Cuban North Coast Fly Fishing
After more than four years of exploring Cuba's north, we at Frontier Fly Fishing believe we have found what is possibly some of the, if not THE finest flats fishing on the planet. Our destination boasts miles and miles of unexplored, hard sand flats that are home to schools of very large bonefish, permit and tarpon.
The staff at Frontier Fly Fishing first travelled to Cuba in 2008 on a recce mission to check out the fishing there. During 2012, after more than 4 years exploring Cuba's north coast, Frontier Fly Fishing discovered what is possibly the finest flats fishing destination on earth! Tucked away on Cuba's central north coast, this incredible fishery boasts miles and miles of pristine, unexplored shallow flats that are home to schools of some very big bonefish and large numbers of very big permit and tarpon. The majority of the fishing is classic sight-fishing over shallow, hard, sand flats and anglers will spend time wade-fishing as well as fishing from skiffs. When the tarpon are not on the flats the guides will take anglers to the nearby lighthouse where you will see the largest tarpon of your life swimming under the skiff in deeper water. This requires some deep water fishing but the potential rewards are enormous – our clients have taken tarpon of over 200lbs in this deep water!
We cannot say enough about this destination! Having fished some of the best saltwater flats in the world, the discovery of this fishery on the Cuban north coast was nothing short of a revelation. Why is the fishing on the Cuban north coast so much better than the Cuban south coast? There is a simple reason why all the prime target species – tarpon, permit and bonefish – grow to such large sizes on the north coast versus the south coast: ocean currents hit the Cuban north coast from a northerly direction and push nutrients and food onto the island. The reverse applies on the Cuban south coast. Here the prevailing winds cause currents to push nutrients and food away from the island in a southerly direction. As a result there is less food on the south coast and fish simply do not grow as large as they do on the north coast.
What can you expect? Well the accompanying photographs tell the story! The largest bonefish our independent guides have put anglers onto measured 39 inches. Yes you read that correctly! That's a bonefish one inch shy of a metre long. Permit up to 45lbs have been landed and in terms of tarpon, the sky's the limit. We and our clients have hooked many, many tarpon in the 160lb to 180lb range but fish this size are, as any tarpon angler knows, very difficult to land. Realistically you can expect to hook tarpon this size but fish around the 120lb mark are more manageable in terms of being boated. Tarpon this size are simply unheard of on the Cuban south coast. In fact tarpon this size aren't found in good numbers in most places on the globe where tarpon are encountered. If your ambition is to catch a permit, then our destination really is the place for you! You will see large numbers of permit each day and many of them will be in the 20lb to 30lb range, with some fish nearing the magical 50lb mark. We've hooked some of these very large permit but simply couldn't hold onto them.
Our Cuban guides are all highly experienced, speak good English and rank amongst the best we have ever fished with. Each has been guiding in this area for over 20 years and know the flats like the back of their hand.