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    February Fish Tales ~ 2016

    FEBRUARY 29, 2016 Fish Tales
    Snook fishing was very good at BRL in February.  From the mouth of the Belize River, to the nearby and outer Mangrove Cayes, Belize City shoreline, Haulover Creek and the Sibun River these areas have all been very productive.  

    The “elusive Snook” sometimes lived up to its name but many times were eager to slam well presented flies and lures.  As is usually the case with Snook fishing, as soon as they take the fly/lure they immediately turn and head back to the mangrove roots.  This is their escape tactic.

    During his week here Darrell landed 29 Snook, six over ten pounds, two at 12-14 pounds.  Most of these were caught on the Clouser type Half  & Half.  He also got nine Bones, three Tarpon, a 58 inch Cuda that was over his 30 pound Boga grip.   Most days during this week were very windy and rainy.   

    Unlike the Snook, Tarpon almost immediately jump and shake once they feel the hook   Small Tarpon in the 6-30 pound range were very often found along with the Snook.  Anglers sometimes did not see which of the two game fish took their offering and often times instead of  bowing to the Tarpon they vigorously set and pulled the hook out of the Tarpon’s mouth.

    Other anglers shared their time on Snook, Tarpon, Bones, Jacks, Snappers, Cudas and Ladyfish.  Due to unseasonably windy and rainy weather in February not much time was spent Permit fishing and only a few small ones were boated.  

    Writer and photographer David and Nick from France each landed Grand Slams of Bonefish, Tarpon and Snook their first time fishing in Belize.  We are looking forward to their fishing articles and photos.  They enjoyed our waters and especially several very nice Snook.  On their very first day up the Belize River they lost a big Tarpon estimated at about 100 pounds to a broken line.    (To see David’s published articles, please click here.)
     
    BRL does some day fishing trips for passengers coming to Belize on cruise ships.  Some of these day trips are booked directly with BRL and some are booked through our regular fishing agents.  These day trips are booked and confirmed in advance, pending space availability at BRL.  Many times we have been told that cruise ship tour directors warn passengers about some perceived dangers if they venture outside the cruise ship approved shore station / shopping area to do tours with independent operators.  This we believe is an attempt by the cruise ships to keep cruise passengers to their cruise ship profit centers.   Though not to be ignored we have safely and productively hosted cruise passengers for day fishing trips for over ten years.  

    Remember Belize river Lodge is just about fifteen minutes from the international airport; no deep sea crossings, no small plane rides to get to the lodge.

    For more information, please contact us by BRL e-mail or toll free at 1-888-275-4843.

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    Belize, the lost paradise

    Writer and photographer David Mailland and Nick from France each landed Grand Slams of Bonefish, Tarpon and Snook their first time fishing in Belize.  We are looking forward to their fishing articles and photos.  They enjoyed our waters and especially several very nice Snook.  On their very first day up the Belize River they lost a big Tarpon estimated at about 100 pounds to a broken line.

    For published articles on David and Nick’s trip, please see the below pdf files for article and photos.

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    Article Published in Holland

    Article Published in Malaysia

    Article Published in Romania

     

    For more information, please contact BRL by e-mail or toll free at 1-888-275-4843.

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    April Fish Tales ~ 2016

    APRIL 19, 2016
    FISHING REPORT

    mikenspictsBIG TARPON have been the most exciting activity at BRL in the last five weeks.  Fifteen of these dramatic game fish ranging from 75 to 140 pounds were landed by 11 different guests.
    –    Two were landed by lady anglers and 3 by Mike N.
    –    One 82 pounder was included in a Grand Slam by Danny O’B.

    In addition to these landings many, many more big Tarpon were jumped, hooked, fought and lost.  Several threw the hook when just a few feet from the boat and the rod tip after some 35 to 60 minutes fight time.  Two 10wt fly rods were broken with fish on; 12 weights were definitely a better match.  The most productive flies were the Black Tarpon Snake and the Black Flash Clouser Jig.

    Some comments shared after a day on the water: “we were surrounded by Tarpon“, “a most exciting experience”, “another fantastic day“, “wonderful experience“, “great fishing again“.

