Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited

Member since February 2014

San Pedro, Belize

Background
Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited is run by Captain Gilbert (Hilly Boo) Lara, a local fisherman who was born and raised on La Isla Bonita, Ambergris Caye. He has been offering guided tours in the area for nearly thirty years, steadily growing his fleet of boats that he has built and designed himself specifically for charter fishing trips in the local area. All trips with Freedom Tours are held by experienced local captains, who will show you the best of what the area has to offer, whether you want to try deep sea, reef, or flats fishing.

Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited

San Pedro, Belize
Background
Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited is run by Captain Gilbert (Hilly Boo) Lara, a local fisherman who was born and raised on La Isla Bonita, Ambergris Caye. He has been offering guided tours in the area for nearly thirty years, steadily growing his fleet of boats that he has built and designed himself specifically for charter fishing trips in the local area. All trips with Freedom Tours are held by experienced local captains, who will show you the best of what the area has to offer, whether you want to try deep sea, reef, or flats fishing.

Our Charter Listings

Freedom Tours - Trolling Passion

San Pedro
 Sofortige Bestätigung
Fahrten von US$ 250

Freedom Tours - The Reel Deal

San Pedro
Going fast!
 Sofortige Bestätigung
Fahrten von US$ 450

Freedom Tours - Little Hooker

San Pedro
 Sofortige Bestätigung
Fahrten von US$ 250

Freedom Tours - Mister B

San Pedro
 Sofortige Bestätigung
Fahrten von US$ 250

Freedom Tours - Carly

San Pedro
 Sofortige Bestätigung
Fahrten von US$ 450

Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited

San Pedro
 Sofortige Bestätigung
Fahrten von US$ 250

Freedom Tours - Lucky Strike

San Pedro
In demand!
 Sofortige Bestätigung
Fahrten von US$ 250

Fishing Reports

Sail fishing in Belize

April 24, 2016

Had a great day! 15 min after leaving the dock, we had a sailfish on! After about 30 min of fight on 30 lb test , finally landed it ! 75lb plus ! Also caught a few tunas to… Read Full Report →


Great fishing day

November 13, 2015

Rain or shine does not stop us from catching fish down here with us at freedom tours fishing unlimited! Half day deepsea fishing under a tropical storm! Fish with the best! Capt hillyboo! Read Full Report →


Marlin fishing with freedom tours Belize

May 16, 2015

Had a great day! Landed a 20 lb dorado as soon as we came out, and not much longer after that hooked up to a 256 lb blue marlin! Fought it for 1hour 10 min and finally landed it… Read Full Report →


Big king fish .

May 08, 2015

Had a great trip. Caught some nice tunas that day, a nice sailfish , and at the end of the day , just as I was about to pull in the lines this smoker hit. A 50 lb king… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.26 out of 5 stars from 58 reviews

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Belize City, bz
Went fishing on Monday, August 13, 2018

Fished August 2018

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Kountze, Texas
Went fishing on Friday, August 10, 2018

First I will say that Capt. Hillyboo did accommodate us with changing the day of our trip due to weather/high seas. The Captain (Robert) and his crew member were friendly. BUT the listing on fishing booker is NOT an accurate description of the trip we received. Let’s start with the boat and equipment; the boat was NOT equipped with a fish finder nor GPS as the ad states, so we had to stay within land view, which to me is NOT deep sea; they only used ONE kind of top Water lure w/ ONE TYPE dead bait, there was NO live bait as ad states, there is no live well as the ad states.
We started out by trolling on the shore side of the reef for a few hours, we caught a couple of barracudas. Then we trolled the sea side of the reef for “Dorado, sail-fish, wahoo” for HOURS all we did was trolling, 10 hours of sitting…staring at each other while they trolled and caught nothing but a few barracudas which are no fun to catch by the way no fight what so ever. I understand completely that you have good days and bad days of fishing but they made no attempt at it ! No change in fishing method ! or bait ! or location ! The ad also states they fish for grouper but that’s not true either we asked but were told that wasn’t part of the trip even though the ad says it is !  We would not take this charter again nor recommend it.

