Quick Facts

  • Price: 7 Night / 6 Days Fishing based on shared room / boat is $4050
  • Fish Species: Permit, Tarpon, Bonefish, Snook
  • Seasonality: January – July
  • Location: Punta Allen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Yucatan Peninsula – Mexico

The Palometa Club is located in Punta Allen, Mexico, on the northern shores of Ascension Bay. Guests fly commercially to Cancun (CUN) and are escorted by ground and water transport approximately three hours to the lodge.

One of a kind 2-guide per boat program provides a 1 on 1 guide : angler ratio. Ascension Bay is arguably the world’s most consistent and reliable permit fishery, and Palometa Club guests have landed over 1000 permit in its short history. The bay and surrounding backcountry also offer year-round opportunity for bonefish, snook, tarpon, jack crevalle, barracuda, several species of reef fish and sharks.

Palometa Club is open January – September.  (Closed mid-September – December).

Fishing considered good whenever lodge is open, however there are idiosyncrasies to each month to consider.

Palometa Club is ideal for folks like enjoy the laid back and familial “mom and pop” atmosphere, and are serious about their fishing. If you are interested in targeting permit, there is no better fishery or guide team out there. If you are hoping for a grand slam kind of experience, Ascension Bay offers the best odds for all species including snook. Accommodations are not the Ritz, but are new, fresh, clean, and very well maintained – and the cuisine is absolutely over the top. Non-anglers are welcome guests, however there are not a ton of organized non-angling activities in the sleepy village of Punta Allen.

7 Night / 6 Days Fishing based on shared room / boat is $4050. Shorter packages available. Additional expenses include airfare to Cancun and recommended tip of $400/week. (See Rates for Details)

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“If you want to catch a permit on the fly, there is no question that you stand a better chance here than any place I know.” – Lefty Kreh

The Palometa Club is an American owned and operated boutique fishing lodge located on the famed flats of Ascension Bay on the Yucatan Peninsula. As the name implies, Palometa (local colloquial word for Permit) Club is tailor made for anglers in search of a specialized fishing trip targeting the most elusive and glorified of all saltwater species.

Palometa Club’s scientific and sophisticated approach to permit fishing techniques, tackle, and methodology is unmatched. Owners Dick and Kaye Cameron have assembled, hands down, the best crew of guides in the region (2 Guides and 2 Anglers Per Boat or 1 on 1 guide : angler ratio). While the brand and reputation for success is geared around permit, guides don’t neglect the other species of Ascension Bay that make the fishery so diverse. Bonefish, tarpon, snook, jacks, barracuda, sharks, and many other reef species are also available year round.

Opened in 2006, the lodge offers comfortable accommodations, a lively atmosphere, and incredible Mayan-Mexican cuisine. The Palometa Club is anything but a “fishing motel” – rather a laid back, comfortable, fun, old school fishing lodge in the purist form.

Destination Details

Destination Description

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Punta Allen, Mexico is located approximately three hours drive south of the international airport in Cancun. It is a quiet lobster fishing village south of the “Mayan Riviera” on a narrow peninsula at the northeastern point of the world famous Ascension Bay. The pavement ends in Tulum, and with it so does the hustle, crowds, and resort development in the hotel zone. This is the authentic, ecologically rich Yucatan Peninsula with dense tropical jungle and 1.3 million acres of the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site, and genuine old Mayan Mexico. It is a safe little corner of the Yucatan that is remote enough to remain pristine, but easily reachable in a half day with direct flights to Cancun from many U.S. portals including Dallas, Houston and Miami.

Palometa Club is one of the newest of the lodges located on Ascension Bay. In almost no time it has also quickly become the most respected. It is tailor made for anglers in search of a specialized fishing trip targeting the most elusive and glorified of all saltwater species – the permit. Of course they don’t neglect the other species of Ascension Bay that make the fishery so diverse; however as the name implies, Palometa (Mexican colloquial word for Permit) Club, has built a program that caters to dedicated permit enthusiasts. It is an American owned and operated establishment and the definition of a “mom and pop” operation with tremendous hospitality, comfortable accommodations, and a crew of revved up guides chomping at the bit to go chase the mighty palometa.

