Captain
Erwin Westby

Member since December 2014

Placencia, Belize

Background
Capt 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 coastguard school (Hudson Marine) where he obtained his 100 tonnes license, after which he started working on private yachts and became captain of a 61 viking. Traveled the world and did many fishing tournaments, now back home to where it all started!!
Techniques
I prefer to fish with artificial s for marlin, sails, tunas, and live baiting for dorado's and greater amberjacks. I am well versed in many types of fishing. From fly fishing to bottom fishing to spin casting to spear fishing. Fishing it's what I do!

Hey, I'm Captain Erwin Westby

Placencia, Belize
Background
Capt 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 coastguard school (Hudson Marine) where he obtained his 100 tonnes license, after which he started working on private yachts and became captain of a 61 viking. Traveled the world and did many fishing tournaments, now back home to where it all started!!
Techniques
I prefer to fish with artificial s for marlin, sails, tunas, and live baiting for dorado's and greater amberjacks. I am well versed in many types of fishing. From fly fishing to bottom fishing to spin casting to spear fishing. Fishing it's what I do!

My Charter Listings

Placencia
trips from
US$ 300
Placencia
trips from
US$ 1100

Fishing Reports

Tarpon Time!

May 30, 2015

When it comes tarpon time at HFC the man on the front lines is none other than Frank Raffa. Back at it again for another round, the weather conditions had been unfavorable for several days and Franks tarpon senses… Read Full Report →


Shawn Frost

May 28, 2015

This HFC story involves two people, two very adventurous people who both have been many places and seen many things, but one thing they haven’t done was see the world through the eyes of Hardcore Fishing. Mr. and Mrs.… Read Full Report →


Fish Hard or Fish Home!

May 23, 2015

It’s no secret that our guys love to fish, so what do they do when they’re not on a fishing charter, well, just in case you were wondering… they go out and fish harder! The crew headed out for… Read Full Report →


Appreciation for Belize Beauty

May 14, 2015

We took out a group from the Mission Bay Lodge, to do a day of snorkeling and a beach barbecue at the Island Park and Marine Reserve of Laughing Bird Caye. The guest had a great time with Captain/Guide… Read Full Report →


The Thrill is not the Kill

May 08, 2015

Captain Edlin along with Junior Angler Darnell once again took Mr. Frank Raffa on a trip for tarpon. They had a wonderful day, as the sun was shining brightly and the winds were perfect to cool off your skin… Read Full Report →


The Thrill is not the Kill

May 08, 2015

Captain Edlin along with Junior Angler Darnell once again took Mr. Frank Raffa on a trip for tarpon. They had a wonderful day, as the sun was shining brightly and the winds were perfect to cool off your skin… Read Full Report →


Tarpon Caye

April 07, 2015

Its tarpon time once again at hardcore, Frank Raffa the tarpon king and his trustworthy captain Edlin Leslie. Seas were a bit choppy today as the guys made their way out to the islands where these fish call home,… Read Full Report →


Sporting Adventures

March 25, 2015

Captain Erwin Westby along with him today is his nephew, Darrel Westby who spent many years of his life on the water. Once again with the guys from the sporting club, Brad, Richard, Thomas and Chuck. Today the guys… Read Full Report →


Day of Discovery

March 24, 2015

It’s a sunny and wonderful day here on the waters of Belize. Captain Martin Westby, tagging along with him is his nephew Darnell Leslie, a junior angler here at HFC. Today the guest is a man who spends his… Read Full Report →


Master’s of the Seas…

March 23, 2015

On the vessel today, is the fabled captain Erwin Westby, master of the seas and marlin whisperer. The day started out beautifully, weather conditions were in favor of the fishing crew today. Sydney Lopez at the wheel, with Darrel… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.57 out of 5 stars from 10 reviews

Boat
Crew
Overall
5 star
7
7
4 star
3
3
3 star
0
0
2 star
0
0
1 star
0
0

Went fishing on Monday, May 15, 2017

The captain was very knowledgeable and a true fly fishing guru, it was just a tuff day and the fish weren’t bighting, lots of followers not many takers.

Fished May 2017

  • Boat
  • Crew
  • Overall
Went fishing on Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fished 3 full days with Hardcore and was very satisfied. Caught lot’s of fish all days and even had some tarpon excitement. Also got lobster and a big crab which we ate at our resort. 31’ boat one day and 23’ the other two days. Great captains. Had a blast. We caught grouper, barracuda, mackeral,  tuna, snappers. Ate fish two nights in resort. Would reccormend to anyone.

.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fished November 2016

  • Boat
  • Crew
  • Overall
Went fishing on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

best fishing and great time

Fished July 2016

  • Boat
  • Crew
  • Overall
Went fishing on Saturday, July 16, 2016

Are guide was amazing. We hook good fish, caught great lobster from snorkeling off the boat . Just amazing.

Fished July 2016

  • Boat
  • Crew
  • Overall
Went fishing on Monday, June 20, 2016

Had an amazing time fishing with HFC in Belize. Mike was great to work with and Captain Erwin puts us on some fish.. We landed the biggest Barracuda we have ever caught… A trip of a life time for these boys and girls from Texas.. Thanks to all

Fished June 2016

  • Boat
  • Crew
  • Overall
Erwin Westby (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 27, 2016

Brian, thanks for coming with us we had a blast with your group and look forward to seeing you all again.  We are still talking about that hog you caught..

Went fishing on Sunday, 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 delicious!
Great experience!

Fished April 2016

  • Boat
  • Crew
  • Overall
Went fishing on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Fished March 2016

  • Boat
  • Crew
  • Overall
Went fishing on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Now I realize that you don’t always catch fish when you go fishing an and the young guide worked extremely hard, the lures we were using had rust and dull hooks.  My fishing partner had two fish break off - the hooks. 

Take some lures with you.

Fished February 2016

  • Boat
  • Crew
  • Overall
Went fishing on Saturday, May 30, 2015

Had a great time with this outfit. We caught lots of fish and they took us some really nice reefs to snorkel with me and my family. They cooked our fish on the island for us with some good potato’s. The boat was a really comfortable boat and handled the waves good. Its a 32 foot Cape horn. The crew was friendly and hospitable and catered to our needs. Thanks so much for the great experience. I would defiantly book another trip with these guys.

Fished May 2015

  • Boat
  • Crew
  • Overall
Erwin Westby (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thanks Justin,
We were pleased to be able to make your adventure a great and memorable one.
We look forward to seeing you again.

Went fishing on Monday, March 9, 2015

My friend and I are avid hardcore fisherman who understand some days fish don’t bite, but never thought that would happen in Belize. I fear that 2 of the 3 full days we chartered may have been affected by the full moon which I should have thought of as well as the captain. Our third day had great action for a few hours with 3 big Blue Marlin hits within an hour but all broke off within minutes. Several nice size Dorados were caught later that morning. Overall the crew were very friendly and worked hard to produce, first day we fished all day in the lagoon with only one small snook to show for it, we were disappointed that no live bait was brought which I feel would have made a difference. These guys are smart but new at chartering I’d give them a try, hopefully they will work on being a little more prepared in some areas.

Fished March 2015

  • Boat
  • Crew
  • Overall