Paradise Found in Pesca Maya

By Kathy Kim


Sierra Pacific Fishing Adventure’s 2012 saltwater destination was the Ascension Bay, Yucatan Peninsula in late May.  May is considered a prime month for targeting grand slam: bonefish, permit, tarpon, and snook in Ascension Bay.  The permits cooperated, especially with the ladies, as Mary Lou and Kathy each landed a permit on the first day!  Rich fought hard and landed his very first and the week’s only tarpon and became the envy of the rest of us.  Countless bonefish in all sizes and shades were taken by everyone on the trip, including Joe Austin, who tasted the thrill of fighting bonefish for the first time on this trip.   But there were no snooks and therefore no grand slam…

The condition was less than ideal.  As unseasonal tropical storm was edging through the Peninsula, it generated a lot of moisture not to mention spectacular lightning and thunderstorms.  But we all persevered and had a fantastic time stalking bonefish in one of the most beautiful places on earth. 

Pesca Maya is truly a paradise, surrounded by turquoise blue water and tropical vegetation.  The lodge is modern, spacious, and artfully decorated.  Arturo, the talented chef, created sumptuous dishes at every meal.  His ceviche is truly the best I’ve ever tasted.

Best of all, what made this trip even more memorable was the company.  Our group consisted of Joe Austin, Marv Dworzak, Mary Lou and Rich Garrett, Tony Smith, Lee Smith, Joe Libeu and yours truly.  At the end of each fishing day, we giggled and laughed as we share our fishing stories and mishaps over margaritas and enjoyed the spectacular Mayan sunsets.