Night Fishing - Half Day
Because of the feeding habits of some kinds of fish, you can end up catching some huge fish. Because the shoreline sits fairly close to the barrier reef, this allows you to be fishing in a matter of minutes. Many find fishing at night, not only invigorating, but alot cooler than during the day.
Duration: Full Day
Departure Time: 8:30 a.m.
Return Time: 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Fishing Gear: Rod, reel, line, tackle, bait included
Included: Cold bottled water, fresh fruit, transportation to & from site, licensed guide.
What to Bring: Camera, cell phone, personal medications (for the day), light jacket or windbreaker, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, beach towel, swimsuit, cash for tipping your guide.
Description: Night fishing is basically reef fishing, only done at night. Night fishing is an exciting time to fish, because this is when you usually snag the really big fish, meandering inside the reef. Because the Barrier Reef is less than half a mile from shore, you can be fishing in no time at all.
Boats go out around 4:00 p.m. and come back around 8:00 p.m. Live bait and chunks of mullet, ladyfish are the preferred bait. The fishing at night is done while anchored. There are many fishing spots on the barrier reef, if fish aren't biting at one spot, we can easily move to another spot. Night fishing is not only refreshing from the day’s heat, but exhilarating because this is when most of the large predatory fish are active and biting.
Fish you can expect to catch, night fishing are: Giant Tarpons, Groupers, large Cubera Snappers, large Jacks, and almost always a Reef Shark.
Since reef fishing is done mostly inside the Barrier Reef, there is not much to worry about as far as big waves and motion sickness. It can get chilly at night (with ocean breezes), so don’t forget to bring a jacket.
Night fishing is reef fishing, only done at night. Enjoy a moonlight evening by the reef catching Tarpon, Cubera, Snapper, Jacks and even Shark!
Night fishing is mostly done at or by the natural channels on the reefs, but it can also be done at the end of the island where natural channels are also located.
Because of the feeding habits of these types of fish, you can end up catching huge fish at night like the 234-pound women's world record Tarpon caught at one of the channels a few years ago.
Since the Belize Barrier Reef is about one quarter of a mile from shore, you can be fishing in not time at all. Belize Reef Fishing, provides some of the best fishing in the world.
Fish you can expect to catch are Grouper, Tarpon, Cubera, King Mackerel, Snapper, Barracuda, Jacks, and Reef Sharks.
There are many fishing spots on the barrier reef, so if fish aren't biting in one spot, it is easy to move to another spot. This type of fishing is the easiest and you can be sure that you will catch fish.
Trip includes rods, reels, line, tackle, bait, plenty of ice and cold drinks. Since reef fishing is done mostly inside the Barrier Reef, you don't need to worry too much about big waves and swells, that cause motion sickness.
REEF SHARKS - Though there are exceptions, sharks typically have a tough skin that is dull gray in colour and is roughened by toothlike scales. They also usually have a muscular, asymmetrical, upturned tail; pointed fins; and a pointed snout extending forward and over a crescentic mouth set with sharp triangular teeth.
BARRACUDA - Barracudas are muscular fish with streamlined, torpedo-shaped bodies. They are equipped with an impressive set of razor-sharp teeth. The lower jaw juts out past the upper jaw and both are filled with dozens of teeth. Many members of this family are small and harmless to humans.
Cubera - These solitary reef fish are large, almond-shaped carnivores that average 3 feet long but can grow to 5 feet long. They are gray to dark brown, with a continuous dorsal fin, longish pectoral fins, and a long caudal peduncle (tail) ending in a stout caudal fin.
MACKEREL - Mackerels are rounded and torpedo-shaped, with a slender, keeled tail base, a forked tail, and a row of small finlets behind the dorsal and anal fins. They are carnivorous fishes and feed on plankton, crustaceans, mollusks, fish eggs, and small fish.
GROUPERS - Grouper is a lean, moist fish with a distinctive yet mild flavor, large flakes and a firm texture. The Red Grouper has a slightly sweeter, milder flavor than the Black Grouper and is considered to be the better of the two. Grouper's flavor profile is like a cross between Bass and Halibut.
BLACK SNAPPERS - The Black Snapper has an elongated oval fusiform compressed body with a depth that is 38% to 42% of standard length. They are dark brown with a violet tinge and transition to lighter brown ventrally. Juveniles are blue. They have a prominent white lateral line set high on their body.
RED SNAPPERS - Red snapper are a deep rosy red color, with a dark fringe around the dorsal and tail fins. Adults average 2-4 pounds but can reach over 50 pounds. To avoid misidentifying small red snapper as lane snapper, note that red snapper have an angular anal fin and 14 soft dorsal fin ray.