Fishing for Barracuda, Jacks, Grouper, and SharksOTHER GAME FISH: There is a cornucopia of under-utilized species at Belize which will match the skill of the most sophisticated anglers. Here are a few types you should definently consider pursuing.
Barracuda, Jacks and Sharks: Lurking at the top of the food chain, these tough flats predators offer some outstanding action on a fly or lure. They will viciously strike anything that darts away from them in an injured manner. When hooked, they are some of the fastest and most powerful fish to be taken on light tackle. These are species that should not be overlooked!
Use a chain and big hook and a piece of sting ray for bait, fastened to a post in the sand.
Or better yet. A nylon gill net, stretched out a 100 yards from shore over night. Feeding time is morning and evening.
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Flies: Barracuda - Needlefish patterns (green/white, chartreuse, blue/white), Braided Barracuda Fly (chartreuse),Rabbit Barracuda (2/0), Chinese Dragon (chartreuse and white) 3/0.
Note: For barracuda and jacks, an extra-fast retrieve will usually provoke more strikes than a slow retrieve.
Jacks and Sharks - Lefty's Deceiver (red/white and blue/ white), Streaker, Gaines Saltwater Popper (red/white and blue/ white), Shark Fly. 2/0-3/0 hook.
Rod/Reel: Follow tarpon guidelines - 10 wt rod is ideal.
Line: Saltwater taper, floating line.
Leader: A wire shock tippet is mandatory. Pre-tied Climax BarracudalShark or Bluefish are perfect.
Lures: Barracuda - Tube lures (green and orange) are especially effective, Zara Spook (see tarpon section), 5 1/4" Rapala Silver 9/16 oz. (Needlefish)
Jacks and Sharks - Zara Spook (tarpon size/colors), Magnum Rapala (tarpon size/colors).
Rod/reel: Same listed in tarpon section. Line: 12-15 lb. test.
Snapper, Grouper, and various reef species can also offer some fast and furious fishing.
Fly Fishing: If you're in the mood for something different, try blind casting with a sinking line near the edge of the reef with a medium-sized attractor-type pattern (Seaducer, Bendback, Deceiver, Whistler, etc.). Use a short heavy leader with a wire tippet because there is no telling what you may hook! A 10-wt rod is recommended.
Mirrolures (52M, 65M, 38MR -red/white and green/white), Rapala Magnum or Rapala Silver (silver/black or needlefish). Jigs: 3/4 to 11/2 oz. bucktail and soft bodied models in white, yellow, and chartreuse.
Live bait rigs: 3/4 to 1 1/2 oz. slip sinkers, #1/0-#3/0 bait hook (Mustad 9174 0'Shaugnessy); a short wire leader is mandatory.
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