Cuba - the island of dreams is said to everyone who was there. Great vacation and fishing in Cuba you will remember for a long time. Fishing in Cuba can be perfectly combined with the rest. Throw to tackle large marlin or tuna - a great thing, but they must also be found. As they say experienced travelers who do not go for the first time in Cuba, the locals are reluctant to accompany them into the open space of the ocean. Why, I'll tell you later.
For a beginner it's stereotypes of Cuba rum and cigars, Varadero beaches, Old Havana, fun and affordable women, abundance of tropical fruits. Usually, tourists watch all these beauties from the tour bus window or sitting in tourist reservations.
The bravest go into the standard travel around the island, and the most desperate even attend night bars. However, not risking the loss of any of which, except for a couple of hundred CUC (Cuban currency equal to about 1 Euro) and mobile phone use now in Cuba the most popular.
In Cuba, a tourist "sacred cow", it is possible to cheat and steal a little, but it is impossible to touch a finger, it is prohibited for all local residents.
Cuba still has retained its romantic-revolutionary charm, including by the many restrictions for Cubans and foreigners. Cubans are limited in their relations with foreigners. They cannot carry a foreigner in his car without a special permit.
On entering the city there are police posts and boredom check not local. Cubans are not allowed to go out with a foreigner in the sea - it is prohibited. This capability is provided by specially trained people (I suspect that the security workers). However, if the relative is a Cuban, for example the head of the frontier or the police, the ban can be circumvented.
Pestering foreigners is prohibited. Affected mostly women and traders "real" Cuban cigars. And many other prohibitions. At the same time the Cubans are very friendly, and even outside of Havana and ingenuous. Asked always try to answer in detail, verbose, and at a very fast pace. So what are the answers even to a foreigner who knows the Spanish language usually remains undisclosed?
Life outside the Cuban capital and tourist clusters is the real Cuba and the journey leaves a lasting impression on her and a complete delight, especially if you are traveling in the company of Cuban.
Movement in Cuba rather chaotic. Despite the small number of cars, the lack of which it is replaced by cyclists and motorcyclists. And as horsemen and carts, which are full participants in the road. During the day you can still react and the rider rides the night with the obligatory torch in his hand, and then - what sort of reaction one. Roads covered only in large cities.
About fishing in Cuba
Fishing in Cuba is marine and freshwater
Sea fishing in Cuba
Fishing at sea Marlin and a large white yacht-boat with cocktails, spinning and comfort is available in HABANA (Marina Hemingway) and VARADERO (Punta Hicacos). The cost of 700 CUC. It's fun and comfortable ride for rich tourists. Trophies are sometimes, but mostly barracuda.
As for the rest of the fish, the first sentence the remarkable works of Ernest Hemingway "The Old Man and the Sea" is very eloquent: "The old man was fishing alone on his boat in the Gulf Stream. For eighty-four days, he went to sea and did not catch any fish, "and is confident that over the past 60 years marlin was no more.
Fishing boats at sea smaller spinning and trolling. This is the same fishing for which is to go to Cuba. Marina with boats and a resolution on the removal of foreigners into the sea is in all major coastal cities. The cost of 280 CUC. If this is not the target fishing, for example, on tarpon, you come across all kinds of trophies, but spinning in the main permit, snapper, barracuda, by the way, are not always edible. Cuban fishermen barracuda are not taken.
If fish is not caught by trolling or casting, we can always stand in the reef or rocks and catch a hundred kilograms of "local perch" from 1 to 2 kg. Be sure to take with hooks ranging in size from 1/0 to 5/0. Cuban hooks of very poor quality and the big fish they unbend or breaks.
Sea fishing in Cuba on tourist vessels not states this prohibition. Tried to just agree with the fish - nothing happened. And I'm not alone tried, according to online reports. In the best case at the oars, along the coast under the cover of darkness.
However, there are several vessels that go to sea with foreigners. Fishing costs twice cheaper - about 150 CUC. Just have to buy a separate large shrimp, which is not commercially available. I recommend taking a few more cranks size, but any color, depth and surface. And the line of 1.5-2 mm.
