Hardcore Fishing Charters- 23 ft

Sunset Pointe
Placencia, Belize

Do you want to test your angling skills in the waters of Belize? Maybe you’re an avid fisher looking for the next trophy catch? Hardcore Fishing Charters can put you on the best bite, whatever your skill level or preference!

Captain Erwin Westby invites you to join him for a fishing excursion on board his 23’ Imemsa Panga. This design is ideal for fishing the flats because of its shallow drafts – you’ll be able to access the lagoons and shallow waters all across the locale. It’s powered by a 70HP Yamaha 4-stroke engine and can handle 3 anglers plus the crew.

The charter offers various trips, able to cater to any angler’s tastes. Looking to master your fly cast? Head out into the flats around Placencia and hook up Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon. If you’re a fan of trolling you can go after Kingfish and other species. Fans of spin casting can look forward to hitting the reefs and where you can go after various Jacks, Snappers, Barracuda, Mackerel, and other fish.

The crew will provide you with all the tackle you may need on a trip but you’re free to bring your favorite rod if you want to. If you’re a first-timer, don’t worry, the crew will instruct you and help you learn the basics. If you’re a master angler they’ll assist you in your quest for the hottest bite.

Book a trip with Hardcore Fishing Charters and explore the exciting fishery of Belize!


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Fly Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 3 persons
    Travel out to the flats in and around the Cayes to fly fish for Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit on this 8-hour trip.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Spin Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 400
    up to 3 persons
    If spin casting is your preferred way of fishing, this is the trip for you. Venture out to the reef and Cayes, whilst taking a few stops along the way as your guide nets some fresh Sardines to make for an exciting day, or cast a lure into that school of Jacks sighted just off the bow. Live bait fish just outside the reef where you can land many species, like Snappers, Jacks, Barracuda, King Mackerel and more.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Trolling
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 400
    up to 3 persons
    Troll around the many islands of Belize and have the guides show you the tips and tricks to land fish like they do when they're not working. Barracuda, King Mackerel, Jacks, and Snapper are some of the main species you will be catching on this trip.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 300
    up to 3 persons
    Hit the reefs or lagoons on this 4-hour trip. You can spin, fly fish, or troll using light tackle for a variety of species like Bonefish, Kingfish, Permit, Tarpon, Hogfish, and whatever else takes the bait.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bonefish
Hogfish
Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Permit
Tarpon

Boat Specs

Imemsa Panga (Drift boat) originally built in 2013. Powered by a 70HP Yamaha 4-stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Reef Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Handline
Spearfishing

Amenities

GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Spearfishing Equipment
GPS
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Spearfishing Equipment

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Placencia to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4.5% fee.

About the Captain

Erwin Westby
Placencia, Belize
Member since December 2014
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Captain Erwin Westby grew up in a small fishing village (Placencia). He began fishing commercially at the early age of 15, to pay his way through school in Belize which led him to pursue being an international captain. He studied in Texas at the US Coast Guard school (Hudson Marine) where he obtained his 100-ton license, after which he started working on private yachts and became captain of a 61' Viking. He's traveled the world and did many fishing tournaments, now he's back home to where it all started!
Response time: 13 hours
Response rate: 81%

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Customer Reviews

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4.29
out of 5 stars from 8 reviews
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Crew worked hard and very knowledgeable and experienced.
Crew worked hard and very knowledgeable and experienced.
Crew worked hard and very knowledgeable and experienced.
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
0%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
33%
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Caroline Mcneal
Deer Lodge, MT
 4.33
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Half day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  September 19, 2018
Martin was very accommodating. He tried to go to places where tarpon should have been. When no tarpon was found, he took us...
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Amy Schaefer
Denver, Colorado
 3.67
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Great Guide

VERIFIED   February 22, 2018
Weather wasn’t conducive to reef fishing. We fished the lagoons, and water was murky. No fault to the guide. George worked...
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Richard J. Lemoine
Arlington, Texas
 5.00
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Great day with Martin Westby!

VERIFIED   April 10, 2016
Capt. Westby worked hard to make our trip a memorable one. His knowledge of the reef environment is second to none. Lunch was...
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Mark Wierzbinski
Belize City, Belize
 5.00
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Hard core fishing

VERIFIED   July 16, 2016
Are guide was amazing. We hook good fish, caught great lobster from snorkeling off the boat . Just amazing.
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Dick Lang
Belize
 4.67
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Crew worked hard and very knowledgeable and experienced.

VERIFIED   July 21, 2017
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