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juro 11-13-2004 09:29 AM

RIDICULOUS! Winter bonefish clave
Last year I had the idea to expand the scope of our claves to the sunny archipelago of the Bahamian chain. We never did it but Eddie and I explored the possibilities by finding a place in Exuma he knew about and found the adventure quite interesting and rewarding. We found fish regularly, hooked up all but one time out, and I lost a bonefish that I would estimate at 11-12 pounds to a broken leader and loss of breath. This is the winter for the first annual "ridiculous clave".

Last year on the web I found properties that could accomodate 10 people for less than $300 each for the entire week; including a mini-van, 17ft whaler with 70hp motor, two sea kayaks. This property was on Deadman's Cay with 91 private acres.

Since then the search results have been clouded by new sites so I am re-starting the search and ask that anyone who can help me find the right accomodations please help out.

I am intrigued by Acklins as it is the most uninhabited of the chain, and is known to be a stumble from the front door and hook bonefish type of destination with over 1,000 square miles of bonefish flats. However it involves a lost day in one direction due to connections.

I would like to stay away from the popular islands as this is primarily a DIY trip, although a percentage of the time with a guide is recommended.

I am thinking once we find the den of bonefishing iniquity we will need a pre-payment to join, which should be around $250-300. This will secure the property and if you need to back out you will have to sell your share or lose it. This is the only way we can allow others to make flight reservations, plan vacation time off, etc. It will be a Sat-Sat rental in a particularly miserable time of year to emphasize the sense of escape.

Step #1 - please post the details of places you find on line. We will choose one from the resulting list.

juro 11-13-2004 09:34 AM

Here are some examples:

FredA 11-13-2004 10:36 AM

Got the ok from the commandant, but it's gonna cost me.

juro 11-13-2004 11:09 AM

It might cost us but not in US dollars... check this out for $158.33 each if 6 people rent it... FOR THE WEEK!

And it's waterfront on Eleuthera...

sImPlY rIdIcUlOuS

juro 11-13-2004 11:14 AM

Or at 148.75 each for the week, lose the "almost" this IS heaven!

Luv2flyfish 11-13-2004 11:28 AM


When is this tentatively taking place? If its like March....I'll be home from the desert and VERY interested.


DEERHAAWK 11-13-2004 11:32 AM

Caicos / Turks Vote
Good morning,
If your going to go, my vote is for the Caicos / Turks. Not much farther, a whole lot better. Found a nice place on N.Caicos, reasonable, bottle creek lodge.

Still looking.

DEERHAAWK 11-13-2004 11:36 AM

Pretty busy place, popular with the tourists. Don't know if thats what your looking for.

juro 11-13-2004 11:38 AM


Originally Posted by Luv2flyfish

When is this tentatively taking place? If its like March....I'll be home from the desert and VERY interested.


Jay -

March might work... but most likely it will be February when it's coldest and most miserable in the northern hemisphere.

I guess we should consider storm seasons and other factors. Early April was nice last year.

Any input on seasonal trends in the Bahamas is appreciated.

DEERHAAWK 11-13-2004 11:43 AM

Middle Caicos
Middle Caicos Island, Blue Horizon Resort. Some fine places, reasonable.

juro 11-13-2004 11:47 AM

Deerhaawk -

Thanks for the suggestions! I hear T&C is nicer, although that would be more important for the "couples" clave down the road. I think we would only care about proximity to the nearest carribean bbq joint, cold Kaliks, and bonefish flats. What would the flight / lodging cost be for these places?

For comparison: R/t flights to Nassau are about $348 from Boston in mid-Feb. If one of these $148 per person / wk cabanas works out, that could get the cost down to $600 flight + lodging for an entire week. Many places provide a car, bikes and kayaks.

But the playing field is wide open, anything that makes sense will be considered!

DEERHAAWK 11-13-2004 12:00 PM

Airfare, Ouch!
This could be a big chunk.
Hope I can find something better than 1500 samolies!

juro 11-13-2004 12:12 PM

Thus far:

Your city to Nassau approx: $350 adv purch / sat stay round trip
alt: your city to Ft.Lauderdale, Bahamasair to destination
($326 Seattle to Ft.Lauderdale in mid-Feb)

Nassau(Ft.Lauderdale) to Eleuthera (or other island) approx: $128-$150 round trip

Lodging shared approx: $150 per some of the options found thus far

Approx cost for the week: $650 plus your personal spending.

I would assume that with $50 each we could fill the kitchen to capacity. We found a place in Georgetown where nightly BBQ specials cost $6 and you could barely walk if you got a side of peas and rice with a beer.

I might ask for the airline ticket for an Xmas gift, cutting my pocket spending down to about $300 while simultaneously getting buy-in from the commandant :)

DEERHAAWK 11-13-2004 12:20 PM

If you want to stay "up there", Acklins / Crooked would be my choice. I think from a fishing standpoint, there's no contest.

n1gdo 11-13-2004 12:39 PM

If you didnt want to fly from Nassau to Eleuthera there is a high speed catamaran run by Fast Ferry called the Bo Hengy that is about $100 round trip. Most days it goes to Spanish Wells then on to Harbour Island. Some days it goes to Governors Harbour...

Keep me in the loop on the next trip...I would be very interested

frank in Winthrop,MA

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