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Update On Bonefishing In The Bay of Pigs


Article Date: May 2002

We told you last month that the Bay of Pigs in Cuba is about to emerge as a fully legitimate place to go bonefishing. Well, it has. We have that directly from long-time Cuba operative, Jonathan Watts of Canada-Cuba Sports and Cultural Festivals. In a series of e-mails last month, Watts spelled out for us just how trips here are going to be set up and priced.

The basic cost of a day of flats fishing at the Bay of Pigs, Watts says, is $360. That includes lodging, meals, guide service, English-speaking guide-translator for groups of over four fishermen and transfers from the lodge to the fishing area. It does not include drinks at dinner, tips or transportation between Havana and the Bay of Pigs. The cost for estuary fishing (for snook and tarpon) at Bay of Pigs is a bit more ambiguous. Seems the estuary boats are big enough to hold two persons, and the information we received indicates the $360 costs can be split between the two anglers.

What's interesting about the Bay of Pigs is not the currently available fishing trips (which suffer from lack of infrastructure) but the enormous potential of the area. For one thing, the area is huge. It is also completely undeveloped and undisturbed. It teems with bonefish, and may turn out to hold large numbers of tarpon and permit as well. Here is how a newly returned client just described the fishing there:

"The Bay of Pigs and surrounding swamp measures some one million acres, and its southern edge is one huge flats wilderness. My guide told me that the total fishing pressure on this area comes to about 400 anglers per year, or eight per week. That kind of traffic in an area that vast is unheard of. We neither saw other people nor heard any outboards or other engines. We saw and heard no aircraft. The soft wind made the only sound. It was heaven!

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Jonathan Watts, Canada-Cuba Sports and Cultural Festival. 7171 Torbram Road, Unit 51. Mississauga, Ontario, L4T 3W4. Tel. 905-678-0426 / 800-818-8840, 011-53-7204-4622 - Havana. Fax 905-678-1421. E-mail: cancuba@enet.cu





























 
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