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 of an exchange between Castro, who won the competition, and Hemingway, who awarded him the trophy: “‘I am a novice at fishing,’ said Fidel. ‘You are a lucky novice,’ replied Ernest.”
Hemingway lived off and on in Cuba for two decades, at a plantation he called Finca Vigía, which he and his third wife, Martha Gellhorn, purchased in 1940. It was there that he recuperated from his trips to Europe and Africa by fishing and drinking Daiquiris at the bar of the Floridita restaurant.
And it was also there that he wrote his masterpiece, ‘The Old Man and the Sea.’
Hemingway left the island for good in 1960, the year after Castro overthrew the dictator Fulgencio Batista—and the year before he took his own life in Idaho.””
Source: Castro & Hemingway.