HOPKINS, Belize- While some fishermen prepare to spend the winter in freezing shacks on the ice, start planning your escape to Belize where the air is warm, locals are friendly, and the fish are biting. Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, located on Belize’s central coast, can put together a number of fishing trips to nearby reefs, lagoons, cayes, flats, and rivers.
Your local guide will start by showing his bait-catching skills in the mangroves and then head out to the day’s destination depending on the catch of choice.
Troll the Barrier Reef drop-offs for barracuda, king mackerel, jacks, and snapper or fly-fish the cayes and flats for permit, bonefish, and tarpon. Just a mile from Hamanasi the Sittee River mouth is known for snook and tarpon. While here watch for tropical birds and elusive crocodiles on the riverbanks.
Looking to combine fishing with exploring the reefs, bring a mask and fins along for a snorkel. The adventurous sportsman can try Hamanasi’s new Lionfish Spear fishing trip. Lionfish are considered delicacies and wind up on the dinner table after the trip.
At night retire to a beachfront room or private tree house and relax with the sounds of the ocean and coastal littoral forest in the background. The only problem- you may never want to go home.