The Fishing Program
While Ascension Bay undoubtedly is an incredible fishery with loads opportunity, it takes the right guides coupled with a unique approach to realize its tremendous potential. By cultivating a group of guides that are hands down the best in the region, The Palometa Club has designed a fishing program unlike any of our competition on Ascension or Espiritu Santo Bays.
We operate out of comfortable 23′ pangas equipped with custom Seadek flooring and fifty (50) horsepower Yahama engines. Each boat is equipped with two experienced English speaking guides. Whether you have fished the saltwater all your life or even visited one of the other lodges in the area – be prepared to witness an entirely different and vastly more productive style of flats fishing.
The Top Lodge for Anglers Targeting Permit
In fact, we are the first pure “permit lodge” in the world. Our guides’ scientific approach to the permit fishing techniques, tackle, and areas fished is very evident in their infectious enthusiasm and obvious desire to get the most out of every second in the fishing day. The guide staff are constantly comparing notes, tweaking fly patterns, and exploring new areas to find fish. Palometa Club has succeeded in creating a culture of revved up guides with a smile on their face and genuine love of chasing permit – all of which translates to more opportunity to close the deal and get one in the boat!
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.
1:1 Guide Angler Ratio
The Club uses one guide for each angler (2 anglers and 2 guides per boat). This is not to be confused with one proper guide and one “apprentice guide” that serves as a boat driver. Each angler gets their own experienced guide dedicated to ensuring no fishing time or opportunities are wasted and all anglers are guaranteed one on one instruction. Having two guides provides multiple sets of eyes scanning for the next target. One guide will wade with the angler while the other guide will remain on the poling platform, managing the boat, keeping an eye on the school, and choreographing your approach for the best presentation. There are also scenarios where both anglers and both guides bail out of the boat to chase larger schools, thus getting everyone in the action at once.