St. Georges Caye - November, 2018

This was our second trip this year to one of our favorite places to fish in Belize.  The resort doesn't come under the heading of fancy - or "five star" for that matter, but it has some advantages that keep us coming back.

Let's talk about that a bit.  OK.  We prefer DIY salt water fishing as opposed to the guided type.  St. G. works fine for us that way.  Even though there's really no wade fishing to speak of, the local docks and a bit of the shoreline of Little St. George work as a decent substitutes.  Frankly we also don't run into other fisher people of this type here - and we like that a lot.

Next.  It's easy to get to this "key".  Fly into Belize City, hop on the resort's shuttle to the coast a few miles away from the airport, then on their shuttle boat and in another 20 minutes (without another inter island flight), we're at the resort.

This is the Central Time Zone.  So no sleep issues.  The ocean side cabanas are very comfortable.  Well maintained and kept clean by a good staff.  Food is decent.  Our big kick with most all of these places is that we dislike specific time of day group feeding, but there's nothing can be done about it.  Rates for a few day's stay with meals are not outrageous.  So we keep coming back.

Let's face it.  For a flats oriented wade fisherman, Belize is not the place to go.  The sand and mud around the mangrove islands is too soft. I've found some hard sand in places in the lagoon behind El Pescador, but for the most part, wading doesn't work in this country, which is why guided trips in a boat are the rule rather than the exception.

So's the fishing?  As might be suspected, it varies by the time of year, the tides, the sea state, the water temperature, and a whole host of other variables.  But we keep coming back.  The reason is the variety of catchable species we find here.  Many varieties of snapper, bonefish, barracuda, smaller tarpon, permit, pompano, jacks, snook, and a number of types I haven't yet identified.

We've released everyone of the above named fish, though obviously not in quantity.  The bonefish run smallish (as they do everywhere in Belize (I know someone will argue with that statement).  The tarpon we've hooked have been in the 10-30 pound range, and most escape on the first jump (but not all of them).

So we enjoy being here.  For the non fisher person, there are daily trips available to snorkel, dive, zip line, ruins exploration, etc.

That's the story for this last trip of 2018.  Here's a pretty rough video we made of this outing - and crude it is: