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Old 11-25-2004, 09:21 PM
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Ridiculous Clave... cont'd

What:
rIdIcUlOuS clave - DIY primarily, low budget bonefish trip

Why:
Need we ask?

Where:
Bahamas archipelago - Acklins, Eleuthera, Grand Bahamas, Abaco, or other DIY destination with lots of bones and flats measured in hundreds of square miles

When:
March or April (tbd)

Who:

1) FredA.
2) n1gdo
3) Dave17
4) Bonefishmon
5) Jim Simms
6) grizz0707
7) Wrke
8) with_wrke
9) Juro

*** group limit reached ***

How:
Converge on an island, share a car / lodging / fly tying table / stories / stogies / kaliks and walk, stalk, rock the flats!
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Old 11-27-2004, 08:05 AM
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Bingo!!!

Acklins is in the running...

http://www.vrbo.com/49576
http://www.crookedisland.biz/


Advantages:

1,000 sq miles of bonefish flats
accessible crazy fishing
DIY fantasy
cheap lodging options
car rental available
two islands separated by $4 ferry

Disadvantages:

very remote
lose a day in Nassau - we could do a warm-up on the south side of N.P. though
cost $300 over Eleuthera due to flights from Nassau verses Ft.Lauderdale
few amenities

Neutral:

zero couples clave scouting possibilities but thats ok too

Acklins should be considered among the choices, representing the exploratory option with highest potential for ridiculous fishing at the price of amenities.
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Old 11-27-2004, 01:40 PM
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More on Acklins / Crooked Island...

Research reveals that there are more than two lodging options per mile on these islands, which are separated by a small cut with a $4 ferry to cross them. These hotels range from affordable and humble establishments to posh angler's accomodations on the international destinations lists. Clearly the reason is some of the best bonefishing on earth, DIY too.

Stretched out, these islands together are only about 15 miles long and not even a mile across in many places. A rental car could scour the island's shoreline in a day.

We could fly into Acklins and out on Crooked, vice-versa, or round trip to the same airstrip and it's $105 each way no matter what the combination - $210 r/t from Nassau. The problem is we have to get to Nassau, can't fly direct from Ft.Lauderdale like we could to Eleuthera, etc. This difference represents a $300 difference in the flight costs overall as opposed to Eleuthera.

Lodging options on Crooked Island include a place on Landrail Pt that wants $80 / night for three bedrooms, $20 each sleeping four per unit, BUT the meals plan is $55 per day per person (optional). Still $75 per day for meals the owners boast about is pretty good, and they pack lunches to go.

If you poke around a bit I think you'll get the same excitement about Acklins / Crooked Island that I have. Take a look and let me know.

** - this is not to say Berry, Eleuthera, and others are out, just adding another viable option before we make up our minds over the next week or two.

Detailed Itinerary will follow, once I hear back from inquiries I have made to businesses on both islands.
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Old 11-27-2004, 02:14 PM
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I have always wanted to explore the Acklins area.

My thinking is how many times would we ever get the chance to see an
area like this at a price we can afford.

We could always do Eleuthera easily.

If we were voting I would go for the Acklins trip.

Thanks to everyone for all their great information.

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Old 11-28-2004, 01:31 AM
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Lets see what it works out to (money wise) per person for the week.
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Old 11-28-2004, 05:13 AM
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poidy oil tasting on the beach

Hi Juro,
count me in if there is still room for this clave. just got the okay to do the deal.

fish we must,
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Old 11-28-2004, 07:03 AM
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Lets see what it works out to (money wise) per person for the week.
Roughly about $700-800 without the flight to Nassau, details will be posted shortly. Waiting for replies from folks in Acklins and Crooked Island.
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Old 12-07-2004, 06:34 PM
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NEWS FLASH - add one more to the vote

I saw a commercial on Monday Night Football for cayman islands air - $380 rt

Looked on line for lodging, similar cottages for groups were found for similar prices.

This could be interesting... doing some research.
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A hurricane hit them very hard this fall. Perhaps that is why flights are dirt cheap. Business must be slow in Grand Cayman! There are bones on Little Cayman and a lodge. Inland ponds and canals provide good fishing on Grand Cayman according to Stephen at BFFG.

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Old 12-09-2004, 10:39 PM
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Check this out!
http://www.caymanairways.com/special...ls.html#boston
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Bad News for me.....

Juro, Gentlemen:

I hate to face this cold, hard reality but the current state of my personal affairs is regretfully causing me to bail on this trip. It figures as I've wanted to chase Bones on a fly for many years. I thought it was all going to pan out - but its not looking good. I hope I am not throwing too large of a monkey wrench into the final planning stages. I'll look forward to a great, lengthy, detailed report of this Clave upon your returns. I'm sure there will be campfire stories told over scotch at the Sandy Clave. At least this year I can make the Sandy Clave.
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Old 12-10-2004, 06:24 AM
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Sorry to hear that - you've certainly earned a trip like this and I enjoyed meeting you twice and was looking forward to doing the crazy bonefish gig with you. Everyone understands how reality strikes. It's our loss that your enthusiasm will not be on our squad this time.

Keep your head low out there and please let's plan to hook up in steelhead country when your tour is done buddy! Best of luck with your AK gig and come out to Cape Cod's striper flats sometime as our guest.
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