Cuba Fishing Outfitters specializes in giving expert and honest advice, and in arranging fishing trips to the best destinations in Cuba.
With travel to Cuba becoming more possible every day for US citizens, Cuba Fishing Outfitters was created in order to serve those needs. Cuba has long been a mysterious place, and American travelers have many questions. CFO usually has the answer to those questions, and can organize every facet of a trip. Furthermore, with experience in fishing Cuba for nearly 20 years, we feel we can give honest and expert advice on which location is best for any angler or group. Ultimately, we can facilitate all aspects of your travel, from flights, lodgings and tours in Havana, and arranging for your dream fishing trip.
DENVER Fly Fishing Show at the Denver Mart: Hey all. I will be doing 3 presentations in Denver this weekend on everything you need to know about fishing and traveling to Cuba. Friday at 1:00, Saturday at 4:00, and Sunday at 2:00. If you are in town, please join me!
One of the famous places in Havana is Parque Centrale in old Havana. When you go there, it is likely that you will see a group of men crowded together, talking and waving their arms, and generally seeming passionate about something. And passionate they are. This is the famous "Esquina Caliente" or "hot corner" which is baseball slang for third base. The tradition for these men is to meet here to discuss everything baseball.....best teams, who will win what, best players, arguments over an umpire's call.......you name it. In a recent visit, I was accosted by one of the fans who talked my ear off.
In Parque Central, Havana, local baseball fanatics gather to discuss and argue over everything baseball. This fan is explaining things to me in great detail....
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Due to a recent cancellation, the live-aboard yacht Georgiana now has a week of availability during the prime of Cuba's fishing season. Georgiana will moor in the shallow waters adjoining Cuba's Zapata Peninsula. Anglers joining the trip will be picked up and transported via van from Havana, and then access the yacht via flats skiff. Total transport time from Havana to Georgiana is about 4 hours. Included in the package is all transportation to and from Havana, 7 nights food and lodging, and 6 full days of fishing. Half of the days anglers fish one per skiff, and the remaining half with 2 anglers sharing.
Zapata is known for having immense flats, with Bonefish very plentiful. These fish average in size from 2-5 pounds, but larger fish are available, all the way up to double digits. There are also Permit here, as well as resident Tarpon up to about 30 pounds. Larger Tarpon are sometimes caught, especially during this time of year when Tarpon are on their migration. There are also large numbers of Cuda, Jacks, and Snapper around Zapata. This is a very pristine and intact natural environment.
Dates of Trip: May 14-21, 2017
Price: $5650 per person
Maximum Number of Guests: 8
GARDENS OF THE KING Update:
Gardens of the King is one of the newer fishing destinations in Cuba. I fished here with the outfitter briefly last Fall and had a very good experience. Known for having a population of both resident Tarpon, and a good number of larger migratory Tarpon in season, I decided to host a trip for June of 2017.
Great for myself, and anyone wanting more first hand information on this fishery, Dylan Rose from FlyWater just joined a group at Gardens of the King. Many of the same anglers were with Dylan and I last year aboard the Avalon Fleet 1 at Cayo Cruz. We had a really fun trip, although the Tarpon fishing was disappointing due to warmer than normal water conditions. These guys wanted big Tarpon, and so re-booked to GOK which has a reputation for its Tarpon fishing.
Dylan is going to send out a more formal report, and when he does I will post a link to it. In the meantime though, I know that I have people interested in joining along with me to GOK in 2017. The information Dylan has passed along to me is recent and accurate. My understanding is that this group of anglers jumped around 70 Tarpon for the week. Fish ranged in size from 30-130 pounds. I like the sound of that! Unlike my experience in the Fall, Tarpon were apparently not on the flats, but instead in the channels and deeper lagoons.
I am also very happy that the group found their accommodations at the Iberostar Ensencachos quite good. The previous resort used for this fishing package was rough around the edges to say the least, and although the change had been made to Ensenachos this was my first report from anglers. They found the rooms and food very good, although I think they were surprised at how large and sprawling the resort itself was. My understanding is that the cigar bar became their haunt in the evenings after fishing.
Please let myself or Dylan Rose at FLywater know if you have any questions about Gardens of the King. I have just a couple of spots left for June 24th through July 2nd, 2017.
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If you have been to Cuba, you might be familiar with the unusual currency situation. Cuba, has two official currencies....one is the CUC (Convertible Peso and meant mostly for tourists) and the CUP (Cuban National Peso or Moneda Nacional, and used by ordinary Cubans). The CUC (pronounced "Kook") is worth approximately $1 US, and 25 times as much as a Cuban Peso.
When you go to a nice restaurant in Havana, pay for a hotel, or ride in a regular taxi, the CUC is the payment of choice. A normal taxi ride in Havana is almost always 7-10 CUC, and a meal in a nice restaurant is 10-15 CUC. But, if you learn a little more, a taxi ride can be about $.40 and a pizza on the street the same. For food, be on the lookout for Cubans standing in line at small food stalls or for restaurants where they charge in Moneda Nacional.
As for taxis, learn how to use the "Collectivos" which are shared taxis that drive on set routes around Havana. Here are some rules you need to know:
- Learn the routes: Generally, these old American cars which serve as collectivos make routes on the major avenues in Havana
- Watch the Locals: Cubans will stand on the side of these roads, and when cars approach stick their arm out. The taxis will stop, and you lean in and tell them where you want to go. They either say "si" and you get in, or "no" and keep on going.
- Don't slam the door!: This is your intuition with these old heavy doors, but the truth is these old cars are held together by baling wire and whatever else is available. The driver will appreciate you being thoughtful of his car.
- Greet the other passengers: Cubans are very polite, and most always utter a soft "buenas tardes" or whatever is appropriate when entering the cab.
- Have your money ready: It is impolite to make everyone else wait when the cab is at your stop. Collectivos are 10 CUP per person, so have your money out and ready. You just got a cab in Havana for $.40!
During our recent time in Cuba, my son Teddy and I were able to find a few days to fish. It was quite an adventure, as we had to rent a car and drive half way across the country. Our last two hours to the lodge was on country roads, in the dark, with no street lights or signs, and every kind of vehicle and animal on the road. WIth our Spanish a little more understandable, we had to stop and ask many locals directions, and with them being so helpful finally found our way to La Casona in the little town of Brasil.
We fished in the Eastern end of the Gardens of the King Archipeligo, around the area known as Cayo Cruz. This was Teddy's first time fishing in warm salt water. Wouldn't you know, he jumped and fought a 100 pound Tarpon in his first ten minutes, landed a bunch of bones including one around 7 pounds, and then landed a nice Tarpon to end the day? Luck of the beginner. Many thanks to Boris at La Casona, and Matias at Avalon in helping us to arrange this.
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