Casa Blanca, Mexico
Permit fishing mecca with an excellent lodge that caters for the serious fisherman.
Isolated from the tourist meccas of the north and ringed by dense tropical jungles and Mayan temples, Casa Blanca is the true Mexico.
From the bright bristling lights of Cancun fly an hour south to a new world; Casa Blanca is a paradise for saltwater fishermen. Pelicans and frigates hover above the lodge, herons and ibis hunt the flats, bonefish and magical numbers of permit patrol the nervous waters whilst huge tarpon complete this classic saltwater trilogy. Descending onto the lodge’s private airstrip you will be welcomed with chilled cocktails and cool hand towels, an indication of the impeccable service to come.
Fishing is mostly done from new 16ft Dolphin Skiffs although wading is often available. Ascension Bay is the focus of the fishing and the species you target is entirely dependent on your preferences. It is possible to fish for bonefish all day where you will find them in excellent numbers; you can fish for permit and have shot after shot or you can target large rolling tarpon in either the backwaters of the bay or the various channels in the bay itself.
Casa Blanca is one of the best saltwater fly fishing lodges in the world and offers eleven spacious, air-conditioned rooms, all with private bathrooms. Lying on the southern tip of Ascension Bay, atop a promontory of glimmering sands and under umbrellas of tropical palms, the lodge is only a three minute boat trip through mangrove studded flats from the airstrip.
The dining room is set up for family style dinners where you all eat together which is a great way to swap stories and find out more about the fishery from the lodge manager and manageress. The food is unashamedly geared towards fresh shellfish and fish caught that day. A special feature of the week is the Mexican night where you will be treated to an authentic Mexican dinner and dangerously authentic tequila.