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Pursuing Baby Tarpon in an Extensive Mangrove System

Located on the northwestern side of the Yucatan Peninsula, Campeche has established a reputation as “the” Caribbean hotspot for juvenile tarpon. Yellow Dog is proud of the fact that we were the first booking company to offer a package in this fishery, and we feel strongly that we represent it better than anyone! Simply put, Campeche offers some of the finest and most consistent fishing for baby tarpon that we have found anywhere in the Yucatan. With an extensive and protected mangrove lagoon stretching from the City of Campeche north for more than 120 kilometers, the fishing for baby tarpon in the 5 – 20-pound range can be fantastic.

Accommodation Details

Lodging Details
Anglers booking through Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and Campeche Tarpon have a choice of several different lodging options in the city of Campeche:

Casa Clorinda by Enrico Puglisi
Enrico Puglisi is arguably the most innovative and well-known fly tyer in the entire world of Saltwater Flyfishing. Enrico and Alejandro Hernandez, the owner/operator of Campeche Tarpon have been long time friends and fishing companions in the Campeche mangroves. Enrico has recently purchased a beautiful colonial house in the oldest Casa neighborhood in the city of Campeche, Barrio de San Francisco. Enrico and Campeche Tarpon have partnered to bring a fantastic Casa Clorinda package offering to anglers looking to fish the area.

Enrico has taken great care of every detail in both the restoration of the old house and the construction of the new rooms. He has perfectly captured the mix of the Colonial and Mayan cultures of the area. The house is fully equipped with a fly tying room, swimming pool, WiFi, laundry, and air conditioning. Each room also includes a private bathroom and a safe box.

Casa Clorinda is located only 10 minutes from the historic downtown district of Campeche Casa Clorinda is the perfect base for access to the fishery, the historic sites and some of the finest restaurants in the city!

Hotel Plaza Campeche
Located in Campeche’s downtown historic district, the Hotel Plaza Campeche is within walking distance of the town’s Cathedral Plaza, central park, the oceanfront Malecon, and a large number of restaurants and bars. The rooms at the Plaza are clean, modern and air-conditioned, and the hotel features such amenities as a swimming pool, 24-hour cafe, bar, gift shop, laundry services, and close proximity to downtown.

Hotel OceanView
Set along Seafront Boulevard, this casual, upscale hotel with a peaked red roof is 2.9 km from the walking paths of the Jardín Botánico X’much haltún and 3.2 km from the towers of the Catedral de Campeche. Airy, modern rooms with colorful accents feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and safes. Upgraded rooms add wood paneling and kitchenettes, and luxurious upgraded suites include amenities such as marble floors, separate living rooms, whirlpool tubs, and/or ocean views.

Casa Don Gustavo
The Don Gustavo is a boutique hotel in Campeche, a beautiful city within the Yucatan Peninsula. This small luxury hotel provides an experience that portrays the historic and cultural environment of the city, recreating a traditional home from Campeche during the eighteenth century with an exquisite collection of furniture and objects d’art combined harmoniously with the comforts of modern living. The hotel has 10 exclusive suites decorated in keeping with the history of the house, a central courtyard where breakfast, lunch, and dinner, based on the hearty cuisine, and wines are served to enjoy in different areas of the house such as the pool, suites, balcony or veranda with whirlpool tub.

Food and Beverages
For Campeche Tarpon packages the hotels prepare a light breakfast of coffee, juice, and pastries that is ready to go before your morning on the water. Since the typical day of tarpon fishing starts so early, there are really no restaurants open for breakfast! The guides Campeche Tarpon will bring a cooler loaded with non-alcoholic beverages, and lunch items. Dinner is not included in your Campeche package. There are numerous restaurants in the general vicinity of the hotel district, and you may prefer to try a different dining establishment each evening.

Typical Length of Stay
Packages and itineraries of any length can be accommodated and guests can arrive and depart on any days of the week. 

Non-Angling Activities and Options
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the city of Campeche may be among the most beautiful and unique in all of Southern Mexico. Visitors will enjoy strolling the clean and colorful streets of the historic downtown area. Here, one can find numerous shops, museums, art galleries, outdoor restaurants, historic cathedrals, and churches. The city is also home to several outstanding examples of military architecture, including the Fort of San Jose el Alto, the Puerta de Tierra access door, Fuerta de San Miguel, and other sites.

For those interested in Mayan ruins and ancient Mayan architecture, the Campeche region is home to some of the largest, most spectacular, and least-visited sites anywhere in the Mayan World. Archeological sites such as Edzna, Balamku, Chicanna, and several others are all easy day trips from Campeche.

