Pesca Maya Lodge

About the Fishing

Pesca Maya 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 are wading the immense expanse of flats for schools of bonefish and permit or casting in lagoons for tarpon, snook or barracuda, this is an ideal fishery for novice and seasoned saltwater anglers alike. If you’re a beginning saltwater angler, Ascension Bay is a 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. Because of these strong resident numbers and additional seasonal migrations of snook and tarpon, there have arguably been more Grand Slams and Super Grand Slams (a tarpon, bonefish, permit and snook all in the same day) caught here than anywhere else in the world.

Top flies recommended for this lodge.

Vaughns Pesca Maya Kit Raghead Crab

Vaughn's Fly Box Picks:
Having fished this territory for many years while I was living in isla Mujeres to the north, I can say being prepared for a little bit of everything is an understatement. Weather is always the controlling factor but having flies for tarpon, permit, bones, snappers, barracudas and snook would be wise. Gotchas and charlies size 6 and in different weights, mini puff in #4, Christmas Island special in #8, squimps, veverkas mantis shrimp, small clousers and small crabs will satisfy the bones. For permit, choose the standard merkin and the raghead in several sizes. Puglisi crabs work here. For tarpon, pick streamer patterns that are dressed for neutral bouyancy. The word from the lodge is bright colors for dirty or stained water from November to March and dark flies from April to October...contrast is the ticket! Add a few poppers or wiggle minnow type flies to the mix for some incredible top water strikes. The Back-up kit below is a great selection for all of the other fish like cudas, snappers and snook. Just a note.... I use the Charlies Stripping Basket when I go fishing in Mexico because of the boats and the inconsistancy in the casting platforms you'll encounter. It's also good for line management when it's windy. It's the best basket I've ever used and it's especially good for wading in the Bahamas.
Vaughn

 

About the Lodge

Pesca Maya features a number of different accommodation options, with primary operations focusing on the SeaClusion House. All of the rooms are clean and comfortable, and each features a private bathroom, hot and cold water, ceiling fans, air conditioning, and screened porches and windows, allowing a constant flow of the ocean breeze. The lodge is located on an untouched, solitary white sand beach, surrounded by turquoise waters and a magnificent coral reef only 90 yards from the beach.

Location

Ascension Bay - Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Season

Year-Round

Capacity

Pesca Maya Lodge can currently accommodate up to 12 anglers at a time

Species

Bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, barracuda, jacks, more

General Information

Located in the heart of Ascension Bay and the 1.3 million acre Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Pesca Maya Fishing Lodge is one of the best values anywhere in the world of saltwater fishing. The lodge is located 90 miles south of Cancun on a long, narrow strip of barrier beach that is virtually surrounded by water.

Fishing & General Information

LENGTH OF STAY
Packages and itineraries of any length can be accommodated.

THE FISHING
Pesca Maya 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 are wading the immense expanse of flats for schools of bonefish and permit or casting in lagoons for tarpon, snook or barracuda, this is an ideal fishery for novice and seasoned saltwater anglers alike. If you’re a beginning saltwater angler, Ascension Bay is a 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. Because of these strong resident numbers and additional seasonal migrations of snook and tarpon, there have arguably been more Grand Slams and Super Grand Slams (a tarpon, bonefish, permit and snook all in the same day) caught here than anywhere else in the world.

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 offers easier conditions for fly casting. Classic 23-foot Mexican-style 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 in shallow water and have for decades served the region's fishermen and guides. Whether wading the warm sandy flats or fishing from the boat, Ascension Bay is an ideal destination for the saltwater angler.

BOATS AND EQUIPMENT OFFERED
Boats used by the lodge are 23-foot Mexican super pangas that can accommodate two fishermen, a guide, and an apprentice guide. The boats are roomy and comfortable with large, clean casting decks. If possible, anglers should plan on bringing all equipment such as rods, reels, and fly lines with them. The lodge does have some demo and rental rods available. The lodge also has a good selection of flies, leaders and tippet for sale in the small gift and tackle shop.

Accommodations

THE LODGING
Pesca Maya features a number of different accommodation options, with primary operations focusing on the SeaClusion House. All of the rooms are clean and comfortable, and each features a private bathroom, hot and cold water, ceiling fans, air conditioning, and screened porches and windows, allowing a constant flow of the ocean breeze. The lodge is located on an untouched, solitary white sand beach, surrounded by turquoise waters and a magnificent coral reef only 90 yards from the beach.

SeaClusion House is currently the epicenter of activities at Pesca Maya, and is home to the lodge's bar, dinning area, small tackle shop, and common area. Here you will eat all of your meals, enjoy cold beers and frosty margaritas on the porch, tie flies at the "community" fly tying bench, and swap stories with fellow guests and anglers. All of the meals at the lodge are usually served home-style, with a breakfast buffet, do-it-yourself lunches, and an extensive dinner menu that changes nightly. You can enjoy an American-style breakfast, a cooler full of food for your lunch on the water, and a dinner menu that includes a variety soups, salads and vegetables, fish, steak, shrimp, fresh lobster and chicken. Beverages and drinks include purified water, sodas, beer, wine on the table and a variety of cocktails including margaritas, rum & coke, daiquiris, and more. If you desire imported liquors or a particular brand, feel free to bring your own bottle along. They will serve it to you at the bar at no extra charge! If you require a special diet, low fat or low cholesterol meals, no sugar, no sea food, etc. the kitchen will be happy to accommodate you.

