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Old 10-17-2004, 05:56 PM
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Bonefish Dominicana- question from Poland

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I'm from Poland in Europe. For a few weeks I'll be on the trip at Dominicana.
I'm freshwater flyfisher I catch (and realise) mostly nice graylings and brown trouts. But I have salwater equipment. I dream about walking on beach in water and try to catch a bonefish- it's so similar to grayling but much bigger. No flyfishing from boat only walkin' in warm water like there is no in Europe. I mean Punta Cana or Puerto Plata. Could you advice me anything? Is sense to take a flyrod with me? Are there bonefishes? I'm experienced freshwater flyfisher but totaly novice at saltwater flyfishing so every advice is wellcome.
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Old 10-18-2004, 02:07 PM
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Hi Konrad

I assume you a refering to the Dominican Replublic in the Carribean?

I have not fished there personally, but if you do a search on "Google" or "Yahoo" - enter the words....

"dominican republic bonefish"

.....you will find a lot of useful references.

It looks like you should definitely take your saltwater fly-fishing gear!

Good luck and please post a report with pictures when you get back!
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Old 10-18-2004, 03:09 PM
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Yes, I mean that country.
I'll do my best and try to report somthing
Thanks!
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Old 10-20-2004, 05:33 AM
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bonefish from the beach

konrad,

all I have heard from friends and people who have been there has been very disappointing.

the DomRep as so many other "third world countries" have exploited their resources in the sea to death just to make a living. it seems there are some jacks if you hire a boat but then again I havent heard of any experienced guides who could take you out.

as you are looking for bonefishing from the beach without the big expense for a guide there is very little left I am afraid that is affordable.

I am not a big bonefish expert (being from Germany) but I have read a lot as I am looking for affordable do-it-yourself bonefishing all the time too.

the best option it seems are the Bahamas and Los Roques in Venezuela with Los Roques being the cheapest option. I'll be there next year myself...

In the DomRep it is mighty cheap to make an all-inclusive holiday but in the end if you are looking for good fishing it wont be worth it.
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Old 10-20-2004, 10:34 AM
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the DomRep as so many other "third world countries" have exploited their resources in the sea to death just to make a living.
True, in part. I will not discuss world economycs here. All I have to say to this is that generalyzing is not the smart thing to do. I'm mexican, educated and decent (believe it or not), I have lived in the USA and Belize, traveled a lot, fished some places, and seen quite a few things on the planet. My experience? There is no better fishing in the world than in 3rd world countries. Let me tell you one thing, I don't know about the Dominican Republic because I've never been there, but my best fishing days have been in Belize and the Yucatan peninsula, before I got this fly fishing illness. Caught over 100 bonefish and permit on some days, wading in a completely lonely island, all by myself.

Big game? Hell yea, in 1991, Manzanillo Mexico, 2 sailfish over 100 pounds and 3 meters long in less than two hours. Tarpon: I invite you to come over to Veracruz Mex just to SEE the 200 (yes, 200) pound tarpon in the Tecolutla river. Still wonder if you can find that size or even close, near Florida.

Largemouth bass? I bet you my right casting arm the next world record is now swimming somewhere in a northern mexican dam, El Salto, Huites or probably Aguamilpa.

I think we've all seen crowded waters in the 1st world, where it's next to impossible to cast. The difference is that in the 3rd world, people fish because they're hungry.
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Well said fly-rod!

Having fished in a few so called "third world" countries myself including the Carribean nations and the republic of Kiribati (Christmas Island), I can say that they will always be my first choice when looking at a fly-fishing destination. In Mexico the Bahamas and Kiribati I have witnessed a very strong appreciation for the value of recreational fisheries. In many ways they do a better job of controling commercial exploitation of the resource than we do in the USA - and as you correctly state, these people fish because for many it is their only source of protein!

I myself have not fished La Republica Dominicana but I would never pass up the chance to fish any Carribean location given the opportunity. In tropical waters you just never know what's going to come along and eat your fly
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