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FISHING TESTIMONIAL BY: Javier Solis

 
Villa Marinera: an excellent choice!
August 2015 - by:: Javier Solis

Dear Daniel,

Our week in Cayo Largo was very good and we had a great time. The weather quiet good concerning wind and sun. We were able to see many tarpon, even more than other years and of good sizes. We hooked up a couple of 30, 40 and 60 lbs, lots of fun!

The water was quite warm due to the high temperatures, therefore bonefish moved from the flats to lower places forming muddy spots. Pemit following bonefish in this big muddy spots which made it difficult for us to cast only at them since generally bonefish eat quicker than permit.
We hooked up many bonefish ranging the 8lbs weight!

The other big success was staying at Villa Marinera, out of this world!!! The new modern cabins are really comfortable and you even avoid the transfer everyday to the hotel, etc? an excellent choice!

Thanks for organizing the trip. Regards,
Javier




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I would definitely repeat it!
August 2015 - by:: Robert D.

Hello Daniel,

My trip to Cayo Largo went very well. The weather of course was hot and very humid and we only got chased off the water once for a few hours because of an afternoon storm. The water on the flats became too warm at times and so the permit vacated for cooler water, we only had a few reasonable shots at the permit and missed them for one reason or another, There were plenty of bonefish and we had some good fun with the tarpon. All of our transportation and accommodation went well without any problems.

I would like to fish again next year but probably in spring so please keep me on your mailing list and let me know if any special offer becomes available.

Thank you for all your help and for organizing an excellent fishing trip.
Robert.


4 Permits
October 2014 - by:: Javier Solis

Dear Daniel,

My week in Cayo Largo has been very productive. We arrived to Cayo on the 25th, and we were told that the last 5 days a cold front entered the area, bringing cold weather and rain, as well as low pressures. Therefore during our first fishing day we saw very few fish, only one permit during the morning and 2 tarpon that afternoon. During our second day, we found a school of permit in one of the channels and after 30 minutes of persecution I finally was able to cast at them and the biggest of the group grabbed the fly, unfortunately after trying to set the hook I lost it. During the third day I landed 3 permit!!! Two of them were following a ray and the other one was a loner... we also fished quite a lot of bonefish and I hooked a tarpon around 50 lbs but lost it. During the fourth day we saw during the morning 3 permit but the casting was very difficult and couldn't throw at them.
After lunch, we approached a muddy spot in a flat and saw 2 permit cruising around, after my second cast the fish couldn't resist my fly! I also hooked a very bod snook but after a while of fighting the line cut off... apparently it was already burnout.
Overall I can't complain, I landed 4 permit in a week in October, which is not usually the best fishing period.

As always our guide William was spectacular and Mauro's attention extraordinary. I also must say that the Hotel has improved quite a lot since Fernando's new managing.

Thank you Daniel,

Javier


#500!!!
August 2014 - by:: Javier Solis

Dear Daniel,

The week August 3 to 8 in cayo Largo was fantastic! As you already know, we were 3 skiffs fishing 4 anglers friends of mine, my close friend Marcel and me. During the week we alternated the fishing companion and skiffs, so we could all fish together. The weather was great during the whole week, except for the first afternoon that there was a shower storm.
Mauro, the head manager of the Marina, told us that his fly 'Avalon Fly' has been working to perfection and that so far 497 permit were caught on it, and he wanted us to get to the number 500 with us! So I said we were going to go for it!

The second day my friend Doug (great fisherman) hooked a permit, very nice one but as he fished it with a "Made in the US" fly, didn't count for the #500.

The third day my friend Doug and I fished together and something unusual happened to us; at 10am I hooked a permit that was swimming on top of a ray, but 5 minutes later it spitted the fly without any reason, which made me go crazy, I almost wanted to break my rod! At 11am Doug hooked another permit and after 12 minutes it did the same thing. With William, our guide, we were amazed and angry, when I suddenly see another permit, cast at it and finally took my Avalon fly and 10 minutes later is was ours! After landing the number 478 we only had 2 more to go!!!

The fourth day I fished with Joe, also a great fisherman, and around 12pm I got to hook the most satisfactory permit I've ever fished, due to its strength, the complexity of the cast and wind, etc... it didn't doubt in taking the Avalon fly and after a couple of minutes the approximately 16 lbs permit was landed. It was the # 479!!!

The last day, I fished with my friend Marcel, only until 3pm since later that afternoon we had to take the flight back to La Havana. At 9.45am, very close to the Marina we saw a small trail in the water, and due to the very low visibility I threw my line 1 meter in front of the trail, and suddenly felt a resistance so I hooked and there it was, the #500 pemit!!! In total during the week we had two Grand Slams.

For the rest of the fishing in general, we landed big bonefish and some tarpon, but fewer than last summer.
Thank you Daniel por organizing everything, my gratefulness to Mauro as well who treated us excellent as always and also thanks to all my friends who made that week and amazing trip!

