SALTWATER FLY FISHING IN CUBA – CAYO ROMANO / CRUZ
The Cayo Romano & Cayo Cruz fishing area in Cuba offers vast expanses of virtually virgin flats --
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Cayo Romano –Tarpon Permit & Bonefish
Cayo Romano is the latest and one of the most exciting new saltwater fishing locations to become available to ardent fly-anglers. Located on the North Coast of Cuba in the Jardines de Rey it consists of a huge fishable area that includes Cayo Paredon; an area we explored in 2012 when we were amazed at the simply incredible opportunities for big Permit, alongside some really exciting Tarpon fishing on the flats. This area has remained virtually untouched by sport anglers, with the first organised trips being run from Cayo Cruz in 2009. Anglers are accommodated in a unique location for Cuba, an old sugar plantation estate house, Casona de Romano. Now converted into a hotel / fishing lodge it offers fishermen a truly authentic Cuban experience to complement a fishing area which has every bit of potential to rival those along the southern coast of Cuba.
Location & Environment
Cayo Romano and the surrounding fishing area is located on the North coast of the eastern province of Camaguey and comprises an area of 366 kilometers stretching from Cayo Paredon Grande in the North to Cayo Guanaja in the South. This huge area consists of an enormous system of exquisite hard-bottomed flats, lagoons, channels, blue holes and pristine estuaries. Alongside the obvious lack of fishing pressure from fly-fishermen the area as a whole comes within the Jardines del Rey (Gardens of the King), an area protected from commercial fishing for decades. More importantly the Cuban authorities have rigorously enforced these restrictions and it is this that has given rise to the amazing fishing that is available today.
The Saltwater Fly-Fishing
Cayo Romano offers superb saltwater fly-fishing for Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish. Expansive hard bottomed flats bordering deep blue channels make for visually spectacular fishing but also provide superb wade-fishing opportunities. Countless lagoons, islands and bays provide a diverse and interesting environment to explore over your fishing holiday and the number and size of fish is impressive! In 2011 the best Tarpon caught on a fly-rod was a staggering 160lbs. As the area gets further explored and understood there is no reason why similar or bigger fish will not be hooked on a regular basis. Alongside this are the amazing numbers of BIG permit in the 10-30lb range that cruise the firm bottomed white sand flats. Finally but not least are the Bonefish; sometimes forgotten in the pursuit of ‘bigger and better’: catching Bones on a light fly-rod is a perfect combination of challenge, skill and exhilaration. The average size is around 4lbs with good opportunities at both individual and groups of tailing Bonefish as well as shoals of up to several hundred. It is not unheard of for guests to land one or two fish in the 10lb range on an individual day.
Other Species Fishing
There are no restrictions on fishing methods so we encourage guests to take a spinning rod for some variety as well as providing you with the best opportunities in the ‘blue holes’ for the incredibly powerful Cubero Snapper as well as large Jacks. Barracuda patrol the flats and having either a fly rod set up with a wire trace and a large fly or a spinning rod with a barracuda lure can provide some explosive action.
Accommodation-Hotel Casona de Romana
Guests fishing from Cayo Romano/Cruz will stay at the Hotel Casona de Romano located in the town of Brasil. Constructed in 1919 it was originally built as a home for the owner of the town’s sugar-cane factory. Fully renovated in 2009 it now provides a much-improved level of accommodation for anglers with 6 double and 2 single rooms; two of which have balconies overlooking the courtyard and church. The beds in each room are new and comfortable and each room has an ensuite bathroom with lots of hot water, reading lights, a small fridge for cold drinks, A/C and a TV. 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. The bar area is located just inside the main entrance to the house. It is well stocked with rum and local beers as well as vodka, whisky and red and white wines from Spain. 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!
The guides at Cayo Romano are all native Cubans, most of whom are local to the area and know it intimately. Since establishing the fishing at Cayo Romano the guides have been provided with both extensive coaching from some of the most profiocient guides in Cuba as well as receiving English lessons.
Best Times To Go
The prime time to fish at Cayo Romano / VCayo Cruz for a chance at the migratory Tarpon is from April to June. July and August should have equally good fishing, however the temperature does get hotter and from mod-August their is a greater risk from the sort of serious weather patterns that can severley disrupt activities over the August-September period. From January to March you can have good fishing for Permit and Bonefish as well as opportunities for the smaller Tarpon of up to 30lbs. There is a risk of cold fronts from the northeast over this period, but Cayo Romano is well protected by the string of cays that shelter most of the fishing spots.
What they said about the fishing!
"Going back to the same place the next day I was sure that I had lost the fish of my life the day before. But just after 12 pm I hook a fish that after 9-10 200 m runs, dragging the boat with three men aboard and took us 7km over the flats for nearly 4h was measured to 87 inch or 2m 20cm long. After releasing the fish in the water we all just looked at each other and couldn’t believe what just had happened! What a Tarpon!"
Getting To Cayo Romano
Guests can fly directly to Cayo Coco or should they wish they can travel via Havana. From Cayo Coco it is a 90-minute taxi journey through the countryside to the town of Brasil and your hotel. Nights in Havana or connecting flights to Cayo Coco are not included in the standard package allowing guests greater options when choosing their international flight.
Standard 6 Days Fishing / 7 Night Itinerary -Saturday to Saturday
Availability and Pricing for the 2016 Season
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