Cuba has become one of the most sought-after fishing destinations due to its perfect Caribbean location. The International Needle Fishing Tournament Ernest Hemingway is celebrated every year in Cuba is one of the oldest fishing tournaments in the world, and one fishing aficionados can’t miss.
Fishing for tourists is restricted and must be done with a certified guide. The most popular places for open water fishing are Jardines de la Reina, Cienfuegos, Cayo Largo del Sur, the Zapata Swamp, Cayo Romano and the Guanahacabibes peninsula. Lake fishing is practiced in the lagoon of Leonero, Laguna la Redonda, and Lagoon Grande or Algodonal lagoon.
The different fishing styles that can be practiced in Cuba are:
Fly Fishing: Done in crystalline waters of shallow depth that can be of scarce 30 cms. This type of fishing can be carried out in the areas of the Ciénaga de Zapata and Matanzas.
Spinning: It is done in waters with an average depth of 3 mts, depending on the characteristics of the fish that is pursued. Lures or baits tend to be larger and more colorful.
Medium bottom fishing: Done in deeper waters where the boat is anchored. This type of fishing is practiced in some dams like Hanabanilla and Zaza.
Height Fishing: The most common type of fishing in Cuba, it requires more advanced equipment, and you can use real baits or artificial lures.
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