Pesca Maya



Overview


Fly Fishing Ascension Bay – Pesca Maya

Pesca Maya, a fly fishing lodge in Ascension Bay

Pesca Maya started in 1996 outfitting anglers to catch bonefish, permit, tarpon and snook. With the years, we gained our reputation among fishermen all over the world, which not only makes our anglers come back year after year, but also makes them bring their friends and families along.

The lodge is located 90 miles south of Cancun in the 1.3 million acre Sian Ka’an (Mayan for “where the sky is born”) Biosphere Reserve. Situated on a long, narrow strip of barrier beach, the lodge is virtually surrounded by water. To the east lies the blue Caribbean and a few hundred yards off shore, the Palancar Barrier Reef which stretches from southern Belize to north of Cancun. On the western side lies the vast “El Rio” system of flats, channels and mangrove. 10 miles to the north is the famed inlet through the barrier beach known locally as the “Boca”. And 4 miles to the south lies the incomparable Ascension Bay. The entire area boasts some of the Caribbean’s greatest flats fishing for bonefish, permit, snook, tarpon and others, as well as reef and offshore fishing (in season). Fly fishing Ascension Bay speaks for itself and is truly fly fishing heaven.


Lodging


The Lodging at Pesca Maya

Pesca Maya, a fly fishing lodge in Ascension Bay

We can take up to 20 anglers in the lodge, sharing rooms; offering our own Fly-Shop, 15 boats with the best guides in the area, and a beautiful beach where you can relax while not fishing. There are 10 rooms, all with A/C and private bathroom, most with oceanview. Located in a solitary white sand beach, turquoise water and a magnificent coral reef at 90 yards from the beach. We also put 2 guides in every boat for that extra pair of eyes. Since most of the bonefishing is wading this means both clients on the boat can fish separately with a guide.

The Meals at Pesca Maya

Pesca Maya, a fly fishing lodge in Ascension Bay

Our meals are home-style, with breakfast buffet and boxlunch for our fishermen. For non-fishermen, our Chef will prepare a traditional Mexican Lunch at the lodge. Daily changing dinner menu, barbecues and other specials.

Breakfast. – Fruit of the season like melon, watermelon, papaya, pineapple, etc. Juices: orange, pineapple, apple, etc. Eggs at your choice or pancakes.

Box Lunch. – 2 sandwiches per person plus a variety of snacks.

Dinner. – We offer a variety of soups, salads and vegetables, for the main course there is fish, steak, shrimps, fresh lobster (seasonal) and chicken alternate throughout the week.

Beverages and drinks. – We include purified water, sodas, beer, wine on the table and national cocktails like margaritas, screw drivers, vodka tonic, rum & coke, etc. We do not have imported liquors available, if you have one of your preference, you can bring the bottle along at no extra charge.

Personal attention is our special touch in making your trip a memorable experience. If you need to follow a special diet like low fat, low cholesterol, no sugar, no sea food, etc. please let us know – we will take care of it.

Lodge Photos


Fishing


Pesca Maya, a fly fishing lodge in Ascension Bay

Fly Fishing Ascension Bay

Variety is the word to describe fly fishing Ascension Bay and the Boca Paila flats. There are hundreds of square miles where it’s common to see bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook and jacks or barracuda in the same day, all year round! With seasons for migrant tarpon and snook. That’s why probably more Grand Slams have been caught here than anywhere else. You certainly have to bring tackle for all these species and at least 3 rods to be ready anytime. After reservation we will send you complete tackle list.

We can go south and be in Ascension Bay in 15 minutes, or if the wind blows too hard, we can go north and find flats surrounded by mangroves that help to protect. Both places are well known for its bonefish, permit, tarpon or snook and barracuda abundance. Wind protection is one of the great advantages of this area. Unlike Bahamas , here we can fish for bonefish 365 days of the year. Of course in Tulum and all the Yucatan Peninsula we get very windy days, from South East, East and North, but we can always find protected flats or lagoons where we can see and cast at bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, jacks, barracudas, and other species.

