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Old 11-19-2004, 06:08 AM
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Just thought I would start a thread to talk about what to bring...

The best polarized shades you can afford, cheap spare

Sunblock

Good flats hat, and spare

sun-gloves are not a bad idea

Fast-dry light colored long sleeve shirts with collar that can be raised and preferably buttoned, spares*

fast-wicking polypro tee shirts made for hot weather is desired, spares*

fast-wicking polypro underwear for wet-wading, spares*

fast-wicking zip-off leg flats pants in light colors, spares*

socks that work well inside wet-wading shoes

good wet-wading shoes that protect against coral cuts and resist filling with sand and muck

chest pack, sling or something to hold water and camera

rod, reel, line, leader, tippet, flies, etc.

travel tying kit

sandals for before/after

personal first aid kit

small collapsible water jug

bug juice

* fast wicking clothing is night and day different in terms of comfort, particularly when wet wading. Most noticeable of all is the performance underwear as compared to cotton.

Pls add anything you can think of.
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Old 11-19-2004, 07:54 AM
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Hey Juro,

If you guys wind up going to Eleuthera sometime in April...we should all meet up at the Friday Night Fish-fry in Govenor's harbour to exchange notes.

Here's a few Items you should include in your list...

- portable stripping basket for fishing ocean side beaches...keeps line out of the algae and waves.

- wading caddy (that's what I call it anyways). It's an innertube or boogie board that you tow along as you wade a flat. You can keep extra gear/water/camera/lunch/beer on it. Nothing like having an extra rod rigged and ready in case you cross paths with a big Cuda, Mutton Snapper, Jack or Lemon shark. Makes it real easy to change-up and take up virtually no extra space in your baggage.

- Snack-bar condiments...ie) small single serving packages of peanut butter, jams, jellies, dipping sauces, mustard, relish, ketchup etc. I get mine from the cafeteria at work for free...pocket a few each day in the weeks prior to a trip. Believe it or not, these save major expenses as opposed to having to buy jars and bottles of each to stock the larder.

- A few packages of "boil and serve type" dried pasta's are cheap and make for a quick good meal.

- Other stuff like coffee, powdered creamer (if you like that), sugar or substitues).

- Oh yeah...an inflatable kayak...grin!

If I wasn't already going, I'd jump!
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Old 11-21-2004, 10:16 AM
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Try and get your hands on some alcohol prep pads....very handy (per 1st aid kit above post).......neosporin antibiotic...small tube.....a few water proof bandages..
3 or 4 aspirin.....and of course some T-paper.....much better than palm branches or corn cobs
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Old 11-23-2004, 01:34 AM
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On to Ammo.....

For those of us not so edumucated on bonefish ammo (Namely Myself), planning on this week long super Bahamian Shin Dig

What would be a good quiver of flies to have.

I am anticipating loading up one, good box that will fit in a shirt pocket for this adventure. (I've never fished like this before, so I need some assistance from the pro's).

If there is potential for catching other species besides Bones, some direction for those guys as well would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Jay
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Old 11-23-2004, 08:55 AM
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Bug spray

Lens wipes for glasses

UPF 30+ lip balm
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Old 11-23-2004, 02:13 PM
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A couple of other items...

Hello,

Having just returned from South Andros this week, I agree with all of the previously mentioned items. I can also add one item to the list that I am glad I brought and one that I wish I'd brought.

First, I am glad I brought my rain jacket. We didn't have rain any day I was there, but I still got soaked every morning on the way to the flats and every afternoon we returned...and when it gets rough, you'll be especially glad you brought it! I would say this is a "must have".

Second, I wish I brought some neoprene / waterproof socks. Something like SealSkinz, etc. I did a fair amount of wading on this trip and anything that can keep sand/gravel out of your wading boots would be worth bringing. I tried using tube socks and found that they don't dry out that fast and they don't really keep anything out.

I would have to especially agree to bring some sandels and maybe a very small amount of detergent. Bonefish "slime" is very hard to get out of your scrubs when it gets on you. It dries with a very heavy, flaky film. Sun gloves are a must have also, in addition to a hat that covers the tops of your ears...very painful to get burned there!

Hope that helps, good luck!

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Old 11-23-2004, 03:51 PM
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More Sun protection

I found long sleeved flats shirts and gloves a must too for sun protection. A handkerchief was very helpful for my exposed neck also to help stop the sun burn appearing, Especially around the summer months. If you just wore wading shoes and and some shorts despite the sunblock you would likely be burnt to a crisp without Long pants. I think they are a must for sunny weather wading, The water usually washed off the sunblock in pretty short order.

Drink tons of water, at least 1/2 your body weight in FL OZ, try to limit the alcohol consumption or that adds to the dehydration and possibility of getting dehydrated.

Tight lines,
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Old 11-24-2004, 06:22 AM
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Another item I always take, especially if I use a guide and and fish from a boat is a small spray bottle with fresh water. I use the water to remove saltwater spray from my glasses......prevents scratches.....
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Old 12-23-2004, 12:25 AM
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Good stuff!

Now starting from the bottom up...

the shoes should
  • provide adequate arch support
  • prevent silt from entering
  • protect against coral
  • defend against stingray spines
  • ideally not have an obnoxious color (for fish)

In addition, sandals for casual time after fishing is a good idea.

Socks do help keep silt out if the shoes are good.
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Old 12-23-2004, 06:04 AM
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Something I've always found to be critical is Gatorade or similar. Water just doesn't do it for me. I hope we'll be able to purchase there.
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