Video: In Search of Ascension Bay Permit in “A Gift From The Sky”

A Gift From The Sky – (extended version) from Ryan Griffin on Vimeo.

From his recent trip to the Palometa Club in Ascension Bay, Mexico, Ryan Griffin has put together an impressive video with fly fishing action in pursuit of a permit (and maybe even the 1000th permit at the lodge).

From Griffin:

“Submission for the Arts & Film Fest at the 5th International Bonefish & Tarpon Trust Symposium, and 2014 Charleston Angler Go Pro Film Fest:

In March 2014, three anglers from Charleston, SC traveled to Ascension Bay in the Yucatan Peninsula. The mission: To catch permit on a fly, and also to try to catch the 1000th permit ever to be landed at the Palometa Club. This is our story….

Filmed & edited by: Ryan Griffin
Additional filming by: Paul Puckett, Doug Roland, Joe Seelig, David Porter
Music: “Who We Want to Be” by Tom Day, “Heavy Wind” by Gaslight Street
Special Thanks To: Flood Tide Co, David Leake, Tailwaters Flyfishing, Palometa Club, the Charleston Angler, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Very excited to win the Charleston Angler Go Pro Film Fest for the 2nd year in a row, and honored to have my film shown at the BTT Arts & Film Fest among some great filmmakers – Will Benson, DJ Dan Decibel, Flyline Media, Patrick Rhea, Paul Puckett, Mark Montocchio, Eric Estrada, & Tom Karrow. Thanks to all who helped with making and supporting this project. Enjoy!”

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More on this fly fishing destination:

Ascension Bay, Mexico gets anglers fired up for several reasons. Among the reasons most frequently referenced are permit, bonefish, tarpon, and snook. Of course you can mix in several other critters, but at the least, dreams of grand slams and super slams often bring Ascension Bay’s fish-rich flats to mind.

What’s more, this region is rich with culture, history, and natural resources. Anglers chasing Ascension Bay fly fishing fantasies typically fly into Cancun then trek south several hours. In doing so, anglers pass through Tulum and local ancient Mayan ruins. While history enthusiasts, dooms-dayers, and tourists venture to the area to see the remarkable ruins, for anglers, this is a very worthwhile stop en route to the final destination.

Visitors to Ascension Bay also travel through the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve. A UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site, the Sian Ka’an is the largest protected area in the Mexican Caribbean and is home to an abundance of bird and mammal species as well as endangered sea turtle species.

Finally, the flats of Ascension Bay deliver the species of fish that make for a trip-of-a-lifetime and the beauty that Caribbean-goers fantasize about. White sands and warm turquoise flats. Hermoso.


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  1. Excellent little film – I have fished Ascencion Bay four times, had more than 20 shots and Permit and still no joy…but this film captures the essence of the experience and the place, and some great music too….I want to see more – thank you.

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