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: Acklins adventure - 2010 / the DEATH MARCH


juro
04-10-2010, 10:23 AM
Rumblings down at the strategic command center while we plot supreme domination of all bonefish inhabiting this island eminently to lead to one, and only one thing -

THE DEATH MARCH :hihi:

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/deathmarch.jpg

Bob was already borrowing time having just had knee surgery, so Gary and he headed north to the various structures around our deployment zone. Tom, Walt and I embarked on the infamous march. I ended up doing 11 linear miles according to my GPS, some percentage more if you straightened out the squiggly lines on the tracking lines. But it was well worth it, and no trip is quite the same without a march for me. Sick, but true.

The accomodations along the way were sparse.

Last Chance Rest Stop
http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/luxury1.jpg

No key required
http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/luxury2.jpg

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/luxury3.jpg

Seriously, it's a beautiful walk and I enjoy it every time. The buildings are from an old settlement, back in the sponge heydays.

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/portal.jpg

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/remote.jpg

juro
04-10-2010, 10:34 AM
Signs of a peaceful place to carve a living from the island mark this area, very old glass bottles and artifacts; also stone walls with culverts to control flow.

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/drainage.jpg

Along the way, we stop and admire the beautiful shoreline

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/walt-scan.jpg

Tom hooks a huge triggerfish
http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/tom01.jpg

I decide to go exploring and spook a huge shoal of bonefish into deeper water. This tempts me to dig deeper into the back country to find some of the dreamiest bonefish territory I've ever seen, knowing it's got to amount to something... so I walk on.

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/hiway.jpg

and on...
http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/creek.jpg

Finally I find more bones, this time I don't splosh right into the middle of them and land a feisty one to start the day.

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/bone1.jpg

juro
04-10-2010, 10:48 AM
As it would turn out, this was my day for big numbers. I ended up hooking over a dozen bones by every way possible - those running across open flats, tailers, singles, sand bars, grass, it was a day at the bonefish academy.

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/footprints.jpg

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/bone3.jpg

This bad boy kicked my ass! He looks so calm now, don't believe it he deserves an academy award for this act.
http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/bone2.jpg

What a great day. Even though my feet were bandaged up from various cuts and blisters the walk was well worth it. Time was running out so I headed back to see what the other two birds of prey were up to

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/birdsofprey2.jpg

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/birdsofprey.jpg

Shoals of bones! There were hundreds of bonefish in this area, making nervous water like you see in the foreground.
http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/nervouswater.jpg

Walt had a banner day. As Tom and I walked by Walt motioned us over to join in the fracas. That fish magnet had found shoals of bonefish working around up in a creek things got crazy for a while.

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/tom03.jpg

Tom was on fire!
http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/tom05.jpg

Walt puts the icing on the cake with this last fish of a great day...
http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/walt-fish.jpg

FredA
04-10-2010, 10:53 AM
My fondess memory of my one Acklins trip was doing that hike twice. The first was exploratory with Juro, ending at was the most esthectically pleasing spot of the week, for me. Next year...

juro
04-10-2010, 10:55 AM
We make the long hike back and look forward to a meal fit for royalty at Felton's "Palace" at Salina Pt.

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/tom04.jpg

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/walt-walk.jpg

http://flyfishingforum.com/destinations/acklins/2010/dusk.jpg

juro
04-10-2010, 11:36 AM
Got cabin fever?

WATCH THIS...

http://www.youtube.com/user/bonemovie1?feature=mhw5

hehe - check out that flat! I was in bonefish heaven for real.

woodtac
04-11-2010, 07:05 PM
None of us got pictures of Juro with the barracuda on the end of his fly line. Good thing that he didn't land it as Felton was threatening to cook one for us. If you have ever been tempted to eat one of those things, read this from today's Times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/11/magazine/11FOB-diagnosis-t.html?ref=magazine

LeeG
04-12-2010, 12:57 PM
We caught a nice 25 to 30 lb fish on the flats and it did taste damn good. The general rule the islanders use is that if it's back on the flats it's fine and if it's on the reef they don't eat it. Personally, I would have preferred to catch a 10lber on the flats and eaten that instead.

Lee

WW28
04-13-2010, 07:51 AM
Thanks for posting. Great stories and pix.

doctorsteve
04-13-2010, 10:22 AM
Got cabin fever?

WATCH THIS...

http://www.youtube.com/user/bonemovie1?feature=mhw5

hehe - check out that flat! I was in bonefish heaven for real.


Juro, is that your video?

juro
04-14-2010, 09:37 AM
Hey Steve hope you are well - yes I took that with one hand on the rod :) That flat was dream-like and the bones were fast moving targets requiring timing accuracy and distance. I loved fishing at that location.

rooster
04-21-2010, 07:04 PM
Great Pics and stories, Juro.
See you in a couple weeks.
Dennis

alan caolo
04-29-2010, 09:35 AM
Oh, what a great photo-sequence . . . thanks for sharing!

juro
04-29-2010, 09:41 AM
Thanks Alan - coming from you, I am very appreciative! Your books and photography have had my attention for years.

alan caolo
04-29-2010, 09:51 AM
if it's not prying, what'd you shoot with (can't be a point 'n shoot)? That sequence is a SERIOUS mood-changer. I mean, you can just about smell the flats . . . and the slime . . . that heavy, tepid air . . . awesome !!

juro
04-29-2010, 10:11 AM
Sorry to disappoint :) It's a Canon SX200 which has manual functions and 12x optical but in the end it's just a point and shoot :o

http://www.kodakdigitalperu.com/images/canon_SX200IS_001.jpg