Fishing in Mexico

Ascension Bay: Punta Allen Fishing Club
Essence of the stay

Ascension Bay is “the place” to fly fish for Permit, Tarpon, Bonefish and Snook.

PUNTA ALLEN FISHING CLUB is an exclusive fly fishing Lodge in the heart of this bay, a 400 sq. miles (1036 sq. km) paradise within the Sian Ka’an reserve, designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

The Lodge is modern (traditional stucco) with many amenities. The food and service are excellent. Our guides are simply the best. We provide, 1 guide per angler and can accommodate a max of 6 – 8 guests per week

TYPICAL LENGTH OF STAY

Program

Day 1

Arrival at Cancun international airport, meet with our representative and transport to the Punta Allen fishing club. On arrival at the Lodge, welcoming drinks will be offered at the lodge’s bar. At dinner, we will provide details of the week’s fishing activities.

Day 2 – day 7

Breakfast will be ready at 7.00 am with departure for fishing excursions at 8.00 am.  A cooler with soft drinks, water and packed picnic lunches are included. In each boat, there are two guides and 2 anglers.

Note: Ascension Bay is very large and you will be fishing at a different spot each day.

Return from fishing at 4.00-4.30 pm.

Day 8 – Leaving

Breakfast and departure for Cancun airport in time for your scheduled flight departure.

If your departure flight is in the evening, we can arrange a stop on the way at Grand Cenotes, Playa del Carmen or Tulum Mayan Ruins.

 

Summary:

7 nights and 6 fishing days – anglers can arrive and depart on any day of the week for a typical week-long stay at the Lodge. Shorter trips can be arranged for your convenience on request.

Localisation

Punta Allen – Quintana. Roo – Mexico, Caraïbes coast

Sian Ka’an reserve – a 400 sq. miles (1036 sq.km) paradise designed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

 CLOSEST REGIONAL AIRPORT & TRANSFER

The nearest airport is in Cancun. Punta Allen Fishing Club is around three and a half hours away by road. A journey through unspoiled Latin American countryside with many beautiful sites along the way. A journey taking you back in time too.

All our transfers are in private vehicles with air conditioning and operated by a professional travel transfer company. A van or mini-bus is normally used for small groups upto 8 persons. Our drivers are professional, trust worthy and take care of our clients. Our drivers are well known to us and have provided us with a very good service for many years.

On the return journey, back to the airport it may be possible (depending on your departure time) to stop for a visit at the Mayan ruin in Tulum or stop for some shopping in Playa del Carmen or Tulum.

Fishes

FISH SPECIES

Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon, Snook, Jacks, Barracudas, Ladyfish and Snapper all the season.

Dorados, (Dolphin Fish), Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, from May to July.

Great Tarpons (100/200 pound) migrate in July – August

Fly-fishing in Mexico

FISH SPECIES

Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon, Snook, Jacks, Barracudas, Ladyfish and Snapper all the season.

Dorados, (Dolphin Fish), Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, from May to July.

Great Tarpons (100/200 pound) migrate in July – August.

SEASON

Fishing activities at Punta Allen Fishing Club are open from November to July. In August, our team re- locates to Holbox for the migratory giant tarpon season, where Juan or another of our guides along with a local expert will assist you.This ensures that our guests will have a successful fishing vacation in this beautiful location (for more information, please feel free to contact us).

 OUR BOATS (LANCHAS)

We use 23-25 ft. pangas.The pangas are specially outfitted for flats fishing and are very stable in the shallow water. They have a wide casting area on the flat bow, and a poling platform at the back for sighting fish. Each boat is powered with a 40-60 hp engine, comfortable seats, rod holders, and coolers. All the boats are equipped with radio, first aid, life jackets and tagging tackles (tagging programs for grand slam fish).

TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR YOUR TRIP

We recommend you bring all your own tackle and flies. Crazy Charlies in pink, white, cream or brown are effective for Bonefish and white, beige or tan Rag Head, McCrab or Del Brown type crab imitations are effective for Permit, as is the Clouser Minnow.

Permit Flies

  • When purchasing the McCrab, make sure that the deer hair is clipped very close to the hook shank giving you a wide hook gap, and that the underside of the fly is weighted properly. If this pattern is tied incorrectly, it will go belly up when it hits the water or when you start to strip it.
  • The Del Brown should be tied in light tan and cream only.
  • Enrico Puglisi crab tied in pale yellow, white, sand and tan color is the best choice.
  • Mantis Shrimp Patterns have been found to be extremely effective for Permit in recent years. While successful in shallow water situations, these are perhaps even more useful on deeper flats, 4 – 6 foot deep where traditional crab techniques become difficult. Fished with foot long strips in front of cruising fish, we’ve seen Permit come up and chase these patterns, taking them just beneath the surface.

 

LIGHTWEIGHT RAIN GEAR

Rain is always a possibility in the tropics and the weather can change quickly during the day. A lightweight waterproof jacket is advisable. Please note: many outdoor specialists do not recommend Gore-Tex around salt water.

In addition to a set of rain gear, we recommend you carry a water resistant or splash-proof bag to carry extra clothing and your peronal items (e.g cameras, glasses, etc) on the boat each day.

OUT ON THE FLATS

Breakfast is served at 7.00 AM. each day. The normal fishing day begins at about 8:00 AM and we return around 4:00 PM.

