Operated by two Italians -- Giuseppe Omegna and Filippo Invernizzi -- the Halcon sleeps eight anglers plus a Cuban staff that includes a cook, a bartender, a divemaster and three fishing guides. For five days I fly-fish for bonefish, permit and tarpon. We also go spin casting for pelagic species like jack crevalle, yellowfin tuna, bonito and barracuda. Beyond the barrier reef of the Jardines, we troll deeper waters for horse-eye jacks, mutton fish, big groupers and monstrous Cubera snappers that can weigh more than a hundred pounds. We fish in the mornings and enjoy afternoon comidas, such as fillet of sheephead, jack crevalle sashimi, or squid in its own ink. And lots of cold Bucanero cerveza. Then the mandatory siesta, then five more hours of fishing, usually past dark. It's all capped by another enormous meal finished off with glasses of potent añejo (aged) rum and spicy Cohiba Esplendido cigars. We sit on the back of the boat and tell lies to each other while watching Mars chase Venus across the sky. Sometimes we go to bed at 3 a.m., sometimes much later. The next day is the same.