Ascension Bay Bonefish Club
The ClubAscension Bay Bonefish Club is a small, private house virtually at the water’s edge. Bedrooms are large and airy, with overhead fans and electricity. A full bathroom with hot-water shower is standard for each bedroom. Some are en suite while others are located just across a narrow hallway. Screened windows provide views of the Caribbean and garden as well as cross ventilation. A combination lounging-dining room and its adjoining patio are the natural focal points of the lodge.
MealsTraditional breakfasts, with some local flair, consist of cereal, eggs, bacon, ham, juices, toast and coffee. Box lunches are prepared for the fishing days and typically include sandwiches, fruits, desserts, ice water and other beverages. Varied meals served family style (both American dishes and local Caribbean / Mexican favorites) are tasty, healthy and always ample. They include fresh meats, seafood, chicken, vegetables, fruits and delicious desserts including the famous flan and homemade pies. Bottled water is used for drinking and ice.
GuidesAny fishing lodge is only as good as its guide staff. We are very proud of our guides and their knowledge and mastery of this intricate fishery. The ABBC guides have studied these waters for years and have learned well. Our fishing successes and repeat customers attest to the knowledge and professionalism of the ABBC guide staff. ABBC uses two guides per boat. One senior guide handles the poling and the other stands with the angler to point out the fish. Both guides are constantly probing the flats for fish so that our anglers actually have two experienced pairs of eyes in addition to there own.
BoatsWe utilize 21' custom fiberglass boats that have plenty of storage and a clean front area with a very stable casting platform. While not glitzy, your impression of them will be elevated as you experience the simple functionality and productive results these crafts allow us. Boats are like custom tied flies, some are designed to hook fisherman, some just to hook fish.
Permit FishingThe most powerful highlight of fishing with us is our expertise at fishing for Permit on the fly. Permit are the saltwater equivalent of the Steelhead or Atlantic Salmon for the fly fisherman. They take some skill, persistence and a little luck, but once hooked the rewards run long and deep into the backing of your reel and your memory.
Ascension Bay acts as a nursery and giant feeding grounds for Permit. Because of the consistent depths and incredibly rich waters, the population and size of the fish are unequaled in the world. Many fishermen catch their first Permit at ABBC. Still others catch them over 30 pounds each season. In fact, Winston Moore, a world-class fly fisherman, has been very successful with us including catching and releasing a fish over 40 pounds in back-to-back years.
|My two sons and I have been going on trips booked by Mary since 1996. Since then, we’ve been to New Zealand, Ascension Bay and flats fishing in the Florida Keys. Every trip has been an incredible experience; the itineraries and choices of lodges and accommodations perfect for us. We are grateful to Angler’s Passport for all the help we’ve been given over the years and look forward to taking many more trips.”|
|Dr. Joe Duvall|
At ABBC, we love to wade for most of our Permit. Here the guides will help you out of the boat into waste deep, hard bottom flats and wade with you right into the perfect casting position. With single fish or small schools, the other guide and angler will stay in the boat and monitor the movements of the fish for the caster. On the bigger schools, both anglers will get out and literally corral the fish, giving you shots at double hook ups. While fishing from the boat is preferred and/or necessary, anglers can take turns at shots from the generous casting platform of our custom skiffs. Also, a private boat can be arranged for the week at an additional cost. This must be done at the time of booking.
Permit may be the big game, but Bonefish is still our middle name. There are seemingly endless flats that stretch from ABBC for over a dozen miles southward. Most of these flats are hard packed white sand and provide easy wading and the perfect backdrop for spotting the elusive Bonefish. Some of the other flats are carpeted with turtle grass and dotted with mangrove shoots. These food rich Bonefish havens are best fished from one of our shallow-draft skiffs. The various flats have many little mangrove islands that act as nice wind breaks.
BonefishThe Bonefish most often travel in schools, sometimes multiple schools on the same flat. These schools show themselves as areas of “nervous water” as they push over the flat. Even more exciting is the flash of shiny tails waving as they feed their way across the rich marl… perfect shallow water targets for a delicately presented fly.
Bonefish of Ascension Bay are very plentiful and are most often larger than in other areas of the Yucatan. However, unlike our Permit, they will never be contenders for the IGFA record books. Typical Bonefish are between two and three pounds, with some fish three to five pounds and just a handful in the five to eight pound category.
Other speciesAlthough Tarpon are not as plentiful as in some other tropical waters, they are here, and provide some very exciting and acrobatic action. Fall is your best chance at them, however they are present the entire season. Most are baby Tarpon from 15 to 30 pounds with a few monster fish at over 80 pounds hooked each season.
The reclusive Snook are present in many areas of the bay. These are hard brawling fish that when not jumping, are hard to keep away from the mangroves.
The most overlooked player on the flats is the Barracuda. He is a very flashy fighter who will streak over to crush your fast moving fly, and will then leap all over the place trying to get rid of it.
Another angling diversion is to fish along the immense barrier reef that protects Ascension Bay from the Caribbean. Casting to a wide array of hungry creatures is a great afternoon sport.
Interested in the Grand Slam or the Super Slam? ABBC is the place to try for a Grand Slam (Permit, Bonefish and Tarpon caught in one day) or even a Super Slam (the above plus Snook).