Cuba #3: Cayo Cruz

Cayo Cruz is on Cuba's north coast, and is the newest fishing destination in the country for Avalon. Most of the year, guests stay in the town of Brasil, in a hotel called Casa Romano. This building was at one time the home of the American who owned the town's sugar cane factory. From Casa Romano, it is a nearly one hour commute by car each day to and from the marina where flats boats are launched. This will all change in the not too distant future, as the causeways leading to the outer cayes are undergoing major renovation, and hotels and resorts are already planned and in some cases under construction. This means that the drive will take less time, and that ultimately there will likely be a land based operation closer to the launch point.

As another option, Avalon will be using Avalon Fleet 1 as a live-aboard for groups of anglers during the migratory season for larger tarpon. Cayo Cruz is renowned for its great population of Permit, not to mention large Bonefish. But, during the months of April, May and June, Tarpon migrate south down the Bahamas Channel. The Avalon Fleet 1 will be able to anchor in locations that will allow anglers access to these migratory Tarpon, as well as the Permit and Bonefish flats.

The causeway leading out to Cayo Cruz. As mentioned, these causeways are under major renovation.

The causeway leading out to Cayo Cruz. As mentioned, these causeways are under major renovation.

We would see Flamingos every morning on the drive to the marina. On this morning, the Flamingos were mixed in with Pelicans and White Herons, making for a beautiful mix of colors.

We would see Flamingos every morning on the drive to the marina. On this morning, the Flamingos were mixed in with Pelicans and White Herons, making for a beautiful mix of colors.

My guide Yoandry leads me to a backcountry lagoon where we found both Bonefish, and on several occasions, tailing Permit.

My guide Yoandry leads me to a backcountry lagoon where we found both Bonefish, and on several occasions, tailing Permit.

Tailing Bonefish

Tailing Bonefish

The Bonefish here at Cayo Cruz were larger on average than Jardines. We caught, and saw, lots of fish in the 5-7lb category. Yoandry said his largest Bone landed was 9 lbs.

The Bonefish here at Cayo Cruz were larger on average than Jardines. We caught, and saw, lots of fish in the 5-7lb category. Yoandry said his largest Bone landed was 9 lbs.

Beautiful Bone in crystal clear water.

Beautiful Bone in crystal clear water.

We saw lots of Cuda at Cayo Cruz. This was the only one we tried to catch.

We saw lots of Cuda at Cayo Cruz. This was the only one we tried to catch.

Some of the Permit flats here were huge. We fished these flats, as well as more defined open ocean flats.

Some of the Permit flats here were huge. We fished these flats, as well as more defined open ocean flats.

A large percentage of the Permit you see at Cayo Cruz are in the company or Ray's. You can see the dark shape of the Ray in this image, with the guide positioning the boat for the angler to place his fly accurately.

A large percentage of the Permit you see at Cayo Cruz are in the company or Ray's. You can see the dark shape of the Ray in this image, with the guide positioning the boat for the angler to place his fly accurately.