Ascension Bay is one of the most productive salt water flats in the world. It has become a fly fishing and light tackle Mecca ever since Florida Keys guide, Capt. Jan Isley, first discovered this wonderful fishery in the mid-eighties.
In the heart to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve in the tiny, picturesque lobster fishing village of Punta Allen (pop. 400). The Reserve contains well over one million acres stretching along the beautiful Caribbean coast of eastern Mexico. Sian Ka’an (“birth of the sky” in Mayan) is the home of over 300 species of birds, and many rare or endangered species of land and aquatic animals such as the manatee and jaguar.
Grand Slam Country
Ascension Bay is the home of the big three, bonefish, permit and tarpon. Some of the largest permit ever taken cruise these endless flats. It is truly “Grand Slam Country”. Sand and mangrove islands, vast shallow water flats, palm lined backwaters and lagoons make the bay a fascinating place to stalk these magnificent fish.
Any fishing lodge is only as good as its guide staff. The ABBC guides have studied these waters for years and have perfected their knowledge and mastery of this intricate fishery. Their fishing successes and repeat customers attest to the knowledge and professionalism of the ABBC guide staff. ABBC uses two guides per boat. One senior guide handles the poling and the other stands with the angler to point out the fish. Both guides are constantly probing the flats for fish so that our anglers actually have two experienced pairs of eyes in addition to there own.
ABBC utilizes 21′ custom fiberglass boats that have plenty of storage and a clean front area with a very stable casting platform. While not glitzy, your impression of them will be elevated as you experience the simple functionality and productive results these crafts allow us. Boats are like custom tied flies, some are designed to hook fisherman, some just to hook fish.
The Club and Surroundings
Ascension Bay Bonefish Club is a small, private house virtually at the water’s edge. Bedrooms are large and airy, with overhead fans and electricity. A full bathroom with hot-water shower is standard for each bedroom. Some are en suite while others are located just across a narrow hallway. Screened windows provide views of the Caribbean and garden as well as cross ventilation. A combination lounging-dining room and its adjoining patio are the natural focal points of the lodge.
Traditional breakfasts, with some local flair, consist of cereal, eggs, bacon, ham, juices, toast and coffee. Box lunches are prepared for the fishing days and typically include sandwiches, fruits, desserts, ice water and other beverages. Varied meals served family style (both American dishes and local Caribbean / Mexican favorites) are tasty, healthy and always ample. They include fresh meats, seafood, chicken, vegetables, fruits and delicious desserts including the famous flan and homemade pies. Bottled water is used for drinking and ice.
The Club operates on a Friday to Friday basis. Shorter weeks should begin or end on Fridays (see rates below). Your trip starts with reception at the Cancun Airport followed by a van transfer south, past the Tulum Ruins to Punta Allen. One enters the Reserve just beyond Tulum following a sand road that runs to the end of the peninsula. The van will return you to the Cancun Airport at the end of your trip.
Note: transportation is not included on day trips. A rental car is the least expensive and easiest way to reach the lodge for day trips.
Example Rates – subject to change by operator
All rates are in US dollars.
Prices are all-inclusive from Cancun.
Trips run Friday to Friday, November thru June.
$2,900.00 per person, per week.
Day trips (8 am to 5 pm): $350 per person