Bonefish, Permit & Tarpon in Ascension Bay
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Travelers to the Mayan Riviera and the Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Cancun areas can get away for a quick and easy day of fly fishing Ascension Bay, through Yellow Dog’s Day Trip option. This incredibly-productive fishery is home to amazing numbers of bonefish, permit, snook, and small-to-medium sized tarpon.
Under the Day Trip program, accommodations are at the hotel or resort of your choice.
If you would like to incorporate an overnight excursion to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and the Ascension Bay area, we can accommodate you at Pesca Maya Lodge. Pesca Maya first opened its doors in January of 1996 and since then has established itself as one of the Yucatan’s most popular fishing destinations. The lodge is located 90 miles south of Cancun on a long, narrow strip of the barrier beach that is almost entirely surrounded by water. For more information on the accommodations at Pesca Maya, please visit the Pesca Maya home page on the Yellow Dog website.
If you are staying at a hotel or resort in the Cancun-Playa del Carmen-Tulum area, please be sure to provide us your lodging details so that we can arrange your pick-up on the morning of your day trip.
Food and Beverages
A full cooler lunch is packed for your day on the water. Bottled water and non-alcoholic beverages are also included.
Typical Length of Stay
Any number of day trips can be arranged.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
For non-anglers, the area offers extensive options for entertainment, including shopping, nightlife, water skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, snorkeling, wildlife and bird viewing, sunbathing, swimming with dolphins, and more. The list is truly endless.
Internet / Communications
Depending on your service plan, most U.S. cell phones will work in the Cancun, Tulum and the Punta Allen areas. Most hotels and resorts in the area do offer Wi-Fi.
How To Get There
International flights to Belize City’s Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) go through Miami, Dallas, Houston, Newark, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Charlotte. The major airlines that service Belize is American, Delta, United, US Air, and Taca. Tropic Air provides the most convenient access to Placencia or Dangriga. Flights are offered daily from Belize International and Municipal Airports.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Your guide will typically pick you up on the morning of your fishing days at 7:00 AM, although the exact time, details and location of pick up will be confirmed when you book your trip. Be sure to provide Yellow Dog your lodging details when booking the trip.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip 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. Citizens of the U.S., the British Commonwealth, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the European Community are NOT required to have Visas.
Minors Traveling To Belize Without Both Parents
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children 18 years of age or younger entering Belize 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 Embassy of the United States web site for Belize to obtain more information. https://belize.usembassy.gov/information_for_travelers.html
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This area offers the best of both fly fishing worlds: a short boat ride to the productive flats of Ascension Bay or a quick trip to the more secluded lagoons that surround it. Whether you want to wade the flats for schools of bonefish and permit or cast in shallow lagoons for tarpon, snook or barracuda, this is the ideal fishery for novice and seasoned saltwater anglers alike. If you’re a beginner saltwater angler, Ascension Bay is one of the best places in the world to take your first bonefish on a fly. For more seasoned anglers, this is one of the world’s best locations to take a permit on a fly! With hundreds of square miles of flats, it is not uncommon to see bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and barracuda all in the same day.
The “typical” conditions that one encounters when fly fishing the Ascension Bay area are as close to perfect as a saltwater angler can hope for. Bright sun, white sand flats, and crystal clear water create outstanding conditions for sighting and stalking fish. Even when the wind is blowing hard, the guides can usually find a lee in the mangrove-lined lagoons, which offer easier conditions for fly casting. Whether wading the warm sandy flats or fishing from the boat, Ascension Bay is an ideal destination for the saltwater angler.
Boats and Equipment
Classic 23-foot Mexican pangas provide comfortable water transport – particularly in strong winds and rough seas – and a stable casting platform for fly fishing. These pangas are easy to pole through shallow water and for decades have served the region’s fishermen and guides.
All of the fishing can be done with light fly fishing tackle and fly equipment. If you wish to bring your own rods, reels, equipment, and flies, Yellow Dog will be happy to send you a complete gear and equipment list prior to your departure. If you want to travel light and leave the gear at home, then your Day Trip package will include the use of a rod and reel. Leaders and flies are available for sale at the lodge. The lodge does have a small retail area where you can purchase flies, leaders, tippet, sunscreen, and other items that you may need for the day.
Day Trip 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 quoted in US dollars and include round-trip transportation to and from any location along the Mayan Riviera between Cancun and Tulum!
Full-Day Trip (1 or 2 anglers) = $638.00 per day
*Overnight accommodations and custom packages are available at Pesca Maya Lodge. Please call Yellow Dog for details.
- Daily guide service includes round trip transportation from your hotel
- Use of rods and reels
- Full day (+/- 8 hours) of guided fishing
- A light breakfast upon arrival at Pesca Maya Lodge
- Ice chest with soft drinks, bottled water, beer, and lunch
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare from original destination to Cancun, Mexico
- Meals and beverages outside of your fishing day
- Accommodations in the area (unless booked through Yellow Dog)
- Ascension Bay fishing license ($12.00 USD per day)
- Park entrance fee of $3.00 USD per person
- Flies and lures (available for purchase at the lodge)
- Gratuities for guides and shuttle driver