PUNTA ALLEN, MEXICO

PESCA MAYA

PERFECTLY SITUATED FOR PURSUING THE “BIG THREE.”

PESCA MAYA IN 60 SECONDS.

THE FISHING:

Pesca Maya is certainly no secret. But it’s a favorite destination for one very good reason: Diversity. Good numbers of the “big three” flats species can be found throughout the vast fishery. As a result, Pesca Maya is a great place for both beginners and experienced anglers alike.

WHERE: Boca Paila lagoon near the town of Punta Allen.

HOW: Fly to Cancun, Mexico. Transfer to lodge by van.

DOCUMENTS: Valid passport. No Visa required.

CAPACITY: Up to 8 anglers per week

TARGET SPECIES: Bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook.

THE LODGE:

Pesca Maya has recently undergone a number of renovations that have significantly upped the quality of the accommodations and overall experience. Everything is clean, comfortable and tastefully appointed. As you’ll see from the rates, Pesca Maya is also one of the best values in saltwater fly fishing.

THE STAFF:

The lodge and host staff are real pros. Pesca Maya sees a lot of anglers and, as testament to how well the operation is run, they see a lot of return anglers. The guide staff is very good. Some would argue the best in the area when it comes to finding different species throughout the fishing day.

WHAT DOES IT COST?

Tidehead services are always free. Always.
Our prices are the same prices as booking directly with the lodge. You never pay more.
  • Double Occupancy (2 Per Boat / 2 Per Room)
  • 3 Nights / 2 Days Fishing = $1,727.00
  • 4 Nights / 3 Days Fishing = $2,286.00
  • 5 Nights / 4 Days Fishing = $2,846.00
  • 6 Nights / 5 Days Fishing = $3,405.00
  • 7 Nights / 6 Days Fishing = $3,965.00
  • Single Occupancy (1 Per Boat / 1 Per Room)
  • 3 Nights / 2 Days = $2,148.00
  • 4 Nights / 3 Days = $2,912.00
  • 5 Nights / 4 Days = $3,677.00
  • 6 Nights / 5 Days = $4,442.00
  • 7 Nights / 6 Days = $5,207.00

ALL PRICES LISTED ARE PER PERSON. OTHER COMBINATIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE. PLEASE CONTACT TIDEHEAD FOR DETAILS.

PESCA MAYA IN DEPTH.

FISHING

AREA

Pesca Maya is located in the 1.3 million acre Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, one of the largest protected regions in the Mexican Carribean. Situated on a long, narrow strip of beach, the lodge is virtually surrounded by the waters of the Caribbean, the Boca Paila Lagoon and the legendary Ascension Bay.

Pesca Maya is ideally situated to chase all three major flats species and the occasional snook. The lodge boasts a good number of Grand Slams.

GUIDES/BOATS

As mentioned before, the guides at Pesca Maya are very good. They know how to play the tides and, because of the diversity of the fishery, can usually find fish even when the conditions are against them. Most speak decent English, or at least enough “fishing English.”

You should note that Pesca Maya operates with an “apprentice” system, where there is usually a senior and junior guide in the boat with you. The senior guide stands on the poling platform, while the junior guide stands with you on the casting deck to help spot fish and manage your fly line. This is a great system for beginners. For more advanced anglers, it takes some getting used to, but you quickly adapt.

The guides run 23-foot traditional Pangas with modern outboards. If you’re accustomed to technical poling skiffs, these boats may appear a little crude. However, they are very safe, comfortable and provide a clean, solid casting platform.

SPECIES

permit
tarpon
bonefish
snook

The bonefish here can be found in a variety of places and your guide can help you target them in the way you most prefer to fish. Beginning anglers can find smaller fish (1-2 pounds) in giant schools that are very willing to take a fly. More experienced anglers can target larger singles and pairs (2-4 pounds+) from the boat or wading.

Ascension Bay is an awesome place for permit. And the Pesca Maya guides love to hunt for them. Most fish are in the 10-pound range, with some real big boys pushing up to 25-30 pounds. Like all permit, they can be tough to feed. But when things go right, plenty of anglers stick permit on a regular basis.

While Pesca Maya does see some migratory tarpon activity, most of the fishing is centered around a strong resident population. You can find baby tarpon in the mangrove lagoons and larger resident fish (30-60 pounds) on the flats. It’s probably not a place you’d visit specifically for tarpon, but they’re certainly jumped on a regular basis.

Pesca Maya can produce some surprisingly good snook fishing. And some of them very large. Like most snook fishing, you’ll target them in and around the mangroves.

SEASONS

Bonefish – Year-round
Permit – Year-round. Peak Season is February-May.
Tarpon – Year-round
Snook – Year-round

ACCOMMODATIONS

LODGING

Pesca Maya has 11 rooms in 2 buildings, the Seaclusion House and Robinson House. All rooms are comfortable with private bathrooms and air conditioning.

They have recently finished construction on a large thatched-roof “Palapa.” This is the center of activity where everyone convenes to enjoy a few drinks and share stories after the fishing day.

The food and accommodations at Pesca Maya are both very good. Expect comfortable beds and fresh local ingredients.

FOOD AND DRINK

Meals are served home-style, with a breakfast buffet, box lunch on the boat and a daily changing dinner menu.

Breakfast: Eggs, pancakes, fruit of the season.

Box Lunch: 2 sandwiches per person plus a variety of snacks.

Dinner: Main course of fresh fish, steak, shrimp, lobster (seasonal) and chicken. Accompanied by soup, salad and fresh vegetables.

Purified water, sodas, beer, wine and simple cocktails like margaritas and rum & coke are included in the package. BYOB is perfectly fine, so feel free to stock up at the airport if you have specific liquor preferences.

AMENITIES

Aside from those amenities described above, Pesca Maya also offers:

Fly Shop (limited)
Wi-Fi
A/C in all rooms
Rental equipment
Snorkeling gear

TRAVEL

AIRPORTS

Flights arrive/depart Cancun International Airport. From there, Pesca Maya provides van transportation to the Lodge. The drive takes approximately 3 to 3-1/2 hours.

ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE

It is best to arrange flights that arrive into Cancun in the morning or early afternoon (before 2:00) to allow for ground transportation time. Likewise, departing flights should be scheduled for the afternoon.

DOCUMENTS

A valid passport is required to enter Mexico. Immigration and customs forms are given out on your flight prior to arrival.

Pesca Maya is literally surrounded by water, with the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Boca Paila Lagoon on the other.