Whether this is your first saltwater trip and you hope to catch some fish while learning new skills, or you are a veteran of the brine in pursuit of a flats slam, this trip is bound to meet your expectations. Xcalak, our destination, is a special place where you can experience outstanding action with permit, bonefish, tarpon, snook, and other coveted shallow-water species in an unspoiled environment boasting high fish counts and low angling pressure.
DESTINATION AND TIMING
A small, tranquil and very safe coastal village in the Yucatan Peninsula’s southern end, near Mexico’s border with Belize, Xcalak is blessed with renowned Chetumal Bay nearby and fertile oceanside flats sheltered by the world’s second largest barrier reef, providing vast, productive areas where anglers can sight fish for permit, bonefish, tarpon, snook, and other coveted shallow-water species.
With an average of more than 7 hours of sunshine per day, temperatures rarely surpassing 85 degrees, and the wind blowing just enough to keep things comfortable, conditions in July are ideal for spotting and catching fish on the flats. Permit and bonefish are plentiful and very active that time of year, and the annual tarpon migration is in full swing.
Casa Cangrejo, our home in Xcalak for this hosted trip, is a terrific waterfront lodge offering spacious, air-conditioned accommodations, Wi-Fi, good food, and a laidback atmosphere, far from the hustle and bustle of Cancun and other popular Mayan Riviera destinations.
FISH AND LEARN
For those who wish to learn what it takes to succeed on the flats or simply could use a refresher, the trip host will hold a clinic your day of arrival, covering the recommended setups for the aforementioned target species, as well as the best tactics and flies for different situations. And, should you have any questions, or need help with your gear or your casting, he will gladly share his expertise and help you overcome any hurdles.