Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited

Member since February 2014

Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize

Background
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.

Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited

Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, Belize
Background
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.

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San Pedro
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San Pedro
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San Pedro
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US$ 450
San Pedro
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US$ 250
San Pedro
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US$ 250

Fishing Reports

Sail fishing in Belize

April 24, 2016

Had a great day! 15 min after leaving the dock, we had a sailfish on! After about 30 min of fight on 30 lb test , finally landed it ! 75lb plus ! Also caught a few tunas to… Read Full Report →


Great fishing day

November 13, 2015

Rain or shine does not stop us from catching fish down here with us at freedom tours fishing unlimited! Half day deepsea fishing under a tropical storm! Fish with the best! Capt hillyboo! Read Full Report →


Marlin fishing with freedom tours Belize

May 16, 2015

Had a great day! Landed a 20 lb dorado as soon as we came out, and not much longer after that hooked up to a 256 lb blue marlin! Fought it for 1hour 10 min and finally landed it… Read Full Report →


Big king fish .

May 08, 2015

Had a great trip. Caught some nice tunas that day, a nice sailfish , and at the end of the day , just as I was about to pull in the lines this smoker hit. A 50 lb king… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.35 out of 5 stars from 21 reviews

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Went fishing on Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Im an avid light tackle fisherman from Galveston Texas and I must admit Capt. Carlos put me on the bone fish 5 by 11am and had a permit hooked too just lost him to a Bimini knot lol!

Called it quits fully satisfied in a half day although paid for a full day!

Grande viaje muchas gracias y saludos!

Fished October 2017

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Replied to this review on Friday, October 6, 2017

Thanks for the honest review

Went fishing on Monday, September 4, 2017

The crew was very knowledgeable and communicative. i had contacted Captain Hilly a couple of weeks prior to our vacation. He was very quick to respond and inform me about my reservation. I told him that we were staying in a secluded airbnb on San Pedro. He informed me that his taxi knew where we were and would be picking us up. I was a little apprehensive but his taxi driver found us without any trouble and on time. Once we arrived we were introduced to our crew, Carlos and Ramito. Each one of these guys had an insurmountable amount of information about the fishing in San Pedro and it showed. Within the first 15 minutes fishing, we had hooked a Barracuda. Unfortunately, it got away as I was reeling it in. But that wasn’t even the high point of the trip.
The highlight of the trip was when we hooked a Sailfish. I didn’t think we would hook one of these during this trip but we did! I managed to bring it on board after 15 minutes of fighting with it. We also managed to catch 3 Tuna and 1 Spanish Mackerel. It was a experience I will never forget!

Fished September 2017

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Replied to this review on Monday, September 4, 2017

Thanks for the honest review. We only try to give our best! I am glad you had a great time. Capt hillyboo

Went fishing on Saturday, August 5, 2017

I was cautiously optimistic about going out on a full day trip with my wife, but I’m so glad i did! We caught lots of fish from Baraccuda, blackfin tuna, and Mahi Mahi. The crew Marlon and Ramon workes their tails of for us, never slowing down trying to fill the live well. You will not reget booming a trip! I will be booking again.

Fished August 2017

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Replied to this review on Sunday, August 6, 2017

Thanks for the honest review. That was my son captain byron and first mate ramiro. Just a little correction. But thank you.

Went fishing on Friday, July 28, 2017

Fished July 2017

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Replied to this review on Saturday, July 29, 2017

Thanks. Was one of those fishing days. Too much seaweed drifting. At least the barracudas and small tunas saved the day

Went fishing on Friday, June 16, 2017

Capt. Lara (Hilly-Boo) stopped by our condo the day before the trip to give us some pointers on the do’s and don’ts for the trip. Like taking dramamine the night before and the morning of the trip. Worked for everyone. ( Had a party of four) with the exception of one who has never been on the water period. He was sick for a short spell and then he was good.
We caught some really nice wahoo and lost a sailfish right at the boat. And of course caught a couple barricuda. We (my wife) decided to end the trip a little earlier than the 8 hours. The fish were cleaned as to my request.
The trip was awesome. Seas were a little rough but not bad.
Crew was fantastic. Proffesional in every way you can imagine. We actually fished with Capt. Lara’s son who might be young but he is very knowledgeable with not only his boat but his crew as well.
I will definitely be back to fish with Capt. Hilly-Boo Lara when we come to Belize. !!!!

