CHASING A GRAND SLAM AT EL PESCADOR One of team Yellow Dog’s favorite destinations, Belize’s El Pescador Lodge and Villas, was featured this week in The New York Times. El Pescador was one of the very first operations Yellow Dog worked with, and we’re still there multiple times a year, teaching photography workshops, hosting family trips, and taking some vacations of our own. The article, titled “Off Belize, A Hunt for Saltwater Fly-Fishing’s Top Prizes,” was penned by Jon Gluck and photographed by Benedict Kim.
Gluck tells the story of his elusive goal during the trip to El Pescador — a Grand Slam: “You’d think I would have been elated, and I was. A permit is one of fly-fishing’s most sought-after species, and this was the first one I had ever landed, a beautiful, healthy six-pounder. But that fish was just a start. I was still only one-third of the way to bagging the prize I was really after — a saltwater fly-fishing Grand Slam.
There is no official definition of the feat, but a Grand Slam loosely consists of catching three of the sport’s most coveted prizes — bonefish, permit and tarpon — in the same fishery, on the same day or trip. It’s a badge of honor, a miniature version of climbing the seven summits, only without the subzero temperatures or hypoxia.
Where some purists see an arbitrary nonachievement, others see a fun and worthy goal. Those who fall into the latter camp would be hard-pressed to find a better place to pursue a trifecta than El Pescador Resort on Ambergris Caye. Read the full article on The New York Times website.
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