Destination Mexico: Fly Fishing the Permit Paradise of Ascension Bay at The Palometa Club

Credit: The Palometa Club

In the heart of Ascension Bay on the Yucatan Peninsula in the small town of Punta Allen is The Palometa Club.

After bypassing the commercial madness of Cancun and traveling through seemingly hidden dirt roads, the venturing angler enters the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, which is a protected World Heritage Site. This is middle-of-nowhere Mexico. And once one arrives to Punta Allen, The Palometa Club stands out in its colorful splendor.

The Palometa Club is an angler’s delight. A relaxed and comfortable setting on the sand with delightful accommodations and enjoyable hosts, Dick and Kaye Cameron.

If that doesn’t sound inviting enough, there is the other draw: world-class saltwater fly fishing with the best guides around and phenomenal opportunities for bonefish, tarpon, and permit gallour.

Upon a recent visit to The Palometa Club, Lefty Kreh reported the following:

“Owners Kaye and Dick Cameron run one of the finest fishing lodges I’ve stayed anywhere. It’s a no frills, clean, comfortable place where they make you feel like a good friend the day you arrive…

…An outstanding feature of Palometa is each panga carries two guides who function as a well oiled team. One poles while the other stands beside the angler managing line and locating fish. When a permit is sighted if possible the angler and guide wade to it. This helps immeasurably to insure a hook up. It is the first time I’ve seen two guides working from the same boat and was impressed how much it assisted the angler.

Another asset to the operation is all the guides own their boats and motors. Over the years I have seen guides abuse boats and or motors simply because they were lodge owned. All of the boats at Palometa were surgery room clean, comfortable and the motors in top condition.

There is no question in my opinion if you want to catch a permit on the fly you stand a better chance here than any place I know.”

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