GRAND SLAM LODGE - YUCATAN, MEXICO

 

GRAND SLAM LODGE - YUCATAN, MEXICO

Ascension Bay's Grand Slam Lodge - the nicest, full-service fishing lodge and beach hotel in the entire area - has quickly established itself as one of the finest lodges and fishing operations in the Yucatan. It is without a doubt the nicest "base camp" in the region for sight casting to permit, bonefish, tarpon, and snook. Located in the small fishing village of Punta Allen, Mexico, Grand Slam can provide fly anglers immediate access to the incredible fishing in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere, including both Ascension Bay and Espirito Santo Bay. The Sian Ka'an Biosphere encompasses Ascension Bay, Punta Allen, and the surrounding lagoons - all of which a regulate with a strict ban on all netting. Ascension Bay is now one of the few places in the world that can back up the claim that fishing is getting better every year!

Typical Length of Stay

Although the standard package at Grand Slam is a 7 night / 6 fishing day week, packages and itineraries of any length can be accommodated. Anglers can arrive and depart on any day of the week. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details and specific rates.

Accommodations and Lodging

Grand Slam Lodge AccommodationThere are not many fishing-focused destinations in the Caribbean that offer the high level of comfort and accommodations that Grand Slam presents to guests. We promise that some guests will have a difficult time getting out of the bed each morning to go fishing, due to the comfortable mattresses, high tread-count sheets, and oversized pillows. This is not your typical fishing lodge when it comes to accommodations! There is plenty of shade from the mature swaying palm trees that are prominent throughout the property. The beach is lined with a number of raised platforms, each complete with two lounge chairs and a table for your drink and beach supplies. The ocean swimming is decent, and while much of the bottom is covered with turtle grass, there are a few white, sandy patches that are perfect for swimming. There are also coral heads and small reefs that are ideal for snorkeling right from the property. We rate this new destination very high on our list for non-anglers traveling with anglers. The rooms are spacious, and each has a huge private bathroom, spa-quality jet bath, large waterfall-style shower, thermostat controlled A/C, phone, 46" flat screen TV with local cable access, DVD player, iPod dock, and spacious sitting area. All rooms have a semi-private deck overlooking the water, complete with rod racks and comfortable outdoor furniture. The duplex-style accommodations have 4 units per building and flank the main lodge, which is the social epicenter of Grand Slam.

There is plenty of shade from the mature swaying palm trees that are prominent throughout the property. The beach is lined with a number of raised platforms, each complete with two lounge chairs and a table for your drink and beach supplies. The ocean swimming is decent, and while much of the bottom is covered with turtle grass, there are a few white, sandy patches that are perfect for swimming. There are also coral heads and small reefs that are ideal for snorkeling right from the property. We rate this new destination very high on our list for non-anglers traveling with anglers.

Food and Beverages

Grand Slam Lodge features a full service restaurant and bar – one of the finest eating and drinking establishments in the area.  All meals are cooked to order from the lodge’s full menu, and all dietary requests and special orders can be accommodated. The bar at Grand Slam is one of the most unique of any fishing lodge we have ever visited. Suspended “bar stools” hang down from the ceiling and line the front of the bar, creating a relaxing, laid-back environment for enjoying the coldest beer and best margaritas in the Yucatan.  A large deck area with oversized couches that overlooks the beach and the water is a popular place to gather after your day on the water to share stories and make plans for the following fishing day. For anglers, breakfast and lunch are served each day in the restaurant, and a full cooler lunch is packed for your day on the water.

Fishing Information

Grand Slam BonefishWhether you are seeking a well-balanced trip that offers a diversity of flats species, or if you want to focus on hunting permit in one of the top permit fishing destinations in the world, Grand Slam Lodge can accommodate your needs in a professional and comfortable manner. Although the lodge is new, we can tell you from personal experience that Grand Slam is one of the best-run fishing programs that we have found in this part of the Caribbean. This is a testament to the guide staff, the lodge staff, and to the full-time, on-site American fishing manager who has 25 years of experience working and running lodges in this area.

If you want to focus on the area’s plentiful bonefish, then there are wadeable bonefish flats located only minutes from the lodge. You can also opt to take a longer run into the larger area lagoons and expansive backcountry system for tarpon or snook. And then there are the expansive permit flats located all throughout Ascension Bay and the Boca Paila lagoon system – home to some of the most productive permit fishing in the world. The guides can fish flats very close to the lodge for those who do not want to make long runs in the boat, or can venture further into the backcountry for those seeking to fish areas that see little angling pressure. Overall, Grand Slam is one of the finest destinations in the entire Caribbean for anglers seeking the big three of flats species - bones, permit and tarpon. The bonefish average 2-3 pounds, are plentiful, and they love to eat flies. Anglers will find bones tailing in skinny water during the lower tides and nice schools of fish moving into deeper water as the tide rises. You will be wade fishing most of the time for bones, while the permit, jack, barracuda, tarpon and snook fishing will be done from the boat. During calm conditions the guides will often locate permit from the pangas and then have you stalk the tailing fish by wading for a closer shot at the feeding fish. Permit in the area average around 10-15 pounds, and larger fish well into the 30-pound range are found throughout the year. Juvenile tarpon between ten and thirty pounds are common throughout the area, and larger fish can be found throughout the spring and summer months. There are dozens of tarpon and snook areas adjacent to the flats and areas of dead fall and mangroves are especially productive.