Michael Snowden does not recommend Freedom Tours - The Reel Deal

Fished August 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hi. First if all i would like to say that my boys did try to catch you better fish. That day i was out for the full day and only caught 2 baracudas. You guys did better than me. The reason that we only use one type of top lure is because of the tremendous amount of sea weed that was drifting. So we were only limited to that way of trolling.for that same reason we were not able to troll the bottom for grouper. We fish just across the reef since it gets deep very fast and very deep. We do have a gps fish finder on board and will use if necessary. But most of our fish we catch just across the reef within eyesight of the island. That is the way it is here.
   I am sorry u did not catch better fish than cudas.but that is the way fishing is. At least you caught those.sometimes it can be worse.
      But my boys always try. Dont even want to mention what they caught today. It was a great catching day today. 6 big dorado and a sailfish! Just wish it had been you.

Belize City, bz
Went fishing on Saturday, August 4, 2018

When booking I specifically said that we mostly wanted to fish for tarpon but also bonefish and permit. The only bait on the boat was crabs for bonefish and permit. When I asked the captain about going after tarpon, he said they were mostly caught at night. This was never mentioned during booking. Due to the email only format of this I was unable to speak directly with anyone. I like the fact that there is a website that promotes many fishing guides with reviews but if they don’t pay attention to customer’s requests, it’s all for nothing and no repeat business.
We did catch a few bonefish and the water in Belize is awesome.

Will Bach does not recommend Freedom Tours - Little Hooker

Fished August 2018

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Chicago, il
Went fishing on Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Boat captain had no desire to be out there, it was a very expensive boat ride, don’t go out with this outfit.

Gregory Duke does not recommend Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited

Fished August 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, August 2, 2018

HI. That is not true. You guys did not leave the fishing spot until 9 o’clock at night! He also tried 2 different spots. Your discontent is because the fish were not biting. That is why it is called fishing not catching. We are fishing guides not gods!
   So please do not put false reviews. Because you did get your fishing time.
   Best regards hilly boo / owner

Belize
Went fishing on Thursday, July 19, 2018

Billyhoo’s son picked us up at our condo on time. Full day was excellent caught 3 mahi mahi, 6 barracuda and one Bonita. Well worth booking

Fished July 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, July 20, 2018

Thanks I am happy you enjoyed it

Johnston, ia
Went fishing on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Not a great experience overall.  Boat broke down and I was called at 7:50 saying it they couldn’t make it at 8:09.  Rescheduled till 1:00 and promised we would still do the 8 hours and we could fish after dark.  Crew didn’t show up until 1:10.  Boat had no gps, no fish finder, no radio, etc.  Crew were nice but spoke mostly in Spanish unless they were talking to us.  Went to other side of reef, crew used a cam shaft as an anchor- not terribly bad but just shows the level of what you are buying.  Told we had to get on the other side of the reef before dark because they didn’t know where to cross after dark.  Had to look hard to find a place to cross the reef.  Crew telling us that fish stop biting after dark as a way for us to say we were ready to come in, which we finally did.  Boat has no lights after dark - one small flashlight the mate had to dig out of a bag.  Could not find the dock when we came back in because it was dark.  Would not recommend- we gave crew a tip just because they filleted the fish - which by the way were meager and few.

Jon Kiser does not recommend Freedom Tours - Trolling Passion

Fished July 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, July 19, 2018

HI. I apologize if you did not enjoy your trip. And I also apologize that the control cable broke on our way to pick you up this morning. When we fish outside the reef we are not allowed to use hook anchors because it breaks up the reef. That is why we use heavy weights instead,  that was the reason for the crank shaft. The boat is equipped with an English anchor. Here on the island all the captains communicate by cell phone which we had 2 on board. We had to come in before dark because the channels are not marked,  not because we don’t know our way around. My captains are all locals that grew up in these waters and know their way around.  We always try our best. But regardless I am sorry you did not find your trip enjoyable. Best regards capt hilly boo

Sacramento, ca
Went fishing on Friday, July 6, 2018

Caught some snapper, trolled for barracuda but no bites probably because of the water was rough. Overall good people and enjoyable time.

