Fishing the Largest Coral Structure in the Gulf of Mexico
Alacranes Reef or, Scorpion Atoll, is the largest coral structure in the Gulf of Mexico. Since 1997 the waters of the atoll have been designated as a marine park forbidding any commercial fishing. The remoteness and seclusion of the atoll will remind anglers of destinations like the Seychelles or Christmas Island. Enjoy the atoll while wade fishing for big bonefish and permit. The fishery also holds large numbers of barracudas, triggerfish, sharks, amberjacks, mutton snappers, as well as other Caribbean flats species. Scorpion Atoll is one of the most pristine destinations on earth and is home to an ecosystem full of nesting birds and sea turtles. With only a handful of trips offered each year this is truly an incredible opportunity for the adventuring angler.
The boat is equipped with air conditioning and two full bathrooms. Additionally, there is a generator that allows guests to use 110V plugs for electronics. The boat has 2 double cabins with small beds and one large cabin for a single or couple.
Food and Beverages
Anglers will be thrilled by hearty meals. Breakfasts consist of cereal, fruit, coffee, toast, scrambled eggs, omelets, and pancakes. Lunch usually consists of fresh ceviche, ham and cheese sandwiches, and fruit. Dinner might be a fresh fish plate from the daily catch—grilled with garlic and butter or steak tacos and fajitas from the grill.
Typical Length of Stay
The package consists of six (6) nights with five (5) fishing days. Two nights in Merida and four nights at the Atoll. Fishing days include a full day on arrival and a ¾ of a day of fishing on the departure day.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Due to the isolated nature of the atoll, non-angling activities are extremely limited and this is a fishing-focused destination. However, there are large numbers of birds as well as turtles that may be nesting dependent upon the season.
Internet / Communications
There is no internet or cell phone coverage on the atoll. The guides and outfitter do carry satellite phones for emergencies.
How To Get There
All guests should book flights into 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, Miami, and a number of other major U.S. cities.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Late arrivals and early departures can be accommodated due to the close proximity of the hotel to the airport.
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.
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The remote nature of the atoll’s location in the Gulf of Mexico offers you as an angler opportunity that you may not have at other destinations. Due to marine park designation of the atoll, commercial fishing is strictly limited providing better than average fish numbers and size potential. Generally, the bonefish and permit are larger than their counterparts in Ascension Bay, and other species can be targeted as well including barracudas, triggerfish, sharks, amberjacks, mutton snappers, and more.
This is a wade fishing focused destination. The boats do not have poling platforms and are used primarily for transportation. This is certainly one of the best destinations in the Caribbean for the opportunity to take shots at permit on foot in shallow water and most of the flats are hard bottom and easy to negotiate. Boat fishing opportunities are extremely limited. Due to the restrictions of the reserve, the outfitter is not allowed to leave anything on the atoll and must tow any additional vessels with the mothership limiting the ability to tow pole ready pangas.
Boats and Equipment Required
Guides use a super panga and 14’ – 15’ aluminum semi-V Jon boats with 15 horsepower outboards to reach farthest parts of the flats. 8 and 9 weight rods/lines are recommended and will suit almost every situation on the flats. It’s also suggested to bring a 10 weight in case you find a large permit, barracuda, or against the wind.
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6 Nights / 5 days of guided fishing = $4850.00 per person, based on a group of 5 anglers*
*There is a minimum of five (5) anglers per trip. The outfitter can accommodate smaller groups if anglers are willing to split the cost it would be for five (5)
- Two (2) nights at Casa del Balam Hotel (or similar hotel) in Merida
- Four (4) nights on live-a-board
- Five (5) days of guided fishing
- Three meals per day
- Sodas, beer, and wine while on the live-aboard
- Ground transfers to and from the airport
- Ground transfers and from the hotel and Progresso marina
- Fishing License
- Marine park usage fee
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare to and from Merida
- Meals and beverages while in Merida
- Liquor while on live-a-board (BYO)
- Gratuities for guides, boat crew, and shuttle drivers