Tarpon Cay Lodge – Rio Lagartos Estuary – Yucatan

Welcome to Tarpon Cay Lodge! This amazing destination is located in a very remote region of northern Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. The fishery in this region offers incredible opportunities for tarpon. If you are interested in tarpon fishing at Tarpon Cay Lodge in the Yucatan peninsula between Parque Natural San Felipe and Rio Lagartos read on!

Tarpon Cay Lodge : Tarpon fishing northern Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula

Nice juvenile tarpon at Tarpon Cay Lodge

San Felipe is a small port town located on the northern Yucatan’s mangrove coast facing the Gulf of Mexico. San Felipe is straddled by two of the most beautiful Biosphere Reserves in the world, Parque Natural San Felipe which extends more than 20 miles to the west and Rio Lagartos which extends more than 30 miles to the east.

There is enormous diversity in this environment. The Rio Lagartos reserve has two eco-regions; clear turtle grass flats transitioning to mangrove lined lagoons, and dry forests which protect nearly 150,000 acres of upland forest, beaches, dunes and coastal wetlands.  The Parque Natural San Felipe (San Felipe Park) is very similar to the ecosystem of the Rio Lagartos reserve.

Tarpon Cay Lodge : Tarpon fishing northern Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula

Edward Johnston with a nice juvenile tarpon at Tarpon Cay Lodge

The mangrove estuaries are loaded with baby and juvenile tarpon. This area is also home to the largest nesting ground of pink flamingos in the Yucatan, ospreys, frigate birds, great blue herons, white and brown pelicans, fish eagles, herons and egrets of species, ibis, and hundreds of other bird species and a small population of crocodiles.

The fishing program for Tarpon Cay Lodge centers on the Hotel San Felipe which is situated harbor side in the center of this small fishing village. The hotel is not fancy, but it is clean, comfortable and well appointed. The air-conditioned rooms are more than adequate for two guests with two double beds, and private bath with shower.

Tarpon Cay Lodge

Sometime we keep one to dine on. This snapper was delicious !

The hotels dining room is located at the waters edge. The cooking is a mixture of Spanish, Yucatan and Mayan dishes and as expected there will be an abundance of seafood as well as local grown chicken and beef. The staff will go out of their way to make sure that all your needs are taken care of.

The hotel’s seawall and boardwalk are at the water’s edge and your fishing skiff is moored right there so you can literally step right into your skiff after breakfast or lunch, should you prefer to return to the lodge for a mid-day siesta.

The grass flats and mangrove estuaries near Tarpon Cay are loaded with baby and juvenile tarpon! The section of the Yucatan is an absolute tarpon nursery and the numbers of baby and junior tarpon are remarkable. At times, it is not unusual to see a single school of tarpon containing hundreds of fish.

Like most other tarpon destinations, Tarpon Cay Lodge’s peak season is May through August. The weather is calm and the tarpon are usually plentiful. These fish are largely undisturbed and will respond to most well-presented flies. There are other fish available here including jacks, snappers, barracudas, spotted sea trout and snook, however consider those as a bonus species.

Tarpon Cay Lodge, like its sister Lodge, Isla del Sabalo, is a fly fishing lodge developed for one purpose and that is fishing for tarpon and offers some of the best tarpon angling available today.

Tarpon Cay Lodge

There are countless little tarpon like this in the low areas surrounding San Felipe. Friends gather these little guys up during the dry season and place them safely in the mangroves.

Generally, you will turn out of bed before sunrise. Hot coffee and a Mexican breakfast will be waiting for you in the dining room. 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 spacious panga’s which are more than ample for two anglers and a guide. Usually you will return to the hotel for lunch and go back out later in the afternoon. However, it is your choice.

The fertile waters of Mexico’s northern Yucatan Peninsula represent one of the most productive juvenile tarpon fisheries in the world. Tarpon Cay Lodge is relatively inexpensive, easy to get to, and very compatible to light tackle and fly fishing.

The  rate  for a 7 Night / 6 Day combo package is $3,295 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.

See additional  rate information  here.

Panga skiffs at Tarpon Cay Lodge

Three Panga skiffs at your disposal at Tarpon Cay Lodge

For a remote destination experience offering a pure unspoiled tarpon fishery, look no further than Tarpon Cay Lodge. The clear grass flats and backcountry lagoons provide extraordinary fishing opportunities.

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)    *  1-800-771-2202

All Photgraphs by Edward R. Johnston
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Tarpon Cay Lodge : Tarpon fishing northern Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula

Juvenile tarpon at Tarpon Cay Lodge