: fishing in blelize
ok,ok... I'm gonna do it and go to Belize in mid may... what kind of gear should I bring? they have bones and tarpon, with a few others thrown in for good measure. this is what I have 9' 9 wt 3 pc sage rplx 9' 9wt 3 pc scott sts 9.5' 8 wt loomis imx, 9' 8wt sage rplx, 9' 10 wt loomis imx, 9' 5 wt imx. and I have 2 lamson 3.5 reels with a few spools,and 2 cortland ltd 100 reels. I know it is a good selection but which ones should I bring, or should I get a 11 or 12 wt rod and a bigger reel to handle tarpon. I am on a very fixed income(just gonna squeak the trip in) so forget the abel/hardy/pate reel suggestions, I could probably afford a redington or such. I'll build my own rod to save the bucks as well, so recomendations on the type of blank will be helpful. so if anyone has been lucky enough to fish this area, please clue me in. thanks, Tom D
03-17-2001, 10:20 PM
Tom, you will get better advice from others who have fished for tarpon.But if I were going I would bring my 8, 9 and 10 and that's it. I brought my 9 wt BL-5 Winston 5 piece and did well with Big Jacks in the Bahamas. Look at Browns book on Bonefish flies and he gives a good selection on Belize. But you will probably have to buy what is working in your area. All I can tell you is Travel light. Forget the waders. Buy some wading shoes or sandel type (but you will probably want the ones that protect the top of your feet). Have a great time and don't forget to try to report from some internet site if you can find one. Most Hotels will have that service. Smoke Cuban cigars.
I've had tarpon on my 9X9 Legend Ultra babies & one rather large one. I've also had one that seems to grower larger with memory on a guides 11 wt Scott Heliply. Based on my limited knowledge, if I had to choose one of those 2 rods, I would go with the 11 wt.
Food for thought, if you're using a guide, bring yor #9's & #8's and use his heavier equipment as necessary. I would strongly suggest investing the 11 weight money into tropical fly lines. It's amazing how sticky our coldwater lines get in the southern hemispheres.
03-19-2001, 05:32 AM
Tom check out the new Trinity reel by Teton. Saw one at Natick Outdoors. Tough reel and great drag. Priced is about 225 or so. Maybe Hunter's has one. Worth a look . FishHawk
OK guys, let's see what we can dig up...
There are three things to talk about (maybe more):
a) general knowledge about the area
b) general knowledge about the fishing
c) contacts and experiences to share
<b>General area info:</b>
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<b>General fishing info:</b>
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<a href="http://www.iguanareefinn.com/" target="_blank"><!--auto-->http://www.iguanareefinn.com/</a><!--auto-->
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Let's see what develops... I was able to line something up for gold member GregO in Cancun but the timing and locations didn't work out.
Greg D? Adrian? I know a lot of you have been to the tropics recently. What can we tell Tom to prepare him for his trip?
Juro, here's the scoop... staying at the Elpescador for 4 nights. for 3 days guided fishing, with the evenings having seminars, bull sessions etc, with Flip Pallot. he'll have been there for the previous 4 days filming walker's kay, so he'll be able to clue us in on what, when, where, and have casting lessons etc. the trip is being put together by X-treme Angling in Marietta Ga. I don't know who the guide they'll line me up with will be yet. Tom D
03-20-2001, 09:28 AM
What you should bring to Belize depends on WHERE you'll be fishing in Belize. For example, up north in the Ambergris Caye (San Pedro) area, the flats have muddy bottoms, so you won't be wading. In the south (Placencia/Monkey River), flats have hard bottoms, so a good pair of wading booties is highly recommended. Recommended fly patterns also vary depending on where you'll be fishing. If you can contact the guide you'll be using, get his recommendations.
Also, you mentioned bones and tarpon, but what about permit?
03-20-2001, 09:36 AM
Tom, You have got to be kidding me.... what a trip! It sounds spectacular and I am envious. Looking forward to your reports and have a great time.
03-20-2001, 10:58 AM
ROJA Y POCITO !!
Pink & Small, for you Gringos.
We caught ALL of our bonefish on small (#6), bead-chain flies. Pink, Pink/White, & a little flash. 10-12' leaders with #10 tippet, mono or fluoro. 8-weight rod, 9-weight if it's windy (which it was our day).
The Flats on the Northern part of Ascencion Bay are Huge! I mean loose Disney World Parking lot Huge!
More Walking than Poling, which I found surprising! Water was Less than Knee-deep; I think we had Astronomical Lows??
I recommend: Aqua-Sox, SPF 30-45 (re-apply often), Best polarized sunglasses, hat, long-sleeve shirt.
New experiences: having sea-lice bite your calves & suck you blood! 2.5 pound fish that can put you into backing !!
Belize, permit are definately on the menu as well! :)
Belize, permit are definately on the menu as well! :)
03-20-2001, 03:23 PM
I should have qualified, My comments were only for Bonefish. Hope they are helpfull.
Sounds like a dream trip! Mary's (Belize) comments would indicate that you are on the northern part and would be fishing from boat primarily. I've heard such good things about the entire region, and hope to visit soon.
GregO - anxious to see your images and reports from Cancun!
if I buy those tropical lines, what should they be, floating/floating with intermediate tip/clear intermediate? and if I'm crazy enough to buy a new rod(or build one)... should I get a 4 /5 peice 10 or 11wt and what make??? if I'm gonna spend the bucks I want something that is well received by most.
03-20-2001, 06:29 PM
We recommend clear floating line for permit (Monic) and clear intermediate and slow-sinking line for tarpon (Scientific Angler). Had a couple of repeat clients here with a 5-piece from Cabala that was really inexpensive and held up pretty well. So, if you just want to try a 5-piece, that might be the way to go. You shouldn't have any trouble checking your rods on the airline, though, if that's your concern with a 5-piece. Continental, Taca and American area all pretty good about fishing gear.
Thanks for the response, I look forward to my own carribean trip ASAP! All this talk is getting me really pumped up.
EMail me on the clear Monic... might have the right weight for you handy.