Freedom Tours - The Reel Deal

Nurse Shark Street,Lagoon Side
San Pedro, Belize

Freedom Tours Fishing Unlimited invites you to try your hand at deep sea fishing aboard ‘Reel Deal’, a fully equipped 38 ft boat built locally specifically for blue water fishing around Belize. The boat is furnished with a cabin with an enclosed ‘head’, a fighting chair, outriggers and downriggers, and also features a 10 foot canopy to ward off the heat stroke. Up to six lines can be trolled at the same time, giving you the best possible chance of catching a fish.

Due to Belize’s nearshore drop off, it only takes 20 minutes to get to deep sea fishing grounds. This means even short trips can be productive, although you’re always in with the best chance of catching the fish of a lifetime on a full day trip! Fish usually targeted on these trips include Mahi-mahi, Tuna, Sailfish, Wahoo and White and Blue Marlin.

Freedom Tours Fishing Unlimited is owned and operated by Capt. ‘Hillyboo’ Lara, an experienced captain who has been fishing the area for 25 years and is also an experienced and successful tournament fisherman. Both he and his staff will do everything they can to put you on to the fish of the lifetime!

At the end of the day the crew will clean and fillet your catch ready for you to have it cooked at one of the excellent seashore restaurants in the area. Soft drinks, water and ice are included in the price, as is lunch on full day trips.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Deep Sea Fishing - Full Day
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 675
    up to 5 persons
    + US$ 75
    each additional person
    Full day trip mainly targeting billfish (Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish), Wahoo, Dolphin-fish, Tuna, King Mackerel and Black Grouper.
  • Private trip
    Deep Sea Fishing - Half Day
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 450
    up to 5 persons
    + US$ 50
    each additional person
    Half day trip mainly targeting billfish (Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Sailfish), Wahoo, Dolphin-fish, Tuna, King Mackerel and Black Grouper.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (White)
Tuna (Blackfin)


Boat Specs

Custom built boat (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 2007. Powered by a 150HP Suzuki engine.

38 ft
8 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing


Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License Included


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


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:

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
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: 1 hour
Response rate: 97%

Customer Reviews

4.19 out of 5 stars from 26 reviews

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First I will say that Capt. Hillyboo did accommodate us with changing the day of our trip due to weather/high seas. The Captain (Robert) and his crew member were friendly. BUT the listing on fishing booker is NOT an accurate description of the trip we received. Let’s start with the boat and equipment; the boat was NOT equipped with a fish finder nor GPS as the ad states, so we had to stay within land view, which to me is NOT deep sea; they only used ONE kind of top Water lure w/ ONE TYPE dead bait, there was NO live bait as ad states, there is no live well as the ad states.
We started out by trolling on the shore side of the reef for a few hours, we caught a couple of barracudas. Then we trolled the sea side of the reef for “Dorado, sail-fish, wahoo” for HOURS all we did was trolling, 10 hours of sitting…staring at each other while they trolled and caught nothing but a few barracudas which are no fun to catch by the way no fight what so ever. I understand completely that you have good days and bad days of fishing but they made no attempt at it ! No change in fishing method ! or bait ! or location ! The ad also states they fish for grouper but that’s not true either we asked but were told that wasn’t part of the trip even though the ad says it is !  We would not take this charter again nor recommend it.

Fished August 10, 2018
Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on August 15, 2018

Hi. First if all i would like to say that my boys did try to catch you better fish. That day i was out for the full day and only caught 2 baracudas. You guys did better than me. The reason that we only use one type of top lure is because of the tremendous amount of sea weed that was drifting. So we were only limited to that way of trolling.for that same reason we were not able to troll the bottom for grouper. We fish just across the reef since it gets deep very fast and very deep. We do have a gps fish finder on board and will use if necessary. But most of our fish we catch just across the reef within eyesight of the island. That is the way it is here.
  I am sorry u did not catch better fish than cudas.but that is the way fishing is. At least you caught those.sometimes it can be worse.
    But my boys always try. Dont even want to mention what they caught today. It was a great catching day today. 6 big dorado and a sailfish! Just wish it had been you.

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Billyhoo’s son picked us up at our condo on time. Full day was excellent caught 3 mahi mahi, 6 barracuda and one Bonita. Well worth booking

Fished July 19, 2018
Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on July 20, 2018

Thanks I am happy you enjoyed it

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The crew was very friendly. We only caught one fish (baracouda) which was a bummer but the crew tried different ways and places for us!

Fished March 13, 2018
Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 19, 2018

Some days are very slow. Wish we could have caught you more fish!  Thanks for your honest review

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