Cayo Paredon is well known for fly fishing. This island is recognized as one of the finest fishing in Cuba with few motor boats (flat) for fishing in shallow water. Cayo Paredon has recently been granted rights to develop the area as a salt-water fly-fishing mecca. The area has been protected from commercial fishing for years, which has allowed the populations of saltwater fish, such as Bonefish and Permit to flourish and for the migratory titans of the flats,
Tarpon in this area is extremely healthy in numbers. The year 2012 has been the first season that regulated sportfishing has been allowed to take place in this area and the low fishing pressure makes it a magical Cuban fly-fishing destination for avid saltwater fishermen.
Fertile feeding areas for Bonefish & Permit are bordered by white sand flats and deep blue channels where Tarpon can be seen cruising. Many of the flats have hard bottoms making wade fishing very easy alongside the fishing from the skiffs.
Cayo Paredon Grande offers the best of everything. Superb saltwater fly-fishing for Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish. Hard bottomed flats bordering deep blue channels allow for great wade-fishing opportunities. Bonefish are numerous and big; fish over 3 or 4 kg are common and there is a good population of Permit which cruise both the same flats as well as the slightly deeper water.
In 2011, the best Tarpon caught was a staggering 70 kg and with the fishing program being run since 2012, there is no reason why this record should not be equalled or bettered. Sheltered areas allow for good fishing conditions all year round giving anglers realistic opportunities to land an elusive Grand Slam every day, although do not underestimate the difficulties of this challenge regardless of how many fish you see!
There is a small fishing center « centro de pesca Paredon » with 4 brand new Carolina Sea Chaser Skiffs with 60hp outboard engines. They are all equipped with holders for fly and spinning rods, a cooler for drinks and lunch, life jackets, first aid kit, and radios. Most of the fly fishing guides have a significant amount of experience, have excellent skiff handling skills and a working knowledge of English. A rotational scheme is in place, ensuring anglers have a chance to fish with all the different guides and exploit their individual skills and knowledge.
If you want to know more about fishing in Cayo Paredon or other destinations in Cuba, please visit WhereWiseMenFish website. It contains a lot of information about fishing in Cuba and many other countries. You may contact them in the UK at (+44) 0208 123 3516 or in the USA at (+1) 646 797 2945.
Lily & Normand