CASA BLANCA LODGE - YUCATAN, MEXICO

 

CASA BLANCA LODGE - YUCATAN, MEXICO

Casa Blanca has established itself as one of the world’s finest fly fishing and light tackle fishing lodges. Casa Blanca offers an incomparable location, a one-of-a-kind fishery, superb facilities, excellent food, outstanding equipment and a professional staff - some of the reasons why Casa Blanca has become a "bell-weather" operation by which all other lodges are compared. Private and secluded, Casa Blanca sits on the northern tip of a small, coastal island called Isla Punta Pajaros, located in the Southern waters of Ascension Bay.

Typical Length of Stay

Due in part to the weekly private air charter, the structured packages is a six day / seven night package and a four day / five night package. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Accommodations and Lodging

Casa Blanca LodgeThe actual lodge was the former staff quarters for coco plantation workers. Since being fully remodeled and rebuilt, you will find that every room is one with a view. Each spacious room has a different layout to accommodate different needs. The lodge also boasts a 100-yard long concrete pier. Under the lights at night you will find cruising tarpon and permit. Some of the best fishing happens right off the pier with a cold drink or cooler of beer under the lights!

Casa Blanca is the only lodge in Southern Ascension Bay. It is as remote and pristine a location as you will find in this entire region. At Casa Blanca, you are truly as far from the world and as close to “the way it was” as you will ever be. The Caribbean is only 100 feet away from the main complex, which means that all the rooms are seaside. Each room is spacious, well appointed, has remarkable views, air conditioning, tile floors, mahogany shutters and spacious baths. Casa Blanca has 11 seaside rooms and can accommodate 22 people comfortably.

Food and Beverages

The nightly menu at Casa Blanca includes chicken, steak, conch, lobster and - of course - fresh fish. The house specialty is fresh Caribbean seafood. You will always find the day’s catch simply and skillfully prepared. All meals are served in the lodge’s waterfront dining room, at beautifully set tables, by professionally trained staff.

Fishing Information

Casa Blanca SnookThe 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 two to three 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 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

Boats and Equipment

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. Anglers should bring all equipment such as rods, reels, and fly lines with them, though the lodge does have a rental program.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Mayan RuinsThe 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, beach combing, 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 manatees. Four different marine turtles nest on the beaches – Loggerheads, Green Sea Turtles, Hawksbills, and Leatherbacks. Even the highly elusive jaguar have been seen on the beached of Punta Pajaros. 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.

How To Get There

All guests should book flights to Cancun, Mexico - an easy airport to get to with direct daily flights from most cities in the U.S. and abroad. From Cancun, Casa Blanca provides a charter that will take you to the lodge.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Guests making their own flight reservations must plan to arrive in Cancun no later than 2 PM and schedule their return flight no earlier than 11:00 AM in order to make connections with the air charter. Many clients also choose to fly in on Friday evening and stay in the area in order to make the morning charter flight. Casa Blanca will provide a private 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 (55 minutes). At the Casa Blanca main dock, the lodge staff will greet you and show you to your room.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

Due in part to the weekly private air charter, the structured packages are a six day / seven night package and a five night / four day package. All prices are per person. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

Length of Stay 2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
1 Per Boat
1 Per Room
Non-Angler
February 10 - May 25, 2013
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $4,384 $6,009 $3,504
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $3,689 $5,089 $3,290
Oct. 1, 2012 - Feb. 9, 2013 and May 25 - July 6, 2013
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $3,872 $5,439 $3,034
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $3,244 $4,374 $2,708

* Remember that Yellow Dog's 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

  • The number of nights lodging and days fishing specified in your package
  • Round trip air transfer between Cancun and the lodge
  • Three meals per day and post fishing snacks
  • Non-bottled beverages, and boat beverages while fishing
  • Snorkeling, sea kayaking, natural history excursions
  • Unlimited use of all recreational equipment

What's Not Included

  • International flight to Cancun
  • Beer and alcohol
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Items purchased at gift shop or tackle shop
  • Phone calls and laundry

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 info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

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.

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