Your day of fishing starts with you being picked up from our private Caribbean dock. The owner or manager of The Xflats will introduce you to your personal guide for the day. A typical fishing day has you departing from the lodge at 8:00am and returning around 4:00pm. We are fortunate here in Xcalak to have very short rides to the fishing. On low wind days you often fish the Caribbean flats with no run at all, however on windier days or depending on the species you are targeting a common ride of 10-20 minutes to Chetumal bay is necessary.
As an important reminder; be sure to bring appropriate attire for your saltwater fly-fishing experience in the Yucatan sun (long-sleeves, light-weight pants, hat, and SPF 60 sunblock.) Also, remember to hydrate as often as possible; as we recommend drinking between three to four liters a day (roughly 132 fluid ounces.) We cannot stress enough, please alert your saltwater guide when you are feeling over-heated, we will happily stop the boat for a quick cool-down swim.
You are not required to have a license when fishing with one of our licensed guides. If you plan to fish unguided at any point on your vacation in Quintana Roo please acquire a license here:Mexican Fishing License.
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Passport Driver’s LicenseATM Card*CashCredit Card(s)Rental Car ConfirmationRx PrescriptionsKeysSunblockSmall First Aid KitSports Tape/Duct TapeLip Block with SunscreenInsect RepellentZip Lock Baggies
*You can pay for fishing with US Dollars or Pesos (15-1). It is best to get pesos for food and rooms. Speak with your bank about ordering pesos.
Lightweight Long Sleeves *Short(s) | Quick DryingSun Blocking Hat(s)Pant(s) | Sun BlockingBuff(s)Sun Gloves | As DesiredRain Pant(s) | As Desired Rain Jacket | Lightweight
*We recommend lightweight, breathable sun blocking clothing in neutral colors.
Laced Wading Boots | All Day Wear Lace Up Best for Long Bonefish WadesNeoprene Wading Boots | Zip-Up Fast On & Off Best for Permit Wading Minimal Use for Bonefish WalkingNeoprene Wading SocksLow Profile Dive Booties | As Desired
*We recommend that you wear your clothing for at least a few hours prior to your trip.
Polarized Sunglasses | Large Lens for Light ReductionGlasses Cleaner Clippers/NipsSmall Pocket KnifeHook SharpenerWading Pack | Recommended Chest HeightHemostat(s) with Backup
Fly Rod(s) | We would recommend four fully rigged rods for each day. Rigged for Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon/Snook, BarracudaFly Reel(s)Waterproof Boat BagLeader(s)/Tippet MaterialFly BoxesLine Cleaner/Dressing & Pad
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