We are now well into the rainy season but the rains have come quite gradually, sometimes really heavy for short periods, some days with mixed clear and cloudy skies with no rain during the day, thunder storms with lightening and rain some nights. By July 4th the Belize River was still a light olive color and at normal dry season levels. Small to medium Tarpon have been teasing us several times a day by rolling right in front of the lodge.
July 13 turned out to be a very breezy day with winds from the southeast at 10-20 knots. Raul had two fishing guests off a cruise ship for the day. Flats fishing did not look too practical so he went to the Sibun River. Though the river was quite muddy he found small Tarpon rolling and feeding. Using both fly and spinning gear the two anglers landed ten Tarpon, but hooked and jumped many more for a pretty decent day, despite the winds.
Around the end of June one angler had some great Tarpon action for a pretty good day at Black Creek but the next day the same areas were very slow. Some bigger fish rolling at the “Falls” kept up his interest and the scenery and wild life helped to make up a good day
Other anglers fishing from the lodge had pretty decent action from Snook, small Tarpon, and Bones. A few Permit were chased but weather conditions were just not right for Permit and it was very difficult to see them. Some Permit showed up just under the bow but saw the boat and took off before the guide or angler saw them.
Some big Tarpon in the 80-100 pound size were regularly found in the bay just outside the mouth of the river, but like Permit were difficult to see within casting distance. The bay was still clear enough to hold the big Tarpon there. Some other big Tarpon were a little easier to reach in the deeper channels in clear water but seemed to be pretty picky about taking a fly of plug.
Most days have been brilliantly sunny, with some scattered clouds in the area of BRL.
By now there has been enough rain in western Belize that the river has slowly turned muddy and has risen slightly, but still not over the dock.
The Flats, Cayes and Channels are in good shape for Permit, Bones, Snook and small Tarpon and these areas should be productive through the rest of the year. The resident big Tarpon are of course still here but require a little more hunting for them.
For the rest of this year BRL has some very good discounts available. For the price sensitive traveler, Belize River Lodge is again offering a great opportunity and at a discounted rate for those looking to fish the beautiful Flats of Central Belize from now thru December.
This year’s special is “purchase any single package and the second person is free” on any main Lodge or Long Caye Outpost packages. Below are the weeks of the summer/fall special, is open.
August 24 to August 31, 2011
September 11 to September 18, 2011
September 24 to October 1, 2011
October 8 to October 15, 2011
October 23 to October 30, 2011
November 5 to November 13, 2011
November 20 to November 27, 2011
December 1 to December 18, 2011
Please note that if you find better airfare a day or two on either side of the “special weeks”, as long as there is space, the special is valid.
Below is the single angler pricing, which is shared between two anglers with the special. Other packages of more or less days available.
4 Nights/3 Days of fishing is US$2,610.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers with the 2011 special; which is US$1,305.00 per person, based on double occupancy.
5 Nights/4 Days of fishingis US$3,360.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers with the 2011 special; which is US$1,680.00 per person, based on double occupancy.
7 Nights/6 Days of fishing is US$4,825.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers with the 2011 special; which is US$2,412.50 per person, based on double occupancy.
8 Nights/7 Days of fishing is US$5,391.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers with the 2011 special; which is US$2,695.50 per person, based on double occupancy.
BRL Fishing Package Includes: Round trip airport transfers in Belize – meeting & checkout services, accommodations, daily housekeeping, all meals – including a box lunch, soda & drinking water, guided fishing, skiff & fuel, Hotel Taxes & 12.5% GST
BRL Fishing Package Does Not Include: Airfare to & from Belize, fishing equipment & tackle, Belize Fishing License (US$25.00 per week, per angler), alcoholic beverages, tips to guides and staff, Belize Departure Tax (approximately US$39.75 per person – included in ticket or paid at Airport)
* Valid only during the specific weeks of 2011.
* Promotion is based on double occupancy – both guests sharing room and guide, at BRL main Lodge, minimum of 2 anglers.
* Promotion is based on double occupancy – both guests sharing room and guide, at Long Caye Outpost, minimum of 4 anglers.
* Offer may not be combined with any other promotion.
* Not available on the M.V. Blue Yonder.
Belize River Lodge
PO Box 459
Belize City, Belize
Phone Direct: (501) 225-2002
Fax Direct: (501) 225-2298
Toll Free: (888) 275-4843
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