this great fishing area was closed for 35 years
When light-tackle saltwater fishing emerged, Cuba was one of the most tempting destinations. Its streaking bonefish,high-vaulting tarpon, powerful snook, and the aerial barracuda drew astonishing praises from visiting anglers. The 1959 change of government wiped out angling opportunities, but now, more than 35 years later the famous Zapata National Park, a million-acre plus reserve, open to anglers.
Easy-to-wade flats, loaded with bonefish, seem to be everywhere, with just a small portion explored since the park was re-opened. These bones average three to four pounds but eight pounders will be caught here. In preliminary visits, fishermen took over 30 in a single day. Two anglers fishing under horrible, windy conditions landed well over l00 bones in a day’s outing. Increasing numbers of permit are also being spotted, along with some huge barracuda.