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juro 01-09-2008 06:47 AM

Acklins dreaming
It must be deep winter...

I found a bonefish fly on my desk yesterday and for the next few hours my mind wandered through every pulsing creek channel, sprawling flat and mangrove bay from Salinas to Pestell.

What's the schedule for people going to see Felton this year?

My ability to go is questionable this year due to financial matters but I am going to try to find a way.

FredA 01-09-2008 07:34 AM

I thought 08 would be a good year to return but family issues won't allow me to stray.

FLStan 01-09-2008 12:45 PM

Doesn't look like I'll be going this year either. Looking to concentrate my efforts closer to home. Hitting Biscayne Bay in June for Bones, Islamorada in May for tarpon and the Glades in April.


Vince 01-09-2008 02:59 PM

Crooked last week of February. Acklins first week of March. Been dreaming for months.

Bob Bergquist 01-09-2008 03:30 PM

Juro, we still need that model for the picture shoot if you have bright pink shirt! I think I owe you a week any way...

Dave17 01-09-2008 09:30 PM

C'mon you owe it to yourself to make the trip:lildevl: . Bill, Jim, Brad and I will be at Bob's the second week in March.......

juro 01-10-2008 05:47 AM

Wow thats quite the posse...

Bob, you'd better tell the mailboat to bring an extra large load of libations that week :)


wrke 01-10-2008 09:36 AM

Hey Juro
Come on down. We'll make sure Bob gets his picture.

juro 01-10-2008 10:45 AM

Thats not a pink shirt... thats sunburn! :lildevl:

josko 01-10-2008 01:13 PM

Why are you folks so focused on Acklins? Is it really that much nicer than other alternatives?

FredA 01-10-2008 02:05 PM

Cause we don't have jobs that send us to Andros 4 or 5 times a year:wink:

It's relatively cheap. It's a great place to wander on your own and figure the fishing stuff out for yourself.

juro 01-10-2008 02:17 PM

It depends on your perspective.

If steelheading is not Great Lakes freshwater hatchery drones but instead native pacific northwest nomadic rainbows the size of your leg with several thousand sea miles behind them; or if stripers are not jigged, trolled or chunked meat fish but ghostly 40" hunters on the flats at noon out on Monomoy on a July day with no one in sight for miles, or... you get the point.

Acklins is that for the bonefisher, in a word - pure. Not convenient per se, not posh nor cozy and I don't think there is a golf course on the entire archipelago in fact fresh drinking water was a new development the year I organized the first forum expedition there by a mere couple of months.

It's said that there are nearly 1000 square miles of flats, and most accessible by car. It's been hard for us to explore beyond the ridiculous flats we already know but there are some that see only our footsteps year after year and we leave with a sense of an experience all our own.

We have befriended the people of the island and that has become one of the greatest joys of the trip.

We are much less guests or visitors here than in other places, instead we are people with a passion for a beautiful and pure place in some ways stronger than those who see it everyday.

Therefore it's not an exploitation, but a celebration that sets it apart from the typical fishing venue.

And yes, it is that beautiful.

Dave17 01-10-2008 03:51 PM

Well said.

I've fished other islands in the Bahamas and I can't say that Acklins is all that different.

The main draw is that this will be year 4 now and we know the drill at this point. We can be off the plane and into fish within a half hour of the wheels touching down. That wasn't the case the first year and took at least two trips before we had it figured out.

As Juro said, the people are fantastic, and they know us pretty well at this point. We know from start to finish where our meals are coming from, when to run errands to maximize our fishing time (as you can imagine it's not 9 to 5 out there) and who to contact when we hit those little snags that are bound to happen on trips.

It has gotten more crowded in the last year or so but right now it still fits all our needs. I'm sure the time will come to branch out and try one of a number of other areas on our radar but for now and the near future it matches up with the type of trip that I enjoy.

GMflyfish 01-13-2008 10:15 AM

A friend and I are heading back to Acklins for the second time; will be fishing with guide Fedel, at the north end of the island. Going the first week of April.
It is a pretty place, quite an experience, and we even caught some fish.
I'd be interested in trying it as a DIY trip sometime too, but I sure cannot spot the bones like a guide can. Practice makes perfect, and I don't get to practice enough.

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