sun has been up for about an hour or so. My body still aches from
relentless days of travel and to be honest, I’m feeling like
a group Hell’s Angels have beaten me up. I’m in search
of a morning meal as I stumble out of my room and into a dining
room where I find eggs cooked ranchero style and placed in abundant
supply in a bowl that comes complete with a long metal spoon. It
protrudes from the heart of the pieces of green pepper and tomatoes
mixed proportionately throughout the scrambled eggs that insures
the required Mexican flare. It’s no doubt a hearty start to
a day that prepares you for what lies ahead.
Located in the village of Ladyville in the Belize District of
the Central American country, The
Belize River Lodge is a tried and proven world class fishing
lodge that has been in continuous operation since 1960. Previously
known as Barothy's Lodge Ltd., the Belize
River Lodge was the first of three fishing lodges built in
Belize. In the early 1960's, Vic Barothy came to Belize from Cuba,
fleeing the late 1950's revolutionary situation, once to Belize
he located the ideal settings for three different fishing lodges;
one on the southern end of Turneffe Atoll, one on Spanish Creek,
about thirty miles inland, and one about four miles up the Belize
Olde River, which is the present day Belize
River Lodge. After operating these three Lodges for a few
years, Mr. Barothy decided logistically that the four-mile river
River Lodge sits today was the one site best suited for a
wide variety of fishing opportunities.
Known as Barothy's Caribbean Lodge Ltd., then Keller Caribbean
Sports Ltd (KCS),since January of 1987, Mr. Barothy's river lodge
has been called The Belize
River Lodge. The Lodge can accommodate up to sixteen people.
The Guest House is a two story mahogany building. It contains
four rooms, each with two single beds, private hot and cold showers,
ceiling fans, and air conditioning. The main lodge and the guesthouse
are separated by a connecting door and share an open veranda.
The Cottage is set up for two groups of two or for a family. One
of the cottage rooms has a cozy sitting area. The Bungalow has
two rooms, each with a double bed. Today the Belize
River Lodge still rests quietly on the banks of the Belize
Olde River, amidst the lush green tropical setting. Balmy breezes,
rich with bird song, drift among the private mahogany cottages.
Not only do they specialize in some of the very best saltwater
fishing in all of Belize, and they also offer customized eco-tours.
But no doubt the main reason you go there is to fish. The Belize
River Lodge allows for easy access to a few different rivers,
several creeks, and the flats, the mangrove cayes, and the Barrier
Reef, the second largest on the planet.
Regardless of the occasional American and Taca flights that interrupt
the simplest of conversations within the confines of the screened
room porch in the main lodge, the setting is tranquil and in time
you realize the Howler Monkeys can drown out the sound of the
jets. The fishing opportunities begin aptly on the banks of the
Belize River. From there they extend up the Sibun River,the Manatee
River, Black Creek, and several other creeks and lagoons as well
as to the waters off San George’s Caye and Long Caye.
The host and owners of the Belize
River Lodge, Marguerite Miles and Mike Heusner guarantee that
your every need is met. With a well-staffed team of quality professional
guides, a fleet of boats, a complete fly tying workstation, and
absolutely wonderful culinary chow, I have to say that The Belize
River Lodge is one of the best if not the best that Belize
has to offer.
And now travellers from around the globe are looking at Belize for
all the right reasons. Like the second largest barrier reef on the
planet, more Garifuna and Krieol cultural sites than you’re
likely to find anywhere else in all of Central America. Belize,
an extraordinary tropical paradise, with abundant white sand beaches
only a short drive from the mountains where archaeological of the
ancient Belize Maya are tucked away under the jungle canopy. The
countless rivers and fresh water lagoons makes Belize truly “mother
natures best kept secret”.
Business is good at the lodge these days and the beds are full.
That’s right, for somewhere between US$2000.00 plus transportation
and cost of arriving with the required fishing gear from your
town to Belize, the Belize
River Lodge is among a handful of angling operations in the
Caribbean that still cater to the angler to insure the best of
adventures, as mentioned, one of the finest operators in all of
As for the avid and complete angler, the freshwater as well as
salt waters of this tropical wonderland of the western Caribbean
offers some of the best fishing in the world. Renown for the Tarpon,
Snook, Bonefish and Permit, a fisherman can stand firmly on the
bow of a skiff casting into the shadows of barge wrecks or overhanging
tropical vegetation. Later on you can find yourself tromping across
the barren sand beds of the flats in search of that illusive Permit.
Jack Cavelle’s and Tarpon half the size of a man. There
are also an abundance of Snook, Snappers, Groupers, Cobia, and
From the lodge, Permit range from 5 to over 30 pounds. The best
time to fish for Permit is October through July. This fish is
the ultimate fisherman's trophy. Bonefish within this ecosystem
vary from 2 to 8 pounds, with the majority being 4 to 6 pounds.
Bone fishing is year round and are considered to be one of the
most powerful fish, per pound for its size. Tarpon, the silver
king, is one of the most acrobatic fish sought by anglers. These
fish along the coast of Belize range from 5 to over 200 pounds.
The bigger Tarpon are mainly found in the months of March through
July and September through November. Smaller Tarpon (5 to 60 lbs)
are found year round. The explosive Snook, saltwater's bass, can
be found in sizes of 5 to 25 pounds. These fish are mainly caught
February through November.
So if your next vacation dictates an angling experience, look
no further than the Belize Olde River and world-class hospitality
by Ms. Maguerite and Mister Mike, owners and operators of ‘the
best of the best’. The Belize
River Lodge, a place where fishing is so much more than a
hook, line and a sinker.