The Rising Tide is a 58' Hatteras wide-body yacht that serves as a live-aboard mothership for anglers and families looking for a unique and diverse Belizean fly fishing experience. Protected by the second largest barrier reef in the world Belize has long been an exciting saltwater flats destination for keen saltwater fly anglers. In recent years, Belize has made great strides in further protecting this resource, instituting new conservation laws and providing enforcement which in turn has been proving more and better fishing opportunities. Trips aboard the Rising Tide offer great variety, custom itineraries, skilled guides and an exclusive experience for groups of anglers from 2 – 6 people.
Good populations of bonefish, schooling and solo cruising permit, juvenile tarpon, migratory tarpon (in-season), snook, barracuda, jack crevalle and various snapper species can all be found during a week of fishing on the Rising Tide, or in a single day. Trips on the Rising Tide can be tailored to meet the specific fishing goals of the group. Whether it’s a throw-at-anything-that-moves itinerary or doubling down on the permit of your dreams, the location and track of the boat can be customized to meet your goals.
Accommodations & Meals:
There are three air-conditioned rooms on the Rising Tide. The master stateroom features a queen size bed, a twin bed, TV/DVD player and private bathroom with shower/tub. The mid-stateroom has two twin beds and bathroom w/shower across the hallway. The forward stateroom has a bunk bed (two beds), TV/DVD player and private bathroom w/shower.
Breakfast consists of a variety omelets, flour tortillas, meats, fresh juices and various fruit (pineapple, cantaloupe, watermelon and papaya). Lunch is usually a seafood salad like shrimp salad, or the home-made local favorite salbuche (turkey, chicken, cheese and/or vegetable in a homemade tortilla) and more of Belize's popular fruits. The dinner menu includes fresh snook, cobia or lobster, vegetables grown at local farms and homemade dessert – key lime pie, lemon pie, or banana flan. Menus can be catered to specific dietary needs. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements you may have.
Anglers fish two per skiff each day with a single guide. There are several main areas that trips aboard the Rising Tide focus on. The locations the boat is anchored, whether it moves or stays and the angling goals of the group largely depend on input from the captain, weather and fishing conditions. Here is a brief look at the fishing zones and the species they offer.
Fishing around Belize City can be productive year-round with 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. Rivers like the Sibun, Manatee and Belize River have good concentrations of tarpon and snook and permit can be targeted on the right tides. It is entirely possible to catch a "grand slam" while fishing near the city.
Twenty miles northeast of Belize City between the mainland and the reef lies Ambergris Caye. The Caye is better known for tourist town of San Pedro. However, aside from the bars, clubs and tourists of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye offers fantastic bonefish fishing. It’s possible to see good numbers of tailing bonefish in the morning or evenings in this zone. In addition, there are beautiful white sand flats in this zone which make for good hunting ground to find schools of permit that feed on the changing tides.
This area south of Ambergris Caye provides one of the most diverse fisheries in Belize. Large flats and lagoons provide the perfect environment to find bonefish and juvenile tarpon while snook often gather around the mangroves edges. Fishing on the inshore side of barrier reef can yield good shots at permit and migratory tarpon. On the "Tarpon Highway" or "Miami Beach" you can spot tarpon, permit, barracuda and cobia swimming towards you over powder white sand from a quarter of a mile away.
Robinson Point and Placencia
Robinson Point is located five miles south of Belize City where the fishing grounds sometimes provide shots at large rolling tarpon in deeper channels and good options for targeting permit. The fishing grounds from Robinson Point south past Dangriga to Placencia can be highly productive for permit.
2020 Rates: $3,895-$5,645 per person for a 7 night/6 day package for 2 - 6 anglers
Included: Transfers to and from the Rising Tide, meals, accommodations, guiding, and use of the skiffs. Bottled water, one case of Belikan beer (24 bottles) per person, and soft drinks
Not Included: Gratuities, flies, personal beverages, and departure tax
Species: Permit, bonefish, tarpon, snook, jacks
Capacity: 6 anglers
Time: One hour later than Pacific Standard Time.