Dear Anglers & Friends,
We hope everyone fantastic and enjoying the start of autumn. The 2017 season has come to a close for the Palometa Club. The guides are all working the lobster harvest and giving the Bay a bit of a rest until we crank it up again on January 5th. We’re also in high gear taking bookings and making plans for the 2018 season that will be here before we know it. As with every off-season, we’re also working to make the Palometa Club operation better and improve the overall experience for our guests. This year is no different, and we very much look forward to hosting our repeaters and our new Palometa Club members next year.
The following is a smattering of newsworthy incentives and updates as well as a preview of our season ahead. The way the numbers are adding up, 2018 will be the year guests land our 2,000th permit! While this is an unreal milestone, and we undoubtedly have the ultimate team of permit fishing guides on the Yucatan, our guides would also LOVE to target other species like bonefish, tarpon, snook, jacks, barracudas, triggerfish, and sharks. We enjoy having anglers who focus on other species, so thank you in advance for considering being a part of another great season. Please reach out to get your name on the books pronto!
For more information or to book a trip please contact David Leake with Tailwaters Travel:
(888) 824-5420 or (214) 219-2500
EARLY JANUARY DISCOUNTS & INCENTIVES
Book 5 Guests & the 6th Comes for Free!
20% Discount off Published Rates
Based on Shared Room / Guides and is applicable for the weeks of January 5-12 & January 12-19.
Far too many anglers are missing out on the awesome fishing that can happen in January! Ascension Bay is a ghost town with most lodges and guides, and we have had some of our BEST fishing of the season in January the last several years (other than El Nino in 2016). As a rule of thumb, you don’t often see the larger schools of permit like you do later in the spring and summer, but you do get your shots at solitary fish and smaller groups that are completely unpressured and happy to eat the fly. We also see and catch some of the largest permit of the season in January and February. Yes, there might be concerns about drawing the short straw with a cold front, but these events usually don’t last long, and odds are that the vast majority of January sees very mild temperatures and our typical southeasterly trade winds. The lack of activity on the Bay, the opportunities for the big boys, and limitless chances for bonefish, baby tarpon, and the best snook fishing of the year make January very appealing. Now is a chance to jump on board at a discounted rate!
2018 SEASON DATES & RATES
The 2018 season will run January 5 – June 15 & July 13 – October 5. Following the tremendous success of our summer season the last two years, we are planning to extend the summer program to include all of September and early October.
The cost for the 7 Night / 6 Day (Friday – Friday) fishing package is $4250 per person (based on shared room / guides). For a complete list of rates including shorter week stays and SOLO fishing opportunities click HERE.
UPDATED 2018 SEASON PRE-TRIP PLANNER & OUTFITTING GUIDE
Tailwaters Travel has cranked out this beautifully updated pre-trip planner for next season. When you book a trip with the Palometa Club, you’re provided with one of these pre-trip packages, which includes information about nearly every conceivable aspect of your trip. It is loaded with information about travel, lodge policy, sample itinerary, and lots of clothing, gear and tackle recommendations. To preview a copy of the 2018 pre-trip planner check it out HERE.
TAILWATERS TRAVEL HOSTED TRIP (JANUARY 19-26, 2018)
Join Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company’s, Sean Polk, on this early season hosted trip. If you cannot make the full week happen, we can be very flexible with shorter week itineraries in January. Sean has been a guest and hosted trips to Palometa Club many times and is looking forward to getting back down there. Reach out to Sean if you are interested in coming with (firstname.lastname@example.org).
WE ARE OPEN EASTER WEEK (APRIL 1-6)
Although we normally shut down the entire week of Easter, in 2018 we will be open for a 5 Night/4 Day visit to guests interested in a Sunday – Friday itinerary with arrival on Easter Sunday, April 1st. Shorter week trips are also welcome if you’d like to arrive on Monday. It’s rare to accommodate less than the full week (Friday-Friday) program during the peak of the springtime months, but now is your chance!
WELCOME MIKE & MAUREEN GIFFORD AS CO-MANAGERS NEXT SEASON
We are so excited to announce that Mike Gifford and his wife, Maureen, will officially be joining as co-managers for the 2018 campaign. Dick and Kaye will be splitting time at the helm with Mike and Maureen during select weeks throughout the season. Mike served some time as interim manager last season and knows the fishery and our program better than anyone. Mike and Maureen will make an awesome twosome and will undoubtedly serve our guests exceptionally well next season.
6th ANNUAL PALOMETA CLUB PERMIT TOURNEY (2 SPOTS / 1 TEAM OPEN)
FEBRUARY 23rd – MARCH 2nd
We have two spots open for ONE TEAM in next year’s tourney! This is one of the most festive week’s of the year – and raises a pile of money for the schools in Punta Allen as well as the Jon Ain Fund for permit research at the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. Be prepared for a party and some not-too-serious competition!
PROFESSIONAL IMAGES & VIDEO OF YOUR TRIP AVAILABLE
Tired of coming home with a few dozen poorly composed iPhone photos of your trip or your trophy fish? Christian Ihrybauer is a South African outdoor videographer and photographer who spends at least half his year in Punta Allen. Christian has become good pals with everyone at the Club, and he is a super talented and fun guy to have in the boat. We are stoked to make his services available to our guests who would like to have Christian tag along and shoot images and video of your entire visit to the Palometa Club — both on the water and around the lodge. Christian can produce an edited film of your stay, photo books, and large format prints as well.
You can check out Christian’s teaser showreel video by clicking HERE.
PALOMETA CLUB ATTENDS BTT SYMPOSIUM IN NOVEMBER
The Palometa Club is proud to represent Punta Allen and Ascension Bay at the annual Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) Symposium in Weston, Florida, November 9-11, 2017. Guide Charly Rendon was invited to be on the event’s “Permit Panel” side-by-side with some of the world’s most respected permit guides and lodge owners from all throughout the Caribbean and the world. Guide Gerardo Velasquez will also be in attendance with David Leake manning the Palometa Club booth at the Symposium show.
SOLO FISHING OPPORTUNITIES | 7th BOAT IN THE ROTATION
As we continue to cultivate and train the next generation of all-star guides in Punta Allen, we will be adding a 7th boat to the rotation during the 2018 season. This is an awesome opportunity to spend a few days fishing SOLO while still enjoying the shared room rate and a maximum headcount at the lodge of 12 guests. For $250 per boat/day, a pair of guests booked at the shared room/guide rate can add a day(s) of splitting up and fishing with a private skiff.
NOT ALL ABOUT PERMIT FISHING!
While our brand is unmistakably focused on the permit fishing program, our guides are more than happy to switch gears to target the multitude of other species available on Ascension Bay. The bonefish fishing on Ascension Bay continues to improve each and every year with some legit 4-6 pound bonefish landed this past season. We really want to remind guests that they don’t need to beat their head against the wall targeting permit every day! Sometimes the conditions will not allow it, and there are plenty of other species to target. Whether it’s plinking around the mangroves for tarpon and snook or enjoying a long wade for bonefish, we encourage our guests to explore other facets that make our fishery so dynamic. Other gamefish, such as jack crevalle, sharks, barracuda, triggerfish, and a multitude of other reef species are very much a part of the program. This diversity in species available guarantees a bend in the rod is never too far away on Ascension Bay.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR 2017 GUESTS!
Looking forward to seeing you all next year!
Dick and Kaye Cameron & the entire Palometa Club Family