|Light Tackle||Fly Fishing||General|
In General: The primary baitfish for southern Belize are silversides (sprats and fries), crab and some shrimp. Greenish/bluish/blackish on top and silver on sides.
Also, in general, plastic baits should be 3" to 5". Both 1/4 to 1 oz. and 1/16th to 3/4" oz. jigs will work on various fish - bring an assortment of both. Jig colors should be chartreuses, whites, orange, pink/white. Lead weights should be in the 1-3 oz. range.
Krocodile spoons are good (#1-3), as are squid spoons (also #1-3). Bring wire leaders for barracuda and King Mackerel - black finish.
We recommend the following as the best all around spinning tackle for species such as Crevalle Jacks, Mangrove Snappers, Mutton Snapper (off the beach and docks during mid-October to late December), Snook and Tarpon:
Rod: 6-7 foot rod with a 10-20 pound line rating
Reel: 5500SS Penn (or equivalent)
Line: 12 - 15# test (for tarpon and snook, 15# and 25# test)
Rod: 6-7 foot rod with a 6-15 pound line rating
Reel: 4500SS Penn or equivalent (should hold at least 250 yards of line)
Line: 6-10# test
For species such as King Mackerel, Wahoo, Barracuda, Cubera and Mutton Snapper, and Serra Spanish Mackerel, we recommend the following fishing gear for Belize:
Rod: 6-7 foot medium/heavy rod with a butt long enough to fit into a fighting belt
Reel: 6500SS - 9500SS Penn (or equivalent) (9500SS size for Mutton and Cubera Snapper) (reel should hold 300 yards of line)
Line: 15-30# test
Note: if you want to troll, we supply all trolling gear. However, additional lures are always appreciated. We recommend any large (9") deep-diving lures, and are particularly fond of Mann 30+ Stretch lures - redheads, and any other Manns you can find (if you can find any).
Line: 9-weight (color doesn't matter) on a reel that will hold at least 200 yards of backing
Leaders: knotless 9-foot leaders (knotted line will draw strikes from tiny barracuda
Tippet: 12-20 lb. tippet depending on size and weight of fly
Hook sizes: #6-#2
Will Bauer Crab
Leaders: knotless bonefish leaders (10 ft 012 IGFA 10#; 12 ft 8 lb clear, 3.65 m, 6.6kg; 12 ft, 10# clear, 3.65 m - 4.5 kg)
Rod: 10 weight
Line: 11-weight (floating, slime intermediate sinking), reel should hold at least 200 yards of backing; 80# shock leaders for large tarpon, 40-60# mono shock tippet for small tarpon (9' 12-15 lb leader for small tarpon)
Hooks: #6-#2, 3/0
Orange Butt Tarpon
Rod: 10 weight
Line: 10 weight, 9' 12-15 lb leader, IGFA 40-60 lb mono shock tippet
Flies: same as for tarpon
Line: 11weight with 8 ft 20-40 lb leader and 15-18 lb wire tippet
Flies: anything long and skinny that mimics a needlefish
Note: Bill Kiene, owner of Kiene's Fly Shop in Sacramento, California, is very familiar with fishing in the Placencia area. Bill is very good about helping visitors to the area get properly outfitted, so you may want to contact him if you'd like to talk to someone in the States who has fished the area. Bill's Website is at http://www.kiene.com or you can contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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