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Pesca Maya Lodge - Ascension Bay, Mexico

Pesca Maya Lodge - Ascension Bay, Mexico

Pesca Maya Fishing Lodge opened its doors on January 1996 and has quickly become one of the Yucatan's most popular fishing destinations and with good reason. The lodge is located 90 miles south of Cancun in the 1.3 million acre Sian Ka'an (Mayan for "where the sky is born") Biosphere Reserve. Situated on a long, narrow strip of barrier beach, the lodge is virtually surrounded by water. To the east lies the blue Caribbean and a few hundred yards off shore, the Palancar Barrier Reef which stretches from southern Belize to north of Cancun. On the western side lies the vast "El Rio" system of flats, channels and mangrove.  Just 10 miles to the north is the famed inlet through the barrier beach known locally as the "Boca".  And 4 miles to the south lies the incomparable Ascension Bay. The entire area boasts some of the Caribbean's greatest flats fishing for bonefish, excellent fishing for permit, fishing for snook, fishing for tarpon and other species, as well as reef and offshore fishing (in season). Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula Ascension Bay is well known for it's endless wading flats, mangrove lagoons, channels and coral reefs. Pesca Maya is located right on the northern side of the bay, having access to over 100,000 acres of flats, some wadable, some soft, that request a boat. Renowned by anglers for their wariness and fighting spirit, bonefish are stealthy and speedy residents of these shallow flats. Bonefish are a favorite target of sport anglers, particularly of the those who fly fish, and have become a pillar of the recreational fishing industry. In addition to the plentiful bonefish population, the Yucatan Peninsula is undoubtedly one of the best permit destinations worldwide. The fish population is probably second to none. The expansive flats from Boca Paila to Ascension Bay hold tremendous numbers of permit, and it is not uncommon to see dozens of them in a single day's angling. Aside from great permit fishing there is an equally-impressive bonefish population. Depending on the location, decent tarpon and snook action can be encountered (especially from late May through June). Reef and offshore fishing are an added attraction.

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Seasons & Species

In Ascension Bay there are hundreds of square miles of crystal clear flats where it's common to see bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and jacks or barracuda in the same day, all year round!  

Sight fishing for bonefish in skinny water, wading over a white sand bottom, look for permit in shallow flats just two or three feet deep or fish from the boat in a mangroove lagoon where tarpon are rolling.

You will find the consistency of bonefishing, the exitement of fishing for tarpon, the thrilling challenge of fishing for permit, the nice surprise of jack crevalle or snook and the fierce strike of "cudas" on a clear flat.  Fishing for and landing permit in the so-called "permit fishing Mecca" of the Caribbean is the ultimate dream of the avid saltwater angler.

Fall

Many groups are coming during October and November to enjoy beautiful sunny days, with nice breeze but low winds. There are lot of local bonefish, permit and some baby tarpon, plus bigger migratory tarpon still around who arrived in June and will not depart in December.  As is always the case in Ascension Bay, when the weather is good it is a perfect time to fish, but rain might appear for one hour or two and disappear, or stay for 2-3 days.  It's also Hurricane season. In such event, if it is necessary to have to evacuate, or close to repair damage, your trip will be rescheduled.  Generally there is an offer of a 10% discount during this season.

Winter

December, January and February are dry months, offering many hours of sun.  Plenty of local bonefish, permit, tarpon and barracuda are around.  Winter makes a perfect time to run away from the cold weather and be fishing in the Caribbean.  This time of the year might be windy, with cold fronts coming from the north and pass through the Caribbean.  Also, there is an offer of 10% discount during these months.

Spring

March, April, May and June is the peak season.  In general, this time of the year weather is better, lots of sun and low winds, but sometimes heavy winds are encountered and there is an outside possibility of rain. As each day goes by, more and bigger permit are encountered.

