Cuba Spring 2018

2018 will be Fish Tales’ 19th year of traveling to and fishing in Cuba. During that time we’ve experienced a lot of change – some of it good and some of it disappointing. The 2018 trip offers are a return to the Georgina we experienced in spring 2017.

Zapata West Live Aboard

Saturday to Saturday March 3-10, 2018 (Terry Johnson hosting )

June 9-16, 2018 (David Blair hosting)

Max 8 Guests per week

We are very excited to be able to offer this trip. Fish Tales/Cuba Flats has fished the middle and eastern sections of the Salinas/Zapata area for many years, but now get a chance to see the vast wilderness of the western area. Several years ago David visited a small portion of this area and it is one of the highlights of all of his Cuban adventures. The guides will be discovering what lays “beyond” throughout next season. The San Lazaro area has been explored/fished the last several years but due to being land-based the boats had to go back each day by 3 pm which severely limited how far the guides could explore.

The Live Aboard boat (The Georgina) stationed in the cayes allows for the possibility to fish places where VERY few have cast a fly. By the time we are there in June, the guides will have a good handle on some of this new water. What excites David the most, and the reason we picked June, is the possibility of tarpon and permit along the deepwater areas and white sand cayes. It is entirely possible there may be some type of tarpon migration that is just waiting to be discovered! Due to EASY access to deep water there are many other species (Jacks, Cuda, Snapper, etc) that come up on the flats as well. There are also snook on the inshore areas which are challenging but fun.

The program:

Due to our long history in the Zapata area we are able to offer a unique program:

  • arrive in Varadero, Cuba on the first Saturday of the weekand transfer to a beach front Casa Particular (Cuban B&B) in the sea side town of Playa Larga
  • Sunday after breakfast transfer to the boat dock at the head of the San Lazaro Canal (about a 30 min drive). Take gear out to the live aboard (about a 45min trip including a “joy ride” through the narrow canal. Gear up and fish the remainder of the day.
  • Monday through Friday fish hard with a unique program. There are two boats designed for 2 clients – 1 guide that have larger motors and are set up to explore the further western areas and 4 smaller boats set up for 1 on 1 client/guide ratio. This allows for approximately 1/2 the time in each type of boat. The smaller boats are ideal for exploring the areas in the eastern portion of the fishing zone (see map) due to how shallow some of the bonefish, snook, and permit areas get.
  • Saturday of return date early morning transfer back to Playa Larga and onto Varadero to head home on the afternoon flight.

Trip includes

  • 1 night accommodation Playa Larga Casa Particular
  • 6 nights accommodation Georgina Yacht
  • 6 days guided fishing split between single & double occupancy
  • 6 beverages per fishing day
  • All meals

Not Included

  • Drinks while at Playa Larga
  • Extra Drinks aboard the Georgina
  • Guide/Boat staff Gratuities
  • Flight to Varadero
  • If you require different location/time transportation to Playa Larga there will be a surcharge

Trip deposit of 50% of trip cost required to hold booking. If you are interested in this new Cuban experience we encourage you to reserve your spot today. If we do not fill the boat we will need to release the week because the Georgina is in such demand. Contact the shop to reserve your spot today.

Watch this page for additional information on these trips. If you are interested in more information, please call us at 403-640-1273 or send an email with your inquiries.

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