Pesca Maya Guides

Pesca Maya, a fly fishing lodge in Ascension BayPesca Maya started the guiding school 12 years ago. David Aimes from Montana and Vincent Grillo from Florida put together a Fly Fishing Guide Seminar, guides and apprentices participated. They recruited some of the old “Pez Maya Lodge” guides and the best Punta Allen guides from the village. All are professional native guides, with years of experience, who know Ascension Bay and Bocapaila Lagoons as the back of their hand and will put you on the fish. Some speak fairly good English and others speak international “fishing English”, good enough to spot the fish and direct your casting.At Pesca Maya we use a head guide and a young apprentice. Both have very good eyes. This formula helps very much when wading, each angler has a guide, when learning to cast or to see the fish, one guide poles and the other is with the angler at the casting platform, when positioning the boat and when you don’t want to wade all the way back to pick up the boat. Many of our customers appreciate it very much. I hope you will too. This program does not apply to summer time or with special discount rates.

It amazes me how many people get on a boat with a guide, who they might be fishing with for a week, without any formal introduction. Take the initiative and get to know your guide. Establish a rapport. Remember his name. Let them know what you want to fish for, how you want to fish, your abilities and fishing experience as well as what really trips your trigger when it comes to fishing. Let the guide check your equipment, knots, leaders, tippet material, flies, rod and reel, etc. Don’t be shy. Before you even leave the dock, go through the following exercise with your guide.

Getting to Know Your Guide

Pesca Maya, a fly fishing lodge in Ascension Bay

1.) Get on the casting platform, with rod in hand and review the basic “clock.” 12 o’clock being the bow of the boat 6 O’clock being the stern, 9 O’clock is directly to port, while 3 O’clock is directly to starboard. It’s imperative that you both have this straight. More than likely, your guide will call out fish in the following manner, “Tarpon at three o’clock, 60 feet, moving right to left.”

2.) Still on the casting platform, strip out some Fly line and throw a short cast as the guide watches. Next, throw a medium cast. Lastly, throw a long cast. The guide now knows your casting abilities.

3.) If you have a problem seeing fish, let the guide know before you start fishing. Anything that you can relay to your guide concerning your abilities, your wants and needs, your dislikes and so on will make his job much easier and your fishing day more enjoyable.

4.) If your guide spots a fish and you do not see it, DO NOT cast until you see that fish. Point your rod out in front of you as if a pointer on a chalk board and have your guide direct your rod to where he sees the fish. Your guide might say, “3 o-clock , more right, keep going, keep going STOP!” this is where you should concentrate your vision and again DO NOT cast until you see the fish.

5.) Follow your guides instructions. Guys, I have found that the ladies, when learning how to Fly cast or fish, are the quickest learners… Why? Because they listen to the guide. LISTEN… If he says strip, STRIP!, stop, STOP!, set the hook SET IT! You’ll see that by listening to your guide your success rate will increase substantially.

“Yards vs. Meters”: Make sure that you and your guide are talking the same language. You may be thinking feet and yards and he may be thinking meters. One meter (39.37 inches) is very close to one yard.
Our boats are local made, fiber glass “pangas”, with a Yamaha 40 HP outboard motor. Boats are well suited for fly-fishing, With a spacious and clean platform. They are comfortable to cross Ascension Bay, even in the rough days and with only 6 inches in the water we can get into any flat. They do such a good job that we have even exported 4 of them to the United States.

Fishing Photo Gallery

Tackle & Gear

Here is a list of the basics you will need for your trip.  Many of our destinations are pretty remote with no chance to buy things on site.

Fly NameColorsSizesQty for a 1
Week Trip
Toad Flychatreuse, olive, tan, purple/black1, 1/012
Cockroachstandard 1/0, 2/04
Black Deathwhite, tan1/0, 2/04
Purple Demonpurple/black1/0, 2/04
Layup tarpon fly brown, chatreuse ,yellow1, 1/06
Enrico's Tarpon StreamerPurple & Black2/04
Enrico's Tarpon PinfishOlive/white3/04
Del's Merkin tan/brown 1/0, 2, 46
Turneffe CrabCream, olive2, 4, 64
Clouser minnowchatr/white 1/0-2/06
Bonefish CLouserassorted4-612
Crazy Charlie
bead eye
pink,white,tan,brw 4, 6, 812
Moe bonefish amber, pink 46
Christmas Island Specialspink, orange6, 818
Gotchastandard4, 6, 812

Fly List

Tie a few patterns with just the weight of the eyes as a variable 1 with lead eyes, 1 with chain, 1 with small chain, and 1 with no weight or mono eyes just to make sure you have flies for very skinny water all the way to waist deep water. Presentation seems to be much more important than fly selection.

