Aventura de la Pesca de Mosca en Cuba
[dropcap]R[/dropcap]ecently, Ed Anderson’s (artist/angler from Idaho) traveled to Cuba and his notes and sketches of life there and fishing crossed my desk. His sketches mirrored Rick Bannerot’s trip to Cuba – an incredible two-part pictorial photo story of ground zero in Cuba and fly fishing from a mothership for bones, tarpon, and permit.
NOTE: You can read Bannerot’s story below by clicking on the links
About Ed Anderson
Andreson is an artist with far more to him than bold lines and bright colors that define his artful compositions. He’s a fisherman with credentials.
Ed got a chance to go to Cuba and fly fish with Picabo Anglers and see the freshly opening country. With help from the No Business Lodge and Veteran Outdoors, he flew out of Miami directly to Havana with a group of 12 headed for Los Jardines de la Reina, a huge archipelago on the south side of the island.
The group made their way to Ciego and the Avalon II for a 6-day fly fishing excursion like no other.
Ed: “Remote living on the boat and excellent guides made the fly fishing in Cuba fantastic. Lot’s of shots at big bones, juvenile tarpon, and permit. The boat itself had great food and a great staff.
All the people throughout Cuba were great but clearly overwhelmed. The spigot has been turned on at Miami, and the Americans are flowing in. The romance that was Cuba will be lost soon. The country will probably be Puerto Rico before too long.”
Cuba, think about a place where you can fish more than 100 miles of flats without seeing another fisherman
Today, Cuba has yesterdays’ unwary bonefish, tarpon and permit that once found habitats in Florida’s Biscayne Bay, out-islands of the Bahamas; Islamorada, Florida, and Key West.
Cuba is different in a thousand ways and as different from other destinations in the Caribbean as high noon is to midnight
Cuba currently protects its Cuban National Marine Parks – no commercial fishing is allowed other than for lobster. Flats fish like tarpon, permit, bonefish, snook, mutton snapper, barracuda, and a variety of jacks are found in incredible numbers because the sports pressure is so light the fish – rarely encountering anglers are unusually easy to catch.