From the YDCCF Website:
“Since 2015, the village of Punta Allen has hosted the annual Punta Allen Super Slam Fishing Tournament. This small Mayan fishing village, the largest in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, is remote and isolated and offers some excellent fishing in the waters nearby. Anglers from around the world make the trip to this remote village in pursuit of bonefish, permit, and tarpon on the fly. While out of the way and certainly off the beaten path, Punta Allen is known for its unique natural beauty, exceptional fishing, and friendly residents who live there.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures has been a sponsor of the annual Punta Allen Grand Slam Tournament hosted by the Grand Slam Lodge since 2015, in addition to sending many anglers to enjoy the fishery annually. Each year the funds raised from the tournament auction (and generous donations from tournament anglers and fly fishing industry sponsors) have given back to the community in support of a variety of community projects.
These projects include remodeling and upgrading the school bathrooms and installing new plumbing at the local school, building an outdoor lunch palapa, creating stands for the in-town soccer fields, and providing supplies such as a rust-proof wheelchair to a student and educational tools such as a brail typewriter/laptop to a blind student. Additional projects have included building a teacher’s dormitory (housing so teachers can remain in Punta Allen for the week) and repair projects for the small town’s rough roads to remove standing water (helps to curb mosquitos) and fill these potholes for ease of travel.
Future Punta Allen Grand Slam Tournament dates have yet to be announced in 2021, but in the interim community support projects and fundraising continue.”