Fishing Specifics

The daily fishing schedule is flexible, so discuss your plan with our manager every day and review with your guide each morning. Most anglers take advantage of the best time to spot bonefish and permit on the flats, usually from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Earlier and later, the sun angle causes a glare, making the fish difficult to see. In order to maximize time on the water, most anglers request to have a boat lunch packed. The more leisurely option is to come in around noon, enjoy a full lunch in the dining room, then head back out at your own pace, perhaps from 1:30 to 4 p.m. 

Each day your guide will stock a cooler on the boat with soft drinks, beer and water. Six soft drinks or beers consumed on the boat are included in the package price. Feel free to offer the guide a soft drink, but lodge policy prohibits his drinking alcoholic beverages.


As a rule, anglers fish with the same guide for the week. Our local Mayan guides are experienced but may not speak English well.


The weather can play an important part in your fishing success. For the moths of March to October, the average lows are in the 70s with highs ranging from the 80s to the 90s. From November to February, average lows are in the upper 60s with highs in the 80s. Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather, but the guides will make every effort to provide a quality angling experience despite inopportune weather conditions.


Flats/Bottom: The majority of the flats at Boca Paila have soft bottoms and therefore are not wadable. There are, however, several areas (especially flats adjacent to the central tidal channel) that are wadable. Most fishing will be done from 16-foot Dolphin skiffs powered by 40 horsepower Yamaha outboards and outfitted with all the amenities: leaning bars, cushioned seats and rod storage. 

Although there are many species for the sport fisherman here at Boca Paila, our area is best known for its bonefish, permit, tarpon, barracuda and snook. Bonefish range from around 2 to 5 pounds, the 5-pounder being the exception; permit from 3 to 25 pounds; tarpon from 5 to 60 pounds; barracuda from 2 to 35 pounds; and snook from 5 to 20 pounds. Snapper and jack crevalle weighing around 5 to 30 pounds are also present.