Anglers who have been fishing with Untamed Angling, famed for its freshwater fishing programs in Bolivia and Brazil, will be pleased to hear that the company is going to operate an inshore and offshore fishing program in Cuba commencing in May 2020. Called El Faro Lodge, it will the first and only beachfront fishing lodge in Cuba. We have all that from Company CEO Marcelo Perez, who told us by phone today that the remote and pristine area he will be fishing is a national park and biosphere reserve on the Guanahacabibes Peninsula southwest of Havana. To date, no operator has offered fishing in this part of Cuba.
“The national park and biosphere reserve we will be fishing have been preserved for 40 years,” Perez says. “The region is not only still wild and without fishing pressure, but it is also home to a unique mix of beaches, channels, mangroves, flats, and bluewater, thereby allowing anglers to take on different waters and experiences each day.”
Species available will include all of the usual flats species (bonefish, tarpon, permit, jacks, and snook), as well as an as yet undetermined number of offshore species. Perez says early exploratory fishing has yielded bonefish to eight pounds and tarpon up to 80 pounds. “We have also lost much larger tarpon,” Perez says. As for permit, he says they have been spotted on the flats and cast to without success. He is confident there will be a viable permit fishery.
Perez says he will have six skiffs as well as an offshore boat in place next May. The hotel where clients will stay has a capacity of 16, but present plans call for keeping the number down to 12. Clients will arrive at the hotel by bus from Havana after a comfortable ride of just over five hours. The cost for exploratory trips next May, which are currently planned to run for three months only, is pegged at $5,550. At this writing, a day before the official announcement of the new lodge, Perez says his phone was ringing with expressions of interest. You can toss your hat in the ring for a trip by contacting Untamed Angling at: email@example.com. Learn more at elfarofishing.com