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Old 03-20-2002, 07:26 PM
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Alan,

You are correct, official weight is unimportant. What is important is the hunt, the presentation, the play, and most importantly the landing (what a shame that knucklehead who landed the 202 pound Tarpon and promptly drowned it in Homossassa last year did not feel the same way). Last Spring I landed a 28 inch Bonefish off of Carters Cay in Northern Abaco, on a nine weight. I can imagine the thrill of that monster on your eight weight.

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Old 03-20-2002, 09:10 PM
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Ok...the website has now been updated to include the pictures of the 4 bedroom cottage at Master Harbour. Go to www.ExumaBonefish.com and then click on 'Places to Stay' and then on 'details' under Master Harbour. The 4 bedroom unit is right on the water and rents for $350 per night.

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Old 03-26-2002, 03:12 PM
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Hi All,

Returned last week from another great bonefish trip in Exuma and Long Island.
Fished Exuma 4 days with P&P guides, Martin and Wille Jr. and one day with JJ. Good fishing everyday. A little wind and only 1 brief rainstorm.
Plenty of fish in the 3-5 range and saw some big'uns. Would have gotten many more had I remembered how to cast a fly rod! Also had to modify my strip to long and fast instead of the normal long strip followed by quick short ones once the fish is on the fly. If I tried any other strip technique most fish would'nt even look at the fly. I'll remember to try that next time if the norm does not work.
Pretty much the same deal on Long Island with Docky. I also got a couple shots on permit with Docky but no takers.
The highlight of the trip was late one afternoon we were heading in with Martin and he saw a tarpon. I had rigged up the 10wt for cuda with wire and an abel anchovy earlier so I gave it a go. 2 strips and hell broke loose! All I could do was look at Martin and say, "NOW WHAT!" his reply, "HOLD ON MON!" After 25 dazed minuted we boated the fish, got a picture and send him happily on his way. I figure he was around 70lbs but I am looking to get a tarpon officiato to verify it. What a rush, the first tarpon I cast to in my life and I hooked up. Even made it a little sweeter when I realized that behind that piece of wire I only had 15lb tippet.

Angie, JJ definately has some prime new territory.

Adrian, your right, that artic fox is the way to go.

Back to dreamin for another 11 months and 1 week.

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Old 03-26-2002, 08:00 PM
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Hi John

Wow...You did have an adventure in Exuma! That's great!
JJ told me that you guys had a great day when you went out with him but he didn't tell me about your tarpon catch. Congratulations!

I can't wait to check out this 'new location' myself. I haven't seen any tarpon there myself but I have heard reports of them. Do you mind telling where you caught him?

Hey, if you'd like to post any of your Exuma pictures on the site, please email them to me (Angie@ExumaBonefish.com) and we'll get them posted.

I'm glad that you had a great trip. I can't wait to go back myself. I might go back this summer and try some of the summertime bonefishing.

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Old 03-26-2002, 09:02 PM
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Great thread...love it... which I could get down there this year.
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Old 03-26-2002, 09:13 PM
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Great report John and congratulations on the Tarpon!

I will be down there one week from today - can't wait!

I've spotted two Tarpon down there in previous years both from the bridge below P&P. One rolled on the surface at dusk one evening and the other was holding station right under the bridge. Abby talked about them a lot last time.

The Slam is a possibility - (Permit are always around at sandy cay and barraterre) so who is going to be first?
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Old 03-26-2002, 09:27 PM
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Hey John.

Great report and congratulations on a fantastic week!

Wow, almost a slam . . .. What a thrill.

You know, youíre killing us . .

Way to go !!

Alan
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Old 03-26-2002, 09:33 PM
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Adrian-

About a week to go . . . canít wait to hear your report about Exuma.

Itís a little early but I might forget, or more likely, youíll be too excited to remember-

Happy Birthday!!

Give yerownself a present, you be first to slam!

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Old 03-27-2002, 05:32 AM
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A birthday grand slam....That WOULD be a great present!

Ummmm....Have I mentioned that my birthday is in April?? I wouldn't mind being the second to get a slam.

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Old 03-27-2002, 08:01 AM
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Hi All,

The tarpon was caught up near moss town area on the way into the creeks. Also I have heard there have been a good number of 20-30 pounders down below the bonefish lodge where you were talking about Adrian. Next time I plan to hit the BarraTerre area and maybe Sandy Cay at least one day. Now I want to catch a permit after being beaten this trip.

Adrian good luck down there, make sure you call ahead for availability on Kalik if you like it because I did some damage to the local stocks. I already wish I could get down there again.

At least I am pumped to get the boat ready now, battery is on trickle and a coat of wax will do it. Tying some flies up now and by April 15th were going in.

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Old 03-28-2002, 11:21 AM
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Sandy Cay is definitely on my list for the next trip to Exuma. I would love the chance to catch a permit on fly. There's also reports of permit on the Forest Flat which is a huge flat just north of Moss Town. I had my eye out for them on the last trip but didn't see any. Oh well...gives me an excuse to go back. Like I really need an excuse!

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