The Fishery: Xcalak is a short boat ride from the expansive flats of Chetumal Bay. These flats are home to a very strong population of bonefish, excellent numbers of Permit, as well as resident juvenile tarpon. The local guides are masters of their craft. They have amazing eyes and will spot fish long before the angler, perfect for you to get your house in order and be ready for the shot. All the guides speak adequate English, so communicating to catch fish is not a problem and they are all really great people. You will get the opportunity to fish from the boat as well as wade some beautiful hard-bottomed sandy flats. In addition to the bones, permit, and tarpon, you will have shots at strong fighting jacks and some toothy barracudas. There is also the possibility of catching snook.
Xcalak and Chetumal Bay are rated one of the best fishing destinations in the world. As any experienced angler knows, it’s not just about the fishing, it’s the location too. There’s a lot of beauty and tranquility in our remote area of the Caribbean.
Lodging: Acocote Eco Inn is a small inn run completely off the grid. Power is from generator backed up solar power, water is from rain water collection with an on-site septic system. Even the internet is “unplugged” using microwave wireless to go 40 miles to the nearest land line. The Inn has 3 suites. Each suite has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as, a large living/dining area and full kitchen. Each suite looks out on the beach, has a great view of the sunrise to sunset every morning and of the turquoise blue Caribbean all day. In order to conserve water, linens are changed every 4 days, but rooms are cleaned every daily. Purified drinking water is supplied in 20 liter bottles in each suite. There is also a large palapa on the beach for coffee in the morning and gatherings after a day of fishing to tell tall tales in the evening. In the palapa, we also have the only fly shop in the southern Costa Maya. If you need tippet, line, extra flies or even if you break a rod or reel, you will back on the flats in no time.
The Food: This is one of the parts that we are very excited about! Normally on a destination trip like this, all of your meals are eaten at the same table, but we thought it would be fun to get a little taste of the local cuisine and spend some time with the locals. On multiple occasions throughout the week, we will visit different restaurants in the town of Xcalak. Silvia’s or Toby’s to name some of the options. Other nights, Leisa may make a homemade meal at the Inn or we can even order a pizza, but this is not your normal pizza. We can order lobster or shrimp pizzas, maybe even garnished with local pineapple. Every meal will be unique and fun. This could be different due to the COVID pandemic, but all meals will still be provided.
The guides fish from 23 foot pangas that feature extensive casting decks and are very stable. Fishing is only a short boat ride from the launch site. The pangas are a comfortable ride that will get you there safely. If you had to choose only one rod for the area, it would be an 8 weight, but a 9 weight can help turn over heavier tarpon or permit flies on longer leaders. If the wind is low, a 7 weight can be a lot of fun. If you want to throw at jacks or ‘cudas, a 9 or 10 weight is in order. Fly line selection is easy as almost all of the fishing in the area is done with floating lines. We recommend standard saltwater tapers for bonefish and more aggressive tapers (like the Scientific Anglers Titan taper or their Grand Slam taper). All guests will receive a detailed list of leaders, tippets, flies, and other terminal tackle for the trip.
2022 Rates: 7 nights / 6 days of guided fishing $3,500
Each guest room is a two-bedroom suite, so each room will have 1 or 2 people in it with a total of 2-3 guests per suite. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. If you would love to fish a once-in-a-lifetime saltwater destination, give us a call at (970) 385-4081, and we can answer all your questions and help you reserve your spot. We look forward to having you join us on our adventure.
Inclusions/Exclusions: Lodging, guided fly fishing, fishing license, internet access, meals, non-alcoholic beverages, guest taxes, and ground transfers to and from Cancun Int’l Airport are all included. Exclusions are air travel to and from Cancun, gratuities, phone service, laundry service, and alcoholic beverages.
For more information or to join this trip, please call or e-mail us!