La Pescadora Brochure
World Class Permit Fishing
While there are plenty bonefish, many anglers come here to target permit
The guides are hand picked locals who are serious permit hunters, and you should have strong permit fishing opportunities whether you’re new to saltwater fishing or an experienced angler. You will start each morning by walking 50 feet from your cabin to your panga to begin your day of fishing.
October and November can often be fantastic in Ascension Bay
The typical wind direction pushes more water into the Bay during this time of year. This allows for larger permit to access the shallows and the inland lagoons. Water temps are also cooling off after the heat of summer, so hungry bonefish invade the flats in strong numbers. Lingering migratory tarpon can be found around the rivers and mangroves, and the snook start to show themselves once again as the water cools. It is common to experience periods of beautiful sunny days, moderate breezes, and low winds during the fall months. Rain systems 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.
March, April, May, and June are peak season for fishing the area
Book well in advance if you want to fish during the Spring! It is generally accepted that this time of the year the weather is most conducive to fly fishing, with a lot of sun and manageable winds. However, sometimes heavy winds and rain can be a factor, especially during the early part of the spring.
This is a great time of the year to focus on permit, as you can often find the large schools of smaller permit and the larger fish around the points, creeks, ocean flats, and coral heads. While the snook are not as accessible as the water temps rise, the juvenile tarpon are active in the mangroves creeks around the Boca.
Lodging and Accommodations
Four double occupancy cabins flanking the two story main lodge
The entire structure overlooks an oceanside turtle grass flat. Each cabin has a private bathroom, plenty of shelving and storage for your gear and clothing, two full-sized beds, screened windows, reading lights, a ceiling fan, air conditioning units, and a small deck with a hammock. You will find the open-air bar and dining area a perfect social setting for meals and post-fishing beverages. The lodge deck also has two sitting areas for appetizers and meals. The landscaped grounds consist of white sand and indigenous trees that provide a nice aesthetic reminder of the natural beauty of the Yucatan peninsula. The lodge offers Wi-Fi and a computer for guests. Some U.S. cell phones may work north of Tulum (Cancun and Playa del Carmen) but once you enter the Biosphere, cell service is very spotty.
All meals are prepared by local chefs in a new, professional grade kitchen. You will find dinners to be a blend of authentic Mayan, Caribbean, and American cuisine. Breakfast choices include fresh fruit, eggs, meats, and pancakes, with the lodge’s traditional Huevos Rancheros the specialty of the house. Your cooler fishing lunch is typically packed with sandwiches, fruit, cookies, crackers and cold beverages. All meals may be customized to your specific dietary needs and requests. The small bar is well-stocked with a variety of liquors, wines, sodas, mixers, ice cold local beers.
- Guides: They usually utilize a head guide as well as a young apprentice in each panga. This formula helps very much when wading with two fishermen, as each angler will have his or her own personal wade guide. When learning to cast or searching for fish, one guide poles and the other is often-times with the angler on the casting platform. Please note that this two-guide program does not apply to summer months or to trips booked under special discount rates.
- Boats and Equipment: Boats used by the lodge are 23-foot Mexican super pangas that can accommodate two fishermen, a guide, and (most of the time) 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 rods available, and the guides will have limited tackle and some flies. We do recommend that guests travel with their own gear and flies.
- Travel Information: Arrive in Cancun no later than 4 pm. To catch shuttle and make it to the lodge in 3 hours. Don’t book flights leaving Cancun any earlier than 12 noon or the shuttle leaving the Lodge leaves too early for a comfortable morning. You don’t want to be “that” guy that has a 8:30 am departure, you may be paying your own shuttle back. $400. The driving portion of the transfer is around two hours. The remainder 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, you may be transferred by van directly to the Lodge, which makes the total time from Cancun approximately four hours. While La Pescadora does prefer Saturdays as a travel or transfer day, you may arrive or depart any day of the week.
- Documents Required: All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. No visas or inoculations are required for U.S. citizens. A Mexican departure tax is payable at the airport when leaving Mexico. Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket.
- Travelling with minors: If you are planning on traveling with minors, remember that all children 18 years of age or younger entering Mexico accompanied by only one parent or legal guardian must have a notarized letter of consent from the other parent stating the child/children have his/her permission to enter the country. Single parents need a notarized documentation of divorce decree or death certificate of spouse. Minors unaccompanied by either parent require a notarized letter of consent signed by both parents. Please visit the US Embassy in Mexico Website for more information.
Suggested Gear List:
- Copy of passport
- Wallet / Cash/ Cell Phone/chargers/computer
- Fly Rods
- Fly Reels
- Leaders – 6 of 9’ 0x Fluorocarbon
- Leaders – 2 Tarpon Leaders 60 lb. shock tippet
- Tippet – 1 spool 0x Fluoro , and 6 pieces of 40, 60 and 80 lb. shock
- Pliers – needle nose or hemostats with wire cutter.
- Fanny pack for wading flats (to carry flies, water bottle etc when walking away from boat on the flats.
- Wading booties for saltwater. (look online and 30 to 60$ for a pair)
- Wading socks – pair of old socks. To keep feet from rubbing if they get soar. I usually don’t wear socks, but if you get a sore spot, they are good to have.
- Snorkel gear – fun if the weather is good to go to the reef and check stuff out.
- Long pants – thin quick drying stuff to cover a sun burn if needed.
- Fishing shirts
- Rain coat – for boat ride
- Fishing or sun hat. – to keep the sun off face and ears
- UV Buff – covers face if needed – look online (optional item) sun screen will work.
- Flip flops or comfortable shoes
- Underwear / socks
- Polarized fishing glasses (extra pair)
- Optical cloth or cleaner
- Zip lock baggies (small sandwich size + 9 napkins) – for drying glasses off after wet rides
- Lip balm
- Bug spray –
- Camera and battery charging equipment.
- Waterproof boat bag or duffle for boat.
- First aid stuff, benadryl, itch balm, etc. Advil , Tylenol, vitamins, etc
- Toiletry Kit
- Travel Flash light – head lamp
- Note Pad / phone to make journal entry of each day.