Palometa Club: Ascension Bay, Mexico

Almost sixty percent of the permit caught around the world each year are landed on the flats of Ascension Bay according to the IGFA. This is due to the numbers of fish present and the skills of the local guides. The newest resort in Punta Allen may be named for the Spanish word for permit, but there's so much more to this new destination than just this fish. This world renowned fishery is home to enough rod bending action to occupy many lifetimes. Add the palometa to the hordes of bonefish, tarpon, snook, jacks, and offshore species and it's easy to see why this fishery should be on your list of places to visit.


The lodge is run by the former managers of ABBC, Dick and Kaye Cameron. They applied their extensive knowledge of the Yucatan fishing experience when they built this new beachfront lodge. The Palometa Club can hold up to 12 guests in six comfortable rooms, each complete with air conditioning, fan, and hot shower. The lodge comes equipped with modern satellite phones, 24 hour power, and broadband wireless internet, so it's easy to remain in touch with the rest of the world. Both the in house staff and guiding staff came over with the Camerons when they opened. This translates to a high level of service unheard of for a new lodge. One of the region's best chefs prepares tasty local dishes and margaritas can be enjoyed at the popular outdoor bar.

Location, Location, Location

At the end of the road down the small peninsula that juts into Ascension Bay lies the sleepy town of Punta Allen. It's a scenic three hour drive from Cancun. This is the heart of the Sian Ka'an Biosphere, a 1.3 million acre preserve set aside in 1986. Sian Ka'an is Mayan for "Origin of the Sky." This remote preserve protects deserted beaches, tropical forests, mangroves, savannas, cenotes, coral reefs, and over 25 rarely visited Mayan ruins. Approximately 300 species of birds and exotic wildlife inhabit this tropical wilderness. World class snorkeling or a trip down the ancient Mayan canals to seldom seen ruins is right out your front door.


There are productive turtle grass flats right in front of the lodge and also a huge protected lagoonbehind the lodge. The lodge is part of a "cooperativo" permit that allows them access to all of the waters from the famous Boca Paila lagoon to the north down to the Yucatan's last frontier of Espiritu Santo Bay. Unlike other lodges in the area, they can go anywhere! The guide staff is comprised of the region's premier guides and there are two in each boat! What does all this mean? It means that you could spend the rest of your angling life pursuing a Super Slam with amazing guides and never have to fish the same flat twice, unless of course you wanted to!

Bonefish are plentiful year round and average between 2-4 lbs. Catching numerous bonefish in a day is not uncommon. Given the lodge's fishing permits, flats protected from the wind are always available. Permit are plentiful year round as well and can reach up to 40 lbs! The lodge's guides are experts at locating and catching these elusive fish. New flats are being discovered all the time! Baby tarpon are found in the back reaches of the bay and are numerous in the 5-20 lb range. Snook are found in these far reaches of the bay and the fishing can be great, especially in the fall for fish up to 15 lbs. The lodge also does fish the reef just minutes from the lodge for dorado, jacks, wahoo, barracuda, and a host of other species


All week long packages include transportation to and from the airport in Cancun, all meals, happy hour cocktails and wine with dinner. They do not include guide and staff gratuities or any extra liquors.

7 nights / 6 fishing days $3200 per person
Non-fishing package $1800 per week
Daily Rate $535 (2 night min.) - All based on double occupancy. Transportation to/from Cancun is not included.