Tarpon Cay Lodge, Mexico
Prolific shallow water tarpon fishing
Tarpon Cay Lodge is located in the northern part of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the small coastal port of San Felipe. The lodge sits on a marine reserve and offers anglers excellent opportunities at catching baby tarpon. For anglers specifically targeting baby tarpon, this is one the best fishery in the world. The tarpon generally range from five to fifteen-pounds with the occasional fish in excess of 20 lbs. Migratory tarpon can occasionally be found as well as barracuda, jacks and snook. As the fishery is primary in shallow water, often with surface flies, you will find fishing at here utterly captivating.
World’s best baby tarpon fishery?
Tarpon Cay Lodge offers saltwater fly anglers unparalleled opportunities to target baby tarpon with floating lines. This small operation caters to a maximum of only six anglers, keeping angling pressure low. Two large preserves protect these waters from commercial fishing and provide an expansive refuge for baby tarpon and a range of marine wildlife.
Here, roving schools of fish vary greatly in size from just a few tarpon all the way to several hundred fish. Similar to their larger migratory fish, these babies can be sensitive to environmental conditions and may challenge even the most skilled fly anglers. Properly setting the hook and making a well presented cast is half the battle and the experience is always thrilling and utterly addictive. The Tarpon Cay guides are a highly experienced crew and are extremely skilled at scanning for rolling fish and spotting schools moving under the surface.
The fishing areas varies from tight mangrove channels, to sandy lagoons and turtle grass flats. There are even a couple of deeper offshore flats where it is sometimes possible to find migratory tarpon in excess of 80 lbs.
Simple, comfortable with the heart of Mexico
The Tarpon Cay Lodge offers comfortable and bright accommodating enriched with traditional Mexican decor. With the ocean at its doorstep, the sea breeze and beautiful scenery offer relaxation after a long day of fighting Tarpon. Spacious lounge and dining areas feature comfortable seating and a nice work space for fly tying or working on your tackle when not fishing. As you venture upstairs, you will find spacious guest rooms equipped with air conditioning, fans and a full private bath with shower. Rooms are bright with a nice ocean view. There is a housekeeping service that cleans the room and replaces linens, towels, bottled drinking water, cups and bar soap each day. A unique feature of the lodge is a nice rooftop balcony. It provides a splendid 360-degree view of the charming area surrounding the lodge.
The meals are another highlight of your stay at Tarpon Cay Lodge. Hearty portions with a local flavor are an absolute culinary delight for the big appetite. Breakfast is ordered the night prior from a full menu (American and Mexican dishes). Your breakfast will be promptly served in the morning to assure you are on the water at first light (a great time to be going for tarpon). Lunches consist of sandwiches, snacks and assorted beverages.
The real Mayan Yucatan
Not far from the bustling madness of Cancun on the northern shore of the Yucatan Peninsula lies the quaint, commercial fishing village of San Felipe and Tarpon Cay Lodge.
It may only be a couple of hours away from the large hotel resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen but it is truly a world apart. Passing through little Mayan towns still with the original Catholic cathedrals of the early 1800s and small market stalls it really does give you a sense of the real Yucatan.
The local people are amazingly friendly, the flora and fauna is spectacular and of course, the fishing is great!