Best of all, the lodge's location allows the guides to position anglers on protected flats during challenging weather conditions, as the inland characteristics of the famous flats of Ascension Bay and the Boca Paila lagoon provide plenty of areas that can be regardless of the conditions. Whether you are fishing "Permit Alley," Tres Marias, or any of the other famous areas close to the lodge, the guides will have you fishing the best waters at the given time that you’re there. And while many fisheries throughout the Caribbean are tide dependent, we have found Ascension Bay to be one of the more consistent destinations for bones, permit, snook and juvenile tarpon. This is mainly because there is an immense amount of habitat and the fact that the wind regularly pushes the water around this large bay, thus acting like moving tides. When the seasonal winds change direction, the fish can access different lagoons and flats due to this shift in water volume. What does this mean to an angler? It means that you do not have to live and die by the tide charts and the moon phases for your next trip! The experienced guides of Grand Slam can typically find your target species any time of year and offer a wide variety of fishing scenarios. Anglers will find themselves fishing over hard white sand, turtle grass, and backcountry mud, so having a wide selection of flies for Ascension Bay is vital to a successful trip. This is where the Yellow Dog pre trip planning materials are invaluable. We will make sure you have the most up-to-date fly patterns, information, and equipment to ensure you are well prepared for your trip to Grand Slam Lodge.

Boats and Equipment

Boats used by the lodge are 23-foot Mexican super-pangas that comfortably accommodate two fishermen and a guide. The boats are roomy and clean, with large, uncluttered 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, but tackle in the area is limited. The lodge also has a basic selection of flies, leaders and tippet for sale in their small gift and tackle shop.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Grand Slam Lodge PoolGrand Slam sits on a quiet and private beach, complete with raised lounge platforms, beach chairs, and a pool. The ocean in front of the lodge is perfect for snorkeling. 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, beach combing, 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. We can also arrange for a private boat tour of the Boca Paila Lagoon and a day in the quaint tourist village of Tulum. You may also walk down the beach to Punta Alum, which offers minimal retail opportunities.

How To Get There

All guests should book flights to Cancun, Mexico (CUN). 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 Grand Slam Lodge representative and driver. From Cancun, you will be transferred by air-conditioned vehicle and boat to the lodge, a total trip of about 2-3 hours.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

The driving portion of the transfer is around two hours and then the rest of the transfer is typically by boat through the Boca Paila Lagoon. This boat ride is approximately one hour long, and passes directly through "permit alley." If the weather is rough or rainy, the lodge may transfer you by van directly to the lodge, which makes the total time from Cancun approximately four hours.

2013 Package Rates

All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for single angler rates and custom package pricing.

Length of Stay 2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
Non-Angler
Double Occupancy
Regular Season (Oct 1, 2012 - Jan 31, 2013)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $3,222 $1,872
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $2,782 $1,657
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $2,342 $1,442
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,902 $1,227
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $1,462 $1,012
Peak (High) Season (Feb 1, 2013 - June 31, 2013)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $3,397 $2,047
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $2,932 $1,807
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $2,467 $1,567
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $2,002 $1,327
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $1,537 $1,087
Low Season Packages (July 1, 2013 - Sept 31, 2013)
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days $2,977 $1,627
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days $2,572 $1,447
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days $2,167 $1,267
4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days $1,762 $1,087
3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days $1,357 $907
  • (4) four or more persons in the same group, using the same shuttle to and from the airport to the lodge, are eligible for a discounted rate. Please call Yellow Dog for details.
  • Additional nights lodging are $240.00 per night, per person (lodging only)
  • Fishing days are $450.00 per day for guided flats fishing (for 1 or 2 people)

* 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 guided fishing as specified in your package
  • Ground transfers to and from Cancun
  • Three meals per day
  • All bottled water, breakfast juices, and coffee
  • Fishing license
  • All applicable Mexican VAT taxes

What's Not Included

  • International flight to Cancun
  • Alcoholic beverages, sodas, and bar tabs
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Rods, reels, flies, and terminal tackle
  • Phone calls, laundry, and additional special services

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

Exceptional snorkeling can be found literally in the lodge's "front yard," just a short swim off the main beach and main dock of Grand Slam. Upon request, boats can also take you to other prime snorkel spots in the area.

A Clarification and Special Note About the New Grand Slam Lodge - 2012

Since the new Grand Slam Lodge opened in the Punta Allen area, there has been some confusion regarding the name of the new operation (Grand Slam Lodge) and its similarity to the name of another lodge and guest house also operating in the same area (the Club Grand Slam).  The Grand Slam Lodge that Yellow Dog represents and works with is a large hotel and lodge operation located on the outskirts of Punta Allen. It is a large, full-service hotel and fishing operation that is managed by Mr. Bobby Settles, who until recently was the long-time manager and operator of both Casa Blanca Lodge and Playa Blanca Lodge.  Bobby’s assistant manager at Grand Slam Lodge is Miguel “Mike” Ledezma, who many anglers will also remember from his many years at both Casa Blanca and Playa Blanca.

The “Club Grand Slam” is a totally separate operation and entity that is located in the village of Punta Allen.  This operation is owned by Capt Greg Rahe and is not affiliated or aligned in any way with the Grand Slam Lodge operation represented by Yellow Dog. We apologize for any confusion stemming from the similarities of the two names, but – since we do not own or operate the lodges ourselves – we cannot control what different operations choose to call themselves! Thank you.

 

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