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Travel to Cuba
The first thing that anglers need to know about when considering this location, aside from the exceptional flats fishing that is found here is that this new fishery is still very much in its infancy. The flats are an inviting combination of hard packed white sand and a semi-firm mottled bottom that still provides good wading. And what a place this is for those who like to wade! It’s very similar to Los Roques in terms of the amount of area that’s wadable and there are places here where you can wade for 4 straight hours without heading back to the boat.
Cayo Cruz demonstrates all the characteristics of a recently discovered, virgin fishing territory – large numbers of fish, good sizes and their evident lack of exposure to flies and leaders. Add to this the natural beauty of the cays and of the water and you have a truly memorable place to fish.
Adam Marton - The Fieldworkers Club
5985 Trail End Road, Three Oaks, MI 49128
There are exactly 11 spots on this trip and this is a prime 2017 permit season week. The 2017 Cuba Permit Trip will be led by Adam Marton. There will be 5 guided fishing days and 6 nights aboard Avalon 1.
To learn more or reserve your spot, please complete the information below
What really sets this location apart from so many other fisheries is that guests can expect to encounter and get shots at good numbers of permit each day. There are very few places on earth where guests can fish for big bonefish each day and also get shots at tailing permit. This combination may take place in other locations but not with the consistency that is virtually guaranteed at Cayo Cruz. It is a rare day when you don’t encounter and get shots at permit. The permit will range in size between about 8 and 30 pounds.
Located on the north shore of the eastern province of Camaguey, the Cayo Cruz fishery is an enormous system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries. Located in Jardines del Rey, commercial fishing within this designated area is strictly forbidden and rigorously enforced. The sportfish- only area is 366 square kilometers in size, meaning that on the average day, each skiff has over 50 square kilometers to itself. The fishing area is virtually untouched and represents one of the cleanest and most biologically diverse ecosystems. It has only seen anglers for a few seasons! The fish are plentiful and aggressive.
The average sized bonefish is a healthy 4 pounds and during the course of a week it is not unheard of for guests to land a fish or two in the 10 pound range. Tailing bonefish are common and guests can expect to see bonefish in singles and doubles, all the way up to schools of several hundred fish.
Trip Leader, Adam Marton
Adam Marton founded The Fieldworkers Club after seeing with his own eyes the decline in the recreational fisheries resources he grew to love. Things have changed in the 3-decades since he started traveling around the world with a fly rod. He is a passionate, accomplished fly angler and conservationist from Chicago who spends more than 100-days a year fishing for steelhead, tarpon, bonefish, permit and trout. Adam is an active member of the US fly fishing community who volunteers his time to support fly fishing activities, participates in fund raising tournaments and is a member of several clubs, conservation organizations and foundations. Over the years he has supported BTT, TU, The Atlantic Salmon Foundation and The America Museam of Fly Fishing. He worked with BTT in 2011 to start the Nurture Belize program. In 2013 he worked with the Tres Pescado Tournament to start the Carlos Marin Foundation. In 2010 he formed a relationship with Dr. Jerrold Ault the internationally acclaimed Marine Biologist of the University of Miami that changed his life. This is the cornerstone relationship that has provided the foundation and subsequent building blocks for The Fieldworkers Club.
His early professional career was spent working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources running an environmental education summer camping program for 800 high school kids in 5 camps annually. Marton made a transition into the world of television production in 1996 and has been in Chicago producing and directing TV shows, marketing films and commercials since.
Marton founded The Fieldworkers Club to afford people an opportunity to actively participate in advancing science while pursuing their passion, learning and having fun. Adam says, "it's humbling to be surrounded by this incredible group of people. They just want to do what they can to make things better. These are not folks that talk about doing all this one day, these are people who actually pack their bags, throw their rods in a case and get involved".
Marton developed a belief early in life... The single most valuable thing a human can possess are his positive memories. He has unending ambition to foster opportunities for others to create positive memories and thinks fly fishing is an extraordinary activity to develop them around. Marton says, "the continual downward trend of our recreational fisheries resources would be a devastating blow to the millions and millions of people around the world whose fondest childhood memories are catching their first fish on the dock, boat or shoreline with dad."
