Video: Fly Fishing Ascension Bay in “TARPONLAND”

TARPONLAND | ASCENSION BAY from Christian Ihrybauer on Vimeo.

There’s great fly fishing for tarpon in Ascension Bay, and some of this impressive ‘poon action is featured in “TARPONLAND”.

From the filmmaker:

“TARPONLAND represents what’s possible on a Half-Day fly fishing session.

Like any fishing day, it’s filled with laughs, some inadvertent profanities, lot’s of spotting and casting to fish, and sometimes the successful landing of one.

The guides play a huge part during the trip- not only as the eyes and advisors to the fishermen, but also as Compañeros, a source of friendship and ultimately- the captains in charge of how and what your day out on the flats will look like.

Matt & Will had the good fortune of being guided by Tarantula (, one of the most talented, experienced and definitely crazy guides of Punta Allen and Ascension Bay.

Thanks to The Ascension Bay Lodge for being incredible hosts, the guides for being incredibly good and the anglers for being incredibly fun to film.”

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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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