Fly Fishing | Ascension Bay | Q&A
With one to one guiding and tuition, this Fly Fishing Ascension Bay trip is a fantastic opportunity for anglers to brush up on their saltwater fly fishing skills and learn how to deal with the sheer pandemonium of a freshly hooked fish bidding for freedom. When it comes to hooking, playing and landing Tarpon, practice makes perfect. Fisherman’s Lodge is the perfect place to develop and practice your skills as there are chances of hooking fish every day.
Where is the Lodge?
Fisherman Lodge is in Punta Allen which is a small fishing village in Mexico of approximately 500 people. The village is located in the heart of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere – one of Mexico’s largest protected areas, established to manage 528,148 hectares of intricately linked marine, coastal and terrestrial ecosystems. Ascension Bay has been catch and release for over 30 years.
Where do they fish?
The fishing takes place in Ascension Bay and all the surrounding ocean side flats. Boats are used to glide through the shallow waters.
How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?
Since the lodge has such a fantastic location the fishing grounds can be reached within 10 minutes, giving anglers a huge amount of fishing time per day.
What fish will I catch?
Expect shots at Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Barracuda, Trigger Fish, Jacks, Snappers, and Sharks. The lodge’s guides will give you some of the best fly fishing Ascension Bay can produce.
How many fish will I catch?
You will catch lots of bonefish in the 2 kilo range with the odd fish weighing up to 4 kilos. There will be plenty of shots at all of the Super Slam species of Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon, and Snook.
How do they fish?
Fisherman Lodge uses two guides in every boat. This means that each angler will have individual attention from an accomplished guide in how to effectively fish the Bay. Many anglers like to wade for Bonefish and Permit with one guide while the other angler and guide target Tarpon and Snook from the boat. The guides know the area intimately and have been guiding anglers for over fifteen years. They are polite, friendly and speak excellent English. They are epic casters and have a love of teaching and sharing information.
Ascension Bay is home to outstanding angling for giant Barracuda, Sharks, Cubera, Mutton Snapper, tailing Trigger Fish, Big Horse Eye Jacks and Jack Crevalle. When fly fishing Ascension Bay, it is a good idea to always have a rod rigged and ready with trace wire and topwater poppers to take advantage of these up close encounters every day.
Do the guides speak English?
All of the guides speak good conversational English. They are polite, friendly, helpful teachers, and master casters.
Who is best suited to this destination?
Fly fishing in Ascension Bay is suitable for any level of angler with a passion for flat fishing for Super Slam species. In particular, someone new to flat fishing would really get a lot out of this destination as all the guides are fantastic casting instructors.
What skill level is required?
Any anglers between beginners to expert will have great success fly fishing in Ascension Bay. A week with the lodge’s guides will enhance any fisherman’s expertise with both casting and watercraft within a flats fishing Environment.
How physically demanding is this trip?
Fly fishing in Ascension Bay is done from both the boat and wading shallow sandy flats means that the physical demands are very low.
When to go?
Fly fishing in Ascension Bay is a Fantastic year-round fishery, some months are better for certain species than others but generally, the fishing is very reliable all of the time.
How to get there?
When fly fishing in Ascension Bay you take a direct flight to Cancun, where you will be picked up by a private transfer and taken to Tulum. After arriving in Tulum you will be taken the last 50 kilometres by private boat to the Fisherman Lodge in Punta Allen.
What is the accommodation like?
The accommodations are exceptionally comfortable. The nine Grand Slam rooms can accommodate 18 anglers total and are fitted for comfort with air conditioning, ceiling fans, tiled floors, locally made furniture, fly tying table, two beds with firm Sealy mattress, a full library of favorite fishing and nature books, internet service, rod racks, and private full bathroom with hot water, and TV’s with satellite service.
What is the food like?
The dining at Fisherman Lodge has been reviewed as some of the finest in the entire Caribbean.
The three co-Head Chefs draw on their vast knowledge of regional favourites, they each add their own flair and individualized touch, without losing the essence of Yucatan cuisine.
Everything is prepared with fresh fruits, herbs, vegetables, poultry, and local seafood. Lobster is available in season. You will never leave the table hungry or in awe of their mastery in the kitchen and appealing presentations.
Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?
Being a TFO International Lodge it has a nice collection of new TFO rods and reels for clients use, free of charge.
Is internet and phone signal available?
There is no cellular service in Punta Allen. But the lodge does have decent internet service.
Are there other activities available?
There are many non-angling activities available to guests. You can enjoy the private beach on the comfortable, padded, loungers and take advantage of the daily beachside bar and grill for daily specials. You can go for a swim in the beautiful Caribbean Ocean or just relax at the beautiful freshwater pool. With plenty of lounge furniture and tables for the guests, relaxing is made easy and it is nice to have so much space for yourself.
You can take one of the three-hour tours of the local mangrove creeks and the surrounding waters with a certified kayaking guide that the Lodge will arrange. The Lodge also provides Ocean Eco-Tours and you will be in awe of the local marine life. You will visit the Meso-American Reef which is the second longest reef system in the world. Sea turtles are always easy to find and there are five species such as the green, leatherback, and hawksbill. Dolphins, several species of rays, sharks, crocodiles and the occasional whale shark or manatee can also be a part of an eco-tour.
There is snorkelling on the lodge’s three-hour snorkelling tours. The reef system is pristine and full of sea life. If you are new to snorkelling we recommend you take a learning class in our freshwater pool with one of the lodge’s local experts, these lessons are free of charge and will greatly enhance your experience.
How much does it cost?
Sportquest Holidays offers you the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.
Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel arrangements Sportquest Holidays can book just the lodge and fishing for you
If you have any more questions, leave them in the comments below and our expert team will reply as soon as possible. You can also visit our Fly Fishing Ascension Bay tour page.