Cayo Cruz, Cuba
Fly fishing in Cuba
On the north shore of the eastern province of Camaguey, the Cayo Cruz fishery is an enormous system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries. The sport fishing area is 366 km2 in size, therefore on the average day each skiff has over 50 square kilometres to itself. The fishing area is virtually untouched and represents one of the cleanest and most biologically diverse ecosystems found in Cuba.
The flats at Cayo Cruz are an inviting combination of hard packed white sand and a semi-firm mottled bottom that still provides good wading. This is a great wading destination, it is similar to Los Roques in terms of the amount of area that’s wadeable and there are places here where you can wade for several hours without heading back to the boat. Cayo Cruz demonstrates all the characteristics of a recently discovered, virgin fishing territory – large numbers of fish, good sizes and their evident lack of exposure to flies and leaders. Add to this the natural beauty of the cays and of the water and you have a truly memorable place to fish.
The average sized bonefish is a healthy 4 lbs and during the course of the week it is not unheard of for guests to land a fish or two in the 10 lb range. Tailing bonefish are common and guests can expect to see bonefish in singles and doubles, all the way up to schools of several hundred fish. What really sets this location apart from so many other fisheries is that guests can expect to encounter and get shots at good numbers of permit each day. There are very few places on earth where guests can fish for big bonefish each day and also get shots at tailing permit. This combination may take place in other locations but not with the consistency found at Cayo Cruz. It is a rare day when you don’t encounter and get shots at permit. The permit will range from 8 – 30 lbs.
There are two locations within the Cayo Cruz that offer very good tarpon fishing. Guides tend to save these areas for when an angler has already boated a permit and is looking for a Grand Slam. These fish will range from 30 to 90 lbs. Besides the fishing for permit, bonefish and tarpon, you will also cast for other challenging species such as mutton snapper, snook, cubera snapper, jack crevalle, barracuda and more.
Hotel Casona de Romano & Avalon Fleet 1
Cayo Cruz/Romano can be done either as a ground operation based at Hotel Casona de Romano or as a liveaboard operation on Avalon Fleet I.
Hotel Casona de Romano
Guests fishing Cayo Cruz/Cruz will stay at the Hotel Casona de Romano, which is located in the town of Brasil. The Casona is quite likely the most unusual fishing lodge we’ve ever had the good fortune of fishing from. This stately house was build 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. Breakfast is simple yet delicious, with a heavy emphasis on eggs fruit and toast. 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. The bar is quite possibly the source for the least expensive beer in all of Cuba. 1 CUC per beer is a true bargain, even by Cuban standards!
Avalon Fleet I
Avalon Fleet 1 is an intimate, comfortable and stylishly designed yacht, where each space is created to provide its guests with maximum comfort and safety. The atmosphere was conceived and designed to provide our guests with an experience of a lifetime. Its overall capacity is 18 passengers and 8 crew members. We suggest between 8 and 12 anglers for optimum comfort. The design and interior decor give the yacht a touch of intimacy, refinement, a sense of warmth and simplicity. The boat has the perfect balance of substantial exploration capabilities and a unique and noble style. It guarantees all our guests a pleasant, exciting and exclusive voyage through Jardines de la Reina.
The mothership’s cabins have been built with extreme care, emphasising the importance of comfort and safety above all else. You’ll also find a blend of exquisite décor and great taste, so you definitely won’t miss anything from home. You’ll also experience our warm and attentive service during your trip.