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Jardines de la Reina | Cuba | Fly Fishing

Overview

Tour code: CUB001  

An angler’s paradise in the middle of stunning saltwater flats, the area is approximately 2600 square miles, a vast offshore wilderness where you will rarely see another angler, other than people in your own group. It has to be one of the best places in the world to fly fish for Permit Tarpon and Bonefish.

Our liveaboard houseboats the Tortuga, Halcon, Caballones Avalon Fleet I and Avalon Fleet II, provide the only accommodation that can fish this huge area, with an average of only 12 skiffs on the water each day! Many of the good flats are fished only once every couple of weeks. With this much water to fish, the guides are able to spread the fishing pressure around so that the fish remain quite easy to catch in comparison to more heavily fished destinations.

The fishing for baby Tarpon (fish in the 15-40 pound class) is spectacular. It’s not unusual for clients to catch 10-15 or more in a day. Larger Tarpon, up to 85 pounds and some up to 110 pounds, especially in the late spring and summer months can be found. The island system is also teeming with spectacular Bonefish flats, many of which can be waded. Bones average 3-4 pounds but on some flats you will see much larger fish, many in the 6-8 pound class with a few as large as 12 pounds.

Permit are very common in the JDR, and these are “Florida sized” Permit, with many fish in the 25-35 pound class. Most of the Permit are found on flats closer to the deep water and the reef, on the ocean side of the island system, but there are many good Permit flats in the backcountry.

The large variety of flats fish and reef fish available make the JDR the finest destination in the World if you enjoy catching a variety of fish. Not only do you have the big three (Bonefish, Tarpon and Permit) but the JDR is perhaps the last place in the world where you can catch big Mutton Snappers on the flats, like you could in Florida forty years ago!

In addition to Muttons, there are many Jacks and some are huge. The largest Jacks are the Jack Crevalle, and it is not unusual to see twenty pound and Jacks cruising the flats, eating everything in their path! Big Horse Eye Jacks are common – up to 14 pounds. There are Yellow Jacks (great for Sashimi) as well as schools of Bar Jacks and Yellowtail Snappers.

Out along the reef, there are a huge number of big Snappers, and Grouper, including World Record size Cubera Snapper. Anglers that troll or bait fish along the reef will hook some huge Snappers and Groupers that they will never land. The big Goliath Groupers (Jewfish) up to 5-6 feet long, for 300/400 pounds, are common. The Sharks and Cudas are lots of fun to catch on the flats, and they can be caught easily by fly fishing on a variety of poppers utilizing wire tippets. Silky Sharks in the 3-5 foot range are very common and can also be easily caught while fly fishing.

If you have any questions on any of the saltwater fly fishing holidays we offer then contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

 

Accommodation
Avalon Fleet II

Avalon Fleet II is a brand new state-of-the-art vessel, larger than Avalon I with 10 state rooms, that started operation in April 2014.

Its overall capacity is 20 passengers and 9 crew members. However, for the perfect group size, we suggest between 10 and 16 anglers for optimum comfort. The design and interior decor give the yacht a touch of intimacy, refinement, a sense of warmth and simplicity. The boat has the perfect balance of substantial exploration capabilities and a unique and noble style. It guarantees all our customers a pleasant, exciting and exclusive voyage through Jardines de la Reina.

Avalon Fleet II has 10 deluxe cabines, with 10 private bathrooms. Each room includes air conditioning and heating controls, electricity plugs, as well as storage in drawers. Each room has panoramic windows to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Caribbean beaches.

There is a spacious and comfortable combination lounge, dining room and bar area on the boat deck. In cabins and common areas there are electric sockets available for you to plug in your personal items (220 volts and 110 volts).

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin rooms
Laundry: Nominal charge
Power: 110 & 220 volt
Air Conditioning: Throughout
Meals: In dinning room
Alcohol: Full bar available
Cash Accepted: Euros
Species Information
Bonefish
Season: All year
Peak: April to June
Weight: 1LB to 12LB
Average Weight: 5LB
Permit
Season: All year
Peak: April to June
Weight: 1LB to 30LB
Average Weight: 10LB
Tarpon
Season: All year
Peak: April to May
Weight: 10LB to 130LB
Average Weight: 45LB

Itinerary

The below itinerary is only a suggested one, as there are indirect flights departing from the UK every day. We also have direct flights departing the UK twice a week with Virgin, which requires additional nights in Havana both at the beginning and end of the standard itinerary. Therefore should you wish to extend your stay with more time in Cuba or to use the Virgin direct flights, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit. Please note: the fishing is sold in set weeks with set start and finish days, therefore we can not make shorter fishing trips.

