The Big Fish of Boca Paila!

By: Rhett Schober

You donít need a boat to catch big fish at Boca Paila! All you need is a sense of adventure and a few tools of the trade. I my case it is a fly rod, reel, flies and a few cold ones in the cooler. Boca Paila is very famous in fly fishing circles as one of the best places in the world to catch Bonefish and Permit on the vast shallow sand flats in the lagoons just inside the Boca Paila bridge. However, many people donít know how productive the fishing is on beachside at the entrance to the mouth that connects the lagoon and the ocean. Jack Cravelle, Snook, Tarpon, Barracuda, Bonefish, and Permit all frequent the lagoon mouth waiting to ambush baitfish that get flushed out or in by the tide.

Not only is BP a great place to fish but it is also a great place to watch a myriad of wildlife living around the mouth and the bridge passing over the cut. There are often Crocs laying on the beaches around the cut, Ibis, Lesser Terns, Great Pelicans and Osprey. There are 2 trails on each side of the cut from the bridge, where you can walk out to the beach. Take your family, an umbrella, a cooler and a couple of beach chairs. You can fish around the mouth while the kids play in the surf or the shallows just on the inside of the mouth.

Boca Paila is part of the Sian Kaan Biosphere and requires a $26 pesos per person entry fee when you get to the arched entrance. Take the Tulum beach road and turn right at the T. From there, BP is about 25 minutes by car. The road is a little rough so take your time and remember the wonderful fishing that awaits you.

Rhett is the owner of Akumal Villas