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Four a.m. has come and gone. Nearly an hour since I’ve risen to greet the day. I sit calmly at my tying desk turning out common patterns for today’s quarry. As the minutes pass filled with the sounds of the coming dawn the light filling the room more and more as the minutes pass I’m aware that it’s almost time to go. Pausing after I apply a drop of head cement to the last fly of the morning. I contemplate the adventure that waits. Each day on the water is anew, never as the previous before it. That first glimpse of the vibrant hues of orange, purple, red, and blues as the sun begins its familiar journey through the heavens take my breath away. The gentle lapping of the water as I board my small vessel and push off the dock. The momentary buzz as I turn the key and listen to a sound that soothes my soul, that of the engine purring to life. Throttling forward just a touch I begin my sixty-yard journey to the opening of my canal and out to sea.

The mangroves are alive with birds singing their praises for the coming light. A school of mullet that calls my channel home darts nervously away as my bow moves slowing through their formation on the search for food. Clearing the opening and water depth steadily growing deeper I push the throttle forward brining my craft on step. I’m motoring now, breeze in my hair, and the aroma of the tropics filling the air as the sea spray peels off both left and right of me. Standing at the helm driving into the light my soul is renewed. This is the moment, the moment for which my life has been about. It was instilled in me from my grandfather whom placed me on his lap and begins teaching me the life of the water. It’s serenity, it’s calm, and even it’s storms. He also instilled in me the passion of fishing. And still to this day I return day-after-day to pursue yet another tug on the fly line.

Gliding effortlessly through mangrove cuts I navigate my way into one of my favorite flats. Not only does the abundance of fish draw me here. As in life it’s also about the journey. Each time I visit this area I am amazed. It’s like being on an exploration of a new world. You wind your way through an intricate system of shallow channels surrounded on either side by tall mangroves and the occasional coconut palm. In many sections you duck as the mangroves lean over the still water path leading into this flat that I’ve come to know as “honey hole #31”. Why number thirty-one? Because I’ve discovered thirty others almost just like it with in a couple of square miles surrounding this one. The last leg of the approach is most technical, calling on me to trim up the engine yet remain on plane as to not draw more than ten inches of water. Should I slow down and I would be stuck at idle speed or forced to cut the engine, trim her all the way up and pole the boat the remaining hundred yards or so.

Speeding down this natural mangrove tunnel I turn the wheel to the left and feel the hull slip to the side as she banks through the final turn. I see the opening ahead now. Passing by the final mangroves I explode into a five hundred yard by three hundred yard wide flats reminiscence of some distant out-island in the Bahamas. This however is a mere seven-minute run from my house. While pressing the trim button up and simultaneously throttle back, I feel the craft’s momentum slow as the force of the water brings her to a gentle glide. Turning the key the engine goes silent. I trim the engine the remainder of the way up and cock her to the right. No noises remaining other than the lap of the wake against the hull. Climbing atop my platform I reach for my pole. I insert it into the water with great care. Creating no noise as I push in the direction of the start of the east side of the flat.

As the waters surface calms from the disturbance of my entry I can clearly see the sandy bottom. The higher the sun raises overhead enables me to spot schools of bonefish over a hundred feet away. It’s time for the morning feed. Their noses buried in the sandy silt bottom in search of prey, the tails rise high out of the water. I spot my first group of tailing fish ahead some hundred twenty feet. With a graceful dismount of a skilled gymnast I come off the platform and toward the bow of the boat. Slipping the anchor silently over the side I wait as the boat extends its anchor line while watching the tails to keep track of their location. Rod in hand I slide over the starboard side and into the water. It’s cool and refreshing on my feet. The inch or two of soft silty sand squish between my toes. It’s a feeling some have disliked. I find it comforting and a bit fun. Stalking closer towards my intended targets I carefully slide each foot forward at a stealthy snails pace as to not create and disturbance. One careless noise or false move and the fish will high tail it in the opposite direction. Bones are as nervous as long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

Much of the appeal of saltwater flats fishing is it’s more like hunting than fishing. It’s the way of the still hunt perfected by the native Indians of Canada and America, only in water rather than the forest. Requiring a keen eye and a cast every bit as skillful as the hair-trigger of a skilled hunter. The poling platform your stand, the rod your riffle, and the fly the bullet. Once I’ve closed the range to roughly eighty feet I carefully strip off the needed amount of line, release the fly that was pinched between my thumb and for finger. Draw back waiting as the rod gives me a familiar tug indicative of the time to flick my wrist forward and let more line slip effortlessly through the eyes of the rod. One more back-cast and a second haul forward I watch as I release the remaining line and the loop shoots past my head toward a lone bone that I’ve singled out as he’s veered off to the side of the school. The line unfurls and the fly is presented. He sees it and I being a slight strip as if a wary creature were attempting to evade a predator. With a flip of his tail he speeds forward scooping up the fly in his mouth. I strip again and the hook is set. Immediately the other tails disperse in panic and the fish on the end of my line attempts to run into a clump of mangrove shoots rising no more than eight to ten inches from the waters surface. The battle is on. As old as time it self, predator vs. prey.