Day 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive in Havana.

On arrival outside our representative will be waiting to greet you.
They will then transfer you to the Parque Central Hotel in Havana. (The transfer is not included and payable locally)

The rest of the evening is yours to relax.

Overnight accommodation: Parque Central Hotel in Havana (Twin Rooms) B/B

Day 2:

At 4 am you will meet in the hotel lobby for your transfer to Jardines de la Reina at Jucaro Port.

At 10 am you will ferry transfer out to where your boat is moored.

After some refreshing drinks and after you have unpacked, it will be time to leave for some fishing. (subject to transfer times).

Overnight accommodation: Houseboat of your choice (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 3: Fishing Days

You will usually depart at around 8.00 am with guides for your full days fishing.

Overnight accommodation: Houseboat of your choice (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 4: Fishing Days

Each day fishing is based on two anglers per guide and skiff.

Overnight accommodation: Houseboat of your choice (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 5: Fishing Days

Fishing is normally done either from the skiff or wading the miles of great Bonefish flats.

Overnight accommodation: Houseboat of your choice (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 6: Fishing Days

Each morning you will discuss with your guide what fish you would like to target.

Overnight accommodation: Houseboat of your choice (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 7: Fishing Days

You will spend your last full day enjoying the miles of saltwater flats.

Overnight accommodation: Houseboat of your choice (Twin Rooms) F/B

Day 8: Fishing Day

Subject to transfer times you will have 1-2 hours fishing with your guide.

At lunchtime, you will transfer back to Jucaro Port and then transfer back to Havana.

Approximate arrival time back in Havana 8.30 pm.

Overnight accommodation: Parque Central Hotel in Havana (Twin Rooms) B/B

Day 9:

Subject to your flight time, arrange an airport transfer with the hotel reception back to Havana airport.

Depart Havana

Day 10

Arrive UK

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
29/04/2020 02/06/2020 10 9 5.5 £6,733 N/A Enquire Now N/A
03/06/2020 30/06/2020 10 9 5.5 £5,973 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2020 02/09/2020 10 9 5.5 £4,976 N/A Enquire Now N/A
03/09/2020 03/03/2021 10 9 5.5 £4,976 N/A Enquire Now N/A
04/03/2021 28/04/2021 10 9 5.5 £4,976 N/A Enquire Now N/A
29/04/2021 02/06/2021 10 9 5.5 £6,163 N/A Enquire Now N/A
03/06/2021 30/06/2021 10 9 5.5 £6,876 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2021 02/09/2021 10 9 5.5 £6,163 N/A Enquire Now N/A
03/09/2021 03/03/2022 10 9 5.5 £4,976 N/A Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation staying on the Tortuga (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

For groups wishing to stay on either Avalon Fleet I, Avalon Fleet II, Halcon, Caballones or La Reina, Contact us for group DISCOUNTS. Also for larger groups we also offer a FREE HOST.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • Transfers to / from Jucaro Port and to / from Jardines de la Reina
  • 2 nights accommodation Parque Central Hotel Havana B/B
  • 6 nights accommodation on Tortuga F/B
  • 5 full days guided fishing
  • Fishing License’s
  • Packed lunch while fishing
  • 10 beers, 30 water & soft drinks
  • Marine Park License
  • Cuban visa

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Tips for guides and staff
  • Fishing tackle

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Direct Virgin flights

  • Additional nights in Havana

Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry.Tourist visa card required before departure (Supplied)

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

Departure tax included in flight ticket

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Havana (approx 9.5 hrs)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Havana airport – Parque Central Hotel (approx 30 mins), Parque Central Hotel – Jucaro Port (approx 5 hrs)

Blogs

Reviews

Mark

I have always loved Cuba, another great trip the only question now is what to do next.

Have to give it some serious thought.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Mark

Thanks as always for the review and scores on the feedback. Always a pleasure dealing with you and look forward in chasing in the New Year about what to do next.

