Tarpon Cay Lodge, Mexico

Prolific shallow water tarpon fishing

Tarpon Cay Lodge is on the northern part of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Sitting on two marine reserves, it offers anglers exclusive access  to juvenile tarpon fishing grounds. Fishing shallow water, using floating fly lines the tarpon generally range from five to fifteen-pounds. However, there are occasionally fish in excess of 20 lbs. In addition, migratory tarpon are 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 in shallow water with floating fly lines. This small operation caters to a maximum of only six anglers. This enables us to keep angling pressure low and offers exclusive access to the fishing grounds. Two large preserves protect these waters from commercial fishing. Crucially, they provide an expansive refuge for baby tarpon and a range of marine wildlife.

Roving schools of fish vary greatly in size from just a few tarpon all the way to several hundred fish. They 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. The experience is always thrilling and utterly addictive. The Tarpon Cay guides are a highly experienced crew. They are extremely skilled at scanning for rolling fish and spotting schools moving under the surface. 

Run times from the lodge to the fishing ground are roughly 20 minutes. All the skiffs now have optional leaning bars, comfortable seats and new Yamaha engines.

The fishing areas vary from tight mangrove channels, to sandy lagoons and turtle grass flats. In addition, there are deeper offshore flats where it is possible to find migratory tarpon in excess of 80 lbs.

Simple, comfortable with the heart of Mexico

Tarpon Cay Lodge is located right on the edge of the ocean in Rio Lagartos. It is about 5 miles to the east of the small fishing village of San Felipe. With only six rooms, it is a very personal base with spacious, comfortable rooms, all with sea views. With the ocean at its doorstep and beautiful surrounding scenery, it is a perfect spot to relax after a long day on the water. Where better to relax than the dockside palapa bar?  

Meals are another highlight of your stay at Tarpon Cay Lodge. Hearty portions feature a blend of Mexican and American influences. Your breakfast will be promptly served in the morning to assure you are on the water at first light. Keeping you going, lunches consist of sandwiches, snacks and assorted beverages.

COVID Testing: Tarpon Cay Lodge can arrange tests as needed. There are rapid testing capabilities available in Rio Lagartos, Cancun and at Cancun International Airport.  As with everything related to COVID, the situation remains fluid.

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. Five miles to the East is 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  a world away. Getting there, you will pass through little Mayan towns and Catholic cathedrals of the early 1800s. You will see small, colourful bustling markets and 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.

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