Our stay was short, only long enough to get our bearings and determine if it was indeed a place we could live. With bone white beaches, coconut palms and turquoise seas thick with fish, our answer was a resounding yes! We leave next week to finish out their season, and so begins a new chapter in the Rio Rose saga.
For the last five years I've been leading trips to the salt, and my very first experience was here, in Ascension Bay. It is the ideal place for a beginning flats fisherman, with plentiful and non discriminating bonefish, one of the largest populations of permit worldwide, baby tarpon and big brawling snook, not to mention barracuda, jacks, snapper and more.
One of the things that sets these lodges apart from all the rest in the area, is location. Most other lodges are based out of the small fishng village of Punta Allen, and guests must motor an hour each way to reach the prime fishing zones. Playa Blanca and Casa Blanca are located on a private island in the very center of the best fishing. We also have access to the virtually unfished Espiritu Santo Bay and the Santa Rosa lagoon. (baby tarpon, snook and bonefish). My first permit was caught in sight of Casa Blanca, my good friend Wenert's also. Add to that first class accomodations and food, top notch guides, and spectacular sights, (there are Mayan Ruins a stone's throw from the lodge) and you have a recipe for one of the finest fishing vacations anywhere. We are looking forward to providing the attention to detail, innovation and passion that we're known for to facilitate the very best for our guests. Johnny is already redefining saltwater flies; his new 'cuda needlefish patterns are lethal. I can't wait to see what he ties up next. Tarpon migration season's right around the corner!
We're going to be spending every spare minute deciphering the secrets of this spectacular fishery, but we are always happy to talk salt. Feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info. I will be blogging regularly about this new adventure~ Rita