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Belize City, bz
Went fishing on Thursday, July 5, 2018

Great experience all around. Knowledgeable, helpful and patient crew- important when 8 and 10 year old boys are in tow. Would highly recommend and would use again without hesitation.

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San Jose, ca
Went fishing on Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Although our crew was great today I was a little disappointed that I had specifically made a reservation on a boat with snacks and lunch but we got neither. I also booked reef fishing and we went out past the Marine Reserve and just had to come back as my daughter felt sick. A lot of wasted time when we could have been fishing.

Fished July 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, July 4, 2018

HI we usually go past the reef,  weather permitting for better fishing. I am sorry your crew got seasick. Lunch and snacks are available on a full day of fishing, which cost more and is required a full day for the beach lunch. If you noticed you only booked for a half day of reef fishing which if you notice in your contract form, none of the above is included. If you had booked a full day fishing picnic trip, we would have gladly supplied a beach bbq with it.
   Sorry for the misunderstanding.  Best regards capt hillyboo

San Pedro Town, bz
Went fishing on Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The crew was amazing. I would definitely use them again.

Fished June 2018

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Belize
Went fishing on Thursday, June 7, 2018

Capt. Richard and his mate worked hard to get us on fish. After a slow start we got four barracuda, had a couple of misses, and a bite off. Then they found birds feeding on the water.  The Tuna were on, we landed 10. Sharks and Barracuda made it exciting getting some of them in. The burrito and snacks were good and we had plenty of water and soda, the Rum punch at the end of the day was good also!!

Fished June 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, June 8, 2018

HI
   Thanks for your honest report. We here at freedom tours only try to give our best

Mesa, az
Went fishing on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The crew was super nice and made us feel comfortable. They let us reel in all the fish and worked hard the entire time to ensure we would catch some. They’re awesome!

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Thank you luke.we alway give our best.

Miami, fl
Went fishing on Sunday, May 20, 2018

Friendly and knowledgeable crew, would recommend highly

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Mechanicsville, va
Went fishing on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Had an awesome time. The captain and deckhand did a marvelous job. They knew the waters and best of all…we caught fish. I will not hesitate to use them again.

Fished May 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, May 10, 2018

Thanks. I am glad you had a great time. Hope to see you again

Farmington, ut
Went fishing on Monday, May 7, 2018

We had a great afternoon fishing and all 6 of our group were able to reel in a fish, including two big Mahi Mahi fish which were fileted for us and ready to c99k when we left.

Fished May 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

We only give our best!  Thanks

Belize City, Belize District
Went fishing on Friday, May 4, 2018

NIce day to be on the water. Went out got some sardines for bait and headed to the reef. Caught really nice cuda’s, a few yellow tail snappers, a couple of little mackerel and a few other fish. We didn’t hit a home run but still a pleasant experience. I have fished with these guys before and will fish with them again. Coming back in July and will do a Deep Sea trip with them.

Fished May 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, May 6, 2018

Thanks

Brookline, ma
Went fishing on Friday, April 20, 2018

Experienced, friendly Captain who really knew where to find the fish.  Clean, well-stocked boat.  All the right equipment.  Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Fished April 2018

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Southport, me
Went fishing on Sunday, April 15, 2018

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Gilbert, az
Went fishing on Thursday, April 12, 2018

They knew where Dorada and Delivered! Friendly and energetic. Engineered during rough seas by trolling offshore. Would recommend them

Fished April 2018

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Dallas, Texas
Went fishing on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

It was a great say with my son.  Caught several fish just wish they were bigger.

Fished April 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, April 15, 2018

Hi wish it was calmer .would have taken you to better fishing grounds. Outside the reef

Conway, ar
Went fishing on Saturday, March 24, 2018

Captain Tito and Greg were well prepared. Caught bait in advance.  On time. We bought over 40 assorted fish in a four hour trip. Great Vslue

Fished March 2018

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Los Lunas, nm
Went fishing on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Keto was our driver and part of the crew.  The crew did a fabulous job of trying to move to different locations for a better fishing experience.  The fishing was mediocre, but not because of the efforts of the crew.  I highly recommend this company.

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, March 19, 2018

Thanks

Inver Grove Heights, mn
Went fishing on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The crew was very friendly. We only caught one fish (baracouda) which was a bummer but the crew tried different ways and places for us!

