Posted: Mon 07/18/11 9:24 am Post subject: Mexico - DIY Fishing In Boca Paila Area? Anyone been?
I'm off to Mexico on vacation for the first time in three weeks (from the UK). Last year's trip to Cuba was superb for DIY angling, but I fancied a change and (as ever with family in tow) did plenty of research and settled on the Grand Sirenis hotel a few miles north of Tulum. Needless to say fishing was a major consideration! I can fish the rocks and beaches adjacent to the hotel and surrounding area, but I'm also tantalizingly close to Ascension Bay and Boca Paila. As a saltwater fly fisherman, I'm can't ignore this BUT the cost of a guide in Mexico is hellishly expensive compared to Cuba (the ones I've found anyway) and frankly is out of reach as it stands.
You guys visit mexico far more regularly than we do here in the UK, so I'm hoping you have a lot more experience! Does anyone have any suggestions of any cheaper guides? What about just wading and not having the expense of the boat/panga? Also, what are the options for renting a car and driving down to the Boca Paila bridge and DIY fly fishing there? I'm not hung up on catching bonefish particularly as I did that last year - any feisty saltwater species are good for me!
I'll be taking a lure rod too, should the weather (wind) make flyfishing a bit tough. If anyone has experience in this area I'd be massively grateful for the benefit of your wisdom!
Not too many options for the walk and wading angler there, except for Boca Paila bridge. As far as I know you can wade this area with no problems. It is quite close to Tulum and you can stay in Tulum and drive there to fish. The best fishing is inside the Sian Kaan reserve and you need a guide to fish there, cause they don't allow you to fish there by your own. The cheapest option is the CESIAK (http://cesiak.org/), a rustic and interesting ECO lodge. They might be able to get a good deal for you on the fishing guides as well. Talk and negotiate with them. I wrote a 2011 retrospective in my blog where you can find a small report about the area. I hope u enjoy it http://www.theflyexplorer.blogspot.com/2012/01/2011-retrospective-winter.html
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