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Old 04-03-2010, 02:45 PM
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Acklins adventure - 2010 (cont'd)

By now we'd been fishing for a couple of days, seeing fish, eating like kings (not even joking about that), having an evening rum and coke (Tom bought some amazing Cuban rum and cigars) or a Kalik to end the day, off to sleep to dream of grey ghosts and sugar white flats.

For me the rigors of day to day life have pretty much melted away and there was much more left to do. So just after sunrise we packed up and made a short drive to a very special flat on a perfect sunny Bahamian day to see what we could find.



Along the trail was a good omen - many cultures use symbols of fertility for luck. I took these cacti as a sign "ACTION today!"



Soon after arrival, a half dozen good-sized bones were tailing in the outflow of a current coming around a mangrove patch. I was behind them, so could not get a good headshot. Tom was coming up the flat and I really wanted him to take this shot but he was at least 50 yards back so I repositioned and went for it. So did the bone, and the battle was on!



I knew my cacti omen wouldn't fail me!

It's hard to describe the beauty of tropical bonefishing destinations when they are so pure and rural, free of resort traffic and souvenir shops, only the real deal. Tom takes in the view.



Tom and I ended up taking a long swim at low tide. Absolutely gorgeous place. We found them in the mangroves earlier, and Tom picked up some tasty looking snapper. There were many sea turtles, rays, cuda, awesome birds, a real wildlife display.

I had some excellent additional shots including this one - but only with camera. This bone was a single in the 7-8 pound class, look hard and you can see the fish over it's shadow and it's forked tail, etc. I was photographing a turtle suddenly this big single passed by. I never got a shot, well I took one anyway long after it had passed by.



We tallied up a few in this spot among the crew and headed back for some dinner. From my perspective it was a quality, not quantity experience. I would not have traded it for any of the days I hooked double-digit numbers of fish.

I think this was the night of the conch fritters. Hands down the best conch fritters any of us had ever eaten, and we could not stop. Then dinner was served afterwards We certainly could not starve to death out there.
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Old 04-03-2010, 06:14 PM
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Watch your step...



I almost stepped on this guy!

Vivid local color...



Whats that cRaZy hat the Heron is wearing??



Aha - it's just Walt in the background!

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Hi. I read your thread with great interest. wWHen do you go to Acklins, where did you stay ? Was it DIY or guided.
I was in Exumas Bahamas feb 2010 and we only got a few fish. There was a cold front over the island that made bonefishing very difficult.
We are planning a new trip 2011, so we really need some advice.
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Why don't you join us? We will be going again in 2011 and it would be fun to join forces with our Scandinavian flyfishing brothers!

We can fish guided or DIY, in remote yet luxurious accomodations. If you're interested just let me know and I will plan things to include your group.
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Nice, I'm hoping to be back on the band wagon this year. Planning a November long weekend to another island if anyone is interested.

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november trip

I might be interested in another trip to Eleuthera in November. I went last year in January. If you firm up plans and are open to another person to fish with let me know.

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