Fished March 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, March 19, 2018

Some days are very slow. Wish we could have caught you more fish!  Thanks for your honest review

San Pedro Town, Belize District
Went fishing on Sunday, March 4, 2018

Fished March 2018

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Belize
Went fishing on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fished February 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, March 1, 2018

Thanks for your honest comments. We always try to give you only the best.

Keller, Texas
Went fishing on Monday, February 26, 2018

Took a half day AM trip with Captain Tito and First Mate Greg. Trip started with Greg diving for our bait, live conch. On the way out to where the fish were biting, Captain Tito stopped at Shark Ray Alley so we could view the nurse sharks from the boat. All four of us caught fish and our First Mate cleaned and bagged them for us to have prepared later that night. Couldn’t have asked for a better day on the water. Highly recommend!

Fished February 2018

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Brandon, Florida
Went fishing on Saturday, February 24, 2018

I was disappointed because I was hoping that each of will have our own fishing rods to fish with.

Dushyanthi Nirmalan does not recommend Freedom Tours - The Reel Deal

Fished February 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, March 3, 2018

HI.   When it comes to deepsea fishing usually customers take turns either by hour or by fish.   We had 5 trolling rods on board. That is the maximum amount of rods that we can troll at the same time.  It is true that it was 6 of you, and we only had 5 trolling rods. But that is all we can troll at the same time anyway.

Hudsonville, Michigan
Went fishing on Monday, February 19, 2018

Fished February 2018

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Hyattsville, Maryland
Went fishing on Thursday, February 15, 2018

This was my first trip to Belize, but I have been offshore fishing for over 60 years. I have fished mostly on the east coast of the US, but also many trips to Florida, Bahamas,Costa Rica, Isla Mujeres, Panama and others. I have logged between 800 and 1000 days ocean fishing in blue water. Of these trips, I would guess that approx. 150 to 175 were charter trips. Some make-up charters, and some where I had chartered the whole boat. Most of my fishing being out of Oregan Inlet North Carolina When I called and spoke with the owner of Freedom Tours, I asked about the fishing but was most concerned about the weather as it had been blowing for several days. He said we could expect a much better day for our trip. His son was our captain and picked us up at our dock where we were staying. It was blowing, but the mate and captain both said crossing the reef would be rough, but once out it would be fine. I was very doubtful of their prediction of the conditions we would find. But again this was my first trip in these waters.
Crossing the reef we had according to both the captain and mate 12’ to 15’ breakers. The 32’ boat pounded very hard and with a whole lot of breaking water slamming VERY hard into the windshield and a lot going completely over the boat. I have crossed many rough bars in my life, so I knew that it would not be a cake walk. But once we got well clear of the reef, the waves obviously were of more duration but were also bigger in size. 15’ to 18’ according to both captain and mate and I would agree with their estimates. The small boat could handle it all but when we could not steer off of a breaking wave it again put the bow well into the wave. It was very, very rough. They set out one flat line,
but the mate had much difficulty in maneuvering in the cockpit. After some time, he was able to get 2 riggers and the 2 flat lines set. It was impossible to stand, so all 4 of us in the charter stayed seated.
I feel that these conditions were too rough for this 32’ boat to fish safely. I know how the charter works, you turn the boat around you pay- the captain turns the boat around no pay. No other boats out that day except another boat from Freedom Tours on a half day charter. We think they they called it and went in, we did not. Approx. noon the weather laid down a very little, but enough to allow us to move from our seat to the fighting chair, while holding on tight to something. Still a very rough day.
My feelings are that the owner miss led us on the most recent quality of what was being caught. The conditions were such that the trip should have been canceled by management. 
I did not want to write a negative review, but this is what happened. I included
my whole story, I am obviously not new to this sport.
My overall opinion of Belize is that it is a beautiful county, and the people were wonderful. I will return, and I will fish it again. By the way, we had several hits but only got 2 barracuda, came in at 3 PM.

