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Fishing in Cuba (Sport fishing)

Fishing in Cuba is a unique opportunity. The Caribbean Sea currents bring along highly prized game fish such as white marlin and swordfish. Coral reefs, which provide shelter for several fish species, are abundant in the geographic platform where our island is located. The farther the platform goes into the ocean, the greater the number of fish that inhabit there. Deep down in the sea you can find swordfish and snappers. Those who love go fishing are always amazed at the incredible amount of shrimps, lobsters, crabs and marine life in general that can be found in Cuban waters.

Fishing in Cuba - Fish Species

White Marlin (Tetrapturus albidus)
White Marlin can reach up to 3 meters in length (usually it does not exceed 2 meters) and can weight more than 40 Kg. Tuna usually makes excellent bait for white marlin. The perfect hours for catching white marlin are from 10:00 to 15:00.

White Marlin – fishing season and migration

From April to May it is very easy to find white marlin along the south-western region of the island, and by the end of May, it can be found along the north-eastern region of the country.
During April, when white marlin starts migrating to the west, it can also be found along the south-western region of Cuba.

Atlantic blue marlin (Makaira nigricans)
Atlantic blue marlin or blue marlin can grow to reach approximately 4 meters in length and 450 Kg in weight. Blue marlin feeds most of the day and is always very close to the water surface.
The best hours for catching blue marlin are from 5:00 am to 11:00 am. It is very easy to catch by using artificial flies; however, most fishermen prefer using sardines and other minor fish, which make excellent bait for blue marlin.

Fishing season

From July to September along the north-western coasts of Cuba.
From March to June along the south-eastern Cuban coasts, and from April to June, along the south-western coasts.

Needlefish (Belonidae).
Although a specimen of 3 meters in length was once caught, needlefish dimensions are about 1, 5 meters (50 inches) and approximately 20 Kg (44 pounds) in weight. This fish is easier to catch with a natural bait and sardines are most frequently used. Perfect time for fishing a needlefish: From 9:00 am to 14:00 pm.

Fishing Season

From October to November along the north-western region of the island.
From March to June along the south-eastern region, and from April to June along the south-westernmost point of the country.

Swordfish (Xiphias Gladius).
Swordfish can reach 4, 5 meters in length and more than 450 kg in weight. Fishermen usually find swordfish of 2, 5 meters in length and 125 kg in weight.
Squids are commonly used as bait, although fishermen also use artificial flies with glowing lights.

Fishing season

As most fish species, in a specific period of the year swordfish migrates to coastal areas, therefore, the best time in the year for catching it is the period from February to March along the north-western region of the island.
The most favorable season for catching swordfish is between spring and summer. There is always good weather during this time of the year. For example: flying marlin is relatively easy to catch in the north-eastern coasts of Cuba during October and November, when the probability of cold fronts is very low.

Tuna is another type of fish that can be caught by using trolling method
The tribe Thunnini includes large and small tuna fish, wahoo, among others.

The most remarkable examples are:
Yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares). Length: 1, 7 - 2 meters. Weight: 200kg
Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus). Length: More than 3 meters. Weight: 600kg.
Bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus). Length: 2 meters. Weight: 250kg.
Among the most common species are included: Albacore (Thunnus alalunga) and Blackfin tuna (Thunnus atlanticus).

Minor species of tuna that can be found are:
Skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) Length: 1 meter. Weight: 12kg
King mackerel, (Scomberomorus cavalla) Length: 1, 5 meters. Weight: 15 kg.
Wahoo (Acanthocybium Solandri) Length: 2 meters. Weight: 40kg.

Larger tunas migrate from June to October in the area of Havana. Smaller tunas migrate in different periods of the year. For example, anglers can find Wahoo alongside the Cuban coasts from September to February.
Besides tuna, anglers and fishermen can catch more than 15 fish species, among them: bonefish, permits, snooks, barracuda, blacknose shark, groupers, snappers and tarpons.

 

Prices for fishing in Havana (La Habana) (Marina Hemingway)

Fishing Modality

Prices(CUC)

Supplement for anglers' companions
(price per pax in CUC)

Extra hours

33' boat

41' boat

33' boat

41' boat

Trolling (5 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

395

475

50

75

85

Trolling (7 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

580

675

Bottom fishing (4 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

295

365

 

Prices for fishing in Varadero

Fishing Modality

Prices(CUC)
33' boat

Supplement for anglers' companions
(price per pax in CUC)

Extra hours (CUC)

Sport Fishing (5 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

455

50

65

Sport Fishing  (7 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

595

50

65

 

Prices for fishing in Trinidad

Fishing Modality

Prices (CUC)
DC9
boat

Supplement for anglers' companions
(price per pax in CUC)

Extra hours(CUC)

Trolling (4 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

440

30

35

Bottom fishing (6 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

410

30

 

Prices for fishing in Jardínes del Rey (English: Gardens of the King)

Fishing Modality

Prices (CUC)
Boats from 33' to 42'

Supplement for anglers' companions
(price per pax in CUC)

Extra hours(CUC)

Trolling (4 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

450

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Fly fishing (4 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

395

 

Prices for fishing in Santa Lucia

Fishing Modality

Prices (CUC)
DC-8
boat

Supplement for anglers' companions
(price per pax in CUC)

Extra hours(CUC)

Trolling (5 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

430

30

40

Bottom fishing (4 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

320

30

 

Prices for fishing in Guardalavaca

Fishing Modality

Prices (CUC)

Supplement for anglers' companions
(price per pax in CUC)

Extra hours(CUC)

Trolling (4 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

450

30

 

Trolling (8 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

570

30

 

Prices for fishing in Santiago de Cuba

Fishing Modality

Prices (CUC)

Supplement for anglers' companions
(price per pax in CUC)

Extra hours(CUC)

Trolling (4 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

390

30

65

Trolling (6 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

470

30

 

Prices for fishing in Cabo de San Antonio (Cape San Antonio)

Fishing Modality

Prices (CUC)

Supplement for anglers' companions
(price per pax in CUC)

Extra hours(CUC)

Trolling (4 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

370

35

60

Trolling (6 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

420

35

Trolling (8 hours/up to 4 fishermen)

470

35

 

Fishing prices in other marinas are available upon request.

Attention! Access to the yacht is forbidden for Cuban citizens (with the exception of the crew)

Travel agency "Ancon" can help you arrange fishing tours of different difficulty levels.

 

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