I got a chance to fish the coast north of Campeche last October and had a great time. I'm going to miss the next trip in May, so I figured I'd console myself by looking at the photo's from October.....and thought I'd share.
Traveling again with my 85 year old father-in-law, we fished 7 days, some days good, some days not so good and a couple of (for us) epic days. BTW, like everywhere else, the economic times have taken their toll on business' down there, and the swine flu debacle has hurt them even more. But...the upside is that prices were low and there are no crowds. In fact, we never saw another boat the entire visit.
We jumped many many Sabalo and boated a good percentage of them. Baby Tarpon are at the top of my list for pure fun, they pull hard, can take moderate runs and, of course, they jump! In addition, it's a great place to refine that double-haul, sight cast to finning fish and enjoy the incredible scenery. (we saw crocodiles, rays and hammerhead sharks)
My father-in-law even caught a different specie on a fly - a Cormorant! His fly hit the water just as the bird took a dive and the poor fella found himself wrapped in the leader. It was released unharmed but made for a good story at dinner.
Athough I've been married to his daughter for nearly 28 years, this was the longest time we'd spent together - just the two of us. Bob is a member of that "Greatest Generation", B-17 navigator, successful business man, economist, writer and terrific father. He told me that, at age 85, everything he does physically is deteriorating - except his fly casting - which is improving! My love and admiration for him grew even more during the week spent together.
Campeche is a wonderful colonial town, the old city center surrounded by a wall built by the Spanish to ward off pirates. Beautiful sites, great food, terrific people...