Bucket List: Cuba

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Experiencing new fishing locations is something I love doing and talking about. Bucket List will be an ongoing section of this blog as writing about new and exotic locations will hopefully be inspiration to visit them one day.

For today's bucket lister, we are heading down to the flats of Cuba. My younger brother Greg and I were down in Argentina a couple of years ago fishing with a group called Fly Fishing Patagonia. Justi Campa, Oscar Dono and the rest of the boys at FFP run a truly world class fishing operation that originally was focused in Argentina and Chile. They have more recently expanded to include other parts of the globe and for the last few years, have been hosting trips to Cuba. Each time I get the FFP newsletter with the report back from Cuba, it makes me want to go that much more.

Co-Owner/ Co-Founder of FFP Oscar Dono

A happy client

Cuba is certainly a salt water paradise. With good chances at trophy bones, permit and tarpon on waters that are relatively untouched, how could you not add this one to the dream list. In contrast to very highly fished areas such as the Keys and the Bahamas, areas of fishing ground in Cuba such as Jardines de la Reina and Isla de la Juventud have not been sport fished in half a century. FFP has teamed up with a respected outfitter in Cuba that offers different lodges and mother ships as home base for the trips. Getting access to hard to reach flats and coming home to a mother ship each night, that sounds like a pretty great trip to me.

Co-Owner/Co-Founder Justi Campa with a nice cuda

Getting to experience different cultures, fish waters with relatively untapped potential and making new friends along the way is what adventure angling is about in my mind. Cuba certainly seems to fit that bill and I really hope to make it down there some day.

Thanks for the pics Justi!


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