I landed my first permit! Ive been fishing for them at various lodges in Mexico and Key West but Club Grand Slam made it happen. During the week my wife Sandi and I caught plenty of bones but my focus was on permit and Sandi obliged. We had several chances at some very large fish every day, poling after large schools and chasing them on the beaches. If you have fished for them you know how difficult they can be. Not just dealing with the wind, glare, waves, etc.but at one point we were chasing this tailing permit and after a couple good casts the guide, Antonio, would retie as we were quietly high stepping along the beach staying in range. He must have changed flies on that particular fish 7 times before I finally blew him up with a frustrated cast!!!
Finally on the last day at about 2:30 on what turned out to be the worst day with clouds and high winds as we were motoring along, both head guide/owner Fransisco and Antonio spotted a big school at what seemed to be 200 yds away. Up on the bow I was scanning the low lit water and as Fransisco poled I got my first cast. On the third cast the whole boat lit up when the fish was screaming line heading South! These guys were as happy as I was if not more and would not let up until I had my permit. In fact, after Sandi was on the bow as we looked for the school, Fransisco asked if we wanted to go for Tarpon to complete a slam! I finally had to call it quits after it got late in the day and well past happy hour, they really wanted to make it happen!
That is what is best about this place, they really want you to have the best trip possible! Sandi and I were in Playa for a few days before fishing and took a cooking class, we told Greg and his wife Lupita obliged and we had a great time in the kitchen as well.
We have stayed at just about every lodge in Ascension Bay in the last 11 years and Club Grand Slam is the best fishing lodge! The price is perfect, the food exceptional, the rooms comfortable and clean but most importantly, the fishing staff is at the top of the field! They have a vested interest in the overall business and it shows, most of all they are great people too. Get down there now!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Punta Allen’s top ranked lodging and dining for anglers and adventurers. Catering to travelers who want modern accommodations and outstanding dining while still experiencing the beauty of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. Rooms include all the creature comforts, including A/C and lots of personal attention. Private beach and fresh water swimming pool. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Club Grand Slam Hotel Punta Allen
- Hotel Grand Slam