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Fishing in Belize
Types of Fish in Belize

Fishing Belize

There is nowhere in the Caribbean that offers a greater variety of sport fishing species than southern Belize. In addition to the three big species - Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon - southern Belize has fantastic fishing for snook, jack, barracuda, bonito, mutton snapper, and untouched offshore fishing for tuna, cobia, dorado, and even sailfish.
 Fishing in Belize - Bonefish


Bonefish can be found cruising the reef and flats among the outer cayes.

Recommended Tackle:
Rods: 7-9 weight
Leaders: 6 to 10 pound test, 9 to 12 feet in length
Flies: Crazy Charlies, Gotchas and Clouser Minnows in tan, pink, white and green. Sizes 4 through 8. Small crab patterns are highly effective as well. 
 Fishing in Belize - Tarpon


Tarpon patrol along the inner mangrove islands, rivers and lagoons. They can also be found in very isolated, rarely visited landlocked freshwater lakes.


Recommended Tackle:
Rods: 10-12 weight
Leaders: Shock tippets of 60 to 100 pounds, with 16- to 20-pound class tippet
Flies: Standard Keys-style flies, like the Cockroach and Apte-type patterns, and Tarpon Bunnies, sizes 2/0 to 4/0. Surf Candies, Clousers, Lefty's Deceivers and Whistlers can be effective as well. Try darker colored flies in low light and brighter colors during mid-day.

 Fishing in Belize - Permit


Permit, southern Belize's true world-class sport fish, can be found tailing on the coral flats, off mangrove islands, and in the extensive back country system known as Punta Ycacos Lagoon.


Recommended Tackle:
Rods: 8-10 weight
Leaders: 12- to 20-pound test, 9 to 12 feet in length
Flies: Merkin, Raghead and Turneffe-style patterns sizes 1/0 to 6 in tans, browns and greens.

Other fish

For toothy critters like barracuda, sharks and assorted reef fish, don't forget some wire leader.

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