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    Chuck releasing his large Tarpon

    Weather was very mixed during this period, ranging from wind and rain from the north, a few calm days and some sunny and breezy days.  The moon did not seem to make much difference as these big Tarpon were landed obrien-pictsat all moon phases and different tides and times of day.  Patience and perseverance usually paid off when these big fish were encountered just rolling or cruising.

    The Belize River and Sibun River were great backups for windy or stormy days on the Flats and produced many fine Snook and small Tarpon.

    Fishing the Flats for Permit and Bonefish seemed to take second place to fishing for big Tarpon.  Many opportunities for Permit produced several hookups and a few landings.

     

    Note:  Please click on all photos to see larger images.  Thanks.

    Happy Thanksgiving & Fish Tales

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    Hello,
    Thanksgiving, while not a true Belizean holiday, is celebrated by many in Belize.   It is a holiday enjoyed by my family and it gives us time to be together to enjoy.  It is also a time for us to reflect on the blessings and good things in our lives.  We have a lot to be thankful for ~ our children are all healthy and happy, grandchildren studying to be doctors and engineers and loving their choice of field and many other grands’ doing well in high school and elementary school.  

    Mike and I are also very thankful to have been a part of the Lodge for 30 years, getting to meet wonderful people and be a part of so many family vacations where lifelong memories are made.  We are also thankful to all of our travel agents, you the guest who have visited over the 30 years and a big thank you to our staff, the BRL family, who helps to make the Lodge experience special and unique.

    With the start of the holiday season, we take this time to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving, with hopes of good food and more wonderful memories with family and friends.
    Warm regards,
    Marguerite

     

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    October 31, 2016

    Slam, anyone!  Eight Grand Slams were landed between October 21-28.  These included a 70 pound Tarponalbemarle_grandslam1 and a Permit, with Snook and Bonefish being common to most slams.

    Even though tides were generally quite high during most of September and October, Snook were caught most days and ranged in size from 4-12 pounds.  Some bigger Snook were hooked but lost on fly tackle too light for these mangrove escape artists.

    Many Tarpon in the 30-75 pound class were jumped and a fair share were landed.  Many smaller Tarpon were jumped and landed in the Rivers, Cayes and Mangrove Channels and Creeks.

    Schools of Bonefish were found in the usual areas and many were landed including 10 and 15 in one day by two anglers.

    Permit as usual were the most difficult to hook and land but several anglers got their first Permit experience, and have promised to return to improve their score.

    Lots of Barracudas, Snappers and Jacks and a few Lookdowns were also caught.

    The months of September and October are in the so called “slow season” in Belize.  “Slow” because of low tourist traffic to this area as it is still high season for fishing and vacation travel in the USA and Canada.  Many travelers are concerned about traveling to this area as the hurricane season includes September and October, but we have had very few hurricanes here in the past few years.  The Category One hurricane that hit here on August 3 only caused one day of lost fishing.  Modern weather forecasting systems also give us adequate time to advise travelers of possible storms. The “slow season” months are very productive times here at BRL so we encourage you to join the few other anglers that are here at that time.

    WestJet Airlines now operates twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday, connecting passengers between Belize and Toronto, Canada.Copa Airlines and Avianca also connect Miami and Central and South America to Belize via Panama. Along with United Airlines, Southwest, Amercian Airlines and Delta, there are many options for getting to Belize.
    Many flights arrive in Belize early enough for anglers to fish an almost full day at BRL since we are so near to the Belize International Airport.  Late outbound flights also afford our guests an almost full day of fishing on their departure day.

    We are looking forward to our upcoming “high season”, so please make your reservations early so you can book your choice dates.
    Best regards,
    Mike Heusner

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    If you are a Facebook user, this link is from G. Kell, who was one of the Anglers fishing at BRL during this fishing report time frame.

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    If pictures say a 1000 words, below are some fall photos from Belize River Lodge that show spectacular colorful sunset and sunrises ~ beautiful!

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    For more information, please contact us by e-mail or toll free at 1-888-275-4843.

