You know a fishing trip was incredible when your only regret is having to leave. I just returned from my first trip to Cuba organized through Fly Water Travel and I must admit that I was a little nervous going into it. My expectations were so huge that I was afraid there would be no way the trip would be as amazing as in my mind. My friends have been asking how was Cuba and all I can say is that it exceeded expectations. And then they all ask if I brought them cuban cigars!
We fished the Jardines De La Reina aboard Avalon’s flag ship yacht called Fleet 2. Waking up early to take a bus ride half way across the country was worth it. Once we got on the boat, we started to realize how incredible the trip was going to be. The crew on the boat runs a 5 star operation and to say the boat is luxurious doesn’t give it justice. We had a group of 12 and we had plenty of space on the boat to sleep, eat, as well as kick back and relax. We even put to use the jacuzzi on the top deck a couple evenings.
We all caught numerous bonefish throughout the week including some very large fish. Baby tarpon were also around and it was a lot of fun watching them chase the fly and take. Our group’s largest tarpon landed was about 45 pounds, about as much fun as you can have on a 10 weight. For myself, my fishing highlight was the third day of fishing where I landed my first tarpon and first permit ever. Realizing we were just a bonefish away from a grand slam we quickly stopped at a bonefish flat on the way back to the big boat and promptly landed one on the second cast. I’m sure plenty of anglers have put in a lot of time to catch their first permit and probably even more time for their first grand slam, but I was fortunate (and lucky) to have an incredibly patient guide that not only put me on fish but was able to coach me through my mistakes and inadequacies! Cuba is indeed a special place.
Hosted Trip w/ Blake Merwin – Cuba, Zapata Peninsula
I’m super excited about returning to Cuba this April (4/11-18). I will be hosting another trip, this time to the Zapata Peninsula and looking forward to more tarpon and bonefish. I’m not quite sure if I deserve the opportunity to cast to another permit though! We had two spots recently open up. Please give us a call to join the trip!
April 11: Arrive Havana, arrive Playa Larga
April 12 – 17: 6 days guided fishing
April 18: Depart Havana
Rate: $3,745.00 per person based on single occupancy – 2 spots left