Punta Allen – Ascension Bay

A trophy Permit at Ascension bay Mexico

Permit – Tarpon – Bonefish

SEASON: November – August
DURATION: 3 – 7 Night Packages
GUESTS: 6-8 Anglers

Punta Allen Fishing Club is an exclusive fly fishing Lodge in the heart of this bay, a 400 sq. miles (1036 sq. km) paradise within the Sian Ka’an reserve, designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

The Lodge is located just 50 meters from the beach, right in the heart of the lobster fishing village of Punta Allen, Ascension Bay. Ascension Bay is “the place” to fly fish for Permit, Tarpon, Bonefish, and Snook.

The Lodge is modern, built in the traditional Mexican stucco style with all the amenities. The food and service are excellent. Best yet, Punta Allen provides one guide per angler and can accommodate a max of 6 – 8 guests per week.

Fishing at Punta Allen – Ascension Bay

Atlantic Permit at Ascension Bay Mexico

Punta Allen is a sight-fishing paradise. 99% of the fishing is sight-fishing. Wading the flats is also a regular occurrence. When conditions are favorable, the hard bottoms allow Permit to be stalked. Making casts permit as close as 5 meters from your rod’s tip is not uncommon.

This means that you will see all the action; the fins, the follow and the eat.


Guest at Punta Allen fish from 23-25 ft. pangas, powered by a 40-60 hp engine and outfitted for flats fishing. They have a wide casting area on the flat bow and a poling platform at the back for sighting fish. In addition, the boats are equipped with radio, first aid, life jackets, and tagging tackles (tagging programs for grand slam fish).

We recommend 7wt, 8wt, or 9wt rods for bonefish. Include a 10wt for Permit and then a 12 wt for Tarpon.

Your reel needs to match your rod weight. Reel drag needs to be able to withstand significant runs & surges. Even the smallest bonefish is fast & will test your drag. Your reel should hold at least 150 yards of 20 lb. backing.

Related to rods and need to be W.F. floating lines and optional sinking line for Tarpon. Take an extra fly line just in case the first gets damaged.

Bonefish: 10 pounds and 12 pounds
Tarpon: 40 pounds shock tippet also 20 pound Shock tippet
Permit: 12 Pounds


big permit at Punta Allen Ascension Bay

Reasons to visit Punta Allen – Ascension Bay

Punta Allen is also a well-established ‘eco-friendly hotel’ meeting all standards to maintain & sustain a productive fishery. They also ask guests to help reduce the use of plastic bottles by bringing their own Yeti type (metal) water bottles.

Accommodation at Punta Allen – Ascension Bay

Although not located on the beach, the Lodge is very close. Guests can stroll through the village or walk along the beach, as both are only a short distance away. For non-fishing companions, The Lodge will arrange bicycles or eco-tours, and other activities are available.

The Lodge is well designed to accommodate your every need and includes six comfortable rooms with Italian-style bathrooms with a shower. Each room is equipped with either 2 x singles or 1 x king or queen size bed, a fan and air conditioning to keep you cool, and storage for clothing and gear.

Upstairs, under a traditional Mayan Palapa (the biggest in the village), you’ll find the restaurant, bar, and lounge complete with a fly-tying corner. This is the perfect place to share & swap fishing stories, enjoy a cocktail, and revel in the excellent home-cooked appetizers while resting on comfortable sofas and Mexican hammocks.

The food is incredible. 

Punta Allen is exceptionally proud of the quality of the cuisine on offer. Starting includes delicious fresh homemade fruit juices, pancakes, French toast, eggs (any style – Mexican, with bacon, fried, etc.), fruit salad, grilled bread, tea, coffee, chocolate, milk, marmalade, jelly, Mexican honey, and fresh fruit.

To keep your energy up while fishing, guests will take a picnic lunch for the days fishing, which usually includes salad (different each day), pasta, vegetable, potatoes, tomatoes, chips, sandwiches, fruit, biscuits, and excellent homemade cakes. At the end of your fishing day, delicious appetizers, such as empanadas, guacamole, and quesadillas, will be ready for your return, all served with loco nachos and cold beer.