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The Fishing

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The lower Yucatan is known for offering one of the most species diverse saltwater fishing experiences available in the Caribbean. From shallow sandy flats to backcountry lagoons, it is a fishery that offers different styles of fishing for numerous species including bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, barracuda, jack crevalle and more. Palometa Club runs traditional Mexican Panga boats with comfortable seating, poling platforms, customized rod storage, and a nice casting deck. Unlike smaller flats skiffs, pangas make the run on choppy days across the bay manageable and still access the skinniest of flats.

Depending on the conditions and what species you are targeting, it may be possible to get out and wade skinny, hard, sandy flats for bones, pole and wade in a little deeper water for permit, or lurk the lagoons and backcountry mangroves for tarpon and snook. You also never know when you are going to run across a hungry cuda, a school of hard pulling jacks, or any myriad of other species such as tripletail, grouper, snapper – or even cobia. Ascension Bay has it all.

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OWNERS AND THE GUIDES

Experienced saltwater anglers know the difference between a great trip and a total disaster can often hinge on what type of experience and opportunity your guide can provide. Enter Kaye and Dick Cameron, the owner/operators of Palometa Club, and the former operations managers at the nearby Ascension Bay Bonefish Club. They have taken several years of experience on the bay, as well as a wonderful standing within the Punta Allen community to attract and employ an incredible guide staff. Palometa Club hangs their hat on not having a weak link on the guide staff – and anglers typically rotate throughout the roster of guides throughout the week.

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The Club uses one guide for each angler (2 anglers and 2 guides per boat). This is not to be confused with one proper guide and one “apprentice guide” that serves as a boat driver. Each angler gets their own experienced guide dedicated to ensuring no fishing time or opportunities are wasted.

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PERMIT

Palometa Club runs a program designed to target all of the different flats species available on Ascension Bay, but with a particular emphasis on targeting permit. Ascension Bay is known as perhaps the greatest permit fishery in the world, with 90+ square miles of sandy flats and isolated islands protected by a barrier reef along the eastern edge of the bay. It is a shallow and seemingly endless fishery that is chock full of perfect permit habitat. Encounters with huge schools of teenager, 5-12 pound permit are pretty much an everyday occurrence, and you will get your shots at the smarter and more solitary beasts up to twenty or thirty pounds. Dick Cameron recently landed a fish estimated at over 50 pounds! (That is an unofficial world record by the way).

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The Club’s scientific approach to permit fishing techniques, tackle, and areas fished is very evident in the guides’ infectious enthusiasm and obvious desire to get the most out of every second in the fishing day. The guide staff is constantly comparing notes, tweaking fly patterns, and exploring new areas to find fish. Dick Cameron has succeeded in creating a culture of revved up guides with a smile on their face and genuine love of chasing permit – all of which translates to more opportunity to close the deal and get one in the boat!

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BONEFISH

Even though permit are the high profile species, it is impossible to ignore the great bonefishing on Ascension Bay. Yucatan bones are typically smaller in nature than bones in the Bahamas or other Atlantic / Caribbean fisheries, however are found in huge numbers year round. The tremendous population of bonefish makes this a great destination to consider for beginner flats anglers looking for some easier reward. Ascension Bay has extensive, hard sandy flats that are great for wade fishing as well as deeper flats better fished from the boat – which also allows for possible encounters with permit or tarpon as well.

Although there are definitely a lot of small “schoolie” bonefish that are easy to catch, there are also sometimes encounters with larger bonefish in the 4-7 pound range at times. Ever since the commercial netting ban was put into place 18 years ago, we are beginning to see a larger age class of bonefish in the Bay again.

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BABY TARPON & SNOOK

Although you should not consider Ascension Bay as a dedicated tarpon destination, there are plenty of juvenile “baby” tarpon in the vast backcountry lagoons in the area. A majority of these fish are residents which remain in the area throughout the year, providing anglers with consistent opportunities for completing the fabled Grand Slam. Adult migratory fish often busting the 80-100 pound mark also begin to show up in the beginning of May and numbers will increase significantly through July & August. Snook are also definitely worth the effort of poling around the mangroves, with multiple 20+ pound trophies landed each season.

