If you are heading to the Mayan Riviera and the Playa Del Carmen-Tulum-Cancun area for a family vacation and would like to get away for a quick and easy day of fly fishing, then consider a day trip to world-famous Ascension Bay. This incredibly-productive fishery is home to amazing numbers of bonefish, permit, snook, and small-to-medium sized tarpon. After an easy shuttle from any hotel or resort in the area, you will arrive at the fishing lodge to begin your day trip. From there, anglers fish from a custom 23-foot panga, and lunch, all beverages, a professional guide, and equipment is included.

Typical Length of Stay

Any number of day trips can be arranged. Contact Yellow Dog at 406-585-8667 for details and availability.

Accommodations and Lodging

Ascension Bay Baby TarponUnder the day trip program, accommodations are at the hotel or area resort of your choice. If you would like to incorporate an overnight excursion to the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve and the Ascension Bay area, we can accommodate you at Pesca Maya Lodge. Pesca Maya first opened its doors in January of 1996 and has since then established itself as one of the Yucatan's most popular fishing destinations. The lodge is located 90 miles south of Cancun on a long, narrow strip of barrier beach that is virtually surrounded by water. For more information on the accommodations at Pesca Maya, please visit the Pesca Maya home page on the Yellow Dog website. If you are staying at one of the many hotels or resorts in the Cancun-Playa Del Carmen-Tulum areas, please be sure that you let us know the name of the hotel so that we can arrange your pick-up on the morning of your day trip.

Food and Beverages

A full cooler lunch is packed for your day on the water. Bottled water and non-alcoholic beverages are also included.

Fishing Information

Ascension Bay BoneThis area 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 want to wade the flats for schools of bonefish and permit or cast in shallow lagoons for tarpon, snook or barracuda, this is the 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.

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

All of the fishing can be done with light fly fishing tackle and fly equipment. If you want to bring your own rods, reels, equipment and flies, then we will be happy to send you a complete gear and equipment list prior to your departure for Mexico. If you want to travel light and leave the gear at home, then your package will include the use of a rod and reel. Leaders and flies are available for sale at the lodge. All you have to do is show up with a pair of sunglasses and some sunscreen, and you are good to go! The lodge does have a small retail area where you can purchase flies, leaders, tippet, sunscreen, and other items that you may need for the day.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

For non-anglers, the Cancun and Playa del Carmen area has everything that Mexican mega-resort can possibly offer. Shopping, nightlife, water skiing, wakeboarding, parasailing, snorkeling, wildlife and bird viewing, sunbathing, swimming with dolphins, numerous nightclubs, and more. The list is truly endless.

How To Get There

All guests should book flights to Cancun, Mexico (CUN), an easy airport to get to with direct daily flights from most cities in the U.S. and abroad.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Once you arrive to the Cancun/Playa del Carmen/Tulum area, we can arrange to have you picked up at any hotel or resort in the area for your day trip. When making a reservation, please be sure to give us the name of the hotel in which you are staying, your room number, the name under which the room is registered, and the phone number and contact information for the hotel.

2012 Rates

Trip Description Cost
Full Day Guided Fishing (for 1 or 2 anglers) $440.00 per day
Round Trip Shuttle to and from Pesca Maya (for 1 or 2) $100.00
Overnight accommodations at Pesca Maya Call for quote

* Remember that our services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Daily guide service includes round trip transportation from your hotel
  • Use of rods and reels
  • +/- 8 guided hours of fishing
  • A light breakfast upon arrival at Pesca Maya Lodge
  • Ice chest with soft drinks, bottled water, beer, and lunch

What's Not Included

  • Airfare from original destination to Cancun, Mexico
  • Meals and beverages outside of your fishing day
  • Accommodations in the area (unless booked through Yellow Dog)
  • Flies and lures (available for purchase at the lodge)
  • Gratuities for guides and shuttle driver

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

Rod QuiverIf 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.


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