Recently expanding its opportunities, Cuba is becoming quickly coveted by anglers worldwide. Its rustic style brings a provincial allurement to its culture love in time 50 years ago. This goes to its wildlife too, with lands and waters untouched for over 50 years.
Cuba’s exclusivity guarantees a quality of fishing based on its remoteness. Ernest Hemingway fell in love with Cuba and its sea in an all time classic novel, which triggers a nostalgic desire of big game saltwater fishing. Its unspoiled and untainted waters promise long channels with flat fish like barracuda and tarpon. The fish are so foreign to humans, they drift closely and are innocently curious.
It is tarpon country and sighting tarpon rising to gulp air into their swim bladders is like seeing piles of Christmas presents underneath a tree for a pre-schooler.
Finding tarpon is half the battle as these fish cruise like hungry maniacs for crab, shrimp and small fish. However, tarpon are not famous for what they do underwater- it's what they do above the surface that gets the fishing junkies talking.
Tarpon leap, jump and throw themselves up and out of the water with heaving, spectacular shows. Anglers invest in perfect tarpon tackle to take on a fighting tarpon; it's worth every penny to see the tarpon rip and soar through the air, breaking physic equations with their surprising hops. Hooking a tarpon is a delicate task, their hard mouths make it difficult to properly set the hook.
Don't do a big hook set like you see in the movies and let the hooked bait do the work for you. Besides light saltwater spinning or baitcasting tackle, many tarpon enthusiasts fish for them with a light saltwater fly rod or with spearfishing.
Tarpon are a special saltwater gamefish well worth the trip to warm, tropical waters.