CASA BLANCA LODGE
CASA BLANCA LODGE
A Blanca Lodge along with its sister Playa Blanca Lodge is situated on Punta Pajaros island which sits between Ascension and Espiritu Santo Bays just off of the coast of Yucatan Mexico. Stretching for 25 miles the island rests in the center of the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve which is one of the world’s largest protected areas and is a Unesco World Heritage site,.
For fly fishermen the location of Casa Blanca Lodge on the southern edge of Ascension Bay, it is literally surrounded by some of the most sought after game fish in the world. Casa Blanca is one of the best saltwater fly fishing lodges in the world, offering its guests, in addition to the amazing fishing, the finest facilities and a professional lodge staff that is devoted to making your stay memorable. For that reason it has been selected by Wild On The Fly as one of the premier lodges available to our clients.
At a Glance
Target Fish: Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Snook
Location: Yucatan, MX
Seasons: All year
Lodge Capacity: 20
Nearest Airport: Cancun, MX
Electricity: 110 volts
Documents needed: Passport
A typical day at Casa Blanca starts at 6 AM with a delicious breakfast. Don’t worry if you forget to set the clock as the lodge dining schedule is flexible. Coffee is ready at 5AM in the main lodge or can be delivered to your room, if desired. You will then make your way down to the dock and meet your guide, then hop into one of the skiffs and off you go for an amazing day of fishing. Being that the lodge sits right in the middle of some of the most productive waters, travel time is minimal allowing for more time on the water.
In late afternoon you will then return to the lodge to relax around the pool, or if you prefer, have a massage. Appetizers and drinks will be served and there will be plenty of time to converse with other guests about the day’s adventures.
Ascension Bay is one of the best places in the world to achieve a Grand Slam. The bay is teeming with all flats species all year round. From rivers, lagoons, and classic sand flats, there are endless possibilities to wade or fish from the boat.
Bonefish are plentiful in Ascension Bay and though the bay has been famous for years for its huge populations of small Bonefish, in recent years the size of the fish have gradually increased. The reason is probably due to the lodge’s strict conservation policies which of course include strictly catch & release fishing.
Permit Fishing is arguably the best in the world due possibly to the bay’s proximity to the protected Sian Ka’an Biosphere Preserve. Permit are the fish that will most test your skill as they are constantly moving so accurate casts are necessary to hook these rockets. Your guide will be your extra set of eyes and will expertly coach you to make perfect casts to place the fly in the feeding lane of the fish.
The king of the flats are Tarpon which are the largest and most acrobatic fish on the flats. Casa Blanca is know for fish in the 20 to 70 lb range, but in April Migratory fish that weight as much as 150 lbs make their appearance and increase in numbers into July.
Snook are found in the back waters and among the mangroves. They can be a challenge but once you hook one you will be amazed at their explosive power. Fall is the most productive season.
The lodge is built on the water overlooking a beautiful flat visited daily by Bonefish schools, Permit and Tarpon. A short walk down the lodge’s lighted pier in the evening can get you into some of the best fishing of your visit. All rooms are air conditioned, spacious and tastefully furnished with amazing ocean views, and air conditioning. Casa Blanca has ten seaside rooms and can accommodate 20 guests comfortably.
Within the main lodge is a lounging with comfortable chairs and a fully stocked bar attended by a bartender. There you can discuss the day’s adventures with other guests enjoying excellent snacks. After a shower you will proceed to the dining room to enjoy the chef’s daily specialty. The chef specializes in seafood enhanced with local seasonings.
On Site Amenities and Activities Include
Satellite Phone (fee)
Non fly fishing activities: touring, snorkeling, nature viewing
Cancun is the air hub serving Casa Blanca, which is about 45 minutes by air from the lodge. When you arrive at the airport you will be met by the lodge representative and transferred to a charter plane which will take you to the lodge. Upon arrival at the Casa Blanca Lodge airstrip you will take a short 3 minute boat ride to the main lodge where you will be met by staff and served your choice of ice cold margaritas or limeade.
Inclusions: The cost of $618.00 usd R.T.air charter from Cancun to the lodge. Deluxe seaside accommodations, all meals, non bottled beverages and use of all recreational equipment. Fishing rates include guide & boat beverages.
Exclusions: Rates do not include alcoholic beverages, use of the phone, laundry, guide or staff gratuities.
PARTIAL WEEK ITINERARIES Should begin or end on a Saturday. The lodge will NOT accept reservations which span a Saturday since this would eliminate the possibility of booking 2 full week packages. Additional air charter charges will apply to all flights taken on a day other than a Saturday.
AIR CHARTER SURCHARGES (For all late arrivals, early departures and / or partial week itineraries) Costs of air charter are included in the above rates tables and apply ONLY to flights on Saturday. For other itineraries there is a surcharge based on the number of passengers.
1 Passenger= $1,236.00 / 2 Passengers = $618 ea. / 3 Passengers =$412 ea. / 4 Passengers = $309 ea.
Anglers reserving space for a non-fishing guest and a fishing guest, sharing a room/ single boat MUST add $470.00 to the DO fishing rate.
TARPON LAGOON FISHING Is very limited and NOT guaranteed. Requests must be made prior to your trip and will only be considered upon receipt of ALL monies due paid according to our policy. Lodge manager reserves the right to protect the Tarpon Lagoon and it’s resources
GRATUITY Recommended tip for a fishing guide is a minimum of $50.00-$100.00 per day / per boat. Recommended tip for lodge staff is: $20.00-$30.00 per night or $120.00-$200.00 per week per guest.