Travel Specifics

HOW TO GET THERE
All guests should book flights to Cancun, Mexico. Upon arrival, you will clear immigration and customs before heading to the main lobby and reception area of the airport, where you will be met by a Pesca Maya representative and driver. From Cancun, you will be transferred by air-conditioned vehicle to the lodge. The three-to-four hour drive follows the beautiful Yucatan coastline, passing by small Mexican settlements and Mayan ruins.

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

Non-angling guests will feel comfortable and well cared for and will be offered a variety of activities including bird watching, snorkeling, exploring Mayan ruins, beachcombing, and just plain relaxing. The lodge itself is located in one of the world's largest protected wild areas, the Sian Ka'an, Biosphere Reserve. This pristine reserve covers over 1.3 million acres and has been designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site. The abundance of marine and wild life in Sian Ka'an is hard to imagine until you have seen it for yourself. You can find over 325 species of birds, four different types of marine turtles ( Loggerheads, Green Sea Turtles, Hawksbills, and Leatherbacks) and fish species too numerous to name.

Other Information / Testimonials

OTHER INFORMATION
Two guides per boat? At Pesca Maya, they will generally use a head guide and a young apprentice in each panga. Both have very good eyes. This formula helps very much when wading, as each angler will have his or her own personal guide. When learning to cast or to spot fish, one guide poles and the other is with the angler at the casting platform. This formula is also helpful when positioning the boat or when you leave the boat to wade and do not want to have to re-trace the water you have already covered -- the apprentice guide will bring the boat to wherever you are and pick you up! Many of Pesca Maya's customers have come to appreciate this system very much. This program does not apply to summer months or to trips booked under special discount rates.

EXTRA INFORMATION
Pesca Maya is open year-round. While the traditional "peak season" runs from March to June, more and more anglers are taking advantage of medium and low season discounts (10-20%) during other times of the year. Below is a brief description of the seasons at Pesca Maya.

FALL SEASON
More and more anglers are starting to take advantage of the low rates and uncrowded fall conditions. October and November can sometimes be fantastic at Pesca Maya, with beautiful sunny days, moderate breezes and low winds. Lot’s of local bonefish, permit and some baby tarpon, plus larger migrant tarpon still in the area. When the weather is good, this is a perfect time to fish. Rain can appear for short periods throughout the day. It’s also the tail end of hurricane season, so we strongly recommend a travel insurance policy for all fall trips. (We offer a 10% discount during the month of November.)

WINTER SEASON
December, January, and February can be dry months in this part of the Caribbean, offering sunny and warm conditions. Plenty of local bonefish, permit, tarpon and barracuda are around. Winter is obviously a perfect time to run away from the cold weather of the north to fish the Caribbean. This time of the year can occasionally be windy if cold fronts from the north pass through the region. (We also offer a 10% discount during the months of December and January.)

SPRING SEASON
March, April, May and June are peak season for fishing the area. It is generally accepted that this time of the year weather is better, with a lot of sun and manageable winds. Sometimes, however, heavy winds and rain can be a factor, especially during early spring. This is a great time of the year to focus on permit!

SUMMER SEASON
If you want the best bet for the best time of year 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 higher than during the rest of the year, but usually manageable. Early summer is generally the rainy season, which means that you might have some clouds and rain. These conditions will usually come and go in about one hour. You might want to take advantage of our 20% discount during the summer and early fall season!

ASCENSION BAY DAY TRIPS!


If you're visiting the Yucatan on a family vacation, or if your fishing time in the region is limited, Pesca Maya offers fantastic day trips that will still allow you to fish Ascension Bay. These trips are all-inclusive with transportation from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Telum, and Playacar to the lodge and back. You will generally leave your hotel early on the morning of your trip and return that evening in time for dinner.

TESTIMONIALS

"This was the best saltwater trip of my life in terms of the opportunities for different species and the number of fish I actually caught. The guides were knowledgeable, helpful and accommodating, and the overall experience was great."
- Evan F.
Reno, NV

"The fishing at Pesca Maya was first rate. Of equal importance, however, was the overall environment and experience. Great staff, comfortable quarters, fine food, laid back atmosphere and the most scenic bar in the world!"
- James S.
Bainbridge Island, WA

"We had the trip of a lifetime. Having just started fishing, I was overjoyed to catch so many bonefish (mostly due to great guiding!) We caught bones, barracuda, and tarpon. The world class fishing, the great lodge, and the spectacular biospshere setting that is Ascension Bay - the trip was everything that we hoped for!"
- Laura S.
United Kingdom

"I would like to thank you for setting up our trip to Pesca Maya. It was the best trip I have been on ever! Just what we were looking for - nothing fancy, very secluded, and no people. The people at the lodge were friendly and the service was excellent. The rooms were quiet and cozy. Our guides Dawrin and Jesus were perfect. We never got skunked, and they were great working with my wife. They did everything they could to get us onto fish, and we never fished the same place twice. We will be booking another trip for next year to be sure."
- Mike J.
Thornton, Colorado

"I just returned night before last from my fishing trip to Pesca Maya. It was everything I thought it would be. My first flats fishing trip, and I had my first bonefish within the first hour of fishing. My best day was 11 bonefish."
- David K.
Maple Grove, MN

"What a wonderful place - great guides, food, and lodging. I'd definitely go back!"
- Charles R.
Spring, TX