Trip Overview 

La Pescadora Lodge offers one of the best values in Ascension Bay for anglers seeking a fishing focused lodge with access to great waters and great guides. The lodge is located just south of the small fishing town of Punta Allen. The location overlooks a “home” bonefish flat and is just north of the long-time landmark that marks the northern coast of Ascension Bay - the Punta Allen lighthouse. Jose Ucan and Lilly Bertram are the on-site managing partners of the lodge, and together they have been working in the fishing industry in Punta Allen for more than a dozen years. This a true family-run operation, meaning that you will quickly feel at home and a part of the family as a guest of La Pescadora. Taking only eight guests at a time, the lodge is clean, intimate, and well designed. The food is great, the beers are cold, and the guide staff includes some of the finest guides in the entire area. This is one of the best overall values and price points of any lodge that we work with in the entire Caribbean!

Destination Quick Facts 

La Pescadora Lodge - Yellow Dog Flyfishing AdventuresLOCATION: Punta Allen, Mexico (Yucatan Peninsula)

SEASON: Year-round

CAPACITY: Maximum of 8 anglers per week

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Cancun International Airport (CUN)

TARGET SPECIES: Bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, barracuda, jacks and more

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries.

CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO     888-777-5060     INTL 01-1-406-585-8667       info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com

ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
La Pescadora features four single-level double occupancy cabins that flank the two story main lodge. The entire structure overlooks an oceanside turtle grass flat. Each cabin has a private bathroom, plenty of shelving and storage for your gear and clothing, two full-sized beds, screened windows, reading lights, a ceiling fan, air conditioning units, and a small deck with a hammock. 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.

Food and Beverages
All meals are prepared by local chefs in a new, professional grade kitchen. You will find dinners to be a blend of authentic Mayan, Caribbean, and American cuisine. Breakfast choices include fresh fruit, eggs, meats, and pancakes, with the lodge's traditional Huevos Rancheros the specialty of the house. Your cooler fishing lunch is typically packed with sandwiches, fruit, cookies, crackers and cold beverages. All meals may be customized to your specific dietary needs and requests. We just ask that you fill out your Yellow Dog pre-trip questionnaire with this information so we can convey it to the lodge before you arrive. The small bar is well-stocked with a variety of liquors, wines, sodas, mixers, ice cold local beers.

Typical Length of Stay
Most packages are requested by the lodge to span from Saturday to Saturday. For shorter trips, La Pescadora does 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.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
La Pescadora is primarily a lodge for anglers. That said, the lodge can accommodate eco-tourists and non-anglers looking for laid-back Punta Allen experience. This is a locally owned destination, so everything is authentic. The lodge can arrange a variety of activities including bird watching, snorkeling, 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 abundance of marine and wildlife in Sian Ka'an 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 can 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.

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 very spotty.

FISHING

General Information
La Pescadora offers easy access to the vast flats of Ascension Bay as well as the inland lagoons and river system located on the mainland. You will start each morning by walking 50 feet from your cabin to your panga to begin your day of fishing. 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. La Pescadora's guides are serious permit hunters, so while there are plenty bonefish, many anglers at La Pescadora are there to target permit. Every guide at La Pescadora 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.  

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 skinnny 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. 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. 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 at La Pescadora 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. 

Boats and Equipment 
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. The lodge does have some demo rods available, and the guides will have limited tackle and some flies. Yellow Dog does recommend that guests travel with their own gear and flies.

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
All guests should book flights to Cancun International Airport (CUN). Upon arrival, you will clear immigration and customs before heading to the main lobby and reception area of the airport, where you will be met by a La Pescadora representative and driver. From Cancun, you will be transferred by air-conditioned vehicle and boat to the lodge, a total trip of about three hours.

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 book your return flights for AFTER 1:00 PM. This is very important to ensure for a smooth transfer to and from the lodge and the airport. If you book your flights outside this window, you may be charged for a private transfer or have to overnight in Cancun prior to arrival at 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. 

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 inoculations 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.

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

RATES

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length of stay can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details, custom package pricing, and non-angler rates.

*PLEASE CONTACT YELLOW DOG FOR PACKAGE RATES. RATES ARE DETERMINED BY THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ANGLERS IN YOUR GROUP.

What's Included

  • 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

What's Not Included

  • 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
OTHER INFO

Two guides per boat? At La Pescadora, they usually utilize a head guide as well as a young apprentice in each panga. This formula helps very much when wading with two fishermen, as each angler will have his or her own personal wade guide. When learning to cast or searching for fish, one guide poles and the other is often-times with the angler on the casting platform. Please note that this two-guide program does not apply to summer months or to trips booked under special discount rates.

EXTRA INFORMATION

FALL SEASON - 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.

WINTER SEASON - 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.

SPRING SEASON - 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, soemtimes 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.

SUMMER SEASON – 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. Then you can wade fish in front of the lodge for bones in the evening.

Client Testimonials

“If you goal is to land your first permit or like me you are obsessed with stalking, hooking and landing these illusive creatures Jose is your man, there is not a better permit guide in Mexico.”
- Brad “Spy” (Seattle, WA)

“La Pescadora lodge is first class.  Jose is a world class permit guide and Lily’s team works magic in the kitchen.  If you want an authentic Mexican get away with unbelievable spot and stock permit fishing, this is the place for you.”
- Kyle (Bellevue, WA) 

"Not many guides in Ascension Bay truly know the patterns and behaviors of the Permit. Jose seems to be the "master" at putting you on the fish and knowing what they will eat! I've caught many really good fish with Jose."
– Bill (Sammish, WA)