BZE - Belize City
4/6 rods per week
It varies, depending on the specific trip booked, but, roughly 20 miles off the coast of Belize City
Permit and tarpon. Bonefish. Some snook.
SEASON OF OPERATION
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LOGISTICS
Because of the flexibility that these two live aboards offer, both in the location of the trips and their duration, there are no set arrival and departure dates. The next years’ schedule is usually released in August.
THE LIVE ABOARDS
Meca - The Meca is 45 feet in length with a wide beam of 14’6″ for extra stability. It tows one or two 23 foot shallow draft skiffs with 40hp motors for flats fishing. It has two air conditioned cabins, each with two oversized single beds and a full bath (showers – not tubs). Power comes from a 240hp diesel engine and round the clock electricity is supplied by a diesel operated generator. There are 110v outlets and a large freezer to supply sufficient ice. TV monitor, DVD player, and CD player are available. It can accommodate 4 rods per week.
The Rising Tide - The Rising Tide is a 58’ Hatteras wide-body Motoryacht. This fully air-conditioned mothership provides spacious living conditions consisting of 3 staterooms (including 1 queen and 5 twin beds) with 3 bathrooms (including 3 showers and a bathtub), a great room with comfortable chairs/sofa and dinner table, and a covered aft deck with bar/sink/icemaker and seating area. TV/DVD, Stereo/CD with IPOD/MP3 hookup. It can accommodate 6 rods per week.
Meca - 4 rod per week
Rising Tide - 6 rods per week.
For parties of 8, 9, or 10, both boats can be chartered. If the group wants to stay together, this can be accomplished by anchoring the boats together. Meals can be eaten together on the larger boat. To schedule a joint charter, planning far in advance is always necessary, as both boats would have to be available at the same time, to secure the booking.
The real beauty of this operation is the unparalleled flexibility that these motherships afford anglers. With input from the boat captain, guests can tailor the trip to a wide variety of fishing environments and species preferences. While the variety of species in Belize is a great attraction, some areas have better opportunities for certain species. Weather and water conditions can have a large influence on those opportunities. Your captain knows the best options, and it is always a good idea for you to discuss the optimal possibilities with him. Certainly, you’ll want to let him know, for instance, if you want to sample some of the better permit grounds. Normally, you’ll anchor in three or four different places during your week, depending on the fishing, weather, and your own fishing goals. Unless you opt to go to the Turneffe Islands or far south on a dedicated permit venture, the best fishing options are within 20 miles of Belize City and you will most likely see the lights of the city illuminating the horizon at night
There are anchorages available within a ten minute run from your mothership in your flats skiff. You can sight cast to bonefish on shallow flats, be poled over white sand and turtle grass flats, sight fishing tarpon and permit, blind cast in channels for 50 – 100 pound tarpon, fish the mangrove edges for snook, baby tarpon and snappers, and troll the reef for barracuda and a wide variety of reef fish. The proximity of these varied fishing opportunities is such that, if it was your desire, you could fish all the above in one morning without a boat run of over ten minutes. This is an example of the variety available in some areas of Belize.
Tarpon fishing in Belize, at its best, doesn’t get any better anywhere in the world. At its worst, it can still be as good as anywhere else. This is especially true when you consider the comparison to the crowded tarpon flats of Florida. It is not uncommon for some groups to have fished entire weeks in some areas of Belize from a mothership and not encounter another sport fisherman.
The finest permit fishing on the globe is available on the shallow flats inside the Belize barrier reef. There are many areas in Belize where permit can be found, but for numbers of fish, you can’t top the central coast of Belize. Fishermen who focus primarily on permit have had double-digit trips utilizing the opportunity to change locations every day or two, moving from flat to flat. This operation has a superb dedicated permit trip option that is very tough to beat for sheer numbers of unpressured fish.
Bonefish, snook, baby tarpon, ‘cuda, jacks, snappers, etc. – they’re all available in this wonderfully diverse fishery. When conditions are right, it’s your choice what you pursue and where you want to pursue them.
BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
23 foot Mexican panga style boats with 40 horse power engines. Each skiff has rod holders, lots of storage space and is equipped with a leaning post.
Guests fly to Belize City International Airport, where they are met by a member of our staff as soon as they’ve clear customs. From there it’s just a quick 15 minute drive to the docks where guests will board the mothership to start the trip. It’s that easy!
Slipstream is a full service travel company that can handle a variety of services relating to your trip. For assistance, please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703.
INCLUDED IN PRICE
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
• Power on board both vessels is 110 volts, same as in the US and Canada. Our European and Asian guests will need an adaptor for laptops, battery charging etc.
• This is not a good option for non anglers.
• Trips of longer than a week (10-12 days) can be scheduled in advance.
• Trips out to Turneffe can be scheduled as part of the trip but need to be done so well in advance so that sufficient fuel and food is on board prior to guest arrival.
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
For American, Canadian, and E.U. citizens, all that is required for entrance to Belize is a valid passport. If you plan to spend more than a month in Belize, you will have to request an extension from the Immigration Office. Guests from China, Colombia, Cuba, India, South Africa, and Taiwan require a visa for entrance to Belize. Visa information can be obtained from the Belize Immigration and Nationality Department, Belmopan, Cayo District, Belize, Central America. (Telephone 011-501-8-22423 or fax 011-501-8-22662)
THE RISING TIDE -
Party of two : with 1 skiff and guide – $5,445 USD each per person.
Party of four: with 2 skiffs and guides – $3,995 USD each per person
Party of five : with 3 skiffs and guides – $3,795 USD each per person .
Party of six: with 3 skiffs and guides – $3,495 USD each per person.
Extra skiff and guide – $1,600 USD
THE MECA -
Party of two : with 1 skiff and guide – $3,450 USD per person.
Party of four: with 2 skiffs and guide – $2,600 USD per person.
Extra skiff and guide – $1,600 USD
Note : for dedicated permit trip heading south from Belize City, there is a $1,200 USD fuel surcharge for either boat.
Trips of 10 to 12 days can be organized with sufficient notice (12-18 months out on average)