We spent the first afternoon organizing our gear. I strung up my four Sage Rods: an 890 XP, 990 Xi2, 1090 RPLXi, and a demo 1290 Xi2. Carol, the third and final member of the Meca's crew, cooked us a wonderful dinner, and we hit the sack.
That first hook-up was just a taste of what was to come in the next three days. We worked hard to spot fish and make good casts, but I averaged 2 hook-ups a day on tarpon ranging from 40 to 90 lbs. I jumped four of them. One broke me off on its third jump, and the rest through the hook on the first jump. There were also permit flats in the area, and Sean managed to hook one, but he broke it off.
After three days of total permit frustration, we moved to an area called Heusner. I liked this area the best. There were grassy flats where tarpon and permit would hang out, plus mangrove areas where you could cast to baby tarpon and snook. We even got a shot at some nice bonefish. Conditions were challenging, with light winds and no sun. I jumped a few baby tarpon and landed a 10 lb mangrove snapper.
For our last full day we moved back to Long Key. We got into a bunch of bonefish in the evening on very shallow flats. Belize bones are mostly 1-3 lbs, but they still pull hard and are a lot of fun to catch. We hit the sandy tarpon flat again. John hooked a big fish that jumped 7 times before throwing the hook.