Casa BlancaThe area surrounding Casa Blanca is wild, virtually uninhabited and extraordinarily beautiful. There are miles of shallow bays, secluded mangrove-rimmed lagoons, white sandy beaches and dense coastal jungle.
The lodge itself is perched on the tip of a narrow coastal island on the southern edge of Ascension Bay. It also happens to be in the center of one of the world’s largest protected wild areas, the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. This pristine reserve covers over 1.5 million acres and completely surrounds Casa Blanca. Sian Ka’an has also been designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site.
The reserve contains 22 registered archaeological sites. Two of these are just down the beach from the lodges. Both have small “late” Mayan temples, which are believed to have been built around 600 to 900 A.D.
The abundance of marine and wild life is hard to imagine. You can see over 325 species of birds, from hummingbirds to the rare six -foot tall Jabiru, the world’s largest flighted bird. In the back of the bay are manatees. Four different marine turtles nest on the beaches. The species of fish in Ascension Bay and on the barrier reef are too numerous to name. Of course the main targeted species by fly-fishing guests are bonefish, tarpon and permit, the “trinity of the flats”, not to mention snook, snapper and barracuda.
Casa Blanca’s waters are inviting and rewarding for those of all skill levels. For fishermen new to the pursuit of flats species, there will be no shortage of willing and forgiving takers, and while the numerous bonefish of Ascension Bay average between 2 and 6 pounds, much larger and formidable specimens can be pursued by those anglers with more refined skills.
The permit is perhaps more prolific here than at any other flats destination in the world, a fact which accounts in large part to the lodge’s great success over the years. It isn’t unusual to have opportunities to cast to several dozen of these cagey fish in a single day, upping your odds of hooking one of them considerably. A fly-caught permit is an accomplishment.
The lodge is located on Punta Pajaros, on the southeastern corner of Ascension Bay. Here, at the mouth of the bay, you will find the lodge’s white buildings clustered amid the palms on a white sand beach protected by the nearby reef. It is as remote and pristine a location as you will find in this hemisphere, yet getting here is easy. A scenic fifty-minute flight along the Yucatan coast from Cancun and a short ferry run from the island’s airstrip puts you on the end of a pier with a margarita in hand and anticipation of the week’s fishing which is now within casting distance.