 

Jeff Welbourne does not recommend Freedom Tours - The Reel Deal

Fished February 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

HI
Well first of all I am sorry you did not have a pleasant trip up to your expectations.  I did check the weather report the day prior to that trip and it called for favorable conditions. Sadly to say the weather report is not always correct and yes it was choppy that day. My boys always try their best to catch you fish and I have to agree that that specific day was not the best. We have landed lots of quality fish on prior trips. We are known for that!
     I just wished you had told the captain to turn around and bring you back if you were not enjoying it. Cause one thing we don’t do is force customers to stay on the boat if they are not happy. I would have certainly refund you your money. We always try to do the right thing to make customers happy.
     My sincere apologies and if you ever make it down here again we can make it better for you. Just give me a call.
   Best regards capt hillyboo

Belize
Went fishing on Saturday, February 3, 2018

Fished February 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, February 4, 2018

Thanks for the review and honest opinion. Glad you had a great time

Belize City, Belize District
Went fishing on Wednesday, January 24, 2018

They picked us up right in front of our quaint resort, Turtle Cove, which I highly recommend.  Our guide, Carlos, was very nice and knowledgeable about the fish.  He did put us on fish.  We caught about 8 snapper and a dozen bonefish.  Be prepared to provide your own lunch.  We arrived in Belize after stores had closed and our charter was the next morning.  Carlos was kind enough to stop on our way out in the morning so we could get lunch.  The one negative issue we had was the gear was in terrible condition.  It was supposed to be a flyfishing trip for 2.  They only supplied 1 fly rod and the fly line coating was wore off every couple inches.  You really couldn’t cast very far.  I had asked them to have spinning rods too just in case it was too windy, which they did,  but again the gear was not in good condition.  We enjoyed Carlos’ company and knowledge but would not go again unless we knew he had new equipment.

Fished January 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, January 26, 2018

HI Well first of all I am glad that you caught fish! 12 bones and about half a dozen snappers is actually considered a good here!
   I have to apologize for the Fly reel since my captain mistakenly took the old one that the line needed changing. I do have new reels. On fly fishing trips usually only one angler can fish at the same time . They take turns. My spinning is brand new!  Just bought over Christmas. Shimano 4000 in good condition. So I do not understand why it was not working. The captain assures me there was no problem with it. Lunch is not included on my fly fishing trips. That you can confirm on your fishing contract.
   Thanks for your review and hope to make it better for you if you ever want to fish with us. Best regards capt hillyboo

Belize
Went fishing on Sunday, January 21, 2018

Awesome experience! These guys knew their stuff. Never thought I would ever say I got tired of catching fish, but I did! Highly recommend this trip.

Fished January 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, January 22, 2018

Thanks for your honest reply and I am glad you had a great trip. We only give our best

Belize City, Belize District
Went fishing on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The boat arrived at our hotel early.  We were fishing in just a few minutes.  Crew was the best.  They made sure we knew the proper technique and we quickly started to catch.
Grouper, snapper, yellow tail, barracuda, trigger fish and a couple of nurse sharks.
We kept some that the crew cleaned and gave them the balance.
It was a great day that flew by!
I would do this trip again!  Money well spent

Fished January 2018

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

We rock at freedom tours fishing unlimited!
Always give our best!

United States
Went fishing on Saturday, December 30, 2017

Byron and sap were on it from the first moment. Lines in the water and fishing hard. They searched up the fish and found them. Started off with barracuda and finished with four beautiful Dorado. And all in four hours. Highly recommend this crew!

Fished December 2017

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, January 1, 2018

Thanks. We at freedom tours always give our best. Thanks for the honest review

Chevy Chase, Maryland
Went fishing on Sunday, December 24, 2017

There was a mixup at pick up so we had to wait an hour wondering if our carefully planned trip was going to actually happen. That was unfair but especially bad for me at children and husband blamed me! The captain hillyboo took the wrong party fro
The dock. Really!?

Sarah Klontz does not recommend Freedom Tours - Trolling Passion

Fished December 2017

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, January 5, 2018

HI.
   That is true. It was Christmas eve and we were extremely busy and had several parties from the same place. However, did give them their full fishing time and caught fish. My apologies for the mix up. Best regards capt hillyboo

Dangriga, Stann Creek District
Went fishing on Saturday, December 23, 2017

Carlo & Greg were great! It was a family trip reef fishing with the wife & 10 year old daughter. The crew was patient in explaining and helping at all times! I would recommend these guys to anyone.

