FISHING TRIP CUBA

The Jardines de la Reina
Overview

Overview
This is a fishing destination for any nature-loving adventurer!

So, if:
-you’re looking for the thrill of stalking Caribbean species
-you want to spin or fly-fish in Cuba
-you’re a beginner or an experienced angler
-you love nature and sunshine
-you like the sea
-you want to spend winter or spring in the sun
-you’re alone or in a group of anglers

Then this is the destination for you!!!

HOTEL FLOTTANT LA TORTUGA, JARDINS DE LA REINE
Séjour de 10 jours, 8 nuits,  5 jours complets de pêche  + 2 demi-journées de Pêche
Vendredi Jour 1 Vol de Paris vers la Havane.* Arrivée à la Havane, accueil par une personne de notre équipe réceptive sur place. Transfert vers votre hôtel. (Transfert en taxi à votre charge). Nuit en hôtel à La Havane.
Samedi Jour 2 Transfert tôt le matin (04.00) en bus jusqu’au port de Jucaro. Transfert jusqu’à La Tortuga.  Pêche l’après midi.
Du DimancheAu Jeudi Du Jour 3Au Jour 7 5 jours de pêche. Exemple du déroulement type d’une journée de pêche :7.30 : Petit déjeuner8.00 : Début de la pêche (ce déroulement peut être modifié en fonction de vos envies ou des conseils de votre guide). Nuit à bord de la Tortuga
Vendredi Jour 8 A l’heure du déjeuner, transfert de retour en bus vers la Havane. Nuit à l’hôtel à la Havane.
Samedi Jour 9 Taxi de votre hôtel vers l’aéroport international de la Havane. (Non inclus dans le tarif – s’il vous plait veuillez demander à l’accueil de l’hôtel de vous appeler un taxi).Vol de retour vers la France en soirée*.
Dimanche Jour 10 Arrivée en France.
TARIFS : nous consulter
Geography

Geography
Cuba is an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The main island is 1260 km long and 191km wide. The Isla de la Juventud and several other archipelagos  as well as thousands of islands with more than 200 bays and magnificent beaches are also part of the Cuban territories. To the north lies North America, to the south Jamaica while Haiti is to the south-east and Mexico to the west.

Accommodation

Your stay on the Tortuga

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The Tortuga is a massive steel houseboat which functions as a floating hotel. It is permanently secured in a sheltered channel so that it doesn’t move, regardless of the weather or the wind, which means there is virtually no risk of feeling sea-sick. It was completely refurbished in 2008.
The guest cabins on the upper deck all have private bathrooms with hot water and air-conditioning. On the lower deck, you will find an air-conditioned dining-room, foredeck and afterdeck, chairs and tables which are perfect for getting your tackle ready or just for relaxing after a day’s fishing. You will also find rod racks and facilities for washing and cleaning your tackle.

The foredeck is everybody’s favourite place for having a drink before dinner. The perfect spot for relaxing, enjoying a mojito or smoking a Cuban cigar while you talk about the adventures of the day.
You will dine on board and taste typical Cuban cuisine as well as more traditional European-style dishes. Drinks available on board include bottled water, soft drinks, beer, rum and excellent wines. You can bring other alcohols with you and the bartender will see you what you need. Electricity on board is supplied by generators located on a nearby island and it’s available 24/7. There are plenty of outlets providing both 110 and 220V. A wireless connection makes communication possible, easy and free.

Your stay on the Halcon Yacht

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The Halcon is a 75-foot recently-restored luxury yacht with a glorious past. It is powered by two GM450 hp diesel engines. Below decks you will find six cabins and three bathrooms. It’s perfect for a group of 8 anglers. Staying on the Halcon will allow you to fish the more remote spots of the Jardines de la Reina and to explore the flats where the fish have rarely seen anglers and are easier to catch.

The main advantage of this type of accommodation is that you will get in much more fishing time.As you are only minutes away from some of the best flats, it means less time travelling and more time fishing.

As you are fishing flats which are often only ten minutes away from the Halcon, you can come back to the yacht for lunch or for a short nap. What’s more, as the run back in the evening is short, you can fish later, almost until it gets dark.
All cabins have air-conditioning, comfortable beds, and good storage space for clothing and gear. The yacht has three bathrooms with hot water and showers.