Bahamas Fly List

Fly NameColorsSizesQty for a 1
Week Trip
Toad Flychatreuse, olive, tan, purple/black1, 1/04
Cockroachstandard 1/0, 2/02
Black Deathwhite, tan1/0, 2/02
Layup tarpon fly brown, chatreuse ,yellow1, 1/06
Enrico's Tarpon StreamerPurple & Black2/04
Turneffe CrabCream, olive2, 4, 64
Del's Merkin tan/brown 1/0, 2, 46
Bonefish slidersstandard tan2, 4, 64
Bonefish Bittersamber, olive6, 8 6
Bonefish Clouserassorted4-612
Crazy Charlie
bead eye
pink,white,tan,brw 4, 6, 812
Moe bonefish amber, pink 46
Christmas Island Specialspink, orange6, 818
Gotchastandard4, 6, 812

Packing List

Tropical Packing List

Packing ItemPacking Item
PassportCamera & media
Photocopy of Passport (packed separately)Computer
Airline ticketsCell Phone
Itinerary with contact numbersReading & writing materials
Emergency Medical insurance docs ( if purchased)Rod repair (tip top and glue)
Major credit cardSun gloves
Cash for tips (there are a couple ATMs in San Pedro but they may not be working))Face Sun protection (buff)
2 Hats with brim and neck guard (or sun hat for non anglers)Sunburn relief spray
2-4 long sleeve shirts for fishing (SPF fabric)Sunscreens SPF 30 or above
2 quick dry pant for fishing (SPF fabric)Sun block for lips and nose
2 quick dry shorts for fishing (SPF fabric)Toiletries
White socks (tops of feet get burned in the boats or wear under wading shoes)Prescription meds
UnderwearNon-prescription Meds
Casual pants or shortsEyeglasses (and spare)
Casual shirts, short sleeveFly Rods
SandalsReels
BeltFanny or other small fishing pack
Light sweater or fleeceWater bottle ( Holster optional)
SocksWaterproof boat bag
Wading shoesLines
Bathing suits,Leaders
T- ShirtsTippet
Sandals or walking shoes ( Barefoot is good)Flies
Rain jacket (an occasional cold squall will roll though or the boat spray may chill you to the bone!)Nippers
Bug repellent (for dead clam days or evenings)Pliers/forceps
Sunglasses (polarized with lanyard)

Rates


Arrive the first afternoon and start fishing the next day, then depart back to Cancun on the last morining.

Pesca Maya Package Prices

Number of nightsNumber of days fishingFishing
2 to a boat, 2 to a room
Fishing
1 to a boat, 1 to a room
Couples Fishing
1 or 2 to a boat
2 to a room
76$3965$5207$7930/couple
65$3405$4442$6810/couple
54$2846$3677$5110/couple
43$2286$2912$4572/couple
32$1727$2148$3454/couple

Summer discount June 15th – October 31st = 20%
Fall Discount Nov 1st – February 28th = 10%
(except Christmas season Dec 18th – Jan 4th )

Prices Include: round trip ground transportation from Cancun to the lodge, lodging, three meals a day while at the lodge, guided fishing each day, u. It includes soft drinks, beer and local mixed drinks ( Vodka, tequilla, rum) . It also includes all taxes. Prices quoted are per person and are in US dollars.

Prices do not include: Imported alcoholic beverages, fishing license or gratuities for your guide and resort staff

Spend 1 night Less at the Lodge

You can choose to spend 1 less night on the lodge. Perhaps your schedule is arrive in Cancun October 1st and depart October 7th…normally a 7 night 6 day trip. On October 1st, if you spend the night in Cancun, Pesca Maya will pick you up at the crack of dawn on October 2nd in time for breakfast at the lodge, and a full day fishing, your last day of fishing is October 6th and you overnight at the lodge and depart back to Cancun the morning of the 7th.