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Ripon, California
Went fishing on Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fished October 2017

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, October 27, 2017

Thanks. I am glad you had a good time. We always give our best

Edison, New Jersey
Went fishing on Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Im an avid light tackle fisherman from Galveston Texas and I must admit Capt. Carlos put me on the bone fish 5 by 11am and had a permit hooked too just lost him to a Bimini knot lol!

Called it quits fully satisfied in a half day although paid for a full day!

Grande viaje muchas gracias y saludos!

Fished October 2017

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, October 6, 2017

Thanks for the honest review

Belize
Went fishing on Monday, September 4, 2017

The crew was very knowledgeable and communicative. i had contacted Captain Hilly a couple of weeks prior to our vacation. He was very quick to respond and inform me about my reservation. I told him that we were staying in a secluded airbnb on San Pedro. He informed me that his taxi knew where we were and would be picking us up. I was a little apprehensive but his taxi driver found us without any trouble and on time. Once we arrived we were introduced to our crew, Carlos and Ramito. Each one of these guys had an insurmountable amount of information about the fishing in San Pedro and it showed. Within the first 15 minutes fishing, we had hooked a Barracuda. Unfortunately, it got away as I was reeling it in. But that wasn’t even the high point of the trip.
The highlight of the trip was when we hooked a Sailfish. I didn’t think we would hook one of these during this trip but we did! I managed to bring it on board after 15 minutes of fighting with it. We also managed to catch 3 Tuna and 1 Spanish Mackerel. It was a experience I will never forget!

Fished September 2017

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, September 4, 2017

Thanks for the honest review. We only try to give our best! I am glad you had a great time. Capt hillyboo

Belize
Went fishing on Saturday, August 5, 2017

I was cautiously optimistic about going out on a full day trip with my wife, but I’m so glad i did! We caught lots of fish from Baraccuda, blackfin tuna, and Mahi Mahi. The crew Marlon and Ramon workes their tails of for us, never slowing down trying to fill the live well. You will not reget booming a trip! I will be booking again.

Fished August 2017

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, August 6, 2017

Thanks for the honest review. That was my son captain byron and first mate ramiro. Just a little correction. But thank you.

San Pedro Town, Belize District
Went fishing on Friday, July 28, 2017

Fished July 2017

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, July 29, 2017

Thanks. Was one of those fishing days. Too much seaweed drifting. At least the barracudas and small tunas saved the day

Belize
Went fishing on Friday, June 16, 2017

Capt. Lara (Hilly-Boo) stopped by our condo the day before the trip to give us some pointers on the do’s and don’ts for the trip. Like taking dramamine the night before and the morning of the trip. Worked for everyone. ( Had a party of four) with the exception of one who has never been on the water period. He was sick for a short spell and then he was good.
We caught some really nice wahoo and lost a sailfish right at the boat. And of course caught a couple barricuda. We (my wife) decided to end the trip a little earlier than the 8 hours. The fish were cleaned as to my request.
The trip was awesome. Seas were a little rough but not bad.
Crew was fantastic. Proffesional in every way you can imagine. We actually fished with Capt. Lara’s son who might be young but he is very knowledgeable with not only his boat but his crew as well.
I will definitely be back to fish with Capt. Hilly-Boo Lara when we come to Belize. !!!!

Fished June 2017

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, June 18, 2017

Thanks for the honest review. We only try to give our best.

Belize City, Belize District
Went fishing on Monday, June 5, 2017

Captain put 2 of us non experienced saltwater fly fisherman on bones.  The goal was to catch my first bone on a fly.  Did it and more.

Fished June 2017

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, June 5, 2017

Thanks. For your honest report.

San Pedro Town, Belize District
Went fishing on Thursday, May 18, 2017

While we didn’t catch the blue marlin we were hoping for we did catch 8 tuna, 5 mahi, and 5 barracuda.  It was a fantastic trip!

