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: Salina Point Update


Swalt
12-14-2011, 08:30 AM
I got back late Saturday from a week at Salina Point.

The fishing was difficult with heavy wind, lots of clouds and showers. The water was cool which is never good down there. The fish just don't come up on the flats in numbers when the water is too cold. The weather was very similar to the trip made in 2010. That was disappointing. I believe if you fish that area under good conditions then you could really have an exceptional trip with lots of fish.

I did manage to catch a fish every day with highs of 5 and 6 fish. Not what you hope for on a bonefish trip but there were other rewards for me. I managed to catch a 36" cuda on an 8wt and that was fun. Did the usual cuda acrobatics. I enjoy exploring, covering a lot of ground and finding new spots to catch fish as well as new ways to get to and between those spots. I was able to do all those though my feet are not happy with me. I also met and got to spend time fishing with Charlie and Pat which was one of the highlights of the trip. That is one of the best things about a trip like this. Meeting and making new friends.

For a trip to Salina Point to be all it can be you have to have the boat trip to the flats. Because of the weather the boat had to be pulled up on the beach and was not available the first 3 days there. Those days we had to take the ride up to Binnacle and fish that area. I didn't go into Spar Creek because the tides were low during the morning or middle of the day and from my experience there is not much area to fish there on low tide. We even did the "Death March" one day so Pat could add it to his bucket list. The road into Feltons place is just as it was in 2010. Its a rock and roll ride of 15 min or so for the 1.1 mile stretch. The road from Spring Point to Salina Point is in worse condition than it was in 2010. There are stretches where there is no pavement at all and you dodge pot holes nearly the whole way.

There was plenty of good food and Felton did his best as host considering the conditions. The mail boat was 4 days late reaching the island because of the weather so supplies were limited.

I was pleased with the flies I had tied for the trip. I can only remember one refusal that I thought was because of the fly and not because of me. I experimented with a version of the Avalon Permit fly that I tied smaller/lighter with bonefish in mind. It worked very well with the exception of the keel coming lose. I have to figure that out but they also worked without the keel.

If anyone is interested in more detailed info on the areas fished and access to and between let me know. There are still areas I wanted to get into but could not because we only got 3 days use of the boat. I still want to get back to Salina again under better conditions and fish the areas I feel I know and get into some new areas. I still think the fishing could be exceptional.

Side note. I met 2 fishermen, also from NC, on the plane trip down. They went to Crooked Island. I spoke with them on the way back and the fishing was the same story. They did not catch a fish the first 3 days doing guided fishing and the guides on Crooked are some of the best in the Bahamas. It wasn't the Salina Point area that was the problem as far as catching fish. It was the conditions.

flatsfisher
12-14-2011, 09:10 AM
Hey Walt........What a pleasure to meet and fish with you, certainly made the best out of an otherwise disappointing trip. Again thanks for those tips, also those anti mosquito fogging devices worked well. I've never spent that much time on the back deck before.

Regs..........Charlie

Swalt
12-14-2011, 09:17 AM
Charlie, Those Cubans sure make good mosquito fogging devices.

juro
12-15-2011, 06:56 AM
Hey Walt - Sorry to hear the weather got the best of you guys, although having been to Salinas I can say with earnest that you had a better week than I did at work! :)

Looking forward to seeing you on an upcoming trip, post some pics of that cuda!

Swalt
12-16-2011, 10:06 AM
Juro, It didn't get the best of us, just made it more challenging. I would be out there tomorrow doing the same thing, in the same conditions if I could.
I will try to post a pic of the cuda. I seem to have trouble with that.

LeeG
12-16-2011, 10:39 AM
Have you tried eating cuda? I had one last trip and it is a damn tasty fish. The basic rule of thumb down there seems to be it's fine to eat the smaller ones inside the reef and not to eat bigger ones found outisde the reef. Probably not a smart idea though.

flatsfisher
12-16-2011, 11:07 AM
I was at Grey's a couple of years back along with a group from the midwest. One of guys brought in a med. sized Cuda. he asked Shirley Williamson if he might prepare everybody a Cuda seviche after advising us that there were no EMT's available she relented. Anyway it was delicious and we all survived. I know that the guides eat them regularly and have kept Cudas that I've caught.

Charlie

Swalt
12-16-2011, 12:50 PM
I have eaten the smaller cuda's before and they were fine. We grilled some on Inagua one year. Inside the reef seems to be the rule of thumb but I like taking it one step further and not eating them unless they are inside a creek system. The Bahamians on all the islands I have been to seem to love them. I thought about keeping that one but it was too early and I wasn't going to carry it around with me all day. So he is still swimming and hunting bonefish.

sidelock
12-16-2011, 05:13 PM
How would you compare the DIY fishing in Inagua to Acklins ?

Swalt
12-17-2011, 06:09 AM
How would you compare the DIY fishing in Inagua to Acklins ?

There is very little DIY fishing on Inagua. There are only one or two flats that you can get to without a boat.

teflon_jones
12-17-2011, 10:30 AM
Sorry to hear about the weather. I faced the same issue when I was on Acklins in Feb 2010. It's made me avoid going until late March now.

acklinsboy
12-19-2011, 06:16 PM
Hi Walt & Charlie! Trust Salina Point Lodge lived up to your reasonable expectations? We really tried! All in all it was a great experience for all of us at the lodge.............

Please come again, it was a joy having the three of you!

Thanks,

juro
12-19-2011, 06:21 PM
Hello Felton! Right after the holiday scramble I will get back to rounding up the gnag for the long awaited winter trip back prob late Feb or March (?)

Swalt
12-20-2011, 07:36 AM
Hi Walt & Charlie! Trust Salina Point Lodge lived up to your reasonable expectations? We really tried! All in all it was a great experience for all of us at the lodge.............

Please come again, it was a joy having the three of you!

Thanks,


Felton,
Enjoyed the trip and hope to make it again. When are you going to figure out how to control the weather?
Walt

flatsfisher
12-20-2011, 11:32 AM
Thanks Felton, I'm sure our paths will cross again somewhere down the road. You know what helps ease the pain of bad weather........More Conch...........Load up the freezer!!!..............Charlie:hihi: