During the travel dates of June 15th – October 31st, Pesca Maya Lodge on Ascension Bay in Mexico is offering a 20% off special on any package of three (3) nights or longer. With hundreds of miles of flats, anglers can pursue bonefish, permit, and tarpon as well as various other species including barracuda and snook. It is the perfect destination for first-time saltwater anglers, seasoned veterans, couples, and families.
Pesca Maya offers the best of both fly fishing worlds – a short boat ride to the productive flats of Ascension Bay or a quick trip to the more secluded lagoons that surround it. Whether you are wading expansive flats for schools of bonefish and permit, or casting in lagoons for tarpon, snook or barracuda, this is the ideal fishery for novice and seasoned saltwater anglers alike. If you’re a beginning saltwater angler, Ascension Bay is a one of the best places in the world to take your first bonefish on a fly. For more seasoned anglers, this is one of the best locations on the planet to take a permit on a fly.
With hundreds of square miles of flats, it is not uncommon to see bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, and barracuda all in the same day. Due to these strong resident fish numbers and seasonal migrations of snook and tarpon, there have arguably been more Grand Slams and Super Grand Slams (a tarpon, bonefish, permit and snook all in the same day) caught here than anywhere else in the world.
The “typical” conditions that one encounters when fly fishing Ascension Bay are as close to perfect as a saltwater angler can hope for. Bright sun, white sand flats, and crystal-clear water create outstanding conditions for sighting and stalking fish. Even when the wind is blowing hard, the guides can usually find a lee in the mangrove-lined lagoons which offers easier conditions for fly casting. Whether wading the warm sandy flats or fishing from the boat, Ascension Bay is the ideal destination for the saltwater flats angler.
Pesca Maya features a number of accommodation options, with the primary operations focusing on rooms in the recently-renovated Robinson and SeaClusion House. All rooms are nicely decorated, clean, and comfortable. Each features a private bathroom, hot and cold water, air conditioning, and screened porches and windows, allowing for a constant flow of ocean breezes. The Lodge is located on an untouched, solitary white sand beach, surrounded by turquoise waters and a magnificent coral reef that starts only 90 yards from the beach. The new main palapa is a spacious building serving as Pesca Maya’s hub, with its bar, dinning area, small tackle shop, and the main common area. Here, you will eat all meals, enjoy cold beers and frosty margaritas on the porch, tie flies at the “community” tying bench, and swap stories with fellow guests and anglers.
Food and Beverages
Most meals are served home-style, with a breakfast buffet, do-it-yourself lunches, and an extensive dinner menu that changes nightly. You can enjoy an American-style breakfast, a cooler full of food for your lunch on the water, and a dinner menu that includes a variety soups, salads, vegetables, fish, steak, shrimp, fresh lobster, and chicken. Beverages and drinks include purified water, sodas, beer, wine on the table, and a variety of cocktails including margaritas, rum-and-cokes, daiquiris, and more. If you desire imported liquors or a particular brand, feel free to bring your own bottle along. They will serve it to you at the bar at no extra charge!
Boats and Equipment
Classic 23-foot Mexican pangas provide comfortable water transport – particularly in strong winds and rough seas – and a stable casting platform for fly fishing. These pangas are easy to pole in shallow water and have for decades served the region’s fishermen and guides. These boats can accommodate two fishermen, a guide, and 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 and rental rods available, and also has a decent selection of flies, leaders, and tippet for sale in the small gift and tackle shop. We recommend that guests travel with their own gear.
How To Get There
All guests should book flights to Cancun International Airport (CUN), an easy airport to reach with direct daily flights from most cities in the U.S. and abroad.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is very important to schedule your arrival time into Cancun International Airport (CUN) BEFORE 2:30 PM and also plan to book your return flights for AFTER 12:00 PM. This is very important to ensure for a smooth transfer to and from the lodge and the airport. Pesca Maya schedules one transfer per day, usually departing Cancun around 1:30 PM. If you arrive early (11:00 am for example), you may have to wait for other guests to arrive before leaving the airport or pay a special transfer surcharge. If there are other arrivals later that day you will depart Cancun immediately. However guests arriving to Cancun after 3:00 PM, may be charged a special transfer surcharge. Special transfer surcharge rate is $300. 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.”