The Yucatan Peninsula and the waters of Ascension Bay, Espiritu Santa, Chetumal, Campeche and Holbox offer the saltwater fly fisherman one of the most diverse selections of game fish found anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. While this part of the Caribbean is best known for fantastic numbers of permit, bonefish and tarpon, dozens of other species are also available for the adventurous angler. Jacks, barracuda, sharks, amberjack, snook, snapper, grouper and other flats and reef species all offer outstanding action on a fly or light tackle set-up every month of the year. The vast estuaries and flats systems found throughout the Yucatan provide the infrastructure for the region’s pristine and highly productive fishery. When conditions are right, an angler can cast to bonefish, tarpon, snook, permit and more – all in a single day of fishing. This kind of angling opportunity and diversity can only be found in a few locations throughout the world.
As an overall fishing destination, we love the Yucatan for a variety of reasons: first off, it is usually easy and quick travel to the area, with direct flights to Cancun offered from most major U.S. cities. These flights are almost always reasonably priced, keeping the overall travel and transfer costs low. The second thing that we love about the Yucatan is the low cost of the lodging and fishing packages. Compared to other top Caribbean fishing destinations, the Yucatan is far-and-away the best value in the entire world of saltwater flats fishing. And finally, this is the perfect destination for first-time flats anglers and intermediate anglers looking to improve their saltwater game. With a healthy diversity of species and all types of different fishing scenarios, the Yucatan truly offers something for everyone.