Located near the town of Mahahual, Mexico between Espiritu Santo Bay and Chetumal Bay, Pesca Mahahual has the perfect location to take advantage of the many saltwater tarpon lakes spread throughout the region as well as the less known and spectacular fishery of Chetumal Bay. Ideally set up groups of 2 anglers, Pesca Mahahual's head guide David is well versed in the intricacies of all the fisheries. Each day anglers choose from fishing bonefish and permit on the flats of Chetumal Bay via Hells Bay flats boats or chasing tarpon and snook on the inland lakes using smaller skiffs. Anglers should anticipate rotating through the guide staff during their stay.
Theregion’sinlandlakesrepresentauniqueandsought after venue for tarpon and snook anglers. There are a dozen or so ancient lakes, connected to the Caribbean by limestone caverns called “cenotes”. These cenotes serve as an active connection to the sea and deliver fresh influx salt water to the lakes each day through tidal movement. Additionally, cenotes provide passage for a wide range of game fish. Cenotes vary in size from 5 feet in diameter to a hundred feet or larger and it is very common to see rolling tarpon where these cenotes enter the lakes.
These lakes are mostly known for holding juvenile tarpon in the 10 -25-pound range as well as trophy snook that can reach 30 pounds. Additionally, they are home to good populations of barracuda, jacks and snapper as well as decent numbers of tarpon in the 25-50 pound range. The lakes act as a sanctuary and nursery for these fish offering both cover and a rich source of food. The lakes range in size from 100 acres to close to 1000 acres. The lakes are located from a 15 minute to a one hour plus drive from the lodge. Fishing the lakes is normally done from a skiff that is poled along the mangrove perimeter. Fish are spotted hanging on the edges of the mangroves, rolling, or crashing baitfish. Most of the year the water in the lakes is quite clear and ranges from four to eight feet deep. The majority of the fishing entails sight casting to tarpon and snook. However during winter months or particular rainy weeks the run-off water draining the mangrove wetlands surrounding the lakes give the lakes a deep tannin stain that make it necessary to blind cast to ambush points and bays along the mangroves. A good day can offer a dozen or so tarpon being jumped with half being landed. Tarpon are famous for coming unbuttoned as they spend much of their time in the air during the fight. In an average week at the lodge, most anglers will spend at least two days on the lakes chasing tarpon and snook.
Arrival Information: To get to Pesca Mahahual you will need to make travel arrangements to Cancun, Mexico.
Getting to the Lodge: In Cancun you will be met by a lodge representative who will drive you five hours south to the lodge. Week-long trips run from Saturday to Saturday. On your arrival day the shuttle will depart Cancun between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM. If you are not able to schedule your arrival before 4:00 PM on Saturday, please plan on spending the night in Cancun on Friday night.
Departure Information: On your departure day the shuttle will depart the lodge at 7:00 AM and arrive in Cancun at 12:00 Noon, so please schedule your departing flight after 3:00 PM.
Note: Shorter trips, non-angling and custom trips are also available - please call us for details and rates.
2017 Rate: $2,950 per person for a 7 night/6 day package
Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, guided fishing, beer and alcohol, permits, licenses, and round-trip transfer from Cancun to lodge (Saturday to Saturday week packages only).
Not Included: Airfare to and from Cancun, accommodations and meals in Cancun, staff and guide gratuities.
Species: Bonefish, tarpon permit, barracuda, snook, jacks.
Season: Year-round with the prime season being March - July and mid-October to mid-December.
Capacity: 2 anglers