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Cayo Cruz


ISOLATED & PRISTINE, AND HOME TO ALL FLATS SPECIES

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Cayo Cruz


ISOLATED & PRISTINE, AND HOME TO ALL FLATS SPECIES

FLY FISHING CAYO CRUZ, CUBA:

CAYO CRUZ is currently the only fishing operation Avalon operates along Cuba's north shore. Located north of Camaguey, Cayo Cruz is an island in the Jardines del Ray archipelago (Gardens of the King). Cayo Cruz is connected to the mainland by long causeways. These causeways are currently under renovation, as Cayo Cruz is planned to become a major resort destination. Fishing guests overnight in Havana, and then depart early the next morning by plane for the international airport at Cayo Coco. They are then transferred by coach to their final destination.

This is a remote area, and guests of Avalon stay at Casona de Romano for most of the year. This is a land based operation in the small Cuban town of Brasil. Casona de Romano is the old sugar plantation house of the American owner who prospered here in the early part of the 1900's. Guests should know, however, that daily travel to the marina is nearly an hour each way every day. With the building of hotels under way in the islands bordering the mainland, this situation is bound to change.

The better option for accommodation is to stay aboard the Avalon Fleet 1, which anchors near Cayo Cruz during the months of April, May & June. This negates the daily travel to and from the marina, and gives guests more fishing time each day. It also allows for better food, with fresh seafood supplied daily.

The fishing around Cayo Cruz is exceptional. All months of the year provide great opportunities for larger than average Bonefish. These can be stalked from the boat, or while wading, and many fish are seen in the 6-7 pound range. The guides, however, are fanatical about the Permit fishing. And for good reason. With the open ocean so close to these flats, Permit can comfortably go to deep water for rest and safety, but creep back on the nearby flats on the tide change. As with Cayo Largo, most Permit anglers encounter are in the company of Rays. This makes them much more willing to eat the fly, and many Permit are caught at Cayo Cruz. Most of the Permit are in the 15-25 pound range.

Spring and early Summer provide exciting fishing at Cayo Cruz. With Bonefish and Permit still abundant, adult Tarpon join the mix. Cayo Cruz borders the deep water of the Bahamas Channel which is a major migratory pathway for adult Tarpon. Anglers will find 40-100 pound fish cruising the flats, rolling in channels, and patrolling the ocean side reefs. These are very willing fish, and provide unsurpassed fishing action.


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