The so-called “Silver King” has an insatiable appetite, a strong mouth, power, resistance and acrobatic skills, wich makes him the perfect adversary for your Fly-rod…
Fishing for Tarpon or “Sabalo” – as we call him here in Mexico – can be divided into three cathegories: Baby Tarpon (up to 30 pds), Medium Tarpon (from 30 to 80 pds) and Big Tarpon (more than 80 pds, in occasions they can reach up to 200 pds of weight.) Obviously, those Mega-Tarpons are the ones “most wanted”, but of course the less common to find. In the waters of Ascension Bay, and along the Westcoast of the Yucatán peninsula, you can find schools of baby Tarpon to medium size Tarpons lurking in the mangrove areas. When the Tarpon-fishing-day has been successful, one will finish exhausted from the physical efforts. Deeper water gives the Tarpon a greater margin to maneuver and makes you spend more time to chase him, wearing out the angler as well as the fish. Around noon, when wind starts picking up, it’s getting more difficult to find the Medium to Big-Size Tarpon, that’s when the boats turn towards the quietness of the mangrove-channels to look for dozens of Baby-Tarpon.
Armed with 6wt – 9wt rods we go out to face these small giants in battle. You have to handle your line carefully, if you don’t want him to escape and disappear in between the mangrove roots, once you have him hooked up.In Ascension Bay, it’s high season for Baby Tarpon from May throughout September. Even though there are lots of them around the shallow waters of the flats, be prepared for a rough adventure. Hooking and landing any size of tarpon, is always a difficult challenge.
To protect the environment and to maintain fishing populations stable, Pesca Maya follows the “catch and release” policy for all species.
Further world-class destinations for Tarpon in the Yucatan:
Tarpon San Felipe