Marlin (Blue) Fishing in Cuba
Cuba's billfishing opportunities rose to fame through the works of the North American writer Ernest Hemingway, whose 'Old Man and the Sea' is focused around the battle between an old fisherman and a large Marlin. An avid fisherman an admirer of Cuba, Hemingway left his mark on the Cuban fishing world, with the Ernest Hemingway International Billfishing Tournament having been every May for over 60 years. This tag and release tournament is held 9 miles west of Havana and recalls Hemingway's instrumental role in cataloguing billfish all those years ago.
Although Blue Marlin fishing in Cuba suffered due to overfishing in the 1970s and beyond, it seems that the situation is looking up nowadays thanks to a heightened awareness of the need to preserve the area's marine diversity. However, long lines are still used by the nation's commercial fishermen, meaning the species still suffers here. Results of recent billfishing tournaments are reassuring though, and if you go out on a full day charter in season you'll be in with a good chance of coming across a specimen averaging about 300-400 lbs.
- Marlin (Blue) fishing in Cuba varies moderately throughout the year. High season is June to September. Low season is January to March. There is no closed season.