Welcome to Isla del Sabalo! This amazing destination is located in a very remote region of the Yucatan peninsula near Campeche Mexico.  The fishery in this region offers incredible opportunities for tarpon.  If you are interested in tarpon fishing at Isla del Sabalo tarpon Lodge  in the Yucatan peninsula near Campeche Mexico read on!

Small Campeche tarpon

Edward Johnston with a small Campeche tarpon

Isla del Sabalo  until recently wasn’t on the chart of many anglers. The lodge is located in a remote region on the western side of the Yucatan Peninsula north of Campeche Mexico.

It’s a beautiful unspoiled area with abundant wildlife and lush foliage. The tall thick mangrove forests found here is reminiscent of the heart of the Florida Everglades. And like the Everglades, there are many pristine rivers flowing out of the mangrove jungles and backcountry lagoons.  Along the coastline you will find many species of birds, turtles, fish, two species of crocodiles, but most importantly, the area is home to lots of small tarpon and Mexico’s Yucatan offers some of the best tarpon angling available today!

Marco Ruz and Edward Johnston with a clutch of tarpon .

The fertile waters of Mexico’s northern Yucatan Peninsula are one of the most productive juvenile tarpon fisheries on the planet and the local waters here are abundant with tarpon. The grass flats are crystal clear and will remind the seasoned angler of the classic tarpon fishing at Homosassa or perhaps places in the Florida Keys or Biscayne Bay.

The ocean front accommodations at Isla del Sabalo are located on a white sandy beach facing the Gulf of Mexico allowing for refreshing cool ocean breezes. The clean guest rooms are comfortable and well appointed with plenty of room for two guests sharing a cabin. There is a full private bath with shower and hot and cold water. Housekeeping service cleans the room daily and replaces towels and bottled drinking water. And, you will enjoy very good local Mexican and Mayan cuisine in a unique beach front palapa.

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Isla del Sabalo Lodge guest rooms

The peak season at Isla del Sabalo, like most other tarpon destinations is May through August, although there is a good tarpon fishery here year-round in the many unspoiled rivers and numerous creeks that divide the shoreline where you will have an opportunity to fish for “jungle tarpon” .

In the summer you will primarily concentrate on the flats where the majority of the tarpon will be found. There are other fish available here including jacks, snappers, barracudas, spotted sea trout and snook, however consider those as a bonus species. Isla Blanca is a fly fishing lodge developed for one purpose and that is fishing for tarpon!

Generally, you will turn out of bed before sunrise. Hot coffee and a Mexican breakfast will be waiting for you in the main dining area of the beach front palapa.  After breakfast you will load your fishing gear into a spacious panga skiff and make the run to the prime fishing zone. The fishing operation uses eighteen foot panga’s which are more than ample for two anglers and a guide.

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Main palapa at Isla del Sabalo Lodge

The lodge kitchen will prepare your lunch which will be taken with you in a cooler. Lunches consist of your choice of sandwiches, snacks, and assorted beverages.

Wherever you fish, an 8 or 9 weight fly rod is all you need here. The tarpon are eager to consume a well-presented fly and you should have plenty of opportunities to hook, jump and catch fish. Although not necessary, you may want to bring along a short fly rod for casting in tight quarters and maybe a 10 weight if you want to cast some larger bulky deer hair flies.

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Edward Johnston with a fine juvenile Yucatan tarpon

You will find some additional photos on our facebook page which will give you an idea of the size of the Yucatan tarpon.

Easy to get to, reasonably priced, and well-matched for light tackle, this area is ideal for short trips or for longer excursions. The rate for a 7 Night / 6 Day combo package is $3,295.00 per angler (double occupancy). This will include all transfers in a new air-conditioned Ford Super Van (seats eight including our bilingual host and driver), Lodge accommodations, meals and guided fishing.  Not included is airfare to Cancun or Merida, alcoholic beverages, and tips for the guide and staff.

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For a remote destination experience offering a pure unspoiled tarpon fishery, look no further than Isla del Sabalo Lodge.  The gin-clear grass flats, the pristine rivers flowing out of the mangrove jungle and backcountry lagoons provide extraordinary fishing opportunities.

You may be interested in this recent report for Isla del Sabalo Lodge at Campeche Mexico which we just posted!

If you have been there then you know already, if you haven’t been, then go now! Just remember, Edward Johnston told you so……….Book now for the rest of this year and/or reserve your spot in 2013. Please feel free to call us with any questions you may have.

Call us now at 800-771-2202 or 352-795-3474.

Edward Johnston

Leisure Time Travel: Your best and most knowledgeable choice for fishing the Caribbean

Leisure Time Travel Inc.

531 N. Citrus Ave.

Crystal River, Florida 34428 352-795-FISH (3474)


All Photgraphs by Edward R. Johnston

Copyright © 2012 Edward R. Johnston & Leisure Time Travel, Inc. 1996-2012

Yuctan juvenile tarpon fishery

Most productive baby tarpon and juvenile tarpon fishery on the planet