CUBA 2023


Jardines de la Reina

The Jardines is considered one of the best and most well preserved ecosystems in all of the Caribbean, it was established as a marine reserve by Fidel Castro many years ago under the urging of his amigo Jacques Cousteau. Its distance from the mainland has kept it protected from Cuban and international fishing vessels and it is a remarkable environment. The reefs here are spectacular and are well known for diving as well as fishing. This is one of the best locations in the world to Flyfishing for tarpon and this week is in the middle of high season.

The vessel we’ll be on is the JA3. Each angler will have his/her own stateroom and en suite bathroom. The yacht is air conditioned, has a couple of decks and an on board jacuzzi, it is well equipped for comfort. We have flats fishing skiffs, so all anglers will fish double occupancy and we are fishing in Zone A of the Jardines, this is one of the better of the three zones for multiple species, though the trip is booked for a timeframe to have a strong focus on migratory tarpon. The tarpon in Jardines range from 30-120 lbs on the average and have a good mix of all sizes, there are shots at groups of smaller fish followed by pods of larger tarpon on the move. Much of the fishing is done by staking out the skiffs at passes and bottlenecks. This area has the reputation of having some of the best tarpon fishing in the world today in terms of numbers of shots and percentage of eats on the fly. Bonefish and permit are also found in good numbers if anglers choose to pursue these species and there are other great flats species to pursue as well. Good populations of barracuda, jacks, snapper, grouper make for a great diversity in the program.