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: Place to go?

Tim D
08-23-2007, 04:56 PM
Hey folks,

I am just starting the bonefish, permit and tarpon thing. So far, I'm loving it. Two friends and I are looking to go somewhere with the wives that we can fish for all three. The tarpon don't need to be anything big. I actually prefer the 30-40 lb range. Is there someplace we can target all three and the wives can have fun during the day while we're fishing. And by fun I mean shopping , sight seeing , beach etc.

Thanks for any and all recommendations.

Best Regards,

08-24-2007, 09:00 AM
One of the first places to consider for all that would be our own Florida Keys. Start by contacting Ben Iannota Jr at (a valued sponsor) who has put many of our members onto some fantastic keys flats fishing - and the wives will enjoy the shopping and nightlife.

08-25-2007, 05:18 AM
Hi Tim
I agree with Juro that the best place for your trip is the Keys. However Keys bonefish are very difficult to catch as are permit. On my last trip there, in April, I didn't bother with bones or permit but caught redfish, snook and tarpon.

The main problem is with your request is the shopping and sight seeing part. When there are a lot of people around, the bonefish, if they are there are very spooky.

You could always go to Grand Bahama where you could possibly fix up some bonefishing where the fish are not so spooky as in Florida. Or you could try Nassau and try to sneek off to Andros.


08-27-2007, 09:39 AM
How about belize?

Some of the lodges there now offer eco-tours in the jungles and rivers, etc. There are also the myan ruins/altun-ha. If you stay somewhere like ambergris there is plenty of nightlife within walking distance + san pedro by water taxi for shopping, etc...

08-27-2007, 06:19 PM
How about belize?

Some of the lodges there now offer eco-tours in the jungles and rivers, etc. There are also the myan ruins/altun-ha. If you stay somewhere like ambergris there is plenty of nightlife within walking distance + san pedro by water taxi for shopping, etc...

Dave. Looks like you may have answered my thread as well regarding a honeymoon. Ambergris Caye was spared the major blow and is doing well.


08-28-2007, 09:04 AM
You could try Boca Paila ar one of the other lodges in that general area of mexico.
I got a super slam there acouple of years ago. the problem with the fish there is that most fish were generally small. Don't get me wrong, there are lots of big ones too, but Bones there don't fight real hard. My tarpon was only a few pounds. There are lots of permit there. One morning I must have cast to 50 of them (no exageration) with no takes. It's a great place to go to for Permit, not so great for bones and tarpon. Snook fishing was awesome too. Nothing to do there for the wives, unless you can leave them in Cancun. Crooked Island is great for bones. I saw a lot of big ones there. Lots of cudas too.
Listen, anywhere you go will be better than being at work...

Tim D
08-28-2007, 10:52 AM

Thanks for all the responses. I though about Belize, but it's going to be a four day trip and that's a lot of travel for 4 days. I was thinking about the Bahamas. Andros possibly.

Thanks again!!

08-28-2007, 07:51 PM

Like anything, trips are full of trade-offs.....I almost think you might want to focus on bones as that will allow you to stay closer to more "civilized" things to do when not fishing....Grand Bahama might be a good option.......I have also been to Abaco/Green Turtle Key.....might be a little more rural than you are looking for....

Grand Bahama offers pretty easy flights also for a short trip....


08-29-2007, 06:40 AM
Well if you are willing to cut back on the species you might consider San Juan PR and tarpon very close by.

The Isla Verde and Condado were upscale and I would guess that the ladies will love it. It's pricey but you'll likely get a thumbs up on the "fishing" vacation ;)

I hung out a little there but roamed the Porta Del Sol west end and Culebra Island most of the time. I fell in love with PR and can't wait to return.

Play it safe at night, there are some rough areas in the city to avoid however the two listed above were absolutely safe and tourists were walking around enjoying the weather and bars into the wee hours.

08-29-2007, 03:36 PM
Grand bahama will have the best bahamas bonefishing with the most amenities--shops, restaurants, casinos, nightlife--lots of action if you want it.

Andros can be great--just very low key--so it depends on what you guys are looking for in terms of things to do besides fishing.

If you just want to explore and fish on your own ocassionally, yet have some good restaurants and a few shops but not too busy, I'd have to say Eleuthera or Abaco.

Tim D
08-30-2007, 09:40 AM

Again thanks so much for all the info. Juro, I actaully fished Vieques off PR last Feb and loved it. Fishing was tough, but we had legit shots at bones, tarpon and permit all 4 days we were there.

Vince, funny you bring up Grand Bahama,Andros, Abaco and Eleuthra. Just did some research on those.

Can Abaco, Andros, etc really be as good as the info I've found?? Big bones and large numbers??

Thanks again guys

If you ever need info on fresh/saltwater fishing in Maine, let me know. I'll help any way I can

Best Regards,

08-30-2007, 11:59 AM
Tim- I would second Vince on Eleuthera- lot of fun, and good fishing (at least by my rookie standards). I believe Terry Walsh, who posts on FFIM and FFO often went in March. I went for 5 days in Feb of '06, easy trip from BGR. Left Bangor early Tuesday morning was fishing by 6 Pm Tuesday night.:smokin:

nevada caster
08-30-2007, 11:57 PM
We are three older gents who need a fourth for a trip to San Pecro and perhaps Placentia. We have been to San Pedro numerous times.
We are scheduled to leave on Nov 4 and return Nov 16. We usually spend abut 5 or 6 days with a guide and boat for permit and tarpon, 3 or 4 days wading the beach for bonefish and the occasion permit, and a bit of diving or snorkeling.
We may make an exploratory trip to Placentia.
We plan for a low cost, low keyed trip.
You need not stay the entire 10 days. you would be expected to share the cost of a hotel room and 5 or so days with a guide. If you're and easy-to-get-along-with guy, and are intersted, send me an email at

Tim D
09-04-2007, 01:52 PM
The wife has no interest in going to the bahamas. I swear I don't understand her, and after 15 years of marriage, probably never will.

So now I'm solo. There seems to be tons of small lodges on the islands and was wondering if anyone has any experience with Stafford Creek Lodge on Andros?


09-04-2007, 04:16 PM
I think Stafford Creek is right next to AIBC ? I have only had stayed at the Andros Island Bonefish Club while in Andros a few years ago. Fishing was very good....good numbers....caught a few fish over 10lbs....AIBC was older and not very updated. Reminded me of some of the old motels I might stay in up in the Catskills when fishing the Delaware or Beaverkill. Food was plentiful but nothing special. Guides where good except for one who was absolutely terrible. Got to the point where he was abusive, swore, pouted, would not talk to us for an hour, etc....The other guides where good and worked hard. If you want his name, PM me and I will tell you. He may or may not be there but also guides at other locations. I do have the number of a GREAT guide if you are interested...again PM me......