CAMPECHE TARPON - YUCATAN, MEXICO

 

CAMPECHE TARPON - YUCATAN, MEXICO

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 guided services and outfitting 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 world. With an extensive mangrove lagoon stretching from the City of Campeche north for more than 120 kilometers, the fishing for baby tarpon in the 5-to-20 pound range can be fantastic.

Typical Length of Stay

Packages and itineraries of any length can be accommodated. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details and specific rates.

Accommodations and Lodging

Campeche AccommodationAnglers booking through Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures and Campeche Tarpon have a choice of several different lodging options in Campeche. All lodging and accommodations can include either option listed below. All can be included in the Yellow Dog package prices for Campeche.
Hotel Castelmar 
The Hotel Castelmar is an excellent choice for the traveling angler who is looking for the true Campeche experience. The Castelmar was initially built as army barracks before becoming one of the first hotels in the city. Operating as a hotel since the late 1800’s, Castelmar is nestled right in the historic center of Campeche. Restaurants, fortifications, cathedrals and the city square are all within walking distance. This fascinating building has all the original tile floors, a nice pool area, and a grand atrium ideal for morning coffee or afternoon reading. Hotel Castelmar is an excellent choice for those who would like to feel the true heartbeat of the city of Campeche.

Hotel Plaza Campeche
Located in the heart of 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. Lodging at the Plaza is included in standard Campeche Tarpon - Yellow Dog fishing packages.

Ocean View Hotel
Located on the ocean front Malecon of Campeche and just outside the historic downtown area. The Ocean View Hotel is within walked distance or a short cab ride to dining options and city attractions. This modern hotel has all the amenities of a typical American style hotel. With a pool, restaurant, spacious rooms, gym, laundry, internet, and front desk staff you will be very comfortable staying here. Lodging at the Plaza is included in standard Campeche Tarpon - Yellow Dog fishing packages.

Food and Beverages

A light breakfast of coffee, juice and pastries is usually packed for 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 of Campeche Tarpon will bring a cooler loaded with breakfast snacks, beverages, and lunch items. Dinner is on your own each evening in the heart of old Campeche. There are numerous restaurants in the general vicinity of the hotel district, and you can enjoy a different dining establishment each evening.

Fishing Information

Stalking Baby Tarpon at CampecheCampeche offers some of the finest and most consistent fishing for baby tarpon that have found anywhere in the Caribbean. Almost all of the fishing is sight-fishing from the bow of custom-built backcountry skiffs, with most tarpon averaging 5-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 small fishing village of Isla Arena.

The guides of Campeche Tarpon are hardworking and 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.

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 numerous 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.

How To Get There

If you are looking for the most direct way into Campeche then you should plan on flying into Merida, the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatan, which is a 1 hour drive from the city of Campeche. Merida 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. Merida is the fastest, easiest way to access Campeche, and there are additional flights direct into Campeche from Mexico City.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Upon arrival into Merida, you will clear immigrations and customs before heading to the main lobby and reception area of the airport, where you will be met by a Campeche Tarpon representative and drive and driven the 60-80 minutes from Merida to Campeche. 

If you are planning to travel to Campeche from Cancun, you will be transferred by air-conditioned vehicle to Campeche, a road trip of approximately 5 hours. The transfers to Campeche from Merida are included in the Campeche Tarpon fishing package, while round-trip transfers to Campeche from Cancun are an additional $400.00 per trip, depending on the number of people.

2013 Fishing Package Rates


All prices are per person. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing.

Trip Length 2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
1 Per Boat
1 Per Room
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $2,700 $3,500
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $2,300 $3,050
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $1,880 $2,600
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,500 $2,280
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $1,200 $1,990

* 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.

What's Included

  • The number days fishing specified in your package
  • Accommodations at one of the three hotels listed above
  • Meet-and-greet service at the airport
  • Round trip ground transfer between Merida and Campeche
  • Breakfast and lunch each day in Campeche
  • Fishing license, and applicable Mexican VAT taxes

What's Not Included

  • International flight to Merida or Cancun
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Dinner each night in Campeche
  • Taxis, additional tours, and activities

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

For those anglers interested in a trip focused entirely on tarpon, then a Campeche-Isla Holbox combo tarpon fishing trip can easily be arranged through Yellow Dog. Spend three or four days warming up on large number of baby tarpon in Campeche before heading to Holbox for the giants! Call Yellow Dog for pricing and details.

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