04-30-2009, 08:58 PM
Hi everyone. I'm fairly new here, but I'm heading to Isla Mujeres near Cancun. I'm a quite experienced angler on rivers in the Rocky Mountains, but have never given salt water a go. I have an 8 weight with a bonefish line. I was hoping someone might be able to give me some guidance on fishing that area, or sight fishing in salt water in general. I probably won't have the funds to go out on a boat with a guide and would like to target some fish by foot. I would love to get into some bones and permit, but would be pretty happy just to catch anything around the area. If anyone knows the area and could recommend spots to try out I would appreciate that as well as general strategy and particular flies to tie for the trip.
Thanks in advance.
05-01-2009, 09:38 AM
If you've never flats fished before, it's pretty tough without a guide your first time. My best advise is, if you think it could be a fish, then cast. Don't wait until you're positive because then it will be swimming away. Use light, little clousers or Gotchas in pink or tan. That's pretty standard. Good luck and don't get the swine.
05-01-2009, 01:21 PM
If you've got the time before the trip get ahold of Dick Brown's " FLY FISHING FOR BONEFISH."
It pretty well covers it all, won't replace a guide but will help.
05-02-2009, 12:32 AM
But I'm not sure about the fishing. The north beach may be kinda dead because the drop in tourism so you may get a shot to fish it. Where are you staying on the island? The other option is heading to the south end of the island which looks beautiful, but I never made it when i was on the island. Its 2 for 1 drinks at every bar/eatery we visited so that kinda consumed my time, only spent 2 days though. The island doesn't have any flats that i know of, but the south end may have some rocky shore fishing that may give you shots at jacks and snapper. Definetly take a walk to the north beach early in the morning and give it a shot, I was told there were alot of baracuda that are off that part of the beach, just make sure to have a wire leader. I remember alot of mullet being in the surf there some maybe some EP mullet style flies would be good as well as green and white clouser, that seems to produce just about as good as anything I've tried fishing the surf in mexico.
I saw alot of this when I was on the island:
If you are going to make it further south on the mainland I can give you directions to where I got this guy. I had a guide, but it can be accessed by foot about 20 mins south of playa del carmen.