(Information and photos provided courtesy of Belize River Lodge)
The coast of Belize near Belize City is a complex system of river mouths, creeks, lagoons, flats, small cayes, mangrove islands, and of course the Barrier Reef. The eco system that exists here supports millions of crabs, shrimp, bait fish, and other aquatic life, which is why there is an abundance of game fish; Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon, Snook, Snappers, Jacks, Groupers, Cobia, and Barracudas, to name a few.
The Belize coast is world known for its Permit fishing and Permit along the coast range from 5 to over 30 pounds. The best time to fish for Permit is October through July. This fish is the ultimate fisherman's trophy.
Bonefish within this ecosystem vary from 2 to 8 pounds, with the majority being 4 to 6 pounds. Bone fishing is year round. Bonefish are considered to be one of the most powerful fish, per pound for its size.
Tarpon, the silver king, is one of the most acrobatic fish sought by anglers. These fish along the coast of Belize range from 5 to over 200 pounds. The bigger Tarpon are mainly found in the months of March through July and September through November. Smaller Tarpon (5 to 60 lbs) are found year round.
The explosive Snook, saltwater's bass, can be found in sizes of 5 to 25 pounds. These fish are mainly caught February through November.
Snappers, Jacks, Groupers, Cobia, Barracuda and a large variety of other saltwater game fish can be caught year round along the coast of Belize City. The months noted above are typically higher concentrations of those particular fish.
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