Campeche and the Los Petenes Biosphere Reserve have quietly earned the reputation as a world-class baby tarpon fishery. The reserve is an ecologically diverse mix of grass-covered flats, mangrove lined rivers and open water bays. Located on the western shore of the Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999 due to the large number of historic landmarks; home to wonderful architecture, excellent restaurants and the friendly local atmosphere. Campeche, a great place for fishing and non-fishing alike.
Baby tarpon, like larger adults, put on a spectacular aerial show when hooked. Miguel Encalada and his guide team fish from traditional flats skiffs. They seek tarpon which lazily roll on the surface of open waters and bays or ambush bait in the mangrove lined rivers and shoreline pockets.
While in Campeche, you will be accommodated at the Ocean View Hotel, located 5 minutes from the Historical Center with its restaurants & shops, 15 minute drive from the airport and across the street from the popular oceanfront boardwalk. The hotel has free Wi-Fi, pool and exercise room.
As a general rule, an 7 or 9 wt. outfit with a tropical saltwater floating line is all you will need. A complete gear list will be sent upon confirmation. Frontiers can provide expert advice on finding the right gear for your trip.
Open year round. The prime months are May-September. Fly commercially directly to Campeche via Mexico City or to Merida. If flying to Merida there is a 1:30 minute ground transfer to Campeche which is included in the package.
The fishing day starts between 5:30 – 6:30am, depending on the time of year. The day ends at 2pm giving you time to tour the city or relax by the pool before heading to dinner. Breakfast and fishing lunch are included in the package, dinners are not. Restaurants are within easy walking distance or taxi ride of your hotel.
The following rates are per person based on shared room/shared boat.
Double Rates: 7 N/6 D - $3,365; 6 N/5 D - $3,095; 5 N/4 D - $2,795; 4 N/3 D - $2,495
Single Rates: 7 N/6 D - $4,710; 6 N/5 D - $4,485; 5 N/4 D - $3,995; 4 N/3 D - $3,750
The exhilaration of fly fishing for baby tarpon lures many anglers to Campeche. However, Campeche offers so much more for the angler and non-angler. In early December 2019, we sent the photography team of Nick & Kami Swingle to Campeche to record their experience, which you can see here.
Located on the western shore of the Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche is a vibrant colonial city rich in ...