The Rising Tide is a 58-foot, wide-body Hatteras motor yacht that offers a unique live-aboard, saltwater flats fishing experience to anglers of all levels. The trip offers flexibility and can be customized depending upon interests of its guests. The Rising Tide can accommodate up to six (6) anglers, in three (3) separate air-conditioned state rooms, each with its own private bathroom. Skiffs launched from the back of the boat give anglers easy and quick access to some of the best flats in all of Belize. Mooring each evening in close proximity to the fishing grounds gives the Rising Tide unmatched and instant access to unpressured fishing grounds and uncrowded flats. The ability to move each day over the course of your week-long stay allows the Rising Tide to access waters that other fixed-based lodge operations can’t access without longer boat rides. It is common for anglers to be fishing within ten minutes of leaving the “mothership.”
The fishing opportunities with this program include site casting to bonefish, permit, snook and tarpon when the conditions allow. Anglers can also fish the mangrove coastlines for snapper and snook with an opportunity to troll for barracuda as well. Typically, all of the major flats species can be targeted throughout a trip. There is no need to worry about sea conditions because the fishing is done inside the barrier reef and the Rising Tide always anchors in protected areas that provide comfortable and stable accommodations each night. Most days and nights, no other anglers and few other people are in sight. Fishing grounds include flats as far North as Ambergris Caye and as far South as Placencia.
LOCATION: Belize City, Belize (Central America) – The Rising Tide bases out of Belize City and typically travels between Ambergris Caye, Long Caye, and Robinson’s Point.
CAPACITY: Maximum of six (6) guests per week
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Belize City, Belize (BZE)
TARGET SPECIES: Bonefish and permit, with some possibilities for tarpon, barracuda, snapper, snook and more
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
The Rising Tide is a 58-foot Hatteras wide-body motor yacht. This fully air-conditioned charter boat provides the perfect exploratory platform for up to six anglers, with three staterooms (including one queen bed and five twin beds), three private bathrooms (including three showers and a bathtub), a great room with comfortable chairs and sofas, a dinning area and a covered aft deck with a fantastic outdoor bar and seating area.
- Master Stateroom (Queen bed, twin bed, TV and DVD, private bathroom with shower, bathtub and large closet)
- Mid Stateroom (Two twin beds, closet, bathroom with shower across hallway)
- Forward Stateroom (Two bunk beds, TV/DVD, private bathroom with shower, closet)
- Great Room (TV/DVD, Stereo/CD with IPOD/MP3 hookup)
Food and Beverages
All meals on the Rising Tide are included in the package price. The Rising Tide also includes one (1) case of Belikin beer per angler and one (1) bottle of rum per angler. A fully stocked bar is also available in the evenings. Should anglers want any additional or special beverages, they are encouraged to bring their own. Meals aboard the Rising Tide are always a highlight and are based upon traditional Belizean cuisine. Breakfast includes dishes such as fry jacks and Johnny cakes, eggs, sausages, bacon, plenty of fresh fruit and fresh orange juice. Lunches include salads, pastas, sandwiches, rice and beans. Dinners may include, Belizean stewed chicken, shrimp creole, beef curry, lobster, and fried fish, in addition to other traditional sides and always fresh limeade and desserts. The Rising Tide also includes one (1) case of Belikin beer per angler, one (1) bottle of rum per angler, all soft drinks and bottled water. Should anglers want any additional or special beverages, it can be arranged prior to arrival.
Typical Length of Stay
The standard package includes seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days. Other packages can be accommodated, please contact Yellow Dog for more details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
The Rising Tide is a fishing focused operation but non-angling activities can also be arranged. They are happy to accommodate divers and snorkelers or those interested in an adventure / eco-tour package. This is a great option for families that could book the boat and enjoy everything that Belize and its healthy marine environment have to offer.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available while at the dock on arrival and departure day. There is no wi-fi service, however, while out on the water. Depending on your service plan, some cell phones will work while in country and on the water.
A typical trip begins with a flight into Phillip Goldston International Airport (BZE) in Belize City where anglers will be met by a Rising Tide representative and tranfered to the boat. After a meal at the marina, the Rising Tide departs to the first evening’s anchorage, an hour or two away among the mangrove islands. Usually, there is time for fishing in the evening of the first day. That evening, anglers will have the first of many delicious and memorable Belizean dinners aboard the Rising Tide prepared by chef, Velda.
