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Old 03-27-2005, 05:46 PM
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Just back from acklins...

Digesting the over-abundance of food at Easter dinner but will get a few pics and reports going.

This time I am going to work hard on a Forum home video (DVD) available for a reasonable donation for those who want the real inside skinny not to mention some really amazing footage of bonefish gone wild (play on words, you know the home videos I am referring to)

Will post some samples when I get a chance.
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Old 03-27-2005, 08:42 PM
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I once went to Acklins Island...

to fish for bonefish. it is a place of the past. Its small population reflects the limited livelihoods. Harvesting grouper, snapper, spiny lobster and conch are the manly occupations.

It is impolite to not acknowledge people you meet. A wave, hello, or honk of the horn is customery. Religion, family and a sincere interest in others is evident in the island's population. Good people.

Acklins is barren. Its landscape is scrub interspersed with a few pines and palms. Rainfall appears to be minimal. But, what its landscape lacks, its flats, expansive creek systems and cays rule.

There are three bonefish lodges on the island that provide the amenities of good lodging, meals and guides with flats boats. Our group of 8 deferred to a "Do It On Your Own" (DYI) approach.

Without a boat, the options are limited. However, there are opportunities to fish flats, mangrove areas, and one large creek estuary close to the main road. Two flats and creek systems that were explored required walks of up to four miles to access. The rewards were there.

Others will tell their thoughts about the trip. My remembrances will be the people from the island, the clean environment, win/loss ratio,completing and passing flats fishing/sightfishing 101, and the comraderie.

Juro, you did good! A great destination, and without your passion for this type of trip, I would not have it forever imprinted.

I'll be back
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Old 03-27-2005, 09:16 PM
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Thanks for sharing that perspective Jim, it sounds like most of the "catching" was on shore You have wetted my appetite, maybe next year I'll be able to "reel in" some of those experiences!
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Old 03-27-2005, 11:07 PM
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Not sure what 'catching on shore' means but let's put it this way, we got on the water around 1pm after getting things squared away at the cottage. We randomly picked a flat not far from HQ.

I walked out until I had a vibe, line coils in hand. A shadow... cruising. Not in range. Another - almost, a few steps and stop. Then three ghosts came into range and I launched a first cast into the flat we came to know as "graveyard". Pause... wait........ wait....... now twitch! Twitch-twitch! BANG

First cast of the trip, fish on! A nice four pound bone comes to hand to start the first annual ridiculous clave. 20 minutes later I had my second.

Sure we had peaks and valleys in our catching but the fishing could not be beat. Even on the only day I did not bring fish to hand (Monday vs. the other 6 days) I had some of the most spectacular shots I'd ever had but just lost the ones that picked up the fly. I was also fortunate in that the best day was the final day (got 6 bones to eat, four tailers), so even though I feared starting with a bang would jinx me it turned out to not be the case.

DIY is not easy, in fact it's plain hard work at times. However it's very satisfying and teaches us what we're getting into when we book a lodge and guide in the future, a scouting and learning mission for a bigger investment down the road.

DVD trip report coming

I am making a DVD fundraiser movie using some of the great footage we got on the water. Some really intense footage of bones gone wild to work with.
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Old 03-28-2005, 09:14 AM
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Congratulations on a successful trip!

Look forward to seeing the pic's!

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Old 03-28-2005, 09:53 AM
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Old 03-28-2005, 10:30 AM
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Cold, rainy and nasty in Philly , it's a little bit surreal that this is what I was looking at two days ago ........

Many more pics to follow.
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Let me know when the dvd is made and where to send my check. Looks absolutely AMAZING I'm so jealous.
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Great Photo's. What I need to know is ...Did you wear waders?
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Old 03-28-2005, 12:40 PM
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Juro,

Waiting for the incoming ? I was on a different flat doing the same thing.......
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Welcome back looks like you had a great trip. FishHawk
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Enough pictures of your gear

I want to see pictures of fish

Juro how'd you like the Xi2?
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But Dave the fish look so much better in the DVD
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