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Old 06-25-2003, 06:18 AM
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Anyone ever fish in Aruba? I haven't been able to find much out about the fishing on the web.
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Old 06-26-2003, 07:18 AM
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It's very hard to find info for FF'ing in Aruba although I did locate one gentleman's report who found bones on the island. I will be visiting myself next winter to a family timeshare so am very interested.

Since it's such a ridiculously rare thing let's start a secret society called the Aruba Bonefish Club, dedicated to getting husbands of vacationing wives to their bonefish forays while on the island!

I'll search out the info. In fact I think he's a registered member of the forum...
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Old 06-26-2003, 08:15 AM
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http://webpages.charter.net/ph2738/aruba/
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Old 06-26-2003, 09:16 AM
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Ah that's the article Fred.

So between the 4-6 people who have done Aruba for bones we might have a quorum :hehe:

Arashi beach here I come... and what about the mysterious man from Massachusetts?
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Old 06-26-2003, 09:26 PM
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I guess I will have to bring my fly rod now! Hopefully catch my first bonefish. Anyone out there have any first hand information? I will definitely post a report when I get back.
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Old 07-05-2003, 06:38 AM
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Just confirmed I will be there next February. Although it's far from being the Bahamas, I am a little excited about it because it's so unexploited and unknown.

So... who else has fished there or wants to be a member of the Aruba Bonefishing Club?
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Old 07-06-2003, 10:13 PM
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I leave on Saturday, so I will be sure to let you know how it goes!
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Old 07-07-2003, 03:48 AM
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Cool, my trip is in February. Take lots of pictures for the first entry into the Aruba Bonefish Chronicles :hehe:
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Old 07-07-2003, 06:31 AM
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I really like Aruba. Spent a week working at the power plant there about 7 years ago. Not you typical Carribean island, developed, pretty commercial and the floura and fuana are desert like. The people are great and I guess that's what grabbed me more than anything. The natives I worked with were multi-lingual (5 languges typically, though independant now the Dutch ties are strong) and had spent time working in Europe (Netherlands for the most part) at major refineries. The resort area along Palm Beach on the west end of the island is more tropical in terms of floura, and obviously a large consumer of water from the desalintion plant. You can travel around the island on your own feeling secure, relative to other Carribean islands. One note of caution is that the resorts employ off island people and you need to take care of your valuables in your hotel room.

It's been a few years since I've heard from my friends there but I need to re-initiate contact and try to get a little insight on the inshore fishing opps.
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Old 07-07-2003, 02:12 PM
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Fred,
Any info would be invaluable since I have only a few ideas as where to try but other than that clueless.
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Old 07-20-2003, 06:38 PM
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I was in Aruba for 2 weeks in late April early May tis year. Only fished two mornings and both times around the airport - nice looking flats and did see one tailing bone and several rays but no shots at fish. Snorkeled up at Arashai but saw no bones. I do not think it is a great spot of them but nice place to visit. Had some great shore and boat dives with just a young dive master at one of the local shops - just the two of us one day and one other fellow the second trip!
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Old 07-22-2003, 03:35 PM
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Well thanks to all of those who supplied me with info. It helped me catch a few small bones on the fly rod, I also got lucky and caught a pretty nice one on the spinning rod in front of where I stayed. So for those of you who go in the future definitely bring your gear because they are there. Saw some either huge palameto or possibly permit at Baby beach, but didn't get a chance to fish for them. I will post some pictures of the big one when I get my film back.
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Old 07-22-2003, 04:14 PM
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Excellent. Looking forward to pics. and furthur details. Where did you stay?
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Old 07-22-2003, 06:56 PM
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I will be sporting the 5-pc 8wt and a pocket full of bonefish flies when I visit this winter.

The Aruba Bonefish Club lives! :hehe:
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That's my Aruba bonefish article. How did FredA find it?
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