zapata cienaga - saltwater Fishing

This new fly fishing destination is located just a 112 miles from the city of La Havana. It’s part of the National Park of Cienaga de Zapata of Matanzas Province in Cuba, named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2000. Since October 2015, the fishing area of Zapata belongs to an exclusive operation, therefore there fishng is regulated to avoid pressure on the zone.

Trip Overview

This new fly fishing destination is located just a 112 miles from the city of La Havana. It’s part of the National Park of Cienaga de Zapata of Matanzas Province in Cuba, named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2000. Since October 2015, the fishing area of Zapata belongs to an exclusive operation, therefore there fishng is regulated to avoid pressure on the zone.
The area is surrounded by uncountable flats, hosting as main species the bonefish, permit and tarpon.
To make the most of this pristine fishing area, the program is set to live on board a yacht, which gives the anglers the flexibility to be in the water for most part of the day discarding the long transfer rides to and from the fishing areas.
The yacht will be located in the east side of the Canarreos, with 10 different fishing areas, all distributed in designed rotation system to have all anglers fish the different areas and avoid spooky fish due to repetition.

Package

Based on a 6 day fishing program, the Yacht will allow 8 anglers per week, fishing in rotations of 4 days on single skiffs and 2 days on double skiffs (4 flat bottom single skiffs for 1 angler/1 guide and 2 double skiffs V bottom for 2 anglers/1 guide).
The typical itinerary is the following:
Day 0: Arrival to La Havana. Airport reception. Night in La Havana.
Day 1: Transfer to Cienaga de Zapata in private bus (3 hour drive). Fishing upon arrival. Accommodation onboard the GEORGIANA yacht.
Day 2 to 7: Full fishing days.
Day 8: After breakfast transfer back to Havana.

Accommodation

The GEORGIANA yacht is an exceptional and exclusive 100 feet vessel with 6 comfortable cabins with A/C, private bathroom with hot water all service on board and can acommodate up to 8 anglers.
Cuisine on GEORGIANA is gourmet but simple. Fresh fish of the day is utilized for most meals, salads with fresh vegetables and a variety of fruits are always available and a good alternative to a daily diet. In addition, you’ll have excellent pork and chicken entrees during the week, fresh sashimi and italian style pizzas for appetizers and some of the finest frozen Daiquiris, Cuba Libre and Mojitos to make your afternoons and nights an enjoyable culinary experience.

Tackle and Flies

Complete saltwater fly fishing tackle: #8 Wt; #10 Wt and #12 Wt. It is advisable to take at least one tackle for line #8 and two #10; 1 (one) spare line WF 8 F and WF10 S. Sinking line for tarpon is highly recommended.

Flies for Bonefish: Crazy Charly; Gotcha; Bonefish Special; any kind of Shrimp; Clowser Minow.

Flies for Permit: Merkin´s Crab; Rag Head Crab; Nick´s Casablanca.

Flies for Tarpon: Black Death; Purple Death; Cockroach; Stu Apte; Seaducers; Sea Streamers; Tarpon Toad.

Some poppers.

Others: Leaders for Bonefish 9 feet and 13,2 pounds; for Tarpon butt 50 or 60, and 80 or 100 lb. fluorocarbon shock tippet. Spools with 12, 20, 40, 60 and 80-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. A valid passport.

Crab Fly Rag Head Crab # 4, 6 y 8 Crab Fly Peterson´s Spawing Crab # 1, 2, 4, 6 Crab Fly Long Legs Crab # 2, 4, 6 Bonefish Fly Bonefish Special # 4, 6, 8 Bonefish Fly Gotcha # 4, 6, 8 Bonefish Fly MOE Bonefish # 4, 6, 8 Bonefish Fly Mousan Shrimp # 4, 6, 8 Bonefish Fly DB Shrimp # 2, 4, 6, 8 Bonefish Fly Boogle Head Olive # 6, 8 Crab Fly Avalon Fly # 1, # 1/0 Crab Fly Calvo Crab # 4, # 2 Wet Fly Parrot Bunny # 1/0 - 2/0 - 3/0 Wet Fly Red and Black Bunny # 1/0 - 2/0 - 3/0 Wet Fly Clouser Minnow # 2 - 1 - 1/0 - 2/0 - 3/0 Wet Fly Toad Wet Fly Toad Wet Fly Toad Crab Fly Kung Fu Crab Anzuelo #4 y #2

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Rates

2018 - HIGH US$ 4,990.-

~ Per person on double basis, with 8 anglers on board.. ~

Rates include: Reception at Havana airport. Ground transfer La Havana - Zapata Marine Park - La Havana. 6 full fishing days (3 single and 3 sharing guide and skiff); 6 nights accommodation on board the GEORGIANA yacht full board; fishing license.

Rates do not include: International airticket; Cuba visa voucher; personal health insurance; extras in Havana; fishing equipment and flies; staff and guide gratuities.

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