After coffee the following morning, anglers step into skiffs between 6:00 and 6:30 am and are typically fishing within 10 minutes. After the morning session, anglers return back to the Rising Tide for a full breakfast. After breakfast, anglers will depart for the midday session which will last until the early afternoon when anglers return back to the mothership for lunch. After lunch, it’s back onto the water until dark or after. This is a great option for anglers wanting to maximize time on the water and fish from sun up to sun down. Anglers then return back to the Rising Tide for a Belikin beer or rum drink and another impressive dinner. This schedule can be modified based on the interests of the clients. Time can be set aside for excursions to nearby islands, snorkeling, or just relaxing. Trips often include excursions to the islands of Ambergis Caye or Caye Caulker if guests are interested. The crew and the itinerary are flexible. The crew is hard working, experienced, and genuinely interested in helping all clients enjoy their trip. They are patient and productive with all skill levels as trips often include family members with interests other than fishing.
Most trips begin and end in Belize City, although “one way” custom trips can be scheduled as well. This is common with permit trips to the southern waters of the country. (*There is a fuel surcharge for permit-focused trips heading south from Belize City.) The Rising Tide typically is booked for full-week trips, although longer or shorter stays may be accommodated. During a week-long trip, the Rising Tide will be anchored at three or four different fishing destinations within the following fisheries of Belize:
Around Belize City
This area provides a year-round population of tarpon, bonefish, snook and permit. Tarpon can be found in the rivers and creeks near the city as well as cruising the flats. There is a strong concentration of bonefish and snook, and permit can be targeted on the right tides.
20 miles northeast of Belize City between the mainland and the reef lies Ambergris Caye. The Caye is better known for its busy city of San Pedro. Aside from the bars, clubs and tourists of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye offers a fantastic bonefish population. It's not uncommon to see hundreds of tailing bonefish in just one morning session. In addition, there are beautiful white flats around this Caye to hunt schools of permit that feed on the changing tides as well as opportunities for tarpon.
This area south of Ambergris Caye provides one of the most diverse fisheries in Belize. There are many large flats and lagoons for bonefish. Anglers search for juvenile tarpon and snook around the mangroves or head out to the reef to hunt for permit and large tarpon. On the "Tarpon Highway" or "Miami Beach" anglers can spot tarpon, permit, barracuda and cobia swimming over powder white sand from over 100 yards away. Long Caye, particularly close to the barrier reef, holds some of the largest permit we have seen throughout the country, it is a great option for someone looking to target large permit.
Robinson Point and south to Placencia
Robinson Point is located 5 miles south of Belize City. The fishing grounds around Robinson Point contain large rolling tarpon and fantastic permit fishing. On a good day guests can expect multiple shots at permit. The fishing grounds from Robinson Point south past Dangriga to Placencia are considered to hold some of the largest concentrations of permit in Belize, it is often referred to as “Permit Alley”. If you are dedicated to targeting permit, this is a great option.
The Rising Tide provides the finest flats fishing, live-aboard adventure and value in all of Belize. It is an experience like no other in the region and also the only live-aboard operation currently operating in Belize.
Boats and Equipment
The Rising Tide accesses different fishing locations throughout the course of a week while towing traditional-style pangas for daily fishing and access to the flats. Anglers fish each day from 23-foot pangas equipped with 40 HP Yamaha outboards. These boats provide a stable fishing platform and a comfortable ride to target the variety of species found within Belize’s waters.
How To Get There
International flights to Belize City's Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Newark, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize are American, Delta, United, US Air, and Taca.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Arrival and departure times are flexible for this operation, we recommend arriving early afternoon and departing mid to late morning at the end of each trip. Please contact the Yellow Dog office for details and assistance.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. Citizens of the U.S., the British Commonwealth, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the European Community are NOT required to have Visas.
Minors Traveling To Belize Without Both Parents
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children 18 years of age or younger entering Belize accompanied by only one parent or legal guardian must have a NOTARIZED letter of consent from the other parent stating the child/children have his/her permission to enter the country. Single parents need a notarized documentation of divorce decree or death certificate of spouse. Minors unaccompanied by either parent require a NOTARIZED letter of consent signed by both parents. Please visit the Embassy of the United States web site for Belize to obtain more information. https://belize.usembassy.gov/information_for_travelers.html
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars. All prices are based on 7 nights / 6 fishing days aboard the Rising Tide. Packages can be customized for additional days or fewer nights as well as non-fishing packages. Contact Yellow Dog for details.
- Seven (7) nights of lodging on-board the Rising Tide (double occupancy)
- Six (6) days of guided fishing
- Round-trip transfers from Belize International Airport to the marina to meet the boat
- All taxes
- Belizean fishing license
- Three meals per day and an afternoon snack
- One (1) case of Belikin Beer per guest
- One (1) bottle of local rum per guest
- Coffee, sodas and bottled water aboard the boat
What's Not Included
- Round trip airfare to Belize City (BZE)
- Bar tab and alcohol (over the one case of Belikin and one bottle of Rum per person
- Gratuities for guides and staff
- Flies, leaders and terminal tackle
- Additional non-fishing adventure packages