Isla Blanca is positioned in an area that is world famous for bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook and other saltwater species. The flat’s “grand slam” of bonefish, tarpon and permit is fairly common in this part of the world, and Isla Blanca offers a great shot at securing one while staying in Cancun. If you are on business or a family trip, and can only get out fly fishing for a day or 2, this is the place for you… Close to town for convenience, not expensive, and the fishing can be just as good as other more famous fisheries on the Yucatan Peninsula.

Guests stay in the hotel of their choice anywhere in Cancun. Just advise The Fly Shop of your hotel choice, and we will let the guide know so he can pick you up from your hotel in the morning. Your flats skiff is only about a half hour drive north from downtown Cancun.

Your native guides are all well experienced in fishing the area. Many have been on these waters for over 20 years. They are excellent at finding all of the grand slam species, depending on conditions, weather and tides. Listen to them for the best way to take advantage of the cards you were dealt… There is not much sense telling them you want a permit if it is cloudy and windy, but you may destroy the tarpon if you follow the guides lead. Trust them!

This is a great program if you are traveling with a non-angler. They can enjoy Cancun and relax, while you are out on the water. Sunbathing on a beautiful white sand beach, snorkeling, and bird watching are all activities you can do around Cancun.  For a change of pace, hire a boat and go beyond the reef observing dolphins, manatees and sea turtles.  This is still a very pristine marine environment. Cancun is located near the north end of the second largest barrier reef on the planet, and it is teeming with life. Experiencing the architecture of the great Mayan civilization is a high point of any trip to the Yucatan.  In fact, you can drive right to many famous Mayan ruins just outside of Cancun.  These beautiful archeological sites are well worth a visit.  Also available are birding and wildlife tours and a trip to try to sight dolphin and manatees. You can also add a couple days to your trip for some shopping or night clubbing in Cancun, or to stay in the smaller nearby town of Playa Del Carmen, which is just a short boat ride from the island of Cozumel.

If you are looking for an all-round angling adventure with plenty of fish and the comforts of town, look no further.  You are the boss.  Start and end your stay on any day you wish.  Isla Blanca is absolutely beautiful.

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Reservations & Rates

Day trips for Isla Blanca can be arranged on any day of the week year-round.

Rate: $425.00 per day/per boat (for up to 2 anglers)

Your angling package at Isla Blanca includes round-trip transportation to the fishing boat from the Cancun hotel zone, guided fishing, fishing license, non-alcoholic beverages, water and lunch on the boat for up to two anglers per boat.

Not included in your Isla Blanca package are airfare, accommodations, breakfast, dinner, laundry, phone calls, fishing tackle, gratuities for staff, tips are at client's discretion, however we suggest US$ 50.00 – US$ 80.00 per boat, shuttle driver US $5.00 - 10.00 per day.

The Fly Shop® is not in the insurance business, but we recommend Travel Guard coverage as a service with a desire to see your best interests protected. It is impossible to know when an unfortunate situation (loss of luggage, fly rods, illness in the family, or an accident) may occur. However, such things can and do happen, and this insurance can provide a means of recourse against non-refundable financial losses.

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Seasons at Isla Blanca

There are many reasons to choose one season over another to fish on the Yucatan Peninsula. Your considerations may include vacation schedules, winter relief from cold northern climates, business commitments, best time for your target specie, etc. No matter when you choose to fish Isla Blanca, the weather, more than any other factor will influence your success in shallow water sight fishing. Typically, 90 plus percent of the fishing is sight fishing in clear shallow water. During inclement weather, your guide may suggest blind casting along mangrove shorelines, which is especially productive in the remote backcountry lagoons. While not your

classic sight fishing; it can be extremely exciting and very productive, especially on the overcast days that make sight fishing difficult. Snook often suspend in the shadows of overhanging mangroves, ambushing their unsuspecting prey. Tarpon swim in and out of the mangrove roots, flushing and attacking baitfish. Their explosive strikes are often startling, and the next move for the angler is to turn a determined fish away from their mangrove sanctuary. Flats fishing guides have tremendous eyesight, spotting fish in seemingly impossible conditions. When sight fishing becomes difficult it’s critical to work with your guide. You may not see the fish, but he does. Follow his directions for casting and retrieving your fly during challenging conditions, and you will increase your success.

Winter (January and February):
While snow and ice line the banks of your favorite river in Montana, you can fly south to the Yucatan and wet wade the flats in comfort. The occasional cold front crossing North America may still send a chill down from the north, but the water temperature on flats warms up quickly in the tropical sun, and the bite after the front can be off the charts. Snook warm themselves on the flats on sunny afternoons, and permit eat crabs and mantis shrimp like it’s their last supper.

Spring (March, April and May):
One of the most predictable seasons on the Yucatan Peninsula, with long sunny days and a shift towards the typical south east wind pattern. The cold fronts have all but disappeared, and if they do pass through, they are typically short lived. The warm south-east trade winds are the norm with sunny, clear-sky days, perfect for sight fishing. All of the flats fishes are fat and sassy by now. The permit are happy and are available in schools, singles and doubles.

