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  1. #1
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    Default Any experience with Playa del Carmen/Cancun?

    I will be heading to Playa Del Carmen, Cancun for a wedding in mid-June. I will not have money for the local guides (~$400 full day), but I will be taking an 11wt saltwater setup (may be too heavy, but I'd rather be ready for whatever!)

    Supposedly kayaks are available at the resort, and I presume that some exploring for flats or mangroves can be done. I found one site that says that "bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, snapper, barracuda, and jacks" can be found.
    Of course I will just be poking around hoping to find something on my own...

    Any ideas about places to hunt?
    Should I just shore fish outside the resort?
    Good flies to tie for the area?

    Wish I had the money for a guide, but the whole trip is a stretch.
    Thanks in advance!
    TB

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    Default Re: Any experience with Playa del Carmen/Cancun?

    jeez, I must sound like a dirtbag! no responses...

    Looks like if I can sucker a few of the other wedding guests out, I can get a chartered trip down to about $150/person. Or I will be kayaking around looking for fish in the flats around riviera maya.

    Anyone? Anyone? Flies? Beuler?

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    Default Re: Any experience with Playa del Carmen/Cancun?

    I've been to Playa Del Carmen a few times.. never fished though, just snorkeling and sigh seeing

    I've seen TV shows fishing down that way though
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    Default Re: Any experience with Playa del Carmen/Cancun?

    I've never been there, but always enjoyed these two stories from Jack Gartside

    The Circus at the End of the World
    The Great Bonefish Giveaway: Page 1

    on a Gartside expedition, one survives on one's own skills, going fishless if necessary. Hiring a guide is considered both decadent and an admission of failure — akin to having a pizza delivered while scaling Mount Everest.
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    Default Re: Any experience with Playa del Carmen/Cancun?

    Been to Cancun . Fished the beach up from my hotel. Plenty of action and info from locals(as long as you give them fish). No need for an 11wt . 8wt or 9 is fine. Rent a quad if you can . Lot of fishing opportunities to explore. Have fun!
    "I was born to fish" Lee Wulff
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    Default Re: Any experience with Playa del Carmen/Cancun?

    I spent my honeymoon there...at the Riu Palace Resort, but was too busy to fish. Sorry, I'm no help.
    Homer

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    Default Re: Any experience with Playa del Carmen/Cancun?

    [QUOTE=Rip Tide;425870]I've never been there, but always enjoyed these two stories from Jack Gartside

    "on a Gartside expedition, one survives on one's own skills, going fishless if necessary. Hiring a guide is considered both decadent and an admission of failure akin to having a pizza delivered while scaling Mount Everest."


    well, I'll admit, I've always kind of felt that way in regards to hiring a guide (never hired anyone before, mostly self taught). I believe I will be doing some kayak and surf hunting, and I have most of a week on my own to do that... so maybe I'll figure out a thing or two on my own.
    Although, given my being a saltwater flyrod 'virgin', it might be worth paying someone to show me around for a few hours early in the week.

    Sounds like june in Cancun will produce just about every species of flats fish one could desire. I like the rental quad idea, that could be a blast!

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    Default Re: Any experience with Playa del Carmen/Cancun?

    I like the dirtbag approach, it works for me! Just brush up on the Espanol, promise to bring in some dinner fish, and you'll find something. Wish I could go, sounds like fun. milt.

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