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: Anegada Report - Bonefish and Tarpon


Walker
08-01-2010, 08:16 AM
I recently had two guys (Jack and Jeff) from Colorado come to Anegada for fly fishing. They stayed in a couple of the island's cottages for three weeks, and I met them quite by accident during their last week on the island. I arranged to go fish with them the next morning.

I took them to one of the remote flats that they had not been to, where we got into a school of bones - hundreds of bones. We had quite a time with the fish - the flat was narrow enough that the three of us had the school "fenced" between the deep water to our left and the shoreline to our right. We could see the big push from a hundred yards out each time the school approached.

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The interesting thing was the fly that we were using - one that I had not seen before. They called it a "fuzzy", with two variations - one a dubbed head, and the other an epoxy head.

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These were slow sinking flies that worked incredibly well on the schooled bones. A very, very simple fly - craft fur, krystal flash, bead chain eyes on a #4 34007. I now have a box full of them.

The afternoon that we were bonefishing, as we were returning, Jeff told me that they were leaving in a few days, but still had quite a bit of food left and he asked me if my wife and I would mind taking it off their hands. I told them heck yes, that's how the island works. When you leave, you pass along your leftovers to a friend. They said that they would drop by before they left with their leftovers - but did not say when they might be dropping by.

A couple of days later, my wife and I went out for a couple of hours in the early afternoon. When we returned, It was as if Santa Claus had been here. Jack and Jeff had come by while we were out, and the front porch had all sorts of good stuff, including a 6 foot cast net, a couple of portable crab traps, about a dozen of their "fuzzy" flies, and a few other items.

Inside, on our kitchen table, we found three boxes full of grocery supplies and an unopened gallon of vegetable oil, plus more goodies in the refrigerator.

We HAD to drive down and thank them!

We hopped in the truck and drove down to their cottages to tell them how much we appreciated all of the good stuff that they were leaving with us. Well, of course, they asked if we would help them finish off their beer.

So - we are sitting on their porch having some cold Heinekens, and watching a bait ball coming down the beach. The bait ball was being pounded by tarpon. I asked them why they were not down there throwing flies at them, and they said that they had tried many afternoons, but just could not get the tarpon to take a fly.

I could not resist - and said "I'll be right back".

I hopped into my truck, flew to our cottage and picked up my fly rod and my box of tarpon flies that I tied.

When I got back, I picked a fly out, handed it to Jack, and said "Go try this".

Jack tied it on, walked down, waded about 10 feet out, and hooked up on about the third cast. I just watched Jack having a blast with his tarpon.

Jack said to me to go get my rod - maybe we could double. I ran back to my truck, got my rod out, and tied a fly on. As I walked down to the beach, Jack walked up empty handed. He had almost landed his tarpon - he had the leader in his hand when his knot failed.

He went and got another fly, while I watched the school of tarpon and waited for them - standing on the beach. I quickly hooked up and landed mine.

Jeff was videoing the action - the video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99P4v9C4jak. The video begins with a little bit of bonefishing, and ends with tarpon. Jack's knot failure is at 4:02, followed by my landing.

Jack and Jeff left the next day, but I fished the spot where we got into the tarpon several more times with another friend.

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Swalt
08-02-2010, 08:52 AM
Walker, Thanks for the report. You got a special island there. Makes me want to come back down. I have spent a week on Anegada a couple times during the summer but only saw a few tarpon around the Anegada Reef Hotel picking up the lobster scraps. I thought that was more of a fall happening than summer. How about a pic of that tarpon fly?

Walker
08-02-2010, 12:36 PM
Nothing special about the tarpon fly other than the fact that I figured out that it is the fly that works when the tarpon are feeding on the bait balls.

The fly: olive over white clouser, lead eyes, on 6/0 Tiemco 600SP hook.

It closely resembles the bait.

And yes - the bait balls and tarpon excitement is normally more of a fall thing - usually October/November. This is the first year that I have seen such in July.

MartyG
08-03-2010, 01:40 PM
Walker,

I usually hit Anegada once a year for 3-4 days in January when I charter a sailboat in Tortola. Just missed seeing Jimmy Buffet singing at the Reef Hotel by one day two years ago.

Is there a tide table for Anegada that I can look up?

Thanks,

Marty

Walker
08-03-2010, 02:46 PM
Marty: You missed this..

http://nwmangum.com/BVI2009-January/images/090113-214949.jpg

http://nwmangum.com/BVI2009-January/images/090113-220729.jpg

We didn't miss the show!

There are no tide tables for Anegada - or anywhere in the BVI. If I need a tide table, I use the tides for Red Hook Bay, St. Thomas. It is off a bit, but gives an approximate idea.