Ascension Bay

Ascension Bay / Mexico

Only 90 miles south of Cancun lies the spectacular Ascension Bay. Located within the protected biosphere reserve, it offers an endless series of flats in wadeable crystal clear water, as well as mangrove lagoons, channels and reefs. These are all home to large numbers of bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, barracudas, jacks, snappers, grouper and others. Its hard white sand flats provide ideal wading for bonefish.

Pesca Maya fishing lodge itself was established in 1996.

The Fishing:

If you are looking for good flats fishing, without a doubt the world famous Bocapaila and Ascension Bay flats are an ideal choice. Both can be fished from Pesca Maya Lodge. Bocapaila lagoons are only a short distance from Ascension Bay.

Wind protection is one of the great advantages of this area. There are always protected flats or lagoons where one can see and cast at the various species.

Ascension Bay is well known for it’s endless wading flats, mangrove lagoons, channels and coral reefs. Pesca Maya is located right on the northern side of the bay, having access to over 100,000 acres of flats, some wadeable, and some soft that require a boat. But all are home to dozens of bonefish.

Permit inhabit the flats and may be found in channels, and on deeper flats that have lots of crabs, shrimp, worms and minnows. Permit also follow tides. In shallow water singles or doubles can be found; in deeper water they tend to swim in schools. Permit seem to run with fish of similar age groups and sizes. Permit have been observed moving with the wind, cruising in from deep water onto the flats to feed. They move fast and with purpose, and you can see them coming from far away!

Fishing for Tarpon at Pesca Maya can be divided into two categories: Baby Tarpon (up to 30lbs), and Medium Tarpon (from 30 to 80lbs). In the waters of Ascension Bay, you can find schools of Baby and Medium Tarpon lurking in the mangrove areas.

Like tarpon, Snook like being around brackish water. Snook are always found under cover so that they can attack wayward wandering minnows. They can be very aggressive, attacking the fly with vigour, as distinct from bonefish, permit or tarpon.

Jacks can be found anywhere on the flats. Unlike many of the other species, they will attack anything they can get their mouth around.

The Programme:

We have packages for all preferences. Any angler can choose to stay from one day up to a week or more. You can arrive any day that you wish during the week. The packages include transportation from and to Cancún airport (about 90 miles distant).


Pesca Maya Lodge is located in a solitary white sand beach, with turquoise water and a magnificent coral reef at 90 yards from the beach. The Lodge has 13 air conditioned rooms (10 of which have an ocean view), a main Palapa, which is the centre of its activities, Restaurant, Bar and a Fly-Shop. Ascension Bay is located 3 hours drive south of Cancún


Ascension Bay offers year round fishing for bonefish, permit, jacks, barracuda and snappers. The best season for tarpon is April through October and for snook, November through March.

Rates – 2019:

Rates are available for different duration packages. The rate for the 7 Nights/6 Day Package is from US$4,163/person, shared basis.

Included: Airport transfers on arrival and departure; 7 nights shared air-conditioned double room; 6 full days’ guided fishing with shared panga; Full Board including wines, local spirits and cocktails

Not Included: International Airfare; Fishing Tackle; Gratuities


A 50% trip deposit is required to hold your reservation. Full payment is due 60 days prior to travel.

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