Cayo Largo Cuba fly fishing for Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook

Fishing Cayo Largo with Avalon Fishing Centers

As of April 1st, 2008 the heavenly Cayo Largo (Long Key) fishing center destination is under management of Avalon Fishing Center. With this new undertaking we strive to achieve a paradise that fishermen can enjoy and share with their families and non-fisherman friends.

In Cayo Largo you can bonefish on white sand flats while your family enjoys the breathtaking beaches, enjoy a cocktail in the hotel pool, or participate in one of the numerous activities the resort offers.

Fish during the day and relax watching an incredible sunset in style and comfort in one of the most beautiful pristine natural environments in the world. All this with the personal touch and excellent service only Avalon can offer you, with more than 15 years of experience dedicated to top notch fly fishing trips.

Cayo Largo also has recently inaugurated a modern international airport where Canadian, European, and South American aircrafts can now fly in directly. There are 3 weekly flights directly from Canada and Italy.

Sol Cayo Largo Resort 

The Sol Cayo Largo all-inclusive Resort is located on Cayo Largo del Sur. Cayo Largo is located in the Canarreos Archipelago, on the southwestern coast of Cuba and belongs to municipio especial Isla de la Juventud. It is 177 km from Havana City and is 27 km of cool fine-grain white sandy beaches.

The Resort is only 5 minutes from the International Airport. It offers a total of 296 comfortable rooms with a terrace or balcony overlooking the ocean, including 8 Junior Suites and 52 deluxe rooms.

cayo largo fishingAttractions provided at the hotel:

  • Club House
  • 3 restaurants
  • spanish classes, dancing classes and cooking classes
  • party hall
  • karaoke night club
  • diving school
  • health center with gym
  • sauna, jacuzzi and steam bath
  • 2 tennis courts
  • bikes 
  • water sports center
  • cuban club for cultural activities
  • theater

Fishing

Avalon is one of the few companies in the whole world able to offer its guests the unique possibility of fishing in a completely exclusive marine park, free of commercial fishermen, nets or any skiff or yacht from other companies. Think about the infinite possibilities of having all those nautical kilometers just for you and being able to choose the species and the place you desire to fish without any fuel limitation during your fishing week.

Bonefish: These are the most abundant and popular of the flat species. The average weight is about 6 pounds but bigger specimens are caught, especially in the winter months. Fishing is either from the skiff or by wading. At times the fish may be seen literally standing on their heads with their tails sticking out of the water. This action is called tailing. Bonefish move onto the shallow sand and mud flats to feed on animals that live on the bottom. They use their conical snouts to root around the bottom to dislodge worms, mollusks, shrimps, and crabs. 

Permit: Quite abundant in Cayo Largo, where they live up to their reputation of being the most frustrating fish of the flats. Permit primarily forage on flats and intertidal areas, entering shallow water on incoming tides from deeper adjacent channels and basins. They usually travel in schools of about ten. Permit also congregate around wrecks and other deeper-water structures. Like the bonefish, the permit uses its hard mouth to dig into the benthos and root up its prey. These food items usually consist of crustaceans and mollusks. However, as opportunistic feeders, permit will eat a variety of animals, including amphipods, copepods, mollusks, polychaetes, fish and insects.

Tarpon: 
Tarpon rate as the strongest, most acrobatic and most exciting saltwater species on the fly. A large number of tarpon are resident year round in Cayo Largo tidal channels. Tarpon are often found in schools with other tarpon and are opportunistic eaters that feed on a variety of fish and crabs. Their average weight is from 15 to 30 pounds, but fish up to 120 pounds may be encountered. Correct hook setting will help put the odds in your favour. Point the rod tip at the fish and firmly set the hook with your stripping hand only.

Jack Crevalle: These fish are noted for their speed and aggressiveness to grab popper flies. They are mostly found from March onwards on the sandy flats around the main island. They are considered a primary target for sight-fishing. Other species: Barracuda is another regular of the flats and reef species like Snapper, Grouper and Cubera are also worth a try.

A Season From November to August

The climate is warmer than in the Bahamas with an average temperature of 23.6 C in January. These fair weather conditions during the mid winter months are suitable for flyfishing the Cayo Largo flats. August, with an average temperature of 28.2 C, is the hottest month in Cuba. There is invariably a pleasant sea breeze but, occasionally, stronger winds can be experienced. The fishing season runs from November until August, thus avoiding the cyclone period during September and October.

November / January

The beginning of the season from November to January is very good with plenty of bonefish (especially big ones) on the flats and mangrove areas. Fishing for tarpon and other species can also be excellent. It is a very pleasant period to plan a trip to Cayo Largo as the weather is much warmer in Cuba than in Europe or Northern America.

February / June

Peak Season is from February to June when all species are present in the area such as tarpon, permit and jack. Migratory tarpon, up to 800/100lbs (average 15/30lbs) are regularly spotted and casts to permit are very frequent. This period is the best to try the Gland Slam. Many Grand Slams are made each season and also some Super Grand Slams (Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit and Snook).


July / August

In the late season the weather gets hot but the fishing is still very productive, especially for tarpon and permit. Fishing for bonefish is also very good in the morning and in the evening. The statistics are very interesting. They show that the same number of fish are caught during the hot months, however, by half the number of rods.


Environment 

Cayo Largo is in the South Central region of the Cuban Archipelago, one of the last virgin spots left on the planet. Here nature was prodigal in its gifts: beaches and more beaches in its 17 miles (27 Km) of length. But as if surrounding it with fine white sands was not enough. Cayo Largo was given the gift of being eternally caressed by clear and gentle water of incredible hues of blue. 

When you finally arrive in Cayo Largo you will be surprised to find a natural environment that practically has not changed at all since the world began.

The bottom scenery is incredible around the coral reef that links the chain of islets around Cayo Largo like an underwater bridge. You will find all your favorite water sports on this island. Scuba diving lovers will be amazed by the explosion of color in this underwater world.

Cayo Largo owes its name to its elongated shape. Around 1494 admiral Christopher Columbus touched upon it during his second voyage to Cuba. It is also linked to the large groups of pirates that used to roam the Caribbean Sea.

In this islet, nature shares a well-kept secret. It has coral reefs and is complemented by neighboring keys inhabited by numerous species of flora and fauna, among them iguanas, pelicans and turtles.

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