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03-28-2002 11:21 AM
fisheze Sandy Cay is definitely on my list for the next trip to Exuma. I would love the chance to catch a permit on fly. There's also reports of permit on the Forest Flat which is a huge flat just north of Moss Town. I had my eye out for them on the last trip but didn't see any. Oh me an excuse to go back. Like I really need an excuse!

03-27-2002 08:01 AM
johnp Hi All,

The tarpon was caught up near moss town area on the way into the creeks. Also I have heard there have been a good number of 20-30 pounders down below the bonefish lodge where you were talking about Adrian. Next time I plan to hit the BarraTerre area and maybe Sandy Cay at least one day. Now I want to catch a permit after being beaten this trip.

Adrian good luck down there, make sure you call ahead for availability on Kalik if you like it because I did some damage to the local stocks. I already wish I could get down there again.

At least I am pumped to get the boat ready now, battery is on trickle and a coat of wax will do it. Tying some flies up now and by April 15th were going in.

03-27-2002 05:32 AM
fisheze A birthday grand slam....That WOULD be a great present!

Ummmm....Have I mentioned that my birthday is in April?? I wouldn't mind being the second to get a slam.

03-26-2002 09:33 PM
-ale Adrian-

About a week to go . . . canít wait to hear your report about Exuma.

Itís a little early but I might forget, or more likely, youíll be too excited to remember-

Happy Birthday!!

Give yerownself a present, you be first to slam!

03-26-2002 09:27 PM
-ale Hey John.

Great report and congratulations on a fantastic week!

Wow, almost a slam . . .. What a thrill.

You know, youíre killing us . .

Way to go !!

03-26-2002 09:13 PM
Adrian Great report John and congratulations on the Tarpon!

I will be down there one week from today - can't wait!

I've spotted two Tarpon down there in previous years both from the bridge below P&P. One rolled on the surface at dusk one evening and the other was holding station right under the bridge. Abby talked about them a lot last time.

The Slam is a possibility - (Permit are always around at sandy cay and barraterre) so who is going to be first?
03-26-2002 09:02 PM
striblue Great it... which I could get down there this year.
03-26-2002 08:00 PM
fisheze Hi John

Wow...You did have an adventure in Exuma! That's great!
JJ told me that you guys had a great day when you went out with him but he didn't tell me about your tarpon catch. Congratulations!

I can't wait to check out this 'new location' myself. I haven't seen any tarpon there myself but I have heard reports of them. Do you mind telling where you caught him?

Hey, if you'd like to post any of your Exuma pictures on the site, please email them to me ( and we'll get them posted.

I'm glad that you had a great trip. I can't wait to go back myself. I might go back this summer and try some of the summertime bonefishing.

03-26-2002 03:12 PM
just returned myself

Hi All,

Returned last week from another great bonefish trip in Exuma and Long Island.
Fished Exuma 4 days with P&P guides, Martin and Wille Jr. and one day with JJ. Good fishing everyday. A little wind and only 1 brief rainstorm.
Plenty of fish in the 3-5 range and saw some big'uns. Would have gotten many more had I remembered how to cast a fly rod! Also had to modify my strip to long and fast instead of the normal long strip followed by quick short ones once the fish is on the fly. If I tried any other strip technique most fish would'nt even look at the fly. I'll remember to try that next time if the norm does not work.
Pretty much the same deal on Long Island with Docky. I also got a couple shots on permit with Docky but no takers.
The highlight of the trip was late one afternoon we were heading in with Martin and he saw a tarpon. I had rigged up the 10wt for cuda with wire and an abel anchovy earlier so I gave it a go. 2 strips and hell broke loose! All I could do was look at Martin and say, "NOW WHAT!" his reply, "HOLD ON MON!" After 25 dazed minuted we boated the fish, got a picture and send him happily on his way. I figure he was around 70lbs but I am looking to get a tarpon officiato to verify it. What a rush, the first tarpon I cast to in my life and I hooked up. Even made it a little sweeter when I realized that behind that piece of wire I only had 15lb tippet.

Angie, JJ definately has some prime new territory.

Adrian, your right, that artic fox is the way to go.

Back to dreamin for another 11 months and 1 week.

03-20-2002 09:10 PM
fisheze Ok...the website has now been updated to include the pictures of the 4 bedroom cottage at Master Harbour. Go to and then click on 'Places to Stay' and then on 'details' under Master Harbour. The 4 bedroom unit is right on the water and rents for $350 per night.

03-20-2002 07:26 PM
Big Bone


You are correct, official weight is unimportant. What is important is the hunt, the presentation, the play, and most importantly the landing (what a shame that knucklehead who landed the 202 pound Tarpon and promptly drowned it in Homossassa last year did not feel the same way). Last Spring I landed a 28 inch Bonefish off of Carters Cay in Northern Abaco, on a nine weight. I can imagine the thrill of that monster on your eight weight.

03-16-2002 07:47 AM
-ale mdbones-

There is no doubt in my mind that the fish was over 13 pounds; I just had no accurate way of measuring him since Reno was 300 yards away. It may have been my adrenalin, and much luck, that the fish came in quickly. He was green and hard to handle by myself.

I held the fishís nose on the stripping guide of my rod and his tail was beyond the butt. It was difficult to be precise. The girth measurement was more than 18 inches. Since this is the variable that is squared it is much more important significant.

I was trying to be conservative in my original post. The girth was closer to 20Ē yielding a sixteen-pound fish. I honestly believe thatís more accurate. However, I have no proof so it really doesnít matter. Iíll have to be satisfied with the biggest bone Iíve ever caught.

03-16-2002 07:01 AM
fisheze No particular plans yet. No set dates. I'm thinking of a long weekend in June.

We just got back this past Sunday and we're already talking about arranging this trip. Figured that June would be good because the water wouldn't be too warm then and it'd be before hurricane season.

Master Harbour has a 4 bedroom cottage that rents for $350 a day.
We took some pictures of the 4 bedroom and we'll be posting it on the website soon.

The guides will pick us up each morning at the cottage at 8 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. Guides are $295 a day. Guides can arrange for box lunches for us each day.

The cottage is about 3 miles from restaurants and grocery stores. The owner of the cottages will give us a ride into town occasionally. Also one of the guides has an uncle who has a taxi service. He'll take good care of us also.

So if anyone's interested, we'll get to work and make start working on a plan.
By the way....we're not travel agents and we don't work on commissions. We just love bonefishin'!
It's always fun to meet people who have the same addiction.

03-16-2002 06:37 AM
juro OK I'll bite... what are the details?
03-16-2002 05:31 AM
fisheze Yea I've heard of the permit at Sandy Cay! We were hoping to get down there on this past trip but the weather wasn't cooperating so we decided it might be a little too rough. We'll save that plan for the next trip over! ....which will hopefully be in June.
We're thinking of trying to get a group together in June and occupy the 4 bedroom cottage at Master Harbor. Anyone interested??

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