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May 03, 23


Yellow Dog Flyfishing team members, Tom Melvin and Shaun Lawson, traveled to Mexico for the annual tour. W made sure that Tom somehow found Wi-Fi in the middle of the jungle to send us in reports, not because we really needed them, but to make it a little more challenging for the Yucatan first timers of the Tom and Shaun show.

Here is quick every-other-day recap sent in by the fellas...

DAY 1 Arrival into Cancun. After 13 laps around the Cancun airport, finally, get on 180 W towards Chiquila. Shaken down after 5 minutes of exiting Cancun by some of Mexico's finest Federales. After a short conversation (in Spanish) and $20.00 USD lighter, en route to Chiquila. Ferry ride out to Holbox, where we both have the best margaritas of our lives, and it is only day one. This is going to be one hell of a trip.

DAY 2 Early wakeup at Isla Holbox Fly Fishing Lodge. Manager Luciano makes fun of Tom's Chinese morning eyes (best margarita's in Mexico) over breakfast. 6:00 AM departure to far East corning of Isla Holbox with guide Angelo. After 40-minute run, put us on a backcountry lagoon absolutely loaded with baby tarpon. Shaun forget raincoat, so sky opens up and dumps buckets for over an hour. After full blown Mexican baptism, tarpon begin rolling EVERYWHERE! Many hookups, lots of fish jumped, a few landed. Head back to Chiquila, where Shaun scares the shit out of small Mayan gas station attendant buying a beer. Almost ran off road by bus full of literally 94 people. Mexicans fully understand and are not hesitant to flip the bird. On to Campeche.

Shaun and I ate at a tiny local restaurant stop along the drive to Campeche and literally got nothing we meant to order because we can't speak Spanish Shaun ordered Chile Con Carnes and got shrimp wrapped in Sizzlean (processed bacon)

DAY 3 Wakeup in Campeche at Hotel Castlemar. Met by Alejandro Hernandez of Campeche Tarpon and head out to the mangroves of Campeche. Shaun sticks a 10-pound baby tarpon on the morning session. Head back to Campeche and visit the Edzna ruins for the day. After getting our mind's blown by our ruins tour guide on Mayan culture, drive back into Campeche for dinner at the "Campeche Tarpon museum" and beers with the team. Campeche is amazing, and already becoming one of our favorite places to visit in the Yucatan.

Be sure to check out all the field notes from Tom’s travel log in our new 2014 Yellow Dog Flyfishing Catalog & Travel Planner

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