Campeche Baby Tarpon Fishing

The Biosphere Reserve of Los Petenes is a vast system of mangroves and wetlands. This environment brings constant streams of freshwater into the Gulf of Mexico, making it the perfect brackish water (is salt water and fresh water mixed) for baby and juvenile tarpon, and barracuda. The town of Campeche is located on the Western Yucatan, looking toward the Gulf of Mexico.


Campeche Baby Tarpon Fishing:

Campeche baby tarpon

The brackish waters of the Mayan Peninsula are perfect for baby and juvenile tarpon, ranging from 5-to 30-pounds; plus snappers, jacks, barracuda and some snook. The tarpon are in depths ranging from one to ten feet. Even though it is a good place for light tackle fishing, fly fishing is widely practiced, and baby tarpon are the main target. Tarpon Town Anglers have five 23' Mexican panga-style boats, fully equipped with casting decks, and newer 60 to 75 h.p. Yamaha motors and stocked coolers. It’s best to use 8-weight fly rods with floating lines. Native guides read the water and pole the boats. Two anglers per guide and boat.
You cast to the mangrove edges of the coastline, and in the small creeks and rivers that drain the area. You should hook many tarpon during the day that are between 5-to 20-pounds. During Brad Staples's hosted weeks, a good day was over 12 per boat, and a bad day was two per boat. On the days that they didn’t land many tarpon, there was still a lot of action.

Brad Staples' Hosted Week Recap:

Brad Staples's Campeche recap

I've hosted numerous baby tarpon fishing trips at Campeche, a wonderful historic city in Mexico. Campeche is located on the Gulf of Mexico, about six hours SW of Cancun. The people are very friendly. The city is clean. And, the baby tarpon fishing is amazing. I had never been to a city in Mexico before where people are out jogging and exercising at nine and 10 o’clock at night. Campeche is recognized as a World Heritage Site with a population of about 400,000 people.
Once our group reaches Campeche, everything is included except for dinners and gratuities. Our group goes each night for fantastic local cuisine. Dinners are priced comparable to the states. If you don’t want to walk to the restaurants, the hotel shuttle van or a taxi can drive us. We stay at the Ocean View, a modern, air-conditioned hotel that has a swimming pool, gym, free Wi-Fi, and a hot fishermen’s breakfast for us each day at 5:30 a.m. Following breakfast, we walk across the road and get into the boats.
For this hosted trip, we supply the flies, and I have extra rods available if needed. We can also assist with plane reservations to this destination. It’s best to fly into Merida, Mexico, from Houston. In Merida, the outfitter will pick us up, and drive us to the Ocean View Hotel, about a 90-minute drive. Because we’ll get in late at night, we’ll take the first day off to relax, get the rods rigged and ready to fish, and I’ll give an hour-long introduction to tarpon fishing and what to expect during the week. We’ll fish the next five days.

Campeche - Scorpion Atoll Combo

Campeche hosted weeks

Campeche - Scorpion Atoll Combo PDF - click here.
Baby Tarpon Fishing & Liveaboard Bonefishing
"I visited the Yucatan Peninsula in December of 2016 and hosted trips here in May of 2017 and 2018. Scorpion Reef (Spanish: Arrecife Alacranes) is a Marine Reserve Park. Sea turtles and exotic birds nest on the five islands in this area. There are only a couple of buildings on the main island, and the few people who live here oversee the lighthouse. This trip involves a lot of walking, but the size and numbers of the bonefish are worth it." - Brad Staples
Click Here to go to our Scorpion Atoll page.

Getting Here:

There are four options to get to Merida that we recommend. Houston (IAH) to Merida on United Airlines, Dallas (DFW) to Merida on American Airlines, Miami (MIA) to Merida on Aeromexico, or you can fly into Cancun (CUN). We feel it’s best to fly from Dallas, Houston, or Miami to Merida, MX (MID). From Merida, it’s only about a 90-minute drive to the Ocean View Hotel in Campeche. If you fly into Cancun, there is an extra charge for a private shuttle, and the driving time is five to six hours. Another route is to fly from Mexico City to Campeche (CPE), and it is about a three-mile drive to the hotel; however, the flights from Mexico City are challenging due to difficulties in negotiating your way through the airport.


About the Ocean View Hotel

You'll stay at the Ocean View Hotel which has sixty air-conditioned rooms, 24-hour coffee, pool, tennis court, spa, gym, free wired/wireless internet service and serves an excellent continental breakfast. It’s only a 12-minute walk from downtown on an oceanfront walkway (malecon) and located 150-feet from boarding point. The hotel does not have its own restaurant, but next to it you’ll find a VIPS franchise fast served food restaurant, or you can go downtown for seafood or regional dishes. There is also a free shuttle to the downtown area and restaurants.
Campeche, a quaint town with Mayan and Spanish history, receives as many tourists in one year as Cancun gets in a day. Non-angling options include: City tour, visit Mayan Ruins, jungle horseback riding, beach and snorkel boating tour, handcrafts excursion . . .

2018 Rates:

January - June 30,  2018, and
October 1 - December 31,  2018:
Double occupancy rates:
Two anglers per room and boat
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$3,390.00 p.p.
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing
$2,990.00 p.p.
5-nights and 4-days guided fishing
$2,490.00 p.p.
4-nights and 3-days guided fishing
$1,990.00 p.p.
3-nights and 2-days guided fishing
$1,490.00 p.p.
Non-angler companion:  
$125.00 p.p. per night

July 1, 2018 – Sept. 30, 2018
Two anglers per room and boat
5-nights and 4-days guided fishing
$2,241.00 p.p.
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing
$2,691.00 p.p.
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$3,051.00 p.p.
Single angler rates are also available in our information packet.

Packages include:

Hotel accommodations, ground transfer to/from airport at selected airports CME-MID-CPE (a surcharge will apply to the CUN airport), welcome seafood dinner, breakfast at the hotel, guided fishing charter for selected number of days with unlimited gasoline for long range days, guide service, onboard lunch, fishing license for the number of days fishing, daily cooler (stocked with ice, water, soda, beer, and snacks), flies and lures if needed, satellite phone if needed, Reservoir Los Petenes entrance and usage fee, and service and sales tax.

Non-angler companion rate includes: Lodging, breakfast, transportation to/from airport with matched angler companion, and taxes.

Packages do not include:

Airfare, gratuities for guides and hotel staff, any meal other than breakfast and lunch the days of your fishing charters and the welcome seafood dinner, departure tax, and anything not specified in inclusions.

All passengers departing from Mexico on international flights must pay a departure tax (approx. USD $65.00). Many airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket. If not, it is payable at the airport when leaving Mexico.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

Request Campeche baby tarpon Info Packet  

Campeche baby tarpon photos


Fly fishing for baby tarpon

Campeche tarpon fishing

Joe Riter and Campeche tarpon

Joe Riter's tarpon

Campeche is a beautiful historic town

Historic Campeche

Scott Ankenbrand's baby tarpon

Scott Ankenbrand with baby tarpon

Mayan Ruins tour is a hosted week tradition

Mayan ruins tour

Ocean View Hotel room

Ocean View Hotel room

Ocean View Hotel swimming pool

Pcean View swimming pool