SALTWATER   >   MEXICO
ASCENSION BAY - CASA BLANCA LODGE

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Casa Blanca Lodge is located in the heart of one of the best saltwater fly-fishing locations on the planet. For those who want to catch Permit on fly, there is no better place to spend a week, or a month, in pursuit of these fish. Combine the world’s best permit fishery with extensive Bonefish and Tarpon habitat and you end up with the ideal location for anglers in search of the saltwater fly-fishing Grand Slam.

Casa Blanca has a sister-lodge, Playa Blanca Lodge, situated ten miles away, in a very remote and isolated location.

  • Season: all year round
  • Permit fishing at its best
  • Grand Slam capital of the world
  • Lagoon fishing for large Tarpon and Snook
  • Excellent wade fishing for Bonefish
  • Ideal for both first-time and experienced anglers
  • Private setting with evening fishing
  • Average temperatures: mid 20s to high 30s, fairly consistent due to its Caribbean location

Casa Blanca Lodge is ideally located, right on the southern shore of Ascension Bay, on the private island of Punta Pajerros. This means no long runs to the flats, it is just a matter of getting into the flats skiff and start fishing.

The Casa Blanca lodge offers an excellent array of Mexican cuisine and large, open and well appointed rooms. The pristine white sand beach makes the location ideal for non-fishing partners who like to read a book in the sun.

Accommodation at the lodge is in beautiful double or twin rooms that are spacious and well appointed with remarkable ocean views, air-conditioning and tiled floors. Casa Blanca has ten seaside rooms and can accommodate twenty-two people comfortably.

In the open-air main lodge, you will find comfortable lounging chairs and a fully stocked bar. After a long day on the flats, recount your adventures to fellow anglers while sipping an ice-cold beverage and enjoying the daily selection of 'botanas' (snacks) prepared fresh every afternoon. After a shower, make your way to the dining room to enjoy the chef’s daily specialty.

The food at Casa Blanca rivals any of the best restaurants on the Mayan Riviera. The menu places emphasis on fresh, creative and skillfully prepared dishes with a Yucatan flare, presented to please your eye as well as your palate. All meals are served in the lodge’s waterfront dining room, at beautifully set tables, by professionally trained staff.

Breakfast is a favorite meal at Casa Blanca. The table is always set with strong coffee and fresh squeezed O.J., platters of assorted tropical fruits and cereals). The chefs are happy to prepare any breakfast dish to order, from pancakes and French toast to scrambled eggs and omelettes and will accommodate any special dietary requirements.

For anglers heading out to a full fishing day, an extensive lunch buffet is prepared each morning. Selections change daily, and include assorted sandwich makings, salads, shrimp and fish dishes, fruit, cookies, chips, etc.

Guests staying in for the day or participating in non-angling activities may choose from a lunch of their choice served in the dining room, or a tailor-made picnic basket to be enjoyed outdoors.

Each afternoon after guests return from fishing, the chef prepares tasty appetizers to pair with a cold beer or cocktail. The acclaimed dinners are three-course meals taken from the chef’s revolving menu. Everything is made from scratch daily, from bread and specialty salsas to soups and desserts.

Fly Odyssey runs hosted trips to the Casa Blanca each April. We can arrange bespoke travel or a combination trip with the nearby Campeche and Isla Holbox for tarpon fishing or the Riviera Maya for those wanting to combine the fishing with a family holiday.

For the non-fisher, activities range from snorkelling, kayaking, cycling, hiking/walking along the beaches and eco-tours or simply go for a swim and relax on the beach.

Casa Blanca is remote but not disconnected. The main lodge has wireless Internet for guest use. There is no regular telephone service, but satellite phones are available for a small fee.

Casa Blanca is a unique lodge located in the heart of one of the best saltwater fly-fishing locations on the planet. Situated one hundred miles to the south of Cancun and covering over eight hundred square miles, so Ascension Bay sticks out on the map.

For those who want to catch Permit on fly there is no better place to spend a week, or a month in pursuit of these fish. Combine the world’s best permit fishery with extensive bonefish and tarpon habitat and you end up with the ideal location for anglers in search of the saltwater fly fishing Grand slam.

Casa Blanca is an angler’s paradise. Situated on the northern tip of Punta Pájaros with immediate access to the prime fishing areas of Ascension Bay. The lodge is built right on the water, overlooking a beautiful flat visited daily by bonefish schools, Permit and Tarpon, which means that guests spend less time travelling to the fish. Some of the best fishing takes place right off the lighted pier after dark.

There are numerous perfect bonefish flats that dot the bay, and the Bonefish are also in large numbers typically two to four pounds in weight but larger specimens are present and caught weighing over six pounds. It is a great destination for fly-fishermen looking to experience the joys of wading the flats after these grey ghosts.

The permit water is endless, and the creek and river inlets in the back of the bay can keep a snook and tarpon fisherman busy for days. The expansive mangrove estuary of Ascension Bay, known as the Santa Rosa Lagoon, lies due west of Punta Pájaros. A massive system of linked small and medium lagoons, Santa Rosa is an important area to the ecosystem, harbouring and nurturing juvenile fish and other sea-life. Fishing is endless in this beautiful backcountry. There is an impressive number of juvenile Tarpon, some up to fifty pounds, as well as some of the area's larger Bonefish specimens, Barracuda and Snook. Santa Rosa offers excellent protection from the wind and is a great option for those tougher days on the flats. Santa Rosa is also a wonderful place for wildlife viewing, home to amazing birds like the Boat-Billed Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Reddish Egret, Tiger Heron, and Pygmy Kingfisher.

A typical day starts with breakfast around 7:00am and then ready to leave the lodge with your guides (all of whom speak good English) and gear for an 8:00am start from the quay. Fishing grounds can be anything from a ten to forty-five minute run.

Casa Blanca Lodge uses 16-foot Dolphin Super-Skiffs, smaller and considerably more maneuverable than the traditional pangas used elsewhere in Mexico. The skiffs also have a lean bar capability for added stability. VHF radio and all safety kit is onboard along with well maintained engines to ensure fishing guests' safety.

Much of the fishing is from skiffs depending on the target fish, however there are plenty of opportunities to walk and wade.

A packed lunch is provided along with soft drinks. Most of the fishing is with fly but there are plenty of chances for spinning if that's what you prefer.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.

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