I had always wanted to fish the world record ;large mouth bass that frequents Cuba’s lakes. World class fishing is available in many Cuban lakes and the chance of angling a 28 pounds ia a dream for all of us that fish.
I was staying at the Bucanero resort near Santiago when by chance , I met another fishing tackle designer from Ontario. he told me about Cuba’s bass fishing and we decided to do a charter. We got hold of the resort guide and we booked a full day trip for the next morning at a cost of US $ 40.00 each.
Our guide then asked " Would you like me to bring along some cold beer ? "
My new fishing partner asked how many beer I needed for a day on the lake ? I responded " Two will be enough for me. " He then told the guide " Bring us 24 very cold ones. I thought to myself " This new friend is a very serious beer drinker ! " I told them I would meet them in the lobby next morning at 5 AM and then ordered a take out lunch from the resort restaurant.
The morning came quickly and the three of us headed out in an old Lada to the lake. After about an hour we reached the fish camp. It was very basic , but the boat looked good. It was a Boston Whaler type with a 40 HP Yamaha. My new friend brought his tackle box which was loaded with bass gear. I had only brought along a few salmon lures so I picked some of his for my use. The ones I choose all had good salmon lure colours.I had never fished large mouth bass before so went on instinct.
After about 20 minutes we hit the fishing hot spot. This lake is man made and the power poles were still sticking out of the water. I also noticed a few brick chimneys poking out of the lake. The guide told us that this was once a town but was dammed ans flooded to provide water for the sugar cane fields.
To be continued on Tuesday ::::