Belize is a destination where you can achieve the anglers’ ultimate dream – a Grand Slam of bonefish, tarpon, and permit. Belize’s shallow water contains the only classic tarpon flats outside South Florida, world-renowned for offering the opportunity to sight cast to tarpon 12 months a year.
The bonefish grounds are only minutes from the lodge. Fish from the boat or wade-able flats are available all around us. The bonefish run from 2 – 5 lbs is plentiful and eager to take a fly.
Permits are found on the bonefish flats, and on many of the tarpon flats as well. Our permits are found in large schools and range from 4 – 30 lbs, with the majority running about 8 – 10 lbs.
The El Pescador fishery has year-round resident tarpon of over 100 lbs. In Late summer we have the added bonus of a large migratory population of big fish.
Photos and information courtesy of El Pescador
You know what you can target and how to go about it, now it’s time to find out where to go. The good news is, you can barely go wrong when choosing a fishing destination in Belize. But we’ve managed to narrow it down to some of our favorite spots:
Ambergris Caye: “La Isla Bonita.”
Belize’s largest island is actually a part of the Belize Barrier Reef and boasts incredible Tarpon and Snook fishing inshore, as well as bottom fishing just a stone’s throw away.
Out in the heart of the reef, Tarpon Caye richly deserves its name. This is one of the best spots to go wading, thanks to the solid sands, and the Tarpon grow to incredible sizes here.
Located between Placencia and Dangriga, this 30-mile stretch of flats is among the best areas in the world for targeting Permit and Bonefish. You’ll want a boat, though, as the flats can get very soft.
Possibly the best spot for fly fishing in Belize, this is one for the aficionados. Hit the mangroves or salt flats and you could catch a monster Tarpon and Snapper in the same day.
This small town in southern Belize was once the country’s best-kept secret. Don’t worry, though, it’s still quiet enough for you to escape and focus your attention on the fish.
While it may be the largest city in the country, it’s still the gateway to some incredible fishing grounds. Hit the rivers and flats inshore, or head out just a few miles and explore the reefs.
Beyond the Belize Barrier Reef, the waters drop deep very quickly. Here’s where you’ll find the pick of the big game fishing and your chance to land a record.