Isle of Youth Perola, Cuba
Excellent accommodation and fishing for a party of five to six guests looking for a hardcore fishing destination.
The Isle of Youth is perhaps best known for its extraordinary tarpon fishing and there are very few places in the world where you will have more chances to cast to big tarpon on the fly. The bonefish and permit fishing are worth the visit on their own.
A Maximum of 14 rods have exclusive rights to fish this entire pristine and most importantly, protected and remote, Marine Park in the Canarreos Archipelago.
Bonefish are of an excellent average size of around 4lbs, with tarpon frequently tipping the scales at 100lbs plus and the guides’ vast knowledge of permit, an incredibly pernickety fish, mean that Grand Slams are certainly achievable.
As well as the wonderful array of flats that one can either wade or pole, there is an amazingly productive reef with a range of species; grouper, bonito, barracuda, jacks and snapper will all come readily to a well-presented fly. The trolling can also provide some extraordinary fishing with yellowfin tuna, kingfish, wahoo and shark being just some of the fish that will test your tackle to its limit.
The Perola is a 75ft live aboard yacht that is based at the Isle of Youth and is perfect for groups of five to six guests. There are five comfortable air-conditioned cabins, four have single beds and the fifth has a double bed. Most of the cabins have their own bathrooms with good showers and plenty of hot water.
This is an impressive yacht with highly polished hardwood floors and a circular stairway take you downstairs to the cabins or upstairs to the dining area on the top deck. A full sized, air-conditioned salon on the main deck level is utilized for a living and dining area. Relaxing into one of the plush couches or hammocks on deck with a freshly made cocktail is the perfect way to end a long day on the flats.
Cuisine on the Perola is superb. Start the evening with fresh sashimi for appetizers and some of the finest frozen Daiquiris known to man, followed by fish of the day either caught by the fishermen or harvested by the crew accompanied by salads with fresh vegetables, pasta and rice dishes.