Freshwater fishing in Cuba
Freshwater fishing in Cuba is completely unknown to most tourists. However, it exists. Cuba is not only beaches, but also three mountain ranges with very beautiful scenery, mountain lakes and reservoirs.
On inland waters to the dumping of foreigners in the open sea is not there. Therefore, all legal fishing. From this trophy bass to 7 kg, I came across a maximum of two pound catfish up to 20 kg, and of course the river tarpon. Also say up to 40 kg. But usually not big river, approximately 7.10 kg.
Tarpon is not tasty and the rule "caught, photographed, let go." The rest of the trophies fall into the pan. I am a Cuban guide, told us about the strange Canadians who are caught, released 7 Bass, and then bought the "Indians" of bass for dinner. Cuban did not understand the logic of a Canadian fisherman.
Unlike saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing in Cuba is more comfortable in terms of heat. In the mountains it is cooler and you can always swim in fresh water. Spinning on a fishing issued accompanying rentals.
You can bring along a few favorite lures and jig heads. If there Fly tackle, tarpon then better not to think. However, the neither problem with transportation in an airplane nor canceled. Price from 50 to 250 CUC for a day depending on the location, type of boat and travel distance.
Spear fishing in Cuba
Spear fishing in Cuba may deal exclusively with the Cubans, but with greater restrictions (you can not catch lobsters and other arthropods). Underwater fishing is prohibited to foreigners. But the brave Cuban divers for a small fee in the 50-70 CUC, offer a joint underwater hunting with guns gear at sea. Police and fishing control in swimming trunks I have not seen, so not really a legitimate enjoyed hunting on the reef.
The dexterity with Cuban divers not matches, so to shoot enough, you can return this gun hunter for the extraction of this trophy. Trophies can be prepared in close or take in Kasu, where the hosts will cook it for dinner. For spear fishing except snorkel fins necessarily needed because large fish, crabs and lobsters like a place where it is deeper, from 5-7 meters.
Fly fishing in Cuba
The season for fly fishing
High season: the end of January - beginning of June. At this time, it migrates tarpon - one of the most attractive fish species fishermen. July - August season swarms of young fish tarpon and adults. The season for fishing with spinning - all year round, not included here, such as the fish tarpon. The most favorable season for fishing spinning: October - December, the most favorable season for tuna.
Fly fishing in Cuba is very different from fly fishing anywhere else in the Caribbean. Only on these shoals in recent years it began to develop fisheries. You have the opportunity to fish in waters that are not seen sport fishing for nearly 50 years. These areas are preserved intact, as are the Cuban National Marine Sanctuary where commercial fishing is applicable except that only lobsters.
Here, an incredible number of tarpon, the permit, bonefish, snook, pargo, barracuda and trivially. Since fishing is not very intense in these waters fish are rarely faced with sport fishing, accordingly, it’s extremely easy to catch.
Imagine a place where you can fish in the shallows, stretching over more than 100 miles, alone, seeing no other fishermen. The place where fly fishing is so successful that you can catch seven species of fish in a single day. The place where a large bonefish swims rapidly to the place where you threw the bait. The place where you have a real chance of greater success in the fishing every day of the year.
Imagine a place where the permit large as much as it was at the Florida 30 years ago. A place where you can wade kilometers of white sand on bare feet in search of the largest bonefish. A place where you will find a sufficiently large tarpon, trivially, barracuda and sharks!
Despite the unusually active fishing ban to more archipelagos remained intact. Because they are located at a distance of 50 to 100 miles from the coast of Cuba. Getting to them is not so easy, even for Cuban lobster hunters. Under the guidance of some of the famous guides and anglers Cubans were also excellent guides and good fly fisherman.
Give them a fly rod, and they will use a double traction technique at a distance of 100 feet, or show you how to work with the front sight to catch bonefish. These guides will be happy to assist fishermen and ready to work day and night, allowing you to fish as long as you want.
Although Spanish is the native language for the guides, they all learn English, so they are surprisingly well communicate with fishermen. To ensure success in catching the permit fly fishing is simply impossible. This wonderful fish - the most difficult task, and many anglers on her prey. Throw the bait, hook and catch to get the permit - a serious problem. This is what tends to fly most fishermen engaged in marine fishing.
