Cuban North Coast

Frontier Fly Fishing has been exploring Cuba’s north coast since 2008 and we believe we have found what is possibly some of THE finest flats fishing on the planet. Our destination boasts miles and miles of unexplored, hard sand flats that are home to schools of very large bonefish, permit and migratory tarpon.

We first travelled to Cuba in 2008 on a recce mission to check out the fishing there. During 2012, after more than 4 years exploring Cuba’s north coast, Frontier Fly Fishing discovered what is possibly the finest flats fishing destination on earth! Tucked away on Cuba’s central north coast, this incredible fishery boasts miles and miles of pristine, unexplored shallow flats that are home to schools of some very big bonefish and large numbers of very big permit and migratory tarpon. The majority of the fishing is classic sight-fishing over shallow, hard sand flats and anglers will spend time wade-fishing as well as fishing from skiffs.

We cannot say enough about this destination! Having fished some of the best saltwater flats in the world, the discovery of this fishery on the Cuban north coast was nothing short of a revelation. Why is the fishing on the Cuban north coast so much better than the Cuban south coast? There is a simple reason why all the prime target species – tarpon, permit and bonefish – grow to such large sizes on the north coast versus the south coast: ocean currents hit the Cuban north coast from a northerly direction and push nutrients and food onto the island’s shallow shores. The reverse applies on the Cuban south coast. Here the prevailing winds cause currents to push nutrients and food away from the island in a southerly direction. As a result there is less food on the south coast and fish simply do not grow as large as they do on the north coast.

Our destination is an enormous system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries. Commercial fishing within this designated area is strictly forbidden and rigorously enforced. The fishing area is 366 square kilometres in size which means that on an average day each skiff has over 50 square kilometres to itself. The fishing area is virtually untouched and represents one of the cleanest and most biologically diverse ecosystems we’ve ever fished. This is one of the other reasons we chose this destination – it is still pretty much untouched and has only seen a very limited number of anglers since it was opened to anglers in 2011. Most other destinations in the Caribbean have been heavily overfished for decades.

What can you expect? Well the accompanying photographs tell the story! The largest bonefish our guides have put anglers onto measured 39 inches. Yes you read that correctly! That’s a bonefish one inch shy of a metre long. Permit up to 45lbs have been landed and you will have lots of shots at permit every day.  The tarpon here are migratory and anglers can expect to see tarpon ranging between 30lbs and 90lbs. 

The real bonus of this location is that the newly constructed hotel is only 100 metres away from the boat marina. The closest fishing is a mere ten minute boat run from the marina and the average run to the fishing grounds takes just 20 minutes. 

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