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Located on the north shore of the eastern province of Camaguey, the fishery Cayo Cruz and Cayo Romano is an enormous system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries. The fishing area is virtually untouched and represents one of the cleanest and most biologically diverse ecosystems you will ever fish. The fish are plentiful and aggressive.
Located on the north shore of the eastern province of Camaguey, the fishery Cayo Cruz and Cayo Romano is an enormous system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries. This marine park is 366 square kilometers in size, meaning that on the average day, each skiff has over 50 square kilometers to itself. The fishing area is virtually untouched and represents one of the cleanest and most biologically diverse ecosystems you will ever fish. The fish are plentiful and aggressive.
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! 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. Guests can expect to encounter and get shots at good numbers of permit each day, with a size range between 8 and 30 pounds. There are 4 of the 8 locations where it is possible to find migratory tarpons of good sizes.
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 best fishing period is from April to June, but there's also good fishing from February to March and July to end August.
If you go to the Casona, every morning after having breakfast, which is served around 6:00am, fishermen are transferred by van to the marina located 46 km from the lodge. It is a 45 / 50 minute drive to Cayo Cruz, in half paved and stone road, upon arrival guides will be waiting for you ready to go fishing. Each morning and depending on the guide's rotation that day, you may be heading to any number of the 6 fishing areas; from Cayo Paredon Grande in the north to Cayo Guanaja in the south, there are countless islands, lagoons and bays that will keep anglers happy and into fish. Much of the fishing takes place back towards the mainland, in and around the massive island of Cayo Cruz. The average boat run to the fishing areas is around 20 minutes. All skiffs must return to the marina at 6pm to go back to the lodge. The lodge staff will be waiting the clients with beer or mojitos and pizza. Dinner is generally served at 8pm.
The house /hotel is exclusive for fishermen, the Hotel Casona de Romano, is located in the town of Brasil. This stately house was built in 1919 for the owner of the town's sugar cane factory and was fully renovated 2 years ago to accommodate the needs of today's travelling anglers. The house has 8 double (twin bed) rooms and we are planning to build a new room for the 2014 season. Two of these rooms have balconies overlooking the courtyard and church. The beds in each room are new and very comfortable. Each room is fully equipped with a private bath with lots of hot water, along with plenty of lights for reading at night and a small fridge for cold drinks. Each room also has an excellent A/C unit, along with a TV, just in case you feel the need to watch some absolutely dreadful Cuban television. The dining room is located on the first floor and it typically produces a variety of traditional Cuban food, with dinners ranging from fish and seafood to roast pork and chicken. The bar area is located just inside the main entrance to the house. It is well stocked with rum, vodka, scotch, red and white wines from Spain, as well as both of Cuba's domestic beer brands.
Complete saltwater fly fishing tackle: #8 Wt; #10 Wt and #12 Wt. It is advisable to take at least two tackles for line #8 and #10; 1 (one) spare line WF 8 F and WF10 S. Sinking and Intermediate line for tarpon is highly recommended.
Flies for Bonefish: Crazy Charly; Gotcha; Bonefish Special; any kind of Shrimp; Clowser Minow.
Flies for Permit: Avalon´s Special Shrimp; Merkin´s Crab; Rag Head Crab;Nick´s Casablanca; Mc Crab; Perminator; etc.
Flies for Tarpon: Cockroach; Stu Apte; Seaducers; Sea Streamers; Tarpon Bunnies; etc.
Others: Leaders for Bonefish 9 feet and 13,2 lbs. shock tippet; leaders for Tarpon 50 or 60 lbs. and 80 or 100 lb. fluorocarbon shock tippet. Spools with 12, 20, 40 y 60-pound fluorocarbon tippets. Silicone to clean the lines. A pair of pliers to remove hooks and pincers to cut steel. Steel line stretch for Barracuda and Shark. Hook sharpener. A wide-brimmed hat, with neck protection. Polarized glasses. Neoprene boots with rubber soles for sea-wading. A light water-proof jacket. Sun block, SPF 40 or higher. Medicine for headaches, stomach aches, anti acids, etc. Insect repellent.
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2 nights accommodation in La Havana, Air ticket Havana/Cayo Coco/Havana, transfer to La Casona, 7 nights accommodation in 5* Hotel. All meals and beverages with limit. 6 full fishing days with guide and skiff, fishing license.
Rates do not include: International air tickets, fishing equipment and flies, cuban visa, health insurance and gratuities.
Notes: High season starts in March and ends in July.
The fishing was good with nice weather, except for a couple of windy days but harmless for the fishing. During the last week of the month the catches were the following: 1 permit from 8 hooked, 18 tarpon from 25, 115 bonefish, 7 barracudas, 8 snappers and many jack crevalle.
Back home from our trip to Cayo Cruz, and must say the experience was excellent. The fishing was very good, we hooked over 30 bonefish and Fernando did a Grand Slam on his second day!. The guide you recommended really made the difference, very professional, with skills and also funny.
The service in La Casona was outstanding and the personnel made us feel very comfortable.
Everyhting runned fluidly during our stay in la Habana and transfers.
It?s definitely a trip to remember and repeat next year. Thank you for your recommendations and organization, we'll contact you for next year's trip.
We had a very excellent trip. The ship and it's facilities as well as crew were outstanding. We thanked you for your recommendation many times while we were there.
The food was outstanding every day.
We did have two very windy days which made fishing difficult.
The tarpon fishing was very good. Everyone had opportunities. My son and I caught nine of them, and he lost a 100 pound fish after a 2 hr battle!
We only landed one permit but we had quite a few good opportunities.
One or two of the guides seemed a little less than great. My partners did share that with the AVALON people.
We loved the area overall, and I think there is potential for the fishing to continue to improve.
We may be interested in looking into the Garden of the Queen in the future.
Thank you very much for your recommendations that we go with the ship. We look forward to continue working with you in the future.
The experience of traveling to Cayo Cruz and Cayo Romano was outstanding, and the possibility of scouting the place with Daniel Beilinson, unique.
For next time, which I'm sure there will be one, I would love to do the trip La Habana - Cayo Coco by land instead of plane and get a closer look at the cuban countryside, I only had a glance now and was very touching. The car drive is around 6 hours long.
My room was very spaceful, clean and comfortable, the bathroom just perfect. Breakfast were abundant and complete, lunch picnics were very good also. Must say that dinners were specially delicious. I must recongize that I like much more this kind of lodging, house style, than big hotels.
The trip from La Casona to the marina is 50 km far, but it seems closer and time flies for a curious as myself.
The fishing service is Premium, so is the Head Guide and the rest of the team.
During the 3 fishing days I shared with Daniel, we only shared the waters with the coastguards, that's really something!
I had the priviledge of having personal sea water fly fishing classes; thank you Daniel! I hooked up many many bonefish, but lost my opportunities with tarpons, more than one over 30 lbs. I'm still fresh for this waters. I also had the thrilling experience of fishing permit, no hook ups but 2 big ones followed my flie but ended in a "hello and goodbye". I'll have my revenge.
Deaf eras to Daniel's words, my last day I to my rod #5 and got tired of landing bonefish, real torpedos for this equipment.
As Mc Arthur once said, and sorry Fidel and Che: "We'll be back".
Pedro José Güiraldes
Host of Patagonic Waters / ESPN
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