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If you're a serious angler, you'll likely end up in Placencia, Punta Gorda, or even San Pedro, but you can arrange fishing charters from Belize City. Both the Radisson Fort George and the Princess Hotel & Casino have marinas, and there is also the Cucumber Marina at Old Belize, the city's best, and local fishing-guide services and lodges operate near the city. The oldest continuously operating fishing lodge, Belize River Lodge, is located near Belize City. Fishing licenses are now required for all but pier and shore fishing. Your fishing charter company can arrange them for you, at BZ$20 a day or BZ$50 a week.
Action Belize. Action Belize has 23- and 25-foot boats that will take you out on the Belize River to try your luck with snook, cubera, and tarpon. Guided fishing packages including four nights of accommodations and three days of fishing are BZ$2,578 per person, double occupancy. Day fishing trips start at BZ$250 per person. Action Belize also offers inland and sea tours for cruise ship passengers. This is not the same company as Action Boys Belize. Action Belize Marina, Mile 2, Goldson Hwy., formerly Northern Hwy., Belize City. 888/383–6319 in U.S.; 919/250–8884 U.S. direct number. www.actionbelize.com.
Belize River Lodge. Owned by Mike Heusner and Marguerite Miles, Belize River Lodge is the oldest continuously operating fishing lodge in Belize. The original lodge, basic but with air-conditioning and good food, is on the Belize River near Belize City. It also has an outpost at Long Caye near Caye Chapel for closer access to tarpon, bonefish, jacks, and barracuda inside the reef. Three-night river fishing trips with lodging, meals, guides, skiff, and transfers start at BZ$2,800 per person, based on four people; five-night trips on a 52-foot Chris Craft are BZ$5,120 per person including meals, lodging at Long Caye, guide, and tax, based on four people. Belize City. 225/2002 or 888/275–4843. www.belizeriverlodge.com.