Fly fishing the permit - this is a serious challenge, and intrepid fishermen face difficulties when they decide to conquer this fantastic opponent. The wind, the sun and the unusual nature of this fish - all interfere with the angler in his quest to catch one of these majestic fish. We cannot think of any fish whose behavior is so difficult to predict, understand, and what is worse, it is almost impossible to cheat. This is a real challenge!
The best places in Cuba to catch the permit - in Kayo Largo and the Jardines de la Reina. Both of these places are in the 60-80 miles from the shore, along the southern coast of Cuba. Optimal timing for catching the permit in Cuba - from March to July, and in November, when you can watch the high tides and low tides in the deep.
Kayo Largo and the Jardines de la Reina - the two prominent places where you can get a Grand Slam and Super Slam, largely due to the fact that the permit fishing permanently successful. Each fishing can catch a 25-pounder of permits. We can hardly call you a place where fishing would be more productively than in Kayo Largo and the Jardines de la Reina. If we move farther to the west, we can see the Isle of Youth, which becomes known as a Mecca for big the permit, which is caught on the fly.
Fishermen in these places occasionally find a string of the permit on the flats at a depth of 1 to 2 feet. A much easier way to find the permit - to track down the electric ray that looks for food at a depth of 2 to 3 feet. Permit smart enough and omnivorous. It follows the stingrays, which paralyzes crabs and shrimp, and permit gets his chance on the food.
Kayo Largo - this is the best place in the world to find great the permit, following the ramp. Permit weighing 15 to 25 pounds, finding food by means of ramps, usually found off the coast of Cayo Largo. So if you want to catch big of permits, Kayo Largo - this is what you need.
The permits the southern coast of Cuba, can also be found next to large flocks bonefish. In this case, fishing has its own characteristics, as bonefish often enough fly faster than the permit. If, it certainly will not be abandoned to the right place. Such fishing, requiring extraordinary precision, makes the heart beat faster and use all your skills fly fishing, to pass this test.
On the nature of Cuba
From the beaches and palm trees, we try to escape because they go around the perimeter of Liberty Island and numerous islets of the Cuban. Even leisure is not possible without the sea, but it is better to observe the sea, riding on a horse along the beach or swimming in the rocky reef amongst colorful fish.
Traveling alone in a rented car on the wild beaches is better not to leave even a jeep. Since the tractor can go very far without success because of the low population density. As already mentioned above, in Cuba, there are three mountain areas. All of them are national parks. Each unique mountain by the breed structure, flora and fauna. Be sure to walk through the jungle bathing in mountain streams and waterfalls, or take a ride on horseback.
In the mountains, there are no crocodiles; snakes are not poisonous, stinging plants across extremely rare, palms, flowers, vines. From dangerous inmates I met only the ants and in the rain, when they wash away with foliage. Can pour acid and the important thing is not to itch, then itch goes fast enough. It is said that there are the mosquitoes.
On the active rest in Cuba
For tourists already living in the beach cluster can order the car and drive to a nearby national park for the whole day. Relax by the ocean. Or go on a fishing trip, leaving his companion to bask on the beach. But it is better to plan a vacation in the active mode.
Morning, yet not too hot, you can start at the sea beach in the semi-wild. In the afternoon, go to the mountains or on a fishing trip. Having a car with a driver - all the roads are open. In addition, this car will take the family to the beach. But I recommend traveling in the mountains with his wife and children. In the evening, too, need a sober driver. To go from the coast to the nearest town - see the sights and have dinner with cocktails.
Optimum active travel company for two people, but it is possible to go and more companies. This is mainly due to the size of the boat - more comfortable together. And the car brand. If the company has more than three people, you will need a minivan. On the day of an average car moves from 150 to 300 km, depending on the selected route.
As already mentioned above is active primarily fishing and spear fishing, walking in the jungle, horseback riding, you can scuba dive, ride a boat.
Fishing in Cuba gives great opportunities to catch a variety of gear in various places along the coast of Liberty Island and a variety of fish species. Get a copy of trophy fishing in Cuba is not particularly difficult if you have the appropriate skills. Vast ocean fresh breeze and fighting a big fish, is not it the dream of any true fisherman.