Save $3,200 for one week of all inclusive lodging and guided fly fishing for Permit, Tarpon, Bonefish and Snook at the Grand Slam Lodge on the Yucatan Peninsula near Cancun, Mexico. Valid for all dates until Oct 31, 2017!
Overall, Grand Slam is one of the finest destinations in the entire Caribbean for anglers seeking the big three of flats species – bones, permit and tarpon. The bonefish are plentiful, average two to three pounds, and love to eat flies. Anglers will find bones tailing in skinny water during the lower tides and nice schools of fish moving into deeper water as the tide rises. You will be wade fishing most of the time for bones, while the permit, jack, barracuda, tarpon and snook fishing will be done from the boat.
During calm conditions, the guides will locate permit from the pangas and have you stalk tailing fish by wading for a closer shot. Permit in the area average around 10 to 15 pounds. Larger permit well into the 30-pound range are found throughout the year. Juvenile tarpon between 10 and 30 pounds are common throughout the area, and larger fish can be found throughout the spring and summer months. There are dozens of tarpon and snook areas adjacent to the flats and areas of dead fall and mangroves are especially productive.
Best of all, the lodge’s location allows guides to position anglers on protected flats during challenging weather. Inland characteristics of the famous Ascension Bay flats and the Boca Paila lagoon create plenty of areas that can be excellent for fishing regardless of the conditions. Whether you are fishing “Permit Alley,” Tres Marias, or any of the other famous areas close to the lodge, the guides will have you on the best waters at the given time that you’re there. And while many fisheries throughout the Caribbean are tide-dependent, we have found Ascension Bay to be one of the more consistent destinations for bones, permit, snook, and juvenile tarpon.
This is primarily due to the fact that there is an immense amount of habitat and the wind regularly pushes the water around the large bay, simulating moving tides. When the seasonal winds change direction, the fish access different lagoons and flats due to this shift in water volume. What does this mean to an angler? It means that you do not have to live and die by the tide charts and the moon phases for your next trip! The experienced guides of Grand Slam can typically find your target species any time of year and offer a variety of fishing scenarios.
Boats and Equipment
Boats used by the lodge are 23-foot Mexican super pangas that comfortably accommodate two fishermen and a guide. The boats are roomy and clean, with large, uncluttered 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, but tackle in the area is limited. The lodge also has a basic selection of flies, leaders and tippet for sale in their small gift and tackle shop.