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Ascension Bay Fly Fishing Lodge

This Ascension Bay fly fishing lodge is for anglers seeking a permit-focused lodge and guide team at an incredible value! In addition to fabulous permit fishing, you could also be casting to tarpon, bonefish, and snook. Ideal for a group of friends or solo anglers, the Caribbean Super Slam is a real possibility.

The guides are serious permit hunters, so while there are plenty bonefish, many anglers at the lodge are there to target permit. Ascension Bay is one of the best fishing focused lodges in the Caribbean and not to mention one of the best values in destination travel fly fishing.


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Ascension Bay fly fishing is well known as one of the finest saltwater flats destinations in the world. This amazing place offers a great opportunity to land a super slam at almost any time of the year. Bonefish, permit, tarpon, and snook are here on a year-round basis.

For an incredible flats trip at a reasonable cost, look no further than this Ascension Bay fly fishing lodge.

  • Year-round fishing season.Outdoors International Endorsed Outfitter
  • Ideal for a group of friends or solo anglers.
  • In addition to fabulous permit fishing, you could also be casting to tarpon, bonefish, and snook.
  • The Caribbean Super Slam is a real possibility when fly fishing Ascension Bay.
  • Beachside, private fishing lodge, comfortable cabins, hot showers with full amenities, including wi-fi. Accommodates up to 10 anglers.
  • Amazing meals prepared with a Mayan and Caribbean influence.
  • Other activities include bird watching, snorkeling, exploring Mayan ruins, beach combing, and just plain relaxing.
  • One of the best values in destination travel fly fishing.

Premier Ascension Bay Fly Fishing Guides

Your guide’s number one priority is getting you good shots at permit.

The guides are serious permit hunters, so while there are plenty bonefish, many anglers at the lodge are there to target permit. All of the guides grew up in the area and are hand-picked by owner and head guide Jose, who typically rotates through the week to fish with every guest at the lodge.

You and your guide will be mostly focused on hunting elusive permit out on the flats and deeper water just off the edge. But you’ll get plenty of chances to stalk bonefish in skinny water, or head into the backcountry mangrove lagoons for baby tarpon and snook.

Ascension Bay fly fishing at this lodge is highly recommended if you’re an avid saltwater angler.

This is one of the best fishing focused lodges in the Caribbean and not to mention one of the best values in destination travel fly fishing. With direct access to the famed fisheries of Ascension Bay and the surrounding lagoons just a few minute boat ride from the lodge. They provide guided fishing on some of the best saltwater sportfish habitat in the world, and they cater to saltwater fly anglers of any skill level.

Whether you are new to saltwater fishing or an experienced angler, Ascension Bay fly fishing will offer many opportunities. They will be just as excited as you when you land a permit, and if a grand slam is your goal it’s GAME ON!

  1. The low cost, world-class permit fishing is the main reasons you would book this Ascension Bay fly fishing trip.
  2. The second reason would be the very real chance for a Caribbean Super Slam (tarpon, bonefish, snook and permit in one day). There aren’t many places where that can be accomplished.
  3. The guide staff includes some of the finest guides in the entire area!

Giant tarpon

You visit Ascension Bay for the fishing but the accommodations are great too.

The food is delicious, the beers are cold, the rooms are clean and comfortable.

  • Each of the 6 rooms has a private bathroom with hot water, air-conditioning at night, and ceiling fans, including five rooms with two double beds and one single room with a queen bed.
  • The lodge has 24-hour electricity, Wi-Fi, and a full bar.
  • You will find the open-air bar and dining area a perfect social setting for meals and post-fishing beverages.
  • The lodge deck also has two sitting areas for appetizers and meals.
  • The landscaped grounds consist of white sand and indigenous trees that provide a nice aesthetic reminder of the natural beauty of the Yucatan peninsula.
The food is great, the beers are cold, and the guide staff includes some of the finest guides in the entire area!

All meals are prepared by local chefs in a new, professional-grade kitchen.

