Freedom Tours - Little Hooker

Nurse Shark Street, Lagoon Sid…
San Pedro, Belize

Freedom Tours Fishing Unlimited want to show you why flats fishing in Belize is famous all over the world. The lagoon and mangrove swamps on the south and west of the island are the perfect territory for exciting flats species, even while being minutes away from the deep seas of the Caribbean to the east. World records have been set here, and the beautiful conditions and abundance of fish make the area a dream come true for fly fishermen.

You will be fishing aboard ‘Little Hooker’, a custom built 23 foot boat designed specifically for the flats. Equipped with a canopy to keep you comfortable while stalking the flats, the boat will navigate the skinniest water while you prepare to fly fish for your elusive targets. The boat is powered with a push pole, allowing you to approach spooky fish totally silently as you prepare to throw your fly. Ice is provided on board to keep your water cold.

Capt. ‘Hillyboo’ Lara and his experienced team will do everything they can to put you onto fish. Whether you are an experienced fly fisherman or a first time angler they will guide you around the flats, creating a fun and rewarding fishing experience. Most importantly, they will give you the tools and the knowledge you need to attempt your very own ‘grand slam’ of Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon.

Soft drinks, tackle and lures are provided: all you have to bring is sunscreen, snacks and a fishing license.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    FUll Day Trip - Flats Fishing
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 375
    up to 2 persons
    Spend the whole day on the water, fishing for monster Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon on the flats around Ambergris Caye.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Flats Fishing (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 250
    up to 2 persons
    Spend the morning fishing for Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon on the flats around Ambergris Caye.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Flats Fishing (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 250
    up to 2 persons
    Spend the afternoon out on Ambergris Caye, fishing the shallow flats for Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish – everyone's favorite flats fishing species.

About this listing

Targeted Species

  Bonefish
  Permit
  Tarpon

Boat Specs

Custom built (Flats boat) originally built in 2010. Powered by a 50HP Yamaha engine.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Fly Fishing

Amenities

Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 30 days before the trip date.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in San Pedro to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

About the Charter Operator

Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited
San Pedro, Belize
Member since February 2014
49
4
Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited is run by Captain Gilbert (Hilly Boo) Lara, a local fisherman who was born and raised on La Isla Bonita, Ambergris Caye. He has been offering guided tours in the area for nearly thirty years, steadily growing his fleet of boats that he has built and designed himself specifically for charter fishing trips in the local area. All trips with Freedom Tours are held by experienced local captains, who will show you the best of what the area has to offer, whether you want to try deep sea, reef, or flats fishing.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

4.39 out of 5 stars from 6 reviews

Boat
Crew
Overall
5 stars
4
4
4 stars
1
1
3 stars
1
1
2 stars
0
0
1 star
0
0
Fished April 15, 2018
  • Boat
  • Crew
  • Overall
Fished February 3, 2018
Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on February 4, 2018

Thanks for the review and honest opinion. Glad you had a great time

  • Boat
  • Crew
  • Overall

They picked us up right in front of our quaint resort, Turtle Cove, which I highly recommend.  Our guide, Carlos, was very nice and knowledgeable about the fish.  He did put us on fish.  We caught about 8 snapper and a dozen bonefish.  Be prepared to provide your own lunch.  We arrived in Belize after stores had closed and our charter was the next morning.  Carlos was kind enough to stop on our way out in the morning so we could get lunch.  The one negative issue we had was the gear was in terrible condition.  It was supposed to be a flyfishing trip for 2.  They only supplied 1 fly rod and the fly line coating was wore off every couple inches.  You really couldn’t cast very far.  I had asked them to have spinning rods too just in case it was too windy, which they did,  but again the gear was not in good condition.  We enjoyed Carlos’ company and knowledge but would not go again unless we knew he had new equipment.

Fished January 24, 2018
Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on January 26, 2018

HI Well first of all I am glad that you caught fish! 12 bones and about half a dozen snappers is actually considered a good here!
  I have to apologize for the Fly reel since my captain mistakenly took the old one that the line needed changing. I do have new reels. On fly fishing trips usually only one angler can fish at the same time . They take turns. My spinning is brand new!  Just bought over Christmas. Shimano 4000 in good condition. So I do not understand why it was not working. The captain assures me there was no problem with it. Lunch is not included on my fly fishing trips. That you can confirm on your fishing contract.
  Thanks for your review and hope to make it better for you if you ever want to fish with us. Best regards capt hillyboo

  • Boat
  • Crew
  • Overall