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03-15-2006 08:14 AM
juro Those reef / flats at Malmok are hard coral and 'dem bones will cut you off very quickly. I actually hooked several but landed only two.

Get that rod up and line tight quickly when they run or expect to be thrilled for a short time only.

There are also small waves coming over the coral edge there and when the bones are looking for a snack in the skinny water they spook from splashing flies.

Bring some weightless flies and try to lead them further ahead so they meet up at the same depth, or cast into a wave peak closer to the fish as opposed to the flat between waves with a weighted fly like a gotcha and they don't spook.

Bring high quality polarized lenses and shoes that can withstand the coral. One hunk of coral I stood on provided a surprise - a moray eel lived in it and popped out with jaws agape.

Morning and evening calm are very good times for this area IMHO.

I haven't spent as much time in this stretch as arubaman has so his advice is definitely valuable.

Good luck!
03-14-2006 10:59 PM
Korean_fly Thanks Mr Mukai, more info is what I need! I will write down what you and what others have said. On a side note I got to meet your daughter through my girlfriend in Boston a while ago. She said that you were a great fly fisherman and it seems true! Anyways thanks for the info it will go into my little notebook.

03-14-2006 06:07 PM
juro the fish rove along the shore so you have to find them from day to day

they were thick as theives at the wreck one day and sparse the next, gone the day after

the section of beach near the airport at Orangestaad to the cove near the bunker attracts bones too, off hours rising tide

the locals catch them on the south end when handlining for food fish (baby beach, rogers beach etc)
03-14-2006 04:37 PM
Thanks arubaman!

Hey, thanks arubaman, I'll be bringing the 12 weight if I get a chance to do some offshore fly fishing. 12 weight for bones hahaha that would be crazy! Yea im excited that the wreck where some have had success with bones is near the Marriot. I'll definitely be hitting that spot often. I may try to bring a spin rod but will probably just bring fly rods. Thanks again for the great info.

03-14-2006 04:10 PM
arubaman Hi Korea,
as a native I can give you some tips.
I think a twelve is very heavy, bu who knows, myself I usually use an 8 and that will be sufficient for casting almost everywhere.
Charters there are a lot out there, they´ll go out for dolphin (dorado), wahoo and other nice big stuff, most likely the thing they´ll catch is some small baracuda´s. If you go out on a charter, ask them if it is possible to go to the north side of the the island. Westpunt has got a lot of wahoo and another very nice place but a couple of hours of cruising with a boat is Bajo. Bajo is a structure on the south-east of the island where depth rises up from 300ft or deeper up to 20ft or less.

The spanish lagoon will be very hard, there are no possibilities to cast flies from the shore and there is a "bridge" that lies in the water which blocks of any entrance possibilities for boats.

Marriot is perfect, in the mornings, walk out at dawn (or a litlle earlier) and when you arrive at the beach go to the right. Then just follow the shore. The sun in your back in the morning, the wind not yet so hard and also in your back, that is just perfect. If you walk to the right you´ll arrive at one of your best chances for Bones, the flat at Malmok where the shipwreck lies. Outside of the Marriot allready you can start spotting, Bones will sometimes be tailing just 2-15 feet from shore, carefull not to spook them. getting closer to Malmok you´ll pass by a trailer where they rent surf-equipment and give surfing lessons. From here on it turns a little more into a flat and you can consider wading out of the shore a bit untill you are standing in 3 ft of water. Then just walk parallel to the shore.

The whole walk to the stranded wreck is about 10-20 minutes, so you are on the good spot!

Other places I still did not find out everything about but maybe worth of checking out for Bonefish is going to the left and walk across the shoreline in front of the hotels. When I was young we caught a lot of Bones and Palometa´s in that zone, from marriot to hyatt.

If you really consider tarpon, I think your best shot will be to cheat on the flie fishing and bring a long some spinner and casting gear, the bridge at the spanish lagoon is perfect for making far casts and this gives you some chances to hook up a tarpon.

Aruba is not the best, but there sure is fish to be caught and it is perfect to combine with a family-trip.