Evening meals & Beverages:

Dinner will be ready at 19:00 and includes two courses. The chef and her assistant will treat you to delightful local Caribbean and Mexican specialties with a French and Italian touch. Freshly caught fish is the rule and is the high point of the menu and may include grouper, snapper in Tikinchic, lobster (in season), and shrimps al “Mojo de Ajo” paella, fish soup, and more.

Chicken fajitas or with mole (loco chocolate and spice sauce), Chili Rellenos, chile con carne, and last but not least, the barbecue/grill specialties which include “aranchera beef,” T-bone steak, sirloin, and fish. This is followed by ‘in season’ locally inspired homemade desserts, such as Pascale’s mango cakes and fabulous ‘crepes suzette.’

Purified water is used for cooking, drinking, and making ice, and all vegetables are washed before use. Also included are Caribbean cocktails and appetizers served at aperitif time (17:00 to 19:00), such as Margaritas, Pina Coladas and Ti-Punch.

Additional alcoholic beverages outside the aperitif (Mexican beer and wine) are not included. Two bottles of water per room are provided each day. Extra bottles of water will be provided if required.

Getting to the fishing


wade fishing the flats of ascension bay Mexico

All guests arrive in Cancun, and will be met by a professional transfer company representing the Lodge who will transport them to the Lodge. The transfer to Punta Allen Fishing Club is approximately three and a half hours by road. The journey is spectacular through the unspoiled Latin American countryside.

On the return journey to the airport, it may be possible (depending on your departure time) to stop for a visit to the Mayan ruin in Tulum or stop for some shopping in Playa del Carmen or Tulum. The additional cost for the stop will be around $30 per hour.

Itinerary for a 7-day package at Punta Allen – Ascension Bay

Day One: Upon arrival at Lodge, you’ll receive a warm welcome, get settled into your accommodation, and after dinner, enjoy a briefing on the fishing that awaits you.

Day 2 – day 7: Breakfast will be served at 07:30, then guests will depart for your fishing day at 08:00 with your guide and all preparations for a full day on the Vast Fishery. Due to the size of the Fishery, guests will be fishing in a different spot each day. Anglers usually return from fishing at 16:00/16:30, and bar services with aperitifs and appetizers are served from 17:00. Dinner will be ready at 19:00.

Day 8: Breakfast and departure for Cancun airport in time for your scheduled flight departure. If your departure flight is in the evening, we can arrange a stop on the way at Grand Cenotes, Playadel Carmen, or Tulum Mayan Ruins.

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Rates per angler sharing:

3-Night Package – $1,690

4-Night Package – $2,250

5-Night Package – $2,800

6-Night Package – $3350

7-Night Package – $3890

Rates Include

  • Round trip transfer from Cancun to Lodgeodge by privative Van.
  • Accommodation in a selected room with full board
  • Evening courtesy margaritas, beers, punch, and appetizer
  • Full fishing days with one boat and two guides for each pair of anglers (one guide and one assistant guide) for 8hrs
  • Internet wifi
  • Electricity 24hrs a day
  • Sian Ka’an permit and loco Mexican tourism tax
  • Fishing license

Rates Exclude

  • International airfare to Mexico
  • Tip for the guide (80/90 Usd per day per boat)
  • Tip for the staff (10/15 USD per day per person)
  • Extra alcoholic beverages (BYOB welcome)
  • Personal expenses & fishing tackle,
  • Laundry services,
  • Excursions

Extra Info

All U.S. and European citizens must have passports valid for at least 6 months after the return date of their trip.

Please also be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way.

No visa or inoculations are required for U.S. or European citizens. A Mexican departure tax is payable at the airport when leaving Mexico. Some airlines include this as a prepaid part of your ticket. Please check with your travel agent or carrier to verify this.

While basic travel insurance is included, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that clients purchase Global Rescue insurance.

Medical Evacuation
It is important that clients have adequate travel and medical insurance that includes Medical Evacuation from point of Injury. Global Rescue offers the most comprehensive and inclusive insurance.


The electrical current and plugs are the same as in the U.S. European & other customers will need a converter or adaptor.


The U.S. dollar is well accepted in Mexico, as is the Euro. Therefore, there is no need to exchange money.


Please note:  There are no banks or ATMs in Punta Allen. It would help if you planned to have enough cash to cover your expenses as part of your stay. Punta Allen does accept credit cards.

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