Casa Blacha Lodge

About the Fishing

The waters of Ascension Bay provide the ideal habitat for a wide variety of sea life. It has been said that this part of the Caribbean boasts the worlds largest population of permit, and as many as twenty have been boated by Casa Blanca guests “on the fly” in a single week. It is not unusual to see – within casting range – twenty-five to fifty permit in a single day. As for bonefish, the waters of Ascension Bay are loaded with large schools that provide consistent action all year long. These fish average three to four pounds, but larger bones are caught on a regular basis. And, while Casa Blanca is known for its fine bone and permit fishing, you can target numerous other fish species as well, including a large number of tarpon that inhabit the mangroves and lagoons of the area.

Top flies recommended for this lodge.

Vaughns Pesca Maya Kit Vaughns Campeche Tarpon Kit Baker Backcountry Minnow Cuda Needlefish

 

About the Lodge

Each room is a large, well-appointed and air conditioned Mexican cabana. In the main lodge you will find the well-stocked bar and a friendly, accommodating bartender. In the dining room, as you might expect, the house specialty is fresh seafood, usually lobster, snapper or conch. You will always find the days catch delicious and skillfully prepared.

Location

Ascension Bay - Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Season

October through July

Capacity

Total capacity for Casa Blanca is 24 anglers per week

Species

Bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, barracuda, jacks, snapper

General Information

Located on the southern edge of Mexico’s Ascension Bay, Casa Blanca has long been recognized as one of the world’s premier saltwater flyfishing destinations. Offering consistently-great action for bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and jacks, this is the ideal destination for novice saltwater anglers and seasoned flyfishermen alike.

Fishing & General Information

LENGTH OF STAY
Standard package is a six day / seven night package (Saturday to Saturday) although shorter packages can be arranged.

THE FISHING
The waters of Ascension Bay provide the ideal habitat for a wide variety of sea life. In essence, it is a great home for game fish! The vast estuary and flats system and the adjacent reef provide the infrastructure for Casa Blanca's pristine and highly productive fishery. It has been said that this part of the Caribbean boasts the world's largest population of permit, and as many as twenty have been boated by Casa Blanca guests “on the fly” in a single week. It is not unusual to see – within casting range – twenty-five to fifty permit in a single day, their sickle-shaped fins piercing the surface of the waters near 'Esperanza' or the 'Tres Marias'. As for bonefish, the waters of Ascension Bay are loaded with large schools that provide consistent action all year long. These fish average three to four pounds, but larger bones are caught on a regular basis. And, while Casa Blanca is known for its fine bone and permit fishing, you can target numerous other fish species as well, including a large number of tarpon that inhabit the mangroves and lagoons of the area. The waters surrounding Casa Blanca offer the light-tackle saltwater fisherman one of the most diverse selections of game fish in the world. When conditions are right, an angler can cast to bonefish, tarpon, snook, permit, jacks, barracuda, cubera snapper, mutton snapper, sharks, and several different reef species in a single week of fishing. This kind of angling opportunity can only be found in a few locations throughout the world. Each day you will have the option of fishing from a skiff or wading, and the Lodge’s on-site fishing coordinator can give you advice on angling methods, availability, equipment and fly selection for the numerous species available. The daily fishing schedule is flexible, so you’ll want to discuss your plans with the lodge staff every day. Most anglers choose a schedule that takes advantage of the best time to spot bonefish and permit on the flats, generally between 8:00am and 3:30pm.

BOATS AND EQUIPMENT OFFERED
Most boats used by the lodge are 16-foot Dolphin flats skiffs that accommodate two fishermen and a guide. Each is constructed with a forward casting deck, tandem passenger seats, rod racks, and a poling platform.

Accommodations

THE LODGING
Each room is a large, well-appointed and air conditioned Mexican cabana. In the main lodge you will find the well-stocked bar and a friendly, accommodating bartender. After a full day on the water, this is the perfect place to relax and trade stories with fellow anglers and friends. In the dining room, as you might expect, the house specialty is fresh seafood, usually lobster, snapper or conch. You will always find the day's catch delicious and skillfully prepared.

Travel Specifics

HOW TO GET THERE
All guests should book flights to Cancun, Mexico. Guests making their own flight reservations must plan to arrive in Cancun no later than 2:30 p.m. and schedule their return flight no earlier than 12 p.m. noon in order to make connections with the regional air charter. From Cancun, Casa Blanca will provide a private air charter which will fly you directly to the lodge. Each plane can accommodate 4 to 5 guests plus the pilot. The flight to and from Cancun to the island is approximately 120 miles or 55 minutes. For those who have fished out of the Punta Allen area of the Yucatan, you remember well the long drive from Cancun down a slow and bumpy dirt road! The flight eliminates this drive as you fly south along the Yucatan coast to the lodge's private airstrip, a short three-minute boat ride from the main lodge. At the Casa Blanca main dock the lodge staff will greet you and show you to your room.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within 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. Please check with your travel agent or carrier to verify this.

Non-Angling Activities

The entire setting at Casa Blanca is the perfect antidote to civilization. Non-anglers can plan a different adventure every single day, from exploring Mayan ruins, beachcombing, kayaking in secluded lagoons, snorkeling the reef, watching turtles nest on the beach, or doing absolutely nothing at all. Opportunities for "nothing" abound. You could simply gaze at the transparent turquoise waters. Let the trade winds blow through your hair. Lounge in a hammock. Marvel at the empty white sand beaches. Or, just lean back and sip a cool refreshing tropical drink.

The lodge itself is in the center of one of the world's largest protected wild areas, the Sian Ka'an, Biosphere Reserve. This pristine reserve covers over 1.5 million acres and completely surrounds Casa Blanca. Sian Ka'an has been designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site and contains 22 registered archaeological sites. Two of these are just down the beach from Casa Blanca. The abundance of marine and wildlife in Sian Ka'an is hard to imagine until you have seen it for yourself. You can find over 325 species of birds, from Hummingbirds to the rare six foot tall Jabiru, the world's largest flighted bird. In the back of the bay are manatee. Four different marine turtles nest on the beaches – Loggerheads, Green Sea Turtles, Hawksbills, and Leatherbacks. The species of fish in Ascension Bay and on the barrier reef are too numerous to name. One visiting writer was so amazed by an afternoon in the bay that he compared it to wading in a knee-deep aquarium.

Other Information / Testimonials

OTHER INFORMATION
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.

TESTIMONIALS
"We're just back from Casa Blanca. Everything was World Class! Best fishing trip ever - seamless, and perfect in every way."
- J.D. and Debbie M.

"The variety of species at Casa Blanca is amazing. In one day, I cast to bonefish, permit, tarpon, cuda, jacks, and even a few snook. To top it off, the place is so incredibly beautiful. I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ll be back soon!"
- Thomas B.

"This year surpassed last year. I can see why people return year after year. (I should say the place sucks so too many people don’t go; but I can’t!)"
- Marty W.
Cincinnati, Ohio

“Ascension Bay is a beautiful area. Amazing how much unspoiled water there is available. Casa Blanca is incredibly run. Their emphasis on service and food is phenomenal. Everything is gourmet and fresh. You would be hard-pressed to want anything more. I just need one more shot at that huge tarpon!”
- Andy S.
Cincinnati, Ohio