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Chetumal Bay Charter

Quintana Roo, OTHER

Accommodates
1 to 2
Pet-Friendly
Kid-Friendly
Handicapped Accessible

Your Experience

Our half day charter is 4 hours long and includes all tackle, bait, gas, ice and drinks. We will pick you up either from your hotel to our boat ramp or direct from your hotel dock. Our charter caters to up to 2 anglers, targeting Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Triggerfish and other game/reef species. Please choose what option you would like for your trip and we will then contact you after completing the booking to finalize your itinerary.


Chetumal bay


Chetumal Bay is the 3rd and largest in a series of bays on the eastern tip of the Yucatan peninsula. To the north, we have the world-renowned ‘Ascension Bay’, just below that is ‘Espiritu Santo Bay’ and further south we have ‘Chetumal Bay’. The ‘Bay’ is split between Belize and Mexico and is referred to as one of the Caribbeans top angling destinations. Chetumal Bay gets its name from the town of Chetumal which is the capital of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo and the powerhouse of the area. There is an abundance of things to do here, from visiting museums, enjoying the local restaurants and taking a swim at the beautiful ‘Laguna Bacalar’.

The city of Chetumal sits to the northwestern side of the bay and is ideally located to access the abundance of great fishing we have here. For this reason, we decided to set up our outfitters operation here. Further to this, we wanted to give our clients the best experience possible. As such, we run purpose built flats boats to keep you comfortable, safe, and on the best possible platform to access our excellent fishery. We have several lodging options, including guest houses and luxury hotels, to offer you great accommodation and comfort off the water. We even arrange pick up from your accommodation to our private dock, where our skiff and gear will be ready and waiting for you to head out for a memorable day on the water.


Cayos

Here in northwestern Chetumal bay, we have a number of small ‘Cayos’ that stretch along the coast at roughly 2-3km from shore. These small islands provide a wealth of great fishing options, from Bonefish and Permit on the flats, to Tarpon of all sizes and a host of other species.

Our cayos are unique in that they have little fishing pressure, either from commercial fishing or recreationally. In addition to this, having custom built flats boats allows us to get the best out of our fishery and explore every flat, bay, mangrove lagoon and river mouth. This equates to a unique experience in a pristine and untouched fishery, and I can promise you, it lives up to our hype!

In addition to this, we also have the option to make the 45 minutes run out to Xcalak, stopping at a number of bays, creek mouth, flats and keys along the way. A prime area for a chance at tangling with a large Permit and schooling Bonefish in shallow water.


Flats Fishing

Chetumal bay is a vast area of green turtle grass, marl and expansive white sand flats that seem to stretch on forever. We also have some smaller rivers that run into the bay, providing an excellent habitat for smaller Tarpon and Snook. In addition, we have a wealth of mangrove-lined lagoons and lakes that offer some incredible fishing for skinny water and tailing Bonefish. This variety of water gives us lots of options depending on the species you would like to target and the way you would like to fish them. We have lots of options for all levels of experience and any unplanned tropical weather shifts.

Our flats fishing options allow us to target Bonefish, Permit, Triggerfish, Jacks and Barracuda along with smaller Tarpon year-round and large migratory Tarpon in specific months. Flats fishing is predominantly sight fishing to either cruising, tailing or sighted fish. We believe that this is the ultimate in inshore fishing and is bound to get any anglers heart racing.

The convenience of fishing from a custom skiff allows us to bring a variety of options depending on what you would prefer to do. We will generally have a few 8 weights rigged, along with 9 weights and 10 weights and a few spinning outfits. We do this to maximise your time on the water and avoid spending time undoing knots or re-rigging as we can pull out another rod and be back fishing in an instant.


Pozos

Pozo fishing is exhilarating and something rather unique to Chetumal Bay. Our Pozo fishing is synonymous with Tarpon, and big Tarpon at that! Every year around April/May, we start to see the first waves of big migratory fish show up in the bay. These fish make their way north to the shelter of our water and enjoy feeding on the large school of bait and the lack of angling pressure. These fish tend to stay until late September/October before heading back on their spawning cycle.

While we do find these big Tarpon on the flats, something unique is heading out into specific areas in the bay where the water drops from 20ft down to 60ft. These areas are effectively underwater sinkholes or ‘Cenotes’, and often we will find big Tarpon floating over these areas and rolling on calmer days. Tarpon especially frequent these areas due to the colder influx of freshwater that these sinkholes release. These unique qualities provide the angler with some fantastic sport, being able to sight fish 80lbs + Tarpon in crystal clear water.

