Fishing in Caye Caulker

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Fishing

Caye Caulker was a fishing village before it was a visitor destination. From Caulker you can fly-fish for bonefish or permit in the grass flats behind the island, troll for barracuda or grouper inside the reef, or charter a boat to take you to blue water outside the reef for deep-sea fishing. Ambergris Caye offers more options for chartering boats for deep-sea fishing than Caye Caulker. For a guide and boat for flats and reef fishing, you'll pay around BZ$600–BZ$700 a day for one or two people. If you're a do-it-yourself type, you can fish off the piers or in the flats. Anglers Abroad has a small fly-fishing and tackle shop where you can rent fishing gear, if you didn’t bring your own. Blue marlin weighing more than 400 pounds have been caught beyond the reef off Caye Caulker, along with big sailfish, pompano, and kingfish. If you can find a charter on Caulker for blue-water deep-sea fishing, you'll pay BZ$1,000–BZ$1,200 and up for a full day's fishing for up to four people. Remember, you now need a fishing license to fish in Belize waters, except from shore or piers. Your guide or hotel can help you get a license.

Anglers Abroad. Haywood Curry, a transplanted Texan, and his crew run all types of fishing trips, starting with half-day trips at around BZ$500 for two persons and, "for the adventurous" two- or three-day camping and fishing expeditions, with camping on a remote caye. Anglers Abroad, associated with Seadreams Hotel, also has a fly-fishing and tackle shop. At Seadreams Hotel near the Split, Hattie St., Caye Caulker. 226/0303. www.anglersabroad.com.

Porfelio "Piggy" Guzman. Porfelio "Piggy" Guzman is one of the best-known fishing guides on the island, and he may charge a little more than others. Calle Almendro, Caye Caulker. 226/0152.

Tsunami Adventures. Tsunami Adventures offers reef and flats fishing trips starting at BZ$500 for a half day for two persons, including boat and guide, or BZ$700 for a full day, both inclusive of tax. Your guide will be a local fisherman, Rolly Rosado. Front St., Caye Caulker. 226/0462. www.tsunamiadventures.com.

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