboat Tagmoo, will be minding things while we are away. There are a lot of people out there that will come back to MCL this year, with the improving economy we hope you will book soon, we miss you guys!

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August 1st 2009

Hi everyone this is Terry, at long last answering the question “what is happening there?”
First of all we are in the middle of this economic downturn, this has caused us to release our managers Keven and Amy from their duties. We, Patrice and Terry , are running the place. Maybe not as well maybe better who knows but economics is the driving force. So, here we be trying as best we can to get new customers and attract some of the old customers back yet again. We had a somewhat busy season but this summer has been our worst on record. That brings up our next problem. Mel our ousted President, most of us here in Honduras are glad to see him gone. He seemed to be on a one track and that was toward dictatorship with the help of Chavez in Venezuela. So he is gone , but not gone and everywhere in the world says take him back. Well NO we and the people of Honduras don’t want him back. Who would have believed that President Obama would side with Chavez in anything. Oh well, life goes on here. Let me please reasure you that there is no opression and no problems on Roatan and we have seen nothing to worry us in this regard.
The big news for Mango Creek Lodge is that we are going to be an Eco, Fishing, AND Dive resort. Yes we will be offering diving here from Mango Creek. We hope to be a certified Padi Dive Center, where you can come and dive till you are completely water logged.
Our new prices for 2010 will be posted soon on the website so watch for those, and anyone wishing to avoid the small price increase over last years bargans should book soon as we will honor our last year prices for the next short while.
The fishing has been great here this summer and we had our first quad Grand Slam, yep a Super Slam of Permit, Bonefish Tarpon and Snook all on a fly all the same day. Congratulations go out to Chuck Horner of Colorado.
So that is about all I can say for now, hope this works, I am quite computer illiterate and if you ask my wife she will tell you I can’t spell. I will try in the next little while to update pictures as we have had some cosmetic changes here. Hope this finds you all healthy and ready to come back down to Mango Creek because we miss you and would love to see you again. Terry

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Pigeon Cay Cleanup


On February 19, 2009, four workers from the Mango Creek Lodge (of Port Royal, Roatan) initiated a cleanup project for a half day on the eastern end of the island. The aforementioned island is one of the Pigeon Cays, a group of deserted, tropical islands a few miles off the southern coast of the island. Manuel Romero, Terry Matute, Miguel Romero and Jeremy Krueger spent the afternoon cleaning the island and left with a boatload of garbage bags stuffed full of windswept, shipwrecked debris. Not neglecting the interior, the group also cleaned the small, vegetated area. Aside from the garbage bags, they had plastic crates, a bike tire, massive chunks of rope and Styrofoam that they also cleaned up. The now-pristine island is once more worthy to be called a deserted Caribbean island and able to be enjoyed by the many who sojourn the southern coast of Roatan for a glimpse of deserted beach and windswept palm trees.
A trash deposit tucked away in the brush. Caches of garbage are carried in by wind, waves, and negligent ocean vessels, and they are scattered around the Pigeon Cays.

Manuel and Terry getting started with their garbage bags.

Miguel combing the shore for beached refuse.

The garbage-free beach stretching into the afternoon sun after a day of cleanup.

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New Mango Creek Lodge Web Site

Mango Creek Lodge is proud to announce the release of its new Web site. This iteration has been redesigned and reorganized to better meet our guests’ needs.

The fishing section has been updated to provide easily-accessible information specific to fishing Roatan’s waters. The Web site also includes two new features to help you stay abreast of our latest news. This blog, Mango Creek Lodge Fishing Reports, provides the latest information about our fishing conditions and catches. A companion blog, Mango Creek Lodge Lodge News, contains information about the daily happenings around our grounds. We invite you to check out the new site and blog and tell us what you think.

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New Web Site and 2009 International Sportsmen’s Exposition

Mango Creek Lodge is proud to announce several new opportunities for our guests and partners to learn more about the lodge.

Our new Web site, www.mangocreeklodge.com, is now live. This iteration has been redesigned and reorganized to better meet our guests’ needs. It also includes two new features to help you stay abreast of our latest news. This blog, Mango Creek Lodge Lodge News, contains information about the daily happenings around our grounds. A companion blog, Mango Creek Lodge Fishing Reports, provides the latest information about fishing conditions and catches. We invite you to check out the new site and blog and tell us what you think.

Also this week, Mango Creek Lodge will be participating in the 2009 International Sportsmen’s Exposition in Denver, Colorado. We hope to reach out to new guests and partners at this one-of-a-kind event. If you’re attending the exposition, please drop by our booth to say hello to owners Terry and Patrice.

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Fishing Report: Jan. 10-17, 2008

Guest David Stocker was amazed upon his arrival to find that he was the only guest for his week with Mango Creek Lodge. This advantageous situation meant he was the only fisherman out on the flats each day and he had his pick of sites.

