Current Trip Special
Grand Slam Lodge in Ascension Bay, Yucatan – Mexico is again offering their summer special for 2023! For travel dates booked between June 1 and September 30, Grand Slam is offering a 12% discount on all trip packages.
Contact: Sam Mebane
High Comfort In The Caribbean
Located in the small fishing village of Punta Allen, Grand Slam Lodge provides fly anglers immediate access to incredible sight casting for permit, bonefish, tarpon, and snook in Sian Ka’an Biosphere. The Sian Ka’an Biosphere encompasses incredible fishing flats in Ascension Bay, Punta Allen, and the surrounding lagoons. This is the perfect destination for first-time and advanced saltwater anglers looking for a great variety of species and fishing scenarios. Grand Slam Lodge is also a Yellow Dog favorite for couples and families!
Resting on a private, quiet beach, Grand Slam Lodge offers such a high level of comfort that we rate this resort high on our list for non-anglers traveling with anglers. Duplex-style units flank the main lodge, featuring spacious rooms with luxurious bedding, sitting areas, and spa-like bathrooms with rain showers and jet tubs. Rooms also have a semi-private deck overlooking the water, with rod racks and comfortable outdoor furniture. Pool chairs and raised lounging platforms on the beach provide relaxing places to rest after swimming or snorkeling.
Grand Slam Lodge features a full-service restaurant and bar, with a menu that can accommodate special dietary needs. Unique decor features bar stools hung from the ceiling and a large deck with oversized sofas where guests share stories and make plans for the following day. For anglers, a full cooler lunch is packed for your day on the water.
Typical Length of Stay
At Grand Slam Lodge, guests can arrive and depart on any day of the week, and packages of any length of stay can be accommodated.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Non-angling guests can enjoy a variety of activities including bird watching, snorkeling, exploring Mayan ruins, beachcombing, and just plain relaxing. The lodge is located in one of the world’s largest protected wild areas, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. This pristine World Heritage Site covers over 1.3 million acres and is home to over 325 species of birds, 4 different types of marine turtles (Loggerheads, Green Sea Turtles, Hawksbills, and Leatherbacks), and fish species too numerous to name. We can also arrange for a private boat tour of the Boca Paila Lagoon and a day in the quaint tourist village of Tulum. You may also walk down the beach to Punta Allen, which offers minimal retail opportunities.
Wi-Fi is available for guests. Cell phone service is available in the Cancun, Tulum, and Punta Allen areas depending on individual coverage plans.
How To Get There
All guests should book flights to Cancun International Airport (CUN). From there, a Grand Slam Lodge representative will transfer you by air-conditioned vehicle and by boat through Boca Palla Lagoon to the lodge.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is very important to schedule arrival fights into Cancun BEFORE 2:00 p.m. and setup your departure flights for AFTER 2:00 p.m. to meet your transfers between the airport and the lodge. If you miss your transfer you may have to pay for a private transfer or stay overnight in Cancun. The transfer takes approximately 3 and 1/2 hours, including a one-hour boat ride through “Permit Alley.” Rough weather may require a 4-hour transfer directly to the lodge by van.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six months of trip dates. No visas or vaccinations are required for U.S. citizens. A Mexican departure tax is payable at the airport. Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket.
Minors Traveling Without Both Parents
All children 18 years of age or younger 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 travel. Single parents need NOTARIZED documentation of divorce or a spousal death certificate. Unaccompanied Minors require a NOTARIZED letter of consent signed by both parents.
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Grand Slam is one of the finest destinations in the Caribbean for anglers seeking the big three flats species: bones, permit, and tarpon. Whether you are seeking a well-balanced trip offering a diversity of flats species, or you want to focus on hunting permit, Grand Slam Lodge can accommodate your needs. At Grand Slam Lodge they put 2 trained captains in each boat – meaning both guides can pole, run the boat, and have worked as guides themselves for many years. This dynamic provides anglers with some of the most focused guide services anywhere in the Caribbean!
