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Fisherman Lodge | Fly Fishing Ascension Bay | Mexico

Overview

Tour code: MEX124

Fisherman Lodge is the perfect place if you are looking for superb fishing in one of the most pristine areas that you can cast a line. Having individual guides means that targeting grand slams is that much easier as you can concentrate on particular species on different days. This is also an amazing place to take any non-fishing partner as the range of other activities that are available in this tropical paradise are numerous and absorbing.

Location
Fisherman Lodge is situated in a huge international wildlife park that spans some 1,300,000 acres of prime fishing flats. It is ranked as some of the best fly fishing Ascension Bay has to offer and is surrounded by pristine mangrove-lined shores with a backdrop of the lush green rainforest.

The main Village of Punta Allen is approx 32 miles off the beaten track and 3 hours from the hustle and bustle of the city of Cancun. One of the things that keeps the fish and other animals in this part of Mexico so well looked after is that it is inside the huge protected area known as the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. This protection preserves that areas habitats on land as well as in the sea and the knock-on effect is that the local wildlife really prospers.

Fishing
The area is famed for its hoards of decent sized Bonefish, very large Permit, Snook and good numbers of small to medium-sized Tarpon as well as some larger ones during the migration.

With the open ocean, hundreds of flats and a huge network of mangrove-lined backwaters a weeks fishing at Fisherman Lodge will see you targeting a multitude of different species in the same week. With so many species to go for it is worth taking several different setups with you, we would recommend 7#, 8# and 10# rods. As with all fly fishing for powerful species, reels need to have smooth drags and be able to hold suitable amounts of backing depending on the fish that you are targeting.

Guiding
All the guides at Fisherman Lodge have guided and been fly fishing this location for many years. Because of this, they know the area and the fish that live there very well. One of the great things about Fisherman Lodge is having two guides per boat. This allows you and your boat partner the freedom to fish different spots at the same time.

Whether you are experienced in saltwater fishing or would like to try it for the first time, a trip to Fisherman Lodge is highly recommended as the guides are excellent teachers and a week with them will sharpen up your skills with the rod. They speak good English and are masters of manoeuvring the shallow flats without detection from wary fish.

Other activities
If you are a non-angler then Fisherman Lodge still has a great deal to offer. Ocean Eco-Tours are a fantastic chance for nature lovers to see some of the wildlife that Ascension bay is home to, such as sea turtles, many different rays, sharks, crocodiles and even the occasional whale shark.

The area is also a great place for avid snorkellers and the lodge has local experts on hand to take experienced and novice snorkelers to experience all the bays wonders with the safety that comes with local knowledge. If you would rather see the bay from the top of the water, there are excellent Kayak tours. These tours will allow guests and their guide to get close and personal with the local flora and fauna that Ascension Bay is famed for.

For more information about this tour, contact our experienced team who will be happy to answer any queries you have.

Accommodation
Fisherman Lodge

Fisherman lodge has a unique blend of being set amongst beautiful surroundings with the benefits of very modern luxury accommodation. The nine grand slam rooms can accommodate a maximum of eighteen anglers. All the rooms are spacious and fitted with air conditioning, ceiling fans, locally made furniture, a fly tying table and two beds with Sealy mattresses. Each room is fitted with its own en-suite bathrooms and TV. including satellite service. The staff are very friendly and always happy to help. The lodge is powered by its own lodge generators so that clients can have a supply of electricity 24seven.

Board: Full
Rooms: Twin
Telephone: Lodge phone
Internet: WIFI
Power: Generator
Air Conditioning: All Rooms
Meals: All meals
Equipment Hire: Rods and Reels available
Cash Accepted
Species Information
Permit
Season: January to December
Peak: February
Weight: 5lb to 45lb
Average Weight: 12lb
Bonefish
Season: January to December
Peak: November
Weight: 2lb to 10lb
Average Weight: 2lb to 5lb
Tarpon
Season: January to December
Peak: May
Weight: 5lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 14lb
Snook
Season: January to December
Peak: January
Weight: 5lb to 40lb
Average Weight: 12lb

Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one as we have flights departing from the UK everyday, therefore should you wish to extend your stay by adding more nights in Cancun or Fisherman Lodge, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

 

DAY 1: (Saturday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive in Cancun.

On arrival, there will be a representative to meet you and transfer you to Tulum. (approx 1.5 hrs)

On arrival at Tulum, you will take a private boat to the lodge (approx 40mins).

The rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore.

Overnight accommodation: Fishermans Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 2: Fishing Day. (Sunday)

You will start your day with a hearty breakfast, your guides will then come and collect you and your fishing partner and take you to your traditional Mexican Panga boat. The reason you have two guides is to give you that little bit more one on one help. Sometimes one boat partner will want to wade the flats with their guide whilst the other fishes the water from the boat with help from the other guide. Once you have finished your fishing day you will then be taken back to the lodge.

Overnight accommodation: Fishermans Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAYS 3 & 4: Fishing Days. (Monday & Tuesday)

You will depart to fish all day with your guides who focus on sight fishing for Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon, but Snook, Snapper, Jacks and Barracuda are also present.

vernight accommodation: Fishermans Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAYS 5 & 6: Fishing Days. (Wednesday & Thursday)

Your guides will take you in the boat to really explore Ascension Bay and all its mangrove-lined nooks and crannies, the guides are also more than happy to help with any casting tips or fishing questions throughout your days on the water.

Overnight accommodation: Fishermans Lodge (Twin Rooms) F/B

DAY 7: (Friday)

You will depart the lodge by private boat for your return journey to Tulum.

Depart Tulum
Arrive Cancun.

On arrival in Cancun, you will take a taxi to your overnight hotel.

Overnight accommodation: Cancun Hotel (Twin Rooms) R/O

DAY 8: (Saturday)

Take a taxi back to the international airport.

Depart Cancun

DAY 9: (Sunday)

Arrive UK

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
09/11/2019 17/11/2019 9 8 5 £4,367 On Request Enquire Now N/A
16/11/2019 24/11/2019 9 8 5 £4,287 On Request Enquire Now N/A
23/11/2019 01/12/2019 9 8 5 £4,117 On Request Enquire Now N/A
30/11/2019 08/12/2019 9 8 5 £4,117 On Request Enquire Now N/A
07/12/2019 15/12/2019 9 8 5 £4,067 On Request Enquire Now N/A
14/12/2019 22/12/2019 9 8 5 £4,517 On Request Enquire Now N/A
21/12/2019 29/12/2019 9 8 5 £5,017 On Request Enquire Now N/A
28/12/2019 05/01/2020 9 8 5 £5,090 On Request Enquire Now N/A
04/01/2020 12/01/2020 9 8 5 £4,240 On Request Enquire Now N/A
11/01/2020 19/01/2020 9 8 5 £4,190 On Request Enquire Now N/A
18/01/2020 26/01/2020 9 8 5 £4,190 On Request Enquire Now N/A
25/01/2020 02/02/2020 9 8 5 £4,190 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/02/2020 09/02/2020 9 8 5 £4,190 On Request Enquire Now N/A
08/02/2020 16/02/2020 9 8 5 £4,190 On Request Enquire Now N/A
15/02/2020 23/02/2020 9 8 5 £4,740 On Request Enquire Now N/A
22/02/2020 01/03/2020 9 8 5 £4,190 On Request Enquire Now N/A
29/02/2020 08/03/2020 9 8 5 £4,190 On Request Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • All accommodation
  • All meals at the lodge
  • Non-bottled beverages
  • Boat beverages while fishing
  • Five days fully guided fishing
  • Fishing licenses
  • Packed lunch while fishing

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Beer and alcohol
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Rods, reels, flies and all terminal tackle

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights Cancun

  • Additional days fishing

Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

No visa for UK citizens required.

Note: Because your flight will involve travelling into the USA, you will be required before travel to complete an Electronic System Travel Authorisation (ESTA) online, which is compulsory for all USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) travellers before boarding an air or sea carrier to the USA.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required.

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

No departure tax as included in the flight price

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Cancun (approx 12 hrs)

Cancun – Punta Allen (approx 3 hrs)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

Questions & Answers

Where is the Lodge?

Fisherman Lodge is in Punta Allen, Mexico, a small fishing village of approx. 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 releases only for over 30 years.

Where do they fish?

The fishing takes place in Ascension Bay and all the surroundings ocean side flats, using the boats to glide through the shallow waters spotting for tailing Permit and bonefish or casting into the structure for large Snook or at passing Tarpon.

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 really do give you some of the best fly fishing Ascension Bay can produce, through their Knowledge and skill you can’t put yourself in more capable hands.

How many fish will I catch?

Expect to catch lots of bonefish in the 2-kilo range with the odd fish to 4 kilos. And 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.
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 a topwater popper 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 flats fishing for Super Slam species. In particularly someone new to flats fishing would really get a lot out of this destination as all the guides are fantastic casting instructors and with such a good fishery there is always plenty of chances for shots at fish.

What skill level is required?

Any anglers between beginners to expert will have great success fly fishing 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?

The fishing is done from both the boat and wading shallow sandy flats means that the physical demands are very low.

When to go?

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?

You will 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 eye 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.

Enjoy the private beach on the comfortable, padded, loungers and take advantage of the daily beachside bar and grill for daily specials. Go for a swim in the beautiful Caribbean Ocean, Or Just hang out 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. Ask your private valet to make your favourite drink or order a snack from the pool grill.

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 any eco-tour.

There is snorkelling that can be done 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 & 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.

Reviews

Chris

I have thought about this review and even whether to give it or not – To be honest when you find a fishing trip this good you want to be selfish and keep it to yourself.

I look for a few things in a fishing trip. First and foremost is good fishing and this had that in abundance, the guides were so knowledgeable it was ridiculous but I have been with very knowledgeable guides before and on occasion they can look down their noses and be a little rude if you do not cast like lefty Kreh but these guys were calm, helpful, thoughtful natural coaches and most of all pragmatic. They skillfully got me into positions to not just find the fish but also where it suited my technique. The outcome was the week of all fishing weeks with lots of good quality Bonefish, probably averaged about 8-10 good fish a day from both the boat and wading which was just magical, four good sized Tarpon and I finally broke my Permit blank and even had Seven in one day which was just astonishing.

Second thing I look for is the warmth and hospitality of those running and working at the lodge. The lodge is very comfortable and everything is in pristine condition and the owner was warm, fun, generous and very organized indeed; all that you would want in the leader of a lodge. The staff in the lodge were incredibly friendly, trustworthy and efficient and I could not begin to describe how good the food was, the breakfasts made you rush to the table and the evening meals were all worthy of awards at a good restaurant – I may even have put on a few pounds whilst I was there.

Third thing is the habitat. Ascension bay is just stunning and at almost all points I felt like I was in the centre of a wildlife documentary with so many different species in pristine condition all around me. The area is awesome and despite that we hardly saw another boat once we left the shore or lagoon in the morning, hence not wanting to share the word on how great this place is…….

I will head back to fisherman lodge at every opportunity; it’s a very special place indeed."

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Chris

Thank you so much for your detailed review, we totally understand that you wanted to keep such a place to yourself as its perfectly natural.

We will look at organising for you to return back next year with your own group.

Thanks for your support & custom until next time tight lines.

Regards Peter

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