Mexico’s grand slam opportunity to catch bonefish, permit, snook, jack’s, and tarpon
Yucatán became part of the Mexican Empire in February 1821, but remained a remote province until 1824 when it was divided into three states: Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatán.
Until the mid-1900s, Yucatán’s only contact with the outside world was by sea. The Yucatán’s trade with the Europe USA and Caribbean islands was far more significant than that of trade with Mexico itself. Railway was the only connection to the Yucatán in the 1950s and by car not until a decade later. Today, Yucatán’s culture remains unique from that of other Mexican states. In addition offering an abundance of cultural treasures from Mayan civilizations, the Yucatan is a mecca for modern day fly fishermen.
Team SUPonthefly packed up the rods, boards, coolers, paddles and pumps and headed south to paddle and explore the crystal blue Caribbean waters of Boca Paila. Though the number of bags in the picture may seem daunting, we were impressed that each of the three people in the group was able to pack everything into two bags… and met airline weight requirements!
And so quest for Bonefish, Tarpon, Snook, Permit and Jack’s began. We base camped in Tulum and had the pleasure of spending one of our days with Rhett Schober who owns and manages Akumal Villas. Rhett has become a Boca Paila expert and is especially fond of the beachside action for Snook and Jacks.
We ended up spending three full days at Boca Paila fishing both ocean and lagoon side. The boards were invaluable for hopping from flat to flat. They also allowed us to haul all the gear that allowed us to enjoy flats camp and beach camp each day.