When it comes to a list of must-visit locales for anglers and spear-fishers, Belize definitely needs to show up. Yes, this small Central American nation is uniquely suited to court any and all people with an interest in catching fish, either for the sake of sport or because you also have an appreciation for the taste of freshly-caught Caribbean seafood.
Now if you are curious about specifics regarding Belize’s prominence among the world’s many fishing locales, consider the following points.
The Belize Barrier Reef. This one spot is the second-largest barrier reef on the planet, home to over 500 species of fish and the reason for so many of the “cayes” that dot the waters off Belize’s coastline. If you ever want to catch Jacks, Tarpon, Snapper, or Snook, just find one of the many reef-adjacent lagoons and cast your line.
200 miles of coastal flats. If your specific interest in fishing is as a fly-fisher, you have literally dozens of venues from which to choose, including Placencia and the offshore islands and even many of the rivers coursing throughout the mainland.
Easy access to big game fish. The true trophy fish can be caught in waters as shallow as 650 feet. You can snag tuna, wahoo, great barracuda, snapper, bonefish, and jack crevalle throughout the entire year; with November-March being the best time for wahoo.
You have a chance to catch something tasty while also helping out the local marine life. Lionfish are an invasive species that have done wonders to ravage the ecosystems connected to the Belize Barrier Reef. Because they have no natural predators, these fish can breed and destroy other fish populations. While the Belizean government is doing its best to limit these pests, fishermen are encouraged to catch them just so that there are fewer lionfish in the waters off Belize’s coastline.
If these points have sold you on heading out to Belize for some deep-sea fishing, you would do well to listen to a guide who knows the waters and the best time to go after certain catches. To that end, consider the Belize Fishing Package offered to all guests of Ray Caye.