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, I'm 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'

Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 5 reviews
Placencia
trips from $1,100

Hardcore Fishing Charters – 23'

Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 13 reviews
Placencia
trips from $450

Fishing Reports

Shawn Frost
Shawn Frost
May 28, 2015 Placencia
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. Frost came to Belize looking for a great time, say no more, cause we here at HFC are all about good times. They did it all from taking a slow paced throttle up the monkey river (known for its abundance of howler monkeys), to view manatees and enjoy the flora and fauna that call the banks home. Captain Martin Westby then took them to enjoy a local lunch in the village after the mornings sight seeing was done. In the afternoon they spent time fly casting along the river bank for snook and tarpon. The next day they headed out the the famous Glover’s Reef to enjoy a beauty of Belize that even a lot of the locals don’t know. The marine reserve out here is teeming with life and fishing, just outside its limits, brings for a day of excitement and adventure. Mr. Shawn Frost got to show off his skills on the fly rod as he hooked up on some pretty decent sized bone-fish, a fish that fights pound for pound. Later in the afternoon they boarded the HFC Pelagic vessel and hit the blue water ranging in depths from 700 to 3000ft to try their luck for some bill fish. The bill fish weren’t biting but they ran into some nice Dorado and it was Mrs. Frost whom got the thrill out of this fight. It’s something she won’t soon forget and nor will we. They also caught a host of barracuda’s, yellow fin tunas and memories they will take with them for the rest of their lives. Better to be Fishing than to be Wishing!!!

Customer Reviews

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Her first saltwater fish on the fly is a bonefish.
Baracuda on lightackle, great job.
Hardcore fishing
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Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
44%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
78%
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Phillip M.
Owens Cross Roads, AL
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Half day trip with Captain Martin

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on December 28, 2018
my Husband has gone on several offshore fishing trips.  Hiwever, this was my first experience offshore fishing..we both had...
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Ted R.
Meridian, ID
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Fly Fishing on January 17, 2020
Martin did a great job getting me on fish. Worked his butt off considering the weather conditions. I will definitely book...
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Brad S.
Arvada, CO
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Fly Fishing on January 31, 2020
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Charles H.
Littleton, CO
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Great day great memories

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Spin Fishing on March 25, 2019
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Caroline M.
Deer Lodge, MT
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip on 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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