Avalon Fleet I, Cuba
A truly comfortable and exciting way to discover world class saltwater fishing in an exceptional location.
There is no other destination like Jardines de La Reina which offers such a huge fishery and it is simply not possible to begin to cover all of these flats in a month let alone the more standard week. This range of fishing means that, come what may in terms of tides and weather, there will always be a productive place to saltwater fish and it gives rods an extraordinary choice.
Bonefish are ever present and can be taken in any month of the year but it has been a feature of recent years that the larger fish (up to 10lbs) have been caught more often in the winter and spring months when the water is cooler.
Baby tarpon (up to 30lbs - so all things are relative) are present throughout the year and can be found cruising in and out of the mangroves and the larger tarpon which reach up to and above 100lbs come onto the flats from the end of March onwards.
Tarpon fishing in Cuba is a unique experience and the larger tarpon are jumped throughout the year but the success rate very much depends upon the weather as generally the best time to find them is on a calm morning.
Permit are the keen fisherman’s ultimate goal and they have the ability to turn even the most languid man into a shaking wreck as these fish do not present themselves very often. They are found on the flats throughout the year and rods have landed Grand Slams from November to June.
This is an experience not to be missed as the quantity and variety that can be taken on either a well placed popper or simply by trolling can be extraordinary. We recommend that all clients take a spinning rod for this but also for the barracuda that menacingly patrol the bonefish flats.
Avalon Fleet I accommodates up to eight guests in eight deluxe king cabins offering queen sized beds with seven private bathrooms. Each cabin has air-conditioning, electricity points and storage as well as breathtaking views of the Caribbean sea and beaches.
There is a spacious and comfortable open plan lounge complete with audio and visual equipment, dining room and bar area on the boat deck. The majority of your meals will be served in the dining room. The menu has an Italian and Cuban influence and is accompanied by international wines, cocktails and of course, Cuban cigars. This really is an excellent space for relaxing and enjoying a few sundowners after a day on the flats.