Guides

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A great guide makes all the difference. With well over a century of combined experience between them guiding Ascension & Espiritu Santo Bays, our guides are second to none. Read on to learn more.

 

Andres De La Cruz

Andres De La CruzAKA: Cucho

Guiding Experience:
Since 2003 exclusively at Casa & PlayaBlanca lodges.

Personality Traits/Guiding Style:
Andres is a perfect fit for beginners and couples with his polite, patient attitude and English skills that make communication easy. Andres is an excellent all around guide, equally at home hunting permit in the bays or baby tarpon in the backcountry.

 

Atanacio Najera

Atanacio NajeraAKA: Atanacio

Guiding Experience:
Since 2003 exclusively at Casa & Playa Blanca lodges.

Personality Traits/Guiding Style:
Atanacio is known as an anglers’ guide, a perfect match for the experienced angler or young go getter. He is absolutely tireless, one of our most accomplished boatmen, and skilled on the pole. Particularly knowledgeable of the vast Santa Rosa Lagoon system, Atanacio knows where to find fish. Somewhat soft-spoken, Atanacio has an adequate fishing vocabulary but limited English conversation skills.

 

Carlos Vazquez

 Carlos VazquezAKA: Chivo

Guiding Experience:
Since 1996 exclusively at Casa &Playa Blanca lodges. He is a fly tier of local flats crab and shrimp patterns.

Personality Traits/Guiding Style:
Carlos is a calculated and methodical guide who is as comfortable on the flats as he is in the backcountry lagoons. Known amongst the guides as “eagle eyes”, Carlos sees fish coming. He is an exceptional permit guide but is comfortable guiding all species. Quiet by nature, Carlos is polite with a great sense of humor and excellent English. He spends a large part of the season guiding at Playa Blanca.

 

David Herbert

 David HerbertAKA: Rey Leon

Guiding Experience:
Since 1991 exclusively at Casa & Playa Blanca lodges.

Personality Traits/Guiding Style: David is mild-mannered with great English and a smooth guiding style. He is a pro, well versed in all areas of flats and backcountry fishing, who works hard to facilitate a great day on the water. He has ample experience in both Ascension and Espiritu Santo Bays.

 

Eladio Chin

Eladio ChinAKA: Pacho

Guiding Experience:
Since 1988 exclusively at Casa & Playa Blanca lodges.

Personality Traits/Guiding Style:
Eladio was one of the first fly fishing guides on Ascension Bay and has seen it all in his many years guiding Ascension and Espiritu Santo Bays. With a calm and approachable guiding style and acceptable English, Eladio’s clients benefit from his ample experience.

 

Gilberto Mata

Gilberto MataAKA:  Pato

Guiding Experience:
Since 1991 exclusively at Casa & Playa Blanca lodges. Pato ties the Squimp, Spawning Shrimp and Casa Blanca Raghead Crab, available for purchase at the lodge by request.

Personality Traits/Guiding Style:
Soft spoken with above average English skills and infinite patience, Pato is a veteran professional and superb “all around” guide. Most of his regular clients book him for his permit hunting abilities, but Pato is great with beginners and experts alike.

 

Jorge Angulo

Jorge AnguloAKA: Perico

Guiding Experience:
Since 2003 exclusively at Casa & Playa Blanca Lodges. Jorge is an accomplished fly tier and his patterns are for purchase at the lodge.

Personality Traits/Guiding Style:

By far our most communicative guide with above average English and a cheerful nature, a day on the water with Jorge spells fun. He is known for chasing permit with anglers and succeeding, but is also an excellent instructor and great with beginners.

 

Jose Peraza

 Jose PerazaAKA: Oso

Guiding Experience:
Since 1997 exclusively at Casa & Playa Blanca lodges.

Personality Traits/Guiding Style:
He is a warm guide who likes to laugh and has good English communication skills. Jose is a great all around guide.

 

Rene Velazquez

Rene VelazquezAKA: Rana

Guiding Experience:
Since 1995 exclusively at Casa &Playa Blanca lodges.

Personality Traits/Guiding Style:
Rene is a happy and polite guide, great with couples and beginners. He has excellent poling skills and great patience, and is known for his extensive knowledge of the backcountry lagoon system. Rene has good English skills.