With a strong background of angling for red fish on the Texas coast, David was excited to try his luck hooking up a bonefish. He worked hard throughout the week with guide Tie-Tie to learn the new techniques required for spotting and catching bones. After a number of break-offs and several missed opportunities, David succeeded by catching two in one day. He was thrilled by the power of these deceivingly small fish and eager to return to catch even more.

Photo of David holding a bonefish
Photo of David holding a bonefish

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A Roatan Thanksgiving

We were delighted to have the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with a great group of guests this year. Country Pleasures, an active fly-fishing shop in Alberta, Canada, sent a group of nine for the week, and we enjoyed their company immensely.

While the guys hit the flats, Carol Byler, the lone eco adventurer, took advantage of our snorkeling and kayaking sites to explore Port Royal and the Pigeon Cays by water. Carol was a great sport and was introduced to multitudes of new species on her several underwater excursions. Read more about the guys’ adventures on the Mango Creek Lodge fishing blog.

On Thanksgiving, we celebrated our many blessings with a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The lodge managers took the reins in the kitchen to create an American-style feast of Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and rolls. The Mango Creek Lodge cooks contributed with wonderful pumpkin and key lime pies for dessert. It was a great meal and a great way to finish this special day.

Photo of Country Pleasures guests and Mango Creek Lodge staff membersCountry Pleasures guests (back, from left) David Byler, Les Guzowski, Larry Briggs, Vincent Ircandia, Don Seaman, Darren Soice, and Mango Creek Lodge Manager Kevin Claughton; (front) Bob Shaunessy, Scott Lenover, and Mango Creek Lodge owners Patrice Heller and Terry Kyle
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Fishing Report: November 2008

Over the week of Thanksgiving, Mango Creek Lodge welcomed the arrival of a large group from Alberta, Canada. These guys were excited for some action and ready to hit the flats.

The weather, however, had other plans. Although the typical rains of this time of year were held at bay, low water temperatures kept the fish slightly lethargic. Undeterred, this great group of experienced fly fishers forged on. Over the course of the week, they brought in a number of bonefish, tarpon, blue runners, needlefish, grouper, and snook. The lone permit that was hooked up broke off, to everyone’s disappointment.

Toward the end of the week, the temperatures began creeping back to normal levels, and the water warmed. As the rest of the group departed for home, Bob Shaunessy, who stayed an additional 2 days, found the conditions on the flats much improved and took advantage of this positive change to significantly improve his tally for the week.

On a final note, Mango Creek extends special congratulations to Vincent Ircandia, who achieved his first saltwater catch on his second day of fishing by hooking up a tarpon. Congratulations, Vincent!

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High Tides and Early Rains

If there’s only one thing you’ll remember about Mango Creek Lodge in September, it will be the tides. September always brings unusually high tides to Roatan, but this year might have been a record-breaker. The water continually lapped just below the tops of our docks, and the swift tides washed all sorts of debris in from the ocean.

Photo of Manuel standing in the sea and raking muck up on the beachManuel rakes seaweed from
the Mango Creek Lodge beach

Every few days, the grounds staff had to report to our beach for clean-up duty. They found basketballs, bottles, all varieties of plastic tidbits, tons of seaweed, and—of course—numerous shoes and sandals. It was hard (and sometimes stinky) work, so the fishing guides were happy to get a break from the hauling to take Chuck and Rod Hornor fishing. Read more about their time on the flats in our September fishing report.

Once the raking was complete and the tides finally started to recede, we turned to the decks. Mango Creek Lodge has an extensive system of docks, decks, and stairways, and it all must be treated with sealer yearly to prevent rot. This is another big job, as it is all done by hand and paintbrush. By the end of the month, it was almost all done when the rains started.

October is usually the beginning of rainy season on Roatan. However, it appears it is sneaking up early on us this year. Toward the end of the month, we had a few small showers that built in duration. It’s just a sneak peek of what’s ahead.

In September, we also made progress on some new plans for the lodge. First, we welcomed the return of Dalia, who spent the month on the mainland taking massage classes.

Photo of DaliaDalia, a Mango Creek Lodge
cook and massage therapist

Dalia worked hard to receive her certification and is looking forward to the busy season when she can put her new skills to work and treat our guests’ tired muscles.

Other upcoming developments include the construction of new lodging options. Our treehouse rooms will be built on 16-foot platforms that overlook the grounds and the sea. Their connecting walkways will make them a great option for families and groups. Groups will also look forward to the completion of our double cabana. These rooms will be similar to our existing over-the-water cabanas, but they will share a platform and space. Stay tuned for more information!

Photo of the platform for a treehousePhoto of the deck for a new over-the-water cabanaThe beginning stages of Mango Creek Lodge’s
new accommodation options
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