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Situated in the middle of the 1.3-million acre Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Pesca Maya Lodge offers a great fishing program, good food, and one of the finest values found anywhere in the world of saltwater flats fishing. Pesca Maya first opened its doors in January of 1996, and has since established itself as one of the Yucatan's most popular fishing destinations. The lodge property is located 90 miles south of Cancun on a long, narrow strip of barrier beach that is virtually surrounded by the waters of Ascension Bay and the Boca Paila lagoons. If you’re a beginning saltwater angler, Ascension Bay is one of the best places in the world to catch your first bonefish. For more seasoned anglers, this is one of the world’s best locations to target 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.
Packages and itineraries of any length can be accommodated, and anglers can arrive and depart on any day of the week. Please contact Yellow Dog Flyfishing for more details and specific rates.
Pesca Maya features a number of different accommodation options, with the primary operations focusing on rooms in the recently-renovated Robinson House and the original SeaClusion House. All of the rooms are clean and comfortable, and each one features a private bathroom, hot and cold water, ceiling fans, air conditioning, and screened porches and windows which allow for a constant flow of ocean breezes. The lodge is located on an untouched, solitary white sand beach, surrounded by turquoise waters and a magnificent coral reef that starts only 90 yards from the beach. The original SeaClusion House is currently the epicenter of activities at Pesca Maya, and is home to the lodge's bar, dinning area, a small tackle shop, and the main 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, 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-and-cokes, 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. then the kitchen will be happy to accommodate you.
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 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. Because of these strong resident fish 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 the ideal destination for the saltwater flats angler.
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, and also has a decent selection of flies, leaders and tippet for sale in the small gift and tackle shop. Yellow Dog does recommend that guests travel with their own gear.
While Pesca Maya is primarily a fishing-focused operation, non-angling guests will feel comfortable and well-cared for. The lodge can easily offer 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 wildlife 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.
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.
Upon arrival, you will clear immigrations 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. One of the nice things about Pesca Maya packages is that you can arrive and depart on any day of the week.
All rates listed below are per person. A trip of any length of stay can be arranged. Please call Yellow Dog for custom package pricing. These rates are effective January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012.
2 Per Boat
2 Per Room
1 Per Boat
1 Per Room
1 Non Angler
|7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days||$3,575||$4,704||$7,150|
|6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days||$3,065||$4,008||$6,130|
|5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days||$2,555||$3,312||$5,110|
|4 Nights / 3 Fishing Days||$2,045||$2,616||$4,090|
|3 Nights / 2 Fishing Days||$1,535||$1,920||$3,070|
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Two guides per boat? At Pesca Maya, they will usually 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. Please note that this two-guide program does not apply to summer months or to trips booked under special discount rates.
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 un crowded 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, Tulum, 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. If you are interested, please call Yellow Dog for more information and reservations.