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    It’s Time, Discount Package Pricing ~ BRL’s 2016 Summer/Fall Special

     

    If you enjoy saltwater flats fishing for Bonefish, Permit, Snook and Tarpon, then Belize River Lodge is making it easier to get in a fishing trip before the end of the year, so take advantage of our discounted rates and get in some awesome flats fishing.

    2016 “Summer ~ Fall” Special
    Great Flats fishing and great pricing!
    Belize River Lodge or Long Caye Outpost Lodge – your choice.

    Belize River Lodge is again offering the “2 for 1” special this summer and fall. The SPECIAL is “purchase any single package and the second person is free” on any main Lodge or Long Caye Outpost Lodge packages.  Below are the weeks of the summer/fall special that is open.

    July 2 to July 9, 2016
    July 23 to July 30, 2016
    August 3 to August 10, 2016
    August 14 to August 21, 2016
    September 1 to September 8, 2016

    September 25 to October 2, 2016
    October 15 to October 22, 2016
    October 29 to November 5, 2016

    November 12 to November 30

    ONLY A FEW MORE WEEKS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS GREAT FLATS FISHING DEAL!

    December 1 to December 21, 2016

    Belize River Lodge: 3 miles or 20 minute boat ride to the Flats.

    Belize River Lodge: 3 miles or 20 minute boat ride to the Flats.

    Please note that Belize River Lodge &/or Long Caye Outpost Lodge have no preset arrival or departure days, so if you find better/cheaper airfare a day or two on either side of the “special weeks”, as long as there is space, the special is valid.  Please check with us.

    Below is the single angler pricing, which is shared between two anglers with the special.  Other packages of more or less days available.  Please contact us if you do not see the time frame you need.

    Belize River Lodge ~ Special Package Pricing
    4 Night/3 Day Lodge Fishing Package Special is US$2,847.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$1,423.50 per person, based on double occupancy.

    5 Nights/4 Day Lodge Fishing Package Special is US$3,655.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$1,827.50 per person, based on double occupancy.

    6 Nights/5 Day Lodge Fishing Package Special is US$4,408.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$2,204.00 per person, based on double occupancy.

    7 Nights/6 Day Lodge Fishing Package Special is US$5,236.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$2,618.00 per person, based on double occupancy.

    8 Nights/7 Day Lodge Fishing Package Special is US$5,846.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$2,923.00 per person, based on double occupancy.

    BRL Fishing Package Includes:   Round trip airport transfers in Belize – meeting & checkout services, accommodations, air conditioning in rooms, hair dryers, daily housekeeping, all meals – including a box lunch, soda & drinking water, guided fishing, skiff & fuel, Belize Taxes  of 9% Hotel Tax & 12.5% GST tax.
    BRL Fishing Package Does Not Include:   Airfare to & from Belize, fishing equipment & tackle, Belize Fishing License (US$25.00 per week, per angler; Licenses can be purchased at the Lodge), alcoholic beverages, tips to guides and staff, Belize Departure Tax (approximately US$39.75 per person – included in ticket or paid at Airport)

    *   BRL main Lodge promotion is based on double occupancy – both guests sharing room and guide, at BRL main Lodge, minimum of 2 anglers.

     

    Long Caye Outpost Lodge ~ Special Package Pricing
    5 Nights/4 Day LC Outpost Fishing Package Special is US$3,655.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$1,827.50 per person based on double occupancy with a total group of 4 anglers at LCOL.

    6 Nights/5 Day LC Outpost Fishing Package Special is US$4,408.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$2,204.00 per person based on double occupancy with a total group of 4 anglers at LCOL.

    7 Nights/6 Day LC Outpost Fishing Package Special is US$5,236.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$2,618.00 per person based on double occupancy with a total group of 4 anglers at LCOL.

    8 Nights/7 Day LC Outpost Fishing Package Special is US$5,846.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$2,923.00 per person based on double occupancy with a total group of 4 anglers at LCOL.

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    Long Caye Outpost Lodge

    Long Caye Outpost Lodge 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, transfer to and from Long Caye, Belize Taxes of 9% Hotel Tax & 12.5% GST tax.
    Long Caye Outpost Lodge Fishing Package Does Not Include:   Airfare to & from Belize, fishing equipment & tackle, Belize Fishing License (US$25.00 per angler, per week and can be purchased at the Lodge), snorkel equipment, alcoholic beverages, tips to guides and staff, Belize Departure Tax (approximately US$39.75 per person – included in ticket or paid at Airport)

    *    Promotion for Long Caye is based on a minimum of 4 anglers, based on double occupancy with both guests sharing room and guide.  