  • Breakfast choices include fresh fruit, eggs, meats, and pancakes, with the lodge’s traditional Huevos Rancheros the house’s specialty.
  • Lunch is packed in a cooler and served on the boat: sandwiches, chips, cookies, fruit, and plenty of water, soda, and beer.
  • You will find dinners to be a blend of authentic Mayan, Caribbean, and mostly local Mexican meals and seafood.
  • The small bar is well-stocked with various liquors, wines, sodas, mixers, and ice-cold local beers.
  • All meals may be customized to your specific dietary needs and requests.

Boats used by the lodge are 23-foot Mexican super pangas that can accommodate two fishermen, a guide, and (most of the time) an apprentice guide.

  • The boats are roomy and comfortable, with large, clean casting decks.
  • If possible, anglers should plan on bringing all equipment such as rods, reels, and fly lines with them. We do recommend that guests travel with their own gear and flies.

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Ascension Bay, Mexico

The Fishing

Any given day the flats and lagoons surrounding the small fishing village of Punta Allen could hold a SUPER grand slam (bonefish, permit, tarpon & snook). Even though this feat can be difficult to accomplish, Ascension Bay is one of the best places in the world to achieve it.

When to Go

October and November can often be fantastic in Ascension Bay, due to the typical wind direction pushing more water into the Bay. This allows for larger permit to access the shallows and the inland lagoons.

December, January, and February are the drier months so typically more sun and high moving clouds. High pressure systems usually bring wind as well. This is the best time to target trophy snook. While you most likely will not see the large schools of permit that Ascension Bay is famous for during the winter months, this is an optimal time to target big tailing permit.

March, April, May, and June are peak season for fishing the area, which means that you will want to book well in advance! It is generally accepted that this time of the year the weather is most conducive to fly fishing, with a lot of sun and manageable winds.

We love June, July, and August in the Yucatan. The mornings are usually dead calm, and permit tails and pushes can be seen from great distances. Migratory tarpon are moving through the area, and the bonefish are happy. Long days allow for the best visibility of the season.

The Fishing Lodge

Situated on a beautiful beach, your room is only steps from the boats. The lodge features a beautiful open floor plan with exposed exotic hardwoods and an intimate feel. Each of the four cabanas, two on each side of the main lodge sleep two, are well appointed and air conditioned.

All meals are prepared by local chefs with a unique flare for preparing dishes that exceed expectations. The dinners are a flavorful mix of authentic Mayan, Caribbean, and American cuisine. Breakfast can include fresh fruit, eggs, meats, and pancakes, and Huevos Rancheros the specialty of the house. Your lunch cooler is typically packed with sandwiches, fruit, snacks and cold beverages. All meals can be customized to meet your specific dietary needs and requests.

The Guides

Their specialty is permit fishing as the lodge hires some of the best guides in Mexico who have a deep passion for guiding their clients onto these demanding fish. The lagoons and river system located inland from Ascension Bay provide blue ribbon snook and baby tarpon fishing while casting to bonefish is always possible in the skinny flats. La Pescadora utilizes 23 foot super pangas with two guides for every boat. Having a primary guide and an assistant guide allows fishermen to sight fish from a distance, jump out of the boat and stalk fish on foot which helps minimize the casting distance and can often lead to numerous opportunities at the same fish.

Getting There

Most major cities have direct flights to Cancun and the 3-hour shuttle to the lodge makes it easy to get there in one day and home in one day, thus maximizing your fishing time and minimizing your travel expense.


Bonefish, Permit, Snook, Tarpon

2 reviews for Ascension Bay Fly Fishing Lodge

  1. Cory Glauner

    If you’re looking for a classic flyf ishing trip where you can catch a number of species and get away from winter back home…. and that won’t break the bank, this is it.

  2. Kent Goodman

    Over the years, I have seen many changes to the fishery at Ascension Bay. One thing that has stayed consistent is the proficiency of the guides and the quality of the fishing. Weather dependent, this is the best location to see all 4 species of the super grand slam in one day and to land it. I have accomplished many grand and super slams with Jose as my guide and absolutely love fishing with he and his guides.

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Mark Stasz with a great dorado.
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Greg Pope with a Strobel Lake rainbow trout.

I expected big trout on this trip based on all the stories I've read over the years, and I was not disappointed! I broke my own personal best rainbow trout record at least SIX times on this trip, with the biggest being a 16 pound beauty.

I will be going again soon!

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