PLAYA LARGA – HATIGUANICO, CUBA

On of the things that make this fishing area so unique is the large amount of skinny or shallow water. Much of the area simply cannot be accessed and fished using traditional flats skiffs with two anglers and a guide. To that end, we utilize both “single angler” skiffs – smaller, skinny-water boats designed for a solo angler and one guide in addition to Beavertail double skiffs. The skinny water single angler boats are typically used for shallow water to access the bone fishing and permit fishing deep within the flats systems.

Each morning, guests will transfer by vehicle about an hour to Las Salinas fishing area which is part of the Ciénaga de Zapata National Park. You will arrive at a covered staging area where you can rig your gear and, if you are fishing for multiple days, you can rinse and store your gear for subsequent fishing days. Once rigged, you step onto the private docks and board your skiff(s) for the day. Anglers can expect to fish for bonefish, tarpon and permit, and other species like Jacks, Snapper, Cubera, barracuda, etc.

If you are fishing the Rio Hatiguanico, you will transfer by vehicle an hour and a half to a different park entrance to the expansive Ciénaga de Zapata Biosphere Reserve and National Park. The source of this gem of a fishery is a huge sweet water natural spring that flows westward into the Ensenada de la Broa and the open ocean. There is a small boat house and staging area where you can rig your rods and step onto the comfortable boats for a short motor downriver to where river opens up into a wide channel. There are over 14 kilometers of river channels to fish between the headwaters and staging area and the river mouth where it meets the salt. Tarpon and snook are the targeted species along this with any luck, you may see manatees coming up for air in the main channel.

Lodging

Anglers will stay at a private, anglers-only section of the Playa Larga Hotel in the town of Playa Larga with a private entrance. Guests stay in colorful bungalows with a front porch, interior sitting area, private bath with shower, two double beds, air conditioning, and hot water. There is a private beach area available to angling guests only a short walk from the bungalows.

Food and Beverages
There are a variety of dining options in Playa Larga. El Ranchon is a private bar and grill for the angling guests at Playa Larga Hotel only. Beers, spirits, sodas, water and juices will be available at any time to guests at this cantina. In addition, an abbreviated menu will be available 24 hours a day to anglers. Upon request, transportation to a local paladar (private dining experience at a Cuban home and some of the best food in Cuba) such as Casa Alexis, Paladar Chuchy el Pescador or Paladar Las Terrazas for dinner. We highly recommend having at least one evening meal locally – the experience and the food are not to be missed.

Boats and Equipment
When fishing the flats of Las Salinas you will be fishing from either a 16’ 8” foot 2016 Beavertail skiff (single occupancy) or a 17’6” foot 2016 Beavertail skiff (double occupancy). These Beavertail skiffs are specifically designed for very skinny water and are the ideal craft for accessing the far reaches of the expansive flats system. Wading boots are highly recommended for Las Salinas.

When fishing for tarpon and snook on the Rio Hatiguanico, you will fish from either a 16 or 17 foot 2016 Bass Tracker with 40-50 HP Mercury motors.

It is recommended that anglers bring all of their own fishing equipment. Flies, leaders, tippet, all terminal tackle and all accessories should be brought down, as very few items, if any, are available anywhere in Cuba.

 

FLY FISHING PACKAGE

7 nights / 6 days fishing in single angler per skiff $ 4,270

7 nights / 6 days fishing two anglers per skiff $ 3,620

Shorter or longer stay options available.

FLY FISHING AND HAVANA TOURS

6 nights (2 nights in Havana, 3 nights in Playa Larga Hotel / 3 days fishing single angler per skiff $ 3,607

6 nights (2 nights in Havana, 3 nights in Playa Larga Hotel / 3 days fishing two anglers per skiff $ 3,320

Sample itinerary

 

Cuban Visa $ 95

Special discounts from June 1st to October 31st 2017

 

What’s Included

  • Private ground transfers to/from Havana to Playa Larga
  • Daily ground transfers to and from the fishery for either Las Salinas or the Rio Hatiguanico
  • Breakfast at hotel, packed lunch, 2 soft drinks, 2 bottles of water
  • Taxes and GST’s
  • Dinners at local paladares (private eateries) and the Hotel Playa Larga

What’s Not Included 

  • International flights to/from Havana (HAV)
  • Hotel nights, meals, drinks, taxis, tours and any additional expenses while in Havana
  • Fishing tackle, equipment, flies and all terminal tackle
  • Cuban entrance visa ( USD $100.00)
  • Gratuities for guides and staff
  • Beer or alcoholic beverages (available to purchase in route to Hotel if desired while fishing and available at meals, but not included in package price)