    Note:  Long Caye Outpost Lodge – “Special pricing” for groups of 2 anglers &/or 6 anglers.  Please contact for pricing.  Special pricing also available for BRL/LC split trips.

     

    Belize is easy to get to:  Fly to Belize International Airport, airport code is BZE. You are met by a member of the Lodge staff, who will shuttle you to the Lodge.  The following airlines fly to Belize and you can contact them online:
    Avianca offers a red eye out of Los Angeles, CA
    American Airlines offers direct service from Miami, FL; Dallas, TX and Los Angeles, CA and with the US Airways merger, Charlotte, NC
    Copa Airlines offers service to Belize from Panama, Central America.
    Delta offers direct service Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA
    Southwest offers direct service to Belize via Houston, TX.
    Tropic Air flies daily to San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa; Roatan, Honduras;  Guatemala City and Flores, Guatemala and Cancun and Merida Mx.
    United offers direct service Houston, TX daily; Newark, NJ & Chicago, IL

     

    Please e-mail us for more information, available dates or to confirm a trip.  We look forward to seeing you in Belize!

     

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    Not a rainy “rainy season”

    NOVEMBER 10, 2015

    This year’s “rainy season” was not very rainy at all and with such unusually low rainfall from June thru mid-September the Belize River remained clear and green. Heavy rains on Sept 21st, Belize Independence Day, caused the school parades to be cancelled after most students goat soaked.

    Anglers fishing from the lodge that same day caught several nice Snook and Small tarpon in the river and near Belize City. Some more rains caused the river to turn olive green by Oct 2 and then brown a few days later. As of Nov 10th the river has still not flooded. The most productive fishing during this period was for Snook, Small Tarpon and Bones with many anglers landing their first of each of these species. A few Permit were landed and many big schools of these elusive game fish wee seen and cast to with just a few hookups.

    Flies that worked best for Snook and Tarpon were the Half and Half heavy Clousers in chartreuse, blue & white and red & white, the all black Tarpon Snake, black Rabbit Toad; and Spawning Shrimp for Bones and Permit.

    The Belize River, Black Creek,and the Sibun River produced the most Snook and Tarpon while the nearby Flats, Cayes and Mangrove shores produced Bones, Snappers, Ladyfish, Triple Tails, Jacks and many Barracudas.  

    Four anglers from Columbia, S.A. fished BRL Oct. 18-23. One day they boated and released at least 100 Snook, ranging from 4-24 pounds and kept four medium ones for the kitchen. Other days they fished for Permit, Bones and Small Tarpon. They boated 27 Small Tarpon ranging in size from 5-30 pounds and jumped dozens more.

    Some angles also did inland tours from BRL for Cave Tubing, Zip Lining, Birding, the Belize Zoo and Ancient Maya Sites.  

    FFF training for Belize River Lodge guidesEven though BRL’s guides are considered some of the best in Belize, we are always trying to improve our guides and staff and during the last week of October, five BRL guides were trained in advanced fly casting and instruction. They were very excited for the additional instruction and in this way, BRL guides will be even better prepared to help you while fishing the flats.

    More international flights to and from Belize have been added, so anglers now have more options than ever before to come fish with us at Belize River Lodge. Remember we are just a few minutes from the international airport, so no deep sea crossings and no small plane rides to get to BRL.

    Mike Heusner

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    The slow season that is not so slow.

    August 28, 2015
    During the past month in Belize, the weather has been very dry with bright sunny days and just a few short showers at night.  The river in front of the Lodge is a beautiful green and a dolphin is a regular visitor that seems to tease the dogs by jumping and splashing to show its presence. Some light breezy days with winds of 5-15 knots made our flats fishing very comfortable despite temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s.  In addition to the Flats, the Sibun and Belize Rivers were also successfully fished for Tarpon and Snook.  Crocodiles, iguanas, river turtles, howler monkeys and many species of birds supplemented the river fishing.    