Fished May 2017

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Corozal, Corozal District
Went fishing on Friday, April 21, 2017

Left the Dock at a little before 8 and was catching tuna by 8:15. They really worked to get us on fish and while there was some down time the guys were friendly as we talked and made the entire trip enjoyable.  For the day we went 5 for 5 with 4 tuna and one giant barracuda

Fished April 2017

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, April 21, 2017

Thank you. We always try our best!

United States
Went fishing on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Fished March 2017

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Belize City, Belize District
Went fishing on Thursday, February 9, 2017

Fished February 2017

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Ambler, Pennsylvania
Went fishing on Friday, December 30, 2016

The crew was knowledgeable and curious.  We did not expect to catch much offshore in late December and we didn’t.  We just caught barracudas but the crew did try hard to find fish.

Fished December 2016

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

slow days are better than no fish at all. we always try hard and our best to catch the top fish,like wahoo, dorado,tuna, billfish, but some days are just fishing days and not catching days, no matter how hard u try lol! but thanks for your honest review.

Belize
Went fishing on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Richard and Carlos worked very hard to find us great fish. They did an excellent job and we had a very successful day fishing.

Fished December 2016

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, December 10, 2016

thanks. i am happy that u had a great trip. i hope u enjoyed your dorado and wahoo for dinner.

United States
Went fishing on Sunday, August 21, 2016

First and foremost, I did want to say that we did catch some fantastic Mahi Mahi and Barracudas. The battles were awesome! I wanted to mention that the captain himself, was there to pick us up from the hotel and greet us. However, he did not join us for the tour and left his sons to take us out. I wished that this was made clear before booking the service. The boat ride was very rocky and caused all of us to be a little nauseous. My cousin, who wanted to go on the trip the most, got really sick and wasn’t able to enjoy the the experience at all. The crew on the boat were nice, but there was very little interaction with us. They did seem to know what they were doing. As a whole, the experience was fine, but the for the money, I have had much better times out deep sea fishing.

Fished August 2016

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, August 31, 2016

i can honestly say that yes, that day it was quite choppy, but that is something i cannot control. my son has been fishing with me for 15 years and is a licensed captain already and he knows what he is doing. and as they say, we did put them on to fish, which they enjoyed. and i hate saying this, but hangovers and fishing does not work! only for chumming! and that is part of the big reason why they got sick.  stay off the booze the day before u go fishing! especially deepsea. just a little advice to anyone that wants to do deepsea. thanks for the review. appreciate your comments.

United States
Went fishing on Saturday, June 11, 2016

Booked the trip months in advance.  A few days prior got an email moving our pick up time from 7am to 8am.  No problem.  Got to our dock at 7:30.  waited.  waited.  waited tell 9am.  Never showed.  Both myself and the Grand Caribe tried to reach them.  No one answered the phone.  Sent email and got a reply at the end of the day.  The captain said the seas were to rough(4-5’) so he just blew us off.  He didn’t try to take us to the reef or any other options, just didn’t show.  So lost the day.  Not very professional in my opinion.

Eric Malone does not recommend Freedom Tours - The Reel Deal

Fished June 2016

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, June 19, 2016

The reason the trip did not go through , is because the weather was very unfavorable! I did leave a message at the hotel, but it was not delivered! The seas were 8 to 10 foot swells! There was no way that trip was going to happen! I did get to them later that day and tried to reschedule depending on the weather but they did not want . I apologize for the misunderstanding !

Waco, Texas
Went fishing on Friday, June 10, 2016

Pretty choppy, but that was not anyone’s fault.

Fished June 2016

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United States
Went fishing on Sunday, June 5, 2016

There were 6 in our party and comprised of 2 adults and 4 kids. We had an excellent trip catching 3 barracudas and a lot of tuna. We were trying for a marlin, however, they did not cooperate. The boat gave us plenty of room and was very clean. The captain and mate were very friendly and I could not have asked for more. Our experience was great and we can’t wait to go back next year.

Fished June 2016

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Belize City, Belize
Went fishing on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Hilly and his deck hand Byron were absolutely phenomenal. Very experienced and professional fisherman. Highly recommended to anyone coming to Belize that wants the real deal! You better Belize it!

