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: Cuba bound


chesterlh
03-31-2008, 05:43 PM
I'm off to Cuba this coming Saturday for a week. Fishing with the folks at Paradon for one day at least, and a bunch of DIY with another fellow. Have to combine fishing with family duties, but am sure I'll get a fair bit of fishing in. I hear there are small tarpon and cuda in the lagoons at the resort, and a nice flat about a mile walk away that has bonefish and permit. Will post a report when I get back. Rum, cigars and fishing here I come!

Trevor B
03-31-2008, 08:55 PM
Have a great trip, I look forward to hearing all about it when you return over a coffee at Tims
Trev

juro
04-01-2008, 05:37 AM
Photos please for US types! :D

petevicar
04-02-2008, 11:07 AM
Have a great trip.
Cuba is one of my favorite places.

chesterlh
05-11-2008, 11:47 AM
Hi,

I have been unable to post any pics on this site from my Cuba trip last month. I will keep trying because we were on some awesome flats, and you need the pictures to appreciate them.

I arrived in Cayo Coco on April 5th and went out with the folks at Los Penos on April 7th. About 1/4 mile from the dock we were in an area that had many nice tarpon (60-80lb range). Those crafty things managed to stay out of casting range all morning, just teasing us. Everytime we tried to move closer to them, they would move out of range again. Frustrating, but still great to see them break water. Off we went looking for bones and permit. While on a flat known for permit I saw the tell-tail sign of mudding bonefish. Hooked two on consecutive casts, one threw the hook and one opened up a #6 saltwater hook. Frustrating but fun.
We then staked off the boat and starting walking an absolutely massive flat (wish I could post a pic). When we were a 1/2 mile or so from the boat, we noticed the black coulds of a front coming towards us. High wind and very brief but heavy rain hit us. The wind lasted a couple of hours and we decided to walk into the wind for a while and then fish with the wind back to the boat. While we saw the odd fish, it was extremely difficult to accurately place a cast, as we had difficulty standing, much less to cast. Once we made the turn, things picked up, the wind dropped slightly, and we could more easily see fish in the waves. Once nice bone (guide estimates 6lb, but I think he was being generous) was landed shortly after we turned downwind. Three more were hooked in very shallow water (ankle deep) as we got near the boat. With tide rapidly dropping and the afternoon getting late we had to abandon that area and head back to the dock. Great experience.

April 8th, I went with a friend down the beach from the resort to a massive flat about 1 mile from the resorts. We saw bones, cuda and I landed what I think was a blue runner. Great fun, but the tides were not favourable for us, very early in the morning. I did make a huge mistake and paid th price. I was wearing wet suit boots and sand got inside them and gave me many huge painful blisters, so much so that I could barely walk the rest of the week, much less fish. Lesson learned and a pair of Patagonia Marlwalkers are on order. Family committments prevented any more fishing except for a brief visit to the flat at the very end of the trip when my feet could stand the walking, but only saw one uninterested bonefish some cowfish, and some large cuda.

If I can get the pics posted, I'll do so as soon as I can. You really gotta see these flats. They are huge.

Lewis

JohnM
06-20-2008, 02:35 PM
If some of the possible changes in the policies between the US and Cuba will allow us yanks to get to the rich saltwater flyfishing areas in Cuba ??

chesterlh
07-05-2008, 05:54 AM
Hi folks,

Tried again this AM to upload a few pics from Cuba, but am getting a failed picture upload attempt notice. Pics are jpgs and are reduced in size (36kb) but still will not load. Any thoughts/suggestions?

Trevor B
07-05-2008, 06:05 AM
I had the same problem, best way to do it is through a image hosting web site, there are many of them. such as http://www.techpowerup.org/
you upload the images to them then you just take the URL provided and use it to put your pics on .
there are instructions at the site, if I can do it then you will have no problem.
Let me know how you make out.
talk soon Trev