    Ten Permit ranging from 3-22 pounds were landed and Bone fishing was sometimes very easy and productive.  Very large schools of small to medium Permit were regularly seen and pursued.  Some first timers were intrigued and challenged by the stealth and elusiveness of Bonefish and Permit.

    Four Grand Slams and a Super Slam were landed and included a 15 and 20 pound Snook and a 22 pound Permit.

    Though many Tarpon over 100 pounds were seen, cast to, jumped and/or fought for several minutes only two were actually landed.  These were all the resident big Tarpon that are here all year round.  They are always here but a little extra time is required to find them and get their attention.
    Allen B. had a hundred pounder on for 25 minutes.  This big fish jumped over the bow of the boat and soared through the air just about two feet in front of his face.  This was Allen’s first trip to BRL and he said it was all and more than he expected and was very exciting and challenging.

    Bob B. wanted to target Bones and got a Grand Slam in the progress.

    Presentación de PowerPointAlex and Anna M also fished BRL for the first time.  Anna landed three Permit and Alex one big Permit with his Super Slam.  

    The most productive flies were: the Tarpon Snake for Big Tarpon, Chartreuse Half & Half for Tarpon and Snook in the rivers, Puglisi Everglades and Mangrove Baitfish for Small Tarpon and Snook in the mangrove flats, Avalon and Spawning Shrimp for Permit and various small flies for Bonefish.   We have all these flies in stock for sale at the BRL.

    There are still a few months left of 2015 to get in your flats fishing trip at our Summer/Fall discounted package rates.  Email with any questions or for more information.

     

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    5th Annual Tagging Challenge

    Join us the week of April 3 to April 10, 2016 for BRL’s 5th & final challenge year. JoEllen Wilson, BTT’s uvenile Tarpon Habitat Program Manager, will be joining our fun filled week and will be on hand to answer any questions you have on Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon or their habitat.

    While we have the exciting challenge of catching our favorite saltwater species, we hope to tag and dna as many Bones, Permit and Tarpon so we can better understand their movements and growth patterns, which will provide information that will help to conserve and enhance this amazing fishery.

    It is a good way to enjoy a saltwater trip and help a good cause at no extra cost to you. Package prices are the same – 7 Nights/6 Days Lodge Fishing Package is US$3,989.00 per person, based on double occupancy; and for the Challenge week for each angler, Belize River Lodge donates US$500.00 per person to Bonefish and Tarpon Trust to aid in future studies.

    During the week, JoEllen will give a short presentation on BTT’s studies and on the final night, we have awards – beautiful hard carved zericote carvings and prizes for top anglers.

    All in all – doing what you love, saltwater Flats fishing, helping the future of the fishery and have a good time – can’t go wrong! Come join us!

    Belize River Lodge and Long Cay Outpost Lodge

    by Denise Schreiber
    Frontiers International

    A flats fishing and naturalist’s paradise!

    The last stop on our whirlwind adventure in Belize was a visit to our friends at Belize River Lodge, located on the Old Belize River in the town of Ladyville. My colleague Barbara and I arrived mid-morning after flying up from southern Belize and were met by the ever-smiling Misha, daughter of the one of the owners of the lodge. After a convenient five minute drive from the airport and a two minute boat ride over the “no wake” zone of the Old Belize River, we arrived at one of our favorite spots in Belize.

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    Permit, Permit, Permit

    JUNE 10, 2015 Fishing Report

    Despite many windy, rainy and heavy overcast days during this period, the most challenging saltwater flats game fish, the Permit made the day for many anglers fishing out of Belize River Lodge and BRL’s Long Caye Outpost.

    From very large schools of hundreds to small pods and single cruisers ranging in size from 4 to 30 pounds these very special fish lived up to their mystic reputation. Sometimes they were impossible, sometimes almost easy, but always so very exciting. The very experienced Permit anglers as well as those targeting Permit for the first time were all challenged, frustrated and exuberant each time they got within casting range of these great fish.