My best,
Javier


Best fishing trip ever!
May 2013 - by:: Ron D.

Dear Daniel,

Thanks for your help in arranging one of the best fly fishing trips we have ever had!
Mauro and his staff at are very organized and it's fantastic the advantage they take of the fishing opportunities.
Our party of 8 fishermen ended up with 1 super grand slam, 3 grand slams, and another near grand slam as 2 tarpon were lost in the last minutes of the day.
I am confident we will return in the future. Food and other amenities as well as a day in Havana were great.
Sincerely,
Ron


Good fishing, hot weather.
August 2012 - by:: Marcio Martins

Dear Daniel,

Our days in Cayo Largo were great. The fishing was good, even though I suffered a bit since my experience with heavier rods was very poor. My guide was Vila and made me fish tarpon, snapper, jack crevalle, shark, cuda and some smaller fish. My wife had a good time as well and the weather very hot, but great. I didn't get to fish permit, since the jack of the attached picture took the fly before the permit! Next time. So my fishing week was very good in general.
Thanks for all the organization!
Marcio


In Cayo Largo the fishing was excellent in every way.
June 22nd 2010 - by:: Juan Dumas

The fishing was excellent in every way. The quantity, variety and quality of the fish were everything a fisherman could dream of. By the first morning, two anglers from the group had achieved a Grand Slam, making the guide even prouder than the angler himself. On the following days, the number of Grand Slams continued to rise reaching six.
We kept precise record of the catches we landed, but what prevailed above all was the overwhelming sense of having experienced the best fishing ever. We cant wait to go back!!!
.



Total catches:
Bonefish: 238
Tarpon: (45) 17
Permit: (9) 7
Jack: 19
Barracuda: 3

Juan Dumas

Cayo Largo, Cuba. The fishing was great !
August 13th, 2009 - by:: Raul Pinochet Herrera

Dear Daniel,

After returning to my homeland in Chile and sharing a trip with an amazing group of 8 anglers from different parts of the world, I hold lovely memories of my trip to Cayo Largo, Cuba. I must admit that I had thought it would be quite similar to other places in the Caribbean Sea. However, I found something entirely different, starting from the professional organization that took every single detail into account, to the distribution of the guides according to each angler's personality, comfortable boats, and customized service, among others.

With regard to the logistics of the operation, everything turned out perfect: reservations, schedule, useful advice, donation of items we had forgotten or were not available there, etc.

Cayo Largo


The fishing was great too. My boat was one of the 6 boats at the time, and we achieved 3 Grand Slam out of the 6 ones of the week. Personally I truly believe that this excellent result was due to the perfect team work. Both the guide and my fishing partner showed great commitment to reach our goals.

I´d like to thank FlyFishingCaribe, my guide Rigoberto, and specially my fishing partner Daniel Beilinson for offering me the chance of achieving 2 Grand Slam.

A hug,

Raul Pinochet Herrera





Cayo Largo offers great fishing !!!!!
March 10th, 2009 - by:: Michael Kearney

4-8 February 2009, Cayo Largo

The day we arrived at Cayo Largo the weather was cool with cloud and a gusty breeze, not ideal for sight fishing on the flats. Roger still managed to land a few bonefish and I caught a nice mutton snapper. The temperatures began to rise the next day until the weather was warm and settled for our last 2 days on the islet. With increasing temperatures more fish came on to the flat and the fishing improved dramatically. On occasion we were casting to schools of at least 80 bonefish and pods of 30 tarpon. We both caught lots of good bonefish, some tarpon and we had shots at permit but didn´t catch this most elusive quarry. Beyond the grand slam species, Cayo Largo offers great fishing for other sportfish including jack crevalle, snapper and barracuda. The fishing operation is first class: Mauro from Avalon does everything he can to ensure guests have a wonderful experience and the guides are excellent and friendly.

We booked our trip with Daniel from Fly Fishing Caribe. Daniel is fortunate to be very experienced in fishing around the Caribbean and offers sound advice on when and where to fish throughout the calendar. Daniel is also a frequent visitor to Havana and his guidance ensured we had a night to remember in this beautiful and lively city.

Michael Kearney and Roger Walker





Cayo Largo (Cuba). The fishing was great !!!!!
September 2nd, 2008 - by:: Javier Solis

Daniel, the fishing was great. The key is full of permit, tarpon and even bonefish. I did get two Grand Slam and failed to achieve a double Grand Slam because the snook unhooked itself. There were big-size permit ( the ones I landed weighed 16 and 14 pounds), but I lost a 30-pounder, according to the appreciation of the guide. I hooked up about 30 tarpon and succeeded in landing 13, weighing between 15 and 75 pounds. In my opinion, Cayo Largo is the best saltwater fishing destination by far. Besides, the hotel has all the facilities to fulfill the needs of a family.
Kind regards,
Javier

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