Another option to accomplish this same pricing would be to head down to the lodge the afternoon of October 1st, start fishing the next morning and then depart after fishing on October 6, staying overnight in Cancun. Either scenario would make a 6 night 6 day fishing trip.

Pesca Maya One less night at the lodge

Number of nightsNumber of days fishingFishing
2 to a boat, 2 to a room
Fishing
1 to a boat, 1 to a room
Couples Fishing
1 or 2 to a boat
2 to a room
66$3569$4928$7138/couple
55$3010$4163$6020/couple
44$2450$3398$4900/couple
33$1890$2634$3780/couple
22$1331$1869$2662/couple

Summer discount June 15th – October 31st = 20%
Fall Discount Nov 1st – February 28th = 10%
(except Christmas season Dec 18th – Jan 4th )

Prices Include: round trip ground transportation from Cancun to the lodge, lodging, three meals a day while at the lodge, guided fishing each day, u. It includes soft drinks, beer and local mixed drinks ( Vodka, tequilla, rum) . It also includes all taxes. Prices quoted are per person and are in US dollars.

Prices do not include: Imported alcoholic beverages, fishing license or gratuities for your guide and resort staff

Spend 2 nights Less at the Lodge

Or…You could also spend 2 less nights at the lodge We could pick you up at the crack of dawn on October 2nd and get you to the lodge in time for breakfast at the lodge, and a full day fishing, then on October 6th after a full day of fishing you would depart back to Cancun. This would make a 5 night trip with 6 full days of fishing

Pesca Maya 2 less nights at the lodge

Number of nightsNumber of days fishingFishing
2 to a boat, 2 to a room
Fishing
1 to a boat, 1 to a room
Couples Fishing
1 or 2 to a boat
2 to a room
67$3732$5190$7464 per couple
56$3713$4425$6346/couple
45$2613$3660$5226/couple
34$2054$2895$4108/couple
23$1495$2130$2990/couple
12$935$1365$1870/couple

Summer discount June 15th – October 31st = 20%
Fall Discount Nov 1st – February 28th = 10%
(except Christmas season Dec 18th – Jan 4th )

Prices Include: round trip ground transportation from Cancun to the lodge, lodging, three meals a day while at the lodge, guided fishing each day, u. It includes soft drinks, beer and local mixed drinks ( Vodka, tequilla, rum) . It also includes all taxes. Prices quoted are per person and are in US dollars.

Prices do not include: Imported alcoholic beverages, fishing license or gratuities for your guide and resort staff

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Payment and Cancelation Polices

A 10% deposit is required if you are booking more than 6 months in advance, 50% deposit is required when less than 6 months until departure date with the balance due 60 days prior to departure. If you are forced to cancel with more than 60 days notice, you may keep full credit towards another trip or receive a refund less a 10% service charge. Deposits on cancellations with less than 60 days notice are not refundable unless your spot can be filled. MC, Visa, and checks are accepted. We recommend travel and or medical emergency insurance for all our trips.



Seasons



Ascension Bay Fishing Calendar

MonthBonefishPermitTarpon
JanuaryGoodGoodFair
FebruaryGood/ExcellentGood/ExcellentFair
MarchGood/ExcellentExcellentFair
AprilGood/ExcellentExcellentGood
MayExcellentExcellentExcellent
JuneExcellentGood/ExcellentExcellent
JulyExcellentGood/ExcellentExcellent
AugustExcellentGood/ExcellentExcellent
SeptemberExcellentGoodGood
OctoberExcellentGoodFair
NovemberGood/ExcellentGoodFair
DecemberGoodFairFair

Gallery


Please take a look at the  photo and video galleries related to fly fishing Ascension Bay and Pesca Maya.


