Ascension 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.
The most powerful highlight of fishing with ABBC is their 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.
Permit may be the big game, but Bonefish is still in their 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 the shallow-draft skiffs. The various flats have many little mangrove islands that act as nice wind breaks.
What really separates the fishery at ABBC from most of the Caribbean is its vast diversity. Sure you will spend the majority of your time chasing Bonefish and Permit, but it is nice to options and lots of them.
TARPON: Although Tarpon are not as plentiful as in some other tropical waters, they are here, and provide some very exciting and acrobatic action. Summer and Fall are your best chances 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.
SNOOK: 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.
BARRACUDA: 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.
JACKS: Jack Crevalle to be more precise. These brawlers would be considered a premier gamefish if it were not for their tendency to slam the first thing that hits the water near them or even right on top of them.
Getting there… Fly to Cancun, Mexico where the English speaking driver with sign will meet you right outside of customs. You will be driven down the club in a private van with just ABBC guests. If your schedule requires you to arrive a day early and overnight in Cancun, our driver will pick you up from your hotel before the airport stop sometime between 9:30am and noon. The shuttle company will call your hotel to confirm the actual time with you the night before. The English speaking driver will be happy to stop along the way for you to purchase refreshments or specialized alcohol. Please note that ABBC only has beer, wine and margaritas on hand at the club in somewhat limited quantities.
Bedrooms are large and airy, with overhead fans, A/C and 24 hour 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 or close them down an enjoy the A/C.
Breakfasts are American with some local flair and 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 best described as local Caribbean / Mexican favorites. These are simple, but are tasty dishes 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.
ABBC utilizes 23′ custom fiberglass boats [pangas] that have plenty of rod 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.
Any fishing lodge is only as good as its guide staff. The guides are very proud of their knowledge and mastery of this intricate fishery. The ABBC guides have studied these waters for years and have learned well. The perenial fishing successes and the great number of 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 anglers actually have two experienced pairs of eyes in addition to there own.