Ciao, Sander

ps. local fisherman can sometimes help, bring a long some pictures of bones etc. and the name of the bone is "warashi". Tarpon is Sabalo in papiamento.
03-14-2006 01:35 PM
Aruba bound 16-25 of November

Hey everyone. I am going to Aruba with the family this November. I will be staying at the Marriot and I was given free reign in terms of what I can to do while there from my parents. So I plan on roaming the island fly rod in hand for at least part of every day I am there. My brother and I plan on bringing 8, 10, 12 weight rods with us on this trip. I read and re read all the reports and hopefully with some luck I can tie into a bonefish or for that matter anything that will put a bend in our rods. I am also really interested in Spanish Lagoon as I was given the OK to rent or charter a boat for a day. I would love to catch a Tarpon if I got a shot at some. Also my father and my 2 brothers are going to do an offshore trip. Any ideas of a good charter and is it possible to maybe hire a fisherman with a small skiff to take us around? Anyways I am really excited. Thanks everyone and tight lines!
10-17-2005 09:12 PM
Stinky Tim
Aruba results

A little late for an update but what the heck....

I was out in March 2005 and tried Arashi beach on two days. I walked from the beach back to the hotels in the early AM and didn't see anything until I got to the small "marina" near the Marriot.

There are tons of cruising fish in and around this little cove and I hooked into my first saltwater fish ever....a bluegill sized Jack. He wasn't much but made bringing the gear worth it.

If I go back, I'm going to save myself the long walk and just mess around at the marina.
02-15-2005 05:11 PM
arubaman Carefull with the fence crossing, it is not the idea of the fence and after 9-11, can you imagine what your own customs officers will do? I can assure you the fence is not placed there for nothing, if you duck it like mentioned above here, the planes will fly about 15ft over your head. Your rod tube may look like a bazooka and I cannot garanty you won´t get into trouble....
Why botter fishing that site if there´s more other good ones around. About the lagoon, on which side of the old bridge was it? (the bridge through the water I mean) Because a biologist I know told me they were on the landside of it, but from the shore there´s no way of casting there. Maybe with a spinning reel, but flyfishing? I hope I can finally talk my dad into a lightweight boat or 2 kayaks, he says he won´t use ém that much so it will be a waste of money, but if I read all the posts and know how curious everybody is... Why shouldn´t he buy something, maybe you guys want to even pay him something to rent it or we can buy it with a bunch of people and stock it at my parents place...
01-12-2005 07:00 PM
juro The area looked very good but I was a little hesitant to duck under the fence because of post-911 concerns but found them cruising at Malmok and landed a couple. When you caught all those tarpon and snook were you fishing from a boat in Spanish Lagoon?
01-12-2005 02:09 PM
lhenley I spent almost a year in Auba back in 2002. I caught mainly tarpon & snook in the Spanish Lagoon. I got tired of them and looked all over for the bonefish with little luck at first. I found the biggest numbers and largest fish behind the airport. There is a fence you can duck under near the runway. Just look for them tailing. I hooked one that was definately over 10# and was spooled in less than 30 seconds. I caught several in that area. Another good place was a little flat behind the refinery. They were there every afternoon after work.
01-12-2005 05:30 AM

Hi Tim,

my favourite Fly was Crazy Charly (brown, orange). Size didn't matter.

01-11-2005 11:42 AM
Stinky Tim
Goin' back for more

I was in Aruba last spring and flyfished west of the hotel area and also on the south end of the west point with no luck. I'm heading back in March and plan to try Baby Beach and the other spots you mentioned.

What flies did you have the best luck with?

01-04-2005 05:41 AM
juro The Aruba Bonefish Club GROWS!
01-04-2005 02:53 AM

Congratulations Arubaman!

I just came back home from your wonderfull island. Unfortunately i forgot to take your phonenumber to Aruba and couldn't find the TortugaInformationstand! However it was great again. I caught 4 Bones ( 3 on the small flat next to the Aruba Grand and 1 at the wreck). Best fishing was in the early morning or at sunset at Half moon, later on with a full moon the Tide was much higher, the winddirection changed, and fishing slowed down. Have you been fishing at the wreck( blue Columbia shirt?)

It was a fantastic vacation again and i look forward to be on Aruba next christmas!

12-26-2004 09:54 PM
arubaman As flyfishermen amongst each other I can guarantee you I'll let you know where to go, what to look for and what sites are hot in my experience.
I also figured out a tide tabel on the internet which could be worth of printing (it has prospects for about a year long) Some places are better with high or rising tide some places even not fishable at all with low tide.
So keep watching the forum, I'll keep in touch. For now, make enough flies, crazy charlies and clousers. Best ones I fished till now are with white and brown, white and black, white and olive shouyld be good for malmok I guess, with a little bit of flash in it. And the dark side must be the back/upper part of your flie, remember de hook stands up. 8wt rod, a lot of backing and some steel wire for accidental barracuda's.

One question in general I came up with today, can you fish for bones with a stealwire? today I lost 4 or 5 flies on Cuda's, then decided to put some wire on my tippet, but is it then still good for bones?

Bye for now.
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