Cayo Cruz, Cuba
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Cayo Cruz, Cuba
March 23rd-30th, 2019
The Lodge and Outfitter
Located on the northeast shore of the eastern province of Cuba, Cayo Cruz Lodge offers a huge variety of salt water fly fishing. This newly formed fishery is surrounded by a marine park and offers an enormous and expansive system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries. Virtually untouched, this fishing location represents one of the cleanest and most biologically diverse ecosystems providing opportunities for catching bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, and barracuda. The flats are an inviting combination of hard packed white sand and a semi-firm mottled bottom great for wade fishing. Spend the day wading or boat fishing the flats and then return to the hotel for some rest and relaxation.
The Hotel Casona de Romano is a newly renovated stately house built in 1919 for the owner of the town’s sugar cane factory, making it an incredibly unique fishing lodge experience. The cuisine at the hotel consists of typical Cuban meals from fresh fish to roasted pork. Cayo Cruz offers a truly authentic Cuban experience and some of the best flats fishing in the world!
The first thing that guests need to know about when considering this location, aside from the exceptional flats fishing that is found here is that this new fishery is still very much in its infancy. The flats are an inviting combination of hard packed white sand and a semi-firm mottled bottom that still provides good wading. And what a place this is for those who like to wade! It‘s very similar to Los Roques in terms of the amount of area that‘s wadable and there are places here where you can wade for 4 straight hours without heading back to the boat.
Cayo Cruz demonstrates all the characteristics of a recently discovered, virgin fishing territory – large numbers of fish, good sizes and their evident lack of exposure to flies and leaders. Add to this the natural beauty of the cays and of the water and you have a truly memorable place to fish.
The average sized bonefish is a healthy 4 pounds and during the course of the week it is not unheard of for guests to land a fish or two in the 10 pound range. Tailing bonefish are common and guests can expect to see bonefish in singles and doubles, all the way up to schools of several hundred fish. What really sets this location apart from so many other fisheries is that guests can expect to encounter and get shots at good numbers of permit each day. There are very few places on earth where guests can fish for big bonefish each day and also get shots at tailing permit. This combination may take place in other locations but not with the consistency that is virtually guaranteed at Cayo Cruz. It is a rare day when you don‘t encounter and get shots at permit. The permit will range in size between about 8 and 30 pounds.
The flats at Cayo Cruz/Cruz are a little deeper than those found in other areas of Cuba, which means that the bonefish and permit are still found in excellent numbers throughout the year. There are two locations within the Cayo Cruz that offer very good tarpon fishing. Guides tend to save these areas for when an angler has already boated a permit and is looking for a Grand Slam. These fish will range from 30 to 90 pounds.
Besides the fishing for permit, bonefish and tarpon, you will also cast for other challenging species
as mutton snapper, snook, cubera snapper, jack crevalle, barracuda, etc.
The above rates include airport transfers to and from Cayo Cruz Airport, lodging, all meals and snacks, guided fishing (1 guide for every 2 anglers).
What's Not Included
Personal fishing gear, gratuities for staff and guide, Conservation fee($100), personal expenses, beverages.
Transfer from Havana to Cayo Cruz via airplane is available for $200.
7 night/ 6 Day package
Angler Package price: $2,995 per person
Non-Angler Package price: $2,000 per person
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