Mango Creek Lodge offers saltwater fly fishing and spin fishing year-round. However, the time of year and tide and moon phases can affect your fishing experience. Learn more about each of these factors before planning your trip.
Tide and Moon Phases
The most important factors to consider when planning your fishing trip to Mango Creek Lodge are the phases of the tides and moon. You should try to plan your trip for a time period when the incoming tides correspond to your schedule. (For example, when the tide is low in the early morning and begins coming in around 7 or 8 a.m., it is a fine time to be out on the flats.) Our guides also believe that the best time of month to fish for bonefish and permit is under a new moon. Inversely, they believe the full moon can make fishing more challenging.
Mobile Geographics offers a great combination calendar for Port Royal that you can use to plan your trip.
Time of Year
After tide and moon phases, weather is likely to have the strongest influence on the success of your fishing trip. However, it is also the most difficult to predict. In general, Roatan has typical weather patterns that can help you plan.
January and February
Roatan’s weather is typically lovely and mild in January and February. It is usually warm during the day and cool at night, with occasional rain showers. Cold fronts called “northers” sometimes wander down from the United States, but they normally create only scattered showers or intermittent rainy days.
March, April, and May
The spring months are some of Roatan’s best. The weather is usually very settled with little rain. It is often breezy, so practice casting with and across the wind before your trip. During this period, permit begin gathering for spawning, and there is a lot of activity on the flats. You will likely have good opportunities to catch not only permit and bonefish but also tarpon, snook, jacks, and others.
June, July, and August
During the summer months, there is usually a mix of afternoon thunder showers and warm to hot temperatures. The prevailing trade winds are lighter, but they still help keep the island cool. August has some of the calmest days in terms of wind, which can make casting a bit easier for novice fly fishermen. Bonefish are plentiful, permit are still on the flats, and some big tarpon can be found. If you live in a warm area such as Florida or Texas, the summer months are an ideal time to visit and escape the heat and humidity up north.
September and October
The early fall months are usually warm to hot with rain showers. Fishing in September is sometimes tricky because of this month’s very high tides. October is hurricane season for this part of theCaribbean and, although Roatan seldom has a direct hurricane hit (one every 22 years on average), it sometimes gets lots of rain from hurricanes to the north. This does not affect the fish, but the conditions can be wet and windy.
November and December
Roatan’s rainy season starts in November and lasts through early January, but we usually still fish because these tropical rains come hard but for short periods. November and December are normally our rainiest time of year, but the fishing is good. It often rains only during the night.