The Palometa Report: Tarpon fishing in Belize

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Submitted by Wil Flack - Tres Pescados Fly Shop

Even with our rainy weather this past week, many guides have been getting their clients into tarpon. Seems like the big fish have come home a bit early

So with tarpon season just around the corner, many anglers will be flocking to Belize in the hopes of hooking into our big migratory tarpon. These giants run anywhere from 80-200 pounds and are truly one of the greatest game fish on the planet. Tackle plays a crucial role in the outcome of landing one of these tarpon. By making sure you come prepared with the correct tackle, your odds of boating a big fish will increase dramatically.

But beware, once on the end of your line the fight is far from over. 2-4 hour battles are commonplace when fighting fish of this size. In the end your angling skill and equipment will be the deciding factor. A little bit of luck never hurts either.

This week’s tip:

For tarpon fishing in Belize you will need two fly lines for success. One should be a floating saltwater line, with the other being a full intermediate. This will allow you to fish the flats or target bigger fish in deeper water. These lines paired with 10 & 12 weight fly rods will prepare you for battling the silver king.

Wil Flack is the Owner of Tres Pescados Fly Shop in San Pedro, Belize. Tel: 226-FISH. E-mail: [email protected]

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