While Ascension Bay undoubtedly is an incredible fishery with loads of opportunity, it takes the right guides coupled with a unique approach to realizing its tremendous potential. By cultivating a group of guides that are hands down the best in the region, The Palometa Club has designed a fishing program unlike any of our competition on Ascension or Espiritu Santo Bays. Whether you have fished the saltwater all your life or even visited one of the other lodges in the area – be prepared to witness an entirely different and vastly more productive style of flats fishing.
The Club uses one guide for each angler (2 anglers and 2 guides per boat). This is not to be confused with one proper guide and one “apprentice guide” that serves as a boat driver. Each angler gets their own experienced guide dedicated to ensuring no fishing time or opportunities are wasted and all anglers are guaranteed one on one instruction. Having two guides provides multiple sets of eyes scanning for the next target. One guide will wade with the angler while the other guide will remain on the poling platform, managing the boat, keeping an eye on the school, and choreographing your approach for the best presentation. There are also scenarios where both anglers and both guides bailout of the boat to chase larger schools, thus getting everyone in the action at once.
We prefer to wade fish to all species when possible – including permit. The majority of the areas fished for bonefish and permit on Ascension Bay are shallow with a hard bottom of sand or turtle grass making for practical wading. There are many skinny flats for permit, and dozens of ankle-deep bays and beaches loaded with tailing bonefish.
Wading is one of the signature traits of our techniques on permit unique to perhaps any other operation in the Caribbean. Don’t be surprised when you see your guide push you out of the boat and has you wading to your armpits! This may seem awkward at first, but we have proven bailing out of the boat allows anglers to stealthily enjoy lengthier encounters with multiple shots. Fishing from the boat in the deep water is not altogether uncommon, but normally only allows for one presentation before the fish spook.
Ascension Bay is huge! Its size and pristine habitat is what makes it such a reliable and rested fishery. At the same time, its size can also make for lengthy and bumpy boat runs. Palometa Club runs traditional Mexican Panga boats with comfortable seating, poling platforms, customized rod storage, and a nice casting deck. Unlike smaller flats skiffs, pangas make the run on choppy days across the bay manageable and still access the skinniest of flats.
Inclusions: Rates based on double occupancy, unless otherwise outlined in your paperwork. Weekly rate includes roundtrip transportation from Cancun, room with two beds, all meals, guide service, hosted happy hour with drinks (margaritas, beer, local rum drinks) and appetizers, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Non-inclusions: Gratuities, fishing tackle and flies, laundry service, eco-tours, and alcoholic beverages outside of Happy Hour (BYOB welcome).
Teton Valley Lodge will provide you with two options in regards to flies and tackle.
- We will provide you with the necessary flies, leaders, and tippet for the trip. You will be given a price for this package.
- We can give you a list of suggested tackle and you will be responsible for it.
Cancellations and Refunds: Payments are refundable only if a replacement is provided or found for the canceling party. Payments are non-transferable. Refunds of deposit/payments made on a credit card will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Teton Valley Lodge for bank charges incurred.