Fished March 2016

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hi
   Thanks Matt,  we always give are best and try real hard on putting u on to fish! It does not always go the way we want, but we certainly try! Maybe next time we will catch u your 400 lbs blue marlin! After all they call it fishing , not catching! Lol!

Corpus Christi, Texas
Went fishing on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Captain Hilly Boo’s crew, Capt. Cord and first mate Byron were amazing putting us on fish in less than 30 minutes into the trip, we had 10 Barracuda, a Wahoo and 7 Dorado/Mahi/Dolphin (not sure why this fish has three names!?!) within four hours of the trip.  They picked us up at our Condo’s pier, which made it really nice.  They fileted the fish for us at the end of the trip.  It only took about 20 minutes to get to the fish from our pier, this was impressive!!! Where we fish off shore it takes over an hour and a half or more.  Can’t say enough good things about this fishing experience.  We will definitely use them on our next trip to Belize!!!  Oh, and take your fish to Carambas, they cook it up just right!!!  There are several places on the Island that will cook your catch though.  Nothing better than fresh cooked fish!!!  That’s all!

Fished November 2015

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanks for the good review ! We always give our best here at freedom tours fishing unlimited and try our best to put u on to the fish!

Stockbridge, Georgia
Went fishing on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

We were picked up by the captain and one crew member for the four of us from the resort dock on time. We caught four yellow snappers within the first 25 mins and caught nothing more there after, no matter how many areas we changed into. The reels they used along with sardines baits could only handle catching small fish, nothing like the pics listed online. So perhaps you can specify to have them bring larger reels in case you plan on catching big fish. However, they cut the fish in fillets and whatever shape we requested such as whole fish for some fried fish that fish was the best we have ever tasted, a restaurant in town cooked it for us and surprised us with a variety of flavors. All restaurants are open to the idea of being your own fish and charge an average of $17 USD to cook it.

Fished July 2015

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Monday, August 3, 2015

thanks for your honest review. the fishing here sometimes can be really great, but sometimes it also can be very slow! there are so many factors that can affect it. the tides, the moon, time of the day, weather conditions, etc. anyway, i am glad that al least u got to catch a few fish and got to eat them as well. and as for reef fishing, we mostly go for snappers and good eating fish, which average a couple of pounds, so that is why we use light tackle so u can enjoy reeling in the fish. but i assure u that my captains and mates always try hard and give their best. i also apppreciate your honest comments. thanks and maybe next time, we will go for the big ones. maybe deepsea fishing would be something more fun for u.  wahoo, tuna, kingfish, marlin or sailfish. the big ones!
                  tight lines capt hillyboo

Serbia
Went fishing on Friday, March 6, 2015

everything was “OK”. The, weather was a little bad “rough” seas. But, we had a good time. Captain & mate, worked “very hard”! They had to check the baits quite often, due to the “vast amount of weeds” on top of water. However, I would have recommended they actually change the baits, as well. I don’t believe there were very many boats out that day. So, maybe it was one of those “fishing” days, not “catching” days. But, still:thanks, for the opportunity to go out

Fished March 2015

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, March 28, 2015

hi   yes that is true, we have had a lot of problems with the tons of seaweed that has been drifting for the past 6 months, something that i have never seen in my whole life time. and i was born and raised here and fishing all my life. it has been bringing some dorado, but the fishing has been up and down lately because of the many factors that can affect a day of fishing. seaweed the worst one at the moment, tides, moon and weather. but regardless of all these factors, i assure u that my crew always tries their best in catching fish for the customers. after all that is our livelyhood. but as we know that is why it is called fishing and not catching! lol! and some days are just better than others.  but thanks for yoour comment

 

Lakeville, Minnesota
Went fishing on Thursday, February 26, 2015

We had a great time fishing with Hilly and his help. We fished both inshore/reef and offshore and caught fish every day. The offshore action was non-stop with dorado and barracuda keeping the action going all day. The captain and mate showed a lot of experience and were very enjoyable to be on a boat with. We learned a lot with these guys! Great time!

Fished February 2015

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Freedom Tours - Fishing Unlimited (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

hi matt, thanks for an honest review. best regards capt hilly