Bob Carlson, Kendal

Bob Carlson, Kendal /

We are back now from an excellent trip and as usual your arrangements in Cuba worked perfectly. We have been 3 times with you and everything was perfect with your planning for us in Cuba on all occasions and we would most definitely highly recommend you for anyone wanting a seamless fishing trip to Cuba.

Things have changed a little at Hotel Playa Larga since our previous visits. We were in a room a bit further from the hotel which was supposedly one of the ones that last year were said would be specific for anglers. Cubans and others also stayed in these rooms so not exactly true. The rooms were fine and they seemed to have the water sorted at long last as there was enough pressure for showers and water was piping hot! 3 days before we arrived the  Anglers’ Lodge opened. It is a large wooden structure where all anglers dined. Menu was same as hotel dining room but they had their own chefs and food was perfectly adequate for a fishing experience. Again anyone was allowed to dine there if they wanted to pay and a few Cubans did so.

Americans have now discovered this fishing big time. Most of these Americans just seemed to come for 2 or 3 days over the weekend.

This year for Las Salinas the Bonefish were of a bigger average size, with most around 3lbs, a few at 4 lbs with one at 5lbs and maybe a couple at about 2lbs or slightly less. We took one day on the river which was very slow because  of a change in the weather. The week previously the river fished very well. Nonetheless we eventually persuaded 2 Tarpon to bite. Vee had a tarpon on of 60 – 70lbs, a huge fish for this river, but eventually the ultra fast sinking leader parted keeping it out of the mangroves but we touched the leader so technically caught !!. My fish took right on the edge of the mangroves and no way to stop it from tearing off deep into them immediately.

Overall a good trip despite the additional fishing pressure that theses flats are now receiving.

Once again many thanks for the excellent organisation.

Las Salinas, Fish Zapata