After being home for ten days, the entire Yellow Dog group that traveled to Ascension Bay, Mexico is healthy and COVID free. To be honest, none of the group felt threatened during any aspect of the trip or while at the lodge. In fact, a few of the guests commented they felt safer during this trip to Mexico than in public spaces within their home states.
The week started off with tough weather, but still productive angling opportunities, and wrapped up with epic weather and fishing. Then to finish off with a grand slam and solid numbers of permit to hand made this a truly memorable week. The group could not have written a better script for this first Yellow Dog hosted trip since the pandemic gripped our lives.
On an important side note, the guests requested that they dine on local cuisine, and not the standard “Americanized” meals the lodge typically serves. Most traveling anglers prefer safe foods. The Mayan dishes that were served for each meal where delightful. This was not your typical food truck style Mexican, but truly localized dishes that were fresh and delightful. No one got Montezuma’s revenge or any stomach issues whatsoever! The chili Rellenos was uniquely amazing.
The transfers back to Cancun International Airport were seamless and safe. Despite having no wind that day, the air temps were hot and some mosquitoes were about when walking between the boats and van, everything else was easy. The punctual transfer van driver was again masked, provided hand sanitizer and the passengers were spaced out in the private suburban.
We even watched a movie for the hour and a half drive to the airport. Upon arriving at the airport, we checked in for our flights, passed through customs, and were expedited with social distancing and mask-wearing. Again, the thermal heat sensor monitors scanned all incoming travelers prior to entering the departing terminal. All the restaurants were open and constantly being disinfected, and tables were at least six feet apart. In fact, bathroom attendants were present in all the restrooms and constantly cleaning the sinks and toilets. The flights were loaded from the rear of the plane forward, so minimal contact ensued during the boarding process.
As a testament to the success of this trip, this group has already rebooked for the fall. Until then we will dream of floating permit, ceviche by the pool under the rustling of palm trees, and rolling tarpon in front of the lodge.