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    It always seemed that it was up to the individual fish whether it ignored the fly, just nudged it, or ate it.  It did not matter whether it was a fancy shrimp or crab pattern, presented softly or roughly, nearby or just barely in sight, it was up to that individual Permit to do just what it wanted to.  Most good takes were hook-ups and successfully landed after exhilarating runs and some drawn out fights. Some were just brief encounters offering just a taste of Permit fishing. There were several Grand Slams and Super Slams that included Permit but many more Permit were caught individually or along with Bones.

    Philip H. caught a Grand Slam and a Super Slam on the same day, each included a Permit.  “Best day fishing ever“.

    Anglers landing Permit during this period include: Gaspar G, Tom S, Rick J, John I, Carlos C, Philip H, two Permit each.  Tim P, Michael K, Craig H, Martin T, Jim C, Angelee G, Richard P, one Permit each.  Joe E got one too, his 101st Permit landed.

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    The two largest Tarpon caught this period were 160 and 175 pounds. Baby Tarpon up to 30 pounds were caught by most anglers. Mike W jumped 38 Baby Tarpon and landed 5 in the Belize River one day. Many medium sized Tarpon in the 40-60 pound range were also regularly landed. We occasionally catch the Lookdown fish but five were caught the same day by one angler.

    The Bonefish Tarpon Trust tagging program continued in April and May. Recapture rates are low but very encouraging as most recaptures are in the same general area as where they were originally tagged. We are looking forward to a busy “slow tourist season”. Attractive discounts are available at BRL.  Check out our website for more information.

    Please e-mail or call toll free 1-888-275-4843 for further information.

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    2015 Summer Fall Special

    It’s that time of year, Saltwater Flats Fishing at Discounted Rates. 

    2015 “Summer – Fall” Special
    Great Flats fishing and great pricing!

    Belize River Lodge is again offering the “2 for 1” special this summer and fall. The special is “purchase any single package and the second person is free on any main Lodge or Long Caye Outpost Lodge packages. Below are the weeks of the summer/fall special that is open.

    August 1 to August 15, 2015
    August 26 to September 2, 2015
    September 12 to September 26, 2015
    October 1 to October 17, 2015
    November 7 to November 14, 2015
    November 20 to November 30, 2015
    December 1 to December 20, 2015

    Please note that Belize River Lodge &/or Long Caye Outpost Lodge have no preset arrival or departure days, so if you find better/cheaper airfare a day or two on either side of the “special weeks”, as long as there is space, the special is valid.  Please check with us.

    Below is the single angler pricing, which is shared between two anglers with the special.  Other packages of more or less days available. Please contact us if you do not see the time frame you need.

     

    Belize River Lodge – Special Package Pricing

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    4 Nights/3 Days Lodge Fishing Package is US$2,847.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$1,423.50 per person, based on double occupancy.

    5 Nights/4 Days Lodge Fishing Package is US$3,655.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$1,827.50 per person, based on double occupancy.

    7 Nights/6 Days Lodge Fishing Package is US$5,236.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$2,618.00 per person, based on double occupancy.

    8 Nights/7 Days Lodge Fishing Package is US$5,846.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$2,923.00 per person, based on double occupancy.

    BRL Fishing Package Includes:   Round trip airport transfers in Belize – meeting & checkout services, accommodations, air conditioning in rooms, hair dryers, daily housekeeping, all meals – including a box lunch, soda & drinking water, guided fishing, skiff & fuel, Belize Taxes of 9% Hotel Tax & 12.5% GST tax.

    BRL Fishing Package Does Not Include:   Airfare to & from Belize, fishing equipment & tackle, Belize Fishing License (US$25.00 per week, per angler; Licenses can be purchased at the Lodge), alcoholic beverages, tips to guides and staff, Belize Departure Tax (approximately US$39.75 per person – included in ticket or paid at Airport)

       BRL main Lodge promotion is based on double occupancy – both guests sharing room and guide, at BRL main Lodge, minimum of 2 anglers.

     

    Long Caye Outpost Lodge – Special Package PricingLong_Caye_Outpost
    4 Nights/3 Days Long Caye Fishing Package is US$2,847.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$1,423.50 per person, based on a total group of 4 anglers.

    5 Nights/4 Days Long Caye Fishing Package is US$3,655.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$1,827.50 per person, based on a total group of 4 anglers.

