From shallow sea grass beds and lush mangrove clusters to rolling sea outside the protective reef crest, the diverse habitats of offshore Ambergris Caye provide a rich breeding ground for a countless variety of tropical game fish. It is thus understandable that fishing enterprises are fast competing with dive operations as the island’s most popular recreational activity. We also offer a number of fishing charters to some of the island’s most popular venues, including the mangrove flats to the north and open sea to the east, while also providing expeditions to the renowned atolls of Turneffe, Lighthouse, and Glover’s Reef.
Although the generally calm, temperate waters enable year-round fishing, there are peak periods for the capture of specific species in accordance to habitat and migratory routes. For instance, the much coveted tarpon which formulate a mainstay of the island’s resident fish population are most abundant in the summer months amidst the inshore mangrove flats, while the elusive yellow fin tuna are most prevalent in the earlier months and prefer the deeper waters which plummet several thousand feet just 200-300 ft. from the reef crest.
The species diversity varies greatly depending on the fishing grounds, with the ever-popular barracuda, tarpon, bonefish, jack, and grey snapper preferring the sheltered sanctuary of shallow sea-grass beds and sub-aquatic coastal mangrove forests. The larger species of king mackerel, sailfish, marlin, and grouper prefer the deeper waters outside the reef.
All of our guides are familiar with the ecology of the area and are thoroughly knowledgeable of the prime fishing venues, whether close to shore or amidst the open blue. Most enterprises specialize in basic saltwater fly fishing in addition to deep-sea fishing. All equipment, including lines, rods, and tackle may be rented; although most seasoned anglers prefer to bring their own gear.
Fishing is perhaps one of the most peaceful and relaxing recreational activities that the island has to offer, and it’s undoubtedly one of the best ways to interact with the local wildlife while gaining an appreciation of the area’s scenic coastal splendor.
Contact the Captain Morgan’s Retreat Tour Desk to learn more about Belize fishing charters.
Reef Fishing Excursions
Fishing Trip to the Reef (Half Day)
Tour Hours: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm, OR 1 pm – 4:00 pm
Price: USD $265 + 12.5% tax for 2 people – USD $25 per extra person (Private Tour 2 to 6 Persons)
Reef Fishing, Snorkeling & Beach BBQ (Full Day)
Tour Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Price: USD $400 + 12.5% tax for 2 people – USD $30 per extra person
All fishing trips include gear, bait, guides, private boat, drinks, and lunch (full day tours).
Don’t hesitate to drop our tour desk a line if you have any questions!