Scorpion Reef

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2014 Rates:  Camping $2850,- / Live –Aboard $ 3450,- per angler  
Please drop an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for availability. For 2015 Tropical Fly Fishing is planning at least 3 (!) grouptrips in May and June.


  • Airport transfers
  • Overnights in Merida/Cancun on each side of the trip
  • Guide
  • Boats
  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Campinggear ( bring your own sleeping bag )
  • License

Not included

  • International airfare
  • Insurance
  • Departure tax
  • Gratuities and tips.

Alacranes Reef Atoll aka Scorpion Reef Atoll
Located nearly 70 miles north offshore from the Yucatan mainland, this atoll is shaped by a system of five islands, shallow sandbars, and coral heads circled in a bean-shape of 20 miles long and 5 miles wide. Most of the islands have a wadable skirt of 2-5 feet deep flats and or grass patches. Some others have an 80 to 120 feet drop off just a couple of steps off the beach. Only one island is inhabited, with the lighthouse keeper and a marine park research unit having their base camps there. For many years, this bonefish and permit fly-fishing paradise was kept in well secret . Exploratory trips in 2103, of three and a half fishing days with six anglers landed many bonefish, having a few over 25 inches long and 13.5 girth, averaging 19-20 inches, enormous barracudas, amberjacks, yellowtail snappers and blue runners. Permits are spotted in the range of 10-15 pounds. Large migratory Tarpon are supposed to be around.

At Scorpion Reef Atoll there are two types accommodation depending on the group package: camping site and a live –aboard option.

There are individual tents and air mattresses for everyone in the trip. Lighthouse keeper facilities are used for shower and toilet. All water is bucket carried either salt or fresh water from cisterns. Freshwater is very limited so a conscious use of it is mandatory. Breakfast and Dinner are cooked in the base camp grill or lighthouse stove while lunch is freshly made while fishing. You need to bring your own sleeping bag. To cruise along the atoll a 33 feet center console will be used.

A 55 feet custom built cruiser with triple cabins can accommodate the group and the crew under A/C in individual beds. The cabin coaches can also be used for a good sleep, including satellite TV, portable ice maker and two full bathrooms with sink and toilet. All meals are cooked in the boat’s kitchen or grill.

There are two pangas available of 16 feet to reach the unexplored flats. These fishing grounds are also a territory yet to explore. Less than 10% of the area is explored yet! One guide per boat and two anglers aboard will reach these flats and either wade or fish from the boat.

Only group (!) trips for 2014 and 2015 are scheduled now on a weekly basis during May 15th - September 20th.

Getting there
Departing point is Merida, in the state of Yucatan. Many airlines are serving Cancun.  Affordable rates and schedules make Cancun a first international option. Expect a transfer of 3.5 hours from Cancun to Merida. Then a boatride to the atoll is needed of 3 - 4 hours

Capacity: 6 Anglers, only full groups.
Required Skills: Previous flat fishing experience is desired.
None Angler Availability: Not available
Duration: 6 nights / 5 days fishing
Fish Species: Bonefish, Permit, Barracuda, Snapper, Amberjack and more…
Crew: Captain, 1st Mate, two fly fishing guides.
Type of Fishing: Guided and DIY.
Level of Physical Effort: Intermediate, for the adventurous fly fishermen.
Food:  Fresh, plentiful & delicious.

Scorpion Reef Atoll, forgotten salwater fly fishing paradise