Belize Deep Sea Fishing Charters
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Top Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Belize
Deep Sea Fishing in Belize
Once known as the "best-kept secret of the Caribbean," nowadays Belize attracts numerous anglers looking for something out of the ordinary. Although it’s primarily famous for its flats and fly fishing opportunities, deep sea fishing in Belize has a huge untapped potential, with game fish roaming these deep waters year-round just a couple of miles from coast. Crystal clear deep waters, the variety of trophy species, and the lack of fishing pressure – yes, this Caribbean country is where big game dreams come true.
What to Catch
Belize deep sea fishing charters can take you hunting for top game species just a few miles from shore. You can go after White and Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Blackfin and Yellowfin Tuna. Blue Marlin residing in these waters can grow to up 400 pounds, and 70+ lb Sailfish can be caught outside the reef in the waters of Ambergris Caye. These species will test your skills and your patience, but rest assured that battling them will be something to brag about for years to come.
In addition to these deep sea A-listers, you could also be catching delicious bottom species such as Snapper and Grouper, along with King Mackerel and Sharks during the same trip. And fighting for your catch against predatory Barracuda and Sharks will be a story on its own.
Where to Go
Belize Barrier Reef
All of the mentioned species can be caught beyond the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef in the world, located just a couple of miles from shore. This is all possible thanks to the mind-shattering drop off – after you pass the reef, the sea bed drops from 600 to 2,000 feet!
These deep sea waters are easily accessible from Ambergris Caye, and can be reached just 15 minutes after leaving the dock. San Pedro is the only city on the island – book a trip with a local San Pedro sportfishing charter and experience fishing these waters like a local. Since the reef is located only half a mile from the beach, you could be battling big game species beyond the reef, less than 10 miles from the coast. Sailfishing in the waters of Ambergris Caye beyond the reef can be especially productive.
The waters of the Turneffe Islands, also known as Turneffe Atoll, are also rewarding for deep sea fishing thanks to steep drop offs. These islands are located around 20 miles east of Belize City and if you head less than 5 miles southwest of them, you'll encounter huge drop offs, perfect for trolling and jigging for bottom species, along with angling for Billfish in the right conditions. It's not uncommon to catch 70 lb Wahoo near the reefs of Turneffe – this area is famous for hosting large numbers of this drag-testing species. Outside the reef, various other prime deep sea fishing locations await, led by Lighthouse Reef, found less than 15 miles east of Turneffe.
Located south of the Ambergris Caye and north from Turneffe Atoll, Caye Caulker is at the top of the list for many big game fanatics visiting the country. The deep blue waters are accessible just a couple of miles away from this tiny coral island – you could be fishing for Billfish, Tuna, and Mahi in depths of 800–2,000 feet just a couple of minutes after leaving the dock.
Thought this was impressive? Hopkins Village and Placencia are the most popular fishing destinations on the south, offering some of the best deep sea action in Belize. You'll be traveling a bit farther offshore compared to the north, but it will definitely pay off. Less fishing pressure and interesting bottom structures holding quality fish is something you’ll find only in this part of Belize.
In addition to that, thanks to the proximity to Glover’s Reef and other offshore hot spots, you'll have a chance at White and Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and other hot game species. The waters of Glover’s Reef (located around 30 miles from Hopkins) are known for holding schools of Blackfin Tuna, and there's a location 15 miles southeast of the reef's southern part where you can find yourself catching a 125 lb Yellowfin Tuna.
How to Fish
- Trolling multiple lines is the most common technique for landing big game species, and this is what works the best in Belize, as well. The trolling speed depends on the species – if you're after Wahoo or Mahi Mahi, get ready for super fast boat rides.
- If Sailfish are your main priority, you should try your hand at live bait drift fishing – this is locally known as a tried-and-true method for landing them.
- While searching for big boys, don't miss the chance to land some delicious reef dwellers, as well. You could be deep dropping in 800–2,000 feet of water and catching a variety of deep sea Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, and even Sharks.
When to Go
Whether you decide to book with a Belize boat charter or a Belize fishing lodge, local captains can take you fishing for deep sea species year-round. April and May are known as the most productive months for most of the species, while spring and summer are generally great for Sailfish. Wahoo is the most abundant in fall and winter, especially from November to March in the waters near Turneffe. The best time for Marlin is between November and June – they're found beyond the reef swimming close to the surface. And what about Mahi? Their prime time is from May to October.
Going on a Belizean offshore adventure will give you the opportunity to set your own deep sea fishing record and more. Thanks to the popularity of inshore fishing, setting farther out allows you to become one of the pioneers when it comes to exploring the blue waters of this breathtaking country.
What People Are Saying About Deep Sea Fishing in Belize
Gregor Blix fished with Freedom Tours - The Reel Deal on January 27, 2019
I would probably recommend reef fishing this time of year instead of deep sea fishing. Several knowledgeable fisherman told us that the deep sea fishing real starts picking up in late February and March We did troll close to the reef due to rough seas and caught a very nice black grouper
"Gio is great"
Jon Qualls fished with DreamKation International Tours on January 8, 2019
We went out with Gio multiple time on our trip to San Pedro. He was very accommodating to making a custom trip that fit what we wanted to do. Be it snorkeling, mixed with fishing or deep sea fishing, mixed with a trip to Caye Caulker. Really, a full day can be very productive if you do several things and Gio makes that happen. Very highly recommended.
"Great trip all around"
fished with Makin It Reel on December 3, 2018
I had a great trip with this crew. The boat is really nice and the crew - shoutout to Daniel, Giovanni, Dingo and Josh! - is very knowledgeable and a ton of fun to fish with. We went deep sea fishing and caught multiple barracuda, tuna and one wahoo. Great lunch and beers on the way home put it all together for me. I will be back! 5 Stars.
Top Targeted Deep Sea Fishing Species in Belize
- Size 15 to 35lbs
- Food Value Average
- Game Qualities Excellent
- Habitats Nearshore, Offshore, Reef