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Two more subscribers have checked in with reports about fishing in Cuba. The first is from subscriber Mika Vainio of Finland, who says he fished with Avalon ( in the Jardines de la Reina Archipelago this past April, staying on Tortuga, the stationary mothership Avalon has anchored out that way. Vainio reports seeing a lot of permit and hooking two, one of which paved the way for a Grand Slam. He says there were large schools of migratory tarpon and so many bonefish that it was “too easy” to catch them. “The fishing is outstanding,” Vainio writes. “And the overall outfitting was well done. The environment is unique.” He recommends the experience to fellow subscribers, leaving the cost unstated but noting it was “peak-season price.”

The second report is from subscriber Richard Ward, who also fished Jardines de la Reina with Avalon, but in December rather than April and aboard the mothership Halcon. Ward says he was there with two parties of anglers of varying degrees of experience. “The first week saw all the anglers recording personal best bonefish,” Ward writes. “I personally took a Grand Slam, as did another angler. The second party began their fishing by taking numbers of tarpon, as well as permit and huge barracuda. In all, there were two Grand Slams that week.”

Ward signs off with kudos to the Avalon staff for wonderful food, luxurious accommodation, and world-class guides providing fantastic fishing. “I can’t wait for my next trip,” he writes.

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