Accomodations: Lodge for up to 14 anglers
Cost: $3,380 - $4,165 pp dbl occ
Duration: 7 nights - 6 days fishing
Provided: Lodging, guide, food, beverages, shuttle from Cancun
Species: Tarpon, Bones, Permit, Snook, Barracuda, etc
Technical: Some experience needed.
Technique: Fly Fishing & light tackle
|Casa Blanca Lodge - Yucatan, Mexico
The area surrounding Casa Blanca is wild, virtually uninhabited and extraordinarily beautiful. There are miles of shallow bays, secluded mangrove-rimmed lagoons, white sand beaches, and dense coastal jungle. Once you have been to Casa Blanca, take the time to explore its vast tropical landscape and experience the exquisite isolation, you will find that it will remain with you long after you have boarded your plane and returned home to civilization. Casa Blanca is truly unforgettable...one of those rare places you will want to return to again and again until you have made it your own.
The lodge itself is perched on the tip of a narrow coastal island on the southern edge of Ascension Bay. It also happens to be in the center of one of the world’s largest protected wild areas...the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. This pristine reserve covers over 1.3 million acres and completely surrounds Casa Blanca. Sian Ka’an has also been designated by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site.
The Lodge sits on a rocky point known to the locals as Punta Pajaros. The actual Lodge was the former staff quarters for coco plantation workers. Since we remodeled you will find that every room is one with a view. Each room has a different layout to accommodate to ones individual or group’s needs. Each room has private baths and daily maid services. The lodge also boasts a 100yd long concrete pier. Under the lights at night you fill find cruising tarpon and permit. Some of the best fishing happens right off the pier.
Together, Ascension and Espiritu Santo Bay are as close to paradise you will find anywhere. They possess a unique combination of environments which create the ideal habitat for a wide variety of animal life and sea life. In essence, it is great home for game fish.
The vast estuary/flats system and adjacent reef are the basis of Casa Blanca’s pristine and highly productive fishery. Shallow water coral species demand a very stable environment with precise water temperature and consistent water depth in order to flourish. This is why large barrier reefs, like the Palancar Reef that parallels Casa Blanca’s coast, are so rare. Palancar is second only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
The reef itself supplies food and shelter to a huge variety of baitfish and small crustaceans, which in turn attract larger predators. The reef also protects the shore-side fishery from full ocean swells. The coral heads absorb the brunt of the waves, allowing the flats to remain calm even if the reef is being pounded by a storm swell.
There is a WIDE VARIETY of underrated, under-fished species in Ascension Bay which will match the skill of the most sophisticated anglers. Barracuda are at the top of the list. They are perhaps the most exciting fish on the flats. They will take a fly or a lure. They are big and they fight like hell. In addition to Cuda you will also find Jacks, Shark, and Snapper. You should definitely consider pursuing a few of these other exciting species.
In addition to great fishing, guests at Casa Blanca can enjoy a host of non-fishing activities. The island the Lodge sits on has two post classic Mayan ruin sites. Chac Mool and the more remote tupac, accessible only by canoe. The island is also home to hundreds of species of birds. Birding tours as well as nature tours can be set up with lodge manger. Bring your mask and fins for snorkeling the Palancar reef, the world’s 2nd largest barrier reef. Casa Blanca also has kayaks, canoes and bicycles for guests to use at no extra charge.
Getting to Casa Blanca:
All guests should book flights to Cancun, Mexico. From there, Casa Blanca will provide an air charter which will fly you directly to the lodge. Guests making their own flight reservations must plan to arrive in Cancun no later than 2 P.M. and schedule their return flight no earlier than 11 a.m. in order to make connections with the air charter. Any flights that do not fall within this time period must be approved 30 days in advance by the lodge and may result in an air charter surcharge. The charges are listed in the Casa Blanca pricing literature. All airline or private flight itineraries must be supplied to the lodge 30 days in advance of your arrival in Cancun.
Upon arrival at Cancun’s International airport, simply make your way outside the airport doors and look for your Casa Blanca representative. If he doesn’t see you first, he will be holding a placard with a bonefish that reads Casa Blanca. A short 5 minute van ride to the FBO and you will check in w/ our flight coordinator. There you will either board the plane immediately or wait for the next departure. In the FBO you will find a restaurant and bar.
American Fly Fishing staff has visited Casa Blanca and it has our whole hearted endorsement - Beautiful spot, top notch accommodations, wonderful and helpful guides, great food and most importantly extraordinary fishing.
Prices include: Seaside lodging & meals at the lodge, guides, air charter between Cancun and lodge.
Not Included: Alcoholic beverages, use of the phone, laundry, guide ($40/day/boat ) and staff ($12/day) gratuities. No credit cards accepted at lodge.
Call 800-410-1222 Ask for Gary or Mike