Holbox Island - Mexico
Tarpon Club Isla Holbox
Tarpon, Bonefish, and Permit
• Warm water fly or spin fishing on the Yucatan Peninsula
• Holbox is pronounced holl-bosch.
• Trophy Sized Tarpon are found May through September.
• Holbox's remote island beaches are listed on a number of top ten world's best beaches.
Tarpon Club Isla Holbox
Isla Holbox is a small remote island located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo on the northernmost tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. Holbox Island is approximately twenty miles long, with vast inland flats and mangrove-lined lagoons—the perfect habitat for juvenile tarpon and snook.
Sandflea with Large Permit
Holbox's Tarpon Club has guided anglers here since 1996. Sandflea, the head guide, is a legend.
Tarpon exceed 100 pounds from May to September, and there are five to 40 pounders available year-round. Trophy tarpon destroy most tackle, and battles of over an hour are the norm, not the exception. Catch-and-release only. Plentiful barracuda, snook, and some permit are also available year-round.
Holbox is ideal for anglers looking for world-class clear, warm water fishing. You'll target big tarpon, baby tarpon, snook, barracuda, cobia, sea trout, and even permit on occasion. Fly-fish from flats-style pangas. Present your Black Death fly to schools of giant tarpon in clear, shallow water. Each battle can last 45 minutes or more. Depending on water conditions in the afternoon, you may move into the mangrove lagoons, where the guide will pole your boat in search of baby tarpon and snook.
Young Angler and Sandflea with Baby Tarpon
Sample Fishing Day:
After breakfast, you'll depart for fishing at about 6:00 a.m. with another angler and your guide for the fishing grounds. Based on the weather, your guide will determine if you'll fish offshore or in the lagoons. You'll have a boxed lunch on the boat and then return to the island/your hotel at 2:00. Dinner is on your own at restaurants in the Village.
The cage (pictured above on the right) goes on for June and big tarpon.
Season: Year-round tarpon fishery.
Peak Season: The best time for big tarpon is from May through September. The Summer Season focuses on the big migrating tarpon and the resident baby and juvenile population. During the summer, most fishing will be for the big tarpon offshore as the big bruisers migrate along the island.
Low Season: October to April. In the winter months, you'll target the baby tarpon in the Mangroves of the upper Island, fly casting in beautiful 2-5 foot deep flat. You'll be looking for baby tarpon, barracuda, Jack Crevalle, Snook, and a few other exotics marauding the shallows, looking for baitfish to fill their bellies.
Methods: While most of their guests target tarpon with flies, spinning tackle is also an effective method.
Boats: You’ll fish from 18’ to 23’ flats-style pangas with 50-HP motors. Two anglers per panga and guide.
Guides: English-speaking guides. Sandflea, the head guide, has been training the guides. Sandflea is a legend and has guided in the area for over 30 years.
Equipment: is not included in the package. You may rent spin or fly-fishing gear for $50.00 per day. A comprehensive tackle-and-gear list is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: A license is not included, $25.00 per week.
Holbox Tarpon Fishing
Lodging, Meals, and More
Golf carts and your own two feet are the only transportation on the island.
Hotels: Hotel nights are on your own and not included in the package. Hotel recommendations are listed in our information packet.
Meals: Boxed lunches are provided on the boat. Breakfast will most likely be at your hotel, and dinner is on your own, with many interesting restaurants in the village.
Non-Anglers: Will enjoy the luxury of laying on the beach, reading, whale viewing, Mayan ruins tours, and the charming shops of this quaint, little island paradise.
Getting to Holbox Island:
You’ll fly to Cancun, Mexico. The international airport is serviced by all major U.S. airlines. You'll take a ground transfer from the airport to Chicquila, about a two-hour and 30-minute drive through the Yucatan jungle. (The ground transfer is about $120.00 for one to three guests.) In Chicquila, the driver will give you a ticket for the 30-minute ferry ride to Holbox Island.
2023 USD Rates
Design Your Package:
• $500.00 per day for guided fishing in an 18 or 23-foot panga-style boat (1 to 2 anglers).
(In the boat, you'll receive guided fishing, purified water, soft drinks, and a boxed lunch.
• $50.00 per day fishing equipment rental per person
• $25.00 fishing license for the week
• $120.00 for the one-way ground transfer from Cancun Airport to Chicquila.
Fishing Packages Include:
• Guided Fishing
• Purified water and soft drinks
• Boxed lunch
Packages Do Not Include:• International airfare to Cancun, and return
• Ground transfer between Cancun Airport to Chicquila
• Hotel nights at Holbox Island
• Breakfasts and Dinners
• Gratuities to guides and staff
• Fishing license $25.00 per week
• Alcoholic beverages
• Global Rescue or similar medical/safety evacuation coverage
• Travel insurance
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions.