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Belize Liveaboard, Blue Yonder 02-15-1998

"The first two days were great - clear skies, lots of bonefish, a few permit, some tarpon on the flats - we had even gotten into a school of jack crevalle before breakfast on the first morning. We had spotted them feeding under some frigate birds at dawn.

But today was different and El Nino had caught up with the "Blue Yonder", our live-aboard yacht out of Belize River Lodge. High winds, clouds and a bit of rain had all conspired to ruin the visibility. Since the weather change, we had seen no permit, only a few bones, and all of the tarpon were spooked before we ever saw them. Because it was impossible to see into the gunmetal-grey, wind-scuffed water, we were now reduced to searching for bonefish tails. If we did manage to spot a bonefish tail on the far side of a mangrove bush, we casted to it. We had long ago abandoned hopes for landing fish. Now, we just wanted some action. So when a glassy tail broke the water's dark surface, I casted 50 feet across a small bush fully expecting to lose my fly. The smallish fish charged my fly and I stripped until the fly was within a few feet of the bush. He tailed again. I set the hook and the bonefish took off running right, pulling my fly line clear of the bush. Brad and I just looked at each other and laughed. We may have been out of luck with the weather, but we obviously had a little luck left. Hopefully, we hadn't spent it all on this little bonefish....

What a difference a day makes! Today Jeff Stine and I spent the day up Black Creek with the iguanas and howler monkeys chasing hundreds of baby tarpon who were feeding on the surface. They were everywhere! We had good action in the morning and as the temperatures rose, the fishing tapered off. This was not true for Brad and Shane who had had great bonefishing in bright sunlight on the outside flats of Hick's Cay with their guide Leroy. Later, while sipping a cold beer on the veranda of the lodge, we agreed that today was a great way to end the trip and vowed to return to Belize and Belize River Lodge." SSH Journal, March, 1998

Our March trip was excellent. The "Blue Yonder" live-aboard proved to be an excellent, moveable lodge. Although our weather certainly could have been better, I don't know what I would have changed in the way of meals or accommodations aboard the "Blue Yonder". This is a great trip and, whether from one of their three live-aboards or based at the lodge, we strongly urge you to try Belize River Lodge.

Written by Scott Heywood



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