MEX - Campeche
8 rods per week.
The town of Campeche is located on the west coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, about an hour and 45 minute drive southwest of the city of Merida, in the state that bares its name, Campeche.
Juvenile tarpon, the odd snook and the occasional jack.
SEASON OF OPERATION
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LOGISTICS
This trip is best suited for a Saturday or Sunday arrival. However, with enough advance notice, there is a degree of flexibility in terms of arrival and departures.
The Ocean Front Hotel, as the name suggests, is located across the street from the Malecon, the long oceanfront boardwalk that runs throughout much of Campeche’s downtown core. The hotel is new, beautifully located in terms of proximity to the boats and has all the amenities one could want. Big, spacious rooms, excellent twin beds, private bath, A/C, cable and flats screen TV’s. The hotel could not be better located and all anglers have to do each morning is walk across the street after breakfast and get into their skiffs. If the wind is really ripping that day, Raul may opt to drive you to the marina (a 1 minute drive) to get into your boat. The hotel has a spa/massage service and a small pool at the back of the hotel, which gets sun for much of the day. After a hot day on the water, the pool is like an oasis and it makes for a great place to cool down with a cold drink at the end of the day. In terms of modern conveniences and proximity to the skiffs, this hotel is by far the best accommodations option in the city. That said, if you’d prefer something a little closer to the heart of Old Campeche, Raul is quite flexible and we can book you into a downtown hotel.
8 rods per week.
The Campeche fishing area is really comprised of 2 distinct eco systems that hold juvenile tarpon. The “Los Petenes” National Park is a massive mangrove estuary located just outside the city that stretches for hundreds of miles to the north. This mangrove forest is dotted with countless bays, lagoons and creeks that all hold juvenile tarpon. When fishing this pristine mangrove shoreline guests will have the opportunity to site casting to cruising tarpon in the 5 to 20 pound range. These fish may be found rolling, but more than likely they will be hugging the mangrove shoreline in search of an easy meal. Snook are not uncommon in this area, as are large jack crevalle, up to 25 pounds. The second eco system in the Campeche region is a vast series of grass flats that stretch for thousands of square miles to the north and south of town. These grass flats range in anywhere from 2 to 8 feet of water and extend up to 20 miles off shore. Holding an astonishing array of shrimp and minnows, the grass flats serve as a feeder system for juvenile tarpon to grow fat on, before they grow large enough to head out to deeper water to begin the initial stages of their migration pattern. Most of the fish found feeding on the grass beds will be seen either rolling or fining on the surface.
Regardless of which environment the tarpon are being fished in, all the tarpon encountered in the waters around Campeche will generally not exceed 25 pounds. Once they reach 25 pounds or so, the fish move offshore to begin the second phase of their lives. The runs from the marina out to the fishing grounds are anywhere from 5 to 40 minutes, depending on where your guide is planning on fishing that day.
BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
23 foot Mexican pangas powered by 60 to 90 two stroke engines. The skiffs have rod holders and generous non slip casting platforms.
There are a couple of ways to get into and out of Campeche from the US, but by far the easiest way is flying into Mexico City (airport code MEX) and then flying on Aero Mexico direct to Campeche (airport code CPE). There are a couple of flights per day from Mexico City to Campeche and once you arrive, the Campeche Airport is about a 10 minute drive to your hotel. This is how the majority of our guests fishing Campeche opt to arrive and depart when fishing Campeche. Another fairly easy option is to fly into and out of Merida (airport code MID), and then driving the 1.45 hours from Merida to Campeche. For both the Campeche and Merida arrival/departure options, round trip airport shuttle service is included in the price and will likely be handled by Raul, our old friend who owns the fishing operation. Another option, although far less attractive, is to fly in and out through Cancun, which then entails a 7 hour drive each way on your arrival and departure days. This Cancun option entails a significant round trip shuttle cost which is not included in the price of the trip. If this is the route you chose to come in and out through, please inquire about the round trip shuttle costs before booking your flights.
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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
American, EU and Canadian citizens require a passport valid for at least six months after date of entry, along with a return ticket. You must supply proof of citizenship to obtain a Mexican Tourist Card and to enter the country. The Tourist Card application is issued at the ticket counter by airlines that fly into Mexico. Just fill it out while in flight and present it along with your proof of citizenship to the immigration officials when you arrive in Mexico City or Cancun. For proof of citizenship you can use only a valid passport (check expiration date). The tourist card will be checked at your first point of entry. The immigration official will retain one copy and give you the other, which you must surrender at the airline ticket counter when you check in for your return flight. Keep your copy (Tourist Card) in your possession during your stay in Mexico. No visas or inoculations are required for U.S, Canadian or EU citizens. A Mexican departure tax is payable at the airport when leaving Mexico. Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket. Please check with us or your travel agent or carrier to verify this.
RATES FOR 2016 - 17
7/6 $3,200 USD DBL
6/5 $2,800 USD DBL
5/4 $2,300 USD DBL
4/3 $1,850 USD DBL
3/2 $1,300 USD DBL
7/6 $4,100 USD SGL
6/5 $3,650 USD SGL
5/4 $3,050 USD SGL
4/3 $2,690 USD SGL
3/2 $1,990 USD SGL