The Cayo Cruz fishery is an enormous system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries. The fishing area is virtually untouched and represents one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems you will ever fish - and the fish are both plentiful and aggressive.
The first thing guests need to know when considering this location is that the fishery is still very much in its infancy. The flats are an inviting combination of hard-packed white sand and a semi-firm mottled bottom that still provides good wading – and what a place this is for those who like to wade!
Cayo Cruz demonstrates all the characteristics of recently discovered, virgin fishing territory – large numbers of good-sized fish with little exposure to flies and leaders! Add to this the natural beauty of the cays and of the water and you have a truly memorable place to fish.
The average size of bonefish is a healthy 4lb and during the course of the week it is not unheard of for guests to land a fish or two in the 10lb range. Tailing bonefish are common and guests can expect to see bonefish in singles and doubles, all the way up to schools of several hundred fish.
What really sets this location apart from so many other fisheries is that guests can expect to encounter good numbers of permit every day. There are very few places where you can fish for big bonefish every day and also get shots at tailing permit, which range in size from between 8 to 30lb.
There are two locations within the Cayo Cruz that offer very good tarpon fishing. Guides tend to save these areas for when an angler has already boated a permit and is looking for a ‘Grand Slam’ and the fish tend to range from 30 to 90lb.