A Belize Fishing Trip Should Be On Every Angler's Bucket List

A Belize Fishing Trip Should Be On Every Angler’s Bucket List

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Whether you’re a weekend angler or a dedicated professional eager on achieving your Caribbean Grand Slam, a fishing trip to Belize should definitely be on your bucket list.

The year-round warm climate and the offshore coral reef system, the largest in the Western Hemisphere, assures an abundance of game fish no matter when you visit, including grouper, tarpon, snapper, jacks, bonito, barracuda, and bonefish. All fishing in Belize requires a fishing license, but you can order it online, and the price is just $10 per day or $25 for a week.

Fly Fishing 

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Belize has more than 200 miles of coastal flats, making it a very popular country for fly fishing. Tarpon, permit fish, and bonefish are especially popular species that can be landed from the flats. And some intrepid anglers have even landed snook and tarpon. Land all four species and achieve the legendary Super Slam!

Some of the finest places to enjoy fly fishing include:

Placencia – The waters just east of the Placencia Peninsula is nicknamed “Permit Alley” for good reason. Shallow waters and strong currents make fly fishing really productive in this region. Be aware, however, that most of this region has very soft, muddy bottoms, so you’ll probably want to fly fish from a boat.

Deep Sea Fishing 

Looking for something more challenging? Lots of veteran anglers prefer the deep waters off the coast of Belize due to the rich variety of species available and the unspoiled locations protected as conservation areas.

Top deep sea fishing species include blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, tuna, wahoo, amberjack, mahi-mahi, and king mackerel.

Reef Fishing 

The islands of the reef make for some of the finest spin cast, trolling, and bottom fishing opportunities anywhere in Belize. The islands are picture postcard perfect, and the reef is one of the most diverse marine habitats on the planet, giving anglers a wide variety of species to shoot for.

There’s even an island called Tarpon Caye (all islands are called “cayes”) just a few miles offshore from Placencia, giving you a fairly good idea of just how good the fishing is on the southern part of the reef.

If you’re interested in doing some fishing in Belize, be sure to book your tour with Barefoot Rentals and Services. Barefoot is a full-service tourism company, and offers car rentals including SUVs, and motorbike rentals as well as organized trips to all of the top sites in the country.

Get a copy of The Ultimate Belize Bucket List! Written by Larry Waight, a local with more than twenty years of experience in the travel industry, the book is packed with tips, information, and recommendations about all of the best things to see and do in Belize.
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