Today is December twenty third yet it feels nothing like one-day from Christmas Eve. If it weren’t for the small island I call home decorating what is known on maps as Barrier Reef Drive with lights hanging from building to building and small island businesses playing Latin versions of Here comes Santa Clause, and Jingle Bells one would have no idea it were that time of year. Typical it is not. But Christmas time it is, the world over is bounding with their various beliefs and traditions. It’s a comfortable seventy-eight degree with a mild breeze coming from the east.

I’m back on my dock early today as I have a commitment to a friend that I’m excited to assist him with. In the tradition of a Corona beer commercial we’re going to string multi-colored lights on a lone palm tree that has been planted on a concrete island in the center of his swimming pool adjacent to a palapa-roofed bar. Where in three days time one of our festive seasonal celebrations will be held with friends and family. We’ll come dressed to the nines. Complete with Rasta colored Santa hats, themed t-shirts with the sleeves chopped off, our best dress board shorts, flip flops, and what ever local Ho-Ho-Ho we can find to join us.

The air will be filled with the smell of lobster being buttered on the grill, seasoned snapper and veggies wrapped in foil, and jerk rubbed yard bird, that would be chicken to anyone not form the south. And let us not forget the delightful aromatic aroma of spiced rums and the local beer, the Belikin in flavors of both stout and regular. For desert we’ll sample the papaya nut bread, banana mango fruit cake, and a local favorite amongst ex-pats the famous coconut battered fired, chocolate dipped, sliced bananas toped with Coconut crème sorbet and drizzled with red and green sprinkles. Later with our cheeks aglow from the festivities and our spirits high (literally) we’ll partake in that age old tradition of streaking to the moonlit waters of the Caribbean for a bit of skinny dipping. And with the water full of naked people we’ll discover our evening gifts. I just home my gift doesn’t float or poke, ouch. With or newfound gifts under our arms we stumble gleefully back to our homes, or our gifts home. And practice our giving and receiving. After all, ‘tis the season!

And you thought I only write NICE stories. I hope this comical tale has brought a smile to your face and warm Caribbean rays to your current place. From all us who are here because we’re not all there!

Wishing you a very merry Christmas.

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BITE ME BELIZE – Fishing in Belize at it’s best, for only $850.00 per WEEK!

BITE ME! Kayak Fishing

BITE ME! Kayak Fishing

Well, I’ve mentioned to everyone that Belize Kayak Fishing is now running a week-long trip with accommodations of Belize Fishing for only $850. This was great news as it now affords more people the opportunity to go fishing in Belize. However, my buddy Jim that I fish with often and runs the Kayak Fishing tours here in Belize. He’s finally revealed his actual company name now – It’s a CLASSIC! He has opted to call his Belize Fishing service “BITE ME!” – I told him I fully expect a t-shirt as soon as they come in. What a great name for a Fly Fishing outfitter that’s fishing in Belize?

Visit BITE ME! Kayak Fishing Adventures

For those who have always dreamed of fishing Belize, yet found the prices too high. Well now there is a company that specializes in negotiating reduced rates with Belize Fishing lodges and offering these savings to the consumer. So pack your bags and get your gear together. As winter settles in on America and Canada you can begin planning your escape to the tropical fishing waters of Belize.

Get out your saltwater Fly Tying materials and begin tying up all those exotic and colorful saltwater flies. Book It Belize is offering week long Belize fishing packages starting at $1,100. If you’ve ever wanted to fish Belize then grab a buddy and visit the Belize Fishing specialist

Discover how your Belize Fishing Package can be CHEAP

Belize Kayak Fishing

Belize Kayak Fishing

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the thrill of fishing in Belize but have found the Belize Fishing Packages and vacations to be far to “Spendy” for your particular cup of tea. Well have no fear! There is a fly fishing vacation package provider called “Book It Belize” whom has put together Belize fishing packages for under $1,000 that will have you hooking in to bonefish on Belize flats that include accommodations as well. Ambergris Caye Kayak Fishing appropriately named since it’s located on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Has three full days of Kayak fishing in Belize for permit, bonefish, even Tarpon for around $800.00. The FOUR DAY fishing package is actually three full days fishing with the first day for arrival and getting settled in your rooms.

They also feature a “WEEK” package that includes six days of accommodations and five full days of fishing in Belize with a price point of only $1,100. The idea is to “Offer others whom have always dreamed of fishing in Belize the chance to without breaking the bank.” says Jim Parker, a Ambergris Caye Kayak Fishing tours representative.

