April 18-28, 2019...($ Please call Capt. Dexter 305-304-5880 for rate)
*All transfers to/from JOSE MARTI airport and to/from Jucaro Port.
*3 Nights Parque Central Hotel Havana. (dbl occ.)
*7 Nights AVALON II Yacht.
*All food and beverages on AVALON II Yacht.
*$100 Conservation fee (fishing license).
*April 18 Arrival Havana, Parque Central Hotel.
*April 19 Havana guided educational walking and taxi tours. Parque Central Hotel.
*April 20. Transfer to Jucaro Port. Avalon II Yacht.
*April 21-26. Guided Flats Fishing full days. Gardens of the Queen, Jardines de la Reina.
*April 27. Avalon II return to Jucaro Port. Transfer to Parque Central Hotel, Havana.
*April 28. Return to USA.
*Food/Beverages in Havana.
*Guide and AVALON II crew tips.
During our week we will be staying on a 150 foot live-aboard yacht, AVALON II. This yacht is very comfortably appointed with air conditioned private staterooms, a lounge, bar, and dining room, an open air jacuzzi on the upper deck, and an entertainment center. This Yacht is very comfortable, and smooth cruising.
This is a great location for large, migratory Tarpon, along with Bonefish and Permit.
CALL CAPT. DEXTER SIMMONS TODAY 305-304-5880 TO BE INCLUDED!!!
**Rates do not include:
Airfare, alcohol, incidentals.
Taxis, Transfers to/from airport in Havana to/from hotel.
Cuban Visa, Cuban Fishing License
Fly Fishing Trip Blog, JARDINES DE LA REINA, CUBA, where I fished and toured Hemingway's estate, here is my 2016 blog for one of the days fishing in Cuba...
Feb. 1, 2016
The fishing trip begins around 7:30 am. My guide Leonardo takes me on a 20 minute run to the Bonefish grounds. We hunt in shallow water flats surrounded by mangrove bushes. Some are tailing on the turtle grass, others are schooled up on the silty sandy shallow bottom mudding. Over a three hour hunt we hook up ten, most from three to four pounds, two in the six to eight pound range. It is great fun, feeling the line tighten, watching and listening to the Bonefish rip fly line off the reel into the orange micron backing. Whirring reel music fills the Cuban tropic air. By mid morning my gloves and are half leather and half Bonefish slime.
"Pull it in Dexter" Leonardo moves us into a channel flat and hands me an 8 weight loaded with floating line and a Tarpon leader. "Your Tarpon fly box please." He points to a brown-tan-orange Sand Devil Fly, "this one is good." After twenty minutes of poling along a clear shoal, Leonardo finds a school Tarpon in about 6 feet of water coming our way. "You see them Dexter?"
"Okay, I've got them, two o'clock, 80 feet". Leonardo positions the bow for a cast to ten o'clock. The school is now moving slowly toward our skiff, about sixty feet. Looks like there are a dozen or so juvenile poons. "Okay Dexter, cast now." I false cast once for aim and launch the fly line, leader and sand devil, turning it over for a soft landing 6 feet in front of the lead fish. " "Wait, wait, okay stripping, stripping, stripping," Leonardo coaches. Three strips and the lead Tarpon turns on the fly and eats but no hook up. I recast the fly and another Tarpon eats the fly, but is off after a 5 minute tug of war with no jumps. The school circles around and a third Tarpon eats the fly and is jumping! After about a 10 minute battle, the fish is landed! A 20 pound Tarpon caught with the Sand Devil fly!
I turn to Leonardo and say "this means we must hunt for Permit to complete the grand slam!"
We spend the next three hours and find four Permit, one of which is a good shot. The Permit is tailing on a shoal bank, about 100 feet at 1 o'clock. A back cast flies within 5 feet of the tailer. Leonardo says "good cast, wait, wait, wait, strip two short, now one long...following, strip short, strip, strip, now long strip..." But no luck, as the Permit swims away out of range. "No hungry", Leonardo is spot on. A great day of fishing as the sun sets on Jardines de la Reina, Cuba.
Here is a video taken during an incredible morning of Bonefishing Jardines de la Reina Cayo Chocolate flats where I hooked seventeen Bones from 3 to 8 pounds just three hours!
2016 Trip is HUGE SUCCESS! Here are but a few of the pics from the Feb., 2016 trip...
CHECK OUT THE 2016 VIDEO ON YOUTUBE!
During this particular day 17 Bonefish were hooked up on my hand tied Squimp fly in 3 hours, all averaging 3 to 8 pounds on the Cayo Chocolate flats! Some of the best Bonefishing I have ever experienced!!