Camaguey Cuba fly fishing for Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit, Snook in Los Jardines de la Reina.
Cuba Fly Fishing Los Jardines de la Reina
Named the Queen's Gardens by Christopher Columbus, the Jardines de la Reina is a pristine chain of islands, very similar in nature to the Florida Keys in the USA. The island system runs more than one hundred miles back to the northwest, from Cuba's south-eastern coast. Most of the area we fish is fifty or more miles offshore and has been designated as a Cuban Marine Park in 1996 and now is the biggest Park in all the Caribbean area.
As such, there is no commercial fishing in the area, and no other operators allowed. There is no inhabitation of any kind on any of the islands in the Marine Park, where Avalon's operation is located. This is a huge expanse of saltwater wilderness, perhaps the last place like this left in the world today.
With Cuba's continued protection it should remain a treasure forever.
Cuba Fly Fishing for Tarpon
Probably the best tarpon fishing in the entire Caribbean thanks to the huge Marine park ecosystem that in only 10 years repopulate what everybody are now able to experience and most of all thanks to the low pressure flats/n# angler/year that allow Avalon to fish almost everyday in an untouched flat. Numbers reflect only part of what reality can offer and not even 7,000 jumped tarpon per season can give you an idea what a regular tarpon fishing day can be. Tarpon are abundant in the island system, especially baby tarpon in the 20-50 pound class. Larger fish, 80-140 lbs are getting more and more common every year especially during MarchÂ June months. What you can expect is some of the hottest fishing for tarpon to be found anywhere in the world! Baby tarpon is a perfect fish to catch on a 10 weight fly rod, or on spin or bait casting tackle.
The many "rivers" and "creeks" flowing between islands are especially good at higher tide levels. Schools of bigger tarpons are often found right out on the flats, in two to six feet of water. The fishing is fast and exciting and all in sight casting. Schools of anchovies and glass minnows can often be found packed along the mangrove islands, and when you find baitfish in big concentrations like this, you'll find hundreds of tarpon feeding on them. This can be total non-stop action! It is also thrilling to fish for tarpon at night, after dinner, when the tarpon will come to a popper with dramatic lunges, not for the faint of heart. We also fish tarpon in the outside flats during dawn time especially if there is no wind around.
You'll find some of the finest bonefishing in the world in the JDR. Since these flats are never commercialy fished, they are teeming with bones that average a solid four to six pounds. An angler has lots of opportunities daily for fish in the seven to nine pound class. Bones in the 10-14 lb. class have been caught with more regularity especially in the last years thanks to the Marine park, but what is impressive are the overall numbers and average size of these bonefish.There are a variety of flats, from pure white sand to a mixture of sand and grass, to flats where it can be solid turtle grass and marl.
Guides use the flats skiffs to cover a lot of water, but when they encounter an especially good flat to wade, they often park the boat. The anglers will hop out, accompanied by the guide, and wade fish the flats. There are a great number of flats that provide outstanding wade fishing for large tailing bones on an incoming tide.
The late afternoon and evening fishing can be especially pleasant. The guides are willing to fish late, and the wind typically dies in the afternoon. Tailing and feeding bones can be spotted hundreds of yards away on the calm flats, and in the low evening light the bones pounce on a fly with abandon you don't see in mid-day.
Other than the Florida Keys, this is perhaps the best place in the world to catch a big permit on a fly. There are both good numbers of big permit, and superb permit flats to be found in the JDR. Flats that are barely out of the water, or just below the surface at low tide are two to three feet deep on a high incoming tide - perfect habitat for the largest permit. Many of these flats are bordered by deep water- exactly the same kind of conditions you see in the Florida Keys where most of the world record permit have been caught. It is not uncommon to pole up to these flats and see a half a dozen permit tailing, all of which are in the 25-35 pound class! The Jardines de la Reina is one of the few spots in the world where you have a very real opportunity to catch a grand slam - any day of the year!
Cuba Fishing Guides
Our staff of guides has been acclaimed by many experienced anglers as some of the finest flats guides in all of the Caribbean. These are young Cuban guys that have grown up in the fishing community of Jucaro but have been taught the fine points of guiding and poling a flats skiff by some of the best fly fishermen in the world. The core group of very experienced guides are now teaching the younger guides. All these guys are wonderful anglers themselves and if you invite them to do a little fishing, you will see them double hauling one hundred feet of line and catching fish just like the finest guides in the Florida Keys! They speak enough English to communicate well with the anglers, and they are all very enthusiastic and hard working young men.
Tortuga, Cuba Fishing Lodge
While you are our guest in Los Jardines de la Reina, accommodations are provided primarily on two large live-aboard boats.Our Original craft is La Tortuga - a large, 110 foot long, double decker floating hotel with seven cabins for guests. The newly constructed Tortuga is an unbelievably solid boat, made of steel and then anchored in a protected channel, so that it never moves about. The threat of getting seasick is non-existent. This boat doesn't move one inch. Each cabin has its own shower with hot water, toilet and individually adjustable high tech air-conditioning system. A large air conditioned dining room downstairs with both a foredeck and afterdeck make this a very comfortable home away from home. The Tortuga normally accommodates 14 anglers, two per room.
Live - Aboard Charters
Jardines de la Reina can offer great fishery also from one of the 2 live aboards we have.
Halcon. The luxury yacht
Seventy Five feet in length, it is equipped below decks with six cabins, and three bathrooms. Good showers with plenty of hot water make things comfortable. Up top there is a large salon, which is fully air conditioned and a perfect place to have cocktails after fishing, before dinner.
Meals are usually served on the afterdeck where there is normally a nice breeze. Dinners are primarily seafood- fresh fish every day, lobster and conch. For those that would like something different, chicken and pork are also available. Salads and a variety of fruits are served every day. The desserts like flan, and rum cake are delicious.
La Reina. The brand new yacht
La Reina is a comfortable yacht, Fully refurbished end of 2005 sixty-nine feet in length, all air conditioned, with 4 double rooms and 4 bathrooms and a large upper deck where meals are usually served! Showers with plenty of hot water make things comfortable thanks to a new water maker. The chef on La Reina does a wonderful job with the meals. Dinners are primarily seafood- fresh fish every day. For those that would like something different, chicken and pork are available as well as vegetarian meals. Salads and a variety of fruits are served every day. The desserts like flan, and rum cake are delicious.
The guides live aboard the La Reina along with the guests, and having the flexibility to travel around this huge island system in order to find the absolute best fishing is a key to the popularity of the La Reina.
The ideal group of anglers is four, with two guides and two flats skiffs available at all times. La Reina is superb and suggested solution for those guests that would love to try all kind of fishing techniques in Jardines de la Reina, from Spinning, Fly-fishing, trolling or bottom fishing.