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Old 04-07-2008, 10:23 AM
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Got a bunch of info here before my trip, and wanted to report how I did. Heres the beach down by Tulum.

Was in the area for a week. fished w/ pesca maya on Ascension Bay friday mar. 28, first time really fishing for bones. Wind and clouds made finding them tough but we landed 2 and lost 3-4 more to the dreaded trout strike. the first pic, to the left of the twig sticking up, you can see 2-3 tails.



hit the shallow reef on the way back to blind cast clousers and get my fiance into some fish, got a few jacks.


The next day, we rented car in PDC and drove to Tulum area, checked out ruins. Then to Boca Paila lagoon for me to fish and the lady to lay in the sun. as I tied my fly on, it started pouring rain. Lady was having none of it, so back in the car and drove south 10/15 mins south to get past the edge of the storm. stopped at a fishy lookin rocky point break and got a bunch of 2-3lb Blue runner(?) right in the surf. Sun had popped back out and it was beautiful. Didnt get to fish long but it was fun.

Then the last 4 days, stayed at Wyndham Azteca in Playacar. Most days I would get up and fish early, then poke around some mid day and/or before sundown. Mostly blindcasting from these giant sandbags they have everywhere in Playacar, apparently for erosion? They were decent fishing platforms when other people werent swimming/standing around them. Managed a bunch of jacks(including one crevalle that went about 7-8lbs), some ladyfish, small snapper, a few quick bite-offs I assume were cudas, one fish that looked to be a spanish mack, and even 5 little permit-lookin palometa, all caught blindcasting clousers. A guy fishing shrimp for bait right next to me one evening landed a beauty, 10-12lb permit. Basically there are fish all over the place. I read alot about people getting hassled for fishing on the beach. This may be the case elsewhere, but down in Playacar, I fished each day right from the beach at the resort, sometimes early or late in the day and sometimes mid day, and never had any problems. Great trip, great area to fish and easy to do it yourself if you arent dead set on bones and permit.
Thought this was a permit but now think its prob a palometa:

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Old 04-07-2008, 11:40 AM
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Great report.

Nice pics.

The question mark fish are blue runner and palometa.
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Thanks for reporting back. I am leaving Sunday and can't wait.
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Great report with some nice pictures, also very good to hear that you had no problems being harassed for fishing off the beach, my last trip to Mexico was ruined somewhat for just that reason, I guess it depends on the resort that you are staying at, sounds like you had a great time !
PS The Palometa are great fun on light gear and very eager to grab a fly !
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Nice report and very nice pics. Does your fiance usually fish with you or was it her first time? I've almost given up, trying to get my fiance to have a cast. Suppose i'm saving money fishing on my own

I've been away from here for a long time and you just reminded me I didn't post a report of my trip from last year

Will do so when i get back from work.

Nice pics once again, I love the Riviera Maya

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Daniel,
yes she does fish with me alot actually. she enjoys the outdoors, hiking and being on the river so its usually not a stretch to get her fishing. She usually passes on the trips on days like today, where its snowing and in the mid 30s outside but she seems to enjoy it when the weather is decent and can get fired up about it when the fishing is good.

Thanks for the comments
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great report and pics!!

That is a palometa, as Pete says, I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that the jack with the blue stripe is a bar jack. The other one looks like a yellow jack.
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Hi Edsly, what rod/line combos did you take with you and use?
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vince, yeah someone told me the blue striped ones are also called blue runners. foreign species to me obviously but whatever theyre called, they give a good tug for their size.

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I brought 7wt, 9wt and 10wt rods and never used the 10. used the 7wt rod overlined w/ 8wt floater line for bones b/c it was windy and what the guides recommended over using their gear. and Id fish the beach fronts w/ the 9wt for the most part, as it was usually casting into a pretty stiff onshore breeze. Fished an intermediate most of the time on the beach to get the line below the waves.
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