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juro 04-10-2010 10:23 AM

Acklins adventure - 2010 / the DEATH MARCH
Rumblings down at the strategic command center while we plot supreme domination of all bonefish inhabiting this island eminently to lead to one, and only one thing -


Bob was already borrowing time having just had knee surgery, so Gary and he headed north to the various structures around our deployment zone. Tom, Walt and I embarked on the infamous march. I ended up doing 11 linear miles according to my GPS, some percentage more if you straightened out the squiggly lines on the tracking lines. But it was well worth it, and no trip is quite the same without a march for me. Sick, but true.

The accomodations along the way were sparse.

Last Chance Rest Stop

No key required

Seriously, it's a beautiful walk and I enjoy it every time. The buildings are from an old settlement, back in the sponge heydays.

juro 04-10-2010 10:34 AM

Signs of a peaceful place to carve a living from the island mark this area, very old glass bottles and artifacts; also stone walls with culverts to control flow.

Along the way, we stop and admire the beautiful shoreline

Tom hooks a huge triggerfish

I decide to go exploring and spook a huge shoal of bonefish into deeper water. This tempts me to dig deeper into the back country to find some of the dreamiest bonefish territory I've ever seen, knowing it's got to amount to something... so I walk on.

and on...

Finally I find more bones, this time I don't splosh right into the middle of them and land a feisty one to start the day.

juro 04-10-2010 10:48 AM

As it would turn out, this was my day for big numbers. I ended up hooking over a dozen bones by every way possible - those running across open flats, tailers, singles, sand bars, grass, it was a day at the bonefish academy.

This bad boy kicked my ass! He looks so calm now, don't believe it he deserves an academy award for this act.

What a great day. Even though my feet were bandaged up from various cuts and blisters the walk was well worth it. Time was running out so I headed back to see what the other two birds of prey were up to

Shoals of bones! There were hundreds of bonefish in this area, making nervous water like you see in the foreground.

Walt had a banner day. As Tom and I walked by Walt motioned us over to join in the fracas. That fish magnet had found shoals of bonefish working around up in a creek things got crazy for a while.

Tom was on fire!

Walt puts the icing on the cake with this last fish of a great day...

FredA 04-10-2010 10:53 AM

My fondess memory of my one Acklins trip was doing that hike twice. The first was exploratory with Juro, ending at was the most esthectically pleasing spot of the week, for me. Next year...

juro 04-10-2010 10:55 AM

We make the long hike back and look forward to a meal fit for royalty at Felton's "Palace" at Salina Pt.

juro 04-10-2010 11:36 AM

Got cabin fever?


hehe - check out that flat! I was in bonefish heaven for real.

woodtac 04-11-2010 07:05 PM

The Barracuda
None of us got pictures of Juro with the barracuda on the end of his fly line. Good thing that he didn't land it as Felton was threatening to cook one for us. If you have ever been tempted to eat one of those things, read this from today's Times.

LeeG 04-12-2010 12:57 PM

We caught a nice 25 to 30 lb fish on the flats and it did taste damn good. The general rule the islanders use is that if it's back on the flats it's fine and if it's on the reef they don't eat it. Personally, I would have preferred to catch a 10lber on the flats and eaten that instead.


WW28 04-13-2010 07:51 AM

Thanks for posting. Great stories and pix.

doctorsteve 04-13-2010 10:22 AM


Originally Posted by juro
Got cabin fever?


hehe - check out that flat! I was in bonefish heaven for real.

Juro, is that your video?

juro 04-14-2010 09:37 AM

Hey Steve hope you are well - yes I took that with one hand on the rod :) That flat was dream-like and the bones were fast moving targets requiring timing accuracy and distance. I loved fishing at that location.

rooster 04-21-2010 07:04 PM

Great Pics and stories, Juro.
See you in a couple weeks.

alan caolo 04-29-2010 09:35 AM

Oh, what a great photo-sequence . . . thanks for sharing!

juro 04-29-2010 09:41 AM

Thanks Alan - coming from you, I am very appreciative! Your books and photography have had my attention for years.

alan caolo 04-29-2010 09:51 AM

if it's not prying, what'd you shoot with (can't be a point 'n shoot)? That sequence is a SERIOUS mood-changer. I mean, you can just about smell the flats . . . and the slime . . . that heavy, tepid air . . . awesome !!

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