After my 3 days in Havana, I met up with the rest of our fishing group including Dylan from Flywater, and 8 other intrepid anglers from the US and Canada. After the better part of a day moving from airports to the plane to the bus and to the boat, we finally arrived on Avalon Fleet 1.
Below is a montage of photos from our week on the boat and fishing the bays, oceanside flats, and channels around these islands. In short, the fishing itself was off. Normally, this time of year is the rainy season in Cuba, with afternoon thundershowers refreshing and cooling the flats. Cuba had seen almost no rain in two months, and the weather had been warm and windy. As a result, the water on and around the flats was very warm. The Tarpon were offshore instead of in the channels, and even Bonefish were scarce. When we did find Bones they were big.....many between 5-7 pounds. Some days the best action we had was for Permit, and this is truly a world class Permit destination. I think Dylan wants to go back just for that.
Although the fishing might not have been up to par, the accommodations and service were way beyond. I just san't say enough about our fishing guides and hosts on the boat...... how hard they worked, how great the food was, and how accommodating they were to all of us. And, we did have a great group of guests who went with the flow, and were a pleasure to be around.