Seven day fishing trip aboard La Tortuga mothership near Los Jardines de la Reina, Cuba. Includes seven nights lodging aboard the La Tortuga and two nights lodging in Havana as well as all meals.
Five full and two half days of fishing in Jardines de la Reina, Cuba. While you are our guest in Los Jardines de la Reina, accommodations are provided on our original 110-foot double deck houseboat, the Tortuga.
Unlike many lodges, fishing hours are totally at the discretion of the clients. Our fishing day normally begins with breakfast at 7:00am, and our guides are ready to go fishing from 7: 45am on. Many anglers elect to return to the Tortuga for a nice lunch especially during the summer season. Some of the flats are within fifteen minutes of the boat, and it is always nice to take a lunch break in the shade and relax a bit before fishing a long afternoon.
On other days you will want to explore more distant flats that see little fishing pressure, you need to request box lunches for yourself and your guide the evening before. You can run as far as you like with our guides to the most distant flats in the island system, as we do not put any limitation on gas used each day. Guides will know to bring extra gas when they need it. Another bonus is that we allow our clients to fish late into the evening if they like. In the Jardines, it is common to have stronger wind in the mornings but then later in the afternoon it will often be calm making for superb late afternoon and evening fishing, especially for bonefish.
Our fishing weeks on board the Tortuga run from Saturday to the following Friday. Our season in the Jardines de la Reina is from mid-October to end of August. A normal week includes five full days of fishing and one to two half days depending on your schedule and mode of transportation to Jucaro. Clients board the yachts, Sol or Mares, for the trip to the Jardines de la Reina, where they will then board the Caballones.
In Jardines de la Reina, our season is year round, except for September to mid-October when our staff takes a well-earned break.
We use Dolphin Super skiffs at all our Avalon flats fishing destinations. We set up our Super Skiffs with the client’s comfort in mind. There is a lot of storage space for your rods and all your gear is stowed in a forward hatch where it will remain dry and keep the boat uncluttered. We also utilize a removable aluminum "leaning post" on the bow that give clients a very secure and comfortable way to stand up and fish in the roughest of conditions. They also greatly minimize the fatigue of fishing all day, especially for older anglers. They are easily removable for anglers that prefer to fish without them. Coolers are provided with plenty of ice, drinks and a great lunch for a day on the flats.
We equip our Super Skiffs with Yamaha 60/70 HP motors, one of the finest and most reliable outboard motors in existence. They allow the Dolphins to cross vast distances with a minimum of time so that you can maximize your fishing time! And of course all our skiffs are equipped with poling platforms that allow the guides to pole the boat quietly and precisely, while giving them the best possible view of approaching fish so that they can put you in the best position to maximize every opportunity.
Radio and life-jacket are aboard every boat.