SALTWATER   >   MEXICO
GRAND SLAM LODGE

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Grand Slam Lodge provides acess to the great fly fishing destination of Ascension Bay, Mexico. Known widely as the 'Grand Slam Capital' of the world, there is no place you would rather go to try and tempt a Bonefish, a Tarpon and a Permit all on the same day.

To stop a Bonefish which is speeding across the flat, then land the acrobatic Tarpon, and finally tempt a Permit, the most fussy fish of them all—this is the ultimate achievement in saltwater fly fishing.

  • Season: all year round
  • Outstanding permit fishery
  • Ideal for both first-time and experiecned anglers
  • Huge range of fish species available: Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Jacks, Barracuda
  • Close to Sian Kaan Biosphere, ideal for non-fishing tours
  • Average temperatures: mid 20s to high 30s, fairly consistent due to its Caribbean location

The Grand Slam Lodge is located on the beach front in the small fishing village of Punta Allen, about a hundred miles south of Cancun, in theprotected eco biosphere of Sian Ka’an.

Facing the Carribean Ocean, the lodge offers one of the best locations for a fishing holiday in the Yucatan. The lodge is without doubt one of the finest you can stay in and it provides a professionally run and managed fishing and guiding programme for anglers wanting to fish the unspoilt waters of Ascension Bay and beyond.

Accommodation is in one of the six beach front villas. Each villa has two separate rooms featuring contemporary interiors. The ground floor unit has two king-size beds, an ocean-view Jacuzzi, and a wrap-around deck with lounge chairs and a hammock. The second level bedroom also has two king-size beds, a living area, and a balcony with a hammock. In addition, there are personal rod racks for each fisherman to store their gear and equipment. Each room has a safe for valuables, 24-hour electricity and hot water and no noisy generators at night. There is a flat screen satellite TV, DVD, wifi internet connection, an ipod docking station for music and a mini bar.

Dining at the lodge is in the Kai restaurant where the head chef uses fresh local ingredients. Every night, you will have a choice of locally caught fish or lobster, steak and other options. After a long day's fishing, you won't go hungry! There is aslo an area to relax with soft chairs where you can watch the ocean.

You can dine inside, in the dining-room, or outdoors on the covered deck overlooking the sea. There is no set time for meals and no buffets at Kai Restaurant— you can eat at the time which suits you and enjoy cooked-to-order meals served to you by the waiters.

Breakfast is from 6:30am to 10:00am and dinner is served from 5:30pm to 9:00pm. Breakfast can be a choice of fresh tropical fruits, cereals and pastries or you can choose to order a big cooked breakfast to start your day.

Fishermen will have a packed picnic lunch with soft drinks and snacks. For non-fishers and lodge guests the restaurant will serve lunch.

The kitchen team will do their best to accommodate any special dietary requirements.

The lodge also has a well stocked bar that is staffed from 3:00pm to 10:00pm where you can enjoy local Mexican beers and a range of spirits.

The lodge facilities include a swimming pool or you can also swim in the sea.

For the non-fisher, activities range from snorkelling, walking along the beach to guided eco tours in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve.

WIFI is available at the Grand Slam Lodge.

Ascension Bay, in Mexico, is the flats' fly fishing dream. Known widely as the 'Grand Slam Capital' of the world, there is no place you would rather go to try and tempt a Bonefish, a Tarpon and a Permit all on the same day!

Ascension Bay is a year round fishery. Yet it is the Permit and Bonefish that make this place extraordinary. There is an abundance of Permit on the flats and getting one of these fish to eat your fly will test your fly fishing skills to the limit. This is what saltwater fly fishing is all about.

Good flats fishing is just minutes from the lodge; the best spots are a twenty to forty minutes by boat. The diversity of species in the bay allows guests to enjoy fishing for Bonefish, Permit, Snook, Tarpon and Jacks along with Barracuda and Snapper.

The Bonefish are also in large numbers typically between two and four pounds in weight but larger specimens up to six pounds and more are present and can be caught. Tarpon of thirty pounds are not rare in the region and Permit are typically in the ten to fifteen pounds bracket, with even larger fish being a possibility. It is a great destination for fly-fishermen looking to experience the joys of wading the flats after these grey ghosts.

All fishing in the biosphere reserve is 'Catch-and-Release'. For fishing diversity, we can range north to Boca Paila Lagoon and south to Espiritu Santo Bay on request.

A typical day starts with breakfast around 7:00am and you are then ready to leave the lodge with your guides—all of whom speak good English— and gear for an 8:00am start from the beach side dock. Fishing grounds can be anything from a ten-minute to a forty-five-minute run. However, the lodge is not too prescriptive on these times, as long as we are back on the beach before sunset, in keeping with the Biosphere regulations. If you want to come back at lunchtime and take a break you can do, or hif you would like to ave a lie in and start later in the day, you can too as the fishing times are not rigid.

The Grand Slam Lodge uses the traditional Panga skiffs which are stable and perfectly suited to the Ascension Bay waters. If the wind gets up the Pangas handle the choppy water well and make for a fast smooth and comfortable ride. VHF radio and all safety kit is on-board along with well maintained engines to ensure fishing guests' safety. There are two guides to two anglers, so you will be well looked after.

There is also a centre console game boat that can take you into deeper bluewater if you fancy a change and want some big game fishing.

We would advise anglers to bring all the equipment and gear they need; rods reels lines and flies wading boots clothing and polarized sunglasses flies and terminal tackle etc. However, the lodge has some demo and rental rods available, but tackle in the area is limited. The lodge also has a basic selection of flies, leaders and tippet for sale in their small gift and tackle shop. Please let us know if you want to use the gear from the lodge so that we can make sure that what you need will be available.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.

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Passport with minimum six months validity.

Take a direct flight to Cancun airport. From Cancun, transfer to the lodge is by road. Transfer time varies from three to six hours depending on the road condition between Tulum and Punta Allen.
If the access road (a forty-kilometre stretch) to the lodge is in poor shape—which it can be, if there has been bad weather—the lodge will arrange for a boat transfer. There are also options for private helicopter transfer to the lodge.

Please note that an exit tax is due on leaving Cancun.

The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for Fly Odyssey Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

  1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
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  3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.

1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Fly Odyssey Ltd.

OVERSEAS BOOKINGS

Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305
Email: enquiries@flyodyssey.co.uk

CHALK STREAMS BOOKINGS

Contact: Gilly Bate
Tel: +44 01730 825626
Mob: +44 (0)7817 304232
Email: g.bate@flyodyssey.co.uk

AUSTRALIA BOOKINGS

Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816
Email: j.laverty@flyodyssey.com.au