I have some great new destinations to tempt you all.

David

This trip was as usual a pleasurable experience. Our stay in the Parque Central Hotel was a good start and end to the trip. We prefer this hotel because of it's situation in old Havana area.

It was very noticeable that there were many more US tourists in the city than previous years.

The fishing in Jardines de la Reina was not it's best but this was mainly due to the cold front which came through the area. Obviously this was out of everyone's control.

Everyone in the party had some good fishing days and an enjoyable time on the boat.

It was noticeable that some of the Avalon infrastructure is getting a bit tired.

There where engine problems on the Halcon mainly caused by lack of servicing.

However that should be rectified by now.

Overall another enjoyable trip.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

David

Thank you for your feedback form and also taking the time to talk on the telephone. I know only to well how frustrating fishing can be when the weather is against us. Having said that it was good to see that the whole group kept up their spirits and enjoyed the whole trip.

Lets talk and plan something again for next year, call me when you are free.

Regards Peter

John

My third trip, a very long trek, but paradise when you arrive.

Fishing is great, the guides are outstanding, polite, patient and so much fun.

The group makes the holiday with apres fishing inquests going on deep into the night rum assisted.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Ha John

Thanks for the feedback and it was so nice to talk to you on the telephone. It is a shame this hosted trip is no longer available in Cuba due to all the changes as it has over the years been a huge success.

I am sure we will sort something out with David soon tho.

I have seen some of the pictures of the group after a few to many drinks very funny.

So glad you all had another great time and I look forward in looking after you all again soon.

Tight Lines

Peter

Ian

Best part: fishing in fantastic water, lots of Bonefish!

Meet and greet at airport could be improved.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Ian

Thanks for chatting on the phone and for completing the customer feedback as it is all welcome.

Glad you enjoyed the trip and also caught plenty of Bonefish which is now your new favourite species.

The meet & greet is not great in Cuba and we wish very much we could get it improved. However you will find the next trip to Christmas Island will be much better.

great food, guides and fishing. We will make sure you catch lots of Bonefish plus much much more.

Tight Lines Peter

Andrew

It was my birthday while fly fishing in Cuba this year. I celebrated it with 2 x Tarpon: 1st fish 50 lbs, 2nd fish 25 lbs.
The memory will stay with me the rest of my life.

Many thanks Sportquest for a great holiday :-)

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Andy

It was a pleasure and I did not realise it was your birthday while you where all out there, otherwise I would have arranged for a cake to be on the boat :)

Glad you celebrated it in style as normal.

Thank you again for your custom, lets hope the job front improves then we can look at sorting something again soon.

Good luck and keep in touch

Regards Peter

Jeffrey

Another very enjoyable trip to Cuba, my second with Sportquest holidays.

Being a single angler, the hosted trips offer an opportunity for me to fish without having to pay the single supplement each time.

This trip was particularly enjoyable, as the live aboard meant there were no lengthy bus journeys to the boats each morning.

The mother ship was very comfortable, food excellent and the crew very pleasant company and willing to help wherever possible.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Jeff

Thanks for chatting on the phone and for the customer feedback.

So happy that you enjoyed your second trip with us to Cuba, we have many other destinations that we can look after you as a single angler.

Give me a call when you are free and we can look at options for next year.

PS Thank you for your continued custom as it is very much appreciated and we could not do this job with out people like you.

Regards Peter

Julian

This was my first Fishing holiday to Cuba and my first attempt to catch Tarpon on Fly tackle as I normally fish the Florida Keys during the May Tarpon migration using Spinning tackle.

The organisation of Sportsquest and Jack Simpson was excellent. Accommodation in Havana (Capri Hotel) was good, but the bus journey to Jucaro port was early 3.15 am and long 8hrs. Then a 4 1/2 hr boat journey to fishing grounds, so limited fishing first day.

I was lucky and had a single cabin on Halcon which was very nice, the double rooms however looked very cramped. Staff on board were brilliant as was the food.

Fishing was good but not amazing. Light winds and clear sky on the first day meant catches were best then. The wind picked up on day 2 and for the rest of the week 15-20mph and many of the tarpon moved offshore and flats fishing became more difficult.