Anglers are provided with a packed picnic lunch (bottles of water and sodas are included). If you have any special requests, please ask and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Travel time in the boat from the Lodge to the first of the best fishing spot and flats is around 10 minutes. This includes the reef. Other spots further afield including the other side of Ascension Bay (e.g. Boca Paila lagoon) a little longer.

Activities for non-fishing guests

ET SI ON NE PECHE PAS ?!

Si certaines destinations pêche ne sont pas recommandées pour les accompagnateurs, ce n’est pas le cas du Punta Allen Fishing Club !

En effet, le lodge possède tout le confort et n’est qu’à 50  mètres de la plage du village… Sable blanc, plage désertes ou presque, eaux turquoise… Voilà l’endroit idéal pour décrocher du stress de la vie à l’occidentale.

 

Pascale aura à cœur de vous faire découvrir cette région qu’elle a tant appréciée qu’elle a décidé de s’y installer !

Si plusieurs accompagnateurs sont présents sur la semaine, il est possible de louer un minibus pour visiter la région qui est splendide et internationalement reconnue : visite de Playa Del Carmen (petite ville balnéaire typique et charmante), des cenotes (gouffres remplis d’eau douce présents dans la région), ou des ruines Mayya (Chichen-Itza, Tulum,….)

La région renferme aussi la réserve de Sian Ka’an à la faune et à la flore incomparables, patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO.

Il est aussi possible d’organiser des séances de massage maya et des soins de beauté (manucure, pédicure et coiffure).

Ou pourquoi pas simplement piocher un livre dans la bibliothèque du lodge et se plonger dans la lecture d’un roman au bord de la plage ?!

Bref, le Punta Allen fishing Club n’attend que vous !

Accommodation

Accommodation in Ascension Bay 

PUNTA ALLEN FISHING CLUB

The Punta Allen Fishing Club is located 50 yards or so from the beach on Ascension bay, right in the heart of the lobster fishing village of Punta Allen.

The Lodge was built in 2009 using local indigenous hardwoods, Mexican stucco style brick and tiles, following the local tradition. We are located within the Sian Ka’ an reserve and the lodge was not only built to blend in as a “eco-friendly hotel” but also meet the strict environmental regulations.

Our 5 modern rooms are decorated in the colorful style typical of Mexico but also offer a little a French touch which has been added to them by the lodge’s owner.

Upstairs, under a traditional Mayan Palapa (the largest in the village) is our dining room, bar, lounge with fly-tying benches and an internet corner. The Lodge is managed and run by a dedicated team, who all share the passion for salt-water fly-fishing. Our team with its multi-cultural background prides itself in anticipating your needs and wishes, to make your vacation the best fishing holiday you will ever have.

We excel in truly making you feel that wonderful Mexican welcome “ Mi casa es tu casa” , “ My home is your home”. 

Our Fishing Lodge in Punta Allen also offers access to the nearby beach club which is especially appealing to any non-fishing guests.

FINE DINING

The quality and taste of our cusine is renowned, receiving many complements from our guests.

Typical breakfast: fresh homemade juice, pancakes, French toast, eggs in any style (Mexican, with bacon, fried, etc), fruit salad and grilled bread. Tea, coffee, chocolate, milk, marmalade, jelly, Mexican honey and fresh fruit will be ready for you at 7.00 am.

Packed Lunch: These comprise salad (different each day, pasta, vegetable, potatoes, tomatoes, etc.), chips, sandwiches, fruit, cookies and homemade cakes.

On returning from your fishing excursion around 4.00- 4.30 pm, or when you are ready, appetizers will be available : empanadas, guacamoles and quesadillas all served with local nachos and cold beer.

Dinner: Your evening meal is ready for guests at 7.00 pm,  offering 3 courses. The chef and her assistant will treat you to delightful specialties from local Caribbean and Mexican dishes. Often with a French and Italian touch.

Freshly caught fish and seafood is normally served;  Grouper, Snapper in Tikinchic, lobster (in season) and shrimps al “Mojo de Ajo” paella, fish soup and more.

As an alternative, the chef will make you chicken fajitas with traditional  sauces from the area (local chocolate and spicey salsas), chili rellenos, chile con carne and last but not least the barbeque/grill specialties with  “aranchera beef”, T-bone steak, sirloin, and chorizo sausage.

Notes

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

All U.S. and European citizens are required to have a passport which is valid for atleast 6 months after the return date of their trip.

Please also be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages an that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way.

No visa or inoculations are required for U.S. or European citizens. A Mexican departure tax is payable at the airport when leaving Mexico.

CUSTOMS

During your flight you will be asked to complete a Tourist Card. Upon arrival in Cancun, you will claim your baggage and clear Mexican Customs & Immigrations.  At the first stop, you will have to present your documentation and have your Tourist Card stamped.

You must then fill out a Mexican Customs Declaration Form (available at counters in the terminal) and present it before departing the terminal.

ELECTRICAL

The electrical current and plugs are the same as in the U.S., so our Europeans customers need a converter or adaptor.

CURRENCY EXCHANGE

The US dollar is well accepted in Mexico as is the Euro. There is no need to exchange money.

MONEY /CREDIT CARD

Please note:  There are no banks or ATM’s in Punta Allen. You should plan to have enough cash to cover your expenses as part of your stay. We howver will accept credit cards at the Lodge.

 TIME ZONE

Cancun and Punta Allen, Mexico : (-6 GMT)

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