For the last 3 winters Paul Procter has been sampling the first class tropical saltwater fly fishing on offer at Ascension Bay-Punta Allen, Mexico. The whole experience was so amazing that he’s organised future trips to this region for November 2011 in association with Fly Odyssey.
Prime species include bonefish, tarpon, permit and snook, with a real possibility of a Grand Slam. In fact, Paul was fortunate to experience a Super Grand Slam in Nov 2008, which involves the capture of a permit, bonefish, tarpon and snook in the same day. Typical bonefish range from 2-5lb with a sprinkling of larger specimens to 8lb. There are extensive permit flats, which makes this an ideal location for seeking this highly prized yet illusive species. We saw permit everyday with fish of 10-20lb being most common. Although migratory tarpon can be found the mangrove tarpon offer more consistent sport and range from 10-50lb. Snook frequent the mangroves and these predatory fish can be very obliging, we encountered snook from 8-12lb though larger were seen. Barracuda are much in evidence, usually between 3 and 5ft in length. There are of course many species of jacks mixed in with the bonefish shoals. Finally, several types of snapper can be found around the mangrove fringes that make for interesting sport.
Based on 2 persons per skiff (two guides per skiff) the fishing is both wade fishing (walking the flats) and/or from the skiff. This is largely weather dependant. Bright, sunny conditions make spotting fish easier from low down, so walking the flats will be the order of the day. However the greater elevation afforded from the skiff is better during cloudy weather.
Forming part of the Caribbean the winter climate here is extremely comfortable, we can expect temperatures from 24-30 degrees C (shorts and shirt weather), not the oppressive heat usually experienced later in the year, thus making this the perfect winter get away. The water is generally very clear and exhibits that wonderful aquamarine colour so evocative of the Caribbean.
As for how far do you need to cast? Like any form of fishing the fish may be as close as 5 yards away, or as far as 30 yards. However, if you’re capable of pitching a fly some 15-18 yards you’ll find plenty of sport. Last year, a beginner on the trip caught several bonefish, a tarpon and even hooked a permit! My best bonefish from Ascension Bay (a shade over 7lb) took the fly a mere 15ft from the boat.
Ladies Fishing have secured places on week 3
Week 3: Flying out Sat 27th Nov-return flight Sat 4th Dec Cost: £1,580
Includes: 7 nights accommodation and 6 days guided fly fishing, full board (including lunch and daytime beverages), plus Cancun transfers.
Excludes: International flight, gratuities, evening beverages, departure tax (approx $40)
Travel involves direct flights from either Manchester International airport to Cancun-Mexico. Generally, it’s a morning flight and with the 6 hour time difference, only one day is needed for travel. So arriving at the lodge of the evening on the day we fly means we’re ready to fish the very next day.
If you would like to join us please contact Anne