Tarpon is our primary target; however, it is also worth noting that we do find other species here, such as Jacks, Barracuda, Cobia and Cubera Snapper to name but a few. Whether throwing flies, lures or deep dropping live bait, you are guaranteed to have a great experience fishing the Pozos.

What's Included

Expert Local Guide

Excellent Quality Gear

Full Quiver of Thomas & Thomas Fly Rods

Daiwa & Teklon Spinning Rods

Wide Range of Lure Fishing Kits and Flies

Lunch (Full Day Trip)

Soft Drinks, Ice, and Gas

Polarized Sunglasses Available for use

Your Host

Call Us

We are a sport fishing guiding and consulting business, based in southern Quintana Roo, Mexico. We run guided fly and light tackle wade trips and charters on both the flats, and inshore coastal waters of Sian Ka’an, Mahahual and Chetumal Bay. Our range covers over 550 square miles, encapsulating some of the best Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon fishing on the planet. ​ We run trips year-round for the big 3 species, as well as targeting Barracuda, Snook, Triggerfish, and various reef species. We also offer Lobster diving in the summer months when the lobster season is open as an additional add on to your fishing charter.

Member since March 2021

Call Us

We are a sport fishing guiding and consulting business, based in southern Quintana Roo, Mexico. We run guided fly and light tackle wade trips and charters on both the flats, and inshore coastal waters of Sian Ka’an, Mahahual and Chetumal Bay. Our range covers over 550 square miles, encapsulating some of the best Bonefish, Permit, and Tarpon fishing on the planet. ​ We run trips year-round for the big 3 species, as well as targeting Barracuda, Snook, Triggerfish, and various reef species. We also offer Lobster diving in the summer months when the lobster season is open as an additional add on to your fishing charter.

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Rules & Guidelines

What to bring on a skiff charter trip?


We pride ourselves on providing you with excellent quality gear to use during your skiff charter with us. Our equipment is maintained and checked regularly to make sure we have no failures or breakages. We are fortunate to work with some great companies in the fly and lure fishing industry to make this happen and guarantee you the best gear available on every trip.


On our fly fishing charters, we have a full quiver of Thomas and Thomas Exocett fly rods from #6-11, as well as spare rods from both Thomas and Thomas and G. Loomis. We also have a selection of Nautilus, and Hatch fly reels, rigged with 50lbs gel spun backing and double Bimini twists. This way of rigging is a proven formula for success, and we believe the most durable and reliable connection from backing to fly line. In addition to this, we have a range of Cortland guide series and liquid series fly lines cat pawed to the double Bimini. If you would like to read more about this, then please click the link (here) to another blog explaining how and why we do this.


Finally, on the front of the fly line, we have a hand-tied leader. I personally am not a fan of extruded tapered leaders. From experience, these offerings tend to crumple in the wind or casting heavier flies. For this reason, I tie homemade leaders onto the end to give the best possible presentation in a variety of scenarios. I have a blog on making a homemade saltwater fly leader and the breakdown that I use linked above.


On our light tackle charters, we run a range of Daiwa and Teklon spinning rods. These rods are precision built in Japan to high standards. They are very light and responsive, yet have a strong backbone to subdue bigger fish and push out lures or baits into a wind. We rig these rods with the fantastic Daiwa BG series reels from 2500 to 4500 size depending on the fishing type. As the final addition to the setup, we rig our reels with either Varivas Avani or Suffix X8 braided line. These lines are very fine diameter for the breaking strain and offer fantastic feel, so you know what is happening at the end of your line. We like to attach a fluorocarbon leader to the end of our braid for added stealth and abrasion resistance. Doing this also allows us to use a quick-change system to maximise your time on the water and your chances to target a wider variety of species.


It goes without saying, but we also have a wide range of lure fishing kit and a large selection of flies. This means that you shouldn’t need to bring any expensive kit to have a great trip. That said, there are a few things that may be worth taking or that we are unable to provide for every trip and as such we have added a kit list below.


Kit List:


-Sunscreen (essential)

-UV protective clothing (shirts, sun sleeves, hat, buff etc. We would recommend a company like Simms, Columbia or Patagonia)

-Polarised sunglasses (we provide pairs of Costa 580 G green mirror and sunrise/silver mirror but don’t have lenses for prescriptions etc.)

-Camera (we carry a camera on al trips, but it is always nice to have one handy to document your trip)

-Rain gear (yes it’s true, sometimes it does rain in paradise!)

-Smile (its is important to enjoy the whole experience along with the fishing)

-Any tackle you would like to fish with


While we provide all gear necessary on our charters, we are more than happy for you to bring any kit you have at home. We can advise on equipment to bring or purchase and are happy to rig and set up anything you require. The same is also the case with any flies you have tied for your charter. We have a series of easy to follow fly tying tutorials available here to give you an idea of what we like to throw down here. We are big believers in catching fish on flies you have tied yourself. What better way to add that little bit extra to your charter then landing one of the big three on a fly you have tied yourself!


