March through August
Tarpon and bonefish
The Isle of Youth Marine Park is located directly offshore and to the south of Havana, about a 35 minute flight due south of the capital city.
Tarpon, tarpon and more tarpon. Bonefish, jacks, barracuda, snapper, jacks and even the odd permit.
SEASON OF OPERATION
March through August
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LOGISTICS
The week begins on Thursday and ends the following Friday. Please note that all guests will need to fly into Havana on the Thursday in order to make the Friday flight to Nueva Gerona. Guests will also spend an additional night in Havana the following Thursday, on the back end of their trip, unless they have a late evening flight out of Havana that night (we do not recommend this).
Perola Live Aboard - The Perola is a classic 75-foot luxury yacht that we utilize for weekly trips to the most remote areas of the Canarreos Archipelago, the world famous chain of islands that runs eighty miles from the Isle of Youth to Cayo Largo. The Perola is a beautiful yacht, recently refurbished, and perfect for a group of six anglers. There are four very comfortable air-conditioned cabins below deck, most having their own private bath, with good showers and plenty of hot water. Anglers will really appreciate the large amount of storage space available in each of the rooms. This is an impressive yacht, with highly polished hardwood floors and teak paneling. Circular stairways take you downstairs to the cabins or upstairs to the dining area on the top open-air deck. The top deck is covered and always remains in the shade, but open to the sea breeze, insuring guests a comfortable and insect-free environment. Clear plastic side coverings are utilized in harder winds or in inclement weather.
6 anglers per week.
This part of Cuba really is ideal for those who are interested on focusing on tarpon for the week. The reefs, channels, mangrove lagoons and bays all hold tarpon in good numbers, particularly from March to June, where 100 pound + fish are landed each month. There are lots of other opportunities at other species when fishing from Perola, including bonefish and on occasion, permit. But, the Isle of Youth really is a tarpon oriented area and guests booking trips to this live aboard should be aware of this. Barracuda, jacks, snappers and the odd snook are also available in the waters around the Isle of Youth. Fishing Tarpon or Sabalo, as it is known in Cuba, can be divided into three categories: Baby Tarpon (those that they weigh up to 30 Lbs), Medium Tarpon (those that weigh 30 Lbs up to 80 Lb) and Monster Tarpon (those of more than 80 Lb and sometimes can surpass the incredible mark of 150 Lbs). Obviously, the last category is hunted hard, but unfortunately these behemoths are much less common.
The yacht will stop off at selected anchorages like Cayo Campo, the Cantilles islands and finally Cayo Rosario, which is renowned for some of the most outstanding flats fishing in all of Cuba. Like the area to the northeast of the Isle of Youth, this string of islands, channels and lagoons, offer very good sight casting to tarpon.
BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
The flats skiffs used when fishing Perola, are 18 foot Dolphin Super Skiffs powered by 60-90 horse powered engines. The boats have rod holders and poling platforms and a generous casting area at the front of the skiff.
To reach the live aboard located off shore, guests with be transferred from the Parque Central Hotel to the domestic airport for the 35 minute flight down to the main city on the Isle of Youth, Nueva Gerona. You will then be transferred by van or bus to the marina, where the mothership, Perola, will be waiting.
Slipstream Angling is a full service travel company and can handle international airfare, Cuban Visa applications, as well as a host of other services relating to your trip. Please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703 if you’d like assistance.
INCLUDED IN PRICE
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
Electricity is both 110 and 220 volt
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
1) A valid passport that does not expire for at least 6 months after your departure from Cuba
2) A Cuban Entry Visa.
RATES FOR 2017
Low Season : January 5,to March 7, 2017
and July 5 to August 29, 2017
$5,900 USD Double Occupancy
High Season : March 8 to July 6, 2017
$8,450 USD Double Occupancy
Peak Season : May 3 to May 30, 2017
$8,900 USD Double Occupancy