BELIZE - BELIZE RIVER LODGE - FISHING REPORT FOR DECEMBER...PLENTY OF TARPON IS WARM RAIN!
Added: Fri 7th Feb 14
Fishing Report, December 31, 2013
SOME HISTORICAL TIDBITS: Belize River Lodge, formerly Barothy Caribbean Lodge, was opened in British Honduras, now Belize, in OCTOBER 1960, 54 YEARS AGO. The first guests were Jerry Poucher and Sid Port. Many fly fishing "greats" have visited over the years, including Joe and Mary Brooks who arrived a few days after the Lodge opened and returned many more times, according to the lodge guest register.
December 2013 was a rainy month. On some rainy fishing days guests from northern USA actually enjoyed fishing in the mid 80s air temperature and sometimes in 75 degree rain. Via the internet they happily compared this to their winter weather back home. Belize will soon be in the dry season with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. You should be here.
Fishing in December was very productive for small and medium sized tarpon. Some days while fishing the muddy river some exciting small tarpon and snook action was usually had at the confluence of dark tannin stained water from tributaries entering the river. A 15 lb tarpon was caught on a tiny trout fly in the river. Many small tarpon in the 6-12 pound size were jumped and landed, some others from 25 to 80 pounds. Collin got an 85 pounder. Beau's very first tarpon was 45 lbs. Kevin landed a 20 lb tarpon and seventeen bones one day. Many Snook from 4-18 lbs were caught in the rivers and flats, a few were kept for dinner. Scott caught a Grand slam with a 10 lb. Snook, 2 lb. bone and a 25 lb. tarpon.
Guests at our BRL Long Caye Outpost had more opportunities for bones and permit. Many Permit were seen in big schools, but overcast skies and windy conditions made Permit fishing tougher than usual.
Though many days were cloudy or overcast bonefishing was very good and excellent for many anglers. On two separate occasions the "Bonefish Shuffle" was enjoyed by anglers taking turns catching Bonefish. Sometimes they had double hookups with each boat landing 44 and 40 Bonefish for a day, some up to 5 lbs, most at 2-3 lbs.
Barracudas, snappers and jacks rounded out some very productive days. Some fishing guests also enjoyed Eco-Tours for serious Birding, and visits to several Maya sites and the Mangrove Cathedrals.
If you need a break from your winter wonderland, Belize River Lodge is easy to get to via Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte and now, non- stop from Los Angeles on Delta.
For further information please contact Tarquin Millington-Drake on 0845 299 6212 Ext 1 or at firstname.lastname@example.org