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OTHER SPECIES

There is a wide variety of underrated, under-fished species in Ascension Bay that will match the skill of the most sophisticated anglers. The fishing for jack crevalle is certainly not to be overlooked, and barracuda are also at the top of the list of alternative species. This wonderfully fast species can be caught on the fly or with conventional spinning gear. Don’t forget about snapper, grouper, cobia, tripletail, and ever some offshore opportunities with the right conditions.

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Accommodations

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The Club property is located on the active beach right in the heart of the lobster fishing village of Punta Allen. It is a newer two story structure built in 2005 and constructed of Mexican brick and mortar with indigenous hardwoods and tiles in the local tradition. Owners, Dick and Kaye Cameron, had their hands dirty throughout the design and construction of the lodge – and have designed the tailor made floor plan for fishing lodge guests. Each room has two double beds with comfortable pillows and linens, individual air-con control, a ceiling fan, and operable window, and large spaces and storage for clothing and gear.

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Unlike many simpler accommodations in the region, the lodge is equipped with 24 hour electric power, wireless high speed internet, super cool air conditioning, and effective mosquito control. There are six bedrooms (3 upstairs and 3 downstairs), a fly tying study, library/living room, and a large dining room adjacent to the open kitchen. There are several outdoor patios and a beautiful outdoor bar. The style and culture at the lodge is very refined and professional, but also VERY laid back and charming.

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“Kaye’s Bar” stocks complimentary margaritas, cold beer, and local rum drinks during happy hour. The day begins at sunrise with mugs of rich Mexican coffee followed by a traditional hot breakfast of cereal, eggs, bacon, ham, juices, toast and pastries. Hardy box lunches are prepared for the fishing boats and typically include sandwiches, fruits, desserts, ice water and other beverages of your choice. After the day’s fishing it’s cocktail time at the outdoor beach lounge where icy margaritas and sweet pina coladas help punctuate the recounting of the day’s adventure.
Dinner is served family style featuring delicious local Caribbean and Mexican dishes like mojo de ajo, pollo con mole, and chili rellenos, followed by scrumptious locally inspired desserts. Bottled water is used for drinking and ice.

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Travel

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Guests first start the adventure by traveling to Cancun, Mexico. Cancun is serviced by almost every major airline carrier, and is a direct flight from Dallas / Ft. Worth, Houston, Miami, and numerous other portals.

Once in Cancun, guests are met by lodge representatives and transferred approximately three hours south to Punta Allen in a comfortable, air-conditioned van. The main highway from Cancun International Airport leads south at 100km/hour through the mega-resorts of Playa del Carmen en route to the ancient Mayan turned touristy town of Tulum. From Tulum, travellers enter the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and are off through the peaceful jungle to the docile and romantic fishing village of Punta Allen.

Guests making their own flight reservations must plan to arrive in Cancun on Friday no later than 2:00 P.M. and schedule their return flight the following Friday no earlier than 1:00PM in order to make comfortable connections to the lodge.

NOTE ABOUT “THE ROAD”

The last 40+ kilometers of the road from Tulum to Punta Allen is often in some state of disrepair depending on recent weather patterns and the frequency of maintenance. If the road is in poor shape, the Club will offer a water based transfer from the top of the Boca Paila lagoon down to the lodge. This is a huge time saver and a comfortable, smooth alternative to the bumpy road.

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Sample Itinerary

PALOMETA CLUB OPERATES ON WEEKLY ITINERARIES THAT BEGIN AND END ON A FRIDAY.

It is possible to reach the lodge in the same day as departure as well as reaching your home city within the same day the following Friday. Shorter week itineraries are possible under some circumstances depending upon the lodge’s schedule. Please inquire for details regarding short week itineraries.

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Friday

Depart home city for Cancun, Mexico arriving no later than 2:00PM. Guests are then transferred to the lodge in comfortable air conditioned vans. There is no guided fishing on the arrival day.

