Yellow Dog recently added two new lodges in Mexico: Espiritu Santo Bay and Tarpon Cay Lodge. We’re excited about both lodges for a number of reasons and can’t wait for guests to check them out. If you’re a seasoned angler, or maybe just starting out saltwater fishing, ESB and Tarpon Cay Lodge have incredible fisheries as well as accommodations.
The Fishing - ESB is a diverse fishery that’s made up of channels, lagoons, flats, and the Espiritu Santo Bay. Tarpon, permit, bonefish, snook, and barracuda can all be found in the waters.
But the fishery is maybe best known for producing excellent numbers of juvenile tarpon supplying endless amounts of entertainment.
Since the bay is eclipsed by its sister fishery to the north, Asuncion Bay, ESB sees significantly fewer anglers and minimal pressure. ESB opens to the Caribbean with a gaping six-mile-wide mouth, and depending on the season anglers can find large migrating tarpon at the outlet. If the fishery doesn't entice you, maybe the accommodations will.
The Accommodations - Espiritu Santo Bay Lodge is new and was just completed this year. Guests are treated to spacious rooms with private bathrooms, air conditioning, and adjustable thermostats. Anglers will be comfortable while enjoying all the great fishing ESB has to offer. In the main lodge is the dining room and common area, and a bar sits on the deck. Enjoy a margarita while enjoying the sunsets after a day on the crystal-clear Caribbean waters.
Guests can indulge in superb breakfasts with fresh fruits and juices, meats, and eggs cooked to order. Lunch will be eaten on the water, and dinner is served in the main lodge each evening. Dinner is the gem of the lodge with dishes inspired by Mayan and Mexican cuisine.
Non-angling Activities - There is a little snorkeling in front of the lodge on the flats as well as lounge chairs on the deck to look out over the bay, but this is primarily a fishing-focused destination and is aimed at anglers.
The Gear - Anglers will be guided on Hells Bay skiffs due to their ability to reach extremely skinny waters. And anglers should plan on bringing their own rods, tackle, and flies.
Traveling to ESB - All guests should travel to Cancun and plan on staying Saturday night. Sunday morning guests will need to take the charter flight to the lodge.
When to Book - Espiritu Santo Bay has already become a popular lodge. Anglers should plan on booking a year in advance or take advantage of the shoulder seasons if looking for last minute options.
The Fishing – Tarpon Cay Lodge is situated on a large marine reserve. The lagoons that make up the lodge’s main fishing waters are also the ideal place for juvenile tarpon – anglers can chase tarpon in the 5 to 15-pound size range for as long as they desire. Along with amazing numbers of juvenile tarpon, the fishery also holds barracudas, snook, and jack crevalle. For the more ambitious fly fisher, migratory tarpon can be found during the summer months. After long days on the water, guests are treated to all the amenities of a first-rate fishing lodge.
The Accommodations – Tarpon Cay Lodge offers spacious rooms with private baths, maid service, and air conditioning. Meals are inspired by American and Mexican cuisine and are served in hearty portions. Guests are treated to a large rooftop balcony where they can enjoy watching the sunset over the Caribbean while enjoying a cold drink.
Non-angling Activities – Even though Tarpon Cay is a fishing-focused operation there are opportunities for guests to rent a car and explore the handful of nearby Mayan ruins. Additionally, bird watching is abundant due to the lodge’s proximity to the reserve.
The Gear – 18-foot pangas are utilized for all lodge operations. And 8 – 9 weight rods with floating lines are preferred for the smaller juvenile tarpon where 10 – 11 weight rods with an intermediate sinking line are preferred for the larger migratory tarpon.
Traveling to Tarpon Cay Lodge – All guests should fly into Cancun International Airport no later than 4:00 PM so that there’s plenty of time for the pick-up and 3.5-hour drive to the lodge.
When to Book – Again, when it comes to lodges, booking earlier is always better. With the lodge’s already growing popularity, it’s important to lock in dates early.
Yellow Dog is extremely excited to add both these lodges to our program. But always keep in mind that Yellow Dog pairs anglers with lodges that best fit their needs and preferences. We’re not in the business of filling beds; we’re in the business of providing the best lodge for you.
If you want to start planning a trip to Espiritu Santo Bay, be sure to get in touch with shaun [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com (Shaun Lawson) or call 888-777-5060