was first introduced to Charlie Leslie by an oversized Canadian
lady that still runs a restaurant and bar operation out of a thatch
palappa tucked under a few bushes just off the main sidewalk in
the village of Placencia, Belize, Central America.
Fishing with Charlie Leslie in Belize.
introduction took place in the Fall of 1996 and it wasn't fishing
that first brought Charlie and me together. No, back then, Charlie
was making ends meet as well as keeping the Kingfisher II in
the water by operating a semi-regular passenger ferry service
from the dock in Placencia to the Immigration and Customs office
at the old bridge in the banana port town of Puerto Cortes Honduras.
some nine years later, my old friend Charlie Leslie, still has
his Kingfisher, now the Kingfisher VII, he has his health and
a loving family. Charlie Leslie is arguably the best fishing
guide in all of Belize. Combing the flats off Tarpon
Caye for permit as he guides adventurous anglers from points
around the globe to their own personal nirvana, Charlie Leslie
loves his life.
and I started talking seriously about this book when we sat
down one day at the Luba Hati hotel on the Placencia peninsula
in the summer of 2001. It took another two years and lots of
emails with Charles Leslie JR. until late summer 2004 when over
the course of several days at Charlie's base of operations,
the beautiful paradise of Tarpon
Caye Lodge, I turned on my tape recorder and listened to
what Charlie Leslie had to say about fishing in Belize.