The Tarpon were small resident fish up to about 20Ib, in reasonable numbers - average 2/3 shots per day per person. Bonefish were in large numbers in the Muds or smokes but fewer on the flats. Only saw 2 permit.

The restriction to fly only was disappointing, I enjoy all methods and when one gets difficult then why not try something else? I had acquired spinning tackle which all had to be left at home due to late notice of change in policy.

After the trip to JDR I stopped off at Las Salinas for a couple of days where I felt the Bonefishing was better on the vast flats but there were no Tarpon in the shallow water.

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip thank you and achieved my goal of a Tarpon on the Fly!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Julian

It was great catching up with you on the telephone and also thank you for the feedback as it is very much appreciated.

I am sorry about the long transfer this was due to a fault with one of the boat engines meaning the boat was running with only 1 engine which resulted in twice as much time to arrive at your destination.

As discussed it is a shame Cuba changed things around so now you can not use spin tackle when the weather is against us for fly fishing. As mentioned we have lots of alternative destinations for next year where this is not an issue.

Keep looking g out for the new hosted trip we talked about and we might even get the chance to fish together.

Kind Regards Peter

Henry

We have just returned from a week on the Tortuga in Cuba saltwater fly fishing.

I write for us all to send our thanks for a very well organised trip from beginning to end.

It was a real pleasure in dealing with such a professional company and we can all see why Sportquest is expanding. (We just hope that you can also keep the personal touch as it is very important)

Between us we have used probably all other companies but we all agreed over a few cocktails on the return that you stand well above the rest and as such I do not think we would ever consider using your competitors again.

We are sure that we will all be talking to you again very soon.

Henry & team


Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Henry

Let me say for both myself and all the staff a huge thank you for such kind words they meant a lot to us all.

Everyone has worked so hard over these last few years and we also believe that we have lifted the bar in relation to tour operators specialising in fishing holidays.

Do not worry, yes we are expanding at a very quick rate, but I am making sure that we are constantly increasing and training new staff to cope with the work load.

Also so ensure we do not lose the personal touch, you will always deal when it comes to booking and talking about destinations with the same staff member so in your case that will be me.

I look forward in dealing with you all again soon and I will keep you informed of all hosted group trips that come up as you requested.

Again thanks you

Regards

Stu

This was our forth trip with Sportquest to Jardine de la Reina, this time we had some tough weather for 4 days.

This trip really did some the expertise of the guides for they still managed to find and put us on fish everyday. Ok not so many fish as pervious trips but considering the awful weather it was a major success.

Peter, thanks for sorting everything as normal, can we loo at same dates for next year for 10.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Stu, thanks foe the call back. Shame this time the weather was no kind, these thing do happen and lucky enough all you guys are experienced enough to understand this.

Also as well travelled guys you also know with the guides how to make the most out of difficult fishing conditions.

Glad you still all had a great time. I have sent you dates for next year but 1 week later as the tides will be better for you.

Let me know what you think

William

I think we have all fallen in love with Cuba.

Such a warm country and people, everyone has a smile.

All of the guides and staff on the boat could not do enough for us all. So nice these days to get treatment that made us all feel so special.

The only criticism we could mention is with the guides they get very excited / upset whenever we missed a chance at permit of big tarpon. Apart from that perfection in every way.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

William we all fall in love with Cuba my friend.

Thanks for the feedback and as I mentioned on the phone, I agree with you and it is something we have mentioned a few times that the guides should contain any frustrations when we ALL mess up a cast or two or three.

Its bad enough messing up chance to then have a the guide mustering away in Spanish behind you. So sorry for that and I will bring this up again with the operators.

Helen

Being a lady angler I was a little concerned about booking a trip that would consist of mainly men.

I opted for one of the weeks that had Sportquest customers already booked on as they invited me to join them. Everyone was so nice and i felt a bit like the centre of attention.

We all had a marvellous weeks fishing, perfect weather and perfect company.

I would return in a flash.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Helen, was great catching up with you on the phone.

They are a great bunch of customers and so glad they made you feel special....

Congrats on your fish as it looks like you had a ball, yes you did have perfect weather and you surely made the most of it.

Talk again soon

Tight lines

Andrew

We opted to stay on the Tortuga at Jardines de la Reina which proved perfect for our group of 10.

The group was a real mix of experience but the guides took very good care of everyone. The fishing was also suitable for all levels.

