I'm going to Belize, Ambergris Caye, on June 2nd. We’ll be there for a week. The wife wants to do the scuba and snorkel thing, but I plan to fish at least a couple of days. Anyone got suggestions about flies, tackle, guides, etc.? Also, does anyone know it there are locations where I can wade the surf and fish without having to have a guide?
I’m a newbie at fly fishing and this is my first saltwater experience….so any help would be greatly appreciated.
05-21-2004, 02:53 PM
I stayed at the Victoria House which is South of San Pedro. We were there 11 days and I have to say it was the best vacation I ever had. I fished 5 of the days and caught bonefish every day. Usually around 5 or 6 except for the last day. This was my first bone outing and I had a lot of shots but poor casting hurt my output except for the last day. I keep saying except the last day because my 5th day out everything clicked. I was hitting where I wanted, probably because I had practiced a lot and the wind was down. The last day I landed 19 bonefish and lost about 5. I had 3 good shots at permit but no luck. None of the fish were huge like you see in the Keys but they had enough to get me into the backing several times. I was throwing a seven and eight weight rod. The seven is plenty for the fish but the wind pushed me up to an eight.
My guide every day was great. George Bradley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
He was extremely helpful without being critical. He even coached my wife through a two bonefish day. She had not caught a fish on a fly rod to that date. I booked George through Victoria House the first 4 days but went direct the 5th day. George does not like to fish the San Pedro bay where most guides like to go. He says the water is too deep and they have you throwing at "muds" all day. George likes skinny water and took me to a place he said he hasn't seen another fisherman in 10 years. I believe him we went 45 mins north of San Pedro before we stopped. You will not be disappointed in George if you like to fly fish. He does spinning. George also is fond of his tied flies and rolled his nose up the the 300 I had tied for the trip. Oh well, I can say I didn't lose one of my flies so they will be good for the next trip.
If you need more email me with questions.
05-21-2004, 04:34 PM
I fished with a very knowledgable man named Earl of Southern guide service out of Placencia: highly recommended!!
In all likelihood, your quarry will include permit and they can be emtremely hard to bring to a fly. It was for us, as the water was dead calm on a crystal clear day. If you are entirely new to flyfishing and this is a once in a lifetime trip, you may want to hedge your bets and include a spinning reel and some large (my guide suggested 4/0). supersharp hooks in your arsenal. We tried the fly for a long time without success, but I was thrilled to feel the power of a 15 lb. permit by any means. The time with the fly was certainly not wasted, as it revealed the areas of my technique where I have to bone up :hehe: (couldn't help myself)
The spinning reel may also afford you some opportunities to fish the deep side of the reef which you may not have otherwise.
Have a great trip!
05-22-2004, 06:59 PM
I'll be on Ambergris Caye May 31st to June 6th staying at Victoria House. I have two guided days on the water booked right now, two days allocated to diving with my girlfriend and free days toward the end of the week. I was hoping to do some exploring without a guide those free days. Let me know if you want to get together to try and do some fishing on our own.
Looks like we just up the road from you. We're staying at the Tropica. We got one day of fishing booked right now (Friday, the 4th). We'll get in the 2nd. Getting together sounds great.
05-25-2004, 08:20 PM
Tried to PM you contact information for me in Belize but your user profile won't let you receive PM's. Anyway, I'm David staying at Victoria House 31st - 6th. Look me up and I'll keep you posted on when I'm going out to hammer those Bones on my own:smokin: . PM me your contact info if you want me to call you at Tropica.
Best of luck,
06-20-2004, 08:10 PM
I've been there 3 times. Since you're in the low season, you can pretty much pick and choose when you go out with a guide. Try to go when there is little wind. On the other days, walk, or rent a bike or golf cart, and work your way up the beach (north) You'll see plenty of bonefish, occasional permit and even tarpon.
I would appreciate the names of any good guides and a way of contacting them. I do not book in advance, just start calling them after I get there.
06-20-2004, 10:50 PM
Just got back. Conditions were very, very tough. I hired George Bradley who is considered by many to be the best guide on Ambergris Caye. I would have to agree. His ability to spot fish was second to none (spotted single fish at 200 ft). Very professional and stayed on the water an extra two hours on my first day due to the difficult conditions. Results (again keeping in mind how tough conditions were) 10 bones and a 70 ft follow from a large Permit that almost gave me a heart attack :eek: :eek: :eek: . Here's his contact info.