June 17, 2015

About Us

 Meet Nick Denbow, Founder Member

The Western Caribbean Fly Fishing School (Catchafish.net) is owned and managed by Nick Denbow. Nick is a British ex-pat with over 27 years experience working in the fly fishing industry.

Fishing since age 6 his career started when he was just 13 years old, working weekends and school holidays in his local fly fishing specialist store, The Rod Box, Winchester, England. He stayed working for the Rod Box as a store clerk, river keeper, casting instructor and chalkstream fly guide for more than 10 years whilst he completed his studies. Nick achieved a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Aquaculture and fishery management in 1998 and also qualified as a Salmon and Trout Association National Fly Casting Instructor in 2000. You literally could not be in better hands if you have a question about fish or fishing!

Nick went from university to become the assistant manager of Sportfish Pall Mall, the London flagship of sporting goods stores, here he was introduced to fly fishing in the Caribbean when he was sent to Cuba to review a popular destination for salt water fly rodders. From that trip on he was sure that he wanted to be based in the Caribbean and work and live fly fishing for the amazing sport fish that swim the turquoise waters, hence the transplant to Mexico 13 years ago.

Meet Alex Beck

Alex Beck is a Colorado native now following his dream of spending more time in Xcalak and the flats of Chetumal Bay. Along with his achievements on the flats, Alex’s salt water fly fishing accolades range from Mako sharks in San Diego to Rooster Fish in Baja California. You may well have seen him before in his award winning film ‘In search of Grande’.

We are delighted to have Alex onboard as part of the catchafish team as he has been fishing Xcalak and Chetumal Bay for over 8 years. Alex is embarking on becoming Xcalaks first Gringo Guide and is available for hire but he also acts as the booking representative for all of the other independent guides in the area.

Alex and catchafish.net will book your day with Evaristo, Chucho, Jose, Nato, Alejandro, Victor and Andreas to guarantee your fishing days with your favorite guide. For those looking for the all inclusive lodge experience we work closely with Costa de Cocos in Xcalak. See details of our hosted trips under hosted weeks for details of our hosted trips at Costa de Cocos.
Costa de Cocos has more than 30 years experience fishing Chetumal Bay and the nearby creeks and lagoons. They can fish up to 10 boats per day, have on-site lodging and an in house restaurant. There is literally nobody else who can guarantee and provide the service they offer.

Nick and Alex

Nick(Left) and Alex(Right)

Meet the fishing

The un-exploited gentle coastlines of the Southern Yucatan are largely protected by a barrier reef system and are the perfect place for hunting Permit and other target species in the waves. In fact the best fishing days we have are on the otherwise un-fished sandy beaches and rocky points dotted along the coast between Espiritu Santo Bay to the north and Chetumal Bay to the south. Theres no other guide operation fishing these 75 miles of shoreline! To the north of Mahahual (10 to 45 minutes drive) lie 12 different lagoons land locked yet connected to the ocean through underground rivers and caves called Cenotes. All of these lagoons boast healthy Snook and juvenile to teenaged Tarpon stocks. Occasionally we hook into fish in the 50-80lb range but its fair to say most fish are 30lbs or less. The variety of different fly friendly fish species in this part of Mexico sets it apart from other destinations. With the lagoons as back up there are practically no down days for bad weather. We are proud to say that every year we have guests achieve their Super Slam (Permit, Bone, Tarpon and Snook in the same day) on many days we will catch 10 different species on the fly. We are also happy to take bookings for just single days allowing guests time to fish on their own DIY or enjoy other activities whilst here with family and friends. Check out Catchafish’s fishing options in more depth here.