Thursday, February 5, 2009


Here's a great fishing report, sent out in an email by Mike Heusner's
Belize River Lodge. Makes me want to take up fishing.

--Lan Sluder


Fishing Report for December
Through January
By Raul Navarrette

During the months of December thru February, winter time for us, the
wind blows from the North and Northwest quite often. The wind from
this direction usually causes the Rivers and Creeks that are along the
mainland, to run out pretty fast. These are the conditions that Snook
like and one of the reasons why there are more Snook seen around this
time. Despite the numbers of Snook present this time, there are still
a bunch of small to medium Tarpon around along with the bones that are
here all year long. The illusive Permit is also found, but not in
great numbers. On any given day that you fish out of Belize River
Lodge, the angler has a 75% chance to get a shot at the Grand Slam.

As one of our repeat customer said "this is the best December fishing
I have ever had" these were his words after having a wonderful 6 days
of fishing here at the lodge. The week he was here he released several
Snook in the 10 to 15 lb range, hooked several small tarpon and
released a few. He also had some great shots at the illusive Permit
but none committed to the fly. The winds were very light causing the
bones to be very abundant on the flats and also very happy. On one of
his days he must have released about 15 bones within 45 minutes. After
catching so much in such a short time, most anglers try to go after
something else, which he did or he could have caught countless numbers
of these Bonefish. The nice weather conditions contributed to a lot
of schooling Jacks (Crevalle) who were very aggressive and explosive
at any fly or lure that was presented to them.

This January, we had some new customers who had always tried to land a
Tarpon, but had not succeeded in the last three years while visiting
other destinations. They went up to Black Creek which is about an
hour away from the lodge up the Belize River. The entire creek was
alive according to these anglers. They had never seen so many juvenile
tarpon that were so active and willing to play their game. That day,
they jumped about 25 Tarpon and released 5. These juvenile Tarpon were
in the 10 to 25 lb range. That day, the guest were in Tarpon heaven;
that was how they felt.

The same week they were here, they also tried for bones. They had only
heard stories about how difficult it is to see Bones, to be able to
catch them, but that week they released over 30 bones. The smallest
was 2 lbs and the biggest 5 lbs. What amazed them the most was the
variety of fish species that an angler can fish for here at Belize
River Lodge. That week between the two anglers, they landed and
released a bunch of cudas, jacks, ladyfish and even snappers. Their
best day (according to them) was when both anglers each got a Grand
Slam. They each released half a dozen bones, one snook and a couple
juvenile tarpon.

To wrap things up, December through January was a very productive
month for all our repeat and new customers that were here fishing with
us at Belize River Lodge.

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For anglers who are looking to cross over from freshwater to saltwater
or for experienced anglers who want their2009 saltwater experience to
be a little different, below are a few options.

#1. The Redding Flyshop is offering a Saltwater School at Belize
River Lodge in March 2009. This is the first of its kind in Belize,
so if you are new to saltwater or someone who just wants professional
help improving their fishing skills (the dreaded double haul), this is
the trip for you! Along with our wonderful BRL guides, the Flyshop is
sending a FFF Mastercaster and instructor to train for the week. This
is an opportunity not to be missed! The Flyshop is offering a full
fishing package or combinations fishing and eco-tour package, it is
all up to you.

Date: March 26 thru April 2, 2009

For more details, please contact Mike Caranci at the
Flyshop by calling toll free 1-800-669-3484 or e-mailing,

#2. The second great option is fishing along with the world famous
Beck's. Barry and Cathy are hosting a trip to Belize River Lodge in
April 2009. They are great people with a lot of great insight and
fishing advice. This will be a week packed with fishing fun!

Date: April 21 thru 28, 2009

For more details, please contact Denise Schreiber or
Barbara Alden at Frontiers Travel by calling toll free 1-800-245-1950
or e-mailing Denise at or Barbara at

#3. And finally, for anglers who want to contribute to a little to
Bonefish and Tarpon research, do we have the project for you! BTT has
set aside dates in May at Belize River Lodge to tag bones and 'poons,
a great opportunity to be a part of this research awaits you.

Bonefish and Tarpon Trust has a few spaces available for some great
research angling trips. What are Research Angler trips? This is when
a group of anglers get together to plan a trip to a lodge that is
participating in the BTT research program, and each also donates a
small amount above the normal price to help pay for research expenses
such as sample equipment. In addition to great angling, you'll get a
chance to learn about the latest research on bonefish, tarpon, and
permit, ask some serious questions, do some serious learning, have
some serious fun, and help out the fish! Follow the link below for
details about the different trips. Please, tell your angling friends
about these opportunities, and give coming some serious thought.

Date: May 8 thru 13, 2009
For more information, please visit

#4. And for those who cannot make any of the above dates, Mike with
his great stories and Marguerite providing delicious cuisine will make
any trip, any time of the year memorable!

And finally, if you would like to join one of these groups, but the
dates do not match your schedule perfectly, contact us! BRL is
conveniently located so if needed, we can shift dates by a day or two
to make it work.

We look forward to visiting with you in 2009. . .

Belize River Lodge
PO Box 459
Belize City, Belize
Central America
Phone Direct: (501) 225-2002
Fax Direct: (501) 225-2298
Toll Free: (888) 275-4843
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