Located on the north shore of the eastern province of Camaguey, the Cayo Cruz fishery is an enormous system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries. Located in Jardines del Rey, commercial fishing within this designated area is strictly forbidden and rigorously enforced. The sportfish-only area is 366 square kilometers in size, meaning that on the average day, each skiff has over 50 square kilometers to itself. The fishing area is virtually untouched and represents one of the cleanest and most biologically diverse ecosystems in the Caribbean. This is one of the primary reasons we have chosen this destination. It is still more or less untouched and has only seen a handful of anglers for a few seasons. The fish are plentiful and aggressive. Cayo Cruz is also privileged in having an extensive string of cays on its northern border which protects it from all but the most violent of weather patterns.
The flats present an inviting combination of hard-packed white sand and a semi-firm mottled bottom that still provides good wading. The average bonefish weighs in at a healthy three to four pounds. During the course of a week, it is not unheard of for anglers to land a fish or two in the eight-pound-plus range. The permit will range in size from approximately eight to 30 pounds. The flats at Cayo Cruz are a little deeper than those found in other regions of Cuba, which means bonefish and permit are found in excellent numbers throughout the year. Two locations within the Cayo Cruz area 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 pounds. Besides the fishing for permit, bonefish and tarpon, you will also cast for other challenging species as mutton snapper, snook, cubera snapper, jack crevalle, and barracuda.
For all Cayo Cruz trips, we book the Avalon Fleet I mother-ship. This distinct vessel guarantees guests a pleasant, exciting and exclusive voyage through the Cayo Cruz area. The atmosphere was conceived and executed to provide guests the finest live-aboard experience in the Caribbean. The yacht is intimate, comfortable and stylishly-designed; each space is created to provide guests with maximum comfort and safety.
Maximum capacity is 18 passengers and eight crew members, although each week aboard the yacht is limited to eight to 10 anglers in order to provide comfort and privacy. Aboard the ship there are eight (8) deluxe king cabins (all with queen-sized beds) with seven (7) private bathrooms. The staterooms accompanying each cabin feature air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs, and plenty of strorage space. A panoramic window spans each room, allowing guests to enjoy the Caribbean view expanding endlessly before them. A spacious and comfortable lounge, dining room and bar area on the upper deck offers space for relaxed socializing and dining. There is also a hot tub and a indoor lounge outfitted with excellent visual and audio equipment.
The galley aboard the Avalon Fleet I takes great pride in serving amazing Cuban food, fresh seafood, and a variety of international dishes. Breakfasts are cooked-to-order each morning. Lunches can either be packed for a full day on the flats, or guests have the option to return to the ship mid-day to eat and relax. All dinners are served with international wines, local liquors and desserts.
The fishing boats used by Avalon are Dolphin Super Skiffs outfitted with Yamaha 60 or 70HP motors. Radios and life jackets are carried aboard every skiff. While Avalon advertises a limited number of rental fly rods and reels available on some of their live-aboards, we very much recommend that anglers always bring their own equipment. Flies, leaders, tippet, all terminal tackle and all accessories should be packed as well, as very few items are available anywhere in Cuba.
For travel details and booking information please contact our Travel Partner, Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures.
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