Saturday – Thursday

Fishing Days!

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After breakfast, guests are transferred back to the airport in Cancun and to the international terminal for the flight to the U.S. Guests should not schedule return flights from Cancun to depart before 1:00PM.

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NOTE ABOUT “THE ROAD”

The last 40+ kilometers of the road from Tulum to Punta Allen is often in some state of disrepair depending on recent weather patterns and the frequency of maintenance. If the road is in poor shape, the Club will offer a water based transfer from the top of the Boca Paila lagoon down to the lodge. This is a huge time saver and a comfortable, smooth alternative to the bumpy road.

When to Go

The Palometa Club is open January 1-June 17 and July 24 – September 2, 2017.

The lodge is closed September – December. 

YUCATAN WEATHER & CONDITIONS

For the most part, guests should expect good fishing weather anytime the lodge is open and operating, with all standard species available and plentiful year round. The southern Yucatan enjoys warm and humid temperatures and comfortable fishing conditions; however there are certainly idiosyncrasies to consider with each of the seasons when planning your trip.

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Winter (December, January, February)

90% of the time the winter weather on the Yucatan is very favorable for fishing. However, on occasion a powerful cold front can push its way into Central America and mess things up a bit on the flats. Although the air rarely gets cool, northern winds and storms can pop up this time of year. When this does happen, it does not usually last long, as the southeasterly trade winds typically kick right back in. Gambling with lousy fishing conditions is part of all flats fishing trips no matter when you decide to plan your trip – so do not be discouraged from venturing south this time of year. The flats are generally well rested with fewer anglers around and some of the biggest permit are on the flats with the cooler water. Not to mention that warm tropical paradise is always a welcome alternative to winter up north.

Spring (March, April, May)

By early Spring, the southeasterly trade winds have usually settled in, and very predictable weather conditions are common. It can still be a bit blustery in the Spring, but all species are around and happily settled into the routine and most days are sunny with the exception of the occasional afternoon thundershower. The Spring months are probably the most consistent, but also the most popular with North American anglers. Make sure to book your trip in advance during this time period!

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Summer (June, July, August)

Believe it or not, the summer is one of our favorite times in the Caribbean. Although it is a bit warmer, the summer months typically have far less wind! Best of all, everyone seems to be heading to the mountains and not to the tropics this time of year, so the flats are very well rested and fewer anglers are around. The summer is considered part of hurricane season, but rarely does the Yucatan start seeing significant tropical weather until late August – but rain showers are a more frequent occurrence starting mid-June. Larger, migratory tarpon are coming through during the summer, and the backcountry fishing for baby tarpon and snook can be dynamite as well.

Fall (September, October, November)

For the most part, the fall months enjoy very Spring-like conditions. You have to keep your eye on the weather channel for any hurricanes bouncing your way, but when the weather is good the fishing can be very consistent for all species. This is also a quiet month in terms of fishing pressure. It is hard to hit it completely wrong in the fall as the vast majority of the time fishing conditions are great. If the weather is good – so is the fishing.

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Non-Angling Activities

Although primarily a fishing destination, Palometa Club does offer alternative activities such as guided snorkeling excursions and tours of several of the twenty-two archeological sites of Mayan ruins and temples found in the region. The lodge is an excellent place to escape civilization and relax in a tropical wilderness paradise!

NOTE: The Palometa Club does not accommodate non-angling guests who are not accompanied by a fishing companion. Our non-angling programs are designed to keep non-angling guests entertained while a roommate is on the water fishing.

ASCENSION BAY ECO-TOURS & WILDLIFE

A basic tour of Ascension Bay would consist of birding as it is the home to over 300 species of birds, and an equal amount migrate through each year. Common species of birds include roseate spoonbills, osprey, giant frigate, white ibis, egret, turkeys, parrots, toucans, great curassow, flamingos and herons just to name a few. Sea turtles are always easy to find and there are five species such as the green, leatherback, and hawksbill. Dolphins, several species of rays and sharks, cayman crocodiles, and the occasional whale shark or manatee can also be a part of any eco-tour.