The accommodations that are included with these amazing CHEAP Belize fishing packages may not be the Taj Ma Hal. However they are unique and packed with things to do other than read like most Belize fishing lodges. The resort you’re staying at is located only a quarter mile stroll to San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye. Just in case you got bored you could take in the night life or visit one of the many excellent restaurants located on Ambergris Caye.

Also included with the resort that accommodate anglers that book these Ambergris Caye Kayak Fishing packages are a private pool for visitors use only, a fully stocked bar, pool tables, fuzz-ball table, Nintendo WII, A pizza parlor that is award winning on Ambergris Caye, that also serves amazing wings, nachos, Chili, and other standard bar food. There is 24 hour security that over-sees the resort as well as the resort owners living directly on the resort grounds as well. I’ve personally visited this resort and must say that while it may not be El Pescador or Hitaluga Belize Fishing Lodges. It’s still an incredibly well appointed and comfortable place to rest in-between each days fishing on Ambergris Caye.

If you’ve been looking for a Belize fishing package that suites your budget and have a bit of sence of adventure then a Ambergris Caye Kayak Fishing package may be right up your alley.

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When I first began to take trips to Tropical destinations with crystal clear flats waters and no cover around for miles. I spent much time not catching fish but watching, learning and practicing what the guys who were catching fish were doing. Even after I had my “Double Haul” down pat and could cast a line 90 feet or further I still had troubles spooking the fish with improper presentation and false casting too much, resulting in me whipping the fly over head of a tailing group of Bonefish, or Permit. And sure as now fish likes to be chased by a fly, they certainly don’t like to be chased by one in the air over their heads. With one quick dart, the only thing left was a small cloudy patch in the water where they churned up the silty sandy bottom in their hasty retreat.

When fishing here in Belize I often tell anglers that you get three chances – TOPS! If you can have 70 – 80 feet of line out and letting that fly sink a foot in front of that Bonefish or Permit, well then, It’s over. They’ll move off and continue on their search for more food. I’ll continue to poll into position to get in position for working an area that the fish are feeding in. But I can’t stress enough the importance of excellent presentation and expert placement. Chico Fernandez has written a great article pertaining to this subject and highly worth a read. Read more about proper placement in Saltwater Fly Fishing by Chico Fernandez

You can book your Ideal Fishing Vacation in BelizeBook It Belize – can provide you with more detailed information about what gear to bring when fishing in Belize, to CHEAP Belize fishing packages that range form all-inclusive, even extremely affordable Belize kayak fishing tours that can only cost $1,000 per person for an entire week of fishing on Ambergris Caye.

If you’re planning or thinking of planning a fishing trip to Belize make certain you have your double haul down pat. One of the first things most notice when Fly Fishing in the tropics of Belize is that your game has to ellevate to catch fish. Not only are the fish a thousand times fore skittish then fishing some mountain stream with ripples in the water and structures such as rocks and large overhanging trees and brush. But the fish are typically 70 feet and out to reach them. Add on top of all that a prevailing trade wind that averages 12 to 16 knots from sun-up to sun-down and you have no choice but ensure your casting and presentation skills are top-notch.

I can’t recall how many times friends have come to visit for a week excited about a.) fishing for Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish here in my home off Ambergris Caye in Belize. And almost as important b.) they get to stay at my house for free thus reducing the costs of paying for lodging and the 200 to 300 per day charged by the majority of Belize fly fishing guides. (as you can imagine – this makes a Belize fishing adventure very affordable. Just food, gas for my boat, and airfare). Yet with all this stacked in their favor they still find themselves riddled with frustration and angst by the end of day three. The reason; they didn’t come prepared and have no had to be forced into using their valuable fishing time as real-life practice time. I’ve seen it take anywhere from 3 to 5 days before they catch a fish. At that moment they forget about the days of hell that have just pasted. But I guarantee they would have preferred to be catching fish those days prior to the first one.

So what can you do about? Well, I suggest finding a rather open stretch of water – preferably one with a stiff breeze blowing across the surface and practice various casting techniques such as the Belgium cast. Not to mention that you should make absolutely certain you have your Double Haul cast down. I’ve had great success by turning friends onto a DVD aptly named Joan Wulff’s Dynamics of Fly Casting. This woman has had more experience as a professional WINNING Fly Caster than probably anyone I’ve ever met. Watching the grace and rhythm of which she carefully guides her fly line will inspire anyone. I’m including a little video clip about her below, along with a link to Amazon where you can pick up her Dynamics of Fly Casting DVD for an extremely reasonable price of about 20.00 bucks. And trust me, $20.00 is the best investment you’ll make prior to coming down to Belize to fish the flats.

Fly Casting with Joan Wulff