You will find that Bone, Permit and Tarpon thrive in the remote saltwater flats and shallow brackish bays of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere. Farther south, in the remote village of Xcalak and Bacalar Chico you can land some world-class fishing. Take advantage of local fishing services and guides who take you to the best spots to cast your line. Insiders Tip: November - June are generally the best months!
Fly fishing is a popular world-wide sport that provides therapeutic entertainment to anglers and their families. Like any sport, the more enthusiatic you are the more you get out of it and look for unique opportunities to further your passion. Part of fly fishing is finding the right destination that challenges your skills, provides you with great scenery and offers up plenty of fish. The Riviera Maya is that place with over three interesting fly destinations to choose from. The Sian Ka’an, Xcalak and Chetumal Bay are the ‘it’ destination for fly fisherman. This is where you can get your first grand slam and fish in some of the beautiful flats in the world. If your family does not share in your passion in for fishing, no worries, there is lots for them to do while you are occupied in the flats.
The Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, a 1.3 million acre UNESCO site, is roughly 90 miles south of Cancun in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. This unique area has the Mexican Caribbean to the east and the saltwater flats and estuaries of the Sian Ka’an to its west. It stretches from the inlet at Boca Paila (north end) to the fishing village of Punta Allen on its southern tip. The best fishing flats are easily accessed by boat via the fishing services and lodges in Boca Paila and Punta Allen. There are also extensive flats in Ascension Bay, off the tip of the barrier strip that ends at the fishing village of Punta Allen. Ask local guides about getting access to Campechen, Boca Paila or San Miguel other great locations in the Sian Ka’an that will have you coming back for more!
Experienced guides, who live and work in Xcalak, continually search for the most productive flats in this world-class fly fishing destination. More than thirty productive flats and lagoons have been mapped including mangrove labyrinth surrounding Chetumal Bay. It is not unusual to get your first grand slam in this fly fishing area!
Some of the best bone fishing is in Chetumal Bay, a 7 mile boat trip from Xcalak via sea and remote waterways. Many of the bonefish are larger and less accustomed to seeing anglers. Any month of the year is a great time to fish in this remote area, but there are some notable seasons. November is probably the most productive month, with May, June and July having produced the largest bone fish. One bone fish is believed to exceed the current fly rod world record. The Chetumal Bay area is not just limited to the flats. Ocean-side fishing has more permit and bone fish in turtle grass flats located off the shores of the Mexican Caribbean. Giant tarpons move into the area in June and July. Fishing permits are limted during these times, with a maximum of four fishermen booked per week. These limits ensure the flats are not overwhelmed, anglers have a solitary experience and trip service remains exceptional.