A PERMIT AND BONEFISH MECCA
A PERMIT AND BONEFISH MECCA
Cayo Largo lies at the very eastern edge of the Carnarreos archipelago, which is comprised of nearly 350 islands. A resort island, Cayo Largo is regularly visited by Canadians and Europeans who seek the sun, crystal clear waters, and white beaches this island has to offer. Better yet, the waters around Cayo Largo are abundant with the shallow water fish fly anglers love to stalk.
Only a 35 minute flight from Havana, guests from the US will usually enjoy the city for a night before leaving early the next morning for Cayo Largo. For international travelers, there are weekly flights directly to Cayo Largo from Canada and Europe.
Until recently, all fishing guests stayed in land-based, all inclusive resorts. Starting in the Summer of 2019, the outfitter moved a live-aboard boat to the area. This allows better control over the quality of the experience for guests, and better yet makes access to some of the more remote parts of the fishing area easier. When staying aboard the yacht, guests travel overland to a small port on the Bay of Pigs instead of flying to Cayo largo. They then motor to the fishing grounds. making several anchorages during the week long trip. This allows guests to experience a diversity of fishing habitat.
For anglers with families, and anglers who have a spouse that might not want to fish, Cayo Largo is perfect. The resorts have plenty to keep a person occupied, with the beach nearby, several pools, tennis courts, a gym, sauna and jacuzzi, spanish classes, a karaoke club, and access to a dive school. Resort staff regularly arrange excursions for non-angling guests, from catamaran trips to deserted islands, to snorkel and dive trips, to evening sunset cruises.
For groups who might want accommodations more to themselves, and a lower-key option to Sol Club, Avalon also offers the Villas Marinera. These modest guesthouses are located next to the marina. All meals are included with accommodations, and there is a very cozy and friendly pool an bar area.
All months of the year offer good fishing. The months of September and October are generally not suggested, as this is hurricane season. Fishing is great all through the winter months with Bonefish and Permit available, as well as numerous species of Jacks, Snapper, and Barracuda. Most famous of all, is the Permit fishery. The entire north side of Cayo Largo is Permit habitat, the water ranging in depth from 2-5 feet. With deeper waters at the border, Permit migrate with the tides to this area, where they find Ray's to feed alongside. They are quite susceptible to taking a fly in these conditions, making Cayo Largo one of the world's best Permit destinations. There are a few Baby Tarpon spots known to the guides, but the true Tarpon fishery starts when the adult fish migrate. During the months of April, May and June, Tarpon reaching 100 pounds can be stalked cruising the reef edges, the deeper flats, and the cuts between islands.