This is saltwater flats fishing, and there will be wind. But please remember, the wind is your friend. It’s much easier to present your fly to a fish in skinny water when the surface is lightly ruffled by the wind, than to land a fly in front of a bonefish or permit in slick glassy conditions. If this is your first time to the flats, you will significantly increase your success by taking a casting lesson from an instructor who has saltwater experience, and practicing your double haul before the trip. This is a game of accuracy, and you should be able to place your fly on a dinner plate at forty feet in the wind with three false casts.

Spring is the most popular time for saltwater flats destinations, and making your reservations well in advance is strongly suggested.

Summer (June, August and September):
Summer can be some of the best fishing of the year, with lots of daylight, consistent water temperatures, and generally mild south east winds. The bonefish and permit are feasting on the flats with far fewer anglers on the water. Permit in this region are in their post spawning phase during August and September, and anglers often post their highest success rates for this notoriously finicky gamefish during these months.

There can be strong winds, rain and clouds associated with localized tropical storm cells, but it usually lasts only a short time, quickly returning to light winds and sunshine. Hurricane season officially begins June first and continues through November. With modern forecasting methods, we will never be surprised by a hurricane. They begin to be tracked off the coast of Africa, monitored twenty four hours a day as they move to the west. We will always know well in advance if a hurricane threatens, and will take appropriate actions as needed. Trip insurance is always advised, especially during the summer season.

Fall (October and November):
This season may be the most pleasant time of the year to fish, and the sight fishing for snook on the flats can be unbelievable. The air temperatures are very comfortable as the autumn sun slides toward the southern horizon. Sometime in mid to late October, the weather will start to change and begin to cool.

Snook spawn during the new and full moon phases in the mouths of bays and passes during June, July and August. Their post spawning phase sends them hungry and feeding on the flats of Esb. It’s not uncommon to find them in small schools on the flats, sunning themselves in very shallow water.

There have been relatively few anglers on the waters and the fish are comfortable. The weather is the real key to this season. The fish are willing and the weather is good, and the fishing is great.

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Getting to Isla Blanca

Arrival Day:
You will need to fly to Cancun, Mexico, and plan on arrival anytime the day before you are fishing. Cancun is serviced daily by nearly every airline with multiple flights daily to and from the U.S.A. Major airlines to consider include United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Aero Mexico, Virgin America, and Alaska Airlines.

Upon arrival in Cancun, you will first clear Mexican Immigration where

you will present your passport and have your Tourist Card stamped (which is provided by your international carrier). You must then fill out Mexican Customs Declaration Form (available at counters in the terminal), which you will need to present before departing the terminal. Next you will claim your luggage and clear Mexican Customs. When you leave customs you will head outside and grab a taxi or hotel shuttle to the hotel that you have booked for your stay in Cancun. There will not be an Isla Blanca representative at the Cancun Airport to meet you.

Fishing Days:
Breakfast-on-the-go. The private shuttle will pick you up in the hotel lobby each morning between 5:00 – 5:30 am (pre-determined) and drive you to the boat (less than a 20 minute drive). Due to the early start, breakfast will be taken on-the-go and will consist of simple pastries and beverages.

Lunch: Lunch is packed in a cooler and taken with you on the boat. Lunches consist of sandwiches, snacks, and assorted beverages. N

OTE: The start time of your fishing program may vary during the week. Your guides will determine the program based on the optimum timing of tides and weather. You will fish for 8+ hours. At the conclusion of your fishing day, you will be returned to your hotel. Dinner and evening entertainment is at your leisure.

Isla Blanca can have very diverse fishing options. Talk to your guide about what you would like to do, and ask him what he thinks will be the best way to approach the day. You will likely have shots at bonefish, baby tarpon, and permit, but can always choose to focus on one or more options if you want.

Departure Day:
After your last day of fishing, your guide will drop you off either at your hotel, or directly to the airport in Cancun in plenty of time to connect with your flight home. If you plan on fishing the morning that you fly out, remember you will need to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure and 3 hours is better.. It may sound like a lot, but as you will have come to realize, things move more slowly in Mexico. Our suggestion would be to overnight in Cancun after your last day of fishing and take a morning flight out and home.

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Lodging at Isla Blanca

There are no recommended hotels for Isla Blanca. We do suggest that you make reservations at a hotel of your choice in the Cancun Hotel Zone. This area is within in an easy and quick drive of Isla Blanca (30 minutes) and your guide will pick you in the hotel lobby early in the morning and return you to your hotel at the conclusion of your fishing day.

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Fishing at Isla Blanca

Fishing Days:
Breakfast-on-the-go. The private shuttle will pick you up in the hotel lobby each morning between 5:00 – 5:30 am (pre-determined) and drive you to the boat (less than a 20 minute drive). Due to the early start, breakfast will be taken on-the-go and will consist of simple pastries and beverages.

Lunch: Lunch is packed in a cooler and taken with you on the boat.

Lunches consist of sandwiches, snacks, and assorted beverages. N

NOTE: The start time of your fishing program may vary during the week. Your guides will determine the program based on the optimum timing of tides and weather. You will fish for 8+ hours. At the conclusion of your fishing day, you will be returned to your hotel. Dinner and evening entertainment is at your leisure.

Isla Blanca can have very diverse fishing options. Talk to your guide about what you would like to do, and ask him what he thinks will be the best way to approach the day. You will likely have shots at bonefish, baby tarpon, and permit, but can always choose to focus on one or more options if you want.

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Making Reservations to Isla Blanca

To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week, or email us at travel@theflyshop.com anytime. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.