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The town of Campeche is not on the beaten path. It is relatively obscure which translates like this: People have not ruined the tarpon fishing here yet! In January of 2006 I made my first trek to this city. I was not surprised by the excellent tarpon fishing because I had heard rumors of the vast tarpon flats and the lack of fishing pressure.What did surprise me was the clean, quiet, and very friendly "village" like city of Campeche, the capital city of the Mexican state of Campeche. I have now fished with Raul seven times and I will be there again every year! I can honestly say the tarpon fishing is as good as it has ever been. In fact, the guides have found new spots in the last couple of years which have made the average fish size go from a conservative 9 pounds, up to 15 pounds. And we caught many fish over 20 pounds. There is no better target with ten pound mono or an 8-Weight fly rod. Here's the story straight from the owner's mouth. Raul Castenada says this:
On the West Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula facing the Gulf of Mexico lies the "BIOSPHERE RESERVOIR OF LOS PETENES" just aside of the city of Campeche, nowdays known like Tarpon Coast, shaped by more than 80 miles of mangrove shoreline, countless rivers, cuts, creeks, channels and inner lagunas whch make the ideal refuge or shelter for baby tarpon.
Most of the time we do sightfishing or "hunt and fish" game. Rolling or gulping tarpon are easily located following the fins or tails on their way up or down the rivers. Depending on tide conditions, moon phases and weather, we chase them along channels mouths, inner shallows in less than 3 ft of water or in open bays where they hide in the turtle grass bottom or below hanging mangrove branches. It is a real challenge for flyfishermen or light tackle anglers to direct a great cast in the middle of a creek where there is barely room for a rod. While tarpon fishing at open bays, it is also a delightful spot for long casts. Skillfull anglers still get amazed by the tarpon which lives and rolls in very narrow channels and novice get hooked forever.
Most of the daytime our native guides keep polling covering a vast territory searching in every spot with the advantage of the solitude, fishing miles and miles without seeing other boats. Very different from the other fishing locations in the Yucatan or Ascencion Bay, this is a primarily tarpon fishing destination being the most important nursery for the baby tarpon in Latin America... INCREDIBLE ISN'T IT? We are the pioneers in the area, serving anglers community for over eleven years formed by a native team of expert guides with the most shaped eyes in the region who have been riding these areas for commercial fishing for a long time and now being part of The Catch and Release Philosophy.Besides all the fishing experience, birdwatching is another wonderful experience in this spot where you will easily identify various birds such as pelicans, seagull, white and roseate ibis, spinbill ibis, white and gray herons, and some more....
Guides and Boats for CAMPECHE TARPON TOWN
At Tarpon Town Anglers we have recruited and trained native guides who really know the best tarpon fishing areas. Campeche's economy is still based on commercial fishery so men of the sea are found everywhere but not all of them are qualified to be tarpon guides. They fish offshore and fishing the mangrove is a whole other experience. The outstanding guides are here with us, and sometimes other companies hire us when they want an excellent boatman capable to handle flat and shallow fishing charter for tarpon.
Juan "Chino", Fernando "Camaron", Joel "Bambino" and of course your host me, RAUL, we are the members of our crew and we have two new apprentices working now in training. They are all hard working guys who enjoy their job and there is nothing else in the world that they love more than fishing.Our guides have started to manage some words for international fishing English such as clock orientation and distances, but this has nothing to do with your success in fishing... they'll put you where fish are and teach you some words in Spanish with ease to locate tarpon. I am Raul and I speak fluent English. I'll be your native host during your trip.
We will assist you choosing your tarpon flies, tying knots, coaching you to handle a fighting tarpon and so on...
We have a fleet of five pangas with 40 hp yamaha and 65 hp johnson outfitted with casting deck and rod holders. This boats are not high-end flats skiffs but are the most comfortable on their kind for this type of fishing, perfect for polling and lightest for rides on 3 ft of water. Boats do not carry a top/roof so good sun protection is mandatory.
OTHER INFO AT CAMPECHE TARPON TOWN:
If traveling with your own flyfishing and spinfishing gear, please consider the following tips for light tackle tarpon fishing in Campeche:
SPINNING: Line tests 8-10-12 lbs, Rod Action Medium to Heavy, Wire or Mono Leader of 40 lb, Bucktail Jigs, soft tailed worms/Grubs in patterns white, white/red, orange, green no longer than 2.5 inches on 1/8 Oz.
FLYFISHING: Flies up to 2 inches, black death, purple death, black/White, white/red, hooks 1/0 and 2/0, floating line, 100 yds backing, leader 40-30-40 with shock tippet, rod/line weigth 8-9. moderate/fast or fast action. Floating Line.
Daytime temperatures range from 82 to sometimes above 100. Sun protection is mandatory and a light rainwear for scattered or intermittent showers. Due to our almost tropical location, we assume no responsibility on weather and customers are free to extend the fishing days paying the additional lodging nights and services if we have space available.
The city of Campeche counts with all amenities for your convenience from laundries to business and internet access centers.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AT CAMPECHE TARPON TOWNThere are the MAYAN RUINS, food, and photography. And quite a bit of shopping for the interested parties. The Ocean View hotel also has a recently added full service spa with facials, mani-pedi, and massage.
SEASON IN CAMPECHE TARPON TOWN
Similar to the other side of the peninsula at Cancun, Cozumel, and Ascension Bay, this is truly a year around fishery that only falters because of weather issues. These weather issues usually occur from July through October. It can be windy early in the season. But November through June is great fishing. April through June are the best of the best. I like to get out of Oregon when it's cold and wet in the winter months. I am going back for my fourth trip in February.
HOW TO GET TO CAMPECHE TARPON TOWN
Fly into Ciudad Del Carmen, Merida, or Campeche, Mexico. We provide transportation in the packages but all parties must arrive on the same itineraries to avoid additional transfer charges.
2015 RATES AT CAMPECHE TARPON TOWN
7 NIGHTS / 6 DAYS FISHING
$3,200 USD PER ANGLER
6 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS FISHING
$2,800 USD PER ANGLER
5 NIGHTS / 4 DAYS FISHING
$2,300 USD PER ANGLER
4 NIGHTS / 3 DAYS FISHING
$1,850 USD PER ANGLER
3 NIGHTS / 2 DAYS
$1,300 USD PER ANGLER
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Here are a bunch of photos from our last couple of hosted adventures to Campeche Tarpon Town.