Tarpon Cay Lodge – San Felipe, Yucatan, Mexico

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Located in a charming fishing town on the northern coast of the Yucatan, Tarpon Cay Lodge is the complete tarpon experience, combining world-class sport for baby tarpon in a beautiful marine reserve with accommodation in a traditional and spacious Mexican fishing lodge.





The fishing

Baby tarpon are the primary target, with fish ranging in size from 5 to 35lb, but there is also great sport to be had from barracuda and snook. The habitats fish can be found in range from turtle grass flats and backcountry lagoons to mangrove-lined shorelines, creeks, and bays. Having been designated a marine reserve, the fishery is protected from commercial netting and fishing.

On a calm day, it’s not uncommon to observe pods of tarpon rolling and slashing at bait on the flats and during the months of June through August, migratory tarpon (40 to 100lbs) inhabit the waters near Tarpon Cay Lodge. The lodge utilizes custom 18’ pangas with an extensive level casting deck. All fishing is conducted out of these stealthy, stable and comfortable fishing platforms. The nearest boundary of the fishery is very close to the lodge and, therefore, only requires a 15-25 minute boat ride to arrive at most of your fishing areas. Most anglers prefer to fish 7 to 9 weight rods at Tarpon Cay. When weather conditions and/or size of fish dictate, 8 to 9 weight rods are the order of the day. The wonderful part of fly fishing at Tarpon Cay Lodge is that most of the fishing is done with floating lines. The tarpon hold or cruise in areas as shallow as one foot deep. This shallow water pursuit demands lightweight (slow sinking) tarpon flies or top-water offerings such as floating gurglers, sliders, or crease flies. When conditions are right, this shallow water angling makes for an exciting visual display, with tarpon waking behind your fly and a top-water “blow-up” finale … it doesn’t get any better! When pursuing larger migratory tarpon, a 10+ weight rod is essential to battle these silver brutes.

Lodging & facilities

The oceanside accommodations at Tarpon Cay Lodge are comfortable, bright, and enriched with traditional Mexican decor. A spacious lounge provides dining areas, comfortable seating for relaxing, and a nice workspace for fly-tying or working on tackle at the day’s end. Upstairs, you’ll find spacious guest rooms, all 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 of soap each day. A unique feature of the lodge is a nice rooftop balcony, providing a splendid 360-degree view of the area surrounding the lodge – perfect for after-dinner relaxation. In addition to world-class fishing, the hallmark of Tarpon Cay Lodge is the warm hospitality and top-level service.

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 an on-time start of your daily fishing adventure. Lunches consist of made-to-order sandwiches, snacks and assorted beverages. Upon your return from fishing, dinner is served. Entrees may include chicken, pork, or the catch-of-the-day – fish, shrimp, or even lobster. The lodge can accommodate most dietary restrictions.


6 nights/5 days fishing package: $2,895 per angler (double occupancy)


Website: www.yucatanflyfishing.com
Email: info@yucatanflyfishing.com

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