We would highly recommend this destination for all levels.

A special thank you to Peter at Sportquest, great job in sorting this out for us as I know how difficult it is dealing with 10 guys, all different questions and all wanting different things.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Albert thanks for the mention, Only doing my job but so nice for you to say such nice words.

Yes I agree thats why we recommended this destination as it has something for everyone.

I was no issue looking after you all, in fact it was a pleasure and look forward in doing it all again soon.

Tight lines

David

Do not normally bother with feedback

However this trip was so well organised and conducted I felt compelled to send it in.

First a massive thank you to you and all your staff for recommended the destination as you were spot on as it did suit us all perfectly.

Secondly a massive thank you to all the staff and guides, they took such good care over us all and nothing was too much effort.

We are already talking about planning a return visit.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

David, I really appreciate you taking the time to complete the feedback and for talking to me on the telephone on your return.

So happy that you all enjoy the trip I knew you would. I have fished there many times and have always loved every trip.

I look forward in looking after you all again soon.

Tight lines

Nigel

Sportquest thanks for organising you group.

The fishing at Jardines de la Reina is out of this world.

The fishing area is so vast and I do not think we went back to the same area ever.

What a destination for the big three, bones, tarpon and permit.

First class guides and whole operation

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Nigel

Thanks for the review and talking to us on your return.

It was a pleasure and we are so happy that it all lived up to expectations.

PS Amazing pictures thank you for the copies.

Mark

Great trip, great bunch, we will be back next year again please.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thanks Mark, I have pencilled you both in and look forward to next years pictures. Mel

Barry

I've been a fisherman since the age of eight, and I am now almost fifty-nine. Fishing has been an essential part of life; I no longer have much hair, but scales have appeared where the hair used to be! However, despite a lifetime of fishing, this has consisted mainly of coarse fishing and, to a lesser extent, sea fishing. Fly fishing of any sort has not featured in my piscatorial life, and sea fly fishing only entered my thoughts when watching Rex Hunt on TV. Since then, it had always been in the back of my mind to try it, but never knew anybody who had a similar frame of mind with whom I could share the experience.

That was until 2008, when, in the course of business, I visited Mike Clark. On entering his smoke filled office, and making my way through the smog to where I assumed his desk to be, the first thing that caught my attention was the wallpaper photo on his laptop.The photo showed Mike cradling a huge brown trout, and in the background there were snow-capped mountains and dense forests. Being fairly intelligent, I immediately recognised that the trout was not caught from the local Hanningfield Reservoir, in Essex!! I was told that the trout came from a lake in Chile. Thoughts of business immediately disappeared and talk of fishing ensued.

Eventually we did get around to talking business, and I found that I had to return to Mike the following week in order to provide some information he had requested. On entering the office for the second time, the first words that left Mike's mouth were "Do you fancy joining us on a fishing trip?" "Where to?" asked I, "and what type of fishing?" "Cuba" was the reply, "and fly fishing is the preferred method, although you can use any method you like, including lures".

So it was, that in 2008, this novice fly fisherman first travelled to Cuba in pursuit of Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit and whatever else he could entice from the Caribbean! The plan that year was to go to Jardines de la Reina, however, Hurricane Paloma also decided to go there, so after a quick bit of soft shoe shuffle by Jack, the venue was altered to Cayo Largo.

It was great!! Plenty of fish, especially Bonefish, but also Snapper of various types. Hooked a Tarpon, but never landed it! That wasn't important; what was important was that I had found somewhere to fish that was virtually untouched. The environment was pristine, was silent, was vast, was warm, was blue, was green,.... was mine. I was so taken with the Cuba experience, that I had to do it again last year! This time we would attempt Jardines again, and without a hurricane in sight, left the little port of Jucaro on the good ship Halcon to spend the next week afloat on the Caribbean, in the mangrove paradise of Jardines de la Reina.My fly fishing, though less than impressive, does catch fish, and plenty of them! On this occasion, I did catch the elusive Tarpon. Not massive by Tarpon standards; the best I had was about 25lb, but on a fly rod and reel you know that you've got a fight on your hands!! In fact, I caught three Tarpon, and I was more than happy with that. I don't think I have ever hooked a more powerful fish. Beautiful fish, solid silver and with attitude. In addition to the muscle aching Tarpon there were the Bonefish, Snappers and a mini Permit. Now lads, it's often said that size doesn't matter, and when it came to this Permit, apparently it doesn't! Despite being only a small version of its' elders, that Permit, when coupled with the Tarpon and Bonefish, produces a Grand Slam!! Yes! I did the Slam!! On just my second attempt at sea fly fishing, and not yet being of a very high standard, I could apply for a certificate and membership of the Game Fishing Association!(or whatever it's called!).

