Author Archives: CubanFishing

Ernest Hemingway & Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro & Ernest Hemingway, Fishing Contest, 1960. Cuban Fishing, November 2, 2018:  There is much mythology around Ernest Hemingway, Fidel Castro, and fishing in Cuba. “”… Castro and Hemingway met only once—in May of 1960, at a fishing contest held in Hemingway’s honor. … Life magazine published one of those photographs along with a record […]

Baracoa, Cuba: Bay and Fishing Boats

Bay and Fishing Boats in Baracoa, Cuba Photo by Adam Jones, via Creative Commons. Baracoa is looking quite remote, but also like a good place to fish! Baracoa is a municipality and city in Guantánamo Province near the eastern tip of Cuba. It was founded by the first governor of Cuba, the Spanish conquistador Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar in August 15 of 1511. […]

Havana Harbor

Havana Harbor, Gateway To Havana. Havana Harbor is the port of Havana, the capital of Cuba, and it is the main port in Cuba (not including Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, a territory on lease by the United States). Most vessels coming to the island make port in Havana. Other port cities in Cuba include Cienfuegos, Matanzas, […]

Cubera Snapper

Cubera Snapper, A Great Sport Fish. Cuban Fishing, Cubera Snapper, 3/13/15:  cubera snapper are a great sport fish in Cuba and the Florida Keys, reaching weights of more than 100 lbs. “The Cubera snapper, Lutjanus cyanopterus, is a species of snapper native to the western Atlantic Ocean from Nova Scotia to the Amazon River in […]

Fishing Boats

Fishing Boats, Coast Of Cuba. Cuban Fishing, Fishing Boats, 3/12/15:  typical fishing boats seen on west and north coasts of Cuba. “Cayo Guillermo is a kay of the Jardines del Rey archipelago. It is located on the northern coast of Cuba, between the Bay of Dogs (Bahia de Perros) and the Atlantic Ocean. It is part […]

Cast Net Fishing In Havana

Throwing The Cast Net; Fishing In Havana. Cuban Fishing, Havana, 3/11/15:  A fisherman throws a cast net in the harbor to catch bait fish. “The Gulf Stream along Cuba’s north coast is prime game-fishing territory. Sailfish, swordfish, tuna and marlin abound, and deep-sea fishing excursions can be booked in major resort areas at almost any […]

Fishing The Malecón

Cuban Fishing, 3-7-15, Fishing On The Malecón. Cuban Fishing, 3/7/15:  Many Cubans, particularly those of more limited means, fish the Malecón for fish to eat and sell. The Malecón (officially Avenida de Maceo) is a broad esplanade, roadway and seawall which stretches for 8 km (5 miles) along the coast in Havana, Cuba,[1]from the mouth of Havana Harbor […]

Pez Mariposa

Pez Mariposa, Butterfly Fish. Cuban Fishing, 3/7/15:  Peces Mariposa or Butterfly Fish are a group of tropical marine fish found in Cuba. “Peces Mariposa, the family Chaetodontidae or butterfly fish, are a group of conspicuous tropical marine fish. Found mostly in reefs of the Atlantic , Indian and Pacific , are somewhat small, 12-22 cm […]

Marrajo Dientuso

The Marrajo Dientuso Or Shortfin Mako Shark. Cuban Fishing, 3/7/15:  Ernest Hemingway wrote about the dientuso or “dentuso” in “The Old Man and the Sea.” … “But I killed the shark that hit my fish, he thought. And he was the biggest dentuso that I have ever seen. And God knows that I have seen big […]


Dorado Or Mahi-mahi. Dorado are one of the great sport and eating fish of Cuba. The mahimahi (/ˈmɑːhiːˈmɑːhiː/)[2] or common dolphinfish[3] (Coryphaena hippurus) is a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. Also known widely as dorado, it is one of two members of the Coryphaenidae family, the other being […]

Fishing In Havana

Cuban Fishing, 3/5/15, Background On Havana As A Starting Point. Cuban Fishing, 3/5/15:  Getting a feel for Havana is a starting point as we begin thinking about fishing in Cuba. “Havana (/həˈvænə/; Spanish: La Habana, [la aˈβana] ( listen)) is the capital city, province, major port, and leading commercial centre of Cuba.[3] The city proper has […]

Fly Fishing For Bonefish

Cuban Fishing, 3-6-15, Bonefish. Cuban Fishing, 3/6/15:  Cuba is going to be an extraordinary bonefishing, fly fishing for bone fish, destination for Americans. “The bonefish (Albula vulpes) is the type species of the bonefish family (Albulidae), the only family in order Albuliformes. The bonefish weighs up to 19 lb (8.6 kg) and measures up to 90 cm (35 in) long. […]