|03-08-2008 06:39 PM|
What a beautiful island! Definitely the best beaches I've visited anywhere in the Bahamas. The fishing, at least for us, was mediocre at best, requiring long drives, perfect timing and general luck to get into enough fish to make it worthwhile.
Just to be clear, I'm definitely not the kind of guy that has to have big bonefish and lots of 'em to do it for me. But, even with inside info from previous visitors and good pointers from locals, we had a hell of a time scareing up fish, at least down south. Man, we put some miles on that rental jeep. We did find one pretty good flat, but got really hassled by the locals there and since the flat is a good walk from the nearest parking place, we were pretty sketched out about leaving anything valuable in it. That meant hauling our lunch in our packs or just going without since it was an easy 30-45 min drive back to the house.
Of course, we could have just hit it wrong; I'm willing to consider that. We did have pretty crappy weather all week - cloudy and windy - but even on the day it cleared up (our last day, of course) we only didn't find many fish, though the flats looked very promising. We finally ended up at our favorite flat (down the worst road in the world) and finally hit the tide right (last of the falling tide) and got several fish apiece in the last couple hours before dark.
So, good family vacation? Sure, you bet. Quality flats fishing? The jury's out. Just a word of advice. The more beautiful the beach, the less likely there'll be fish there, so mixing family playtime and fishing will be tough. You want mangroves, turtle grass, and signs of life. Generally we found this on the Atlantic (read: windy) side, though not always. Savanah Sound is pretty well known and well fished. Keep at it though, and you'll probably get a couple there. Palmetto Point is amazingly beautiful, but that stark white sand seems as lively as a desert. Further North are some protected bays, but more traffic. Hit the tide right and you can find bones mudding in some of these and if you're lucky they'll be close enough to shore for a cast.
We stayed in Tarpum Bay at a 2-bedroom house that cost us $80 US a night. It had AC and was right on the beach. Very nice. It was walking distance from the Tarpum Bay dock, where fresh-caught grouper was cheap, and the cracked conch at the local fish-fry was perfect. There's also a little market there with fresh fruit and veggies locally grown. This was a fairly central location, but it's a hell of a long island, so a drive north to the more tourist parts (restaurants, etc) was an hour easy.
Good luck and tight lines,
PS Make sure you have GOOD road map before you go. Not one of the lame tourist brouchure ones. Found this online: http://www.eleuthera-map.com/ with link to satelite pics and road maps... wish I'd had this 5 years ago.
|11-14-2007 03:40 PM|
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|11-14-2007 01:00 PM|
|petevicar||There are some sources in Europe. If you need info send me a PM|
|11-14-2007 12:24 PM|
Thanks for the tip.
I've realized that there are many alternatives to the Sea Prince im used to tie on.
Seems like I need to place a large trans-atlantic order in one of the fly-shops "over there". Everything costs about the half compared to here
|11-14-2007 10:18 AM|
How are you?
For really light, very strong hooks look at Gamakatsu SC15 or Daiichi x452.
|11-11-2007 05:29 PM|
Doesn't look like Acklins is in the cards for me this year but I thought Eleuthra would be a good chance at some quality flats fishing and nice for the family.
|11-11-2007 08:15 AM|
You are right - they are heavy wire.
Have never really considered the appearance of the hooks.
I just thought "the stronger, the better".
I will definately see if I can acquire som TMC's.
I also bought a pack of Owner hooks the other day, which seems nice as well thou also rather heavy.
Below owner versus prince, both size 4.
The Owner are very expensive in Denmark - ~ 7USD for 7 pieces
I get 10 Princes for the same price.
Sea Prince in use:
|11-09-2007 06:52 AM|
The Prince hooks I have are very heavy wire, good for some applications e.g. bluewater but on the flats I prefer light wire that is very strong and razor sharp.
Give them a try you won't go back.
|11-09-2007 05:12 AM|
Speaking of hooks...
Anyone tried Partridge Seaprince?
I tie almost every saltwater fly on these, and im very satisfied.
Seems to be the best choice available in my local fly-shop.
No idea how it compares with the TMC you mention juro?
|11-08-2007 06:45 PM|
last year we stayed in N. Palmetto Point ocean side. house is called Tropical Impulse. Year before we stayed in Winding Bay. That house is called Point O' Vue.
both areas are very nice w/ some impressive rentals available. We liked last years rental better because it was on the surf beach w/ good snorkling right out front. Google "Eleuthera Rentals" and you'll find lots of great places to choose from.
|11-08-2007 05:08 PM|
|juro||Hooks - try the TMC 811s. Hard to beat for lightness, strength, sharpness and long life.|
|11-08-2007 03:29 PM|
Last year we went in late June early July. Not much rain, not really that humid. (not like Florida!!!) It was 85-90 most days .... but didn't cool off much at night. Where our house was we always had a nice breeze off the ocean which helped allot! I enjoyed it!
Thanks for getting back to me we just started a family and I thought Eleuthera might be a perfect destination for us. I would probably be going around the same time June into July. I assume it's a fish early and late senerio that time of year before the flats heat up. Might I enquire as to were you stayed?
|11-05-2007 03:18 PM|
As a service I will create a bunch and perform the test for you
I'll let you know the test result...
|11-05-2007 01:53 PM|
I used the black finish for a more stealthy appearance. The black does give a nice contrast w/o the flash.
Never really tried the black vs. the silver eyes on the same day/conditions to see if the stealthy approach worked better.
But these patterns and also crab patterns w/ the black eyes did catch well for me.
|11-05-2007 03:15 AM|
Some really cute ones
I noticed they are all equiped with black eyes, and wonder about the reason for this?
Any particular Eleuthera trick?
Im tying most of my chalies/gotchas/clousers with silver or gold eyes.
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