The Best Fishing in Belize is in Placencia
Fishing in Placencia Belize
Many travelers arrive in Placencia for the golden sand beaches and unparalleled beauty of the views out over the Caribbean. But savvy anglers know that fishing in Placencia is some of the best found anywhere in Belize. Whether it’s fishing from the flats or in the mangrove-lined lagoon of the peninsula or heading out to the islands of the Belize Barrier Reef, Placencia is a top destination for anglers wanting to try their hand at landing more than a dozen different species of game fish.
One of the advantages of fishing in Placencia is that anglers can use a light skiff (23-feet long with 90 hp motor) to reach some very lucrative fishing spots on the outer part of the Belize Barrier Reef. Once fishermen have crossed over to the open ocean side of the reef, pelagic species become extremely numerous. Anglers can try their hand at landing sailfish, wahoo, dorado, and even marlin. Day trips are available that include pick up from any hotel or resort on the peninsula as well as food and non-alcoholic drinks.
Fly fishing in Placencia is equally lucrative. Using light tackle from small skiffs, 1-3 visitors along with a crew can reach the flats of the peninsula to land species like grouper, snapper, bonefish, tarpon, and jacks. Half-day trips are available that let anglers hit their own personal grand slam and still have time to enjoy other activities in and around Placencia.
Fishing season runs all year round in Belize, although different species are found in greater abundance during certain months. Some species like conch, sea cucumber, and lobster are heavily regulated while other species like whale shark are completely prohibited. Some species like tarpon tend to run in massive schools when they begin to migrate. The most popular species to fish in Placencia are: wahoo, amberjack, mahi mahi, sailfish, marlin, tuna, king mackerel, grouper, snapper, bonefish, permit fish, tarpon, snook, and jack crevalle.
A locally owned and operated company, Roam Belize offers ground transportation from the airport to anywhere in the country, including all of the top fishing spots on the Placencia Peninsula. Roam Belize can also arrange for vehicle rentals for anglers wanting to explore the best fishing spots on their own itinerary.
Roam Belize has a number of full day fishing trips as well as organized fly fishing and trolling fishing expeditions to assist anglers in making the most of their time in the country. All organized trips come with an experienced local guide and all necessary fishing licenses.