Bonefish, Permit & Tarpon
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- We provide you with direct communication with the outfitter or guide to set up a guided fishing trip through our Day Trip program. All communication will be done directly with the outfitter or guide unless stated otherwise.
- Yellow Dog is entirely hands-off in our day trip program, providing the Yellow Dog approved outfitters and guides with referrals and client information.
- To set up a day trip and begin communicating with the outfitter or guide, click the “Reserve Now” button above. You will fill out a short form that will generate an action email that goes directly to the outfitter. The guide will in turn reply to you via email or phone. Please allow the outfitter or guide some time to respond to you, as they may be on the water or out of cell coverage during normal fishing and business hours.
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 is American, Delta, United, US Air, and Taca.
A Day Trip in the Placencia area is a great option for Norwegian Cruise Line West Caribbean Cruise passengers during their Harvest Caye stay. The guides will pick up passengers when they disembark from the boat and ensure that they are back to the dock at the appropriate time.
Accommodations are not included with these Day Trip packages. This is a great option for anglers and guests that have arranged their own hotel or condo accommodations in Placencia. With these trips, our guides will be happy to pick you up on the morning of your guided day(s) directly in front of the hotel, resort or condo where you are staying. Be sure that you provide your detailed lodging information to Yellow Dog when booking your day trip(s).
Food and Beverages
Your guide will have a packed cooler lunch with soda and bottled water. Beer and other alcohol are not included. Beer can be purchased in town prior to your trip. Your daily lunch will be a picnic style boat lunch including homemade sandwiches.
Typical Length of Stay
We are happy to coordinate fishing for any length of stay. Single and multi-day arrangements are available.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
If bountiful permit is not enough, there are a host of eco-tourism options such as Mayan ruin tours in the area.
Internet / Communications
Some cell carriers will work in the Placencia- Hopkins area. Please check with your coverage provider for more information.
General Belize Info
The climate in Belize is subtropical, with continuous, prevailing breezes from the Caribbean Sea. The country has an average temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit, and the humidity is nicely tempered by ocean breezes. During summer months, the temperature rarely exceeds 96 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter lows are seldom below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, even at night. On the flats, the water temperature will vary between 75 degrees Fahrenheit and 84 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the year. Annual rainfall ranges from 50 inches in the north, to 170 inches in the south. Although the rainy season is usually between June and August and the dry season is between February and May, global weather changes are making historical predictions somewhat invalid. At the end of October, the weather does become cooler, and from November to February, it is pleasant with showers of rain. The average humidity throughout the year is 85%.
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 is American, Delta, United, US Air, and Taca. Tropic Air provides the most convenient access to Placencia or Dangriga. Flights are offered daily from Belize International and Municipal Airports.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Your guide will typically pick you up on the morning of your fishing days at 7:00 AM, although the exact time, details and location of pick up will be confirmed when you book your trip. Be sure to provide Yellow Dog your lodging details when booking the trip.
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 works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
Whether you’re fishing a single day or multiple days, numerous fishing options are available in the waters that surround Ambergris Caye. Depending on weather conditions and the time of year, you can fish for bones on the inside flats of the lagoon, chase permit on deeper flats, or even fish the barrier reef for larger species.
Perhaps the most popular fishing in the waters of Ambergris is the sight-fishing for tarpon. Resident schools of tarpon (20 to 100 pounds) roam the huge flats of the area and can be enticed to take a fly at any time of year. Larger, migratory fish begin to show up in the late spring months and can be found well into the late summer months.
Unlike many typical “day trip” fishing options offered directly through hotels, resorts or larger tour groups, this fishing program is totally legitimate and professional. You will fish either one or two-to-a-boat, with great equipment, a boat set up for fly and light tackle fishing, and a great guide. If the weather is good and the conditions are right, most people choose to sight fish for bones, tarpon, and permit. If the weather is poor, you can still fish the sanctuary of mangrove lagoons and the backside of the lagoon, home to good numbers of bonefish, resident tarpon, and the occasional snook.
Boats and Equipment Required
Guides fish from 23-foot Mexican super pangas, outfitted with a poling platform, comfortable seats, and a large and spacious casting deck. It is recommended that you bring your own equipment, but in the event that tackle is needed, these guides provide the highest quality rods, reels, and lines.
Rates and Terms
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 quoted in US dollars.
Hopkins: $575USD per day
Placencia: $550USD per day
- A full day of guided flats and lagoon fishing with a guide
- Cooler stocked with ice and bottled water
- Pick up at 7:30 AM on the morning of your trip at the hotel/resort in Placencia or Hopkins
What’s Not Included:
- Accommodations and meals in Placencia or Hopkins (arranged separately)
- Lunch and beverages during guide days (the guide will have a cooler with ice)
- Flies and terminal tackle
- Use of gear and equipment
- Gratuity for guide
** For all day trips, full payment is required at time of booking to secure the reservation. Payment can be made using a check or credit card (Visa or MasterCard only). Checks are very much appreciated!
PLACENCIA DAY TRIP CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICIES
Please review the day trip terms and conditions section for more information specific to location/outfitter:
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About the Outfitter
A Placencia day trip with the Garbutt Brothers gives you the opportunity to chase bonefish, tarpon, permit, and snook. The boat ride can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes with the scenic view of flush mangrove vegetation in the backcountry/lagoon, creeks, river, or wading pristine clear flats. Sometimes, anglers will even fish around beautiful white sandy beach islands near the largest barrier reef in this hemisphere. We fish out of a 23ft pangas perfectly rigged for flats fishing even with a canopy when necessary. It is an 8 hours day trip that starts usually around 7 am and ends at 3 pm. Placencia is home to some of the best wading flats for permit in the world.