On the main deck you will find a large salon which is fully air-conditioned. With its comfortable sofas it’s the perfect place to relax with a drink before dinner. The Captain of the Halcon know a lot of protected spots in the area which make for good anchorage and which give you all the comfort and pleasure of being on a boat without the risk of being sea-sick.

Meals are usually served on the afterdeck where there is normally a pleasant breeze. If the weather is bad, this afterdeck can be closed with clear plastic windows. In more severe weather the air-conditioned salon can be used for dining.
The Chefs on the Halcon are excellent. Days begin with a full, generous breakfast. Lunch is just perfect, with lobster and pasta salads and sandwiches of your choice. Dinner is mainly composed of seafood and fresh fish provided daily by the crew.

The fish

Fishing methods – fly-fishing, spinning

The yacht is the perfect place for those who want to try several fishing methods : from fly-fishing to spinning or trolling. Our guides will advise you on what is best.

The Fish
Bonefish (or Macabi)
Bonefish prefer shallow flats along the coastline and can be caught in water from a few cm to 2 m deep. You can usually spot them in schools of between 4 and 20. This large fish lives a solitary life and reproduces all year round in deep waters while rapidly returning to the flats.
Bonefish need to be played carefully – pull too hard and you’ll break your line. It’s up to you to win what everyone agrees is an extraordinary combat.

The Tarpon (or Sabolo)
Brutal is the word that springs to mind to describe fly-fishing Tarpon. The King of Silver has an insatiable appetite, and its behaviour can be very violent. Tarpon take with power, and show stamina and acrobatic qualities that make them a formidable adversary on a fly rod. Fishing Tarpon or Sabalo, as it is known in Cuba, can be divided into three categories: Baby Tarpon (those which weigh up to 30 Lbs), Medium Tarpon (those which weigh from 30 Lbs up to 80 Lb) and Monster Tarpon (those of more than 80 Lb and which sometimes can exceed the incredible weight of 200 Lbs). Obviously, the last category is much sought-after, but unfortunately these giants are much less common.

The Permit (or Palometa) and the others
This magnificent fish is the ultimate challenge of the flats. As all anglers know, there is no guarantee for success when you fish for permit….. But the reward when you do catch one is all the better for that reason. A fly-fisherman can not be considered in the same way when he has caught a permit once in his life.
Apart from bonefish and tarpons, you will also be fishing for Snappers, Jacks, Barracudas, Needlefish or the feisty and voracious Lemons.

Fishing seasons

Fishing seasons
Fishing is possible all year round but you need to be aware that the period from September to the beginning of November is the cyclone season. Please check the table for more precise information. (A = average, G = good, VG = very good, E = excellent)

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Useful Info

Geography
Cuba is an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The main island is 1260 km long and 191km wide. The Isla de la Juventud and several other archipelagos as well as thousands of islands with more than 200 bays and magnificent beaches are also part of the Cuban territories. To the north lies North America, to the south Jamaica while Haiti is to the south-east and Mexico to the west.

Administrative requirements
For French citizens : for a stay of 30 days maximum a tourist visa card is required (around 30 euros, please send us a photocopy of your passport with your identity and passport number and will take care of this).
For other nationalities : please contact your embassy

Health : No vaccinations required
Since May 1st 2010 you are required to have health insurance for any visit to Cuba. We strongly recommend you check you have such an insurance. Anyone not being able to prove so will be required to take out an insurance with a Cuban agency upon arrival in the country.

Language spoken : Spanish
Time : 6 hours difference with France (when it’s noon in France it’s 6am in Cuba)
Climate : The climate is moderately sub-tropical. There are two seasons – the rainy season (from May to October, temperatures vary from 27°-38°) and the cooler dry season (from November to April, temperatures vary from 20°-26°, lower in the evening)

Electricity : 110V, American plugs

Currency : Cash transactions since 8/11/2004 are in Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC) and dollars are no longer allowed for this type of operation. Those going to Cuba should take euros and not dollars in order to avoid the 10% tax on the purchase of CUCs with dollars. Make sure you take enough money as transfers can be long and difficult. Avoid withdrawing money from ATM which give out pesos which can not be changed outside Cuba. Convertible pesos must be changed before leaving as you cannot do so outside the Cuban territory

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