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Old 11-03-2011, 11:57 AM
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OK guys, it's November and time to start planning our bonefish trips for the winter.

Who's in and when are you able to go?

Reply to this and I will pitch some dates to Felton.

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Is there any particular reason why you guys go to Acklins every year instead of changing it up sometimes? I know Acklins is cheaper than pretty much anywhere else, but it also takes extra travel time to get there, a few hundred extra for the flights, and you end up spending more money on food and for a rental car where you wouldn't need either thing at any of the places I've gone on Andros (all inclusive). I know it's generally totally uncrowded too on Acklins which is always nice, but Andros is just as deserted in my experience too. So with the extra flight costs, rental car, food, and the fact you pretty much have to stay over in Nassau on both ends of your trip, I think Acklins ends up being just as expensive as Andros, but with many fewer and much smaller fish.

I'll be on South Andros for a week in March, the 17th-24th, and I'm still looking for another place to go for the week before or after. If I were to go to Acklins though, I'd want to go the week before i.e. the 10th-16th so I can go chase real bonefish on Andros the 2nd week and not the little guppies that are on Acklins.....

I'll be with 3 buddies on Andros but they can only afford a week so I'll be by myself for the other week I'm fishing, whether I stay on Andros or go to Acklins or anywhere else.

On that note, if I end up staying on Andros, I'll be happy to partner up with somebody to save money and not have to pay the single rate for myself. I could even kick in part of what I'd be paying extra for the single towards somebody else's rate.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:03 AM
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I'd like to go in March but there's a fly in the ointment. Grand kid is due around the 23rd and I need to be around for the event. I got the "you should go fishing" go ahead but my preferred timing for Acklins may be in jeopardy.
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Juro,
I can't make plans right now for next year but I will be following and hope I can jump on board. One reason is that I can't wait that long. I need a fix quick so I am heading down Dec 3.

Teflon,
I am not going to compare fishing on Acklins to fishing on Andros. I have never fished Andros. I do know that Andros is not the only place in the Bahamas where there are good sized bonefish. I have caught double digit fish on other out islands and seen them on Acklins. Some people like to hunt and catch fish on their own and I think Acklins is one of the best places in the Bahamas to do so.

You must not have read what Felton includes in his deal. Both lodging and food are included. He also provides transport to and from the airport as well as daily boat transport to some of the top flats on Acklins. So food is not an extra cost and you don't need a rental unless you choose to get one. You can also hire a guide if you would like.

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You're killing me Walt! I would love to head down for a Dec "scouting mission".

I hope we get a good posse together this winter, I can't wait.
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I still might want to go, but since I didn't make it to Montana and Oregon (Umpqua) this summer . . . and daughter having twins in October (cancelled my NB trip) . . . I think I'm headed to the Olympic Peninsula sometime in March. Haven't made final decisions yet.
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We need to assemble the old gang at Salinas... what a hoot that would be And much more room for new adventurers at the "Taj Mahal".
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Furthur consultation revealed I'd be good to go the last week in March or the first week in March. I'm a definite for either of those two weeks.
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Teflon,
I am not going to compare fishing on Acklins to fishing on Andros. I have never fished Andros. I do know that Andros is not the only place in the Bahamas where there are good sized bonefish. I have caught double digit fish on other out islands and seen them on Acklins. Some people like to hunt and catch fish on their own and I think Acklins is one of the best places in the Bahamas to do so.

You must not have read what Felton includes in his deal. Both lodging and food are included. He also provides transport to and from the airport as well as daily boat transport to some of the top flats on Acklins. So food is not an extra cost and you don't need a rental unless you choose to get one. You can also hire a guide if you would like.

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Hi Walt. I've only done Acklins once (Feb 2010), but Andros a bunch of times going back 10 years. Almost all of the fish I saw on Acklins were in the 3-4 pound range, though I did see some bigger fish, and one that was well over 30" and probably easily 12-14 pounds.

You're right, I didn't see what Felton had in the deal. I'm really tempted to just go to Acklins for 2 weeks instead of Andros since it'll cost me about 1/3 the price. Well make that about 1/5 the price since I have a college buddy that I pay for since he can't afford to go, but we've been doing destination trips for over 10 years now and it's just not the same without him. At $3250 a week for Andros, plus guide tips that'll run me $50+/day, boy is this a lot cheaper!

Personally I just like to fish on my own so a guide to me is just a way to get to the good flats. I always just leave the other guy with the guide and go off on my own. I like the peace and quiet of solitary wading, plus every fish you see you cast to and there's no need to take turns!

There is one big problem for me though that I have to consider. I have two destroyed hips and 3 bad discs in my back, including one that's herniated. My hips are so bad I take oxycontin and oxycodone every day 24/7 just to be able to make it through every day. The last time on Acklins, I found a lot of the flats were very soft and very difficult wading. By the end of the week, I could barely walk due to the pain.

Felton,
What's the bottom like on most of the flats towards the south end of the island? I stayed up in Chester's and fished mostly the north end of the island. I did fish Snug Harbor a couple of days though, and that was great to wade and nice and hard and easy, so if we'd be doing a lot of flats like that, then I'm fine. I did a lot of flats up near Chester's that were all soft and had that hill/hole/hill/big hole/big hill/hole pattern that makes for really hard wading, and I can't really do that for more than a day any more.
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Scott, I trust what Walt said earlier about the bottom, will help:


The bottom on Acklins is varried. You have light to dark and sand to coral with grass. Most of it is decent wading. If you run into mud just back up unless there is a tail waving at you.

Walt (end of quote)


The truth be told; the Islands of the Bahamas are comparable, however, the deal at Salina Point Lodge can't be beaten with a stick!!! You will enjoy Acklins!
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Oh and one other thing is I've got 3 buddies that will be going along, so there would have to be enough space for the 4 of us.

I enjoyed Acklins the last time I was there Felton. I'm not worried about that! Truth be told all I need is a cold Kalik and a bonefish a day and I'll be plenty happy!
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Salina Point Bonefish Lodge has space for ten (10) guys/gals, each in a comfortable queen size bed, beach-front, over looking the ocean room!
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Juro and others,
Let me know if the March 17-24 date works. I've got 4 guys including myself. If that doesn't work, I might do the week before/after but I'll be by myself so would need somebody to share a room with for the double rate.
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It looks like I'll be on the Hoh and Sol Duc the last week of March. I might be able to convince my wife I'll need to be in Acklins the first week of March . . . perhaps.
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