Within the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve exists an incredible array of other land-based wildlife such as howler and spider monkeys, white-lipped peccaries, pumas, brocket deer, tapirs, and jaguars. Our guides were born and raised in the Sian Ka’an and know where to find the elusive creatures that call it home.

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SNORKELING

Within a short boat ride of The Palometa Club lies over 70 miles of Palancar Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. Offering some of the finest snorkeling in the Northern Hemisphere, this brilliant marine paradise teems with an infinite variety of fish, rays, turtles, eels, starfish, shells, sea fans, corals, etc. Join us for a snorkeling eco-tour through the warm Caribbean waters where we’ll come face-to-face with a hawksbill turtle, photograph fish as colorful as a rainbow, or explore a ship wreck.

MUYIL DAY TRIPS

Our boat trips to Muyil are an all day commitment – but well worth the effort. The day begins with a boat ride up the Boca Paila Lagoon viewing several species of birds, turtles, dolphins and other wildlife as you traverse through tight channels in a comfortable panga (boat). There are numerous freshwater swimming holes along the route.

Although small in comparison to Tulum or Chichen Itza, Muyil is one of the most recently discovered ancient ruins. We have been told Muyil was a stopping point to pay taxes for spices and other goods traded and sold on Ascension Bay. The area is also home to many types of orchids that begin blooming in late April. After you are finished with the ruins there is a fabulous boardwalk jungle tour, with signage describing flora and fauna written in Mayan and English. If you are brave enough there is an enormous viewing platform with a breathtaking view of Tulum and most of the Ascension Bay. Trips to Muyil require one of our fishing guides to accompany the group – so they are not possible when we have a full house of anglers.

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DO NOTHING?

Just cruising into Punta Allen for lunch or a beer is a pleasant past-time. The beach in front of the lodge is beautiful and peaceful, and a great place to take a stroll, a swim, do a little sun worshiping, or chill with a good book. The lodge staff as well as 24 hour electricity and air conditioning is provided for non-anglers to stay comfortable during the day.

MASSAGE THERAPY

We have an in-house massage therapist on staff to provide evening massages after a long day on the water.

Rates

2017 RATES (JANUARY 6 – JUNE 16   &   July 15 – September 8, 2017)

7 NIGHTS / 6 DAYS FISHING (FRIDAY – FRIDAY)

$4050 PER PERSON (BASED ON SHARED ROOM / BOAT)

Shorter Week Itineraries (Space Available Basis Only)

6 Nights / 5 Days – $3600 per person
5 Nights / 4 Days – $3050 per person
4 Nights / 3 Days – $2500 per person

PRIVATE ANGLER SUPPLEMENTS (Space Available Basis Only):

Additional $100 per night for private room
Additional $300 per day for private boat (shared room)
Example: 7 Nights / 6 Days (based on private room and boat) = $6550

Non Angling Rate:

$2000 per person / week (based on shared room)

Note on Shorter Week Itineraries:

Stays of less than a week or arrival/departure on days other than Friday will often incur an additional transportation charge of $350 each way for vehicle. We encourage short week guests to arrive or depart on Friday to minimize any additional transfer costs.

What’s Included

7 Nights accommodations; 6 Full days of guided fishing; All Meals; Ground transportation to lodge; Happy hour beverages (Margaritas, Beer, Local Rum Drinks); Non-alcoholic beverages; Telephone Calls & Wireless Internet; Mexican VAT tax

What’s Not Included

Commercial air to Cancun, Mexico; Additional alcoholic beverages outside of Happy Hour (BYOB welcome); Guide and staff gratuities; Fishing Tackle & Flies; Organized eco-tours; Laundry Service; Departure Taxes

Terms and Conditions:

A fifty percent deposit is required at the time of booking in order to confirm all reservations. Final balance is due sixty days from departure. All deposits and/or final payments are non-refundable. Refunds or credits cannot be issued for fishing time lost due to inclement weather. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses. Travel insurance is highly recommended.

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