As an overall fishing destination, we love the Yucatan.
This lodge is a must visit destination for the avid saltwater angler wanting to fly fish for permit.
This fly fishing lodge offers easy access to the vast flats of Ascension Bay as well as the inland lagoons and river system located on the mainland.
Whether you are new to saltwater fishing or an experienced angler, Ascension Bay offers strong fishing scenarios for every level. You can stalk solid numbers of bonefish in skinny water, head into the backcountry mangrove lagoons for baby tarpon and snook, or hunt for the elusive permit on the flats and the deeper waters that surround the flats.
This fishery is renown as one of the finest locales in the world of saltwater fishing to throw a fly at a super-slam at almost any time of the year. We cannot guarantee you will hook a bonefish, permit, tarpon, and snook every day on the water, but these game fish are here on a year-round basis. The guides are serious permit hunters, so while there are plenty bonefish, many anglers at La Pescadora are there to target permit.
One of our favorite traits of Ascension Bay is the fact that you can typically find fish no matter what the weather is doing. Yes, we all want bright sunny days with low winds, but challenging conditions and overcast skies can present themselves from time to time.
Despite the weather and conditions, the guides are great at putting you on fish in virtually any situation. We can say this from experience! The lagoons and the Boca (the mouth of a river) located in the back of Ascension Bay allows for protection from the wind. The fish tend to feed well in this area as well, due to the increased freshwater in the system and an abundance of food. This is a wonderful fishery that is often overlooked by many guides in the area.
Pricing depends on how many anglers are in your group and how many days you fish. See pricing breakdown below.
*Prices subject to change without notice.
- Ground and water transfers to and from Cancun
- Number of nights of lodging as specified in your package
- Number of days of guided fishing as specified in your package
- Three meals per day
- All bottled water, coffee, tea, and juice
- Wi-Fi access
- Sian Ka’an Reserve entrance fees
- All applicable Mexican VAT and hotel taxes
- International flight to Cancun
- Gratuities for guides or staff
- Mexican beer, liquor, wine, or soft drinks
- Phone calls, laundry, or additional special services
- Rods, reels, flies, or terminal tackle
- Fishing licenses (you can get it at the lodge)
- Park Entrance wristband (also get at lodge)
- Trip Insurance
- These prices include van and boat shuttle to and from Cancun airport.
- Most packages are requested by the lodge to span from Saturday to Saturday. For shorter trips, they prefer Saturday as one of your travel days. That said, packages and itineraries of any length can be accommodated and anglers can arrive and depart on any day of the week.
- We can book anything but should encourage at least 5 days to 6 days fishing, due to weather. Many trips have 2 or 3 days of wind and then 1 or 3 days of calming. It is a bit risky to go short term on a saltwater trip. Unless we have someone in Cancun with the family and wants to check it out. We just need to explain it is a crapshoot fishing short days.
7 nights / 6 days
- 8 anglers – $3,600
- 6 anglers – $3,642
- 4 anglers – $3,650
- 2 anglers – $3,810
- 1 angler – $5,490
6 nights / 5 days
- 8 anglers – $3,120
- 6 anglers – $3,162
- 4 anglers – $3,170
- 2 anglers – $3,330
- 1 angler – $4,855
5 nights / 4 days
- 8 anglers – $2,700
- 6 anglers – $2,742
- 4 anglers – $2,750
- 2 anglers – $2,910
- 1 angler – $4,165
3 nights / 4 days
- 8 anglers – $2,250
- 6 anglers – $2,292
- 4 anglers – $2,300
- 2 anglers – $2,460
- 1 angler – $3,475
3 nights / 2 days
- 8 anglers – $1,530
- 6 anglers – $1,572
- 4 anglers – $1,580
- 2 anglers – $1,740
- 1 angler – $2,520
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. Water temps are also cooling off after the heat of summer, so hungry bonefish invade the flats in strong numbers. Lingering migratory tarpon can be found around the rivers and mangroves, and the snook start to show themselves once again as the water cools. It is common to experience periods of beautiful sunny days, moderate breezes, and low winds during the fall months. Rain systems can appear for short periods throughout the day. It’s also the tail end of hurricane season, so we strongly recommend a travel insurance policy for all fall trips.
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. Snook come out to play from the depths of the mangroves when water temps cool down. This is a wonderful game fish that loves to chase down flies from their lairs under the mangroves. Something that can be especially fun after casting at snobby permit all morning! Baby tarpon are also out and about in the creeks and backcountry lagoons. 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. They can handle cooler water temps and tend to be in the softer flats where milky water enables anglers to get closer to the fish.
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. However, sometimes heavy winds and rain can be a factor, especially during the early part of the spring. This is a great time of the year to focus on permit, as you can often find the large schools of smaller permit and the larger fish around the points, creeks, ocean flats, and coral heads. While the snook are not as accessible as the water temps rise, the juvenile tarpon are active in the mangroves creeks around the Boca.
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. Afternoon thunderstorms are common, which kick up strong winds, but usually only for a short period of time. Often an early start is advisable, so you are back to the lodge early for a siesta.
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.
Two guides work in each 23 foot panga boat to ensure both anglers have opportunities to spot and stalk fish whether polling or wading the white sandy flats. Boats 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. The lodge does have some demo rods available, and the guides will have limited tackle and some flies. We do recommend that guests travel with their own gear and flies.
