Cuba, new friends and the Amercians

Posted by Craig Gannon on July 18, 2016
Cuba, General Musings

It’s been a while since I’ve made any posts, basically because I’ve been a very lazy, however the season’s fishing has begun with a vengeance and the main point so far has been another great trip to Cuba for the Tarpon. A week on the Georgiana produced a limited number of fish, but the main highlight was meeting a lot of new friends and having a great week.
For those of you that have not been on a live-aboard, I can heartily recommend it, accommodation is great and the ability for the boat to move means that you can cover far more water in a leisurely way. Ok – it may cost a little more, but that’s a small price to pay for the extra benefits.
This year the highlight was the reef fishing. This was adrenaline-pumping at times, where fast reactions were needed to cast to fish at any time and at all angles, only beaten by chasing a large pod of tarpon as they smashed into bait fish. The large channels were quiet this year, those in the know suspected that the water was a little too warm, potentially because of another El Ninio year, but hey! In the nineties every day catching tarpon with great company takes a lot of beating.
This year the Americans can get to Cuba more easily. Certainly their influence has yet cannot be seen, however Avalon have seen fit next year (in expectation of a big American influx) to bump the prices up 30%. We shall have to wait and see what happens as this may mean that the big Cuban adventure may be coming to an end, opening up Iceland potentially next year.
Nonetheless I have provisionally booked the Perola next April with the same bunch of friends who I met this year. It may happen, the jury is out yet. In the meantime, I recommend that you give it a go whilst you can – as I fear that it will only get worse.
One of my new friends George was quite handy with a camera. Here’s a shot that I think captures the experience. Until next time….

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