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    Default Cuba - Cayo Coco/Cayo Guillermo Advice

    Hi all,

    I'm quite seriously thinking about a holiday in Cuba (probably Cayo Coco) in January. I know a lot of people on here have visited many times and I've read numerous previous reports and threads with interest. However, I'm slightly concerned about the hurricane situation and how busy it will be at that time of year. Of course, I would also really like to know more about the fishing opportunities - both DIY and guided. Any help would be much appreciated!

    Thanks in advance

    Nicholas
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    Hi Nick,
    I would check the availability of the airport on Cayo Cocco,it got pretty devastated during the hurricane.We have booked Valedro for new year because been told the airport not operational at the moment.I have been to Cayo Cocco seven times,there are plenty of Diy flats all over Cayo Cocco the better ones are passed the Melia Hotel and Flamenco Beach.Guided trips would cost you approx £200/day for a boat with Orlando or one of his team, or £120 for a day wading down on Cayo Romero.
    Tight lines Flyman.

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    Hi Flyman,

    Many thanks for your reply. The hotel is being advertised through Thomas Cook including flights for January so I assumed everything was back to normal? Or at least planned to be back to normal for January. It sounds like the damage was quite severe though so Iíll look into this further. Would be v interested to know a bit more about the diy fishing opportunities that you mentioned if you donít mind expanding?

    Thanks

    Nicholas
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    Cayo coco melia opens november so airport must be running. December to May is busiest time for the cayos .Its like majorca for the canadians three and a bit hours in the plane and of course hurricane season is finished. The canadians are like us they go away for a bit of sun in the winter. Ive talked to quiet a few of the staff that work in the melia and i probably wouldnt go these months its far too busy.
    Ps I was there six years in a row and only had the edge of a hurricane near us TROPICAL STORM i wouldn't let hurricane season put you off im going in september again.
    Last edited by rookstorm; 03-11-2017 at 01:01 PM.
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    Hi Nicholas
    A bit more information regarding DIY fishing opportunities you asked for;
    Flats situated above the Melia cayo coco walk along the beach passed the Pullman hotel to the end of the beach.You should be able to spot fish all along that stretch,there's an island approx 500 yards out wade out towards the island the water only about waist height try along that stretch,if no luck there to the right hand side mangrove bushes wade passed those and the flat opens out to a huge area try the river inlet near the mangroves or the turtle grass area passed that you should at least see fish in these areas.A good tool to use Google earth maps shows most of the area.Can be lots of big mullet along that beach very easy to confuse these with bone fish you can spend a lot of time chasing the wrong quarry.I'll get back to you with some more info later,have pick the wife up.
    tight lines Flyman.

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    The mullet you see no problem the bones are a lot harder to see. You need to get the tides right to fish for bones at end of beach, You wont see bones very easy if the water is waist high and you're wading
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    Default Re: Cuba - Cayo Coco/Cayo Guillermo Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by rookstorm View Post
    Cayo coco melia opens november so airport must be running.
    Airport is open now, but only has Canadian or Cuban internal flights scheduled thus far.
    Easy way to follow progress is use one of the many flight tracker sites.
    Google arrival/departures cayo coco airport, and you will see current flight status.

    regards
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    Many thanks for your replies and input. In the end we decided to postpone our trip in light of the hurricane damage and the uncertainty over what condition the hotel and airport will be in. Still very keen to go in the future though!

    Thanks again
    Fundamentally fishing is a philosophy. A philosophy of earth, and growth, and quiet places. In it there is a rule of life, a recognition of permanences. It makes you notice the little things of nature, wherever you may be. ~Bernard Venables

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    I will be heading to Cayo Coco (from Canada) for a couple of weeks in January. The airport is open and completely functional as are most resorts. There is certainly damage but the resorts are getting back to operational.
    With regard to fishing, I've been in contact with one of the main guides in the area and he has assured me they are ready for guests. I will be heading out with them when I go in January.
    Others have mentioned the flats around the corner and down the beach from the Pullman Hotel. I have fished that area several times and there are definitely fish there. I have seen some bones but definitely more barracuda. I have always been targeting bones while out there, but this year I am going to go prepared for the 'cudas.
    If anyone is planning on being there between Jan. 13-27 and wants to split the costs for a day with a guide please let me know. Cheers.

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    Default Re: Cuba - Cayo Coco/Cayo Guillermo Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by brianrap View Post
    If anyone is planning on being there between Jan. 13-27
    Not going out that early in year, but would like to hear how you got on B.
    Keep us informed.

    regards
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