Sweeping permit flats are located throughout Ascension Bay and the Boca Paila lagoon system, with wadeable flats located only minutes from the lodge. During calm conditions, the guides will locate permit from the pangas and have you stalk tailing fish by wading for a closer shot. Permit in the area average around 10 to 15 pounds, but larger permit well into the 30-pound range are found throughout the year. You can also opt to take a longer run into the larger area lagoons and expansive backcountry system for tarpon or snook. Juvenile tarpon between 10 and 30 pounds are common throughout the area, and larger fish can be found throughout the spring and summer months.
The lodge’s location allows guides to position anglers on protected flats during challenging weather. We have found Ascension Bay to be one of the more consistent destinations for bones, permit, snook, and juvenile tarpon. What does this mean to an angler? It means that you do not have to live and die by the tide charts and the moon phases for your next trip!
Boats and Equipment
Boats used by the lodge are 23-foot Mexican pangas that comfortably accommodate two fishermen and a guide team. The boats are roomy and clean, with large, uncluttered 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 and rental rods available, but tackle in the area is limited. The lodge also has a basic selection of flies, leaders, and tippet for sale in their small gift and tackle shop.
Rates and Terms
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 rates below are per person and quoted in US dollars. Please contact Yellow Dog for single angler rates!
Double Occupancy Rates:
Peak Season (October 1 to June 30)
7 Nights / 6 Days of Fishing = $5,330.00
6 Nights / 5 Days of Fishing = $4,600.00
5 Nights / 4 Days of Fishing = $3,870.00
4 Nights / 3 Days of Fishing = $3,140.00
3 Nights / 2 Days of Fishing = $2,410.00
Low Season (July 1 to September 30)
7 Nights / 6 Days of Fishing = $4,630.00
6 Nights / 5 Days of Fishing = $4,000.00
5 Nights / 4 Days of Fishing = $3,370.00
4 Nights / 3 Days of Fishing = $2,740.00
3 Nights / 2 Days of Fishing = $2,110.00
Single Angler Rates:
Peak Season (October 1 to June 30)
7 Nights / 6 Days of Fishing = $8,735.00
6 Nights / 5 Days of Fishing = $7,550.00
5 Nights / 4 Days of Fishing = $6,365.00
4 Nights / 3 Days of Fishing = $5,180.00
3 Nights / 2 Days of Fishing = $3,995.00
Low Season (July 1 to September 30)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $8,350.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $7,220.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $6,090.00
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $4,960.00
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days = $3,830.00
- All accommodations at Grand Slam Lodge
- All guided fishing as specified in your package
- Ground and water transfers to and from Cancun
- Three meals per day
- All bottled water, breakfast juices, and coffee
- Mexican fishing license
- All applicable Mexican VAT taxes
What’s Not Included:
- International flight to Cancun
- Alcoholic beverages, sodas, and mixers
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff
- Rods, flies, and terminal tackle (some rental gear, flies, and tackle available onsite)
- Phone calls, laundry, and additional special services
Grand Slam Lodge (Punta Allen – Yucatan Peninsula)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due at the time of booking for all trip packages and reservations, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. All trip cancellations must be received in writing, sent to Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For cancellations outside of 60 days from the start of trip, a refund or trip credit will be granted minus 10% of the package cost charged by the outfitter and a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee. For cancellations 60 to 30 days from start of trip date, a refund or trip credit will be granted minus 50% of the package cost charged by the outfitter and a $100.00 per person Yellow Dog cancellation fee. For cancellations inside of 30 days from arrival date, deposits and final payments will be forfeited, and no credit will be issued. No refund will be made for unused land arrangements included in cost. If a cancelled package is resold by either the lodge or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing. No refunds will apply for weather-related incidents or hurricanes, which is why Yellow Dog Flyfishing strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. If don’t arrive on your confirmed arrival date (for example, if you miss your flight) but still plan to get to the lodge, inform Yellow Dog of your new arrival date. You will still be charged for the original vacation booking and are entitled to the remaining nights in the reservation. If you add extra nights to your original booking, they will be considered a new booking, and standard rates and conditions apply. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages.
