Fishing in Placencia – Everything you need to Know
With miles of white sandy beaches, the Placencia Peninsula of Belize is known as “barefoot perfect”. It’s also known for it’s rich culture and natural beauty. What many don’t realize is that it’s also the ideal place for your Belize fishing vacation.
Thanks to the western lagoon and the Caribbean to the east, you’ll have access to a variety of ecosystems and therefore a greater variety of fish. Combine this with its proximity to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and you can see why Placencia is considered the perfect place for fishing in Belize.
Among the varieties of game fish that are available are wahoo, snook, mahi mahi, amberjack, grouper, tuna, snapper, bonefish and tarpon as well as sailfish, marlin, permit fish and jack crevalle.
You can fish year round as Belize has no set fishing season. While you are forbidden from catching gentle whale sharks and there are restrictions on catching conch and sea cucumber, only migration patterns affect your ability to catch an abundant variety of fish.
Since fishing near the barrier reef is a very different experience than fishing in the flats, to take full advantage of a fishing vacation here, you’ll want to try both types of excursions.
The reef has abundant schools of wahoo, dorado and even sailfish and marlin. There are companies that specialize in Belize fishing tours that know all the best locations where you can fish to optimize your chances of catching some of these pelagic species. You’ll typically spend the whole day on the water with meals being provided.
Typically you’ll be on a light skiff for these trips, as Placencia is so close to the reef. A 23-foot long boat with a 90 horsepower motor is typical.
For an expedition to the flats, even smaller skiffs are often used as well as light tackle. Here among the mangroves you may see manatees as you catch snapper, tarpon, bonefish, grouper and jacks. Generally fishermen will spend a half-day on one of these relaxing trips which gives them the rest of the day to relax or check out some of Placencia’s other attractions.
The best place for you to stay while you enjoy your Belize fishing vacation is Mariposa Beach Resort. It is perfectly situated to allow you to enjoy every type of fishing Belize has to offer. The staff can set you up with local captains for a personalized experience or help you hook up with the larger, more professional outfits.
When you come back to the resort after a day of adventure, you’ll be able to relax in one of the luxurious beach view suites or private tree houses. Our on-site restaurant offers gourmet meals at reasonable prices and a pool side bar is a relaxing place for drinks.
Really, our resort has everything you need for your dream Belize fishing vacation!