No. Xcalak is a national park and a preserve; fishing here is strictly catch-and-release.
Yes you can but we recommend against it. It is better to fish in the morning and snorkel in the afternoon. If you really want to combine these activities the maximum number of persons that can be accommodated is two.
For fly fishing, the space required for casting limits us to one or two people. For reef fishing the maximum is 4 persons. For snorkeling, Bird Island and San Pedro trips, the maximum is six persons.
My boat, Marisela, is a 23’ panga-style with a 60 hp outboard. The boat has ample space to store rods and gear and a solid, non-slip casting platform.
For most of our activities, we provide our guests with soft drinks and snacks, but guests may wish to bring water, food or beverages. Make sure to bring biodegradable sunscreen (SPF30 is good), clothes that cover the arms and legs to protect against sunburn, hat that provides shade to your head and neck, and sunglasses with a restraining strap. If you plan on using your own gear, make sure to bring all the line, leader, tippets, flies and any spares you’ll need; there’s no way to restock in Xcalak or nearby. And don’t forget your wading boots.
It’s certainly true that it takes a long time to learn everything there is to know about fishing for permit, bonefish and snook by fly. It’s also true that you can learn a great deal – enough to enjoy the sport and catch fish – in a single day of fishing with us. We help you understand the theory, teach you basic techniques, and coach you as much or as little as you want during your fishing days. Many guests develop a life-long passion for salt-water fly-fishing, in part because of the beautiful, tranquil waters the fish thrive in and Xcalak will not disappoint visitors who value nature’s beauty.
Whether you are Mexican or a foreigner, you will need a fishing license ($25 USD gets you a license good for one week of fishing) and a daily Xcalak National Park entrance fee ($64 pesos +/-.) I will be happy to show guests where and how to take care of these payments.
Many fishermen prefer to use their own gear but we have a selection of good quality rods, reels and tackle we can rent our clients and we are always happy to share our techniques and tips. If you plan on fishing for permit, remember to bring a good pair of wading shoes or boots. If you are getting your tackle in order and preparing flies for your trip and need recommendations or advice, just email us.
From Xcalak, we do not fish Belizean waters. I will be happy to put you in touch with Belizean guides who can arrange all the details. Just let us know.