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.
LOCATION: Punta Allen, Mexico (Yucatan Peninsula)
CAPACITY: Groups of up to 16 anglers
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Cancun, Mexico (CUN)
TARGET SPECIES: Bonefish, permit, tarpon and snook
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries.
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
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 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.
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.
How To Get There
All guests should book flights to Cancun International Airport (CUN). This is the hub for the entire area, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the Mayan Riviera.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Once you arrive to the Cancun/Playa del Carmen/Tulum area, Yellow Dog can arrange to have you picked up at any hotel or resort in the area for your Day Trip. When making a reservation, please be sure to provide Yellow Dog your full lodging details, including: the name of the hotel at which you are staying, your room number, the name under which the room is registered, and the phone number and contact information for the hotel.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips 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. No visas or inoculations are required for U.S. citizens. A Mexican departure tax is payable at the airport when leaving Mexico. Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket.
Minors Travelling To Mexico Without Both Parents
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children under 18 years of age entering Mexico 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 US Embassy in Mexico Website for more information.
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
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) = $610.00 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
If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children 17 years of age or younger entering Mexico accompanied by only one parent 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.
"Far and away, one of the easiest and best flats fishing experiences I have found. It is an ideal fishery for the angler interested in sight fishing all the major species of flats gamefish. Combined with their great guides and wonderful hospitality, Pesca Maya ranks as one of my all-time favorite saltwater fishing destinations! Thanks Yellow Dog, for recommending such a fantastic operation!"
- Brad E. (Bozeman, MT)
"Thanks Yellow Dog. We had a GREAT day. For the first time out we learned a lot. Everything went like clock work - this is only the beginning!"
- Tom S. (Denver, CO)
“What a great program! I was able to fit in full day of fishing in Ascension Bay. Bonefish and plenty of shots at permit - all during what I had through would be a fishless week of family vacation in Cancun! Very easy and convenient. This is a program that I highly recommend.”
- Robert H. (San Antonio, TX)
"We would like to say thank you very much for making all the arrangements for our one-day fishing excursion to Pesca Maya Lodge. We had a fantastic day - good fishing, excellent guide, good transportation, excellent food and good weather even though it was pretty windy. We want to put in a good word for our guide, Filipe and his assistant Susano. They were excellent, very knowledgeable and very patient! We learned a lot from them and enjoyed their company very much. Thanks again."
- Jerry & Val S. (Sylvan Lake, Alberta)