Activities


Pesca Maya, a fly fishing lodge in Ascension Bay

If you are not fly fishing Ascension Bay there are some other activities you may enjoy. Pesca Maya is deep into the Preserve and the only 5 things to do are snorkeling, fishing, birding, beach bumming or eco touring. Eco touring could be flora and fauna, maybe searching for dolphins or manatees. It is a remote destination, there is no pool so you should check with us before bringing a non fishing family member along with you. This trip may not be right for them. Mayan Ruins are 2-3 hours away.


Travel


Pesca Maya is in Ascension Bay, 2-1/2 hours south of Cancun, Mexico.

Pesca Maya, a fly fishing lodge in Ascension Bay

How to get to Pesca Maya

You will need to fly to Cancun, Mexico, and plan on arrival between 11:00 am and 2:00 PM Cancun time. Cancun is serviced by numerous domestic carriers including American Airlines, Continental, and US Air. Direct flights are available from Miami, Dallas, Houston, Newark, Denver, LA and several other cities. Connections from most US cities permit arrivals before 2:00 PM.
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Customs and Inmigration

Upon arrival in Cancun, you will first clear Mexican Immigration where you will present your passport and have your Tourist Card stamped (which is provided by your international carrier) . You must then fill out Mexican Customs Declaration Form (available at counters in the terminal), which you will need to present before departing terminal. Next you will claim your luggage and clear Mexican Customs. As you leave customs proceed to the arrival lobby.

Transfer to the Lodge

As you exit customs area to the arrival lobby, a Pesca Maya representative will meet you, who will provide the transfer to the Lodge. The drive to the Lodge will take about 3 to 3 ½ hours. Due to the duration of the transfer, Pesca Maya schedules one transfer per day, usually departing Cancun around 1:30 PM. If you arrive early (11:00 am for example), you may have to wait for other guests to arrive before leaving the airport. If there are other arrivals later that day you will depart Cancun immediately. However guests arriving to Cancun after 3:00 PM, may be charged a special transfer surcharge. If the normally scheduled Pesca Maya transfer has already departed for the Lodge. If there are no other arrivals on your arrival day, Pesca Maya will schedule the transfer to your arrival time. The current special transfer surcharge is US$200.00 per vehicle trip, divided by the number of late arriving guests.

If you arrive in Cancun very late or your flight will leave very early on your departure date, we can assist you to find accomodations to overnight in Cancun.

Upon arrival at the Lodge, you will be greeted by resident manager Jesus Castillo, who will assist you with luggage and show your cabaña. You will have time to unpack, settle in, and take a swim or even fish from the beach before dinner at 7:00 PM

Upon confirmation of your booking we will send you our complete PRE TRAVEL INFORMATION PACKAGE including recommendations on gear to bring.

Packing List

Tropical Packing List

Packing ItemPacking Item
PassportCamera & media
Photocopy of Passport (packed separately)Computer
Airline ticketsCell Phone
Itinerary with contact numbersReading & writing materials
Emergency Medical insurance docs ( if purchased)Rod repair (tip top and glue)
Major credit cardSun gloves
Cash for tips (there are a couple ATMs in San Pedro but they may not be working))Face Sun protection (buff)
2 Hats with brim and neck guard (or sun hat for non anglers)Sunburn relief spray
2-4 long sleeve shirts for fishing (SPF fabric)Sunscreens SPF 30 or above
2 quick dry pant for fishing (SPF fabric)Sun block for lips and nose
2 quick dry shorts for fishing (SPF fabric)Toiletries
White socks (tops of feet get burned in the boats or wear under wading shoes)Prescription meds
UnderwearNon-prescription Meds
Casual pants or shortsEyeglasses (and spare)
Casual shirts, short sleeveFly Rods
SandalsReels
BeltFanny or other small fishing pack
Light sweater or fleeceWater bottle ( Holster optional)
SocksWaterproof boat bag
Wading shoesLines
Bathing suits,Leaders
T- ShirtsTippet
Sandals or walking shoes ( Barefoot is good)Flies
Rain jacket (an occasional cold squall will roll though or the boat spray may chill you to the bone!)Nippers
Bug repellent (for dead clam days or evenings)Pliers/forceps
Sunglasses (polarized with lanyard)



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