Welcome to The Palometa Club

…an exclusive fly fishing lodge located in Punta Allen, Mexico on the northeastern edge of the famed shallow saltwater flats of Ascension Bay. In only ten seasons, the Palometa Club has built a reputation as the perhaps the most respected fishing lodge in the Caribbean. While we have become recognized as the planet’s premier permit fishing program, the flats of Ascension Bay offer anglers consistent opportunities for bonefish, tarpon, snook, barracuda, jack crevalle, and more. We hang our hats on our 1:1 guide to angler ratio, our unique techniques and approach, and our all-star staff of local, professional guides. The Palometa Club is anything but a “fishing motel”, rather a boutique, old school fishing lodge in the purist form. We focus on the aspects of what make a good fishing trip and excellent fishing trip. A destination you will migrate back to year after year.

“If you want to catch a permit on the fly, there is no question that you stand a better chance here than any place I know.” – Lefty Kreh

Palometa Club Quick Hits

Yucatan Peninsula – Mexico
The Palometa Club is located in Punta Allen, Mexico, on the northern shores of Ascension Bay. Guests fly commercially to Cancun (CUN) and are escorted by ground and water transport approximately three hours to the lodge.

One of a kind 2-guide per boat program provides a 1 on 1 guide : angler ratio. Ascension Bay is arguably the world’s most consistent and reliable permit fishery, and Palometa Club guests have landed over 2500 permit in its short history. The bay and surrounding backcountry also offer year-round opportunity for bonefish, snook, tarpon, jack crevalle, barracuda, several species of reef fish and sharks.

The Palometa Club is open for our Fall 2022 season, September 2 – December 2.  For the Spring 2023 Season we are open  January 27 – June 23 and July 28 – December 1st. Fishing considered good whenever lodge is open, however there are idiosyncrasies to each month to consider. March – May are our most popular months with the angling community, however the winter and summer months the last few seasons have actually witnessed better fishing conditions and higher catch rates! You run the risk of a cold front making things interesting during the winter, but as a whole this is an excellent time to fish Ascension Bay. There are VERY FEW other boats around and all species are present. The brief period we are open in summer months can also be fantastic with lighter breezes and far less activity from competing lodges – not to mention the prospects of larger migratory tarpon.

Palometa Club is ideal for folks like enjoy the laid back and familial “mom and pop” atmosphere, and are serious about their fishing. If you are interested in targeting permit, there is no better fishery or guide team out there. If you are hoping for a grand slam kind of experience, Ascension Bay offers the best odds for all species including snook. Accommodations are not the Ritz, but are new, fresh, clean, and very well maintained – and the cuisine is absolutely over the top. Non-anglers are welcome guests, however there are not a ton of organized non-angling activities in the sleepy village of Punta Allen.

7 Night / 6 Days Fishing based on shared room / boat is $4500 during the 2023 Season.  Shorter packages available on a case by case basis. Additional expenses include airfare to Cancun and recommended tip of $500-$600/week. (See Rates for Details)

It’s Not all about Permit!


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Ascension Bay is a Diverse Fishery

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. Whether its 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.



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The Palometa Club supports Bonefish Tarpon Trust…

Palometa Club guides and guests have been instrumental in supporting Bonefish Tarpon Trust’s “Project Permit” research on the Yucatan Peninsula. To date we have tagged over 1000 permit since the program began in 2011. Our annual Permit Tournament held each spring has raised over $25,000 in donations for BTT’s Jon Ain Memorial Fund. Our tournament is a laid back and super fun competition that is supported by numerous fly fishing industry sponsors including Patagonia, Hatch, Howler Brothers, Winston, Yeti, Drake Magazine, and many more. The 7th annual Permit Tourney is being held again, April 5-12, 2019, and spots are still available!



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Guides Make all the Difference

Experienced saltwater anglers know the difference between a great trip and an expensive boat ride can often hinge on who is doing the guiding! Our guides all speak English and are on the water over 300 days a year either guiding gringo fly anglers or fishing the commercial lobster season. Unlike some other lodges in the area that employ seasonal guides from other regions in Mexico, The Palometa Club maintains a stable of the best and local independent contractors from Punta Allen that are, by definition, professional fly fishing guides. They pridefully run their own boats, are serious fly tiers, epic casters, calm instructors, and collectively have decades of experience hosting North American anglers on Ascension Bay and Espiritu Santo Bay. Many of our guides have been with us since day one, and are respected as some of the best in the business.