Super Slam of Fly Fishing is Possible Near Tulum Mexico



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Upon arriving at the Boca Paila Fishing Lodge beyond the long row of beachfront Tulum Hotels promptly at 7:30 am, we observed the place was already swinging.  Visitors had been  polishing off breakfast and the guides were getting the last of their equipment within the boats while being proficiently directed by  Chico, the general manager and the principle host of the property.  Undoubtedly this was not the opening occasion these guys had done  this, in actual fact Boca Paila has been present since the late 1960s.  To say these guys are pioneers of fishing in this region is  an understatement, they were the only game in town long ago and it was a a couple of hour drive from Tulum, not 20 to 30 minutes as  it is now.

We arrived on behalf of the fishing and they had been ready for us.  Subsequent to brief introductions with Chico, he informed us that our boat and  guide Alfonso were by now waiting on the pier for us.  A quick examination of our tackle and off we went.  Chico made certain we  also had a few of the best flies and jigs for the area and time of year before we departed and handed those to our guide Alfonso  after he personally escorted us to the boat.

Once on the water, Alfonso didnt squander much time and we took off across the glass lagoon seeking our opening fish of the  day.  There was a momentary stop on a slice in the lagoon, where it meets the ocean, and Alfonso said we needed to stop on behalf of  something there.  Devoid of giving freely all of the secrets of the area, the stop proved to become rather advantageous in the course of the day.

Following the “stop” where the lagoon meets sea, we made our path to the opening of many of what I imagine are Alfonsos favorite  spots inside this magical lagoon.  There awaited at least 30 miles of nearly untouched and protected wetlands and  interrelated natural waterways.

Alfonso killed the engine as we came across the opening spot and he started poling us across the black rooted mangrove shores as  he surveyed the water with his practiced ability to see.  Inside 10 minutes he saw the bone fish and we were directed to “11 ‘o  clock about 30 feet out,” and then the rapid request to “strip it, strip it, strip it!” We followed our guides order and  bingo, my Dad had our primary fish on. Inside two minutes, an additional good sized bone fish was caught and released by me.  This  was gonna be entertainment!

Further along the shore, Alfonso continued to survey the waters from his 3 foot platform in favor of the next catch.  This time it  was Permit and I had one on the line.  If you have never caught a Permit fish with a fly rod or maybe light tackle, its hard  to explain how much fun it sincerely is.  It was run of the mill size on behalf of the region, about 10 pounds however it fought for 15 minutes  before relenting and after a quick photo it was released.  What a rush and what a ravishing fish!

a variety more Bone Fish and a mixed bag of Jack, Mud Snapper and Porgy and off we went into the next spot.  I thought to myself,  if all the spots are like that, one of my arms may not make it the day.  We had a few issues using the line on my rod and had  to return to the lodge for line which procured Alfonso no occasion to get back up and running.  

After about an hour of poling down inside the briny waters near our first prize pool we had caught a variety more of the  undesired Snappers, Jack and Porgy so we decided to maneuver along again.  I should point out that there is rarely a uninteresting moment  on the lagoon.  Even when you arent catching fish, theres an awful lot to see.  In the course of the day we in all probability saw twelve rays of  varied species and witnessed a number of cases of Mullet boiling, bursting and leaping out of the water to flee from the  striking Barracuda with numerous birds of numerous species and insignia.  We also saw a nesting pair of Sea Eagles  (Osprey).

We crossed the lagoon at great speed the afternoon fishing before gliding in, engine off and back to the poling for  Alfredo.  I ought to point out that Boca Paila Fishing Lodge has an extremely talented fisherman and guide in Alfons.  I didnt  catch sight of a tenth of what he spotted for us, of course he was sitting up 3 feet higher than us, but he was amazing.

Just prior to lunch I got into my second Permit and this one was closer to 15 pounds and he wanted to run.  The Permit are  relatively common in the Tulum, Boca Paila area of the lagoon so I shouldnt have been overly startled to catch sight of Alfonso making lunch  while I fought this fish.  What did surprise me was that when I said “I think he’s coming in, get the net”, Alfonso didnt  move.  The fish gave me my reply when he took off on an additional long run and I caught a dry smile from Alfonso and went back  to my fish.  an additional 10 minutes and I did ultimately land that one, and yes, Alfonso had the net ready this occasion.

After lunch, which was fantastic by the way, a ham sandwich, chips and a beer. Subsequent to being in the sun for 4-5 hours, it was one  of the best lunches I have had in a while and Alfonso showed us the Mexican method of adding some hot sauce into the  sandwiches…it was excellent.  We moved closer to shore and again began to stalk the next catch, it was hot and the fishing  seemed to slow a little in the afternoon heat, but Alfonso was persistent and when he caught me sitting on the bow he demanded  that I stand up. “You can’t catch fish sitting down…stand up and get !”  I was up in an instant and was slightly  embarrassed but that ended quickly after I hooked into an additional Permit, this one was a bit smaller, in all probability 8 pounds but  the battle lasted 10 minutes and the thrill was without doubt not gone.

We stalked a number more small groups of Bone Fish and Permit pairs, landing a couple more average sized Bone Fish before  moving on once again.  This time, as we arrived at the new spot, Alfonso informed us that this was a sizable channel and one  of the deeper parts of the lagoon.  Still only 12 to fifteen feet deep but we changed up the tackle and went to a large jig with  a significant leader.  I am guessing about 20 to 25 pound test.

This is where things got fantastically interesting.  We must have hit that channel as a school of baitfish were passing through or  had just passed because it was a feeding frenzy!   The first casts for both my father and I produced two large Snook within the  20 pound range, pretty respectable fights for both, but pound for pound I believe the Permit is tough to beat.   In any case, as things  got peculiar, and cast after cast fashioned larger and larger Snook, I started pondering the elusive “Super Slam”; Bone  Fish, Permit, Snook and Tarpon.  I would have been thrilled to possess such a great day and fall short but then as if on queue  an additional whopping strike and from the water it came, the Tarpon ran past the boat at full speed then made a run back with  an additional spectacular leap.  While it had been comparatively small a Tarpon at about 10 pounds, it had been the icing on an ideal day  of fishing.

We stayed at the channel another 20 minutes roughly and I was so tired and wholly satisfied that I handed my rod to  Alfonso and watched him catch a variety more Snook while my Dad did likewise and brought in a couple more Bone Fish   measure.

All in all, I have got to say that this was the very best day of fishing EVER.  Between the company, the Boca Paila Fishing Lodge  services and the brilliant number of fish we caught, this one is going to be tough to beat.  I want to again personally express thanks  the staff at Boca Paila for this wonderful experience we are going to both always remember!

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