    7 Nights/6 Day Long Caye Fishing Package is US$5,236.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$2,618.00 per person, based on a total group of 4 anglers.

    8 Nights/7 Day Long Caye Fishing Package is US$5,846.00 (single angler package), shared between two anglers, or US$2,923.00 per person, based on a total group of 4 anglers.

    Long Caye Outpost Lodge 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, transfer to and from Long Caye, Belize Taxes of 9% Hotel Tax & 12.5% GST tax.

    Long Caye Outpost Lodge Fishing Package Does Not Include:   Airfare to & from Belize, fishing equipment & tackle, Belize Fishing License (US$25.00 per angler, per week and can be purchased at the Lodge), snorkel equipment, alcoholic beverages, tips to guides and staff, Belize Departure Tax (approximately US$39.75 per person – included in ticket or paid at Airport)

       Promotion for Long Caye is based on a minimum of 4 anglers, based on double occupancy with both guests sharing room and guide.

     Note: Long Caye Outpost Lodge – Special pricing for groups of 2 anglers &/or 6 anglers. Please contact for pricing. Special pricing also available for BRL/LC split trips.

     

     Contact us at Belize River Lodge or your favorite travel agent for available dates and to book your dates.

     

    March 2015 – Long time guest come a visiting.

    FISHING REPORT
    MARCH 31, 2015

    Fifty three years ago in 1962 Charlie Eberle and about ten of his business associates from Proctor and Gamble starting fishing from this lodge here on the Belize Olde River.  At that time the lodge was known as Barothy’s Caribbean Lodge, then later on as Keller Caribbean Sports and since 1987 as Belize River Lodge.  Visiting anglers fished then, as they still do now for Tarpon, Snook, Bonefish, Permit, Cudas, Jacks, Snappers and others.

    Very recently, more than half a century later, on his first day out Charlie jumped ten Tarpon and landed six of those acrobatic and exciting 15-25 pound Baby Tarpon.  “Just like in the old days, the famous old Creek Chub Yellow Darter still works” he said.

    During the week Charlie also caught several Snook, Jacks, Spanish Mackerel and Cudas.  One day his wife Bonnie went after Bonefish and landed “four in a row, one right after another”.  Over the years our fishing has evolved from mostly spin fishing, bait casting and trolling into a lot more fly fishing.  And these days we are much more into Catch and Release, occasionally keeping a Snook, Snapper or Barracuda for fresh fish for the table.  (No problem with ciguatera here).

    Some other highlights of this period:
    Darrell S. caught sixty one Snook and released all but one.
    John M. hooked 50 Tarpon and landed 12 on a single day; “my best day of fishing, ever” he said.
    Michael K. caught a 40 pound Cubera Snapper in the river and several Snook in the 10-15 pound size.
    Jeff B. fished with his son and grandson who caught his very first Tarpon the first day and another one on his second day.
    Darrell, Paul. Scott, Brian and Jack were the only ones who landed Permit even though many big schools of cruising and tailing Permit were cast to by other anglers.

    Big Tarpon in the 75-120 pound range are being found in their regular areas but they seem to be well fed and pass up many perfect presentations.   Many others were jumped or fought, sometimes for more than and hour before being lost.  Guenter and Jake each landed one of these beauties.

    Grand Slams were landed by Nathan, Darrell, Jack and Todd.

    The Bonefish Tarpon Trust tagging challenge is now underway here at the lodge and at BRL’s Long Caye Outpost.  We are looking forward to seeing the tally of fish tagged and DNA samples taken.  Sport fishing and science!
    Mike Heusner March 31, 2015.

     

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    But, I Can’t Stop Fishing!

    But, I Can’t Stop Fishing!! !
    BY:  Juan Olivarez

    But, I can’t stop fishing,
    I told my new wife.
    It’s an integral part,
    Of all young men’s lifes.

    But she laid down the law,
    It was fishing or her.
    Get rid of the tackle,
    The rods and the lures.

    She wanted no part,
    Of those smelly fish.
    To tell you the truth,
    She was really a…pain.