Summer

If you want to fish without wind, summer is the time to do it.  Flat and crystal clear water, plenty of migratory tarpon and hungry, happy fish.  the average temperature is a couple of degrees higher than the rest of the year, but not too much, (see the year average temperature chart), but it does tend to feel warmer due to the lower wind velocities.  Summer is considered the rainy season, so you might encounter some clouds and rain.  These small storm cells usually come and go in about an hour.  It's true that this is considered the "low" season, mainly because it's trout and salmon fishing time in the States, Alaska and Canada.  But there are some attractive discounts, some up to 20% or more during this season.

 

SPORT FISHING CALENDAR ASCENSION BAY

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bonefish VG VG E E E E E E E E VG VG
Permit G G VG E E E E E VG VG G G
Tarpon P G G VG E E E E VG VG G P
Snook E E VG VG G P P P G G E E
Jack / Barracuda VG E E E E E E E E E E VG

P = Poor / G = Good / VG = Very Good / E = Excellent

 

 

 

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Itinerary

Getting to Pesca Maya

You will need to fly to Cancun, Mexico, and plan on arrival between 11:00 am and 2:00 PM Cancun time. Cancun is serviced by numerous domestic carriers including American Airlines, Continental, and US Air. Direct flights are available from Miami, Dallas, Houston, Newark, Denver, Los Angeles and several other cities. Connections from many US cities permit arrivals before 2:00 PM.

If you are unable to make the 2:00 pm pickup time, plan on making arrangements to over night at one of Cancun's many hotels in the "Zona Hotelera", the heart of Cancun's tourist attractions, or one of the numerous luxury resorts down the coast from town. Pesca Maya's shuttle driver can pick you up early the following morning, getting you to the lodge in plenty of time to ready your gear and getting in a full day's fishing.

Accommodations

Pesca May Lodge:

Has the capacity to take up to 22 anglers in the lodge (double occupancy rooms), 12 boats with the best full-time guides in the area, and a beautiful white sandy beach where you can relax while not fishing. There are 11 rooms spread out through 3 buildings, all with A/C and private bathroom with walk-in showers, most with oceanviews.  Located on a private stretch of white sand beach, turquoise water and a magnificent coral reef just 90 yards from the beach. The spacious Seaclusion house is the center of the lodge's activities. Exquisite meals and cold drinks are served inside, and fly tying areas are setup and stocked, and is also where the best fishing stories take place. Serious fishing, beautiful views, nicely appointed and comfortable accommodations, great food and lots of personal attention is what you will find at Pesca May Lodge.

PML Seaclusion_house

PML GrdSlam_Room

PML Robinson_House

Other Activities

 

Activities for non anglers

Snorkel from the beach, relax in a hammock with a cold drink, enjoy Pesca Maya's professional Spa treatments or venture out to explore the beauty of the Sian Ka'an biosphere. Enjoy guided ecotours to the Mayan Ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza, or take your own stunning pictures on a real wild dolphin encounter ...

Snorkel equipment is available for rent, US$ 10.00 / day

Rates

 

PESCA MAYA LODGE AND FISHING RATES 2012

Jan 1st 2012 – Dec 31st 2012

Valid from Oct 1st 2011

 

NIGHTS

3

4

5

6

7

FISHING DAYS

2

3

4

5

6

Double boat & room, pp

$1,535.00

$2,045.00

$2,555.00

$3,065.00

$3,575.00

Single boat & room, pp

$1,920.00

$2,616.00

$3,312.00

$4,008.00

$4,704.00

Couple rate (per couple)

$3,070.00

$4,090.00

$5,110.00

$6,130.00

$7,150.00

RATES INCLUDE:

Transportation as specified in each package
Meals, beverages, beers, wine on the table, liquor and cocktails
Acommodations with A/C
Private boat and guide.

NOT INCLUDED:
- AIRFARE, laundry, phone calls, fishing tackle
- GRATUITIES FOR STAFF
Tips are at client's discretion, however we suggest US$30.00 – US$ 50.00 per boat / per day and US$ 20.00 per person / per day for lodge staff, shuttle driver US $5.00 - 10.00 per day.

FISHING LICENCE
Is now mandatory in Mexico, price is 118.00 Mexican Pesos per person / per day or 256.00 Mexican Pesos per person / per week, they are not included in the rate and will have to be paid in cash at the Lodge.


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