I can still remember the excitement of my first trip to Cuba to fish. I was living in Belize at the time and a friend and client from England who was a photographer, asked me if I’d meet him in Havana to then go fishing on the south coast for a week. He said we'd be fishing the Cienega de Zapata National Park and while I'd never heard of it, I eagerly juymped at the chance. I was hooked on the Zapata after my first day, with countless bonefish landed and two shots at some nice sized snook that I completely blew.

With so many guests traveling over the next couple of months, I want to have a quick talk about carry on and luggage. We in North America have become very accustomed to being able to carry/rods reels on flights but the reality these days is that once you get outside of North America,........

Lodge guides are there to enhance your experience and to help you catch more fish. However, there are times, when, for a variety of reasons, the guiding you receive is substandard. The reasons for this are many but because you are dealing with human beings with their own complex lives and family situations, a guide who is distracted will almost certainly impact your angling experience in a negative way.

When anglers and their guide work together, it’s a thing of beauty. And the best way to ensure this, is to be as inclusive as is possible with your guide. When I’m on the water, I’m always looking to learn and get better and for me, this means asking questions of my guide. Not only do I learn new things by asking questions, but doing so also gets the guide immediately involved and participating, well befire the first cast is made.

Guiding at the lodge you are fishing from is such an important piece of your trip puzzle and it can absolutely make or break your entire experience. Regardless of your skill level, weather, and or cooperation of the fish you are chasing, the communication and interaction with your guide during the course of the fishing day is going to be fundamental to your success.