David Broadus, Jim Schmitz, Willie Evans and Greg Blume enjoy a post-fishing moment on a liveaboard smack dab in the heart of Jardines de la Reina.




As Osmany ran the skiff across the gulf toward a little channel where dead mangroves merged with new, the boat began to slide and fall in colossal swells. When a dot of trees finally came into view, Osmany radioed Yadian, whose skiff was coming in behind ours. 

“Yadian, háblame!” he said, lighting a cigarette under his zinc-smeared nose. “Hay malas olas!” 

He turned to us: “We are safe now.” 

I had not known we weren’t. It was my first-ever flats trip, and I found the full-bore skiff ride through a blaze of sun and humidity to be a time of transcendent euphoria…

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