We also provide soft drinks and snacks on all our charters. Our full-day charters have lunch included, along with soft drinks and snacks. We will converse with you before your charter to make sure we cover any allergies or dietary requirements before we leave the dock.


Please note, there is a 50% non refundable deposit included with your payment when booking.

Check In:

10:00 AM

Check Out:

10:00 PM

What to bring on a skiff charter trip?


We pride ourselves on providing you with excellent quality gear to use during your skiff charter with us. Our equipment is maintained and checked regularly to make sure we have no failures or breakages. We are fortunate to work with some great companies in the fly and lure fishing industry to make this happen and guarantee you the best gear available on every trip.


On our fly fishing charters, we have a full quiver of Thomas and Thomas Exocett fly rods from #6-11, as well as spare rods from both Thomas and Thomas and G. Loomis. We also have a selection of Nautilus, and Hatch fly reels, rigged with 50lbs gel spun backing and double Bimini twists. This way of rigging is a proven formula for success, and we believe the most durable and reliable connection from backing to fly line. In addition to this, we have a range of Cortland guide series and liquid series fly lines cat pawed to the double Bimini. If you would like to read more about this, then please click the link (here) to another blog explaining how and why we do this.


Finally, on the front of the fly line, we have a hand-tied leader. I personally am not a fan of extruded tapered leaders. From experience, these offerings tend to crumple in the wind or casting heavier flies. For this reason, I tie homemade leaders onto the end to give the best possible presentation in a variety of scenarios. I have a blog on making a homemade saltwater fly leader and the breakdown that I use linked above.


On our light tackle charters, we run a range of Daiwa and Teklon spinning rods. These rods are precision built in Japan to high standards. They are very light and responsive, yet have a strong backbone to subdue bigger fish and push out lures or baits into a wind. We rig these rods with the fantastic Daiwa BG series reels from 2500 to 4500 size depending on the fishing type. As the final addition to the setup, we rig our reels with either Varivas Avani or Suffix X8 braided line. These lines are very fine diameter for the breaking strain and offer fantastic feel, so you know what is happening at the end of your line. We like to attach a fluorocarbon leader to the end of our braid for added stealth and abrasion resistance. Doing this also allows us to use a quick-change system to maximise your time on the water and your chances to target a wider variety of species.


It goes without saying, but we also have a wide range of lure fishing kit and a large selection of flies. This means that you shouldn’t need to bring any expensive kit to have a great trip. That said, there are a few things that may be worth taking or that we are unable to provide for every trip and as such we have added a kit list below.


Kit List:


-Sunscreen (essential)

-UV protective clothing (shirts, sun sleeves, hat, buff etc. We would recommend a company like Simms, Columbia or Patagonia)

-Polarised sunglasses (we provide pairs of Costa 580 G green mirror and sunrise/silver mirror but don’t have lenses for prescriptions etc.)

-Camera (we carry a camera on al trips, but it is always nice to have one handy to document your trip)

-Rain gear (yes it’s true, sometimes it does rain in paradise!)

-Smile (its is important to enjoy the whole experience along with the fishing)

-Any tackle you would like to fish with


While we provide all gear necessary on our charters, we are more than happy for you to bring any kit you have at home. We can advise on equipment to bring or purchase and are happy to rig and set up anything you require. The same is also the case with any flies you have tied for your charter. We have a series of easy to follow fly tying tutorials available here to give you an idea of what we like to throw down here. We are big believers in catching fish on flies you have tied yourself. What better way to add that little bit extra to your charter then landing one of the big three on a fly you have tied yourself!


We also provide soft drinks and snacks on all our charters. Our full-day charters have lunch included, along with soft drinks and snacks. We will converse with you before your charter to make sure we cover any allergies or dietary requirements before we leave the dock.


Please note, there is a 50% non refundable deposit included with your payment when booking.

Check In:

10:00 AM

Check Out:

10:00 PM

Additional Costs

  • Make it a Full Day

    $165.00

    Not Specified

Non-refundable Deposit

Please note that there is a 50% non-refundable deposit included with your booking fee. In case of cancellation, and in accordance with the Host's cancellation policy, the remaining 50% may be returned to you or applied towards rescheduling a future trip.

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen (essential)
  • UV Protective Clothing (Shirt/Sun Sleeves/Hat/etc)
  • Polarized Sunglasses
  • Flats Boots
  • Camera
  • Rain Gear
  • Any Tackle you would like to fish with

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