Captain
Erwin Westby

Member since December 2014

Placencia, Belize

Background
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!
Techniques
I prefer to fish with artificials for Marlin, Sailfish, Tunas, and live baiting for Mahi Mahi and Greater Amberjack. I am well versed in many types of fishing. From fly fishing to bottom fishing to spin casting to spear fishing. Fishing is what I do!

Hey, Im Captain Erwin Westby

Placencia, Belize
Background
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!
Techniques
I prefer to fish with artificials for Marlin, Sailfish, Tunas, and live baiting for Mahi Mahi and Greater Amberjack. I am well versed in many types of fishing. From fly fishing to bottom fishing to spin casting to spear fishing. Fishing is what I do!

My Charter Listings

Hardcore Fishing Charters – 31'

Placencia
trips from $1,100

Hardcore Fishing Charters- 23 ft

Placencia
Going fast!
trips from $300

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

Rating Summary
Photos by reviewers (14)
4.52
out of 5 stars from 14 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Crew worked hard and very knowledgeable and experienced.
Crew worked hard and very knowledgeable and experienced.
Crew worked hard and very knowledgeable and experienced.
+11
Angler Rating
8
5
1
0
0
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
20%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
60%
Sort By:
Featured  
Showing:
5 of 14 reviews
Phillip M.
Owens Cross Roads, AL
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Half day trip with Captain Martin

VERIFIED   NEW  December 28, 2018
my Husband has gone on several offshore fishing trips.  Hiwever, this was my first experience offshore fishing..we both...
Phillip M. recommends Hardcore Fishing Charters- 23 ft
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
Phillip M. recommends Hardcore Fishing Charters- 23 ft
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful

Caroline M.
Deer Lodge, MT
 4.33
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Half day trip

VERIFIED   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...
Caroline M. recommends Hardcore Fishing Charters- 23 ft
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
Caroline M. recommends Hardcore Fishing Charters- 23 ft
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful

Amy S.
Denver, Colorado
 3.67
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

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...
Amy S. recommends Hardcore Fishing Charters- 23 ft
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
Amy S. recommends Hardcore Fishing Charters- 23 ft
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful

George T.
Weslaco, Texas
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Full day

VERIFIED   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....
George T. recommends Hardcore Fishing Charters – 31'
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
George T. recommends Hardcore Fishing Charters – 31'
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful

justin f.
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
 5.00
Experience:
Boat
Crew
Overall

Pelagic trip with Family

VERIFIED   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...
justin f. recommends Hardcore Fishing Charters – 31'
Mark as helpful
You found this helpful
  Erwin  Westby Captain replied