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FIELD REPORT: PESCA MAYA PERMIT

February 12, 2016

REPORT FROM THE FIELD: LEARNER’S PERMIT

Yellow Dog’s Ian Davis shares the following field report from Pesca Maya:

“During the winter months, smaller permit often school up in the back lagoons of Ascension Bay. This is one of the finest times to get an education on permit fishing. You will make numerous presentations to cruising fish, have an opportunity to read the permit’s body language, and learn that even the smaller ones do not eat flies well.

During a recent visit to Pesca Maya Lodge, Captain Paar from Andros managed to tangle with a few permit while wade fishing near the Boca Pila Bridge. Waves of bait fish, schools of bonefish, and barracuda were also present in strong numbers. After Captain Paar landed a few bones we headed into the backcountry hunting for a juvenile tarpon. We tangled with a few mangrove bushes to reach a small creek and then it was a waiting game. A few tarpon swam around the corner of the creek, but did a quick 180 when they saw our panga. The grand slam was not going to happen today. Unfortunately, we did not have enough time to head into the boca of Ascension Bay itself, home to more predictable tarpon and snook fishing. Our guide Darwin, one of the senior guides at Pesca Maya, was a true professional. Both he and his apprentice guide Benny had eagle eyes, spoke perfect English, and knew the fishery very well. Darwin had even spun up a few of his permit crabs for us the night before.

Pesca Maya Lodge’s rebuilt main palapa lodge now provides a comfortable social area as well as a tackle shop for guides and anglers to start their day. The Robinson House and Seclusion remain part of the accommodations options at Pesca Maya, both a perfect setting for larger groups because they can accommodate up to 22 anglers. The new manager Martin is outgoing and ready to ensure you have a comfortable visit with Pesca Maya Lodge. The food, also, does not disappoint: on our last night we had a delicious Mexican feast of marinated skirt steak accompanied by chorizo-stuffed peppers. The transfers to and from the lodge from Cancun are now much smoother with the use of the guide boats to avoid the bumpy road through the Sian Ka’an Biosphere, saving time and increasing comfort.”

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