: AHHHH - I feel much better now
Stiff headwinds challenged casting with a 7wt (as the einstein du demonstrates) but landed a bunch of nice bones and had a fun time exploring Eleuthera for a week. Only scratched the surface, would love to go back and dig deeper sometime soon!
Special thanks to FORUM sponsor Vince Tobia / Cattaraugus Creek Outfitters for setting up the lodging and transportation for my first visit to this spectacular island.
Stripers just ahead!
05-05-2011, 09:03 AM
Where'd you visit? Report? Gotta love Eleuthera. It has it all.
05-05-2011, 09:10 AM
That's awesome, sounds like fun!
It would be easier to list where I didn't visit :)
I would have to say next time I would like to do a couple nights on North, a couple middle, then a couple down on Cape Eleuthera. I could have survived with a carry on - flip flops and a couple pairs of shorts (and flyrod of course) so moving around would be easy. The beaches on Eleuthera are nothing short of dreamlike...
A thousand words...
05-05-2011, 03:46 PM
We did a couple of family vacations there in the month of June. It is so laid back at that time of year and I think the fishing is much less pressured.
I've got to grt back there....maybe retire there!
Glad to hear you had a great time...
05-05-2011, 04:48 PM
I am glad you had a great time Juro! We'd all love to hear more. . . . .
Vince I could write a book! What an adventure.
I felt a special connection with the Cape Eleuthera area. Probably because it was remote and yet accommodating, and the flats were so rich with life and the creeks were just like my favorites on Acklins.
I loved the bustling charm of Harbor Island, with that huge roadside flat. Great restaurants!
The flats are so accommodating many of them don't require shoes, except for those snappy tropical crabs and occasional sting ray, but the point is wonderful bottom most places.
Being so close from atlantic to carribean sides means easy to deal with weather conditions. And the northward / southward shorelines also provide great shelter from wind depending on direction (prevailing south).
Man those surfside bones are big and brawlers in the waves, a lot of fun. Also saw huge cuda (over 5ft) and hooked (and lost) a mutton snapper that went 7-8 pounds (too bad it would have been on the grill that night)
Whether stopping in for a classy lunch at Sky Beach Bistro or just an $8 plate at a settlement takeaway - doesn't matter, Bahamian food is wonderful. I even like stewfish and johnny cake for breakfast!
Rum is $4.50 for the medium sized bottle and with the fruit nectars at the store all-day cocktails are served in the "trunk bar", Cubano's available too.
The friday fish fry was awesome, met people from all over the world and had a great time.
I liked the villa but would stay a couple nights in each major section of the island in the future especially for catching those twilight tailers.
I'll post more pics... thanks again Vince
Sunrise hues over pink sand through coconut palm grove
05-06-2011, 12:21 PM
Is the beach picture Club Med Beach? One of the best I've ever walked.
I believe it is French Leave (Club Med) although the Beach House looks very small in that pic but it could be due to distance.
Bones down in that corner :D
05-06-2011, 03:44 PM
Ha! I thought so. Looks like high tide to boot. I know I'm going to the right places when I can recognize a strip of sand and water from a posted picture.
What a great beach. Just watch out for the $12 Rum Punches at the Beach House. Yikes.
The trick is to get the fresh grouper sandwich but ask for it grilled instead of fried - $14.00
Grouper season started while we were there and I couldn't get enough of it. I also sampled conch fritters and derived a way to make fantastic conch chowder out of conch salad using the tomato picante, mango nectar and spices.
Nothing beats a good $8 takeaway meal though!
Unless you're on Acklins... Felton and his staff serve meals fit for royalty (inclusive).
When Club Med was still there, there would be beautiful young women in various states of undress on that beach, made it even more extraordinary.
Caught my first bone while staying there about thirty years ago.
06-18-2011, 11:27 AM
Wow, nice trip Juro. My memories of Eleuthera are far different, except for the AMAZING beaches. However, we never did make it up to the more touristy area of Harbour Island, but did make it down to Cape Eleuthera. In fact, the creek/flat area of Freetown was about the only real place we found bones that would, in fact, take a reasonably presented fly. However, we were seriously harassed by a local kid who said he was a "guide" (though he didn't know what our fly rods were) and said we couldn't fish his creek alone. We ended up giving him $20 bucks just to let us "mess around a little bit, you know?" and also so he wouldn't pilfer our jeep while we were on the flat. We also found a road (at low tide only) to the beach outside that flat/creek system and it was by far the best I've ever seen or walked anywhere. Savannah Sound had been pounded to oblivion and despite big fish and days of trying we only took one from that beach. It also seemed that most of the stuff between the North and South (which is a haul, let me tell you) was pretty poor bonefishing, especially on the western coast. We had a very strong east wind at the time so fishing the Atlantic side was a lost cause.
Anyways, I may have to rethink Eleuthera now.
06-21-2011, 02:24 AM
Ah!...so you've met the invenerable Alvin Johnson in Deep Creek. Had the same issue with him 4 or so years ago...a real scammer that one. That poor dude actually lives in the back room of the small church.
06-21-2011, 09:36 AM
Plenty of bones on Eleuthera, some more difficult than others, especially if you hit all the well traveled spots. It's still a gem, and a really great place to take that significant other who may not want to fish all the time.
Of course I am biased a bit:wink:
I had a blast, caught some great bones and missed some even greater ones. Even caught fish at Savannah Sound using unconventional tactics - big flies for cruisers or very soft landing unweighted flies for waking tailing fish in skinny water.
The surf bones were a blast and very accommodating for those who need to combine a beach day with fishing :)
I even hooked one of those massive mutton snappers at Hatchet Bay, the ones that the locals say can't be caught - but it did get off on a buoy line so no braggin' rights when I ordered dinner at the restaurant there.
Great trip... savoring the memories.
06-22-2011, 06:06 AM
I also found bones there! And lots of them. Absolutely love Eleutherea!
You just have to think outside the box, walk a little farther and go in late June! :D
06-22-2011, 09:47 AM
Actually, we went in July and walked bloody country mile, let me tell you. Of course, we were far less experienced in those days, but after whacking bones right out back of my little cottage in Exuma--fish up to 5 pounds and got casts at far bigger--I sort of felt cheated by the effort required for pretty small bones. Of course, I'm sure this is good news for all the folks who love the place: just one less tourist to mess with the fish. ;)
Anyways, after hitting the obvious spots, we did move farther afield and did find a few fish. And we did, I feel, think outside the box to do so. But, long story short, next time I've a little change in my pocket I'll be hard pressed to return to Eleuthera, regardless of the amazing cracked conch and beautiful beaches. I guess first impressions can do that.
Still Boneheaded (about most anything you can name).
PS Juro, nice try with that Mutton Snapper... one of my favorite fish on the fly! Next time, brother.