Ascension Bay, MX Fly Fishing Report 11.17.10

Punta, Allen, MX sunrise

The sun rises to greet another beautiful day in Ascension Bay.

I’ve just returned after a long weekend staying at Punta Allen, MX’s newest fly fishing lodge, Grand Slam Fly Fishing Lodge.  For those who are not familiar with the area, Punta Allen is the sleepy little town located at the tip of the peninsula that juts into Ascension Bay.  All of this lies within the Sian Kaan Biosphere, a World Heritage Site located 2 hours south of Cancun. 
Typical Yucatan bonefish - Ascension Bay

John Hoagland and Clemente celebrate a nice Yucatan bonefish.

The quality of the fly fishing in Ascension Bay is legendary!  This is one of the best places on the planet to land fly fishing’s Grand Slam – permit, tarpon, and bonefish. Good sized Snook are also a possibility to achieve the Super Grand Slam.  The fly fishing did not disappoint!  Many bonefish, snook, and baby tarpon were landed by our group of six.  Ascension Bay’s expansive flats and shorelines produced numerous schools of bonefish and some larger singles. A few schools were found tailing, but most fish were spotted while cruising. Imagineschools of fish moving towards you over miles of hard white sand flats….  Unfortunately, the holy grail of saltwater fly fishing, permit, eluded us during our stay.  There was a large school of 75 permit spotted, but very calm conditions made them extra spooky and they were gone after one cast. Other large cruising singles were spotted while bonefishing but would not eat our offerings.  Sandy bottoms make landing one of these fish a real possibility if you get them to eat.  More permit are landed here every year than anywhere else each season.
Permit tails

Permit tails on a calm day.

Most of our baby tarpon were found in brackish water in the magrove channels, but there were a few near where the underground freshwater rivers popped up in the bay. The truly large migratory fish had moved on already from their summer lies, but these mangrove fish ate readily and were a blast to fight in close confines!
Mexican baby tarpon

Matt Burton and Alex Spinelli enjoy a baby tarpon double.

Snook were found cruising the edges of magrove islands that were close to or on the flats.  Having a rod rigged and ready while poling the flats for bones proved to be very useful.  Rods could be quickly switched when these fish were spotted.  We saw a number of schools of 3-4 fish and a few larger snook that pushed 10lbs. 
Yucatan Snook

Snook in Ascension Bay range from 5-15 lbs.

What about the lodge you say? Grand Slam Fly Fishing lodge exemplifies luxury in a wilderness setting. It has been built with close attention to detail.  Modern amenities such as flat screen TV’s, iPod docks, and jacuzzis in every room accentuate the very stylish rooms. If the fishing weren’t so good we would have been content to relax at the lodge!  Chef Juan’s food was delicious and plentiful and the margaritas were flowing.  The staff were all very friendly and accomodating and were fluent in several languages. We could not have asked for more!                      ***** GRAND OPENING SPECIAL ****** From now until the end of 2010, rates have been reduced by 40% to celebrate the lodge’s Grand Opening. Don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime! Paradise is only a short flight away……
Grand Slam Fly Fishing Lodge

Roughing it in the Sian Kaan Biosphere.

2 room Villa

Each Villa has two rooms, each with their own jacuzzi, daybed, and hammock.

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