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Isla de la Juventud, Cuba 

Join Fly Water Travel’s Jon Covich for a trip to the beautiful, and less traveled part of Cuba.  Isla de la Juventud (Island of the Youth), is the largest island in the nearly 4000 islands that surround the Cuban mainland. The habitat here is pristine, and seldom visited, except for a few intrepid divers, lobster fisherman, and anglers in the know. With mangrove islands, tannin stained interior bays, and close proximity to the deeper water to the south, tarpon flourish near IDJ as juveniles, and return as adults during their migratory months. The “baby tarpon” that live in and around the mangroves range in size from 5-30 pounds, while the migratory fish will range from 40-120 pounds. The the peak months for large tarpon are April, May and June, although there are some larger fish available here throughout the entire year.

Although famous for the great tarpon fishery, Isla de la Juventud is also home to other flats species, including bonefish and permit. Both these species become more numerous as anglers reach the outer islands of the archipelago, farther from the darker, mangroved lined water that juvenile tarpon call home. In these locations, guests who enjoy wade fishing will find large, light colored flats where they can stalk bonefish, as well as slightly deeper borders where guides will know to find permit.

For anglers seeking world class tarpon fishing, and who like to go where few others have gone before, IDJ should be near the top of their list.


Contact Dylan at 800.552.2729 for more information on this hosted trip.

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Dates: May 16 – 23, 2020

Rate: $6900 per person based on double occupancy

Included: All accommodations and meals (except nights in Havana), guided fishing, 15 beers per angler/per week, wine with dinner, welcome cocktail after fishing, 35 drinks (water & soft drinks) per angler/per week, all ground transfers inside Cuba, national park license.

Not Included: Round trip airfare to Havana, lodging and meals in Havana, fishing tackle, departure tax, personal expenses, taxis and meals in Havana, staff & guide gratuities