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Yellow Dog Client Reviews
“The trip was perfect. Yellow Dog is the best hands down. They don’t leave anything to chance. It shows, the lodge appreciates their business.” – Phillip S.
“The lodge was exceptional, the guides’ knowledge and the food very good. A great fishery with many options for all weather conditions and species.” – Nikolai M.
“Not a Grand Slam but a home run! All members of my family enjoyed the adventure of fly fishing, being in the Sian Kaan reserve, snorkeling, and swimming. They loved the food and margaritas. Mike was terrific and the house took great care of us. For a novice family, I would recommend one spin rod and one fly rod on each boat. We caught big barracuda and some jacks on the spin rod when it was quiet finding the fish. I realize it’s an insult to suggest a spin rod to a fly guy, but with a family whose novice with fly it’s a must-have on that panga boat. Your suggestion for the barracuda lures was perfect and we had success.” – Alice C.
“Although the lodge was remote and took a while to get there, everything else exceeded my expectations. The staff at the lodge, the guides, and the actual fishing was amazing. I was somewhat challenged by my casting ability, although it improved during the trip. I was humbled, but reminded that I love this sport, in part, because it’s not easy!” – John P.
“Two complete novices caught plenty of bonefish every day out. Both wading and from the panga. The panga’s were great big platforms comfortable to fish from and to run. The two of us that fish a lot, My son and I had 2 of the three grand slam species every day to our credit – lots of shots at permit, they were on the small side but any permit is a good one in our book! Very friendly folks, food was fantastic and everyone showed great care around Covid accommodations. We will be going back for sure!” – Paul J.
“We had a great trip! The folks at Grand Slam provided a great experience for us both on and off the water. Our guides were friendly and knowledgeable, our accommodations were comfortable and clean, and we were able to enjoy every aspect of the trip. On top of everything else, Mike did a great job of handling the extra duty of organizing the mandatory COVID tests we needed to return to the US. The extra step on the return trip from the lodge to Cancun went really smoothly (all four of us traveling together tested negative), and we got to the airport right on time.” – Ramsay V.
“Mind-blowing! Best trip ever!” – Ben D.
“This trip exceeded both our expectations. This was our second time visiting a saltwater fly fishing lodge and so we were still relatively inexperienced but still caught plenty of fish. Our guide (Luis II) and Jr. guide were great — they were laid back and patient while continuously putting us on fish the entire trip despite less than ideal weather conditions (relentless strong winds and lots of cloud cover). The fishing at this lodge was fantastic with both of us landing many (large) bonefish and multiple tarpon and getting plenty of shots at the elusive permit and even a snook. Everyone else at the lodge during our stay also had a lot of fishing success each day regardless of skill level. The fishing pressure at this lodge seems low and we rarely saw other fishing groups at or near any of the locations we fished. The guides worked tirelessly to bring us to ideal fishing locations for our target species, and to keep us out of the wind. In other aspects, the lodge also exceeded our expectations, especially given how remote it is. The shuttle and boat ride there were comfortable. The rooms were quiet, luxurious, clean, and cool. The food on and off the water was good, and there was a good variety of beverages. The staff is great. Given our positive experience, we plan on returning to Mexico for our next fly fishing adventure.” – Meredith Z.
“Amazing. Better than expected. My Son shed a few tears when we left. Very special father and son experience. Thanks so much.” – Jason D.
“Overall, the experience exceeded expectations. Yellow Dog made the trip flawless and we will definitely be using YD again. The lodge was more beautiful than the photos depicted and we loved how remote it was. The fishing was unreal. We loved the diversity of fishing the flats and mangroves. Great experience.” – Elise S.
“The goal of this trip was to get my rank beginner partner as many shots at fish as possible, regardless of size or species. We could have caught small bonefish all day if we wanted which was an incredible learning experience for her and a great confidence booster. We also caught snook, tarpon, and had shots at permit. It was everything I had hoped for and more and would absolutely recommend Grand Slam and Yellow Dog again.” – Burke H.