Bonefishing Scorpion Atoll

"I visited the Yucatan Peninsula in December of 2016 and also hosted a trip here in May of 2017. Scorpion Reef (Spanish: Arrecife Alacranes) is a Marine Reserve Park. Sea turtles and exotic birds nest on the five islands in this area. There are only a couple of buildings on the main island, and the few people who live here oversee the lighthouse. This trip involves a lot of walking, but the size and numbers of the bonefish are worth it." - Brad Staples

Scorpion Atoll - Bonefishing

Bonefishing Scorpion Atoll

“This is a very special fishing adventure. Due to its remoteness, not many people that have been able to fish Scorpion Atoll. This is probably the best opportunity to catch large--5-to 7-pounds--bonefish consistently anywhere in Mexico. Try and experience this unique place before more anglers discover it!"
- Brad Staples
This destination is unique compared to other flats fishing locations in the Yucatán Peninsula. The bonefish and permit are larger than those that are found in Ascenison Bay. There are also other species to fish for: barracudas, trigger fish, sharks, amberjacks, mutton snappers, and more.

Scorpion Atoll Boats, Guides . . .

Brad Staples's Scorpion Atoll

The best time to fish Scorpion Atoll is April through the middle of June, then October through November.
The Guides are native fishermen with an outstanding ability to read the water. They are very experienced at working with anglers of all skill levels. Although not all of them speak English, you can expect them to give you their best effort in finding you lots of action. Two anglers per guide.
To help you reach the farthest unexplored flats of the atoll where the liveaboard can't navigate, two small 14’-15’ aluminum semi-V Jon boats with 15-h.p. outboard motors are used for transportation.
Please Note: For each trip to Scorpion Atoll, we must have a group size of four to five anglers.
Read Brad's Scorpion Atoll Combo Recap.

Scorpion Atoll Liveaboard

Campeche hosted weeks

Please Note: They recommend you be in fairly good shape. You’ll be far from shore and away from any medical assistance, if needed. The only way of getting in and out of the atoll is by boat. There are no airways nor heliports nearby. The closest point is the dock where you depart from, which is about four to six and a half hours away by boat.
The Liveaboard: The outfitter uses different liveaboard boats, depending on availability. Most are about 50’ long custom, offshore vessels. They have air conditioning and are powered by 500-h.p. diesel engines. The boat will accommodate a group of four anglers and the crew in comfortable berths and bunks. They have a galley and two full bathrooms with a sink, shower, and toilet.
Meals: A simple but complete menu is offered. Breakfast includes cereal, fruit, coffee, toast, scrambled eggs, omelettes, pancakes, and peanut butter and jelly. Lunch may be fresh ceviche, ham and cheese sandwiches, or pastrami and cheese. Dinner might be a fresh fish plate from the daily catch—grilled with garlic and butter—or steak tacos and fajitas from the grill.
Beverages: Bottled water, sodas, electrolyte drinks (Gatorade), beer, tequila, wine, rum, and black label scotch are included.

Getting Here:

The most direct option is to fly to the city of Merida from Houston on United Airlines, from Dallas on American Airlines, or from Miami on Aeromexico. A representative will greet you at the airport and drive you to the Casa del Balam Hotel or a similar hotel in Merida for your overnight stay (first and last night’s hotel are included in package). In the morning, you’ll leave early from the hotel in Merida and drive 40 minutes to Progreso to meet the liveaboard. In perfect weather, the boat trip is about four hours to Scorpion Atoll. After five days fishing and four nights on the liveaboard, you’ll return to the hotel in Merida for your last night’s stay.

2018 Rates:

Includes: 2 hotel nights in Merida and 4-nights on liveaboard.
Fishing days include half days on Monday and Friday.
6-nights and 4 ½-days guided fishing
$5,250.00 p.p.
(Must have a minimum group size of four to five anglers)

Package Includes:

The first and last night at Casa de Balam (or similar hotel) in Merida, ground transfers to/from airport, breakfast at the hotel, four nights on the liveaboard, meals and sodas/alcohol on the liveaboard, guided fishing, and a fishing license for the number of days fishing.

Package does not Include:

Airfare, meals and beverages in Merida (other than breakfast), gratuities for guides and crew, and anything not specified in inclusions.

Sample Itinerary:

Six nights, four and half days of fishing. Arrive on Sunday night to Merida, leave for the Atoll on Monday morning.
Day 0:  Sunday night arrive in Merida
Day 1: Monday:  Leave for the Atoll then fish.
Day 2: Tuesday:  Fish, eat, sleep.
Day 3: Wednesday:  Fish, eat, sleep.
Day 4: Thursday:  Fish, eat, sleep.
Day 5:  Friday:  Fish and take the boat back to Merida- night
Day 6: Saturday morning:  Fly home.

Scorpion Atoll & Campeche Baby Tarpon Combo

Let us know if you're interested in a combo trip. We hosted a combo trip here in 2017. And, our 2018 hosted week is already sold-out. With some planning, it can be done. 1-800-205-3474.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

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Scorpion Atoll photos

John Huber and Nick Anderson - Scorpion Atoll


Nick Anderson - Scorpion Atoll


Raul with permit - Scorpion Atoll


Alex Lovett Woodsum with triggerfish


Alex bonefishing Scorpion Atoll


Scorpion Atoll - lighthouse in distance

scorpion-atoll bonefishing

Brad Staples bonefishing the Atoll


Scorpion Reef - Arrecife Alacranes


Raul Castaneda with bonefish