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Paul Procter again led 3 weeks of hosted trips to Mexico’s Ascension Bay in November 2017. Clients landed all the usual suspects including bonefish, permit, tarpon and snook…
November 2017 saw the Fly Odyssey carnival arrive in Punta Allen, Ascension Bay. Our home for the next three weeks was the conveniently located Casa Viejo Chac, right on the shores of this vast shallow Bay. The word was that although sunny skies greeted us, a nagging wind had been blowing in from the north for a week or so now. Obviously this chills surface temperatures, often making bonefish and permit that bit more moody.
With that our target species for the first few days were predators, namely snook and tarpon. At first, even these didn’t want to cooperated, but once we switched to smaller flies and shrimp imitations rather than the usual outlandish baitfish flies, it was business as usual. What was most intriguing is that even sharks seemed more responsive to 2-inch long shrimp patterns rather than the more usual 6-inch deceivers etc.
Come the afternoon on most days, with a beating sun warming up the flats, good numbers of bonefish moved into the shallows. The whole group enjoyed some of the best sight fishing imaginable for these elegant, yet turbo charged creatures. Decent sized Jack crevalle too were finding their way onto the flats to plunder shoals of sardines and other small fish. These aggressive fish are great value for money, providing many of the group with plenty of memorable encounters.
A blip in the weather by way of a storm front, scuppered our plans for a couple of days then back to sunny conditions and better still, zephyr like breezes. Suddenly the flats exploded into life with permit on the lips of many Guides. Reputed as perhaps one of the ficklest species in tropical seas they’re hard to get on terms with. Several of our party recorded modest sized permit, with the odd specimen that raised eyebrows too. I was fortunate to tangle with an exceptional fish late one afternoon.
The groups were made up of those returning from previous trips and raw beginners. As ever, I’m envious of first timers coming into this environment as the learning curve is steep. Granted they might not always make every cast count and by their own admission, a fair few bust off on the sheering runs of bonefish. However, they all returned with a beaming smile on their face at the end of each day’s Mexican adventures!
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Paul Procter Dec 2017