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Old 11-11-2007, 06:29 PM
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last year we stayed in N. Palmetto Point ocean side. house is called Tropical Impulse. Year before we stayed in Winding Bay. That house is called Point O' Vue.
both areas are very nice w/ some impressive rentals available. We liked last years rental better because it was on the surf beach w/ good snorkling right out front. Google "Eleuthera Rentals" and you'll find lots of great places to choose from.
thanks, will do
Doesn't look like Acklins is in the cards for me this year but I thought Eleuthra would be a good chance at some quality flats fishing and nice for the family.
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Hi Lars
For really light, very strong hooks look at Gamakatsu SC15 or Daiichi x452.

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Hi Pete,
Thanks for the tip.
I've realized that there are many alternatives to the Sea Prince im used to tie on.
Seems like I need to place a large trans-atlantic order in one of the fly-shops "over there". Everything costs about the half compared to here

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There are some sources in Europe. If you need info send me a PM
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What a beautiful island! Definitely the best beaches I've visited anywhere in the Bahamas. The fishing, at least for us, was mediocre at best, requiring long drives, perfect timing and general luck to get into enough fish to make it worthwhile.

Just to be clear, I'm definitely not the kind of guy that has to have big bonefish and lots of 'em to do it for me. But, even with inside info from previous visitors and good pointers from locals, we had a hell of a time scareing up fish, at least down south. Man, we put some miles on that rental jeep. We did find one pretty good flat, but got really hassled by the locals there and since the flat is a good walk from the nearest parking place, we were pretty sketched out about leaving anything valuable in it. That meant hauling our lunch in our packs or just going without since it was an easy 30-45 min drive back to the house.

Of course, we could have just hit it wrong; I'm willing to consider that. We did have pretty crappy weather all week - cloudy and windy - but even on the day it cleared up (our last day, of course) we only didn't find many fish, though the flats looked very promising. We finally ended up at our favorite flat (down the worst road in the world) and finally hit the tide right (last of the falling tide) and got several fish apiece in the last couple hours before dark.

So, good family vacation? Sure, you bet. Quality flats fishing? The jury's out. Just a word of advice. The more beautiful the beach, the less likely there'll be fish there, so mixing family playtime and fishing will be tough. You want mangroves, turtle grass, and signs of life. Generally we found this on the Atlantic (read: windy) side, though not always. Savanah Sound is pretty well known and well fished. Keep at it though, and you'll probably get a couple there. Palmetto Point is amazingly beautiful, but that stark white sand seems as lively as a desert. Further North are some protected bays, but more traffic. Hit the tide right and you can find bones mudding in some of these and if you're lucky they'll be close enough to shore for a cast.

We stayed in Tarpum Bay at a 2-bedroom house that cost us $80 US a night. It had AC and was right on the beach. Very nice. It was walking distance from the Tarpum Bay dock, where fresh-caught grouper was cheap, and the cracked conch at the local fish-fry was perfect. There's also a little market there with fresh fruit and veggies locally grown. This was a fairly central location, but it's a hell of a long island, so a drive north to the more tourist parts (restaurants, etc) was an hour easy.

Good luck and tight lines,
Bonehead

PS Make sure you have GOOD road map before you go. Not one of the lame tourist brouchure ones. Found this online: http://www.eleuthera-map.com/ with link to satelite pics and road maps... wish I'd had this 5 years ago.
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