The migratory big tarpon have been here for several weeks and along with the resident population have been treating anglers to some spectacular experiences. John from South Africa got his first Belize 90 lb Tarpon and a 15 lb Permit on his second day. John also landed a 120 lb Tarpon two days later. BRL fulfilled his dream as he wanted to land a big tarpon and a permit.
Tarpon of all sizes have been well distributed both on the flats and in the river and have made for some very exciting tarpon fishing. Flowering trees along the river add another dimension to the overall experience.
Snook were tough as high tides kept them back in the mangroves around the flats although some were caught when they move out in the open to feed.
Permit have been showing off in very good numbers and cooperating when flies were dropped close enough to tempt them. Again during this period some anglers have been experiencing many firsts - first permit, first tarpon, first bonefish, first snook, first cuda, first cobia and even a first puffer fish leading to the oft repeated expression: how come we just heard about this place? Along with the sporting species, big jacks are near the city and bonefish, barracudas and snappers as usual round out the BRL variety fishing experience.
?NAPs? (Non Angling Persons) accompanying their angler partners have also been experiencing many firsts on day tours out of the Lodge. Full and half day tours are easy from Belize River Lodge and include several Mayan sites, the Belize Zoo, the Museum of Belize, the Barrier Reef, snorkeling and the Princess Casino.
The weather has been typical of April: generally dry and sunny, winds mostly from the east at 10-15 mph with some calm days and westerly winds, and the occasional rain squall. In other words, just plain good old style April in Belize.