Deep Sea Fishing in Belize
Enjoy deep sea fishing with the best. We can troll several lines at the same time, and we mainly go for billfish (Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish), Wahoo, Dolphin-fish, Tuna, King Mackerel and Black Grouper.
Because our Barrier Reef is less than half a mile from the shore and runs parallel to our island, Ambergris Caye, you can be Deep Sea Fishing in minutes. Belize Deep Sea Fishing is usually done beyond the reef, in the deep blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Deep Sea Fishing can also be done offshore in the Atolls of Turneffe and Lighthouse Reef which are South of Belize and takes some time to get there.
Sailfish, Blue Marin, Wahoo, Dorado, Black Fin Tuna, King Mackerel, Sharks, Grouper and Barracuda are common fish that would be baited to the catch in the deep waters beyond our barrier reef. Some fish are easier caught at certain times of the year.
Deep Sea Fishing requires a certain amount of patience and a steady stomach to ride the waves, but none the less it is very exciting. Just imagine riding the waves of the Caribbean Sea in a boat, in the tropical sunshine, sipping a beer, waiting for the pull on the line...
Tarpon and Snook - Every inshore angler worth their salt has two species near the top of their to-catch list. The “Silver King,” Tarpon, and Snook are among the toughest fighters you can ever find on the end of your line. And they’re in abundance here. In fact, there’s even an island called Tarpon Caye!
Hit the shallow flats of the estuaries all the way up to the freshwater fishing grounds of the rivers and you’ll find these creatures biting away at your line, before making you work hard to reel ‘em in.
Fly fishing is a great way to do battle with these monsters, but it’s tough enough with conventional gear. Make sure to creep up gently so as not to spook the fish. But the good news is that, even if you do spook them, it won’t be long until another shows up, as there are simply so many of them about!
Permit and Bonefish - Usually, Permit and Bonefish would top the list of fish to catch inshore, but in Belize, they’re a worthy supporting cast. These prized, strong creatures complete the inshore Super Grand Slam – and this is one of just four places in the world where you can manage that feat! You’ll want to go after them along with Tarpon and Snook to etch your name into the record books.
Again, fly anglers will be in their element as they hit the flats for these beasts. While landing one may be easier than a Silver King, you’ll still need plenty of skill and strength to reel ‘em in. And again, one of these creatures has an area named after it! Permit Alley is the prime hunting ground for both these creatures, although pretty much anywhere you go inshore, you’ll have a good chance of entering into battle with them.
Snappers - While that’s by no means the end of the inshore fish on offer here, we have to move out to the reefs, otherwise we’d be here all day! Thankfully, there are plenty of exciting creatures to target along the 200-mile Belize Barrier Reef.
The standout creatures here include Black, Cubera, and Caribbean Queen Snappers. Not only do they promise to put up a great fight, but they’re also among the most striking creatures in terms of looks. And they’re delicious to eat! Bottom fish anywhere along the incredible coral structures nearshore, and chances are you’ll come across a Snapper. You’ll find Mutton and Yellowtail variants too, so you pretty much can’t go wrong. If you’re looking for a tasty treat to take home, then these are the creatures for you. What’s even better, anglers of all levels can join in the fun.
Marlin and Sailfish - If Tarpon and Snook take the inshore crown, there are two comparable species in the deep that deserve royal status, and both belong to the Billfish family. We’re talking, of course, about Marlin and Sailfish. Wherever you find these creatures, every angler wants a piece of the action, and Belize fishing aficionados are no different.
As soon as you get beyond the reef, the depth of the water drops to around 2,000 feet almost immediately. That makes it a prime hunting ground for some of the ocean’s most sought-after creatures. Marlin are renowned for their acrobatic instincts as they leap out of the water to get off the end of the line. Meanwhile, Sailfish will also make you work hard to get them to the boat, but their magnificence lies in their beauty.
And Many More! - If we wanted to cover all the fish on offer in Belize, we’d probably need a book. Even our list of top catches barely scratches the surface of what’s on offer in this angler’s paradise. Whether inshore, nearshore, or in the deep waters offshore, you won’t know where to begin when casting your line.
Jacks of all shapes and sizes can be found in the shallow waters, with Barracuda, Mackerel, Groupers, and more along the reefs. Head out beyond the drop, and a whole world of fishing opens up. Go after some delicious meat, as you target Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna, alongside the breathtaking Marlin and Sailfish. You won’t be disappointed.
Fishing License Online
BELIZE FISHING LICENSES: https://fisheries.gov.bz/licenses/
Other than that, you’ll also want to make sure you’re fishing within the law. Whether you’re casting from the docks or trolling offshore, you’ll need a fishing license. A daily license costs (BZ$20.|$10.USD), while a weekly permit will set you back (BZ$50.|$25.USD). You can get these online.
If you plan on making regular visits to Belize (which we highly recommend), you can purchase an annual license for (BZ$100.|$50.USD) For this permit, however, you’ll need to apply at the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute in person.
Belize is also one of the leading countries in Central America when it comes to conservation. All Bonefish, Tarpon, and Permit are catch-and-release only, so you’ll have to let these creatures go to fight another day.
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