Food and Lodging
Fishing out of La Pescadora Lodge in Punta Allen is a treat. This new lodge was built in 2013 and is managed by Lily Bertram and Jose Ucan ensuring our guests are well taken care of.
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 cab 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.
Trip rates are based on double occupancy and the lodge can accommodate groups of up to 8 anglers.
Just let us know your needs and we’ll ensure the Lodge is aware. The wet bar is well-stocked with a variety of liquors, wines, sodas, mixers, ice cold local beers.
Internet / Communications
The lodge offers Wi-Fi and a computer for guests. Some U.S. cell phones may work north of Tulum (Cancun and Playa del Carmen) but once you enter the Biosphere cell service is basically nonexistent…which is a good thing!
Non-Angling Activities and Options
La Pescadora is first and foremost a lodge for anglers. With that said, the lodge can accommodate eco-tourists and non-anglers looking for that laid-back Punta Allen lifestyle. This is a locally owned destination, so everything is authentic. The lodge will arrange for a variety of activities including snorkeling, bird watching, exploring Mayan ruins, beachcombing, and just plain relaxing. The lodge itself is located in one of the world’s largest protected wild areas – the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve.
The reserve covers over 1.3 million acres and has been designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site. The marine and wildlife in Sian Ka’an is abundant and is hard to imagine until you have seen it for yourself. You can find over 325 species of birds, four different types of marine turtles, and fish species too numerous to name. The lodge will arrange for guided tours of the Biosphere and snorkeling, or you are welcome to explore the environment on your own. Day trips to Tulum can also be arranged.
Arrival / Departure Summary:
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.
- Nearest Airport – Cancun
- Outfitter Pickup – No. You will take a shuttle to the lodge.
- Transportation During Trip – Your guide will take you fishing in his flats boat daily.
- Documents Required – All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. No visas or vaccinations are required for U.S. citizens. A Mexican departure tax is payable at the airport when leaving Mexico. Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket.
- Minors Travelling To Mexico Without Both Parents – If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children 18 years of age or younger entering Mexico accompanied by only one parent or legal guardian must have a notarized letter of consent from the other parent stating the child/children have his/her permission to enter the country. Single parents need a notarized documentation of divorce decree or death certificate of spouse. Minors unaccompanied by either parent require a notarized letter of consent signed by both parents. Please visit the US Embassy in Mexico Website for more information.
Detailed Travel Schedule:
- Arrival – Arrive in Cancun no later than 4pm. To catch shuttle and make it to the lodge in 3 hours.Don’t book flights leaving cancun any earlier than 12 noon or the shuttle leaving the Lodge leaves too early for a comfortable morning. You don’t want to be “that” guy that has a 8:30 am departure, you may be paying your own shuttle back. $400.
- The Daily Schedule – You will start each morning by walking 50 feet from your cabin to your panga to begin your day of fishing. Every guide grew up in the area and is hand picked by owner and head guide Jose, who typically rotates through the week to fish with every guest at the lodge.The guides will pole classic 23-foot Mexican style panga boats, scanning for all of these different species. Once they are located – if the water is shallow enough – you will often slip out of the boat with the guide to stalk the fish on foot. This allows anglers to get much closer to the fish without spooking everything, and often-times results in numerous shots to the same fish. These pangas are very seaworthy, super comfortable in rough seas, easy to pole in shallow waters, and have for decades served the region’s fishermen and guides.
- Outfitter Pickup / Getting to the Lodge – The driving portion of the transfer is around two hours. The remainder of the transfer is typically by boat through the Boca Paila Lagoon. This boat ride is approximately one hour long, and passes directly through “Permit Alley.” If the weather is rough or rainy, you may be transferred by van directly to the Lodge, which makes the total time from Cancun approximately four hours. While La Pescadora does prefer Saturdays as a travel or transfer day, you may arrive or depart any day of the week.
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Suggested Gear List:
- Copy of passport
- Wallet / Cash/ Cell Phone/chargers/computer
- Fly Rods
- Fly Reels
- Leaders – 6 of 9’ 0x Fluorocarbon
- Leaders – 2 Tarpon Leaders 60 lb. shock tippet
- Tippet – 1 spool 0x Fluoro , and 6 pieces of 40, 60 and 80 lb. shock
- Pliers – needle nose or hemostats with wire cutter.
- Fanny pack for wading flats (to carry flies, water bottle etc when walking away from boat on the flats.
- Wading booties for saltwater. (look online and 30 to 60$ for a pair)
- Wading socks – pair of old socks. To keep feet from rubbing if they get sore. I usually don’t wear socks, but if you get a sore spot, they are good to have.
- Snorkel gear – fun if the weather is good to go to the reef and check stuff out.
- Long pants – thin quick drying stuff to cover a sunburn if needed.
- Fishing shirts
- Rain coat – for boat ride
- Fishing or sun hat. – to keep the sun off face and ears
- UV Buff – covers face if needed – look online (optional item) sunscreen will work.
- Flip flops or comfortable shoes
- Underwear / socks
- Polarized fishing glasses (extra pair)
- Optical cloth or cleaner
- Zip lock baggies (small sandwich size + 9 napkins) – for drying glasses off after wet rides
- Lip balm
- Bug spray –
- Camera and battery charging equipment.
- Waterproof boat bag or duffle for boat.
- First aid stuff, benadryl, itch balm, etc. Advil , Tylenol, vitamins, etc
- Toiletry Kit
- Travel Flashlight – headlamp
- Notepad / phone to make journal entry of each day.