Other fish were not in short supply either, and I managed any number of Barracuda on lures. Not massive 'Cuda; biggest probably around 15lb, but I was shaken to the boots when a shark rose from the depths to lunge at a hooked 'Cuda that was only a few feet from me! That shark was huge and would have gone into the hundreds of pounds! If I had hooked the fish, I would still be playing it! Thankfully, the lunge missed the 'Cuda, and despite a failed second attempt, the luckiest Barracuda in the Caribbean was able to be landed, and returned to the water unscathed!

But what of the accommodation? The Halcon was teriffic! A modern vessel with all mod cons. The cabin was of good size, and organised every day by Amarylis, the only female crew member. Food was of a high standard and presented in a very professional way. Not unreasonably, fish does feature largely on the menu, but not exclusively! After a few drinks and informative chat with other group members recalling their days' exploits, it's time for bed. The hard days' toil of fighting all those fish certainly worked like a sedative for me! I've never slept so well!

Up again in the morning, breakfast, and back into the skiff for another day in paradise. The guides are unbelievable. My eyesight is good, but they manage to see fish in water that looks totally devoid of anything! How they do it is beyond me, but they have years of experience behind them, and it certainly shows! I've learned many things on these trips, but probably the most important is to trust your guide; he knows what he is talking about!

And I look forward to keep learning and improving! I expect to be on the November trip this year. Can't wait! This type of fishing holday does not come cheap, but when was cheap, the best!?

Try it; you know you're worth it!

See you on board!

Barry Hatton

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Barry, thanks for such a great report and feedback, it always helps us and customers to see real customers reviews. Plus remember that EVER permit counts so congratulations on your slam. Regards peter

David

Thanks for organising our little group, the Halcon was perfect for us and we loved being close to the fishing. Cheers David

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

David, as alway it was a pleasure, I know you guys never go back to the same place twice so where now? I will give you a call. Thanks again Peter

Darren

6 very happy anglers and 6 very unhappy partners for as soon as we got home we told them we are going back.... Divorce.com

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Oh Darren not sure if thats a good thing or note? Glad that you, Tom and the rest of your team had a good one. I will sort out the dates and get back to you.... so see you in court then. Peter

Paul

We both had a fantastic break, everyone worked so hard. We did have an engine breakdown on the third day which, we only got 3 hours fishing, but to make up for it we then had 2 days in a single skiff each which was a very nice touch. Would we go back? Oh yes please.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Sorry to hear about the engine problems, however glad to see that they did everything they could within their powers to make it up to you both.

Richard

Thank you to all the guides for taking good care of us all. I got a Tarpon to stick and stay on in the end. I think i was driving the guides mad but they never showed it. Great fun, see you next time.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Rich, I bet that was a relief in the end, they do take some getting used to. Its all about setting the hook correctly and giving them line when they jump. Send me the pictures as I would love to see and use some of them please. Same time same place for next year? Cheers Peter

Simon

We stayed on the Tortuga and we had the whole boat to the 10 of us. Also on 3 days they gave us 2 extra guides so we could do some single skiff fishing. Everyone had plenty of action... some more than others as some can cast better than others... Tony... Lost some real monster Tarpon, but thats the perfect excuse to return.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Simon as if you guys need an excuse? was great talking to you on the phone, you guys sure have some fishing stories to tell. I will have to join you all one year as the fishing company sounds like a great laugh. I will check availability for you as discussed and get back to you soon. Rgds Peter

Peter

Sorry for the delay, but thanks for arranging a great holiday. I travelled alone but met some great people mainly italians on the trip. Everything ran like clock work plus I caught more fish than I had hoped for.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Peter, glad to receive such good feedback and so happy to assist you in a great holiday. Look forward in organising your next one. Regards Peter

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