Interesting Day in Cuba

Today we tried to explore a bit.  We tried to go places that hadn’t been fished much and that was what we got.  60% was probably tarpon fishing and the fish just weren’t in.  40% was bonefishing and it was really interesting.

The highlight of the day was probably a fish I didn’t even land.

We were going back country deep into the mangroves.  Now, this wasn’t a channel of mangroves, this was mangroves. We were in the thick of them and it was kind of awesome.

We pulled into an inland lake and up popped a tail.  It was huge.  I thought it was a permit it was so big, but it wasn’t black.  Bonefish.  I conjured a cast from some unnamed fishing god and put the fly right on the head of the fish. It chased down the fly and chowed. The fish tore off and I lifted the rod tip high.  I thought I had it, but it turned left around a mangrove and the hook came off (a little bent). Damn. I felt very fortunate to get the fish on the hook though.

I landed two bones today, but it was still a good day. We were trying new water and it was sufficiently difficult.

The last fish I cast to was the last in a series of 15 or 20 casts I made at a school of bonefish. The last cast was a beauty.  It was 60 feet at least and the fish ate on the first or second strip. I needed that fish. I worked hard for it.  Glad I got it.

Tomorrow is the last full day of guiding.  Hoping to do bonefish for most of the day. We’ll see how it goes!

Another case of Cuban redemption

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  1. Sounds like a great time… ‘wish i was there.


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