Fished June 2017

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Replied to this review on Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thanks for the honest review. We only try to give our best.

Went fishing on Monday, June 5, 2017

Captain put 2 of us non experienced saltwater fly fisherman on bones.  The goal was to catch my first bone on a fly.  Did it and more.

Fished June 2017

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Replied to this review on Monday, June 5, 2017

Thanks. For your honest report.

Went fishing on Thursday, May 18, 2017

While we didn’t catch the blue marlin we were hoping for we did catch 8 tuna, 5 mahi, and 5 barracuda.  It was a fantastic trip!

Fished May 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, April 21, 2017

Left the Dock at a little before 8 and was catching tuna by 8:15. They really worked to get us on fish and while there was some down time the guys were friendly as we talked and made the entire trip enjoyable.  For the day we went 5 for 5 with 4 tuna and one giant barracuda

Fished April 2017

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Replied to this review on Friday, April 21, 2017

Thank you. We always try our best!

Went fishing on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Fished March 2017

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Went fishing on Thursday, February 9, 2017

Fished February 2017

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Went fishing on Friday, December 30, 2016

The crew was knowledgeable and curious.  We did not expect to catch much offshore in late December and we didn’t.  We just caught barracudas but the crew did try hard to find fish.

Fished December 2016

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Replied to this review on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

slow days are better than no fish at all. we always try hard and our best to catch the top fish,like wahoo, dorado,tuna, billfish, but some days are just fishing days and not catching days, no matter how hard u try lol! but thanks for your honest review.

Went fishing on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Richard and Carlos worked very hard to find us great fish. They did an excellent job and we had a very successful day fishing.

Fished December 2016

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Replied to this review on Saturday, December 10, 2016

thanks. i am happy that u had a great trip. i hope u enjoyed your dorado and wahoo for dinner.

Went fishing on Sunday, August 21, 2016

First and foremost, I did want to say that we did catch some fantastic Mahi Mahi and Barracudas. The battles were awesome! I wanted to mention that the captain himself, was there to pick us up from the hotel and greet us. However, he did not join us for the tour and left his sons to take us out. I wished that this was made clear before booking the service. The boat ride was very rocky and caused all of us to be a little nauseous. My cousin, who wanted to go on the trip the most, got really sick and wasn’t able to enjoy the the experience at all. The crew on the boat were nice, but there was very little interaction with us. They did seem to know what they were doing. As a whole, the experience was fine, but the for the money, I have had much better times out deep sea fishing.

Fished August 2016

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Replied to this review on Wednesday, August 31, 2016

i can honestly say that yes, that day it was quite choppy, but that is something i cannot control. my son has been fishing with me for 15 years and is a licensed captain already and he knows what he is doing. and as they say, we did put them on to fish, which they enjoyed. and i hate saying this, but hangovers and fishing does not work! only for chumming! and that is part of the big reason why they got sick.  stay off the booze the day before u go fishing! especially deepsea. just a little advice to anyone that wants to do deepsea. thanks for the review. appreciate your comments.

Went fishing on Saturday, June 11, 2016

Booked the trip months in advance.  A few days prior got an email moving our pick up time from 7am to 8am.  No problem.  Got to our dock at 7:30.  waited.  waited.  waited tell 9am.  Never showed.  Both myself and the Grand Caribe tried to reach them.  No one answered the phone.  Sent email and got a reply at the end of the day.  The captain said the seas were to rough(4-5’) so he just blew us off.  He didn’t try to take us to the reef or any other options, just didn’t show.  So lost the day.  Not very professional in my opinion.

Eric Malone does not recommend Freedom Tours - The Reel Deal

Fished June 2016

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Replied to this review on Sunday, June 19, 2016

The reason the trip did not go through , is because the weather was very unfavorable! I did leave a message at the hotel, but it was not delivered! The seas were 8 to 10 foot swells! There was no way that trip was going to happen! I did get to them later that day and tried to reschedule depending on the weather but they did not want . I apologize for the misunderstanding !

Went fishing on Friday, June 10, 2016

Pretty choppy, but that was not anyone’s fault.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, June 5, 2016

There were 6 in our party and comprised of 2 adults and 4 kids. We had an excellent trip catching 3 barracudas and a lot of tuna. We were trying for a marlin, however, they did not cooperate. The boat gave us plenty of room and was very clean. The captain and mate were very friendly and I could not have asked for more. Our experience was great and we can’t wait to go back next year.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Hilly and his deck hand Byron were absolutely phenomenal. Very experienced and professional fisherman. Highly recommended to anyone coming to Belize that wants the real deal! You better Belize it!

