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Fish like Hemingway in Cuba!
Angling Expeditions with Capt. Dexter Simmons

A People to People Educational - Cultural Tour
(CFR 515.565 GENERAL LICENSE FOR EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES)





NOW TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR 2018!!!

YES! SPEND A WEEK IN CUBA, FEBRUARY 16-24, 2018; or March 30 - April 7, 2018; or April 21-28, 2018!!!
FLY FISHING FOR TARPON, PERMIT, BONEFISH!!!

RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!

Call Capt. Dexter at 305-304-5880 or send an email to captdexter@gmail.com







Feb. 16-24, 2018 ...($ Please call Capt. Dexter 305-304-5880 for rate)
**Includes: (Potential for resident "baby" Tarpon, plentiful Bonefish, Permit, Barracuda, Jacks)
*Reception at the Havana Airport
*Executive bus transfers to/from Jucaro & Havana
*2 nights at Havana 4/5 star hotels
*6 nights on Avalon Fleet II; 6 days on full board basis
*5 full days fishing, 2 sunset/sunrise short days (2-3 hours each) fishing
*Beverages on board - 10 beers & 30 drinks (water & soft drinks) per angler, per week



March 30-April 7, 2018...($ Please call Capt. Dexter 305-304-5880 for rate)
**Includes: (Potential for Adult migratory Tarpon, resident "baby" Tarpon, plentiful Bonefish, Permit, Barracuda, Jacks)
*Reception at the Havana Airport
*Executive bus transfers to/from Jucaro & Havana
*2 nights at Havana 4/5 star hotels
*6 nights on Avalon Fleet II; 6 days on full board basis
*5 full days fishing, 2 sunset/sunrise short days (2-3 hours each on arrival and departure days)
*Beverages on board - 10 beers & 30 drinks (water & soft drinks) per angler, per week


(Avalon II Yacht and inset photo of Amy McNeil courtesy of Ben Dozier, photographer)

April 21-28, 2018...($ Please call Capt. Dexter 305-304-5880 for rate)
**Includes: (Potential for Adult migratory Tarpon, resident "baby" Tarpon, plentiful Bonefish, Permit, Barracuda, Jacks)
*Reception at the Santa Clara Airport
*Group transfers to/from Júcaro Port to/from AVALON II LUXURY YACHT Live-Aboard (individual transfers can be arranged at an extra cost)
*Overnight at Júcaro Port (sleeping aboard AVALON II Luxury Yacht Live-Aboard)
*7 nights total aboard AVALON II Luxury Yacht Live-Aboard
*5 full days fishing, 1 short day fishing 6+ hours on arrival day
*Beverages on board - 10 beers & 30 drinks (water & soft drinks) per angler, per week
HAVANA TOUR OPTIONS: (Additional cost)
Optional Pre-fishing or Post-Fishing Havana Educational Tour.
Round trip Bus or Flight transfers available to Havana from Santa Clara, Cuba.
This is at each angler's discretion. Cost is not included in package. Please inquire for more info.

During all weeks we will be staying on a 140 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.

Click on this Cuba 2018 Video Power Point Here!





Check out the Gardens of the Queen (JARDINES DE LA REINA) Avalon II luxury motor yacht for the dates of Feb. 16-24 and March 30-April 7, 2018

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.
Tips
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!!

I look forward to fly fishing with you in Cuba!




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All photos and text copyright © Dexter D. Simmons, 2009. It is illegal to reproduce or distribute anything on this website in any manner or medium without written permission from its author, Dexter D. Simmons, P.O. Box 2006, Key West, FL 33045, 305-745-3304, captdexter@gmail.com