One gulp. Then two more.
It is tarpon country and sighting tarpon rising to gulp air into their swim bladders is like seeing piles of Christmas presents underneath a tree for a pre-schooler.
Belize’s petite nature hardly contains the deep jungles which cover over 60% of the country. There are endangered species, exotic animals and ancient Mayan ruins making this small country a great destination.
The Belize shoreline plays with tones of cyan and cobalt blue, hiding in its waters are the renown tarpon weighing at 220 lbs, a hard-earned catch for any angler.
Finding tarpon is half the battle as these fish cruise like hungry maniacs for crab, shrimp and small fish. However, tarpon are not famous for what they do underwater- it's what they do above the surface that gets the fishing junkies talking.
Tarpon leap, jump and throw themselves up and out of the water with heaving, spectacular shows. Anglers invest in perfect tarpon tackle to take on a fighting tarpon; it's worth every penny to see the tarpon rip and soar through the air, breaking physic equations with their surprising hops. Hooking a tarpon is a delicate task, their hard mouths make it difficult to properly set the hook.
Don't do a big hook set like you see in the movies and let the hooked bait do the work for you. Besides light saltwater spinning or baitcasting tackle, many tarpon enthusiasts fish for them with a light saltwater fly rod or with spearfishing.
Tarpon are a special saltwater gamefish well worth the trip to warm, tropical waters.