    Well I don’t know what happened,
    But after a while,
    She just let it go,
    Like a bright eyed little child.

    And I took her fishing,
    For the first time in her life.
    And she caught more than me,
    My wonderful new wife.

    It’s close to forty years now,
    And she never stays home.
    She says it’s not right,
    That I go fishing alone.

    HURRICANE SEASON OVER, WHEW! Tarpon, Permit & Snook, Yeah! ~ November 2014

    FISHING REPORT ~ HURRICANE SEASON OVER, WHEW! Tarpon, Permit & Snook, Yeah!
    NOVEMBER 2014

    As we approach the end of “hurricane season” I am very pleased to report that there have been no hurricane threats for Belize this year, no serious storms or even any small storms.  Climate change?  Actually as far as I can remember the very first mild cold front of the year came in mid October instead of early to mid November with about 66 degrees along the coast of Belize.  Recent weather conditions were mostly very pleasant; ranging from glass calm days with sunny and clear skies to a few heavy overcast days with some short periods of rain, then days with winds quite mild and variable. Mostly the weather was just plain excellent.  Yeah for climate change!

    Our Belize River Lodge variety fishing lived up to its historical reputation.  Catches by individual anglers ranged from a 90 pound Tarpon, many small and medium sized Tarpon, Permit from 4 to 22 pounds, Bones up to 6 pounds, Snook of all sizes including a few of about 20 pounds, Barracudas, Jacks and Snappers of all sizes and several Grand Slams.  A Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) researcher caught and released his first 20 pound Snook on a fly and the next day also landed a Grand Slam.

    Two guests at the BRL Long Caye Outpost had what they called a fantastic experience for the week.  One calm day they rotated casting to Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit in the same school each angler catching 3-4 Tarpon and some Bones but had no Permit hook ups.   It was just not their week to catch Permit but they saw and cast to many large schools of this very challenging game fish.  These anglers flew Delta non stop from and back to Los Angeles.  Arriving in Belize at about 6:30 A.M. they had a full day of  fishing on their arrival day.  US western states residents should consider this flight option to maximize fishing time.

    I attended and participated in the Fifth International BONEFISH & TARPON TRUST Symposium in Dania Beach FL, November 7-8.  There was a very informative panel discussion on Permit and Permit habitat.  BTT is working throughout Belize with different studies to help us protect our flats and inshore species, Tarpon, Bonefish and Permit.  Our 4th Tagging Challenge is coming up, please read for more information and join us in March.

    On November 12th there was a meeting of sport fishing lodges, operators and fishing guides.  A Belize national organization was initiated and officers selected.  The main goals will be habitat and species protection for Belize’s valuable game fish.   Following that meeting was Yellowdog’s Jim Klug’s presentation of his great new book “Fly Fishing Belize”.  This book with great pictures and text, detailing fishing in Belize from the beginning to sport’s fishing to present day,  is a must have for all salt water angles every where.

    We are looking forward to the upcoming spring fishing and the large tarpon migration.  If you have any questions regarding fishing in the upcoming months, please e-mail us.  We look forward to hearing from you and visiting with you in 2015.
    Warm regards,
    Mike & Marguerite


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    Upcoming Events – December 2014 onward

    2014 Package Specials

    Do you enjoy fishing for Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit and Snook, this is a great opportunity and at great pricing?  If you can get away for a  last minute trip, there is still a week open for this year’s special – December 11 to December 22, 2014.

    2014’s Special is “purchase any single package and the second person is free” on any Lodge or Long Caye package.

    For more information, please visit BRLs What’s New.

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    4th Annual Tagging Challenge
    Challenge Dates: March 25 to April 1, 2015

    How large of an area do bonefish use?
    What is the size of the geographic area that needs protection to ensure a healthy bonefish population?
    What size geographical area should be used for management?
    To what extent do different populations mix?
    If fish habitats are damaged, how far-reaching will be the impact?

    These are the questions that BTT is trying to answer and we are trying to help. At present, we are spaghetti tagging Bonefish and Permit and DNA sampling Tarpon. The study on Snook should be starting soon. We need your help to tag the fish that you enjoy fishing for.

    For more information, please visit 4th Annual Tagging Challenge.

     

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