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Old 04-16-2009, 07:22 PM
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Flyfishing Anegada

I am new here, but may be able to help with Anegada. My wife and I are part-time residents (on-island about 30% of the time), and I flyfish almost every day when on-island. We own a cottage at Cow Wreck Beach.

I know the island and the guides quite well, and know all the flats.

There are bones around most every day, but you really need to pay attention to the tides. Being on the flats at the wrong time is generally a total waste of time.

I get down to the good flats by kayak - about an hour paddle, but worth the time.

I also know the tarpon grounds quite well - best time of year is September through December. I took these two photos from my kayak last October....





I will try to be as helpful as possible for those of you interested in Anegada.
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Old 04-17-2009, 06:16 AM
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Welcome

I believe we have conversed before about our old amateur radio days..

Great to see you on this site.... you were always helpful with information about Anegada and I look forward to the exchange of information.

Anegada is on my short list...

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Old 04-25-2009, 11:26 AM
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Walker,

I get to Anegada each January when I bareboat out of Tortola. The wind made it tough in January but I'll keep trying. Next year I'll touch base to get the latest conditions.

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Old 04-29-2009, 06:58 AM
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The May 2009 issue of Sport Fishing magazine hit the news stands yesterday. It has a seven-page article on fishing the BVI - from offshore sport fishing to inshore wading. The feature includes a couple of pages about bonefishing Anegada, including guide info. I am proud to say that I have a quarter-page aerial photo of Anegada in the article!
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link to article?

Walker,

Can you provide a link to that article?

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Old 05-04-2009, 06:49 PM
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Here is the link. Article starts on page 62.

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Anegada is a hidden, (relatively speaking), gem. Back side of Virgin Gorda is $$$ too...around the BEYC.
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Walker,
I'll spend ten days in Anegada the end of july beginning of august.
I understood that it is not a proper tarpon time but should be good for bones.
What other kind of fish can I attend to find in that time? Barracuda, jack...
What is the right conditions to fishing the flats (low or high tide)?
I'll be grateful for any kind of suggestion.
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Old 05-13-2009, 05:40 AM
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If you fish the north side reefs, which is very doable wading from shore, you will catch blue runner (jack), and hind (grouper) on clousers - I like green or grey over white.

The best time on the flats is incoming tide. Worst time is low tide.

The tarpon are here all the time - we encountered a school of them this past Sunday afternoon just of the beach. October and November seem to be when they are most active near shore - because of all of the fry in the water at that time.

July is also a good time to be looking for barracuda on the fly.

I will probably not be here the end of July - current plans are to be in the states for a few weeks beginning around July 20.
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Walker, thanks for the info.

Do you believe useful to try to look for some tarpon with boat and guide or is it more convenient in august to spend time fishing for other species?

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Do you believe useful to try to look for some tarpon with boat and guide or is it more convenient in august to spend time fishing for other species?
I believe that your best bet for tarpon will be fishing on your own from shore. The guides are pretty much flats-only.

We have repeatedly encountered tarpon over the past two weeks at a spot known as Cooper Rock. It is on the north shore near the east end of the island, accessible with a rental jeep.

You can GoogleEarth it here. (1843'38.31"N 6417'32.95"W)

Drive to Loblolly Bay, go to Loblolly East, turn off on the sand road before Flash of Beauty. Cross the coral and stay RIGHT. Go to the end of the sand road, across the dune top and you will have access to some great fishing. Tarpon directly off the beach, or go to the left around the point for hind in the near-shore rocks (wadeable).

Other tarpon spots are anywhere along the west end - south or north side. Two good locations are near Walkover Set Point (1844'47.02"N 6424'37.73"W) and near Pomato Point (1843'33.49"N 6424'5.73"W). Both places easily accessible.

I won't be on-island in August. If I were, I would show you all the spots.
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Thanks again Walker for all your help and advice.
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Old 05-23-2009, 11:51 AM
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I edited my post above to say stay RIGHT after you cross the coral. If you drive the road, you will recognize the coral - a small ridge of bare coral and limestone. Shortly after that, there is a fork in the sand road. If you go left, you will come out at Deep Bay, which is not a good place for wading. Go right - and keep going for what seems like forever - actually only about .8 miles - and the road ends with a place to park at the top of the dunes.
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Walker -

Did you get the tarpon blitzes this fall / winter?
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