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Old 03-05-2007, 09:57 AM
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Acklins does it again!!!

I think the pictures speak for themselves..........

Another great year!
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Old 03-05-2007, 10:03 AM
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The island at its finest moments:
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Old 03-05-2007, 10:08 AM
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Chris with his first ever bone, me with a nice standard Acklins Bone and the crew on our way out to Fish Cayes:
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Old 03-05-2007, 10:51 AM
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Your pics are killin' me!

It's more than a vacation spot, it's a place to savor the art of bonefishing and discover it's wonders in it's purest form.

I still recall the day years ago when I was flying over it from Aruba... thinking whatever island that is I will go there someday. I drew a sketch of it on a napkin and searched Nasa aerials until I ID'ed it and the ridiculous clave I was born a year or two later.

Now we're veterans and it only gets better each time. So far I missed it this year due to the PR exploratory mission (which was ridiculous II), but one never knows I still might get there before summer.

As our experiences and knowledge expand, it only gets more clear that this island gem is without peer for it's pureness, wonderful people and pristine beauty. No where have I ever been where that beating drum of the tropical tide thumps so loud pulling waves of bonefish under it's spell to the creeks, mangroves and flats of this special place on our planet.

Acklins rules.
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Old 03-05-2007, 11:55 AM
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I met Bob B and his guests when they joined us at Grey's Point Lodge for dinner one evening, and I saw Chris, Dave and the rest of their crew on the way back to Nassau. They had a great trip, and looked thoroughly satisfied! What a trip--great weather, fishing and friends--lost of cool happenings. Fishing with guides is great, but I do miss the DIY aspect of their trip. The exploration, the fact that it's all on you to find fish--makes it that much sweeter when you find success. I'll be back March 17 for a week of DIY on Acklins, and I plan on meeting up with Bob B down south for a day--can't wait.
I'll post a few pics later to daydream with--and some stories to come--like to 20lb plus permit that was tailing a ray, that I hooked, and broke off
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Hi Vince
I'll probably bump into you on our way out on March 17.

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Hi Everyone

Something that I forgot.

How bad are the Mosquitos?

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Old 03-05-2007, 02:12 PM
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Old 03-05-2007, 04:13 PM
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Cool hours, evenings just before nightfall are worst. Best to seek and destroy any skeets that come in during the in-and-outs from the evening before you sleep. Even a few inside the house will dine on your sleeping carcass almost as well as you did on Katy's fine cooking. I preferred to use bug netting. It packs very small and got zero bites while sleeping without using any toxic spray on my skin and bedding.

Mid-day not a bug in sight.
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Pack a roll of duct tape to patch points of entry. Haven't been since but two years ago the skeeters were worst in the house, getting in from the attic, openings around the air conditioning units, breaches in the drywall taped corners inside the closets.
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That makes my heart pound just to see those fish in the first photos...
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Old 03-10-2007, 08:59 AM
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Some pics from my trip two weeks ago to get the juices flowing!

Can anyone identify these fish--they came right up to me, and I even touched one. They were about 16" long.












I almost forgot the permit story:
I was following the edge of a deeper channel(6’ deep) when I glanced over across the channel and saw a large stingray. A second look revealed that there was another fish hovering over the ray. I slowly worked my way closer to find that a huge 20+ lb permit that was following the ray, looking for an easy meal. Permit often follow rays to feed on the crabs & shrimp that the ray stirs up while it is digging up the bottom looking for food. By now my adrenaline was pumping, and I slowly followed the two of them along the edge of the channel, both seemingly oblivious to my presence. I quickly put on a crab fly, and made a cast. The permit followed the fly for about 5’, then turned back and re-joined the ray. Several more casts with the crab drew no attention. I again switched flies, this time another crab. Several more casts, and no interest. I then switched to a clouser that I had tied up to look like a glass minnow. First cast, nothing. Second cast—bang—the permit nailed the fly and took off. I was keeping light tension on the excess line that was peeling thru my hands when it suddenly became warpped around my pinky finger. I struggled to free it with my thumb, but the line broke, and that was it! Damn. After regaining my composure, I noticed that the permit had circled back to the ray. I began to put another fly on, but the permit had wised up and headed for the deeper ocean which lay about 1000 yards away. Permit 1, Vince 0. What a rush though.
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Great pics and story Vince!

Acklins is such a magical place. I can't wait to return.
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Awesome photos and TR!!
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Not sure what those 2 fish are. They almost look like small tarpon.
I know that one laying flat on the sand is a Michigan Permit. Had a guide tell me a story about fishing with some guys from Michigan. One guy had wondered off a little and the guide saw him casting hard at something for 15 minutes so the guide wondered over. The guide got close and the fisherman held up his hand and said Permit". The guide moved a little closer and saw it was a Trigger fish.
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