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Isla Del Sabalo - Juvenile Tarpon

Isla Del Sabalo  - OPEN
Patrick's Fly Shop and Wes Rostomily
October 20 - 28, 2023

Isla del Sabalo “Island of Tarpon” is truly the new frontier in world-class fly fishing for baby tarpon. Ranging in size from 5 to 30+ pounds, these tarpon reside in environs of turtle grass flats and mangrove lined lagoons, creeks and channels. This habitat is also home to snook, snapper and barracuda. The hallmark of this fishery is the gin-clear flats and the amazing network of backcountry lagoons and channels. These characteristics make this fishery an incredible rearing ground for these resident baby tarpon. Whether you are sight-casting to rolling tarpon on the flats or working the mangroves with your top-water pattern, fly fishing for tarpon at Isla del Sabalo is a pure adrenaline rush.
Here, roving schools of fish vary greatly in size from just a few tarpon all the way to several hundred fish. Similar to their larger brothers and sisters, these babies can be sensitive to environmental conditions and may challenge even the most skilled fly anglers. Properly setting the hook and making a well presented cast is half the battle and the experience is always thrilling and utterly addictive. The guides at Isla Del Sabalo are a highly experienced crew and are extremely skilled at scanning for rolling fish and spotting schools moving under the surface.
The accommodations at Isla del Sabalo are simple and comfortable. The lodge is on the beach front facing the open ocean, allowing for refreshing cool ocean breezes while you relax at the lodge. Guests stay in ocean front cottages and each spacious guest room is equipped with air-conditioning, fans and a full private bath with shower (hot and cold water). Meals are served in the open-air dining palapa and consist of a host of fresh seafood and traditional Mexican cuisine.
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Isla Del Sabalo: 
Rate:$4,665.00 per person based on double occupancy
Note: Private rooms are be available for an extra fee

Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, guided fishing, non-alcoholic beverages, guest taxes, fishing licenses, internet access, ground transfers to/from Merida.

Not Included: Airfare, meals in Merida, accommodations at Fiesta Americana on your arrival day, accommodations on the backend of the trip (if not flying out on your scheduled departure day), alcoholic beverages, staff & guide gratuities, covid-19 test in Merida (if still required), phone service, laundry service, fly fishing gear and tackle.

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Friday, October 20

Arrive Merida International Airport (MID):

After arriving in Merida, you will clear customs, collect your bags and exit the airport. Registered and licensed airport taxis are readily available curbside (day and night) to take you to your hotel. Plan to hire a taxi for transport to your hotel. US dollars are readily accepted by taxi drivers.

Overnight at the Fiesta Americana (independently arranged, not included).

Saturday, October 21

The outfitter will meet you at the fountain on the ground floor of the Fiesta Americana at 1:00 PM for your transfer to the lodge (approximately 2 1⁄2 hours).

Arrive to Isla del Sabalo and prepare your tackle for the following day’s fishing.

Sunday, October 22 - Friday, October 27

Full days of guided fishing at Isla del Sabalo.

Typical daily schedule:
5:00 AM: Wake up
5:30 AM: Coffee on
6:00 AM: Breakfast
6:30 AM - 3:00 PM: Fishing
4:00–7:00 PM: Cocktails, siesta and dinner

Note: Please note that the above schedule is only an approximation. Actual times will vary due to conditions, fishing desires or weather.

Saturday, October 28

Depart Merida International Airport (MID):

In the morning, a lodge representative will transport you back to Merida in time to catch your flight home.

Note: Please book a flight to depart after 10:00 AM.

*In most cases, the Merida International Airport will not allow you to carry on most of your fishing tackle, to include: rods, reels, fly lines, leader, tippet, hooks, etc. Be prepared to check a bag with your tackle.