Fished March 2016

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Replied to this review on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hi
  Thanks Matt,  we always give are best and try real hard on putting u on to fish! It does not always go the way we want, but we certainly try! Maybe next time we will catch u your 400 lbs blue marlin! After all they call it fishing , not catching! Lol!

Went fishing on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Captain Hilly Boo’s crew, Capt. Cord and first mate Byron were amazing putting us on fish in less than 30 minutes into the trip, we had 10 Barracuda, a Wahoo and 7 Dorado/Mahi/Dolphin (not sure why this fish has three names!?!) within four hours of the trip.  They picked us up at our Condo’s pier, which made it really nice.  They fileted the fish for us at the end of the trip.  It only took about 20 minutes to get to the fish from our pier, this was impressive!!! Where we fish off shore it takes over an hour and a half or more.  Can’t say enough good things about this fishing experience.  We will definitely use them on our next trip to Belize!!!  Oh, and take your fish to Carambas, they cook it up just right!!!  There are several places on the Island that will cook your catch though.  Nothing better than fresh cooked fish!!!  That’s all!

Fished November 2015

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Replied to this review on Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanks for the good review ! We always give our best here at freedom tours fishing unlimited and try our best to put u on to the fish!

Went fishing on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

We were picked up by the captain and one crew member for the four of us from the resort dock on time. We caught four yellow snappers within the first 25 mins and caught nothing more there after, no matter how many areas we changed into. The reels they used along with sardines baits could only handle catching small fish, nothing like the pics listed online. So perhaps you can specify to have them bring larger reels in case you plan on catching big fish. However, they cut the fish in fillets and whatever shape we requested such as whole fish for some fried fish that fish was the best we have ever tasted, a restaurant in town cooked it for us and surprised us with a variety of flavors. All restaurants are open to the idea of being your own fish and charge an average of $17 USD to cook it.

Fished July 2015

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Replied to this review on Monday, August 3, 2015

thanks for your honest review. the fishing here sometimes can be really great, but sometimes it also can be very slow! there are so many factors that can affect it. the tides, the moon, time of the day, weather conditions, etc. anyway, i am glad that al least u got to catch a few fish and got to eat them as well. and as for reef fishing, we mostly go for snappers and good eating fish, which average a couple of pounds, so that is why we use light tackle so u can enjoy reeling in the fish. but i assure u that my captains and mates always try hard and give their best. i also apppreciate your honest comments. thanks and maybe next time, we will go for the big ones. maybe deepsea fishing would be something more fun for u.  wahoo, tuna, kingfish, marlin or sailfish. the big ones!
            tight lines capt hillyboo

Went fishing on Friday, March 6, 2015

everything was “OK”. The, weather was a little bad “rough” seas. But, we had a good time. Captain & mate, worked “very hard”! They had to check the baits quite often, due to the “vast amount of weeds” on top of water. However, I would have recommended they actually change the baits, as well. I don’t believe there were very many boats out that day. So, maybe it was one of those “fishing” days, not “catching” days. But, still:thanks, for the opportunity to go out

Fished March 2015

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Replied to this review on Saturday, March 28, 2015

hi   yes that is true, we have had a lot of problems with the tons of seaweed that has been drifting for the past 6 months, something that i have never seen in my whole life time. and i was born and raised here and fishing all my life. it has been bringing some dorado, but the fishing has been up and down lately because of the many factors that can affect a day of fishing. seaweed the worst one at the moment, tides, moon and weather. but regardless of all these factors, i assure u that my crew always tries their best in catching fish for the customers. after all that is our livelyhood. but as we know that is why it is called fishing and not catching! lol! and some days are just better than others.  but thanks for yoour comment

Went fishing on Thursday, February 26, 2015

We had a great time fishing with Hilly and his help. We fished both inshore/reef and offshore and caught fish every day. The offshore action was non-stop with dorado and barracuda keeping the action going all day. The captain and mate showed a lot of experience and were very enjoyable to be on a boat with. We learned a lot with these guys! Great time!

Fished February 2015

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Replied to this review on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

hi matt, thanks for an honest review. best regards capt hilly