If you are traveling to Campeche with a non-angler or a non-angling spouse, the owners of Campeche Tarpon will be happy to arrange guided tours and activities. Campeche Tarpon can also arrange fantastic birding tours throughout the area. The cost is $400.00 for either one or two people.  Led by local experts in some of the Yucatan’s best natural areas that are full of different tropical avian species. Campeche Tarpon provides binoculars, literature, box lunch, and all transportation.  A great option for non-anglers.

Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available at all hotels in the Campeche area, and at most restaurants and bars. Depending on your international service plan, most cell phones will also work in Campeche.

Travel Details

How To Get There
The most direct way to travel is to fly directly into Campeche International Airport (CPE). There are three daily flights directly into Campeche via Mexico City International Airport (MEX) by AeroMexico. The connection times can be cumbersome in Mexico City and the majority of anglers are able to book a more direct itinerary by flying into the city of Merida, the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan, which is a two-hour drive from Campeche. Merida’s Manuel Crescencio Rejon International Airport (MID) is serviced by a number of major U.S. airlines that offer direct service from Houston, Dallas, and Miami. Merida is typically the fastest, easiest way to access Campeche.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Upon arrival into Merida or Campeche, you will clear immigration and customs before heading to the main lobby and reception area of the airport, where you will be met by a Campeche Tarpon representative.  From here, you will be shuttled two hours from Merida to Campeche. If you are flying directly into Campeche, you will be minutes away from your hotel! The transfers to Campeche from Merida are included in the Campeche Tarpon fishing package.

Documents Required
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in the back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. No visas or inoculation are required for U.S. citizens. A Mexican departure tax is payable at the airport when leaving Mexico. Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket.

Minors Travelling To Mexico Without Both Parents
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children under 18 years of age entering Mexico accompanied by only one parent or legal guardian must have a notarized letter of consent from the other parent stating the child/children have his/her permission to enter the country. Single parents need a notarized documentation of divorce decree or death certificate of spouse. Minors unaccompanied by either parent require a notarized letter of consent signed by both parents. Please visit the US Embassy in Mexico Website for more information.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.

Fishing

General Information
Campeche offers some of the finest and most consistent fishing for baby tarpon that we have found anywhere in the Yucatan. Almost all of the fishing is sight-fishing from the bow of custom-built backcountry skiffs, with most tarpon averaging five to 15 pounds. Tarpon in the 20+ pound range are considered large in this area but are routinely caught in open water and in the mangroves during the spring and summer months. The primary fishing area near Campeche is a huge network of mangrove lagoons, flats, and creeks that begin immediately north of the city, running along the coast for more than 120 kilometers all the way to the small fishing village of Isla Arena. The guides of Campeche Tarpon are enthusiastic and will work hard to put you on fish and ensure that your overall experience is as positive as possible. They are dedicated, professional, and experienced, and they know their waters very well! The owner of Campeche Tarpon is totally committed to great customer service and works hard to make sure that every trip is great.

Boats and Equipment 
Boats used by Campeche Tarpon are clean, well-designed, custom-built backcountry skiffs that comfortably accommodate two fishermen and a guide. The boats are roomy and comfortable with large, open casting decks. These custom-built skiffs were built with fly fishermen in mind! While Campeche Tarpon does have a selection of rods and reels available, it is recommended that anglers bring their own equipment with them. Flies and leaders are available through Campeche Tarpon if needed.

Rates and Terms

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and package rates.

What’s Included:

  • The number of days of fully guided fishing as specified in your package
  • Accommodations at Casa Clorinda, Hotel Plaza Campeche, Hotel Ocean View or Casa Don Gustavo
  • Meet-and-greet service in at Merida or Campeche airports
  • Round trip ground transfer between Merida and Campeche airports
  • Continental breakfast each morning at your hotel
  • Cooler lunch and non-alcoholic beverages with your guide
  • Fishing license,
  • Mexican VAT taxes

What’s Not Included:

  • International flight to and from Merida or Campeche
  • Dinner each evening in Campeche and lunch on non-fishing days
  • Gratuities for fishing guides, tour guides, taxi drivers and hotel staff
  • Taxis or other activities while in the city
  • All fishing equipment, flies and terminal tackle

Campeche Tarpon (Campeche – Yucatan Peninsula)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking for all trip packages and reservations, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. All trip cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For cancellations outside of 60 days from the start of trip, a refund or trip credit for 50% of the package cost will be issued by the outfitter minus a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee. For cancellations inside of 60 days from arrival date, deposits and final payments will be forfeited. No refund will be made for unused land arrangements included in cost. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing. Campeche Tarpon and Yellow Dog Flyfishing strongly recommend that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages.

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