- Shannon Vandivier
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author: Geoff Mueller photography: Shannon Vandivier
On a gridlocked planet of 7.5 billion people, it’s a safe bet that your hush-hush fishing spot is not such a big secret after all. Many of the best permit and bonefish nooks for instance have by now been mapped, lapped and digitally snapped. But five years ago, Austin-based filmmaker Shannon Vandivier discovered an anomaly in the matrix. Off the Caribbean coast of Honduras, 160 miles east of the Bay Islands, there was rumored to be a remote permit fishery that had never seen a fly. According to nautical charts and satellite imagery it didn’t exist. Worse, according to local claims it was situated in the center of a cocaine ferrying corridor. At the time, Vandivier was visiting Steve Brown’s Fly Fish Guanaja operation, and it was on a panga, poled by guide Rankin Jackson, where he first heard about the destination that would launch an obsession. “Next thing I knew we were in a helicopter, flying in a general direction without any specific coordinates,” Vandivier says. The unveiling of this group of lonely cays culminates on screen this winter with the F3T premier of the Beyond the Horizon—a film about discovery and redemption, revealed through the lens of a former cartel member turned flats guide. Here we catch up with Vandivier and learn what it takes to put a traceless place on the map.