When the skiffs depart from Avalon 1 each morning you may be heading to any number of areas to spend the day. From Cayo Paredon Grande in the north to Cayo Guanaja in the south, there are countless islands, lagoons and bays that will keep anglers happy and into fish. Much of the fishing takes place back towards the mainland, in and around the massive island of Cayo Cruz. The average boat run to the fishing areas is about 20 minutes in length and in some areas, you can be into fish within 5 minutes of leaving the boat. It just depends on where your guide wants to take you that day and what you are interested in targeting. With 50 square kilometers per boat, the options are just about limitless. There are so many great aspects to this fishery that it can truly be a sensory overload at times.
Avalon Fleet 1
There are two locations within the Cayo Cruz that offer very good tarpon fishing. Guides tend to save these areas for when an angler has already boated a permit and is looking for a Grand Slam. These fish will range from 30 to 90 pounds. Besides the fishing for permit, bonefish and tarpon, you will also cast for other challenging species as mutton snapper, snook, cubera snapper, jack crevalle, barracuda, etc.
2017 Cuba Permit Trip - Cayo Cruz, Cuba
May 26 - June 3, 2017
The mothership’s cabins have been built with extreme care, emphasizing the importance of comfort and safety above all else. You’ll also experience warm and attentive service during your trip.
There are 8 deluxe king cabins, with 7 private bathrooms with air conditioning. There is a spacious and comfortable combination lounge, dining room and bar area on the boat deck for socializing and dining. The setting is casual and filled with fun and entertainment. In this area you can find DVDs and music to add even more enjoyment to your stay. In cabins and common areas there are electric outlets available for you to plug in your personal items (220 volts and 110 volts).
The 2017 Cuba Permit Trip will take place May 24-June 1, 2017 and be headquarter on Avalon Fleet 1 in Cayo Cruz, Cuba. There will be 5 guided fishing days and permit fishing workshops. Plan on learning about fly roding for permit from one of the most passionate permit angler's in the world. I can’t wait to share what I know and look forward to enhancing your permit fishing for the rest of your life.
Trip fees include lodging, guided fishing, meals/soft drinks, exclusive expedition workshops & activities, a trip shirt and all of the other benefits of the Avalon Cuban Fishing Centers. Avalon is world famous for great reasons and in every way a wonderful headquarters for this trip. The fee for the 2017 Cuban Permit Trip is $8,400.00/per person based on shared skiff and shared lodging. International travel, additional Cuban hotel nights, port fees, Cuban Visa & travel permit, port fees, guide/lodge gratuities, beverages (beyond the package), meals in transit and airport transportation are additional and not included in this fee.
To learn more or reserve your spot please contact;
Adam Marton -- The Fieldworkers Club,
5985 Trail End Road , Three Oaks, MI 49128
Travel to Cuba is legal for American citizens with the appropriate/required permits and within the conditions set forth from US Department of State. More and more flights have become available by the month. Optional routes exist and offer travel through historic Havana or a much more expeditious route directly Cayo Cocos. Cayo Cruz is not the quickest destination to get to but totally worth the time spent . We will work with you to offer international travel options and help you make the best decisions for your travel.
Avalon Fleet I is an intimate, comfortable and stylishly designed yacht, where each space is created to provide guests with maximum comfort and safety. The atmosphere was conceived and designed to provide guests with an experience of a lifetime.
Its overall capacity is 18 passengers and 8 crew members. There is room for 12 anglers on this trip. The design and interior decor give the yacht a touch of intimacy, refinement, a sense of warmth and simplicity. It guarantees a pleasant, exciting and exclusive voyage through Gardens of the King.
The Avalon Fleet I is heaven-on-earth. We offer a hot tub and lounge to make you feel at home with excellent visual/audio equipment and of course, amazing Cuban gastronomy served with international wines and local liquors and desserts. After savoring each gastronomic adventure kick back and enjoy drinks of your choice.