Cayo Romano, Cuba
Unspoilt and protected saltwater fishing with a wonderful land based beach resort experience.
Located on the north shore of the eastern province of Camaguey, the Cayo Romano fishery is an enormous system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries. Located within the Jardines del Rey conservation park, commercial fishing within this designated area is strictly forbidden and rigorously enforced. The sportfishing area is 366 square kilometres in size, meaning that on an average day, each skiff has over 50 square kilometres to itself. The fishing area is virtually untouched and represents one of the cleanest and most biologically diverse ecosystems we’ve ever fished. This is one of the other reasons we have chosen to endorse this destination. It is still pretty much untouched and has only seen a very small number of anglers since 2011. The fish are plentiful and aggressive. Cayo Romano is privileged in having an extensive string of cays on its northern border which protects it from all but the most violent of weather patterns.
Cayo Romano demonstrates all the characteristics of a recently discovered, virgin fishing territory – large numbers of fish, good sizes and their evident lack of exposure to flies and leaders. Add to this the natural beauty of the cays and of the water and you have a truly memorable place to fish. The average sized bonefish is a healthy 4 pounds and during the course of the week it is not unheard of for guests to land a fish or two in the 10 pound range. Tailing bonefish are common and guests can expect to see bonefish in singles and doubles, all the way up to schools of several hundred fish. What really sets this location apart from so many other fisheries is that guests can expect to encounter and get shots at good numbers of permit each day. There are very few places on earth where guests can fish for big bonefish each day and also get shots at tailing permit. This combination may take place in other locations but not with the consistency that is virtually guaranteed at Cayo Romano. It's a rare day when you don’t encounter and get shots at permit. The permit will range in size between about 8 and 30 pounds. The flats at Cayo Romano are a little deeper than those found in other areas of Cuba, which means that the bonefish and permit are still found in excellent numbers throughout the year.
There are two locations within Cayo Romano that 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, barracuda, etc.
Hotel Cayo Romano is a luxurious all inclusive hotel facing the ocean on Cayo Romano. This hotel is the pinnacle in comfort and amenities making the accommodations for the fishing week at Cayo Romano absolutely stunning. This hotel is located less than five minutes from the marina where anglers will board the skiffs for each fishing day. We are pleased to be able to offer this hotel and give our visiting anglers the highest level of lodging and service available on Cayo Romano.
The lodge is built right on the water, overlooking a beautiful channel visited daily by tarpon schools and jacks. Some of the best fishing takes place right off the marina before dark. All rooms are spacious and well appointed with air conditioning, tiled floors and nice showers. Hotel Cayo Romano has a block of rooms specially assigned to the Avalon anglers, in a quiet area.
In the open-air main lodge you will find comfortable lounging chairs and a fully stocked bar with an accommodating bartender. After a long day on the flats it’s nice to recount your adventures to fellow anglers while sipping an ice-cold beverage and enjoying the daily selection of snacks prepared fresh every afternoon. After a shower, make your way to the dining room to enjoy the chef’s daily specialty.