Anglers worldwide who take fishing seriously will seriously love fishing in Belize. Even if you just moderately enjoy fishing, Belize fishing trips can be unforgettable experiences. The fact that so many great fishing spots in Belize can be enjoyed year round helps to make it such a popular place to cast a line, and you'll find no shortage of qualified guides who can have you nabbing that big catch. Belize fly fishing in the saltwater flats is known for its excellence, rivaling that found in southern Florida, and if you are interested in heading further out to sea, you can also entertain the notion of booking deep sea Belize fishing trips. For those who truly enjoy fishing, arranging an all inclusive Belize fishing vacation is a good way to go, and there are a few choice fishing lodges here that specialize in delivering the full experience.
Belize fly fishing on the flats is a huge tourism draw, and it will not disappoint. Up and down the length of the coast you'll find great spots to fish for tarpon, bonefish, and permit. Not far off the Belize mainland, the Belize Barrier Reef extends some 180 miles north to south, and the flats found all along it offer excellent Belize fly fishing. In addition to tarpon and bonefish, you can also expect to catch rainbow runners, triggerfish, grouper, and cobia at spots near the Belize Barrier Reef. Should you head past it to deeper waters, you can sportfish for marlin, sailfish, mackerel, tuna, and more. As you might imagine, scuba diving and snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef and its many flats is a joy in and of itself. To enjoy Belize fly fishing trips on the flats, you can book your trip with any number of guide companies found at destinations like Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, South Water Caye, and Tobacco Caye. Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are prime Belize vacation destinations, and they can both be easily reached from Belize City. South Water Caye and Tobacco Caye trips can be arranged from southern Belize towns like Placencia and Dangriga. The permit and bonefish fishing can be enjoyed year round in Belize, with the best time to catch tarpon falling between the months of April and November. Catch a tarpon in the northern cayes of Belize in the summer, and it can weigh up to 100 pounds!
The Turneffe Island Atoll, the Lighthouse Atoll, and the Glover's Reef Atoll are other great Belize fishing destinations that you can access when enjoying offshore fishing in Belize. All of your Belize fishing trips don't have to take place in the ocean, though. For a different experience, you might try fishing the Belize rivers. Snook, tarpon, and cubrera snapper are just some of the species of fish that you can hope to catch when enjoying inland Belize fishing trips. The Belize River and the Black Creek River are among the most popular Belize rivers to fish, with the Macal and Monkey rivers also worth checking out. May-July is arguably the best time to enjoy Belize fishing, but as mentioned, it's really a year round affair. Seasonal changes will affect the abundance of some species in certain spots, and your guide will know exactly where the fish are biting regardless of the month.
You can bring your own fishing equipment for your Belize
fishing vacation if you want to, but any reputable fishing
lodge or guide will have equipment for rent. Licensed
and experienced Belize fishing guides are easy to find,
and they are all professionally trained. Should you want
to stay in a Belize fishing lodge, two of the best are
the El Pescador South, which is found in Punta
Gorda, and the Turneffe Flats Lodge, which is located
on the Turneffe Island Atoll. The Ambergris
Caye resorts can certainly hook you up with a number
of reputable guides, as this island is Belize's
top vacation destination. Should you be interested, there
are a good many Belize vacation packages that include
fishing among their activity lists. Of course, you can
always arrange just a Belize fishing vacation and do nothing
else, but it's always worth it to toss in some kayaking,
a visit to Mayan ruins,
or a day of world-class Belize scuba diving, for example.